Thoughtful Thursday: Being Present is a Present, a Reflection and Life Update

IMG_6064Happy Thursday, friends! Apologies for the late post, but I didn’t know how to say what I wanted to say without being long-winded. That was a mountain I didn’t quite conquer, so bear with me. I don’t know much, but what I do know now is that for the first time in my entire adult life, I can honestly say that I feel happy, calm, and centered. I’ve always been the type of person who looks ahead in life and believes that if I have the next best thing or what my heart desires, then I can be happy and live the perfect life. The problem with this thinking, however, is that it means my happiness is solely dependent on the unforeseeable future and on what was not and could not be guaranteed. If I couldn’t guarantee achieving the next best thing, then I couldn’t be happy. Living in the future felt like a constant wheel I just couldn’t get off of–a state of mind I couldn’t escape. It was also an unproductive and unhealthy place to be. I can only imagine what I’ve missed out on because I was too afraid to be still and live in the moment. If only I knew early on how easy it could be to start over. I know it’s not this easy for others, but all it took for me was a conversation with a new friend, a new moon, setting new intentions, and intentionally practicing daily meditation to completely change my mindset for the better and recognize that being present is the best present of all. I hope this is a start for you.

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Wellness Wednesday: When I Feel Anxious…

Happy Wellness Wednesday, friends! Despite my relatively even-keeled, chill, and positive personality, I can surprisingly be a rather anxious person. While never debilitating or persistent, my anxiety can sometimes flair up when I have to present a major project, sit for an exam, drive behind a slow driver, or wait for a crush to respond to a text. My hands get sweaty, my heart starts racing, and it’s so hard to breathe. I know that sounds terribly dramatic, but those moments often feel dramatic and high-stakes. If this sounds remotely familiar, I want you to know you’re not alone. In fact, the National Institute of Mental Health reports that more than 25% of 13 to 18 year olds have an anxiety disorder at some point in their life.

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Dear Kermit: Managing Anxiety

Happy Tuesday, friends! Since entering the wonderful world of private school teaching, I have noticed my students are dealing with a type of stress, exhaustion, pressure, competition, and anxiety I don’t think existed a few years ago. For some, it’s debilitating. For others, it’s embarrassing. But I want you to know anxiety isn’t something that should be shamed or stigmatized. Anxiety is normal. Anxiety isn’t dangerous. Anxiety can be problematic. Anxiety is manageable. Take a listen to today’s Dear Kermit podcast for three tips to better manage your anxiety, and comment below if you have any additional strategies that work well for you!