What Happiness Looks Like

Today, for the first time in a very long time, I felt content and peaceful. I felt optimistic. I felt downright happy.  This feeling has sort of been with me all day, but it just hit me tonight in the oddest way. I was putting away dishes while listening to Christmas music. A mundane, unmemorableContinue reading “What Happiness Looks Like”

Five-Finger Relaxation Technique

I came across this awesome relaxation technique from the University of Chicago’s counseling services (of all places). That’s it. There’s no further instruction or dissecting of this technique. I found similar descriptions online, but nothing about how this is supposed to affect the mind or help you. Close your eyes. Touch your thumb to yourContinue reading “Five-Finger Relaxation Technique”

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] A Giant Confidence Booster in an Unlikely Place

Allow me a moment to be proud of myself for a second: I fixed my boyfriend’s computer. And I FREAKING rocked it! While not exactly a computer programming genius, I, like most people of my generation, know my way around a computer and its basic fixes (also, they’re so damn intuitive, it’s hard not to).Continue reading “[Re-Plug] A Giant Confidence Booster in an Unlikely Place”

[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”

[Thoughts and Things] I Tend to Throw Pity Parties

But I’m not going to do that today. I tend to get too deep and philosophical about the force behind actions and consequences. I’m not going to do that today. I tend to wax poetic and nostalgic, focusing on all the wrong things because I don’t want to think about what’s right. I’m not gonnaContinue reading “[Thoughts and Things] I Tend to Throw Pity Parties”

The Payoff Plan: How I’m Paying Off My Debts

They say there’s nothing sure in life except debt and taxes. (That’s the saying, right?) I shared previously how my bouts with unemployment ran me into the ground emotionally and mentally. A fun side effect was the pile of debt I incurred. Defeat was not an option. And so I arose to the occasion with my PayoffContinue reading “The Payoff Plan: How I’m Paying Off My Debts”