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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Blarg.

I'm feeling a little sad and overwhelmed this week, and I'm not even sure why. Sometimes I wish I could just turn off my brain. Do you ever feel like that? I need to remember the old Grand Canyon trick.
(It's funny 'cause it's true.) How are you feeling these days, my loves?

P.S. What are three things you're grateful for? And encouraging words.

(Comics by Gemma Correll)

183 comments:

tatum said...

So sorry, Joanna! I hope that your week gets better. Hugs <3

Giulia said...

I hear ya...yep, moi aussi. (All of it.) xoxo

Christina said...

I'm so glad you posted this today, perfect timing. This week my anxiety has been sky high for too many reasons. Definitely need to remember your grand canyon trick and take some deep breaths. Either that or a zanex! :) Good luck friend, here's hoping we both feel better soon. XO.

Afton said...

Joanna, I get seasonal affected depression and Spring is coming sooo slow, I too am inexplicably down. Need a tropical island to escape to. It's nice to know I'm in good company though:)I've been following your blog for years now, it's the first one I check when I open my laptop. Thanks! xo, Afton

Anitra Sweet said...

I too sometimes have anxiety for no reason but what helps is prayer and the gym! I know you don't need to lose weight and you probably walk so much living in NYC any way but maybe a yoga class or a high intensity like spinning? It really helps! Hope your week gets better!

Barbara Williams said...

It happens. Just remember it's all chemicals in our brains! that's what I do. Also remember all of the good things in your life and know it will be ok!

Maywyn Studio said...

Sorry you're feeling down. Prayers you feel better.
Its been going around.
How much Easter candy did you have?
Be good to yourself
Something simple, like too much Fluff in hot chocolate, a nice walk, people watching, cleaning out sock drawer, baking and frosting a silly cake, reading a comic book or a book you don't ordinarily read, or sing aloud.

Erica G said...

I've been feeling like that a lot lately, and I really think it's because I haven't kept up with my exercise routine. When I exercise regularly I feel SO much better.

I hope you feel better soon! It's only Tuesday, you still have plenty of time to have a great week. :)

Jessi said...

Yeap, same goes for those who are entering in the winter mood....so blue, and for no reason...Hope we can all feel better soon. ♥

KateK said...

So glad you posted this! Everyone has been posting inspiring quotes or photos of spring, but I just feel blah. My anxiety is running so high for no reason. I just want to go back to bed and hide from everyone. Thanks for the reminder that I'm not alone. Your honesty is always so refreshing! Hoping your week gets better!

Young at Heart said...

ooh isn't it strange how hearing that someone feels as rubbish as you do .....without apparent reason because you've got your health and your home and all the hoo-ha but you still feel rubbish..... makes you feel a bit better? Thanks for brightening up a low London day!!

Sammie Brooke said...

Funny, I have been feeling the same way lately! A couple of crazy-busy weeks at work, dealing with family stuff, and planning a massive bachelorette party weekend for my best friend/soon-to-be-bride = I get stressed and that inexplicable sad feeling. "But what do you have to feel sad about?" Nothing; I don't have anything to be sad about. It's just the best and closest way to describe how I feel. I'm normally an absurdly positive person, so when I find myself crying for no reason, it throws me off my game a bit. I've found the best thing to do is just give it time, relax, and distract myself from the endless running on of my brain (that lately has been keeping my normal sleep-like-a-log self up at night) with cleaning, reading, cooking, and prepping my balcony for spring planting :) ...and reruns of my favorite shows.

Wishing you the best!

Haley Brotman said...

AH! I needed to hear this so badly from someone I didn't know. Sometimes all you need is to know that you're not the only one who feels this way. Thanks!

Tammy said...

I feel the exact same way this day. Even though last week was great and the holiday weekend was pleasant...I can't really get into it this week and I'm not sure why either. Honestly, I just was to escape to the beach for a little while. Maybe that will give me a new boost of confidence and enthusiasm towards the rest of the week.

Toodles,
Tammy<3

marlene said...

Thanks for sharing Joanna. Similar feelings up and down over here. Blah!

Rose said...

Totally feel you, Joanna! This has been a really difficult seasonal transition for me, and not knowing why I'm feeling down often makes me feel guilty, and then even more down. Sending kisses, hope you're feeling better soon!

Kiana said...

Hey Joanna! I'm sorry you're feeling blue. When I get down, I do a few things:1)cup of tea. It fixes everything. 2)go for a walk (it changes your perspective and 3)turn up the volume and rock out to Belle and Sebastian's "another sunny day."
If all else fails, watch Sense and Sensibility for the millionth time and cry your eyes out when Marianne almost dies.

Simplesmente Ana said...

I must be something in the air ;) I have been feeling the same these days.

nicole said...

It's definitely been a rough week on this end, and it's only Tuesday. Sigh. I use your Grand Canyon trick ALL. THE. TIME. Thank you for that. xoxo

DANANE said...

the same! ooohh, i have the same feeling.
on saturday. i cried. and then i was going on my bike and felt the wind in my hair and this bad feelings wasn´t so bad anymore. it can help to go out and do. only do something. :-)

xo
dana

Anne said...

Oh no! Well, I don't know you so I have no reason to be polite, but I can objectively say that your blog is always a bright spot in my day. Hope you get some quiet time to unwind and feel a little better tomorrow.

Jennifer said...

In feeling the same! Maybe it was winter trying I get a last slap in that threw everyone. For me personally, I take medication for anxiety/depression, and I know I need to get my meds checked/titred.

I think it so wonderful (and brave!) for your readers that you share moments like this. Thank you! Also, your blog always gives me a mood boost, and I loom forward to mid morning everyday, when I check to see if the new post is up. Thanks for sharing little snippets of beauty and happiness along with honest disclosures of sadness and anxiety. Sending you warm thoughts of peace and comfort!

Joanna Goddard said...

yes to a tropical vacation, afton:) thanks for your sweet note.

Joanna Goddard said...

young at heart, yes! haha, funny how you know everything is fine overall, but you still can't shake that blah feeling sometime.

Miss Sarah said...

When I can't force myself to calm down, I just force myself to keep breathing.

"Keep breathing, keep breathing..."

This also helps me to continue riding my bike up hills and you know... not yell at people who make me angry:)

I have also been feeling a bit uninspired lately. Mine is less anxiety and more (strange) apathy. I'm going to chalk it up to the barometric pressure change with the weather oscillating between warm and cold.

