Anxiety and the fitness studio: How I pushed through The Dailey Method’s 30-day challenge and not only didn’t die, but came out stronger

Anxiety and the fitness studio: How I pushed through The Dailey Method’s 30-day challenge and not only didn’t die, but came out stronger

I don’t talk about it much because I’m afraid how people react and worry that no one will want to be around me if they know, but I struggle with anxiety a lot, particularly social anxiety. (I’m still not sure I’m going to actually put this out there but if you’re reading this, well I guess I have.) And it’s not just new people and large groups that freak me out (‘tho they do) but even the prospect of getting together with a girlfriend I’ve known for years. I worry that I’m not smart enough, funny enough, interesting enough, thin enough (!) — just enough, period. I avoid more things than I try and fret obsessively in the lead-up to the things I’ve said yes to, and then overanalyze every little perceived misstep afterwards. (If I haven’t cancelled at the last minute. Which brings its own set of worries.) It’s exhausting. And isolating. I’m telling you all this because I know there’s got to be someone reading this post who can relate, someone who feels crippled by anxiety like I do, someone who really has to push themselves to try small things. If it’s you, I want you to know that you’re not alone, that you can do things even if you think you’re going to die. And you might come out the other side better for it. (You might still overthink things ’til you’re a wreck, but you might be proud of yourself too.) What do I know about it? Well I’ve spent the past month doing a 30-day challenge at a local barre and cycle studio, The Dailey Method, and as much as it was physically challenging, it was an exercise in mental and emotional toughness even more so. The Dailey Method comped me a free month in exchange for a post, and I want to share some of the things that helped me not only meet my goal, but exceed it, and come out feeling stronger all-round. As the instructors often reminded us, the mind is ready to quit long before the body. Here are some of the strategies I used to help me push on through. I hope they’ll help you too.  Continue reading “Anxiety and the fitness studio: How I pushed through The Dailey Method’s 30-day challenge and not only didn’t die, but came out stronger”

Three picture books kids will love to see under the tree + A giveaway!

Three picture books kids will love to see under the tree + A giveaway!

All this talk about last-minute Christmas shopping is making me anxious. To me, last-minute is just before the stores close on December 24, which means there’s still plenty of time to pick up prezzies for your loved ones. And if books are on their list (and even if they’re not, get them some!), here are three picture books sure to be a hit.  Continue reading “Three picture books kids will love to see under the tree + A giveaway!”

Oil try it: Saje Natural Wellness essential oils and more

Oil try it: Saje Natural Wellness essential oils and more

Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t yesterday’s time change supposed to give us an extra hour of sleep? I’m so tired today it’s all I can do to stay vertical. Maybe I’m just worn down. Jamesy was laid up all week and we were beside ourselves with worry ’til we finally got a diagnosis at the hospital Friday night (he’s got a fairly common autoimmune disease called Henoch–Schönlein purpura that should work itself out in a month). James was feeling better today and went to school, but this mama is fried. I’ve spent most of the day on the couch with my tea and my essential oils, watching funny cat videos on YouTube. Continue reading “Oil try it: Saje Natural Wellness essential oils and more”

Book your date with beauty: Shoppers Drug Mart Holiday Beauty Gala + Twitter party

Book your date with beauty: Shoppers Drug Mart Holiday Beauty Gala + Twitter party

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This Saturday November 5, Shoppers Drug Mart is hosting its Holiday Beauty Gala at stores across Canada — a fun chance to try a festive new look and support women’s cancer charities like Look Good Feel Better Canada. I’ve got a few more details about the gala and the organizations it supports here, and you can also learn more during Shoppers’ Twitter party this Thursday, November 3 at 8 pm EST. Continue reading “Book your date with beauty: Shoppers Drug Mart Holiday Beauty Gala + Twitter party”

Discover The Taste Box + A discount & giveaway!

Discover The Taste Box + A discount & giveaway!

The Taste Box is the latest entry into the Canadian food subscription box market. Yes, another subscription box to discover! How much do we love?! Each month Toronto couple Matt and Jenni curate a unique package of food and drink products around a theme and ship it to your door. The first box shipped this month with an assortment of goodies perfect for celebrating yesterday’s World Pasta Day. Here’s a closer look at the Pasta Is Love box (sent to me to try free of charge) and a couple of notes about what’s coming up next.   Continue reading “Discover The Taste Box + A discount & giveaway!”