Hug The Panic Away

Hello Pistachios,

Let’s talk about panic disorders and anxiety. I, in no way claim to be an expert on the subject, so don’t take my word as gospel– not that I expect any of you would. But I have had my fair share of panic and anxiety attacks in the past. And they are the worst. Anyone who has ever had a panic attack will probably say the same.

The difficult part about it, is that often there is little logic behind a panic attack. Sometimes the triggers are seemingly tiny incidents and other times they are not so tiny. Regardless the panic, anxiety and difficulty of the situation are very real.

Recently, I witnessed a couple of people having panic attacks and it’s a whole other world being on the flip side of it. Because I know what it feels like to not be able to breathe, feel like the world is ending, screaming, crying, the inability to form sentences and describe how you’re really feeling, coupled with the inexplicable hardship of it all, I knew what not to do.

So, I knew not to yell at the person having the attack. I knew not to tell them to calm down. I knew not to hang up on them or slam a door on them. I knew not to shame them or guilt them. I knew not to laugh at them or call them names.

But the issue is, I didn’t know what TO DO. I know in the past, when I have had my anxiety attacks that very little made me feel better. I could tell you what made me feel worse, but I also couldn’t tell you what made me feel better. I feel as though there is very little comfort you can give someone experiencing a panic or anxiety attack, other than listening. And after listening to someone you care about in such pain, your instinct is to say everything will be alright, but the fact of the matter is, when you are under attack by your nerves and anxiety, it doesn’t feel like everything will be ok. And telling someone everything will be alright is belittling, patronizing and silly because you don’t know if everything will be alright. We have no way of knowing what to expect tomorrow.

My panic attacks were very embarrassing for me, which only made the panic worse. I knew to let it go as soon at the attack passed and let the person get on with their day.

I’ve learned to listen and let it pass, but I really do wish there was more I could do. I wish I could hug the person and take all the panic away.

If only…

Peace and Pistachios,

Heba

xoxo

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What do you label yourself as?

What do you label yourself as?

This question is always so difficult because on one hand labels are silly, but the other hand- labels can be quite important. In some cases they are only as important as you let them be. And they only mean as much as you want them to.

But we can label ourselves a million labels, as most, if not all of us, belong to more communities than we realize. Or as Benedict Anderson would call it, imagined communities.

I’m a human, woman, Palestinian, Muslim, feminist, writer, activist, baker, student, teacher, driver, lover, hater, child, ally, adult, brunette, cook, eater, consumer, worker, liberal, omnivore, blogger, talker, listener, actress, walker, reader, editor, Arab and so much more.

A whole lot more. Labels can never fully define a person.

 

Who was the last person you ate dinner with?

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Family meals are such a funny thing these days. As a kid we always ate dinner together as a family. We also had a family brunch every Saturday and Sunday. As we got older and people’s schedules became more hectic things changed and fluctuated, but we managed to still have a family dinner more nights than not.

These days, I suppose it all depends on what mood everyone is in and what each of us is up to. Sometimes we all eat together. Other times we all eat separately. Somedays a couple of us eat together why the other one does their thing.

I don’t really know people, particularly young adults, who have regular family dinners anymore. I can see why parents get so emotional when their kids go to university. Once the kids leave for college, the chances of having regular family meals, even after leaving university, go down significantly.

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Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) affects over 4 million adult Americans every year, and is a condition where the person feels extremely worried or anxious on a regular basis. Exaggerated feelings of worry or anxiety are normal in some situations, but for people who have generalized anxiety disorder or related conditions, the feelings are out of proportion with the situation at hand.

People with generalized anxiety disorder are unable to stop worrying about everyday events and situations, and may become overly concerned with money, work, school, health or their families. They spend their days in constant worry or anxiety over certain situations, and they often end up feeling worn out, depressed, sad, and cannot enjoy relationships or social activities.

