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Mind-Body Connection and Finding the Hidden Reasons for Anxiety: Week In Review

One of the things I like most about Meg’s Week In Review, is how it forces/encourages us to break down our…lives, in a sense…into one week periods. Each weekend I look back on the previous 7 days… only the previous 7 days… and assess what they felt like. How I felt, what I did, how I was affected and therefore, what I am learning.  I don’t look back to a month ago, nor do I try to figure out how I’ve grown in a years’ time.  I’m planning not for or thinking about the 7 days to come. On a grand scale of things, it really is epic practice in staying in the present moment (a moment in this capacity being one week). 

Doing this makes one week matter

Its not just one week of our lives that we crumble into all the others, resulting in a 52 installment bowl of pudding. That one week – each week – gets the spot light. It gets complete attention and is deserving of everything that it brought us. Like people…. each one is important. Each one matters. 

This has absolutely nothing to do with today’s post. I just wanted to get that out. 

Last week was a weird one.  I’m not exactly sure what’s going on, but as I look back and go through my accomplishments, some things are starting to make more sense. Another benefit of the weekly review. I apologize if this ends up being rather “mind dump-y.”  Let me try to go through it, and maybe shed some clarity both for you and I. 

 

  • I had a lot of anxiety. But not like… bad… anxiety, necessarily? More like, from Monday morning on, my body was in a heightened state of adrenaline. I was buzzing. I mentioned this in my post on Friday that I was feeling an extra surge of energy, and this to some degree is fine. But it began to get more unnerving as the days went on because in the mornings I felt like I was hopping on caffeine, without having had a drop. I don’t know if it is the workouts, the added food, a revved up metabolism, or if it is my body working preemptively to protect me from oncoming “dangers.” Aka. Feelings. It’s a really weird time of year, as I’ve mentioned before, as my training comes to a close and there’s so many unknowns and many inevitable fears on the horizon.  Our bodies are fascinating how they can respond to seemingly subconscious stresses even before our minds know what they are feeling. So anyways. I dealt with that and had many mornings and days where I just had no idea what the hell I was feeling or what to do about it. I hope to find some grounding again next week. 

 

  • I performed my 30 minute one woman “show” on Monday, which was a huge project I had been writing and working on since the summer. All that work and just like that….done. I was really proud of my piece by the end. Unfortunately I did not perform it as I would have liked to, and thus was pretty disappointed for a while. I let my brain run itself to the GROUND over each detail for the 72 hours following. But after I let it do its thing, I remembered that it still came across as the piece I wrote and no one besides me would have known my “mistakes.” I got some wonderful feedback from a director I hold in high esteem, so I have to let that calm me. The curse of the actor. Never fully satisfied with self performance. 

 

  • I also watched a crap tone of other performances every night this week. They were awesome, but my bum is hating me for it. Both performing and watching brought up feelings of jealousy, competition, self consciousness and vulnerability. All icky feelings rumbling down inside me somewhere. 

 

  • In terms of those little tasks that take forever to get done, I finally deposited the three checks sitting beside my door. I followed up with an agent. I paid for an audition subscription that I’ve been putting off. And I finalized and paid my tenant insurance. 

 

  • I got a new phone! Goodbye handy-down-cracked-near-dead-iPhone. Hello more anxiety, confusion and headaches.  I press what button to do, what?!

 

  • ….and then took myself out for a much needed sit down. Sales reps + trying to understand technology + anything to do with money +  crowded areas = Cora needs to go sit down and breathe a bit….

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  • I also ordered a donut pan.  Basically my anxiety lead me to my wallet?? Funny how that makes me feel better and guilty at the same time. Ugh….. Though in defense, all these things were needed and/or long long desired. And I deserve it. 

 

  • I prepared for an audition which got me into a studio for two really good practice sessions. And which forced me to get out my ukulele. A much needed reunion. 

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  • I published one post on my Recent Eats and Adding Calories and responded to comments. To follow up with that post I will say, the scones and cookies are not ending. In fact, they’ve been going stronger than ever. I packed a nice solid salad a couple days for lunch and did I want them? …..Hell no. I do NOT want salads right now. I want comfort. I ate one salad and it tasted gross, so I totally ignored the next one and took myself out for a scone instead. Is that out of control? Is that healthy? Don’t care. My brain is not even willing to entertain these thoughts right now. No.

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  • But I DID make two fabulous, wonderfully healthy dinners for Dan and I with lots of veggies and whole food goodness. No pictures though, because when I’m with Dan I’m not a blogger.