Joanna Goddard said...

danane, the wind in your hair! that sounds like a wonderful pick-me-up :)

Kristie Dahlia Home said...

My version of the Grand Canyon Trick is to visualize, or, periodically, to rewatch, the first few minutes of the first episode of the original version of Cosmos. THE UNIVERSE IS SO BIG. I am so tiny. So very, very tiny. It is a comfort, really, to be such a tiny thing, and it reminds me that my pain is very very much even tinier, and. Calms me right down. I am a speck! Might as well aim to be a happy speck.

Joanna Goddard said...

jennifer, what a sweet note, thank you ;)

Trina said...

Feeling somber this week myself because a good friend/coworker's husband was killed over the weekend in an accident. I actually went back to your blog archives yesterday to find that post about grieving and "The Art of Presence." Trying to remember to be a builder and what *not* to say. They have two young children and are such a team...it's heartbreaking to think of getting that call on a sunny Saturday afternoon of what's supposed to be just another weekend.

Yuko Jones said...

Joanna, I do feel that way even though I don't suffer from anxiety. I think I'm going through some severe hormonal changes after I had my second son, and I've been having really bad mood swings ever since. Hope you feel better soon! ox

carol said...

i feel you!

emy said...

Oh man, I laughed SO hard at that poster! There definitely seems to be something in the air here in the midwest this week, too. But I agree with other commenters - your blog is such a bright spot in my day, and I'm thankful for that :) A hot bath and good podcast with a nice candle burning (while my husband takes the baby out and away for a bit!) helps me immensely on my down days, or a good Bikram session. It can be so easy to believe the voice in my head that says, "Winter is DONE! Feel better and get over yourself already!" That's when I switch to a mantra I learned from you: "You can have the life you want." And all shall be well xx

andico said...

Oh yes, I feel your pain. Trying to sleep train my 5-month-old this week has been a battle. I'm using your previous posts as inspiration. We will all get through this!

tinajo said...

I have two friends who often gets low and depressed in the beginning of spring - for some, changing seasons can affect you in a negative way for a while. No clue why.

http://tinajoathome.com/

Olithée said...

Im on holiday friday and flying to greece for a week with my lovebird other than that much inspired and tired :p

emilyahlbum said...

I am just starting to feel normal again after feeling off for a few weeks! Hope things brighten up for you!

notjuststuttering said...

Yes m'am! I'm lucky enough to have run of the mill depression and anxiety that only gets worse during winter, and needless to say this one has been a doozy.

Obviously there's nothing I can say to make it all go away, but one thing I've been working on (courtesy of a therapist) is to try really, really hard to concentrate on RIGHT NOW. Not what's going to happen in an hour or a day or a year, but what can I do to feel better this very moment. It's not always easy, but focusing in on that give me a sense of control and helps be feel less overwhelmed.

Plus, I have extra motivation to pick myself up because my mood absolutely affects my stuttering. Blerg indeed.

I also mainline Community reruns and do the seven minute workout to get my mind off the worst of it.

Be well :)

Melissa said...

Hi Joanna. I am so sorry to hear that you are feeling down / anxious. This happens to me too. It is usually "out of the blue" or so I thought until I started keeping track of my "off days" (as I like to call them). I realized that they were coinciding with major hormonal changes such as when my babies would hit a growth spurt when I was nursing them, or even when they gave up a feeding. These days it is when I ovulate or just before my period starts. I had my thyroid checked several times and it came out "normal" , but I went to a doctor that specializes in hormonal / thyroid issues and he has helped me tremendously. It turns out that my thyroid was functioning low after all, my adrenal system was suffering, and I needed some help. Since I started taking a low dose of thyroid medication and some supplements, I am feeling much better. I still have an occasional off day, but I see improvement in my overall well being.
I am rooting for you!

melissa said...

hope you feel better soon. i'm just realizing how terrible i've felt all winter--i'm calling it seasonal affective-post partum-post traumatic stress (from a hard pregnancy/NICU time when my baby was born). when i smile or laugh i realize how weird it feels compared to how i've felt recently. but so good!

i think you are the sweetest, i hope you feel it soon.

Liz M C said...

It's all hormones, mama. Ebbs and flows, ebbs and flows. I think most women go through this sort of stuff all the time.

Shannon Greene LeDuke said...

Hi Joanna, it's Shannon! (I used to have a blog called MotherLovely.) We haven't spoken in a while, but I saw your post today and thought I'd say hello!

I can only imagine how busy and stressful things must get for you, but truly, the content and online space you've created brings so much joy and comfort to so many people. Your work is important, and children are beautiful! So even though you might be feeling crummy, just remember you have SO many people out there who admire what you're doing and are so happy you're doing it!

So, I hope you have a better rest of your day, and since some people are offering examples of what to do when you're feeling low, I say, pour a glass of something bubbly with your husband and watch The Sopranos.

Such a crazy show, makes my husband and I feel better about everything. At least you don't have to worry about getting "clipped!"

Sincerely,

Shannon

Kimberly Merritt said...

I agree with a lot of your readers...the long winter really did me in. Stand in the sun, keep biking (I always feel better if I keep moving and get outside), breathe, repeat. I am battling this myself and it's an ongoing process. Be kind to yourself and feel better soon. (Now I will re-read this as if I wrote it to myself.)

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Betsy said...

I used to really struggle with this and coped by lying in a dark room listening to classical music. I would usually fall asleep!

When I taught middle school, I really battled stress and anxiety and a co-worker told me to pick one thing I could fix and focus on it. Donate two cans of food. Give blood. Send home a note to parents of a great student, telling them they should be proud. Something concrete for someone else, unasked. It really helps! I still do it and it's been wonderful for me. I encourage you to give it a try.

anne said...

Hi Joanna - it's OK to be sad, see? http://thoughtcatalog.com/kovie-biakolo/2013/04/its-okay-to-be-sad-sometimes/

This article really helped me to sort my feelings. It's easy to feel like feeling sad is wrong or not okay since we're constantly surrounded by social media highlighting only the good times of everyone's life. Why would they shine a magnifying glass to post about feeling sad and not-so-great?

So, be brave and be in the moment of your sadness because it's what makes you human, Joanna. We're all here for you - as are your family and loved ones - when things start to brighten up again :)

Carrie said...

I feel you. I've been working hard on my blog, scheduling a lot of interview and events to highlight all the great things that are happening in Detroit. It's a lot of fun but sometime I feel a bit in over my head. C'est la vie the feeling will pass :)

Sonel said...