There is no known root cause of generalized anxiety disorder, but doctors and researchers conjecture that there are several factors that contribute to the development of this anxiety problem. Family history often plays an important role in the development of generalized anxiety disorder. If a person’s parent were constant “worriers”, they probably grew up in an environment where fear and anxiety were part of everyday life.

Environmental factors can also be a cause of anxiety disorders. Stressful events such as abuse, divorce, moving, changing jobs or losing a loved one can trigger real fear, dread and anxiety, but this can worsen if it is left unaddressed. The person can get into the habit of feeling difficult feelings all over again whenever they are stressed, and this can perpetuate the cycle of anxiety. MedicineNet.com reports that many people turn to food, nicotine or caffeine to manage their feelings, but this often makes the situation worse.

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Do you believe in love at first sight?

Do you believe in love at first sight?

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I’m not really sure I know anyone who does. It’s an antiquated idea based in fantasy and delusion, if you ask me.

I believe in attraction at first sight or even a connection at first sight. But love is more than just looks.

Love has to do with physical attraction, emotional attraction, mental attraction and personality compatibility. And even sometimes that’s not enough to love a person. Two people can have all of this going on and all the right chemistry but love takes time to flourish under the right circumstances.

Maybe there is such a thing as love at first sight when it comes to parents and their children, but that’s where I draw the line.

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Leaking Ativan Into The Water #Snowzilla

Every year we get a blizzard, storm or hurricane warning. And every year people act as though it is the first storm they have encountered. Now for some it is the first storm they have encountered and for others, it’s not the first but no storm is alike.

As someone who has worked at a weather forecasting agency before, I know firsthand that a lot of weather headlines are pure sensationalist clickbait. But the truth is, meteorologist are some of the only people  that can be wrong at their jobs all the time and still have a job the next day. As much as we learn about weather patterns, we are only human and weather can often be unpredictable.

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What I can’t seem to  understand though is that every year people freak out. Obviously you should go out and buy supplies, but why do people have to act like such maniacs. People driving on the roads like mad race car drivers. You see people at supermarkets and home supply stores pushing and pulling, yelling, arguing– you’d think it was the Hunger Games out there. How does pushing someone over for the last loaf of bread really benefit anyone? Sure you got that loaf, but you injured another living, human being for that.

Where has our sense of humanity gone? Pushing another person over won’t make the skies snow any less? You running that red light might get you to a market 20 seconds earlier, but you could kill someone by being so irresponsible and stupid.

Be careful out there, y’all. Not just from the weather but from other people.

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Send your voice to Paris

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We’ve never been closer to taking bold international action on climate change. Countries around the world are committing to climate action because it’s in their best interest and results are within reach. But the UN climate talks in Paris will bring together more than just governments — businesses, NGOs, experts, activists, innovators, and people of all backgrounds will also be there to join the conversation about how every person and every sector will contribute.

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#LoveMe Challenge: Day 5

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Dear Past Self:

You’ve had and will  have your moments of joy and despair. That’s life, people will disappoint you– Listen to your gut. Your gut is right. That nagging feeling that tells you ‘Beware, don’t trust this person,’ listen to that. It’s right. Walk away when you know something is wrong for you. Don’t be stubborn and try and make things happen that aren’t meant to be. Walk away from the failed friendships. Stick with your commitments and ignore people who insist on hating or don’t want to understand you. Learn that people are selfish and even though you might be selfless at times, others won’t always return the favor. Sometimes you give so much and don’t even get so much as a ‘thank you’ in return. And that’s ok, because you don’t do think for them, you do what you do because it is what you believe is right. Walk away from the petty arguments– Ignoramuses aren’t worth your time. Some people do not want to learn. But  most importantly, DON’T BE SO HARD ON YOURSELF!!! You’re just as amazing as you think you are, even if others don’t see it. You’re smarter than you give yourself credit for and even though not many people believe in you, all you need to do is believe in yourself. The rest will all come together somehow. Put your faith in God that it will all work itself out, eventually.

Love Always,

Present Self

xoxo