 

  • I sat down for some script work that I’ve been putting off heavily. 

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  • I also sat down one afternoon after a tiring bike ride, when I realized I had about 45 minutes before rehearsal, and just spontaneously pulled out my journal. I sat by the window with a coffee (which tasted SO amazing in this moment of quiet reprieve) and slowly wrote. This was actually the most grounded, relaxed and content I felt all week, right here. It was so nice. 

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Ahhhhh. 

  • I got a massage. 

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Ahhhhh #2

  • I fixed my blog commenting issues!! (I hope…)

 

  • I talked to Ellie on the phone!! She. Is. AWWESOMMME

 

  • Annnnd I went to see the band, Mother Mother with Dan. One of our absolute favorite bands from British Columbia. Check them out. 

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Holy crap I did a lot this week. 

Okay so as I see it, there are valid reasons for this underlying adrenaline I am feeling:

– Coming to the end of training; seeing others get praise and auditions; fear and unknowingness for what comes next
– Performing something extremely vulnerable which meant a lot to me and that I really wanted to go well  (both the before and after affects)
– Comparing myself to others and questioning my future success and talent
– More food going into me and new thoughts toward letting go of food cares; it is feeling good, but no doubt this may be part of the “hidden feelings of oncoming danger” that my body is trying to put up some guard against

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Its amazing how we (I) will just add and add and add to our “to do lists”  in order to distract ourselves from hard feelings. That’s probably some of what I was doing this week. Like, if I just KEEP DOING THINGS maybe these feeligns will go away?? When really, it just piles ontop of the already-there anxieties and doesn’t give whatever-it-is a chance to tell us what it needs to.

It was a great week in many ways. Lots done and new things purchased. A lot of awareness and attempts to figure out this anxiety (hell I got myself a massage, scones, AND retail therapy… come ON!!). I am staying aware through it all. And thus, I am learning, even if I can’t quite get a clear grasp around the issues to choke them out quiet them down. My attempts to get my feet on the ground havn’t really worked yet, but I think as long as I am staying aware, I will come out the other side. 

For now I need to take myself off the rat wheel. Take a step back, sit in silence, feel my feet on the floor and get centered for a new week. 

Tell me,

Do you notice a mind-body connection when there are stressors in your life? Do you ever feel like your body knows when you are anxious about something even before your mind does??

When you are anxious do you to try to distract yourself by piling on your to do list?

Retail therapy – a help or hindrance?

 

40 COMMENTS

  1. Cindy | 12th Mar 17

    First of all, I kid you not, I gasped when I read that you finally deposited three checks sitting beside my door. Yesterday, I went to the bank to deposit three checks – and you guessed it, they were sitting next to my door. Congratulations for the show! A 30-minute piece is certainly a huge project. What an accomplishment!
    I can’t wait to see what tasty things will come out of your kitchen now that you have a donut pan. I’m predicting some cauliflower, chocolate, and quinoa?
    Feeling grounded, relaxed, and content is something I’m always striving to achieve. Sometimes I’m so caught up in the hustle-bustle of things I have to do, and things I don’t want to do, that I forget to live in the moment.
    Yay for massages! I’m lucky in that I work at a physiotherapy/chiropractic clinic for my co-op, which offers massage therapy – and I get discounted massages. Must make the best of that before I head back to Waterloo for school.
    As for that mind-body-brain connection, I think you’re right about our brains realizing our anxiety before our bodies experience it. Although I can’t quite recall a moment where this happened!
    Fantastic post as usual. You always inspire me to be honest with myself, satisfied with where I’m at, and respect myself. Plus you have great pics of baked goods. 😉

    • Cora | 13th Mar 17

      Haha well we are procrastinator twins!
      I’m SO Excited to see what donuts come out my kitchen, too!! There may be some total flops and fails as I experiment, but I’ll eat them all regardless. Cause… donuts!!!
      I think we all get caught up in the hustle and bustle and stimulation of our world that we forget to actually see whats in front of us, or whats in side us. We just need to try and practice it each day. So jealous of where you work. I would get myself a massage EVERY WEEK. Do it for me, ya?

  2. chasetheredgrape | 13th Mar 17

    I’m so glad your performance went well… Besides all those little niggles we get when we review our performance. Gosh with the CrossFit Open going on at the moment I feel like I am in the spotlight at our box and my performance being constantly measured and reviewed, not only by myself but by others. And then you watch everyone else and those jealousy and resentment feelings come up, even though you are pleased for those you are watching…. Ah I know how you feel.
    And major high five from me for that phone purchase. I can feel the money anxiety right there! The day we bought our iPhones (we bought them outright) I needed a stiff drink after!

