Author: Meredith Simonds

The Sweetest Boy I Never Knew

The Sweetest Boy I Never Knew

Has your anxiety ever convinced you to reject someone you really wanted to be with? I’m not talking about some obvious asshole, who you’re attracted to but know would be nothing but bad news. I’m talking about rejecting someone sweet, who seems like they’d be […]

Wendy Whelan’s Story Begs the Question: What’s Wrong with Seeing a Woman in Decline?

Wendy Whelan’s Story Begs the Question: What’s Wrong with Seeing a Woman in Decline?

I need a reminder now and then that getting older is a good thing. I found one in Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan, an extraordinary documentary about her retirement from the New York City Ballet. Here’s a piece I wrote about it for The Huffington Post — Wendy […]

The Worst of It Is Cheese

The Worst of It Is Cheese

“The results will take two weeks,” my doctor told me. “But you’ll only hear from me about it if something is wrong.” As she explained this, I got the sense it should be a relief for me to hear this – that as long as […]

The Doctor Is Going to Find Something Horribly Wrong with Me: Worry Journal Exercise

The Doctor Is Going to Find Something Horribly Wrong with Me: Worry Journal Exercise

I haven’t had a physical exam in over 7 years. Not because I’m afraid of going to the doctor (even though I am and self-diagnose every chance I get). Or because I was raised to stay away from doctors (even though I was, because the […]

Foods for Anxiety: What to Eat and Why

Foods for Anxiety: What to Eat and Why

In all the attention I’ve paid to anxiety-minimizing things in recent years, I’m sorry to say eating foods for anxiety has been close to the bottom of the list. The thing is, I’ve never been one of those people who notices much of a difference […]

Happy International Women’s Day

Happy International Women’s Day

In celebration of International Women’s Day, I devoted much of mine to editing and uploading to Pinterest 64 pics of the best signs (and crowd shots) I saw at Women’s March Los Angeles. I hope this collection makes you feel as good about both of these […]