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Beating Anxiety is Not a Unicorn Dream

First...super BIG apologies for being MIA for the past few weeks! I've been in one of my "ruts" (I hate to use the word depression when I have friends who suffer from serious, sometimes life-sucking depression that locks them away from the outside world, requires daily medication, and prompts their sister's to come take away their firearms). But whether you call it the blues, a rut, an emotional valley, being down, or depression, it means it's all you can do to get through the day.

Maybe life threw some extra stress at you this month. Like maybe your dog ended up at the ER vet after he accidentally ate some of your horse's pain medication. Or they extended the tax deadline due to COVID and it felt like the tax season from hell that would NEVER end. Maybe you stayed awake all night waiting for the airing of the Friends Reunion show on HBO Max.

Being British, my motto is keep a stiff upper lip and that is what I try to do until I can finally crawl up out of my rut. Is this how you cope too? Put on a brave face and try to keep calm and carry on? On the outside people think you're Kate Middleton...calm, cool, together...but on the inside you're more like post-Kevin Federline Britney Spears...a hot mess?

The thing is, we are ALWAYS going to have stress in our lives. (I once had a doctor tell me that to control my irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) I would need to reduce my stress. Ummm, yeah...I joked with my husband that if I quit working, don't leave the house, and stop eating, my IBS would be fine! LOL!)

The key is to figure out how to handle stress better. Easier said than done, right?! I've tried yoga, meditation, tapping, therapy, gratitude journaling, daily readings, and everything in between. I've read so many self-help books they've renamed that section at the Barnes & Noble in my honor. While some of it helped a bit, none of it really helped me get my anxiety under control.

The funny thing is, I've known the answer to this riddle for more than 20 years. It is only given a passing mention in the self-help books on stress, if at all. Your therapist probably won't even ask you about it. It's a simple regimen AND IT WORKS.

"'Hope' is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops at all." ~ Emily Dickinson

Sound like fairies, unicorns, and pixie dust? I promise you it's not that mythical although it IS that epic! We all live with the hope that something will come along that will help us go from Britney Spears to Kate Middleton.

I'm excited to announce that I've been working on a FREE guide that will show you how to get a grip on stress, improve your gut health, have more energy, sleep better, clear up your skin, and lead a happier life using this one simple approach. I know it works because I've been there and done it several times.

Watch this week's video learn how I finally had this A-HA!!! moment of discovery. You won't believe it when I tell you. The unicorn is right in front of you...I'll just show you where to look.

Leave a comment!

I would love to hear if you have any unconventional ways to handle stress that have worked for you. We all want to be Kate Middletons and a tip you share may help someone don their pill box hat, slip on their sensible heels, and strike out into the world with the confidence of a princess. Share the love!

See you at the tiara store,

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Hi! I'm Dana

I help people go from "hot mess" to "less stressed" by teaching them how to improve their gut health & get a grip on anxiety.