Anxiety and worry are not the same

It has come to my attention that some people seem to think that the words worry and anxiety can be interchangeable.  Nope.  They aren’t the same at all.  One is a fleeting thought, while the other is a debilitating mental illness.

Yesterday, I read this post which told the story of one woman’s experience with untreated post natal anxiety.  Eva has also shared her story here on my blog.  The post also went on to discuss the impact that a Facebook post could have had on an anxious new mum.

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A post about nothing

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Do you ever have the itches in your fingers to just write something, anything?  The feeling that there are words just bursting under the surface but they don’t seem to want to come together.  I worry that if I open the floodgates that it will result in a jumbled mess.Writing has always been a kind of therapy for me.  I have journals filled with scribbles, an emptying of my mind.  However the last 12 months there has been some kind of block there.  I don’t know if it’s anxiety that is stopping me or if it’s a lack of motivation.  I don’t know if I am scared to write or too tired to make the effort.

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Colouring in meets technology

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*Brought to you by Nuffnang and Crayola.  I received 4 Colour Alive colouring packs in order to complete this review.*

A colouring in book is a staple of everyone’s childhood.  I’m sure we all have memories of time spent filling pages with rainbows of colour.  We all had our own ways of colouring.  Some spent extra time making sure every spot was filled.  While others scribbled as fast as they could.  

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You don’t get to decide what hurts

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One thing that I have learned since I started blogging is that for every post telling you not to do something, there is just as many posts telling you to go for it.  There are posts telling you to lighten up and posts telling you to write with more feeling.  There are posts telling you to stop writing for free, and there are posts telling you that accepting payment is the worst thing you can do.  Then there is everyone in between who is just trying to make sense of it all.  A few weeks ago a post did the rounds which said that all Mommy blogs sucked.  This isn’t a new thing.  Traditional media hates on digital media, including blogs on a regular basis.  This post in particular though stung a little too much.  Maybe it stung a little too much because it came from inside the ranks.  Or just maybe it stung a little too much because the writer used her own experience to tar an entire blogging community.

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The difference between crying it out and taking timeout

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Right now, thanks to an article doing the rounds in local media, baby sleep experts are up in arms because Crying it Out (CIO) has been supposedly given the big tick.  The study is quite limited, and hasn’t really shown that crying it out is better long term.  It has simply proven that it works quicker than other methods studied.  That’s not my beef though.  I have an issue with the black and white thinking that you are either loving your child by not doing CIO or you aren’t be a loving parent if you leave them to cry.

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