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I’ve had the strangest, most terrible case of anxiety for the last two days.  Normally, I cope pretty well through venting to friends or exercising, but today I just felt like I couldn’t get a grip on my emotions! I know the reasons why I’m anxious — it’s all stuff in my life that is totally out of my control.  Which makes it worse!


Knowing that exercise is a great stress relieving tool, I diligently set off on my 5.0 mile run.  But, I couldn’t find my rhythm, every song was irritating me, my knees felt funny…. yada, yada, yada! 


And THEN, I was crossing the street, and a truck almost HIT me — missed me by a few feet!  This (of course) only made me feel more stressed.  But I finished strong…. somehow!


  • Duration: 50 minutes (5.0 miles)
  • Calories Burned: 400 (estimate)


Husband got home and I begged him to give me acupuncture.  He made me do 40 minutes worth of deep-breathing…. It helped a lot, actually. 


Oh, I ended up skipping today’s 30 Day Shred.  I missed the first day after 7 straight days.  Honestly… I just really didn’t want to do it today. 


OK – VENT OVER.   Thanks for listening (if you did). 🙂


Today’s afternoon snacks…. Grape Nuts and skim milk:


Two mini pieces of WW toast (only 50 cals each!) and pumpkin butter:


Dinner was a little salmon, roasted vegetables, and brown rice.  Just a little… wasn’t too hungry.  Husband made it. :)  Lame pic, sorry!


And a glass of milk:


OK – time to curl up in bed, watch The Biggest Loser, and sleep!


Do you ever get all crazy anxious too?  How do you cope?  I kind of just stumble around all teary-eyed.  :) 



  • VeggieGirl March 11, 2009, 5:52 pm

    Um, YES – as I’ve recapped in my video posts, I suffer from nervous breakdowns with all of the stress that I’m under from schoolwork and such. But luckily my daily yoga practice and super-supportive family/friends have helped me alleviate the stress.

    Hang in there!!

  • Faith March 11, 2009, 5:54 pm

    Aw – I get crazy anxious too..I think that exercise and breathing deeply, etc. are the best things you can do. Although I am usually more tempted to go curl up in bed, so it sounds like you are doing everything right! Hope you feel better soon.

  • sara March 11, 2009, 5:54 pm

    I totally get anxious and it is hard for me to cope with it. What helps the most is reminding myself that I go through these phases, yoga, letting it out (i tend to cry a lot but it helps!!) and exercise too. It always shows up in my eating, I sort of lose my appetite or crave comfort foods but I try not to stress about this too much either

  • Run Saraah March 11, 2009, 5:58 pm

    I am glad the accupuncture helped…I shadowed an accupunctirist for awhile and a lot of people benefit from it. 🙂 I find yoga & pilates, watching TV or reading a good book really helps me. +Chocolate 🙂

  • Brandi March 11, 2009, 6:01 pm

    i’m sorry you’re so anxious! you’re lucky to have your husband who does acupuncture!

    i do get super anxious sometimes. I just have to read something, take a bath…anything calming and that gets my mind off of whatever else I’m thinking about.

  • Haleigh March 11, 2009, 6:04 pm

    I have anxiety a lot actually. I am especially anxious right now because my husband is looking for a job in the US and if he doesn’t find one by April 15 then we are moving back to Sweden. I have no control over it at all so it makes it very hard to deal with. I hope you have a better day tomorrow.

  • J March 11, 2009, 6:06 pm

    I get crazy anxious too sometimes. Deep breathing definitely helps me but sometimes I am too anxious to focus on it. I’ve also found that getting out of my normal environment helps–last week I was not getting much sleep, super stressed at worked, and a night at my parent’s house and a good nights sleep there made me feel soooooooooo much better. Running usually helps me too. And sometimes a glass or two of wine does the trick! Hang in there, it will pass soon!

  • Bec March 11, 2009, 6:15 pm

    I get crazy anxious some times, exercise and yoga usually helps… and chocolate!

  • sloank March 11, 2009, 6:16 pm

    I really do, and it is getting worse and worse just recently! Exercise is definitely a way I cope. I really feel like it clears my head and gives me perspective. Also just sitting in my room, in the dark, no sounds, and just breaaaathe. Sometimes I guess you just need to give yourself a break and enjoy some silence. Sometimes you also just go crazy, think everything is going wrong, and let a friend slap you in the face and bring you back to earth!!

