#Anxiety & Comfort Zones

Saturday, July 12, 2014

My twin sister has General Anxiety Disorder and has had it for a couple of years. I have learned many things of what to do and what not to do when it comes to helping her cope. But the main thing I have learned is that someone with anxiety needs routines and comfort zones. The last thing someone having an anxiety attack needs is to be pushed. It can actually make the attack worse. 

Routines are important because those with GAD do not handle new situations well. Routines allow them to control their anxiety in that moment and feel a sense of calmness. Comfort zones pretty much work the same way except that they need one major comfort zone and one minor comfort zone. What do I mean by this?

For most sufferers, home is their major comfort zone. They can handle their anxiety with family in a nurturing way. They aren't in public and can have an attack without judgement. It can even just be one room where they feel the most comfortable. For Twin, this would be the bedroom. It shields her from anything that could bring on an unexpected anxiety attack. She calls it her "bubble", which isn't uncommon for anxiety sufferers. Most of them will refer to their major comfort zone as their "bubble".

For a minor comfort zone, this is where they feel a little anxiety, but know an anxiety attack will most likely not happen. A minor comfort zone can be a car, a friend's house, or even the lake. It all depends on where the person has fun. It keeps their mind off their anxiety (and anything that could be currently causing the anxiety like a situation at home). Since Twin and I love going to our local park, that would be her minor comfort zone. We are able to enjoy nature, staring at the Brazos River, and just talk. But we also enjoy sitting out into the back breezeway at night (since she also has Social Anxiety), pouring our hearts out. 

So remember, comfort zones are important for those with anxiety. They need it to cope with anxiety. Be there for them and allow them to stay in their comfort zone. They'll appreciate it more than you know.

Glade Giveaway + Coupon

Tuesday, July 8, 2014
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Monday, July 7, 2014
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4th of July Printables!

Friday, July 4, 2014
Today is the 4th of July and in case you need something to keep little ones occupied while you get everything set up, here are some printables that they will fall in love with!

1. 4th of July Scavenger Hunt printable via Moritz Fine Designs
2. 4th of July printable coloring pages via Crazy About My Baybah
3. 4th of July printable word search via Printables4Kids
4. 4th of July printable pinwheels via Craft Jr

I hope everyone has a fantastic July 4th! Be safe, be merry, and have fun!

Behind the Screen (Who I Am)

Thursday, July 3, 2014
For some bloggers (like myself), it is hard to show strangers our true selves without the fear of being judged. But I started thinking, "Screw that! I don't care what anyone thinks of me. I am myself!".

So you wanna know the real me? First and foremost, I am a geek. I love Star Wars, Doctor Who, and the original Star Trek. In fact, I have a Yoda t-shirt, Yoda slippers, and a light saber flashlight. I always have a reference to those at any given moment. I am not ashamed to be a geek!

I tend to be VERY sarcastic, but never rude. There is a fine line and I know not to cross that line. But I am mostly sarcastic to friend and family. So if I am ever sarcastic towards you, consider yourself a friend!

I am also very talkative, almost to the point of being annoying. I get it honestly from my mom and dad, who both are talkative as well. Just don't catch me on a day where I've had little sleep and a lot of caffeine - you might regret it.

Last but not least, I am FAR from being a morning person. I am really grumpy when I wake up and prefer complete silence until I am completely awake. If I ever get married, my future husband better be ready for the morning monster. My mom has seen it quite a few times, as has Twin. Now they just leave me alone until I'm awake enough to socialize.

Yep, that's me - almost. There are some details I dare not disclose, but now you know more about me than you have in the past!

What is one thing about you that people would have never guessed?