Have you read The Mood Cure? Check it out on Amazon! It may be just what you need. It shows how to fix our chemical deficiencies that make us feel emotionally sapped. It's something to try at least.
I have postpartum anxiety and I'm on week 15 of it. So tell yourself that at least you don't have that! I can't use many of the very helpful things out there because I'm breast feeding.

Unknown said...

Hi Joanna,
First time commenting on your blog, but long time reader :)Your post made me think of this website I stumbled across the other day. It puts a single day of your life into perspective (sort of like your grand canyon visualization except you can actually see the results in graphics). Here's the website:

http://hereistoday.com/

Hope this helps! Have a great day and enjoy the sunshine.
-Kate

Lisa B. said...

I think virtually everyone feels this way sometimes.

Bubble bath and writing a list! (To do list, list of 10 things that make you happy.. whatever!)
I swear by it :)

Hope you're feeling better!!

Kellie P. said...

Totally! Having a baby only made it worse. I am a "slow and steady" person, so juggling work, baby, life = sweaty pits 24-7.

Deary me said...

Hey Joanna,

I'm 27 right now and sometime I feel
The weight of the world is on my shoulders. Realistically I know I don't have anything major to worry about, but I still can't shake off this feeling of anxiety weighing me down. Sometimes I find myself worrying about the smallest things and letting them become so big. I think you are really brave to share your emotions/vulnerability with us. I really appreciate it, and I'm sure lots of other people do too.
Thanks Joanna,
Mary S x

kathryn said...

Oh, Joanna, how I sympathize. I'm about to graduate from college and I'm so very nervous that I'll screw up somewhere and fail at the whole adult thing. Anxiety is the worst, isn't it? Sending lots of love and good vibes your way.

Professor Fancy Pants said...

I swear every time the weather changes (even a good change like sunshine and spring!!) my mood is affected negatively. In other words...I'm right there with ya!

Caitlin Ashley said...

Joanna, I have a very similar temperament. Occasionally I feel full of sadness and anxiety, like it's been slowly accumulating (and for no good reason - I have a great job, kind and funny parents, a fiancé that I can't wait to marry, a cute little dog…so when I get so horribly blue, I'm all WTF??). But it happens to me, and it's unavoidable. I've read that creative people tend toward melancholy, and my anxiety usually comes when I read about bad things happening in the world, and I feel a helpless, powerless empathy for people who suffer at the hands of evil people.

Once I sat with a therapist friend, kind of off the books, and told her a little bit about my sadness. She said, "Don't think of your compassion and sadness as weaknesses. Imagine how wonderful the world would be if everyone felt as deeply for others as you do." So sometimes a trick that helps me is thinking that my sadness and anxiety come out of wanting the world to be better, and how it's nothing to be ashamed of and it will pass back into the realm of joy very soon. Sending hugs to you, dear Joanna.

Melanie Price said...

So sorry you're feeling *blah*. I have days like that as well. It is so strange how anxiety creeps in like a bad ex-boyfriend. Not a fun feeling at all.

When I get in my anxious moods I let my hubs know and he will usually talk me through my thoughts or feelings...or if I am REALLY feeling particulary 'heavy' at heart, I need my space. He will take our daughter for an afternoon that way I can chill, go running, read, paint, etc...

I'm sure there are SO many women out there who feel this way all the time and we would never know it. Why is it that we feel that we need to have it all together all the time? I love your honesty Jo. You are more encouraging and helpful by posting these real moments in your life. Thanks. And I hope you feel 'light and airy' again soon.

Cheers to you friend.

Melanie Price said...

@Kellie P.- the 'sweaty pits' comment made me laugh out loud. Love it. So true in fact...

Jacob Phelps said...

Joanna, I really needed this post. I'm in a funk today.... and then I read the Grand Canyon post. So, so true. thank you so very much.

Joanna Goddard said...

haha, kellie, me too :)

Joanna Goddard said...

caitlin, that comment is so beautiful. thank you so much for sharing it.

Joanna Goddard said...

kate, i love that!!!! i love you all so much :)

Tory (A Moveable Beast) said...

Happens to me too! When I'm in a funk, I always to try to think / scheme / intellectualize my way out of it. But what I really need to remember is: This will pass on its own. The hardest part is waiting it out.

Ramsey said...

I hope that seeing all of these comments filled with sympathy, empathy and support helps you to feel a little bit better. As you can see, for what it's worth, you are most definitely not alone.

Wouldn't it be lovely if we could turn off our brains sometimes? Where's the switch for that?

If you've got 5 minutes to spare (ha ha ha ha ha!), try this app: Simply Being. It has guided meditations that you can tailor to your taste and available time, with 5 minutes being the shortest one. I have never ever ever been able to mediate for more than 5 seconds due to not having the above mentioned brain off switch, but with this app, to my massive shock, I CAN do it, I love it, and it really is helpful.

Now, time for a group hug. Everybody ready? Here it comes!

Cynthia said...

Johanna, you are a prime candidate for a meditation course. You will learn to turn your mind off and relish the bliss of contentment. It won't be easy but it will be a tool you can have at your fingertips for the rest of your life. Do it.

Tara Bear said...

Having just gone through a very conscientious Lent and Easter Sunday, I have been inspired by the joy of self-sacrifice. We know that being happy ultimately comes from living for others. A mother is uniquely qualified to absorb that joy. Some days its so hard -I know, but my blues and anxiety always go away when I dive into other people, especially my baby boys. There is grace there. Prayers for you.

laurasaurus said...

Misery sure does love company, doesn't it? I'm selfishly glad to hear that so many others are having a hard time with life these days. I recently quit my job to finish midwifery school and I'm feeling extremely unsettled. I hate not being able to contribute financially, I have a big final exam coming up that I cannot seem to study for, and I've been incredibly sensitive to the constructive criticism I've been getting from my teachers. I know it will all work out for the better but it's so disconcerting to have NO idea where my life will be in 6 months. I don't know where I'll be living or working, how much money I'll be making or if I'll be engaged/married (a whole separate issue!) it's very stressful! And I find myself getting so angry about everything as a result of the stress....serenity now!!

Esme said...

Joanna I have bad anxiety too...and I must tell you to move to CA like your considering. I live in always sunny AZ now (previously always cloudy London) and it makes a HUGE difference. Being able to get out and enjoy the day even for a few minutes can really alleviate anxious feelings. Your meant to be there. I know it. Xo

Pistachio said...

