Exercise Your Mind

Fear of Flying – How I Handle The Anxiety


For anyone who has a fear of flying, even the thought of a trip which requires a plane can be overwhelming.  I fall into this category.  Or I should say I used to fall into this category. My sever anxiety for flying wasn't always present.  I grew up going on flights and not thinking much of it.  It wasn't until about 15 years ago that my anxiety of flying really took hold. I have had…

Thinking Thinking Thinking


I am an over thinker.  I have been for as long as I can remember.  When I was struggling with anxiety and depression, this over thinking was brutal.  I would lay in bed and rehash everything that was going on in my life especially things I "should" have done or be doing. [caption id="attachment_65" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Thinking thinking thinking....[/caption] I was in bed last night and realized I still need to work on "turning off…

Decision Making Anxiety


Do you ever get anxiety when you have to make a decision? I sure do and I have for as long as I can remember.  This time of the year is always the most difficult for me when it comes to decision anxiety.  It isn't that I can't make a decision but I often struggle to do it.  And in that struggle, the anxiety builds up. Here is a perfect example.  I need to buy…

Wellness – what is it and what does it mean?


When I first started to receive treatment for depression and anxiety, I kept hearing this term "wellness".  When I was asked by my counselor what I thought it meant I really had no idea.  I thought it just meant being healthy in the sense that I didn't have a disease of some kind.  Wow was I wrong.  Little did I know, there is so much more to the term "wellness". The World Health Organization defines wellness as…

My 5 Anxiety Reducing Tips for The Holiday Season


For somebody dealing with any type of mental health issue, the holiday season can be a nightmare.  For myself, dealing with depression and anxiety, it is always a bitter sweet time of the year.  I have always loved Christmas and all the fun family traditions that go along with it but it also meant lots of social gatherings, travel, gift buying, food preparation, etc.  All of which can become very stressful and have sent my…