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Big fun at the Family Channel Big Ticket Summer Concert in Halifax!

I can think of a ton of examples of how my life changed for the better when I learned to manage my anxiety issues. I could go into stores that I used to avoid, I could volunteer at the school for my oldest daughter, and I could attend events that I might have otherwise skipped because I knew that a) I probably wouldn’t have to deal with any anxiety, and b) if I did, I…

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A return to running

Back when I was diagnosed with vertigo, one of the first things that occurred to me was that it was going to put a massive cramp in my training. For the past three years I ran in the Bluenose Marathon weekend that takes place every May long weekend here in Halifax. The first year I ran the 5K race. I had been on the cross-country running team back in my high school years, but I…

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You Spin Me Right ‘Round, Baby Right ‘Round

I guess I jumped the gun a bit in my last post when I casually mentioned my vertigo and that it wasn’t going too badly. Since then it has progressively gotten worse to the point that having to get into work was nerve-wracking to say the least (running for a bus, being on said bus while unsteady, walking to my office, etc). On top of that, it was starting to affect my ability to do…

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A slow, gradual slide downhill

So. It’s been awhile. And you could take that to mean my blog and you’d be absolutely correct. I know a lot of things happened between the first day of school for my kids and today, but none of it was recorded here. I was overwhelmed at work and dealing with one bout of illness after another and I couldn’t muster up the motivation to blog about anything. Facebook made it so easy to post…

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How to breathe during an anxiety or panic attack

It almost sounds funny, to think that there might be a need for instruction on how to breathe. Breathing is something that we do naturally and automatically every single moment of every single day. In each moment, we are either inhaling or we are exhaling (and maybe we’re occasionally holding our breath if we’re watching a thriller of a movie or ducking underwater!). Breathing is what we do without thinking and it helps us stay…

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How Yoga Can Help Anxiety

I’ve been asked a question so many times that I wanted to state the answer very clearly right here: Yes. Yoga can help anxiety. For a great deal of my life, I found myself plagued by anxiety and by panic attacks that would quite literally leave me gasping for breath, feeling like I might faint or vomit, and worrying that I would never ever feel normal again. (You can read my description of what a…

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The pain of NOT running

Time to dust off the old blog right? I know I will regret not tracking my training here, but I’ve been working towards my first half marathon in this year’s Bluenose Marathon weekend on May 18th. It may be called a half marathon but it’s a WHOLE 13.1 miles/21 km. It’s definitely nothing to sneeze at and when I signed up for it, it was much farther than any distance I had ever run before.…

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The Attitude of Gratitude

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from paying attention to what is happening around me it’s this: Life may not always be fair or work out exactly the way we want it to, but constantly complaining and being negative about it only makes things worse. I’m not exactly a full-blown Pollyanna; sometimes a little venting is actually useful. No one should bottle everything up all the time or you can start feeling resentful. However, I’ve…

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