Archive for the Category: Blog

Posted June 6, 2021 by

I have been following the news of Naomi Osaka’s withdrawal from the French Open due to her struggles with anxiety and depression. In her post about her withdrawal, she shared how the depression started when she won the US Open in 2018. I remember watching her the day after she beat Serena Williams on the Today show. […]

Posted May 23, 2021 by

One hour ago, I was full of anxiety. I was unfocused; I couldn’t hold a thought, and I was jumping from to-do list item to to-do list, not accomplishing anything. A small wise voice in my head said, “Go workout, take a break, re-group.” This voice was met quickly by my Monger saying, “No way […]

Posted May 2, 2021 by

Last week I shared about my week of spinning and anxiety. I heard from several people (as always, I love hearing from you!). I was struck by the number of people I interact with in my day-to-day life who were shocked to hear how anxious I had been, and they had no idea. Because the […]

Posted April 25, 2021 by

I am in the process of re-doing my website. As a part of the process, I am editing my blogs—over 400 of them–and moving them from the old site to the new site. It sounds like that would take a long time, right? Well, maybe for some who isn’t me. I am a wiz at […]

Posted April 18, 2021 by

A few years ago, before I wrote the Happier Approach before I developed A.S.K. I was driving to work. It was a particularly stressful time in my life, and I was feeling exceptionally anxious. As I often do, in an attempt to calm myself, I want to get to the Why? Why am I so […]

Posted April 11, 2021 by

A few years ago, while visiting one of our closest friends in the Outerbanks, we decided to go paddleboarding. This was my first time paddleboarding, and leading up to the event, I was nervous. My Monger had some objective evidence about my lack of athletic abilities, so she was chatty. In true High Functioning Anxiety […]

Posted April 4, 2021 by

Shame is a HUGE part of High Functioning Anxiety. Practicing self-loyalty is a key to healing that shame and therefore quieting our High Functioning Anxiety. I love talking about self-loyalty because it is a process—I think of it like an onion. When you have spent your whole life being loyal to others, e.g., reading the […]

Posted March 28, 2021 by

When I first started dating my husband, Doug, he was the Manager of the Aquatics Department at a local gym. Doug was a competitive swimmer in high school and is passionate about swimming; I mean PASSIONATE. I on the other hand see the pool as a place to play. I am very comfortable jumping off […]

Posted March 21, 2021 by

Don’t stand out. Don’t be too vulnerable. Don’t make a mistake. Those are the three rules of the Monger (inner critic). She has others—but universally, those are her three rules. Last Sunday I broke the first two rules—I stood out, and I was vulnerable, and I wanted to share how my Monger let me know […]

Posted March 14, 2021 by

At the start of the week, my plan for this letter was to discuss Oprah’s interview with Meghan and Harry. Sharing how that conversation highlighted the importance of mental health and how we should be respectful of people’s mental health struggles. I would have written that message and tied it up in a neat little […]