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) March 11, 2009, 6:17 pm

    Sorry about your anxiety. That’s no fun! Hope it gets better for you! =)

  • Hilary March 11, 2009, 6:19 pm

    ahh I’m sorry you’re feeling anxious! I’ve DEFINITELY had those moments! Especially recently with waiting for law school decisions (only school I haven’t heard from is my top choice! come on!) and my can just be very overwhelming! I definitely like exercising to relieve anxiety…chocolate helps too 🙂

  • Becca March 11, 2009, 6:20 pm

    Exercise or cooking/baking usually calmsme down unless it’s social anxiety…that doesn’t go away until I feel comfortable (or the situation is over).

  • Mica March 11, 2009, 6:22 pm

    Sorry about your anxiety and about that stupid truck. I hope you feel better tomorrow!

  • Maggie March 11, 2009, 6:38 pm

    I get SO SO anxious. I’ve had panic attacks and they are not fun. I hope the acupuncture helps. For me deep breathing and yoga help a bit.

  • elise March 11, 2009, 6:43 pm

    im really sorry…i have definitely been there. in fact last weekend was basically just what you described. my BF was in china and i couldnt get a grip on my emotions. unfortunately i have GI probs that get 100 times worse when i stress…so i was a mess. normally exercise helps me out, but like you said, it just wasnt cutting it and i felt like ass anyways. i ended up having a 48 hour marathon of the office (seasons 1-4). it was mostly just about having a distraction, so maybe you could explore your interests and try becoming more involved in whatever hobbies you have. whether its reading, writing, drawing, cooking, or any other hobby you have?

  • kara March 11, 2009, 6:44 pm

    Yoga definitely helps, but so does counseling. I know that there are huge stigmas surrounding mental health, but why not go to a counselor for anxiety when you would go to a physical doctor for a broken arm?

  • e. March 11, 2009, 6:48 pm

    Acupuncture is the only thing that works for my anxiety, too! I hope you are feeling better

  • emily March 11, 2009, 6:49 pm

    Awww, I hope you feel better. I wish I had some advice to offer but I’m such a gigantic stress ball my students randomly come up and give me hugs!

  • Danielle March 11, 2009, 6:52 pm

    I’ve been anxious lately too, like super anxious. I don’t handle it well so no advice I can give you to help.
    Hope you feel better soon!

  • jenngirl March 11, 2009, 6:54 pm

    Hey Caitlin, believe me, after going through my ED, and trying to cope in a new place, anxiety has been my life for the past year and a half now. I learned some awesome ways to cope with it, and sometimes it can still get me but most of the time I get through it. I’m a BIG rationalizer. Look at the situation you are dealing with. What are the contexts before and after you become anxious? Breathing is great. Writing down your thoughts and just getting them out of your head and onto paper works for me too.

    I hope you feel better soon!! 🙂

  • Adi ( March 11, 2009, 6:56 pm

    We all have those rotten days!

    Tomorrow you can start over. 🙂 Isn’t that always such an awesome thing?!

    Hope you sleep well tonight and have a kick butt Thursday!

  • RunToFinish March 11, 2009, 7:02 pm

    I’ve never tried acupuncture, would love to hear more about it

  • Audrey March 11, 2009, 7:17 pm

    uhhh definitely..i'd say i get a bout of strange anxiety about once a week & i'm pretty sure it's because i consider myself a complete control freak but not in a bad way of course haha..i like to know my schedule, my plans, my daily meals etc etc. and when theres a kink i'm at a total lose it. i cope with venting to 1 or 2 close friends, meditation or making some kind of list/budget/goal which obviously relates back to the control freak're not alone!

  • Meg March 11, 2009, 7:22 pm

    I definitely get like that sometimes. Right no…to tell you the truth. Feel better soon!

  • Sarah (lovINmytummy) March 11, 2009, 7:26 pm

    Yes, I get anxious. I pretty much just freak out occasionally.

    That’s what friends are for 😉

    Don’t worry, I did Jillian for you today. I think she liked it.

  • Kimberly March 11, 2009, 7:28 pm

    Aw, feel better, please! I actually work well under stress to a certain point, but when it becomes overwhelming, my coping mechanisms are either to block it out (not so healthy?) or have a good, deep, therapeutic cry. Exercise is amazingly helpful, and I also like to sit down, take a few deep breaths, and start putting it on paper (lists, journal, calendar, etc). I just feel so much calmer and in control seeing everything in front of me in tangible form! And remember, everything you get through only makes you stronger!

  • fitforfree March 11, 2009, 7:29 pm

    YES!! Yoga is the only thing that helps — when I run, I feel like I”m running away from the problem . . . yoga helps me face it!

