Just Breathe: How to Keep the Weight of Life from Burdening your Spirit

Just Breathe: How to Keep the Weight of Life from Burdening your Spirit

laurawatkinsyogaheadshotMany thanks to Laura Watkins for today’s post! Laura Watkins is a marketing manager who moonlights as a yoga instructor. She has developed programs for individuals with multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury and has taught individuals from a wide range of demographics. She is also the former editor for the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability and a certified personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise. Laura is passionate about helping others lead healthy, active and independent lifestyles. She is currently training for her first half-marathon since giving birth to her daughter Ava Grace.

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The other day I was listening to a friend share how her life has gotten so stressful that she’s had to increase her anxiety medication so that she can focus on her demanding job. Although she is going to therapy, has hired a maid and is exercising consistently, she’s completely overwhelmed. This woman is smart and successful. She has a darling family and a beautiful home in a nice part of town, and yet she can barely get through her day without having a stress-induced meltdown.

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Bipolar, Anxious, Depressed & Working

Bipolar, Anxious, Depressed & Working

When people hear the word “bipolar” they imagine someone with lipstick smeared all over their face, bangs haphazardly cut, yelling at cars or stray cats. I’ve struggled with bipolar disorder for many, many years, and in my experience, bipolar disorder hasn’t been dramatic like that. I don’t have lipstick all over my face, I only gave myself micro-bangs once (and it was in a moment fueled by Rosé), and I only yell at my own cat when he’s licking holes in my favorite family photos. Instead of this big, dramatic force causing me to do outlandish things, in me, bipolar disorder presented itself in the form of severe anxiety and depression, making it impossible to get through a workday without feeling like I was going to die.

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