IT is that evil cardinal cross! http://www.beliefnet.com/columnists/cosmiccandor/2014/04/brace-yourself-for-aprils-cardinal-grand-cross.html

JJshorteee said...

Hi Joanna! I read your blog EVERY SINGLE DAY and I love your honesty. It means a lot to us that you don't limit your posts to only pretty, lighthearted things that make us feel like something's wrong with our own less than perfect lives.

I too get anxious and sad sometimes and I believe that those emotions are manifestations of anger we feel toward ourselves. Sometimes the source of that anger is hard to identify, so it manifests as anxiety. I can tell you're too hard on yourself (I'm that way too!). I go to a mindfulness stress relief class every Friday with a psychologist, and she really stresses acceptance of yourself and those around you. She also uses cognitive behavioral therapy - whenever you feel negative emotions, identify those emotions and your "cognitive distortions". She says that studies have proven that 85% of our worries never come true. Ask yourself what the worst case scenario is, the best case scenario, and the most likely outcome. Also ask yourself if you're catastrophizing the situation. I find that this really helps :)

Tanya said...

Hi Joanna,

I feel exactly the same way! I was wide awake for hours last night trying to tell myself not to worry about my 9 month old in the next room. My husband thinks it is because we're weaning the last of the night feedings this past week. Sometimes I feel that it isn't right that we have these amazing lives and such a beautiful little girl. I'm so grateful, but feel there is so much to lose at the same time. I've been leaning on my very laidback husband to be reassuring with me when I ask him about safety concerns I have for our daughter and it helps a bit when he takes the concerns seriously rather than just saying "the chances of that happening are very small", it helps when he says things like "of course, I will never leave her even for a second when she is in the bathtub." I'm considering going back to the therapist I was seeing for a few months in the fall.

Thanks so much for sharing your ups and downs and I hope that you can get out of your funk soon, just as I'm trying to tell myself that this too shall pass.

General Gingersnap said...

You are doing a fabulous job keeping a lot of balls in the air, Joanna! Have two kids AND working is incredibly hard!

Melanie Price said...

Joanna,

Shopping on Etsy just now and saw this and made me think of this post. I think we all need a sign like this one hanging in our place.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/179806485/dance-it-out-typography-print?ref=sr_gallery_14&ga_search_query=dance+it+out&ga_ship_to=US&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery

Awesome, huh?

Lee Taylor-Penn said...

I understand your anxiety and sadness! I get blue anytime I have a big change in my life--a move, a new job, etc.

Recently, I have been feeling really overwhelmed by life particularly health problems, and I feel hopeless! I am trying to just take it one day at a time.

Joanna-thank you for sharing your real emotions on your blog, and not just glossing over everything. I really appreciate your honesty!

Maggie said...

Feel better! If it's of any help, I feel like this every day. Anxiety is so difficult! I love that you post about it.
I try to remember that it makes us more thoughtful and caring people, even though it's hard to see that sometimes. One day at a time!

Heather said...

so I'm sort of in the same boat as you but maybe that grand canyon thing just helped a little!

katie said...

Hang in there, Joanna! You are certainly not alone, even though it may feel like it sometimes. Your struggles with depression and anxiety have really resonated with me; I'm a current law student who had a first year experience that sounds very similar to your year at NYU (my poor mother's phone bills that year were astronomically high!), and it's still a daily struggle. I get frustrated because sometimes I feel like the sad/overwhelmed feeling holds me back from doing much more than I am capable of, and so I'm trying to learn to have more faith in my own abilities, be patient with myself, and to use that Grand Canyon technique when I need to. Thank you for being so open and honest about your experience; it is an inspiration to so many of us (and hopefully to you, too)!

Caitlin Jennings said...

Thank you for being so open and sharing Joanna. I just started seeing a therapist for my anxiety and we've been practicing Progressive Muscle Relaxation. It's super easy, free and makes me feel so much better.

xina said...

Feeling similarly blahh for no apparent reason, but I like to focus on a few good things - getting a nice cup of tea, the sunshine on the floors, that good book I'm reading. But also it's good to remember that it's okay not to feel one hundred percent all the time, it's okay to feel blarg for no reason. I like to imagine the bad things like soft waves washing over me - it hurts but I let it come and then the tide pulls back and I let it go and try not to hang on to it, I guess that is all part of trying to detach from things that can put me in a funk.
Hope you can take the day to yourself and do something nice :) sending love xx

jill cavanaugh said...

I think sometimes it just happens...I remember when I was a teen crying but I wasn't sure about what. My mom sat down next to me and said "sometimes we just get sad and upset about nothing..." It made it seem so much better just hearing that she understood. Hoping you feel better soon. For me I always think getting some sleep helps a little(which i know is so hard with two little ones). just be kind to yourself. xo

ss said...

my therapist says acknowledging it will help. not try to make it go away but say "I see you and I am aware of you and it is ok that you are here" :) it actually kind of works for me

Tiffany said...

100% the same. I hate it.

Elisha said...

Hang in there! I'm having one of those weeks too, this post cheered me up a bit!

Louise R said...

I know exactly how you feel. I was on such a downer last night and i didn't even know why. I hope you feel better soon - i find keeping busy always helps! xx

Laura McIntosh said...

Hang in there! xoxo

Leah said...

I'm in the same boat. I actually laughed when I saw that first photo because that's exactly how I feel! lol Hope your day/ week gets brighter and your brain gives you a rest.

M.M. said...

I just finished a 10-week group for generalized anxiety, and I have to say the best part of having an anxiety disorder (if there can be a best part), is knowing you're not alone. :) I imagine us all out there in one giant lake, each rowing our own little row boats, and while we're not together in the same boat, we're all on the same body of water -- moving through the anxiety together.

Cara said...

I have been having a blarg week as well. It's comforting to know that I'm not alone! Hang in there - this too shall pass :)

Caroline said...

Joanna--

I too have had a rough winter--I also balance raising 2 small kids, living in New York (Brooklyn), and work. I knew that I needed a change (big time), but that it wasn't going to come from my circumstances (I too dream of moving off to LA, but a)it's not happening right now and b) I know that that would not just "solve all my problems"). Sooooo a dear friend of mine turned me on to a meditation teacher here in NY and I did the workshop last week. It was truly incredible. The teacher is charming, fun and brilliant at teaching this ritual. I can't recommend her highly enough. Her name is Emily Fletcher and her site is: http://zivameditation.com/. She offers workshops roughly every 2 weeks in Manhattan. I am now meditating twice a day and my anxiety is nowhere to be seen.

XOXO

Liza said...

