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As a therapist, I talk with patients every day about developing coping tools and strategies to help them better manage anxiety. Things like deep breathing, challenging faulty thinking, and building self care stragegies are often what we focus on in sessions but there are some products that are widely available via online in in person retailers that people should also consider adding to their anxiet tool kit.

Here are 7 must-haves for anyone with anxiety and since each of these tools has a variety of options and price point, you can totally individualize each option!

1. Weighted Blanket


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There are times in everyone’s lives when the bad stuff hits.

Sometimes the bad stuff hits all at once. Sometimes the bad stuff hits gradually over time. Sometimes the hits are so bad that you don’t feel like getting out of bed, leaving your house, or answering your phone. Sometimes the bad stuff makes you turn inward. Sometimes it makes you implode on yourself. Sometimes it makes you explode on others. No matter how you react to the bad stuff, one thing is shared — the bad stuff exists for all of us at some point in our lives.

As…


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Just a few short years ago, I found myself somewhere in the middle of a long bridge between childhood and adolescence. I was longingly looking back towards the childhood side yet hopeful as I moved apprehensively towards the adolescence side.

Well, it appears my bridge was an express bridge.

Here I am; on the other side.

You know what’s here? Cell phones, mustaches, adam’s apples, deep booming voices, attitudes, challenges to limits, and boys who suddenly stand at eye level to me.

You know what else is here?

Meaningful conversations, random tight hugs, trust, and young men who are mostly…


Today my high schooler needed a ride to football practice.

There used to be a time not so long ago when I would have to arrange a ride for him with a mom of one of his friends, annoyingly verifying it at least three times with the mom, and then reminding my son what time he was getting picked up, what to bring, and to make sure he said thank you.

Today he arranged the ride himself with a friend, got himself ready, and went to practice.

I wasn’t needed anymore.

There used to be a time not so long…


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February is always an interesting month in Massachusetts. It could be one filled with blizzard after blizzard after blizzard or one filled with no snow at all. It could be one were the town 10 minutes away from you gets 15 inches of snow while you get only a dusting. It could be so cold that it’s not safe to be outside for more than a few minutes at a time or it could be so warm that the only precipitation that falls is rain.

So far, this February is shaping up to be a cold and snowy one with…


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“Oooh.”

My 10 year old niece wrinkled her nose disapprovingly at me across my kitchen island. Clearly she was not a fan of the new center part in my hair.

I had just finished watching video after video of beautiful young women with wrinkle-less faces and flattering center parts in their hair sending the very clear message that side parts, skinny jeans, and the use of the 😂 emoji make us look old.

The origins of this new message to women of the Millennial and Gen X generations originates as far back as fall 2020. Since that time, Gen Z…


Oooh.”

My niece wrinkled her nose disapprovingly at me, clearly not a fan of the new center part in my hair.

I had just finished watching video after video of beautiful young women with wrinkle-less faces and flattering center parts in their hair sending the very clear message that side parts, skinny jeans, and the use of the 😂 emoji make us look old.

So, I did what most women my age would do. I put down my phone and flipped my side part into a center part.

I was making a desperate attempt to look younger. It’s what we…


Ladies, I have an important message for you.

You know that voice in your head — the not so nice one?

The one that tells you all the ways other people are better than you.

The one that tells you that you aren’t smart enough, pretty enough, funny enough, skinny enough, nice enough, rich enough, talented enough, popular enough.

The one that tells you that you are a bad mother, bad friend, bad sister, bad employee, bad wife.

Yes, that voice.

Guess what?

She lies.

She’s wrong.

She’s become too comfortable in your brain.

She lies.

She’s become too familiar.


In times of darkness, football fans have given us the light we so desperately need right now.

We all know that it’s easy to find the negatives these days. A quick scroll through social media, a few minutes flipping through tv or radio channels, and even a few minutes in a store will likely give you more than enough opportunities to witness human beings treating each other with less than their best compassion and love lately.

It’s all enough to make me want to stay in bed, hiding from the world. It’s all just too much.

But, even in challenging…


As I sat in the quiet of my home this morning, a news alert dinged on my phone.

The unexpected noise startled me and I literally jumped out of my seat.

I felt a knot in my throat and a pit in my stomach as I reached to see what the alert said.

It wasn’t anything bad…thankfully.

But in that moment, I realized just how long I’ve been holding my breath for today, the last in a long line of touchpoints following the election over 2 months ago.

This day is perhaps the most monumental day I can remember for…

Jenni Brennan, LICSW

www.changingperspectivesonline.com 🖊 Author🎙Podcaster ❤️ Therapist 📖 Professor | Passionate about topics like grief, parenting, relationships & wellness.

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