    • Cora | 13th Mar 17

      Yeppppp you nailed it. We can absolutely still be pleased and proud of others’ work, but especially when we are watching person after person after person, it is only human to have those other emotions arise.
      Jen I totally thought of you all last week with my purchases. You get what that brings up…
      UGH but we gotta do it!!

  3. Susie @ Suzlyfe | 13th Mar 17

    Congratulations on your performance! I understand your disappointment in yourself with not being A++. I used to get it all the time in horseshows. And it sucks. You know you are better. But I am glad that you talked to the director and made that connection!
    I also love that you said “When I am with Dan I am not a blogger.” THIS IS SO IMPORTANT.
    I understand where you are at right now–I am in the same headspace. I typically shut down or amp up, but it goes to extremes. This weekend, I did a bit of both, but it was definitely a productivity oriented weekend (though I didn’t get several things that need to be done, done!). Have a great week, lass!
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    • Cora | 13th Mar 17

      I do think you can totally relate. Its like, you can have this big thing looming over you that could be coming in the not too distant future, but you can’t see it clearly, or whether it will actually come to fruition, so you don’t know how to prepare or feel about it. I think you used you used your pre-emptive energy to your advantage this weekend to make ALL THE FOOD.

  4. Kate | 13th Mar 17

    You accomplished a lot! I would’ve loved to see your monologue. And you are so right, no one else had a clue you messed up.
    Distraction is definitely best for me when it comes to anxiety. I have the kind of anxiety that locks me in and makes it difficult to focus on anything else. So I try to distract myself when I feel the anxiety arising to prevent it from getting to the paralyzing point.
    I don’t do much retail therapy but I do like to drive when I feel stressed.
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    • Cora | 13th Mar 17

      Yes in this situation I do think distraction is really the best. Anxiety could do harm if you let it get to the paralyzing point. In other situations I think distraction could be a hindrance as – what I do – I only keep myself from addressing what I need to and add on the anxiety by adding on things to do. We just need to know ourselves! Driving is an awesome de-stressor. I miss driving.

  5. Sarah @ Bucket List Tummy | 13th Mar 17

    What a week, phew. I’m tired just looking back at it! A massage sounds unbelievably deserved, my friend. I love how you said that when you’re with Dan, you’re not a blogger! So important to have that time with loved ones without distraction. When I’m anxious, I think I try to hide from things more and just have me time.
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    • Cora | 13th Mar 17

      Yeahhhh I was tired looking back on it too! The massage was so needed. And felt really really good.

  6. danielle | 13th Mar 17

    i found myself nodding my head a lot while reading this, evenmore than usual. i always feel my anxiety in my tummy and my teeth, oddly enough. ok well not only did i have a pretty decent ED for 20 + years, i was also born with missing teeth.. oh geez it’s always so complicated to explain but basically i had a few baby teeth that didn’t have permanent teeth underneath. i used ot think i was seriously cursed because i’ve had so much ‘stuff’ going on with my mouth.. health… body.. all the time. basically all my life. and that used to lead to feelings of extreme sadness and hopelessness, which basically went back to the ED behaviors. well thanks to that fun cycle i earned myself many more dental procedures. my mouth is a constant reminder of how my lifestyle choices have made a real impact. i can’t hide from it. trust me i tried. it’s like mother nature knows and wants me to beat this thing no matter what. i really don’t have a choice, i HAVE to take care of myself. i can’t afford not to. when they told me i might have dentures by 30 that was sort of a reality check. 8 years later i’m close but at least all the bottom teeth are mine. i fully intend to face my demons now adn stop hiding.
    OK apparently my lack of sleep has resulted in a rant. i’m sorry for going off, clearly i’ve had anxiety because i’ve had a lot of recent dental work done. fixing and cleaning up some things, replacing 30 year old fillings.. i’m actually at a point for the first time since i was 3 (yes 3!) years old that i don’t really need anything major done to my teeth for as long as i can take care of myself. that’s literally never happened so it’s a big deal for me, quietly inside. it’s just pretty crazy how this journey has been.
    so yeah, i’ve felt some anxiety and been going through some changes. my goals right now are to let go of all the crap that makes me foggy. my goal is CLARITY. i want to be mentally sharp again. i want to feel clear. i want to have a mind that is like a crystal lake, filled with possibilities 🙂
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    • Cora | 13th Mar 17