You'll snap out of it, just be patient. All young moms do. We all did. Soon both babies with be in school full time and you will have some time to recharge and take charge of yourself personally and professionally. I can guarantee it!

Jenny Parker said...

We're so out of touch with nature these days, that we forget how much the season changes impact us. It's interesting to learn how some people are more affected than others. Every season change, when the weather is wonky, the atmospheric pressure changes, etc, I always feel "off"- tired, sad, down. Eating right and exercising regularly, sleeping well, and making it a point to go outside really help me.

Wendy said...

I have the perfect solution, Take the kids to the park with someone so you can have a little experiment.
Get your friend to keep an eye on the kids while you get on a swing and pump your legs as hard as you can, do this until you are swinging as high as possible.
I guarantee you will feel amazing afterwards!

Kendra Collins said...

I am also an anxious person. I've found that acupuncture helps a lot. Also, a trick that I love is the "rule of 10." Will this matter in 10 hours? (Maybe). Will it matter in 10 days (Hmmm...not sure). 10 weeks? (Probably not). 10 months (No.) 10 years? (What?)

Take care of yourself. Talk to yourself as if you were a friend. That always helps me, too :)

xoxo

Kendra Collins said...

Ps - you are the best. :)

Georgia Christakis said...

I'm sorry you're feeling overwhelmed- I know the feeling all too well. All the best ):

Sarah Lu said...

Joanna, I feel the same exact way today. I'm incredibly stressed at work and feel so alone!! Reading this helped - and I read thru your old anxiety links too- even though I've seen them before, they made me feel a tiny bit better. Also the yummy cheeseburger with onions I just ordered had something to do with it too... :) Feel better xx

martini said...

I came down with a bad case of the bleurghs last night, too, and it's so weirdly comforting to hear that there are so many women right now in the same boat! Several people have commented about bearing in mind that it's okay to feel bad sometimes; I think sometimes we start to get depressed about being depressed, and the whole thing suddenly gains a lot of unnecessary gravity. I like to think of episodes of sadness being like simple physical illnesses or injuries -- you wouldn't come down with a cold, or sprain an ankle, and tell yourself, "Dammit, I have to stop feeling like this RIGHT NOW!" Emotionally yucky days are a good time to pause, to ease up and take care of ourselves. I hope you're finding the time and space to do that today, and I hope the show of support from all your readers is helping. Sending hugs!

sarah said...

me too… but it's a mystery. hoping to snap out of it but he weekend. chin up!

BarbaraG said...

Sending lots of love and big bear hugs your way! It helps in a way to know that you aren't the only one... We love Jo!

Tristen said...

Feeling the same. Do you ever read this blog? It might help explain the way you are feeling.
http://astroanne.com/

Julie said...

Definitely struggling with anxiety lately. I can pin down a few things that have triggered it - but occasionally it takes over without reason! It's frustrating for my normally level-headed self. Glad I'm not alone!

Jessica said...

I felt the same this week! I actually wrote last night about my personal trick for when these times hit: http://heart-swell.com/2014/04/21/the-dolphin-moments/. I hope this helps you too! xo

LC said...

Me too! Truly, I feel fine during the day, and then as soon as my head hits the pillow I starting thinking of the worst things possible. A melatonin pill helps me fall asleep a little more quickly. Exercise and not letting myself get dehydrated (not sure why drinking more water helps with my anxiety, but it does!) helps too. But I get it...totally...

K said...

Extremely stressed. Extremely tired. VERY pregnant.

I received a horrid work "panic" email last night at 5:00pm... about an event that I could do nothing for that night. There was no reason to send it, except so that the person could share their anxiety.

And shared they did. My 33 weeks pregnant self laid awake from 2:30 to 6:15 (when I fell asleep for 30 minutes) thinking of how horrible everything was going to be. In the daylight, it seems so much more manageable. I wish I had just been able to roll over and sleep instead of dreading my decision-filled day.

Chelsey Bertsch said...

Hey Jo Jo!

Remember that post you had put up about writing 3 things you are grateful for? Thats what I do whenever I'm feeling super blue and down in the dumps.

Three things Im grateful for today….

1) Food Network
2) Grande Chai Tea
3) Fish bowl glass of red wine (fixes everything ;)

Feel better soon :)

Hata Trbonja said...

I feel like this too. This is my idea...are you ready?
I think we are all exhausted from the long and arduous winter and stress. It's vacation time. I'm not surprised that spring break comes around this time.
Breath and focus on the present.
It will get better.
Hata
www.chicagotofrance.blogspot.com

LPC said...

I swear all the best bloggers seem to suffer from anxiety. That probably doesn't help, but breath and sunshine might. A little bit.

Christina said...

i love your grand canyon trick and so grateful you shared that beautiful piece of wisdom. I'm sad too. it must be in the air. x

Merissa said...

Have you ever seen a counselor or a therapist? I think it's a valuable experience for everyone, even if there's nothing of concern for you. It can be an eye-opening experience where you learn about yourself and see things from a new perspective.

Anne Golliher said...

It's because the California wheels are spinning! My husband is unemployed at the moment and there is a possibility we may move. Golly, my brain won't stop dreaming and planning and yet, we might stay! Funny how that works. Hang in there and take a break from all of us. :)

Thoughts by Beth said...

Have you tried yoga? It has changed my life! Let me know if you want to talk more about it.

Thoughts by Beth said...

Joanna, I just posted about yoga but wanted to share a way to get in touch with me.

My blog: www.chicagonow.com/upsanddownsofayogamom

upsanddownsyogamom@gmail.com

Lizzie said...

"Let yourself be open and life will be easier. A spoon of salt in a glass of water makes the water undrinkable. A spoon of salt in a lake is almost unnoticed." - Buddha

kidecals said...

Whenever I am feeling overwhelmed, I go on a walk and feel the power of each step. Of each leg taking a step forward. I think about the enormity of it, of how amazing it is that I have this body that can function how it does. And I don't take for granted that having a working and powerful body is a gift. I thank the universe for the strength I have in this present moment. It makes me feel like I can overcome how my mind is messing with me (one step at a time!)

Sharol Flo said...

I'm having that kind of day too. When anxiety overwhelms me I just sort of shut down. The Grand Canyon perspective helped some. Thank you for sharing.

shawn said...

All day, each day, girl. Have you seen Silver Linings Playbook? I was really happy to see a movie that touched on bipolar/anxiety/depression issues because they are often overlooked.

