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This is helping a little bit.

Okay, so I’m in my second week of dealing with generalized anxiety and panic attacks related to some health stuff. (Not to worry- nothing terribly serious. And I’m doing enough worrying for the collective group, trust me.) Stinking great times over here, let me tell you.

This sounds a little bizarre, but the best I’ve felt in the past week or so is when I’m driving and “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk plays on the radio. It’s the little things, people.

Imagine my delight when I saw this video on Facebook. Kind of made my morning.

Anyone up for a Soul Train dance line?

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  • JW

    May 30, 2013 at 8:54 am

    I know you don’t know me, but I think we’ve been dealing with some of the same stuff– late 30’s working mom dealing with health issues creating anxiety which creates health issue, no? Email me if you’d like to talk. Hope that’s not weird.

    • whoorl

      May 30, 2013 at 9:03 am

      Exactly. And it’s so frustrating because I can’t get out of the loop. And no, your offer is not weird at all…honestly, your comment makes me feel so much better. (Not that you are going through this, of course, but that I’m not the only one. This can feel so isolating.) Big hugs to you.

      • JW

        May 30, 2013 at 9:08 am

        I hear you. My husband says I’m meta anxious–anxious about being anxious :) Hang in there. I’ve been dealing with this for a while now, and while I’m 100% back to normal, I am light years better than I was 6 months ago. I do think a ton of it is late 30’s hormones.

  • Raluca | WhatWouldGwynethDo

    May 30, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Aw, hope you are feeling better soon, Sarah. I feel like I have been in that place for months now, it’s no fun at all. xx

    • whoorl

      May 30, 2013 at 9:05 am

      It’s the worst. I’m so sorry to hear that you are feeling similar. I wish there was an easy fix. xoxo

  • Maggie

    May 30, 2013 at 9:06 am

    So sorry Sarah! I hope you get well soon.
    Have you seen this one of white people dancing to Daft Punk? Hilarious!!
    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=uHCDwMBbQyU

    • whoorl

      May 30, 2013 at 1:04 pm

      SO GOOD. Thanks, Maggie.

  • pdxhadey

    May 30, 2013 at 9:21 am

    I went through this EXACT same thing a few weeks ago. Working full time outside of the home, a 3 year old and 5 year old at home, working opposite schedules as my boyfriend/kids’ dad, so basically feeling like a single parent. I had a panic attack on the train home after work one day…. no fun. I made this random guy on the train talk me down, which helped, but I’m sure he thought I was crazy. And, I was also having (minor) health issues (dizziness, respiratory cold, etc.), which made my anxiety worse, which wore down my immune system, which made me more sick, which made me more anxious, etc. etc. ad infinitum. I finally went to my doctor with the intent of figuring out why I was getting dizzy, and I ended up sitting in her office for 45 minutes crying my eyes out and spilling my guts about all the reasons for my anxiety. Surprisingly, I felt much better after that. Dude, it’s hard. And I still don’t have an answer for how to balance it all, but know that you are not alone, and as another commenter said, if you ever need to talk/vent, etc., please feel free to reach out.

  • Angella

    May 30, 2013 at 9:29 am

    I’ve been battling anxiety for the past few weeks too, friend. Big hugs and hope you feel better soon. xo

  • Torrie @ a place to share...

    May 30, 2013 at 9:43 am

    i am so sorry to hear this. i’ve dealt with anxiety (horrible insomnia as a result), and it is hard (but definitely possible) to overcome. anxiety breeds more anxiety. hence, the insomnia, and the panic attacks. pretty soon, you become anxious about being anxious. just having this awareness helps… if only a tiny bit. BREATH DEEPLY. there is no single fix, but reach out in every way to anything/everything that will bring relief/awareness/calm/peace (exercise, music, books, people…..). ALL will work together to teach you how to manage (let go of, or prevent) the anxiety.

    as for the health issues, we have been there as well. today, i am going in for a biopsy on a mark on my face that i assumed was just an annoying/ugly spot that “old age” brings. i saw my dad over the weekend and he suggested that i have it checked. from what the doctor said, it’s most likely the “unspreadable” kind, but still- the “C” word is always scary, and definitely has a way of putting everything into perspective, real quick. (as do all health issues, right?)

    much love and peace to you. and i promise, this WILL PASS.

