5 Tips for a Successful Disneyland Trip for People Who Suffer From Anxiety

Disneyland Castle in Legos

Here is a few of our "tricks" and skills we use to help our daughter cope and the family achieve Disneyland:

1. Plan, plan, and plan some more – I can't stress this enough. Planning is key to a successful trip. Creating plan for you trip can help relieve stress. Ex: When we stayed in a hotel that used the shuttle bus to get back and forth to Disneyland, it caused our daughter undo stress that put us on a bad start to the visit. Another time, we went to Disneyland, we got caught up in being diverted several blocks away in overflow and again, had to take the shuttle. It took us over an hour just to get to the park gates! That cause both me and our daughter undo stress. (Again, not a great trip that time!) This past trip we stayed at a hotel that is right across the street to the main entrance and walking distance, literally! Viola! We removed a possible stressor and it worked amazingly!

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Enjoying Disneyland – Even With Our High Anxiety Child!!!

Disneyland Castle in Legos

"Enjoying Disneyland" and "High Anxiety Child" usually don't go well in the same sentence!!!

If you have read my blog before, then you may know that going on a simple, fun-filled trip like Disneyland isn't really how it is for our family. It can be anything but joyful or fun-filled. Anxiety, Panic Attacks, IBS, Insulin Resistance and a host of other stuff can get in the way of achieving a fun-filled mini family vacation for us. But where there is a will, there is always a way!!!!!

Learning to deal with life when you have an anxiety disorder is hard enough, but doing something like Disneyland, (especially if it's is a huge trigger), well…that takes some work, but it CAN BE DONE! I am here to tell you that you should never write off anything or believe it's just too hard. With some planning, removing some possible roadblocks and a lot of faith, you can achieve difficult hurdles!!!

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How I Handle my IBS Pain by S. Hurt

What A Tough Kid!

My youngest daughter it one tough kid! She deals with IBS and constant abdominal pain that would probably make a grown up cry! (At least I would!) The lower part of her large intestine is in constant state of tension, or cramping. This in turn causes her constant pain (think horrible female cramps 24/7). Despite the several different medications, including ones that dampen pain receptors, nothing has helped for more then a few days.

child face closeup

Never Give Up!

That doesn't mean we stop trying, Lord knows we keep trying! We have spent hundreds of dollars on various essential oils (even learning to make my own blends), hundreds of dollars on probiotics, purchased several books, spent countless hours on gathering and reading information on foods, food combining and various healthy diets. My husband and I have talked to several people who suffer from IBS to gain their knowledge and insight and our family has seen enough doctors and have had enough tests ran on our daughter that I sometimes want to scream!!!!!

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3 Things I Do To Stop Pulling by K. Hurt

Another Point of View!

So far I have blogged about my family's challenges from my point of view, which is pretty insightful if I do say so myself (and I just did…hahaha). However, I thought it would be nice to give you all some insight as to how someone who actually has Trichotillomania, bravely deals with the daily challenges of having such a difficult disorder. According to her doctor, Trich is one of the hardest BFRB (Body Focused Repetitive Behavior) disorders to control. I personally think my kid is doing a kick-@ss job at it, but it is NOT a walk in the park. (I always knew her stubbornness would come in handy some day!)

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5 Techniques I Use To Stop or Ease Panic Attacks

After Having Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks For More Than 30 Years, I Have Gained Some Helpful Techniques.

I have lived with Anxiety and Panic Disorder, which means Panic Attacks for over 30 years. When I first found out I had this disorder, there was not an abundance of information available to do research on. Tips and techniques were not abound on the internet for anyone to look up. Through trial and error, as well as finally, after years of suffering alone, getting medical help, I have created my own set of techniques that help me stop or reduce a Panic Attack. Maybe you will find some of them helpful for yourself. Remember, not everything works for everybody.

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Mashed Cauliflower (I Can’t Believe It)

Many people like cauliflower. Some people like it steamed, cooked or raw. I happen to like it all those ways and more…I like it mashed!

You see, I am allergic to regular potatoes. Yup, that's right, No French Fries for me (though I sneak a couple in every 2-3 months because I just love French fries). I also have not had a baked or mashed potato in 17 years….how many of you can say that?!?!?!?!?!?!

Over time, I have learned about substitutes for potatoes, like Yucca Root or cauliflower. I like both but cauliflower is easier to work with then Yucca Root and a nicer texture when eating it. At least it is for me.

Below is a great recipe for mashed cauliflower. As you can guess by now if your read my recipes, I altered and tweaked it a bit for my taste but the recipe is fine, just like it is written so that is how I am going to post it.

I hope you enjoy this delicious alternative, even if you are not allergic to potatoes!


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Suicide and the Long, Long Aftermath

WARNING! Some of this post might be too upsetting, painful or offensive to some people. It's about suicide. Not stats, but my story, at least part of it. There is also a small spoiler of 13 Reasons Why…consider yourself warned.

I know that this may be too hard, offensive or downright emotional for some people but this is what I am blogging about today, suicide. The painful, heart wrenching reality of it…at least my reality of it. That is not to say that everyone will see this topic as I do and that is ok. My experiences (yes, I have had more than 1 experience with suicide) is going to be different then others. In fact, I may have a unique perspective since I actually have been on both sides of the situation, so to speak.

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Ranch Dressing-Simple, Easy Dressing

Fresh Is Best!

Ever since our daughter was diagnosed with severe IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and IR (Insulin Resistance) dietary needs have had me in a very crazy uproar. Her food is so darn limited. Not only are the diets for both these medical problems the complete opposite, one of the guidelines for my daughter's food is: No boxed, canned or jarred food…..simple, right?!?!?! NO!!!!!! (oh yeah, no fast food either…ugh!)

It sounds extreme, especially in our crazy, busy world, doesn't it? The idea of not using food out of a box, jar or can is that there will be no chemicals, preservatives and words I cannot pronounce in her food. In other words, everything is fresh (or cleanly frozen, meaning when I read the ingredients on the bag of frozen peas, that is what it says – Ingredients: Peas.)

 Simple Ranch Dressing

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