Sometimes you don't know why you're feeling blue - and that's always okay! In many cases (my case!) you can't control your body's chemical levels and medication helps.

When I feel like I need to pull myself out of something, I try to focus on the positive things and refocus my attention. After all, I'm alive. :)

Feel better. XOXO.

Emily said...

I actually have been feeling less anxious recently (read: the last few days) because I started thinking of the anxious thoughts as just thoughts, that I could either give weight to or not. I don't know why, but thinking about it as making a decision to feel anxious or not has really helped! I don't know if this will help anyone but me, but either way I hope you feel better Joanna!

kmohawk said...

You're not alone, by any measure! Hang in there - you're awesome.

stateandoccupation.com said...

Aw. I've missed pots like this. To be honest, I feel the same. Sad but working on it. xo!

Dakota
www.stateandoccupation.com

Charlotte said...

I suffer from anxiety and thought it was depression at first and was handed anti depressants in a heartbeat by my doctor. My best friend put me on to an article in the Sunday Times about herbal remedies being the best first port of call and it cited Relora and Chasteberry amongst others. I bought a bottle of both and have been taking Relora ever since (you can't take chasteberry for extended periods). It has been life changing, truly. I feel the creeping change in myself when i forget to take it for a few days. Totally natural and non addictive. It lowers cortisol levels thus reducing anxious thoughts - a poor second to depression in people's minds but just as debilitating if left unchecked. Hope you feel better soon.

Laurel Ridge Publications Class said...

Oh, perfect timing. I feel the same way. Last week, I blamed it on that crazy red moon and hormones. This week? Nada. I think sometimes our perspective on things is just of the bummer variety; other times - nothing can bring us down! When I get like this, I think about something our Boppa always said, "Life by the yard is hard. Inch by inch, it's a cinch!" He was onto something...

Lana said...

My neighbor just told me that spring is the time of year when depression hits the hardest. I always thought it was around the holidays, but she said people tend to feel really overwhelmed in the spring bc they have so much on their "to do" lists. Chin up! Things will get better.

ccstylebook said...

OH Joanna, you've made me laugh with that quote! Sometimes I think I think too much and my brain can't filter all the ideas I want to materialize! Keep calm and enjoy every single day! A big kiss from Lisbon! Love your writting! CC

Lily L-M said...

Amen!

x Lily
http://whilemyboyfriendsaway.blogspot.com/

Lindsey Lowe said...

Something that has helped me in recent years (and I guess this is similar to the Grand Canyon trick) is reminding myself that there will be a moment that is different than this one. In the moment, especially when I'm feeling paralyzed by fear or anxiety, it's easy to forget that on another day, there will be sunshine and flowers and all that jazz. Nothing lasts forever, or, as they say--this too shall pass.

ABBY LOW said...

One of my favorite books for when I'm feeling down is: "Help, Thanks, Wow" by Ann Lamott. It's short and so good and uplifting (in a non- preachy and non-saccharine way).

Sarah said...

Joanna, the Grand Canyon trick has seriously helped me so much! I remember you posting it several years ago and it totally stuck with my silly night-time-stay-awake anxieties. I actually visited the Grand Canyon this year and was so comforted by it for that very reason! Hope you're feeling better, sometimes its just something you need to shake off :)

Alaina said...

Totally have days (weeks) like that sometimes. It must just be human....wish I could ask my great grandma if she ever had those feelings. She was born in 1902, I think she did.
You are not alone. Have a cup of tea and cuddles from each of your boys. Tomorrow is a new day!

Amanda McCracken said...

Oh goodness, I'm so glad you posted this. For no particular reason, I've been feeling the same way this week. I do hope you're feeling more balanced again soon.

Meadow said...

I feel the same way :(

Amanda said...

Yes, I can totally relate to this. I'm sorry you're feeling depressed right now. I felt that way all of last week. Those full moons really affect me. I'm sure it will pass soon :)

trish said...

I get like this sometimes .
It always feels so heavy.
The thing that helps me most is a long walk outside in the fresh air , and being gentle with my self.
My mantra "This too shall pass"
X

Laura said...

I'm so sorry you feel sad right now...but just know that you make me smile everyday with you blog! Your beautiful family is lucky to have such a cool mom/wife:)

Alison said...

Just wanted to say thank you for being so open and honest. I also love that you can find a way to approach it with humour, as when Im feeling like that I find it really hard to. I find getting out in the air and elements helps though that might be easier on the west of Ireland then in NYC.
Alison from gorseandcoconuts.com

lucymorrissey44 said...

Agreed. This winter was absolutely brutal. Feel better soon.

Grace The Big Reveal said...

This was such a perfect image for how I feel today, too! Hope you are feeling better this afternoon. I find that coffee helps...and sometimes wine:)

Erin said...

I'm sorry you're having a crap week. I really hope it looks up very very soon. But thank you so much for sharing and being a normal person. You do such a wonderful job making the blog rich and varied and interesting, like a fantastic daily magazine, but it would be so much less good without your honesty and personhood behind it. We think you're wonderful just as you are!

Danielle Johnson said...

I have GAD (generalized anxiety disorder) and I most definitely have times where I am in a funk. Especially since I'm in grad school and the extra stress that comes with that. But then I'll feel much better, but then my worries kick in and I wonder how long I'll feel "better" for. It's a bad cycle so lately I've been trying to focus on the present only. You're one alone!

Kirsten Cowie said...

Hi Joanna,

This is the first time I've commented on your blog - even though I've been reading (and loving) your stories for years (before little Toby was born!).

Although the sun has finally started shining in Scotland, I can’t shake the winter heaviness either. A mixture of personal issues, sun deprivation induced vitamin D deficiency and a general lack of hootspa – I really hope to shake it off soon.

But, I thought I would share something that never fails to make me smile, even on the bluest of days. Are you ready? Just imagine a Tyrannosaurus Rex making up a king size bed. Those tiny arms. Those big sheets. Amazing.

I really hope you feel better soon, thank you for the daily inspiration.

Kx

Eleanor Rae said...

I'm pleased to hear it's not just me who feels sad for no reason when everything would appear to be fine. I hope the rest of this week is much happier for you! xxx

Chrissie said...

I'm a social worker and I can totally relate to how your feeling. What I tell my clients and myself is: Go for a run/do yoga/listen to classical music/ let the sun hit your skin/ wat foods like avocados and Nori and most importantly don't let yourself be isolated! (Spending time with your immediate family is great but doesn't count) And let go of all the "but my life is so great I shouldn't feel this way" guilt! Much love!

