Archive for the Category: Triggers And Tools
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

High Functioning Anxiety is my specialty, and even though I talk about it on my podcast every week, I realize I have never written a post about it. So today I wanted to walk through some symptoms of High Functioning Anxiety. But first, how is High Functioning Anxiety different from plain old anxiety? Officially, you […]

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 […]

Posted December 8, 2019 by

It’s the holiday season! And for many of us, the holidays mean time with family, which equals a whole mess of feelings. Joy, pain, loss, comfort, trauma—it runs the gamut of emotions. Dealing with family dynamics is tricky. A big reason is that many of the buttons, traumas, or triggers that family members push were […]

Posted November 24, 2019 by

I want to start a revolution, a Listening Revolution. It starts with a ban on unsolicited advice. You know the situation. You have a problem. You are in pain. You are depressed, anxious, insecure, or sad. Maybe you are frustrated with your job and have been looking for another one to no success, and now you are […]

Posted September 15, 2019 by

One way people with High Functioning Anxiety ward off anxiety is to constantly challenge themselves. You may believe that as long as you stay busy, keep achieving, and constantly better yourself, then one day you will be calm, relaxed, and content. Sound familiar? The problem is that peace never comes. Why? Because as soon as […]