Ivy Shelden

The Simple Phrase That Helps Me Cope Through Pain, Panic and Anxiety

Authors Note: This post is meant to share my own personal experience, and is not meant to be a substitute for seeking help from a doctor or licensed mental health professional.  Panic disorder is a special kind of hell. Once you have your first panic attack, the original trigger (heights, closed spaces, etc) doesn’t really …

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The Difference Between Feeling Motivated and Being Motivated (and Why it Matters)

If you’ve ever laid in bed in the early morning, staring at the ceiling and knowing you should get up and exercise if only you felt motivated, you’re not alone.  If you’ve read tons of books and listened to motivational speakers and podcasts and wondered why the heck you can’t hang on to motivation–and concluded …

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3 Tips for Embracing Imperfection During Coronavirus (And Beyond)

I thought I had this lock-down thing nailed. I had a schedule planned for my 2 young boys, fresh veggies neatly chopped and put into Tupperware for easy-to-grab snacks, educational worksheets printed off, and fun activities set out. The spare bedroom was clean, and set up to serve as an office for my husband and …

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