Being prolific and anxiety

Welcome to the first day of the rest of the blog. I am going to be honest with you, this site has been up for a little over a year and a half and I have seen some modest success. I have had some good posts and some bad and on most days have about 200 people visit my site. Now, this is not a lot by most blog standards, but I figure if I am talking to a college seminar full of people a day, then that is pretty cool.

Part of the issue for my low numbers I think comes from my lack of publishing a ton. When I first started I had a lot of pent-up ideas and was able to write 3 articles a week easily. Then it dropped to 2, and honestly, after the fire, my motivation plummeted. So now I am at 1 a week. Some of these are good and some less so.

Being prolific

So today I am going to try something new. I am going to try and post daily short articles. These may be about finance, well-being, physician life, fatherhood, or a host of other topics. No promises but hopefully they will at least be entertaining. I figure I can give this site at least one more year (2-3 was always my target) and see where we are at.

Why the change? Well ESI Money drew my attention to John Sonmez via a Money and Media podcast. This guy is prolific and makes the point that if you keep working at something, publishing, getting out there, that eventually you will “rise to the top…the cream of the crop” Everybody say Jump Jump!!! So let’s give it a go. Plus, to be a good writer you have to do it daily.

Anxiety

So here is the first short post….but first, a disclaimer. Nothing below is meant to be actual medical advice. For that go see your doctor and talk to them about your symptoms. While I am a doctor, I am not your doctor. Thanks!

On a daily basis as a Cardiologist, I see people for palpitations and chest pain. Sometimes the cause is arrhythmias or heart attacks, but more often than not it is anxiety. ANXIETY you say? Yes, anxiety. This is real and if you are not in tune with your body, can cost you some time, money and stress.

Now I am not discounting anxiety. It is very real and in fact, post-wildfire, I have personal experience of this. A sudden onset of chest tightness, palpitations, shortness of breath. The feeling that things are closing in on you. That something is off. Wrong! Just plain wrong with your body! This feeling will certainly lead to something bad, maybe even death. Maybe you want to scream. Maybe you want to run away. This is anxiety and it is real.

If you do not know what is happening or have never experienced anxiety, then you are going to be worried. Potentially very worried and come to the emergency room. Thus, I do not discount all those patients I see for anxiety. If nothing else I can provide reassurance, but it does drive up your costs, both financially and in time.

What can we do to mitigate this?

I think knowing your body is the most important thing you can do. Understand how you feel most days, and when a feeling like the one described above comes on, just take a minute.

Close your eyes. Focus on the feeling. Slow your breath. Are you feeling anxious? Is there a reason for that anxiety? Have you felt this before? Is it going away as you focus or is it persisting??

By understanding yourself and trying to calm yourself you might find the sensation goes away. If nothing else, you will be more aware of how you feel and what is going on. But by all means, if you still feel bad or the feeling is not going away, then please seek medical advice. Better safe than sorry, especially the first time. I am not advising anyone to avoid the doctor just saying you should take a step back and breath.

There you have it. Know your body and take a minute and breath. A little nugget for the day!

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