Last week, I wrote about generalized anxiety disorder--excessive, ongoing anxiety and worry that interfere with day-to-day activities. This malaise has plagued many of the people around me—my friends, coworkers, students, fellow yoga instructors and church members—for the last three months especially since Inauguration Day. The heightened anxiety perhaps feels even more pronounced, because we live, work and try to enjoy life in the nation’s capital. We can’t ever seem to escape political news and its ramifications.
In my last post, I shared four strategies for dealing with generalized anxiety disorder, including:
For many people, the world shifted in a major way on November 8, 2016. Despite numerous allegations of business impropriety and sexual misconduct, Donald Trump was elected to serve as the 45th President of the United States. In the ensuing days, reports of hate crimes increased exponentially. We heard news accounts of Muslim women having their hijabs forcefully removed, Latin American immigrants told to go back to Mexico, and acts of intimidation against African American people. Swastikas were painted on walls, and confederate flags were hung with pride. Red baseball caps with Trump’s campaign slogan (Make American Great Again) began popping up all over the place. The Trump era had begun.
It has been almost eight years since I moved to Washington, DC. I came because I was tired of the crowdedness that is New York City, and wanted to live somewhere more spacious. I also knew I was ready to own a home, and real estate prices in the Tri-State Area were far beyond my budget. Finally, I was looking to satisfy a dream to live in the Nation’s Capital that I had been harboring since I visited my dad as a 13-year-old teen. Inspired by attending President Obama’s Inauguration in the frigid cold, I decided that 2009 was the time to make the move.
I'm still feeling the positive effects of my week at Martha's Vineyard. I'm more relaxed and content than I have been in a long while. This week, I am celebrating:
I feel like I should be over Annie’s death by now. It happened four weeks ago after all. Since then, I have returned to work and am being productive once more. I have been spending lots of times with good friends and enjoying myself. I have returned to the gym and am back to eating healthy, raw foods most of the time. But if I am completely honest, I am still very sad.
Crystal Moore began her wellness quest in 2003 after being diagnosed with lupus. Her quest has led her to embrace yoga, faith, exercise, healthy eating, and relationships. Share her journey.