• Coping with High Functioning Anxiety
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    How I Cope With High-Functioning Anxiety

    {Guest Post} Today’s post comes from Courtney Hollenbeck, who runs the inspirational Invisible Crown blog. I hope her tips for anxiety management will help you peacefully navigate the often-stressful holiday season! People pleaser. Over thinker. Procrastinator. Insomniac. Dwells on past mistakes. Nervous. Flaky. Loyal to a fault. These are all attributes of a person who struggles with high functioning anxiety. I am that person. To the outside observer, I’m a high-achieving, ambitious, and positive person who loves people. All of those things can be true, but take a peek inside my head and you’ll see the perpetual, gnawing anxiety beneath them. Stage Fright In my youth, I was involved in every possible performing arts…

  • My Experience with DNRS - A Natural Treatment for Chronic Illness
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    My Experience with DNRS – A Natural Treatment for Chronic Illness

    Three years ago, I developed Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. It started with extreme fatigue, but within a year, I had a long list of strange symptoms. I suffered from stomach pain, food sensitivities, sore throat, swollen glands, burning ears, dizziness, brain fog, and more. My doctors were completely stumped, and I was desperate for relief. During this time, I read a blog post about the Dynamic Neural Retraining System or DNRS. The writer had suffered from debilitating fatigue, digestive issues, chronic inflammation, and multiple chemical sensitivities for 11 years. But using the DNRS program, she made a complete recovery. At the time, it sounded too good to be true. How could one program cure all…

  • My Experience with EMDR Therapy
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    Using EMDR Therapy to Heal Chronic Fatigue

    For the past three months, I’ve been using EMDR therapy to treat my Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. It’s an unusual approach: using the mind to heal the body. But when your disease has no treatment, you go to some weird lengths to heal. Some patients try extreme diets, untested supplements, and even parasites in the pursuit of healing. In comparison, going to therapy seems pretty innocuous. But many CFS patients have a big issue with this kind of treatment. Our symptoms are so strange that we’re often written off as “crazy” or having a problem that’s “all in our head.” Doing a mind-based therapy feels like admitting insanity. I get it. I flinched whenever…

  • how to find a therapist who's right for your needs and budget
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    How to Find the Right Therapist for You

    I’ve seen a few therapists in my lifetime. Okay, more than a few. My childhood was peppered with traumatic events, so I was the kid who went to divorce camps and grief counselors instead of summer camps with fun counselors. As an adult, I’ve continued to see therapists for anxiety and trauma-related illness. Some of them have been good, a few have been awful, and one has been the most healing thing that’s happened to me in a long time. As the saying goes, you have to kiss a few frogs before you find a prince, and the same is true for therapists. It can take a while to find a therapist who’s…

  • Health,  Sustainability

    Switching to Natural Deodorant

    For 27 years, I didn’t give much thought to my deodorant. I slapped it on in the morning and never bothered to read the ingredients. Then, I got really sick. Living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome made me rethink everything I was putting IN and ON my body.Β Things that once seemed harmless now made me react with pain, swelling, and fatigue. As I lay in my sickbed, I started reading everything I could get my hands on about getting healthy. Over and over, I came across people who’d switched to natural products and saw a difference in their health. So I decided to give it a try. When I first started switching to natural…

  • My Chronic Fatigue Story
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    My Chronic Fatigue Story

    Three years ago, I had a new baby, a new job, and a one-way ticket to France. This seemed surprisingly normal to me. I’d been in the habit of clustering major life changes. Within a few months of graduating college, I was engaged and traveling in Turkey. Three weeks after Sam and I got married, we moved to Kosovo and began work in missions. When I got pregnant, we made another international move. This was our life: bold, adventurous, invincible. Until it wasn’t. Today, I have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and spend about 75% of my time in bed. Like many people with CFS, I also struggle with intermittent brain fog, memory impairment, dizziness, muscle…