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.
One of the worst things about this time of year are all the articles I see about how to deal with anxiety during the holidays. Somehow these authors presume that I usually eat really well and exercise diligently, and they just need to remind me to keep doing so during the holidays. Likewise, they assume […]
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 […]
What do you do when your mother is the cause of your anxiety? My mother was always unhappy and abusive to us as kids. My siblings have all but cut her off and moved far away. They tell me to do the same. In fact, everyone in her life has abandoned her because she is so difficult. Even my husband can't stand to be with her. So I am the only person she has left, and I can't bring myself to abandon her. But when I am with her, she gives me so much anxiety. She never acknowledges how much effort I make to see her and all she does is complain and push me to spend even more time with her. What can I do? Please help!
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is the most commonly diagnosed endocrine issue in women of childbearing age (15-44)—between seven and ten percent of women develop this condition, which is an imbalance of reproductive hormones (e.g., estrogen and progesterone). Because of this imbalance, the ovaries do not function effectively, thereby creating irregular menstruation and fertility issues as […]
My thyroid has been causing me grief since I was a child, when my neck first starting looking puffy—like I had been stung by bees on both sides. My swollen glands protruded so much that doctors used to stop my mother on the street and tell her I needed to see an endocrinologist right away. […]
Last week, we asked the Anxiety Sisterhood what you want your friends and family to know about your life with anxiety, and you told us quite a lot. We tried to put it all together in letter form so you can share this with your people and add in your individual concerns: To [Anyone […]
(Amazing artwork by Natalie Dee) I have a headache. The kind that’s in your eyebrows and teeth and makes your eyes water. I know it’s my sinuses. Everyone is telling me (including my own rational brain) that I have a sinus headache. But I don’t believe it. This voice inside me keeps saying, “You’ve […]
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 […]
Recently, we spoke with an Anxiety Brother who copes with his panic attacks by sitting in the ER—without checking in. On one hand, he knows that he is probably having a panic attack and won’t need medical attention. On the other hand, just in case this time he is having a heart attack, he wants […]