  • Jewels March 11, 2009, 7:34 pm

    feel better caitlin-and you’re not alone!!! i get super anxious as well and usually tackle it by talking to my mom or making a to-do list if im overwhelmed.

  • mark March 11, 2009, 8:10 pm

    Sorry. 🙁

    I’ve been in a funk lately too. Sometimes I like to make lists and DO things on the list to feel better, but if it’s bigger things like gigantic student loans or something, I don’t have a great coping mechanism. I like to practice yoga, but like you, some days nothing helps.

    Heather (Hangr Pants) on mark’s account.

  • mark March 11, 2009, 8:11 pm

    Oh also I like to go for really long walks with Mark and talk about things. Maybe a long walk w/ husband would help you a little.

    Heather again.

  • Tracy March 11, 2009, 8:14 pm

    Yes yoga is awesome, but sometimes I need something more!! I love Hyland’s Calms Forte. It is homeopathic and it really works!!! It can also be a great sleep aide if you take a few. Good luck! Tomorrow will be better!!!

  • Erin March 11, 2009, 8:15 pm

    Yes, for sure. I usually just hide it or else explode. Neither good, so I have no good advice! I hope you do better than me!

  • Sharon March 11, 2009, 8:20 pm

    Aww Caitlin! I'm so sorry to hear about your anxiety 🙁 Yes, I get anxious a lot- I am a type A personality and go crazy when things are out of my control. When things get really stressful I will get panic attacks which are the worst! Sometimes I just wake up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat with my heart pounding. Not fun for sure! Hang in there! Things WILL get better! Just take care of yourself, eat healthy and get plenty of sleep. Also make sure to just stop & breathe!

    Hugs to you 🙂

  • Runeatrepeat March 11, 2009, 8:21 pm

    I get so anxious I think I have an anxiety disorder! I mostly just freak out and vent to my friends. I also take a lot of walks.

  • lilveggiepatch March 11, 2009, 8:22 pm

    Ugh, sorry for your bad day. I get anxious quite a bit… USUALLY exercise helps (unless I convince myself not to do it, which happens when I get the heebie jeebies) but when it doesn’t I usually call a friend to vent or watch a mindless movie.

    Hope tomorrow’s better!

  • Elizabeth March 11, 2009, 8:29 pm

    I get anxious alot and its usually at night when I am trying to fall asleep. Its horrible. Its been worse than usual lately and I am trying to igure out a way to get past it. Gentle yoga does help, I think I will try the deep breathing session!

  • Amanda March 11, 2009, 8:46 pm

    I am right there with you when it comes to anxiety sometimes!! I think my brain just goes into overdrive and I have trouble quieting it. I usually try either yoga or cardio, depending on whether I want to get in tune with myself or just zone out, and then I tend to take some time to myself until I feel able to deal again.

    I hope that tomorrow brings a calmer day for you! Just try to see everything that you have to cope with in the big picture and realize that everything is manageable in the long run. Hang in there 🙂

  • Hallie March 11, 2009, 8:55 pm

    Yeah, nothing that hasn’t been said already, but I totally get anxious too. I either work out, make lists/meal plans/workout schedules, or zone out in front of the TV too. I’ll admit…I also stress-eat but I’m trying to get a handle on that. Emphasis on trying…

  • alessa March 11, 2009, 9:58 pm

    my boyfriend has had anxiety problems for years. it causes him a lot of stress and prohibits him from doing a lot of things. it can really be tough to cope with! but some things that he does besides medication to get through it.. he writes, everything that is going through his head, he prays, and sometimes he tries to find activities just to keep his mind off of it. hope that you feel better, i know its difficult!

  • redheadedjournal March 11, 2009, 10:47 pm

    A week or so ago I was sweeping our patio and randomly started bawling. Stress sucks!

  • Christine March 12, 2009, 2:52 am

    I felt that way yesterday too. Sometimes when I’m in the OR I think about my Dad (who recently passed away) and my eyes get all teary. Luckily for me I wear a mask so no one can usually tell haha!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point March 12, 2009, 3:01 am

    wow everyone had such good advice for me… it was so nice to wake up and read this. 🙂 thank you!

    kara, you are right! i definitely believe in seeing a professional when the going gets too tough.

    christine – i’m sorry about your dad. 🙁

  • MizFit March 12, 2009, 3:39 am

    I dont IF I keep meditation in my life.

    even tinytiny spirts (2 or 3 minutes a day).

