Andrea Lewis

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    Andrea Lewis

    Hi Eleanor,

    I think you have to follow your gut instinct and do what’s best for you regardless of other people’s reactions/opinions.

    I am able to say this now, wholeheartedly because I’ve been in your shoes three years ago. As Hannah mentioned, it is possible to reach a point of no return and that’s exactly what happened in my situation.

    As Lori mentioned, I did try to change the boundaries, but my relationships with my entire family never changed. With the help of a therapist and journalling my thoughts/feelings I struggled big time with my decision.

    Though grieving the loss of my family in my life has been a gradual process. Removing their toxic energy has been one of the best gifts that I could have given myself.

    I have found self-love, inner peace and happiness. Not to mention the physical symptoms I experienced for years—headaches, stomach pains, anxiety/depression miraculously disappeared.

    With love and light,



    Andrea Lewis

    Today I am GRATEFUL for:

    1. the sunshine in Ottawa, because it makes me happy;
    2. the library, because I can borrow books for free;
    3. this new forum, because I can connect with like-minded individuals
    Andrea Lewis

    For me, anxiety is triggered when I’m denying my current reality.

    I gain relief by journalling all of my thoughts without judgment. I also take a walking meditation to connect with nature and this helps bring me back to the present moment.

    Andrea Lewis

    Hi Amy,

    I can identify with your spiraling negative thoughts that seem to be uncontrollable. I spent countless years feeling emotionally depleted. After some trial and error, the following effectively helped me cope:

    1. Acknowledge feelings by journalling thoughts without judgement.
    2. Eliminate ALL sugars, namely high-fructose foods. They only contribute to racing thoughts and depressive episodes.
    3. Exercise such as walks in nature and yoga.
    4. Meditation to calm the mind.

    Sending you positive vibes your way.

    Take care

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