* originally posted Dec. 29, 2016 This past August I opened up about my relapse into anxiety and panic attacks. I told the world in a seemingly simple Facebook post with a picture of myself smiling and a proclamation about being the best mother I can be to my children. And though I am happy … Continue reading My Anxiety Relapse
Author: Jessa: An Anxious Mom
How Anxiety Affects Your Love Life
If you're someone who struggles with anxiety, or your mental health in general, this may be pretty self-explanatory for you. But if you're the partner who doesn't struggle with these things...listen up. Anxiety changes over time. Anxiety is pretty fluid - which means it ebbs and flows over time. Things that used to trigger you … Continue reading How Anxiety Affects Your Love Life
Things to Consider Before Starting Anxiety Meds
As many of you know, I've been taking anxiety meds on and off since 2011. I've been taking them daily since 2014. Though this isn't what I thought my anxiety journey would look like necessarily, these little pills gave me the strength I've needed to get my life back. *disclaimer: I am not a doctor; … Continue reading Things to Consider Before Starting Anxiety Meds
I was told I was unfit for Ministry: because of my anxiety.
If you follow me on Instagram, you know that last week I posted a video talking about an experience I had years ago, where I was preparing to work in ministry full time. In 2011, before I graduated college, I had been working with my university's branch of InterVarsity. Greek InterVarsity, the group that worked … Continue reading I was told I was unfit for Ministry: because of my anxiety.
What We Can Learn From Lindsay Clancy: It Could Have Been Me.
On January 24, 2023 a young mother in Massachusetts was accused of strangling her three children. Most people find this story appalling because we assume that mothers fall hopelessly in love with their children immediately after birth. And even though that is often the case, there are women - about 0.1-0.2% of women - who … Continue reading What We Can Learn From Lindsay Clancy: It Could Have Been Me.
The #1 Weighted Blanket to help with Anxiety
I've been testing out a new weighted blanket for a while now (I tried them for the first time in October of 2021) - so I thought it was time I shared this with you guys here on the blog! These knit weighted blankets by Nuzzie are so comfortable (and stylish, which doesn't hurt). The … Continue reading The #1 Weighted Blanket to help with Anxiety
The Sweetest Personalized Valentine’s Day Gift
If you follow me on Instagram, you've seen me talking about the early Valentine's Day present that I gave my husband over the weekend. If you didn't hear about it, keep reading! Over the weekend I surprised my husband with the cutest personalized storybook titled "Mark, 10 Reasons I Love You." This book was totally … Continue reading The Sweetest Personalized Valentine’s Day Gift
A Poem: on Depression
The days are short, and the nights are long. My soul is no longer nourished by the warm weather and bright sunshine. Instead, my thoughts have grown dark with the early sunset - And my body aches. My heart hurts, longing for what might have been were I not broken - what days I might … Continue reading A Poem: on Depression
I’m more than my anxiety. Right?
I've battled anxiety for almost as long as I can remember. I'm in my early thirties now, and I distinctly remember being anxious shortly prior to middle school - so for the majority of my time living so far...I've been anxious. That really sucks to say. Even as someone who blogs and talks about anxiety … Continue reading I’m more than my anxiety. Right?
I Think I Might Have an Anxiety Disorder: What do I do?
These days, at least one in five Americans reports that they suffer from extreme anxiety, or an anxiety disorder. It's also not uncommon for someone struggling with anxiety to also be affected by depression (source here). If you're here, that means something has been happening in your life that makes you think you might have … Continue reading I Think I Might Have an Anxiety Disorder: What do I do?