Archives for October 2010

Just A Bad Mood Or Are You Coming Unglued?

"In the midst of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer." ~Albert Camus

About ten years ago, I stopped sleeping. It started on a vacation. The first night in this lovely beach rental, I couldn't fall asleep and stayed wide awake all night. Of course I was a mess the next day, and the following night I was panicky that I wouldn't be able to fall asleep again.

This was the start of a spiral of insomnia, that led to anxiety about not sleeping, that led to total exhaustion, that led to strange physical symptoms, that caused more anxiety and worry. I had no idea what was wrong. I thought it might be hormones. I thought I was dying. I feared I might never feel normal again. I went to my internist, my gynecologist, and a sleep specialist.

Finally, someone said to me, "I think you might be depressed. You better do something before you come completely unglued." Completely unglued?! Depressed? I didn't feel depressed. I felt exhausted, achy, frightened and anxious. But I didn't feel sad. In fact, I wanted to feel better, to be happy and energetic. I was wired and tired, like I had an intravenous feeding tube serving me high test espressos 24-7. But depressed? No way.

The idea that depression would manifest as a constant feeling of fight or flight never occurred to me. I thought depression meant that you were sad, hopeless, lethargic, slept too much.  But I subsequently learned that depression and anxiety are fraternal twins, and they can waltz into your life wearing a myriad of costumes. If you don't know how to recognize the symptoms, you might come unglued before you know what's happening.

So how do you know if it's just temporary mood changes or a bad mood that will pass?


A Life Cleanse: Purge Yourself of a Toxic Mindset

“Cleanse your emotions, passions, impulses, attitudes, and reactions. That is the essence of spiritual discipline as laid down in all faiths.” ~Sri Sathya Sai Baba Editor’s Note: This post originally appeared on my friend Katie Tallo’s blog, Momentum Gathering. Katie has just launched The 7-Week Life Cleanse, her beautiful new eBook. Click here to view…  Continue Reading

12 Pampery Indulgent Things That Are So Worth It, Even If You’re Simplifying

I don’t know anyone who hasn’t at least thought about scaling back and simplifying their lives. In fact, most folks have been forced to cut back because of this unnerving economy. In my own community, I’ve watched as some of my favorite boutique stores and restaurants have shut their doors. Car dealers for luxury vehicles…  Continue Reading

You've Accepted The Challenge. Now Make Your Dreams Come True

“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them.” ~Henry David Thoreau Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Jane Rochelle, of Teeny Tiny Pieces … Along the Path to Wholeness. Jane has written a lovely follow-up article…  Continue Reading

My Challenge To You: Get The Ball Rolling

Steve Chandler is a coach and speaker and author. I found out about him by accident. I was scanning around on Amazon for books that might be useful in my coaching practice, and his book Fearless: Creating the Courage to Change the Things You Can kept popping up. I bought it, and as a result,…  Continue Reading

Breathe Deeply. Live Longer.

Right now, as you are reading this, how are you breathing? Are you slumped forward, tensed up and taking shallow breaths? If so, and if this is your fallback breathing style, you are depriving yourself of some vital physical and mental health benefits. This is something so easy to change, and it can make such…  Continue Reading

Be Fan-Freaking-Tastic At One Thing

“We learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same. One becomes in some area an athlete of God.” ~Martha Graham When you were a kid, what did you dream of being or doing? I wanted to be…  Continue Reading

Do You Expose Yourself to Everyone? How to Reclaim Your Emotional Dignity

Here’s a scenario that might sound familiar. You have a problem or worry. Maybe you are angry at your spouse, or you’ve done something embarrassing, or you feel particularly insecure. So you pick up the phone and call a friend. You are feeling vulnerable and unsure, so you spill the beans. You lay it all…  Continue Reading

A 10-Step Guide to Boldly Break Through Your Limitations

“The  only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible.”~ Arthur C. Clark This is a guest post by Aileen Mahoney of Kaizen Vision. How many times have you surprised yourself and done something you had once only hoped to do, or done something you thought was…  Continue Reading