Archive for the Category: All The Feels

Posted July 18, 2021 by

This week I ate too much sugar, didn’t acknowledge my feelings, didn’t work out, my anxiety was high, my Monger was loud, and my BFF was in full do-whatever-you-want mode. I was super sensitive and white-knuckled through much of the week. Even as I type this, my Monger is saying, “Why are you sharing this!?!? […]

Posted June 20, 2021 by

I often joke that I became a therapist because I wanted to find a way to explain away my feelings so I wouldn’t have to deal with them anymore. Today is Father’s Day in the states. A day ripe with feelings. This will be my 5th Father’s Day without my Dad. He was the inspiration […]

Posted May 30, 2021 by

I know from talking to clients worldwide, in the US, we are further along in ‘returning to normal’ than other countries, but these ideas still apply even if you are still living with lockdowns and high virus counts.  In the past month, I have read dozens of articles about post-COVID anxiety, each skimming the surface, […]

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 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 7, 2021 by

Years ago, a friend and I were having coffee at a local Starbucks (aw, I miss those days). As we sipped our latte’s and caught on the ups and downs of our lives, she was sharing about her daughter’s test-taking anxiety. She described how her daughter would just break down in tears anytime she had […]

Posted February 28, 2021 by

Sometimes with high functioning anxiety, we feel so alone as if we are the only ones experiencing this mind jibberish. Today, I wanted to share some stories of how anxiety and the Monger have shown up this week for my clients, myself, and my friends (the names are made up the names!) The more we […]

Posted February 7, 2021 by

For people with High Functioning Anxiety, denying stress is a way of life. We pride ourselves on being able to handle stressful situations. The reason I talk about “soldiering on” and “suck it up, buttercup” is whenever I have a stressful event, those are my default phrases. Pretending as if everything is fine is a […]

Posted January 10, 2021 by

In response to the riot at the Capitol building Wednesday, leaders said, “this isn’t who we are; we aren’t people who do this.” And I internally cringed. Because clearly, we are people who do this—because we did—my fellow Americans—did this. The statement “this isn’t who we are” is a judgment statement, and it doesn’t allow […]

Posted November 1, 2020 by

I remember as a kid playing the hand wrestling game Mercy with my older brother. Inevitably I would cry “mercy! mercy!” as he twisted my hands, and he would taunt me in that special brotherly way, “New rules! We changed the name of the game, the new password it isn’t mercy, start guessing!” That is […]