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Taking Care of Yourself While Social Distancing

March 31, 2020

As the world continues to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, health officials are recommending social-distancing and self-quarantine practices to slow the spread of the disease. This means, for the foreseeable future, we’ll be spending a lot more time at home. Our daily routines will shift, we’ll be without the face-to-face social contact that helps keep us feeling […]

The Spin Cycle–Mini Episode 1

March 19, 2020

In response to the current public health crisis, we are interrupting our regular monthly episodes to bring you 2 "mini-pods" each week. This first mini episode features the anxiety management technique of diaphragmatic breathing with a step by step tutorial.

Orgasms

February 18, 2020

Since February seems to be our culturally-recognized love month, we thought it would be an appropriate time to talk about orgasms as anxiety soothers. Yup, we’re going there. And you should come with us (no pun intended). Here’s why:   When you climax, your brain releases a neurochemical called oxytocin, aka the “love hormone,” which […]

Do You Freeze?

January 10, 2020

We Anxiety Sisters are all too familiar with the “fight or flight” response that gets activated by our sympathetic nervous systems when we perceive a threat (real or imagined). You know what I mean—the surge of adrenaline that runs through your body making your heart beat faster, your breathing get heavier, your body heat up, […]

The Spin Cycle–Episode 019

May 9, 2019

In this episode, Abs and Mags are joined by licensed mental health counselor Shiri Macri who is an expert in meditation and mindfulness based stress reduction(MBSR). Shiri explains how meditation affects the brain, including how it can reduce anxiety and tells us how to begin a meditation practice. She also shares her own story as both a breast cancer survivor and Anxiety Sister.

Diet, Exercise and Panic

August 29, 2018

I have been dealing with frequent panic attacks for a while and I don’t know how to stop them. One friend told me to try a gluten-free diet. My brother believes that daily exercise is the only cure. My mother wants me to cut out sugar and white flour. My doctor has been on me forever to change my eating habits and exercise more. Will any of these really work? Does lack of exercise cause panic? I cannot keep going through this because I am a mess.

Parenting Anxiety

July 18, 2018

As most Anxiety Sisters know, anxiety is contagious. This is quite evident when anxious parents receive unhappy calls from anxious kids spending time away from home over the summer. If you are anything like us, you want to reach into the phone and quickly rescue your child from anxiety or sadness. But since that technology […]

Vitamins and Anxiety

March 14, 2018

I came late to the vitamin party; I never took a multi, and I couldn’t hold down my prenatals. I guess I didn’t really believe supplements made that much of a difference. So imagine my surprise when, several years ago, my doctor suggested I undergo a comprehensive nutrient evaluation as part of my treatment plan […]

Caregiver Anxiety

February 13, 2018

Many Anxiety Sisters ask us for tips on how to deal with the overwhelming anxiety they experience as caregivers of elderly relatives, ill spouses, children with special needs, etc. As both of us have been caregivers over extended periods of time, we know that caregiving adds enormous amounts of stress to our already anxious and […]

Eating and Anxiety: What Helped Me

February 8, 2018

Lots of Anxiety Sisters have been emailing me about my eating and anxiety blog series to ask “what helped you?” I won’t keep you in suspense any longer–what helped me learn to manage my eating issues (and my anxiety) is an extraordinary place in the mountains of Vermont called Green Mountain at Fox Run, which […]

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