Who Am I Without All the Adjectives?

With the place I’ve been in lately (spoiler alert: a really bad one), I’ve been searching for answers. It hasn’t been a perfectly linear journey, but the things I have found have been eye-opening. Case in point: this wonderful, wonderful blog post from Therapy Beyond the Couch. It walks you through an exercise about your “deepestContinue reading “Who Am I Without All the Adjectives?”

One Tool in My Resource Toolbox

Since my soul-baring post about depression,  I knew I had to try something different. Anything. No matter how small or seemingly insignificant. My answer? Using this Pacifica app more regularly. I downloaded it when I was still employed and very stressed, thinking it could help me. It’s a very cool app that allows you to track yourContinue reading “One Tool in My Resource Toolbox”

Searching for Significance

  I crave significance. Why I do isn’t very important. When I say crave significance, I mean, from a young age, I have wanted my life to matter in a profound way. I fear being insignificant or meaningless. Through the years, I have tried all kinds of ways to create meaning. When I was aContinue reading “Searching for Significance”

If You’re Struggling, This is For You

Exactly zero people have wondered where I’ve been. I’m not going to apologize and go into some lengthy explanation about my blog and my writing–because literally no one cares. I am making a “where I’ve been” post though because I think there are others out there who need to hear what I’m about to say. IContinue reading “If You’re Struggling, This is For You”

Breathing Exercises from Dr. Weil

Another link I found with three common breathing exercises. They can be used to combat anxiety or stress. You’ve probably heard of these exercises, if not utilized them, like myself, but it never hurts to take a refresher course. Breathing: Three Exercises Three Breathing Exercises “Practicing regular, mindful breathing can be calming and energizing andContinue reading “Breathing Exercises from Dr. Weil”

Putting Up Walls Isn’t Always Bad

You’ve most certainly heard people talk about the “walls” around someone’s heart, often their own. From romantics to poets to those who have been hurt and those who have been shut out, “putting up walls” seems to be a negative and gloomy concept. But putting up walls doesn’t have to be bad (unless you’re DonaldContinue reading “Putting Up Walls Isn’t Always Bad”

[Re-Plug] What I’ve Done Today…A List

Okay, so this list is stupid, right? WRONG. Well, you might still think it’s stupid, but the reason I would argue it’s not is that this a list I made on a bad mental health day. Instead of making a to-do list to accomplish, I did the opposite: I made a list of all the stuffContinue reading “[Re-Plug] What I’ve Done Today…A List”

Scribble Scrabble

I haven’t been feeling so great lately. Bored by my usual pleasurable activities, down about absolutely nothing, and feeling unusually morose, I don’t know what to do to make it better. Yes, I have the Bare Minimum to always go to, but I needed to take a more in-depth approach. So I came up withContinue reading “Scribble Scrabble”

Using the Bare Minimum for Maximum Mental Health

When you suffer from a mental illness, every small thing in your path can feel like a gigantic obstacle. On the down days, your mind is chaos, everything inside you feels like clutter, and you don’t know what to do to feel better, much less be productive. But who says you have to be productive? DoingContinue reading “Using the Bare Minimum for Maximum Mental Health”