      Wow, Danielle, this is fascinating. You have had such a journey. A long, tiring, frustrating, difficult and worrisome journey. I would think at points it felt like you just weren’t being given a break. Or that someone was always out to “get you.” This IS a big deal. I hope you feel so proud of where you are now, after all those years of pushing through.
      Our bodies are crazy. Life lessons are crazy. It can be crazy what we learn when we are given shitty hands constantly dealt to us. The way you have continued fighting, and how you are determined to get that life of peace and clarity that you so DESERVE is absolutely astounding. Its beautiful. Its fierce.
      I have so many questions for you about how you’ve dealt with your anxieties in the past. But what you share with me helps me in of themselves. Thank you, and KEEP GOING! I see that crystal lake so close!!!

  7. Heather @ Polyglot Jot | 13th Mar 17

    My body is always the first to know when my anxiety is off the charts…even before I want to admit it to myself! Hope this week’s a bit smoother for you. Totally jealous of those awesome massage shoes!
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    • Cora | 13th Mar 17

      Wow – so interesting eh!? I’m glad I’m not alone!!

  8. Emily Swanson | 13th Mar 17

    Stress on my mind affects my body so much; I know exactly what you mean. Isn’t it incredible how God designed us to be whole people, that have so many ins and outs to us?

    And I would be TERRIFIED of doing a solo performance; you go girl; that sounds like a huge accomplishment.

    A massage sounds really nice right now; I’m glad you did that!!!

    Also, it’s so true that it can be inspiring watching other performers and discoverers and influencers, but you can’t do it too much or else it’s so easy to get buried in comparison and jealousy, and that’ just not helpful. I find myself doing that and I have to step back and just get off of social media and go enjoy other things.
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    • Cora | 13th Mar 17

      The mind body connection, and how they look out for each other is absolutely fascinating.
      This is SO true em!! I totally didn’t think about the relevancy of HOW MUCH I was watching others perform last week, and how this can be the exact same thing as too much social media – or any other stimulation where it is easy to get wrapped up in compassion and jealousy. The more we see/surround ourselves with it, the more chance those thoughts have to get into us and affect us. I guess we all need to know our limits and then put on our blinders.

  9. Joyce @ The Hungry Caterpillar | 13th Mar 17

    So much to say. Sounds like a bit of a roller coaster week, with a lot of anxiety and a lot of healthy attempts to cope with that anxiety. I love how you use this Week in Review as a reflection tool to help see what’s working and what’s not.
    Your one-woman show. First of all, congratulations! You worked so hard on that, and I have no doubt that it was awesome. I think all artists can be really down on ourselves sometimes. I know I feel that with my thesis. I go back and forth between thinking my is groundbreaking and genius and will change the world to feeling convinced it’s boring, cliche crap that only my parents and boyfriend would ever want to sympathy read. 😛 It’s so hard, after you worked so long, to feel like you didn’t do your absolute best. That would spin in my mind for days afterward too. I’m so glad you got great feedback from the director, and, as you’ve pointed out, I’ve no doubt that many or all of the moments that feel like “mistakes” in the performers mind go totally unnoticed by the audience.
    I can almost always guess which post is yours in the linkup just by looking at the image. Scone and a latte? I’ll bet that’s Cora. 😉 It’s part of your shtick.
    Technology. I’m so glad you got a new phone, and glad you got a break afterwards. I’m *not* a tech girl (as evidenced by the fact that my phone is too lousy even to take pictures on), and I would find that super-overwhelming too.
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    • Cora | 14th Mar 17

      YUP. One day you can feel great about it, and the next morning it is “UTTER CRAP.” Oh us creatives. So temperamental.
      BAHA… to your image comment. Oh geez. Am I THAT typical? Ah well. I love me my scones!

  10. Kat | 13th Mar 17

    Sounds like you’ve got a lot going on girl!! I know that sometimes it can be disappointing when something doesn’t go like we had planned but you are 100% right – we are our own worst critics! I’m glad that you got some positive feedback. Hopefully that gives you the encouragement needed to keep on going and push aside any negative or apprehensive feelings that may be trying to get in your way. As a fellow ED warrior let me just say that the fact that you even do solo performances is a HUGE victory. I am still so dang self-aware/self-conscious that I could never put myself out there like that to be judged. Talk about nerves and anxiety! I would faint lol
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    • Cora | 14th Mar 17

      Ah… thanks Kat. Maybe you should challenge yourself in little ways to start getting yourself out there? You have SO much beauty, inside and out, to share with people. Have you ever thought of teaching some sort of fitness class?
      But yes, the “everyone looking at me” is definitely not comfortable, even for someone like me who does it daily. You just kinda learn to… fake it? Aha. Why I picked a career that is based on spotlight and nerves and anxiety I DONT KNOW.

