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I have up close and personal as well as professional information about anxiety and chronic health conditions. Over the past year, I've been diagnosed with a whopping nine chronic health conditions, many of them autoimmune and most of them digestive in nature. They're all permanent, but I'm grateful that they're all manageable. I'm also happy that I am happy and well. Healthy anxiety is part of this subjective sense of wellness. I'd like to share with you four tips that I use to keep my anxiety low despite these chronic health conditions. 
If you're anything like me, the last few weeks have been a rollercoaster. Ever since COVID-19 took over the media, politics, and our minds, it can seem difficult to think of anything else. While the fears (and realities) of Coronavirus are less than ideal, forced quarantine provides an opportunity for growth. It's not every day that must stay inside for the good of humanity. Here, I'll discuss a few ways you can use the quarantine to your advantage. 
I understand—the term "social distancing" has become part of our culture's mainstream lexicon over the past few months, but for the sake of those in ED recovery (or any mental health issue, for that matter), can we please not call it social distancing anymore? The idea of creating barriers socially between ourselves and other people can exacerbate the sense of isolation or disconnection that many individuals who battle eating disorders are already too familiar with. In fact, experts within the field of public health agree the phrase is harmful and advocate that it be known as "physical distancing" instead.
Ever since my apartment fire at the end of January, I’ve been working with my insurance to get adequate recompense for everything I’ve lost. While I’ve had a mostly good experience, it seems that nobody is spared from at least one insurance horror story, and about a week ago I got mine.
Since last month, many of us have been working solely from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While this has proved that many jobs can be done remotely, there's one major mental health issue that office-goers are facing today: depression.
When we can help others and earn their gratitude and appreciation, it can also help us build and maintain healthy self-esteem. Strong self-esteem comes from believing in our value as a person. One way to feel that we are worthy of self-respect is to be there for others in need.
Negative emotions can be a real problem in bipolar disorder (and, really, in any mental illness). And right now, many people are finding the negative emotions associated with bipolar disorder are heightened due to this incredibly taxing pandemic we're all living through right now. Between the COVID-19 anxiety and the stress of losing your bipolar routine, it's no surprise that bipolar symptoms are worsening for so many people. And for me, the worsening bipolar is coming in the form of negative emotions today. Negative emotions and negative self-talk are plaguing me right now.
My usual routines for self-care are failing while I'm in quarantine, and my self-esteem is suffering because I feel unproductive. Healthy self-esteem allows us to take care of ourselves and love ourselves because we believe we are worth the effort. The last few weeks have been difficult as I struggle to adapt to the restrictions placed on us.
Long before I was diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder (DID), I was able to hold a pencil with my hand. It was only then that I realized that I could transport myself to anywhere my imagination could take me. I would spend literally hours in my bedroom, doodling and doing anything I could to get away from the trauma of my household.
I've been in confinement at home in Barcelona for over a month, and my cravings are driving me crazy. My body and mind feel like a battleground. I´m in a constant struggle with myself over food.

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Kelly
I am grateful for how I am today...i communicate through art and writing. Drawing brings me peace like nothing else.
Thank you for sharing your journey.
Mahevash Shaikh
That sounds tough, Ashish. However, I think you'll be surprised at how well you can adapt to change. We are resilient beings, after all. All the best! :)
Ashish
For a serious planner like me, living one day at a time is not going to be easy. But if it helps me deal with anxiety and depression, I am going to try my best to embrace this.
Ellen
I, too, used to respect the police, but after having had numerous interactions with them this past summer and fall, I no longer have respect for them. I find them to be mean, egotistical, power crazy, and dangerous because they have a gun and the power of the law behind them. I hope I never get pulled over by any of them because I don't know how I would react.
Jessica Kaley
Bob, thanks for reaching out and offering your Vi your support. It's so great to feel a sense of community here!