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My Fiance’s Letter to His Pre-Autoimmune Self: “Congratulations! You’re About to Get Real, Real Messed Up”

My Fiance’s Letter to His Pre-Autoimmune Self: “Congratulations! You’re About to Get Real, Real Messed Up”

In October 2014, my then-boyfriend, Andy, showed the first signs of dermatomyositis, an autoimmune disorder that affects the muscles, skin, and joints. We were just moving in together, so we were ready for more, but the consequences of this sickness forced increased intimacy on us […]

3 Ways to Walk Off Anxiety: Walking Meditations, Brisk Walks, and Walking in Nature

3 Ways to Walk Off Anxiety: Walking Meditations, Brisk Walks, and Walking in Nature

No matter how good it’s supposed to be for relieving anxiety, if it’s something I’ve never done before, overcoming my resistance to the unfamiliar can be anxiety-inducing in and of itself. That’s the beauty of walking for anxiety. I’m already a good 75 percent of […]

9 Ways You Can Manage Performance Anxiety Like Olympic Gold Medalist Mikaela Shiffrin

9 Ways You Can Manage Performance Anxiety Like Olympic Gold Medalist Mikaela Shiffrin

Intense performance anxiety threatened to derail alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin’s 2016-17 season. Instead, she got super proactive about managing it and won the World Cup title for best overall skier in the world. She then went on to win gold and silver at the 2018 […]

Morning Routine for Anxiety and Productivity: My Hot Mess of a Work in Progress

Morning Routine for Anxiety and Productivity: My Hot Mess of a Work in Progress

I intercept the cat on his urgent mission across the diagonal of the bed, a path that ensures optimal contact with sleeping human bodies. I carry him to the food that’s been there all night on my grandmother’s china saucer that I feel simultaneously good […]

Breathing Exercises for Anxiety: Relief Too Easy to Avoid

Breathing Exercises for Anxiety: Relief Too Easy to Avoid

On any given day, I might avoid half a dozen ways of relieving anxiety. Zone out for 5 minutes first thing in the morning? I can’t wait that long to check the news or Busy Phillips’ Instagram stories. Go for a walk? I might have to […]

Brenda Ueland: “Anyone Can Write, Any Old Way”

Brenda Ueland: “Anyone Can Write, Any Old Way”

Does the fear of not being good enough hold you back from writing, or trying any other artistic endeavor? Brenda Ueland’s book, If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence, and Spirit, can help you get past this anxiety no matter the art […]