Archive for the Category: Triggers And Tools

Posted July 26, 2020 by

Today I am wrapping up the three lies we tell ourselves. Lately, I have noticed with myself, and my clients there are lies we tell ourselves to keep ourselves in the unhealthy cycle of over-functioning—feel anxiety/shame—keep over functioning. We tell ourselves these lies with positive intent: get more done and avoid feeling anxious. But these […]

Posted July 11, 2020 by

Earlier this week I decided we need a collective High Functioning Anxiety intervention 🙂 Lately, I have noticed with myself, and my clients there are lies we tell ourselves to keep ourselves in the unhealthy cycle of over-functioning—feel anxiety/shame—keep over functioning. We tell ourselves these lies with positive intent: get more done and avoid feeling […]

Posted June 28, 2020 by

“So are you going to take some time off around the Fourth of July holiday?” my husband asked recently. I stopped and paused. There were a couple of vacations planned in the spring that got canceled due to COVID and I just worked through them. My husband went on, “I mean, you haven’t really stopped […]

Posted April 26, 2020 by

Am I doing it right? What are the rules? Am I being a good girl? These are questions I have been hearing from both myself and my clients. Doing it right and following the rules are ways that people with High Functioning Anxiety keep their anxiety in check. Some of us learned this at an […]

Posted April 12, 2020 by

As we start week four or five of quarantine, depending on where you live, we are settling into this new normal. And by settling in, I am not implying that this is easy! Something that makes us feel better is knowing we are not alone; we are not the only ones feeling a certain way. […]

Posted April 5, 2020 by

I read A LOT of advice this week. Clients are sending me articles they enjoy reading like this one or this one or even this one, and I love every one of them. (Thank you for sending them—please keep them coming.) There are all kinds of messages out there about how we should be responding. […]

Posted March 22, 2020 by

When the quarantine initially came down, my clients said things like: “I am fine!”“I was built for this. I THRIVE in a crisis.”“I got this!” They were busy building plans, making schedules, doing “all the things.” This is pretty understandable for those of us with HFA—step in, handle the crisis, make a plan, and channel […]

Posted March 15, 2020 by

WOW. What a crazy, scary week it has been! It is a perfect storm for those of us with anxiety: Lots of unknowns Unable to control just about anything Inability to know the “right” answer Just plain fear. All of these factors are our current reality and can send our anxiety through the roof. It […]

Posted March 8, 2020 by

One of the keys to understanding how to deal with high functioning anxiety is understanding how it’s different from generalized anxiety or what most people think of as “regular” anxiety.  How you can treat high functioning anxiety and deal with it in your day to day life can be very different from someone who has […]

Posted February 2, 2020 by

“What would you say to watching a movie, tonight?” my husband asked on a random Tuesday evening. My first thought was no, we can’t watch a movie — it is a weeknight and we have “shows” to watch on the DVR. But I said, “I don’t want to watch a movie. Why don’t we watch […]