Anxious Purchasing

December 23, 2013

A picture for people coping with Ehlers-Danlos or other chronic illness.

by Susan B Spitzer, PhD

Anxiety. Can’t live with it, but can’t live without it. It may be uncomfortable, but the motivational qualities of anxiety can be helpful. For instance, students get better grades with a moderate amount of anxiety. With too little anxiety, however, motivation to study and work hard during tests in minimal. On the other hand, too much anxiety causes students to freeze up and disengage from their work. But, when anxiety levels are moderate, students are both motivated to perform well, without freaking out, freezing up, or having their emotions interfere with their thought processes.

There are many ways to cope with the anxiety that inevitably accompanies a big event like out-of-town, life altering (and threatening!) surgery. Some strategies are helpful and some may be problematic. One of my favorite methods also feeds into an addiction I have: SHOPPING! Here is a running list of items that are absolutely essential to purchase in preparation for such a significant event:

1 Zippered pad-folio to organize papers.

1 Vera Bradley attaché case to hold the zippered pad-folio.

7 Vera Bradley items to match the attaché

1 pair of Ugg slippers

1 travel case for my Nespresso coffee maker (everyone knows that you can’t get decent espresso in New York…right?)

1 Leopard print panties to match my new, leopard print bra (probably won’t be wearing either)

2 sundresses for the spring (they were on sale)


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