How Yogic Teachings Have Helped Me Through Lockdown

As our third month in lockdown draws to a close, I am astounded at how mentally “all-right” I am. I’m still not perfect, obviously, and it’s a constant battle with anxiety to get through each week. But, the sun is starting to shine a little brighter and we are slowly headed towards freedom. Through this…

Living with Anxiety in Quarantine

Hello from Lockdown 3.0. It does seem that we were just having lockdown 2.0 doesn’t it? Time sure does fly. (insert eye rolling face here). But alas, there’s nothing we can do when it’s mandated by the government that we stay home. But I do think that it’s my duty to share a little bit…

A message of hope for 2021

Dum spiro, spero. While I breath, I hope. These words caught my attention back in the early 2000s when I was taking Latin in college (I know I was definitely one of the cool kids). With three simple little words, such an immense feeling is brought forth. While there is breath in my body and…

The Lasting Effects of Quarantine

Throughout this whole ordeal I’ve been fairly vocal about mental health and quarantine. I believe that while this whole thing may be better for the physical health of us, it’s been detrimental to so many people’s mental health. Even people who don’t struggle with mental health issues are bound to be feeling the effects of…

Late Night Thoughts on Anxiety

I couldn’t sleep last night. I stared into the darkness of the room. My eyes burning after crying for what felt like hours but was likely just thirty minutes. My mind was buzzing. I couldn’t turn it off no matter how hard I tried and though my eyelids were heavy with sleep, I couldn’t even…

Just Keep Dancing

My Zumba teacher, with his trademark ginger beard and backwards black ball cap, grins and says “good job, keep it up!” His bright yellow shirt reads “Zumba saved me” and I couldn’t think of a more appropriate shirt for class these days. You see. We’re not sweating it out in a gym or rec hall,…

Mindful Sharing

One week of social distancing down… however many more to go. In all reality, it’s not so bad here in the UK. We are allowed to go out and walk in nature, some stores are still open, with limits in place, and we can still get food from restaurants as take out. And as I’ve…

A Socially Distant Birthday

Happy Birthday to Me and Happy Spring to you all! What a weird birthday this is. I’ve been a mess most days lately, but for some reason, I woke up feeling fairly positive today. I received many messages from loved ones near and far, we ordered me a sewing machine to keep me busy in…

Social Distancing and Anxiety

It’s been a long time since I accepted my brain and all it’s quirks. After years of therapy, my therapist helped me realize that I need to challenge my brain’s anxious thoughts and tell them they are wrong. She used to say to me, “FEAR is False Evidence Appearing Real” and that’s something I have…

A Socially Distant Expat

So here we are. Officially asked to socially distance ourselves from others to help reduce the spread of the Virus Which Shall Not Be Named (from here on out known only as VWSNBN). I had already planned on kind of self isolating in an attempt o stay healthy for my birthday this Friday, but for…