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"It is mine, I tell you. My own. My precious. Yes, my precious." - J.R.R. Tolkien

Inspiration for Overthinkers

November 25 · Issue #27 · View online
Tackling stress and anxiety, one experiment at a time.

“It is mine, I tell you. My own. My precious. Yes, my precious.” - J.R.R. Tolkien

Hello dear BVs,
This Wednesday, the migraine I’d been denying wormed its way to the center of my head, along with its shitty shadow, self-doubt. I spent Thanksgiving in bed, in the dark, worried.
Unexpected migraines freak me out. Two years ago, I suffered from daily migraines. Down to just one a month, I’m Gollum-like in my desire to hold on to a precious clear head. Not knowing where this migraine came from was killing me.
Then suddenly, yesterday, the fever hit. Relief! This migraine was just a harbinger of a bad head cold. Sickness is why my head hurt so much.
Answer in hand, did I let go of my bone? No. I kept on gnawing: Why do I always seem to get sick at the holidays? Do I get sick more than other people?
Lucky for me, I’m married to a logical man. Michael’s response to my tail-chasing questions: “Look, you get sick on average 3-4 times a year. This is one of those times. Accepting it will make you feel better the fastest.” 
One of anxiety’s great contradictions: The harder you work to relax, the more stress you are actually putting on yourself. 
This holiday season, I’m sending you the same wish I’m sending myself: Instead of trying so hard to understand everything in order to relax, try to gently accept whatever is. You might not know why you’re sick, but your body could be breaking down right on schedule 😂. Make some camomile tea. Nothing to worry about here.
Love Meredith
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