• Mental Health

    Three Foundational Practices That Helped My Anxiety

    When my journey to “get rid of” anxiety started I had no idea where to begin. I didn’t know why it started and I didn’t know how to make it go away. After several years it seemed like there was no hope for change. What I didn’t know was that with vulnerability, research, and trial/error, I would begin to find freedom from the constant fear. As the years went by I tried many different ways to support myself. It began with: 1. Socializing: This was a great way to not feel as isolated, but when you are afraid of having a meltdown in public it can become claustrophobic. Another word…

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    The Beginning

    It began in church on a beautiful, sunny, California day. Suddenly I felt ill. Nausea appeared out of no where and my heart began to race. The room easily held a thousand people. I glanced around nervously and became paranoid that I would get sick in front of everyone. I told my parents I didn’t feel well and stood up. I tried to inconspicuously scoot out of my row as I felt hundreds of eyes look my way. I breathed a sigh of relief when I finally made it to the other side of the room and out the doors. As I stepped outside I felt slightly better. My parents…

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  • Faith

    Middle Moments

    Each day I ride the MAX train to work. Here in Portland, Oregon the transit system is a fantastic way to save money, see the diversity in the area, and have a simple moment to breathe. However, each morning begins with a rush to catch the train. I–and each passenger boarding with me–seem to always be fast walking or running as the train approaches the stop. We hear the familiar bells signaling the arrival of the train. We take a deep breath, watch the train pull up, and step inside hoping to get a seat. After we’ve found our place, we settle into a place of distraction or escape from the…

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