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Panic attack chronicles: Don't let your mental illness bully you

My husband drove us home in my car, sans groceries. I sobbed the whole way, shaking and panicking, and thinking "I'm such a weak fucking loser. I wonder if he'll leave me. I hope he does — he'd be better off."

But having panic attacks/mental illness doesn't make you unlovable, or a bad partner, as long as you are being proactive about caring for your mental health…

Guilt, comfort zones, and buffer days: Dealing with vacation anxiety (yes, it's a thing!)

I'm going on vacation! I booked a real, non-weekend-only trip where I'll fly outside of the United States for the first time in 16 years. I'm so excited and grateful. But on top of that gratefulness and excitement is a bit of anxiety. I know, I know, get over myself and embrace the vacay. I plan to, but I still need to deal with a few latent fears and anxieties that I know some of y'all are also feeling about vacation.

Here's how I'll be handling vacation anxiety…

The perpetual anxiety of never knowing if my job will be abolished: How I deal with job insecurity

Guys, I'm currently working my dream job. It's awesome. But the very existence of my job is dependent on outside factors, and is re-evaluated every six months. The last year in particular has been really really uncertain; I've kept my job, but just barely. The next evaluation is looking very grim.

I've found ways of dealing with the perpetual anxiety of never knowing if my job will be abolished. Maybe these tips can help others with job uncertainty, like me…