Posts by Heather Rider

Heather Rider, known professionally as The Energy Synergist, is an anxiety specialist. She is a former overworked, overstressed perfectionist. While working in the Austin high tech industry, she developed a severe autoimmune reaction that was triggered in part by high-functioning anxiety. She now works with high-achieving, high-stress women who are ready to shift out of anxiety without the use of pharmaceuticals, using nontraditional, holistic approaches to healing. www.theenergysynergist.com.

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My “Stress” Was Actually High-Functioning Anxiety

“Anxiety is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you very far.” ~Jodi Picoult

Many years ago, I worked in the technology sector in Austin, Texas, which is a big “tech town.” I was incredibly focused on building my career and earning a higher and higher salary.

I also have two daughters, who were in elementary school at the time. I’m divorced and am the primary care giver for them. Like so many divorced moms, I was doing a lot.

I would run through a mental list of daily to-dos from the …