  • Luisa

    May 30, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Ugh, that stinks – I hope you feel better soon soon soon. Thanks for the video – it makes me feel better about humanity in general. Especially the moves on the dude at 0:47. So, so awesome!

  • Jessica

    May 30, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Friggin adulthood, am I right?

    This video lifted my mood. I am off to go choreograph some dance moves as soon as I find an outfit that enhances my visible panty line.

  • Amy

    May 30, 2013 at 10:17 am

    I’m thinking about you. I’ve had generalized anxiety disorder forever if you need an ear :) xoxo

  • Rachel

    May 30, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Ugh! Me too! What’s the dilly-yo? I haven’t had a panic attack in about 2 years — had it really nice and under control and then WHAM! I was completely incapacitated. And the doctors are acting like I’m requesting crack cocaine when I went in to get a xanax script. Dee-lightful.

  • GreenInOC

    May 30, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Hopefully just the thought of the cupid’s arrow on the guys pants around 2:01 can put a smile on your face!

  • SJINCO

    May 30, 2013 at 11:25 am

    OMG, Love the song and I love that video! I’ll totally do a Soul Train dance line to you (afterall those moves those folks are doing are exactly what I imagine I’m doing in my head when I’m jammin out to that song)!!

    You just made my day that much better – Thank You!

  • whoorl

    May 30, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Thanks, ladies. You all are really the best and I want to pick every single one of your brains about your experience, but I’m afraid I would scare you off. Anxiety BLOWS.

  • Leslie Capron

    May 30, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Hang in there Sarah! I’ve been dealing with this for a couple of years – it blows. It all started with harmless heart palpitations (I’ve been to many doctors many, many times about it) and because anxiety is awful and feeds on itself, I’m too anxious to take my anxiety medication (what if something happens??). I just wanted to share to let you know you are not alone!

  • Ali

    May 30, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    Love Daft Punk, sharing video!

  • Sarah

    May 30, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    There must be something in the air. Same things going on in my household. I call it “May Medical Madness Mayhem.” It’ll pass, but not fast enough. When in doubt, alliterate your worries away!

    *sending good vibes to you and yours*

  • gorillabuns

    May 31, 2013 at 2:05 am

    Bucketlist: We Soul Train Dance to this song in my living room when you come here this summmer!

  • Carla

    June 4, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Hi Sarah

    I’ve never commented before, but really enjoy your blog. Man, being an adult sucks sometimes. I’ve dealt with anxiety myself because of health issues and it’s just a vicious cycle. The anxiety just creates more anxiety. Hope things get better for you soon!

  • Erin

    June 11, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    I just wanted to delurk and tell you that I feel you. SO feel you. For the past few months I have been going through a major (what I assumed) health scare. Like, scary symptoms that sent me into a tailspin and also sent me into many, many specialists offices for many, many blood tests, MRI’s, nerve conduction tests, eye exams, etc. (All which came out normal, btw.) During the months that this was taking place though, I could barely function I was such a complete disaster. Crying all the time, hyperventilating, you name it. The worst thing about it all is that is just takes SUCH a long time to rule things out that your anxiety just gets the best of you. It’s a never-ending feedback loop of fear and anxiety while you are waiting which makes (perceived) symptoms worse. So fast forward to now; I have been on an antidepressant for about a month and have some rescue anti-anxiety meds for acute attacks. I’m much better than I was, but I still have episodes of symptoms. I have no idea if anything is really wrong with me, if I was having a “flare” of some sort that will come back later on as something worse, or if it all can be chalked up to anxiety. (All the specialists I have seen said that it is an anxiety disorder and that can cause all kinds of real symptoms.) Its so hard to explain to other people who don’t suffer from GAD how debilitating it can be. I”m a mom and I work full time and it is so extremely helpful to know that there are others out there that feel the same way. Thank you for your honesty. Let me know if you ever want to freak out together ;)