PY said...

I find it helpful to "medicate" with a book when I am feeling a little blah. Book medicating is actually a thing - complete with book doctors - heard them on the radio the other day. Anyway I started reading The Conscious Parent (because my sister said Oprah recommended it) and it is quite helpful. Hippy Dippy? Yes, extremely. But it also just taught me that some things just are what they are and you just need to sit with oridnary days and ordinary moods and soon enough they pass. I can't explain it well but it has made me more accepting and less reactive.

PY said...

I find it helpful to "medicate" with a book when I am feeling a little blah. Book medicating is actually a thing - complete with book doctors - heard them on the radio the other day. Anyway I started reading The Conscious Parent (because my sister said Oprah recommended it) and it is quite helpful. Hippy Dippy? Yes, extremely. But it also just taught me that some things just are what they are and you just need to sit with oridnary days and ordinary moods and soon enough they pass. I can't explain it well but it has made me more accepting and less reactive.

PY said...

I find it helpful to "medicate" with a book when I am feeling a little blah. Book medicating is actually a thing - complete with book doctors - heard them on the radio the other day. Anyway I started reading The Conscious Parent (because my sister said Oprah recommended it) and it is quite helpful. Hippy Dippy? Yes, extremely. But it also just taught me that some things just are what they are and you just need to sit with oridnary days and ordinary moods and soon enough they pass. I can't explain it well but it has made me more accepting and less reactive.

Carrie Krohn said...

Oh goodness, this is why I love the blog community. My OCD has been so bad this week, worse than it has been in years, and sometimes it's really easy to think you're alone in your distress. Thanks for reminding me that we're all in this together. Every time I have a distressing thought, I try to think "I accept you." Probably sounds silly but I swear it helps to acknowledge the anxiety without ruminating in it. Tomorrow is another day. :)

Dianne said...

I took a sick day myself today! I love the sage advice of all your readers here, especially the Vitamin D, avocado, and don't feel guilty about feeling down tips -- they are all spot on. Hang in there, and thanks for always keeping it so real.

Katharine Barnes said...

Thank you so much for this post. I have been feeling incredibly anxious for over a month and it can be overwhelming, even paralyzing. I love your blog and am touched that you would share this with us!

Jamy of Fourth Street said...

Like this to the tee. Thankful I am not the only one. xo.

Joanna Goddard said...

these comments are so, so amazing. thank you so much. (and kirsten, haha, i love your tip so much! too awesome)

solmaz eshraghi said...

oh Joanna, will it help you to know that your post today made me smile despite my similarly miserable mood? (i immediate shared it, of course)... these days, when i feel down, i remind myself "right this moment, somewhere in the world, someone is having the best day of their life"... every single time, the thought has pulled me through, as if the power of their happiness becomes a balance pole helping me negotiate the tight rope above the depression abyss ... i wish i could take credit for it, but i think i read the trick on reddit... feel better...

Hilary said...

Hi Joanna,
Thank you so much for sharing today. I got rejected from a job I was sure I was going to get. So it through me for a loop. As a result the overwhelming feelings take over and I get paralyzed. I wish so hard that I could turn off my brain and not overthink everything

Hilary said...

Hi Joanna,
Thank you so much for sharing today. I got rejected from a job I was sure I was going to get. So it through me for a loop. As a result the overwhelming feelings take over and I get paralyzed. I wish so hard that I could turn off my brain and not overthink everything

Lu said...

funny you should ask (you kind and thoughtful lady), but there is a phrase we turn down in the deep ole dirty South. it is called "dropping one's basket". and this week, i most definitely have. everything seemed to push together into a steam roller of feelings and thoughts and anxieties culminating with a meltdown and massive panic attacks (at work no less). don't drop your basket, love. hell, drop it if you need to!! it feels good to have a day you just drop the mic and peace out for a while. but, you are cared for and truly appreciated in many ways. meditate and hang in in any way you can.
love and sincerity, lulu

Katie said...

Thanks for posting! I have definitely been in a down mood today... did not feel like I started the week off right at work and am taking the stress home with me more than I usually do. At least things usually look up eventually... hopefully the advent of real spring (someday) will help!

I tried the Calm app that you wrote about--really like it for a middle-of-the-day moment of peace. Also, I like hiding in stairwells at work and doing stretches.

Mad About Ad said...

Oh man! So I am not alone. I have been returning to your blog a lot lately. And thanks for the Grand Canyon trick. It worked.

Bianca B said...

Thanks for sharing Jonna! From reading all the comments we all feel that way from time to time and keep it to our selfs. By sharing you started a conversation that helps people feel connect and not alone and that's a wonderful thing.

Thank you everyone for sharing.

Sending everyone lots of hugs and happiness. Xxx

Renae said...

Thanks for bringing this up Joanna - there is still too much of a stigma around issues of anxiety and/or depression. I know that it can just feel so heavy - literally can make you ache. I love acupuncture - need to go back. I also do well with a good cry, or I watch funny you tube videos as I lack the concentration for anything longer on down days. And, I read blogs like yours. This to shall pass. Promise!

Megan E said...

That's so hard to hear! I hope things get better.

I have to say, I always read your blog to make myself feel better! It has gotten me 60-80 weeks at university to dealing with graduating and becoming an adult.

I just love reading Cup of Jo so much! It always makes me feel better.

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Marin Elizabeth said...

joanna, thanks for sharing this today. it's easy to fall in to a trap of feeling that everyone else is so happy and for some reason i'm not. knowing that other people have the same feelings makes it easier to get through. i love how honest you are with your feelings.

helencounters said...

I am feeling the same this week :/ there is a lot up in the air for my family right now so I feel like my life is on hold, which makes me feel a bit strange and sad...also, my mom was visiting for a few days and she and my son get along sooo well so it's always difficult when she has to go back home. He said to her, "I want you to stay here forever." Breaks my heart! Hope the week perks up for you. I'm hoping for the same!!

Tish said...

It's so strange that you're feeling that way. I was having the same kind of day yesterday and oddly thought of you. You kind of serve as this totally hip mama that seems to know all the right things and all the right people. Feels even more strange to share how I get over the slumps.... The little fishes telling the big fishes life's little secrets of happiness.... Here's what I do: find a friend who can get the laughter flowing. If one is not available then I stroll funny YouTube sites. If nothing tickles that fancy then I meditate (oprah and deepak have a good one) last but not least I try to toot on demand lol something about a fart just makes me lose my shit (no pun intended) and my worries subdue for a time

Rachel said...