  11. Jamie@TheMomGene | 13th Mar 17

    I make myself SO BUSY when I get anxious. I think it’s something about being able to cross things off the list that I find soothing. I’m practicing sitting when I get stressed and listening to music. Music soothes the savage beast (Jamie). Speaking of being still stressful times, I was SUPPOSED to get a couples massage with Jody for his birthday on Saturday but it snowed and the masseuse cancelled. Sad face. Sad face. Sad face. We went shopping for desk chairs instead. Spoiler: not as fun.
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    • Cora | 14th Mar 17

      Its really interesting isn’t it? We are usually anxious because we have too much to do or things that we don’t want to do, and yet somehow we think creating things to do and scratching them off the list is soothing.
      NO TO THE SNOW!! BOO!! I damn well hope you rescheduled!?!

  12. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets | 13th Mar 17

    I love reading your perspective on the WIR. It’s refreshing and eye opening all at the same time. For me, I find it to be pretty damn incredible that I have an electronic journal, pictures included of Ave’s life. I’m hoping she can look back on it when she’s older and enjoy it (or run screaming in horror 🙂 ).

    I think you need to do more watching other people’s performance, mainly because it makes you uncomfortable and does bring up some tough emotions. Like everything else, the more you do it, the easier it will become. Also you’ll probably start to learn a lot.

    Here here to whole food dinners and lots of baked goods.

    You’re a rock star.

    Happy Monday and here’s to a great week.
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    • Cora | 13th Mar 17

      Ave is going to fricken love it. She’ll learn that she was basically the QUEEN of the blog-osphere and had a global fan club following even before she could read.
      As always, you are so right. I totally do need to watch other peoples’ performances – especially my peers – more often. It is hard for me, and I need practice putting on those mental blinders to accept their work and not compare it to my own. How are you so smart?

  13. Evangeline | 13th Mar 17

    Writing and massages…heck yeah. Sounds like a great way to combat those stressful/anxious feelings. Even if the feelings are channeled productively, we still need a break from the constant go go go. My anxiety leads me to grocery shop compulsively. It’s not too bad though because my parents are happy to eat up whatever my spazzy brain decides to buy. You DID have a super productive week. Kudos to you. That’s something to be proud of, not just the tangible accomplishments but the mental ones too.
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    • Cora | 13th Mar 17

      Oh yes my anxiety – or boredom – definitely leads me to the grocery store. And money spent that I did not need to spend. It was GREAT when I was home with my parents in the summer and had other mouths to help me out, but now… well it calls for some extra shoveling down of food and making up interesting recipes before things go bad.

  14. Juli@1000lovelythings | 13th Mar 17

    Yay for new phones, doughnut pans and massages! And taking the time to journal spontaneously in a what looks like crazy busy week from the outside.
    I can relate so much to your last week. This high on caffeine without drinking too much caffeine feeling is something I know all too well. I channeled it by decluttering last week, which often helps. I feel like doing something with my hands or even working out does wonders to these kinds of physical reactions to mental stress.
    I do have these physical reactions very often way before it hits mentally. Funnily enough I don’t really recognize it myself. Stefan brings it to my attention. Apparently I start fidgeting and I am antsy. And I only realize that something is off when he asks me what’s wrong with me because I am so restless.
    I think you’re doing a great job with identifying how these feelings are connected. Self-awareness is key and acknowledging these triggering feelings alone is a huge step. Also you do indeed have a very nice online journal of a lot of weeks now and looking back to when you first started you can be really proud of how far you’ve come. I can understand that the insecure outlook on the future is anxiety-provoking at the moment. But I also think in the end it will always work out somehow. Most possibly in ways you can’t even imagine now.
    P.S. sorry for the novel! Someday I will learn how to say something in short 😛
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    • Cora | 14th Mar 17

      Absoltuely. I think we need to get the energy out physically. Decluttering is great because you are moving physically but also using that organizational part of your brain and seeing something “fixed” at the end which is SO SO soothing. Maybe I should try out crocheting again to give my hands something to do….. mer.
      That is so interesting about how your anxiety comes on. Im glad I’m not alone in this. Lucky that Stefan is so observant, too. So when you realize you are physically anxious are you usually able to take a moment to think and come up with what you are anxious about? Or does it remain a mystery for a while?
      PS never stop leaving me novels. I don’t do “short.” 🙂

  15. Kristy from Southern In Law | 13th Mar 17

    You play the ukelele too?! GIRL, is there anything you can’t do?!

