Folding Laundry: A Small Epiphany

Menial habits save lives. Or at least, they save days. I woke up this morning feeling a lot of anticipatory anxiety. That’s not quite true, actually- I woke up this morning feeling fine, and then somehow, between climbing the ladder down from my bed and finishing breakfast, weighed myself down with many thoughts filled with […]

A Mindful Breakfast

Ask anyone who knows me well, and they’ll answer unequivocally: I love breakfast. It’s hands-down my favorite meal. Eggs in any form delight me, oatmeal is a daily staple, and the smell of soft, warm sprouted grain bread popping out of the toaster makes me instantly happy. I’m smiling just thinking about it. Yet, a […]

The Food-Mood Connection

As a young teenager, I truly didn’t see a relationship between what I put in my body and how I felt, apart from my immediate emotional reaction. My idea of happiness was consecutive bowls of cereal with milk, giant bites of cheerios with slices of sweet banana. I loved the indulgent feeling of taking a […]

The Agoraphobia Workout

Let’s briefly revisit December 2012, almost three and a half years ago, when three consecutive days of panic attacks took me from a fearless life alone in Washington Heights to a sobbing, nonfunctional heap on my childhood bed. This was one of the most difficult, terrifying periodsĀ of my life so far. In the weeks after […]

#My5MinuteWalk

Dear TPB Community, I’d love your help. A few days ago, when I was feeling particularly agoraphobic, I remembered an article I once read (find it here) from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, statingĀ that even a five minute walk could help with feelings and symptoms of anxiety and depression. I’ve remembered this article […]