Here is my story of worry and anxiety. I remember having anxiety since I was very small, suffering from extreme separation anxiety when starting school. I was very shy. I stayed back in the first grade because there was no mandatory kindergarten and I was too quiet.
My mom and dad both showed signs of anxiety, especially social anxiety. My mom might have had generalized anxiety disorder.
As a child, I showed signs of OCD and social anxiety. I also worried a lot about things that I was afraid would happen, but never did.
I performed poorly in school because I had undefined learning disabilities that were not discovered until high school when I was funking math. I was then placed in a special education resource class.
I was very idealistic in my teens and twenties. I wanted to be a great nursery school teacher. I went to community college, majoring in Early Childhood Education. I worked in daycare, mostly with preschoolers, though my gift really was with infants and toddlers.
I was forced to end my career in daycare because of severe anxiety and depression. I went back to college, but did not graduate. I decided instead that I want to have my own online business.
My skills and talents are working with infants, toddlers, and elderly with dementia and being a peer support worker for people with mental health challenges.
I had to end my career in early childhood education because of depression. I later went back to college, but because of my anxiety and depression, I never graduated. I decided then I really didn’t want or need a degree. Instead I want to start my own business.
It took a while to decide that I didn’t want to be a coach, but a blogger. More specifically, I wanted to help other by offering courses and a membership.
For a time, I volunteered as a mental health peer support worker. I liked it a lot and know I have much to offer by supporting others with a mental health challenge.
I am doing much better now with worry and anxiety. I use medication, prayer, and self-help to balance my life and live a good life. I recently started a yoga class. Calm is my new norm.
I just started reading a new book titled “Wise Mind Living” by Erin Olivo, PHD. It has a 6 week program using CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behavioral therapy), and MBCT (Mindful Based Cognitive Therapy). I highly recommend it.
I was diagnosed with a binge eating disorder and a mild case of body dysphoria. I haven’t binged much since I’ve been on antidepressants, but I am overweight.
I have a habit of losing and gaining weight. Diets don’t work for me. I do my best by avoiding certain foods. I am working on getting to the root of why I overeat. It’s weird, but when I lose weight, it starts out slowly as I get into the rhythm of losing weight. For a lot of women, weight comes off fast, then it slows down.
I been a vegan since April 1st. Though I want to eat a healthy diet, I am basically a junk food vegan. I eat too much processed and ready-made foods but that is changing.
On this blog, I will share my journey of working on why I am emotional eating and letting go of cravings. I basically been using EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) tapping to manage cravings and overeating.
I chose to study EFT and got my level one certificate (which is for personal use only). I want to continue to study EFT. The key is to use it regularly twice a day. Also you should do it when your cravings are strong and before you give in to them.