• Worries

    Calming Your Thoughts

    Calming Your Thoughts By Barb Fotsch Have you ever had someone say to you… “Don’t worry! You just need to face your fears?” Okay. It’s just that simple…..Well, no, not that simple if you suffer from anxiety. Compared to the middle ages, we obviously don’t face the same dangers but oddly enough, the fight, flight or freeze responses are still with us. We all know what anxiety looks or feels like, at least a little bit. This article is NOT, however, an explanation of a true anxiety disorder but rather a discussion of symptoms we can reduce for better emotional regulation, that is, to be less reactive, less overwhelmed. Anxiety…

  • Worries

    Not Goin’ There

    Not Goin’ There Intrusive thoughts can be harmless and normal unless they impact our daily functioning. It’s when these thoughts become all encompassing and we are unable to move away from them, that we may need some intervention. Also if/ when we feed into them, depression may appear, which we all know is NOT what we want. So, NOPE, we’re not goin’ there! Have you ever told yourself this? I hope so. You know, we can manage our thoughts when heading towards a dark hole, when ruminating is getting in the way. Believe me! We have a life to live, don’t we? …..and we want to enjoy it. One estimate…