    If I stop that—yes.

    maybe try doing ONE MINUTE a day and increasing as you can?
    striving for 5 minutes a day of truly sitting and clearing your mind?

    if you want help let me know–you know where I am 🙂

  • chandra March 12, 2009, 7:07 am

    I used to have pretty intense anxiety and depression, I was even on meds at one point… it’s actually a massive anxiety attack that made me realize I needed to change my life and put me on my healthy journey last year! Exericse became my outlet for stress, and eating better along with it helped me FEEL better all around. I’ve always wanted to blog about what happened last year and set me off, but I’m still too scared of telling that story… I still get anxiety from time to time, but it’s nowhere near what I used to experience and can usually be fixed with some exercise, some venting, or a good, long nap!! 🙂

    Hope you’re feeling better today!

  • ms March 12, 2009, 8:06 am

    hey caitlin. i’m sorry to hear about your anxiety levels being high right now. can we blame it on the full moon?!?! really, so many people have more than their normal amount of anxiety these days for various reasons…mostly about things we can’t control (hello, economy). i have been incredibly anxious the past several months and i’ve kind of found a few things that seem to help me out. mind you, i’m not completely carefree these days, but i’m not as teary eyed as i was.

    i’ve been keeping a gratitude journal. i’m really not a journaler, but writing all these little, yet profound things i’m lucky to have in my life (health, husband, family), i find i really have what i need right now and that all these other concerns are just a distraction from what is truly important.

    of course, exercise helps…tons.

    when i’m worried about something that seems beyond my control (the economy lately), i find some things that i *can* control that will make the situation better for me, than i make a plan to change the things i can control.

    i’m a bit older and when i look back on my life and specific periods of time that were challenging for different reasons, i always think to myself ‘wow, that was really a great time of my life because of x, y, z.’ so, whenever i get upset about things in the present, i remind myself that in a few years, i’ll still look back on it and realize it was still a great time because of specific things around me right now. so, i try to enjoy it for what it is because i know it’ll be special in my memory and i don’t want it to pass me by.

    and, last but not least (i’m very wordy today!!)…music pulls me back. the song i’ve been listening to on repeat the last few weeks when i was trying to figure a few things out in my head was U2’s ‘Stuck in a Moment’.

    anywaayyy…just wanted to let you know you’re not the only one that wanders around as a teary, bleary eyed person sometimes!!!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point March 12, 2009, 8:16 am

    ms – thank you for the kind and thoughtful response!! maybe i should keep a journal. i think that stuff in my head but it is prob helpful to write it out.

  • eatingRD March 12, 2009, 8:21 am

    Yes! I know what you mean. I too suffer from anxiety, and a little during high school and college I also suffered depression (I’m pretty sure of it although I wasn’t clinically diagnosed). Right now I am still taking it one day at a time. I’m feeling the stress of work, graduate school and the process of buying a house and trying to figure out what the heck I want to do with my future is starting to build. I’m trying to look on the bright side and realize that this too shall pass. I’m glad to hear that I’m not the only one!

  • seesaraheat March 12, 2009, 8:43 am

    I have been rather stressed and anxious myself this week so I feel ya! Last night, I took it out on the dishes (by scrubbing them), haha. Then at least I had the positive of getting something accomplished and it temporarily took my mind off of things. I think perhaps trying something different each day (a mixture of all the good advice here) could help. And sometimes we just gotta cry and get it out 😉

  • Jen March 12, 2009, 9:26 am

    Okay, I finally read this post and you’re not even stressed anymore, but life coach me is going to kick in anyways – deep breathing like the hubby had you do is ALWAYS a great way to get centered. Also, take a piece of paper out and write down what you’re angry about, what you think should be happening (either what you should be doing, what your boss should be doing, what Maggie should be doing, whatever), what you want to happen (same as above: what you want to be doing or want someone else to be doing), and what you need to happen (you or someone else). So, write down “I should be a better runner/wife/cook/employee” or whatever you might be thinking, or “My husband should be this/that/other thing”. Then look at what you want or need or are angry about and it break it down and remember that you can’t change what any one else does, at all, except for you. So if you want your boss or whomever to change, it’s time to figure out how you, personally can look at the situation in a different light and make it feel better FOR YOU – without changing the other person. If you are putting too much stress on yourself to be a certain way or do a certain thing, again, break it down and realize that you are putting the stress on yourself and your “shoulds” are causing you more stress and pain. Step out of your own way and let the happy, healthy person you are relax for a while.

    Sorry, that was freakin’ epic!

  • Erin of Care to Eat March 12, 2009, 11:14 am

    Awwh. I hear you Caitlin. I’m a total stress case. I start acting like a baby and have Rob take care of me. 🙂 I also sometimes just emo eat or oversleep just to avoid it all! And I totally see a therapist. 🙂

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