    Whenever I’m anxious I feel like I need to step away and recoup because I just can’t get anything done properly. Usually I rush through everything or just feel overwhelmed and stare and nothing and it’s no good for anyone!

    Massages are ALWAYS a good idea <3
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    • Cora | 14th Mar 17

      Haha. I’m not stellar, but I can get a few songs out.
      I totally hear you. Lately I’ve been in the rushing phase, which sucks because I just can’t get any grounding to feel anything clearly, but I’ve also experienced the “zone out and freeze and do nothing” phase as well.

  16. Ellie Pell | 13th Mar 17

    Talking to you was one of the highlights of my week! I’m so glad we finally talked and believe you would be one of my best friends if we lived close. You had quite the week, but it’s all good things. Fell the anxiety and let it pass. It will 🙂
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    • Cora | 14th Mar 17

      Most definitely – agreed!!
      It will… it will…. (just wish it would already).

  17. Casey the College Celiac | 13th Mar 17

    Okay, a lot of random thoughts today in response so let’s go into list mode 😉

    1. I am in AWE of how many creative talents you have! Acting, baking, playing the ukelele (spelling? you get what I mean!)? You slay girl!
    2. “because I’m not a blogger with Dan.” Girl, this made me laugh out loud. So true!
    3. And the whole distract yourself from feelings with chores? That’s basically my life right now. Riding out the grad school app stress (1 acceptance pending funding, 6 rejections, 4 still to hear) with lots of work, blogging, cooking, walking and eating.
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    • Cora | 14th Mar 17

      I love random and I love lists. Yay!
      Ok… Ukelele or Ukulele!?! Apparently they are both right!?!
      I don’t think your forms of distraction are bad at all, in fact I think they are smart. When you are in the “waiting” phase, finding things to take your time and keep your creative juices going is really the best you can do. I’m still crossing all my limbs for you.

  18. Lyss | 14th Mar 17

    Stress definitely affects my mind-body connection. I notice that when I’m stressed, I have a hard time staying in tune with my bodies signals!
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    • Cora | 14th Mar 17

      Yes! And my emotions. Its like I completely numb out and can’t feel anything.

  19. Miss Polkadot | 15th Mar 17

    … and just like that you’re also another week wiser. I’m not joking when I say that your posts so clearly mirror the mental progress and growth you make week by week. It might not be a linear process – for any of us!; stumbling is part of life – but still continuous.
    Congratulations on your successful performance! Don’t let comparison get to you. That director’s feedback shows that you need not doubt in your abilities. Though I won’t lie and pretend those thoughts hadn’t been particularly prominent upon finishing my studies, too. As well as now again.
    Also: I’m definitely “guilty” of adding to my to-do list to distract myself from the uncomfortable yet so necessary things/thoughts I should focus on.

  20. Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy | 16th Mar 17

    I won’t have energy until the spring, basically, and it’s so fleeting. I like to say I’m solar powered, and I’m in bad need of a charge right now.

    I try to spend a lot of my time being mindful, but even so, things just seem to sneak up on me. I think I’m doing ok . . . until I’m not. Or I’m just holding on because I have to!

    Don’t even get me started with retail therapy. It’s both!

  21. Kaylee | 19th Mar 17

    HA! Distracting myself from my feelings is the story of my life. Sitting with my thoughts and just being is something I have been trying to work on. But when the to-do list piles up, that goal takes a back seat.

    A one woman show?!! Congrats on that huge accomplishment! You go girl! Also, I am sure you are not giving yourself enough credit for your talent. Based on what I have learned about you from your posts, that’s the type of person you are.

    I don’t think forgoing the salad for something your body was actually craving unhealthy at all. In fact, that’s what health is all about! You go girl x 2!

    Baked cake-like doughnuts are my favorite. So I will be looking forward to all things doughnut you will be making with that new pan!
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  22. Aaric Jackson | 29th Mar 17

    Mind-body connection is also important while workout, great idea thanks.

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