I love your blog for many reasons... But I think it's your authenticity above all that keeps bringing me back. Sending hugs. I've totally been there.


Roopika Malhotra said...

Hi Joanna, thanks for sharing this post. It's nice to see authenticity in the glossy, Pinterest-ready blogosphere. Sorry to hear you had a tough day...I agree with Esme though...a move to a sunnier climate really could help. I'm prone to anxiety, but ever since we moved to SoCal, it's really subsided. I'm convinced it's all the sunshine and vitamin D. Even if I'm having a stressful day, I rarely cry or get depressed the way I would on the east coast. Just today I was stuck in gridlock but staring up at a bunch of palm trees. I wasn't tense at all, but in NY, the traffic and energy of the city would have made my blood boil. Hope you feel better and thanks for posting even when you're not feeling it!

krisel keeper said...

I love your thoughts. Even the sad ones. I hear you. I've been very overwhelmed lately. A lot makes me cry. I see friends who are constantly happy and I wonder how is that possible? I just read through a couple weeks of your posts. The Grand Canyon and praying for others really resonated with me right now. I feel like I owe you a coping mechanism for all your great ideas....can't come up with anything. Oh, I got one. These moments of unhappiness, frustration, feeling down, etc usually happen for me when something is not ok in my life anymore. Sometimes I know, other times I don't initially know whats up. But I know if I allow myself to feel this way I will identify what needs to change and of course change is never easy. Finally the yucky feelings generate enough courage and umph to take the next step. So , I know that when I feel yuck, it's means something great is about to happen I just need to find courage. Find courage with the responsibility of kids seems harder but I think I'll find it again.... I pray you will find your peace to. Thank you for sharing such intimate feelings.

Vikike said...

wow so many comments. I know what you are talking about, I often feel like I have 30 pounds on top of me weighing me down and making any everyday task so hard! Im doing psychotheraphy (mainly because of anxiety since my baby was born with developmental problems but i was very anxious even before) and it helps a lot. Changes my life in a subtle, good way. Its expensive, but the best investment.

Kendriana said...

Same here, I think it's so cool that you're so open about mental health. I struggle with depression and anxiety as well around my "lady time," it's always great to know you're not alone.

Gina said...

This past week I've been feeling a little sad, too. The weather has been crazy and also my life. But I know I'll be better in a hurry, a you'll be too. :)

Julie Catherine Smith said...

This post is speaking to me right now. I'm 5 months pregnant, just started a new job after my old Company folded, and my husband and I are in search for a new Brooklyn apt. Sooo much change all at once and I have just not been myself lately. I just keep reminding myself that change is good and eventually I will settle into it all. I hope you have a better day today!!

leilani.e said...

It's heartening to hear this from someone I really admire, thanks! I'm in massive anxiety mode because my thesis was due monday and I'm holding onto it and freaking out because it's not quite right. Really need to push through but there's just so much panic in the way. I went to see a therapist for the first time a while a go and hearing that it was a reasonable, psychosomatic response to a stressful (series of) situation(s) was so wonderful. Now to learn to push through. We can do it! All the comments are giving me hope & perspective.

Unknown said...

If you're interested, I think a book that might be helpful is "The Happiness Trap" by Russ Harris. I know you're quite busy with blogging and babies, but it's an easy read and you can read it in bits and pieces. Even though I haven't retained everything from the book, I found it helpful for managing emotions like depression and anxiety which I also greatly struggle with. It sounds like a scary self help book but it isn't really. I just thought I would suggest it in case it proves helpful. I've read your blog for a long long time and love it! I think of you and pray for you. Thanks for being awesome :)

Bethany Trainor said...

Hey me too! Hope you feel better! I have nervous system damage due to my previously undiagnosed (20 years doc?? C'mon...) gluten intolerance/celiac disease, which results in lots of anxiety haha. But I guess it's not all bad--it keeps me from eating things I shouldn't! Silver lining? =) Wishing you happy times and energies, Jo.

Cheryl said...

Weird! I'm feeling the same way. Like the world is coming down on my shoulders alone. I'm enjoying my last 2 days of maternity leave and then I go back to work Monday. UGH. I can't turn my brain off AT ALL. Especially right before I go to bed and then again when I wake up :( I've been wanting to try this meditation studio by my house. Maybe! Well, hang in there because you are absolutely amazing and bring so many great things to us to read and think about and look at ;) Thank you.

Shop White Plum said...

Ugh, that is so how I feel right now! There is just too much on my mind to relax and take it easy! Thank you for the tip of taking deep breaths! I need to do that ASAP.

@shopwhiteplum

Fiyel Levent said...

Hope you are feeling better! I am also (often!) bombarded by a sense of underlying fear or sadness and I'm convinced something terrible is going to happen. It's a feeling I just can't shake and totally drives me bonkers. Days like those I wish I could just watch The Sound of Music on repeat and drink warm cups of mint tea. It's a relief to know others go through the same thing. :)

mybabyolivejuice.com said...

Ohmygosh, you are writing my own words. Seriously, BLARG completely sums it up. I do hear that it's because of the two blood moons; that April was hard for a lot of people because of that! I usually don't believe in that stuff...but I'm starting to believe it's true!

Manya said...
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Manya said...

I feel so low....I know that it's anxiety that brings depression. I've been here before but I don't know how to snap out of it.

Manya said...

I feel so low....I know that it's anxiety that brings depression. I've been here before but I don't know how to snap out of it.

Kate said...

Oh girl! It's been the week for it! Seems everyone's decided to be a flake and I am burnt out on it! Hope your weekend is better! xoxo

Stokes said...

The Cardinal Cross was a bitch! The good part is you come out of it stronger. I don't often believe this much in astrology but, woah: http://mysign.com/news/3133-how-cope-aprils-grand-cardinal-cross/

Emikos Werid Unexplained thoughts said...

I have the same thing,it makes me sick thats how bad my anxiety is. Feel better and get lots of air!!!

Shena - Platinum Digital Video said...

I understand how it is so frustrating and disrupting when you know everything is good in your life yet you have that old yucky feeling in your chest. You feel fine and happy and blessed, yet your body is feeling terrible. Zoloft helps if you can stand the side effects. I hope you feel better soon.

Sammi Egan said...

*huggles* I hope you're feeling better Joanna.

I'm having that sort of day today, just had a seriously long and crappy shift at work which did my head in, and uuughh, y'know. Otherwise I am ok, and tomorrow'll be a better day.

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