I have learned a lot on my journey of self-awareness. It’s taken many days of battling with depression, grief, and shame with small breaks of crying, deep therapy, and breakthroughs. It’s been a difficult journey to get where I am right now, but I still have a lot of work to do. One of the … Read moreBreaking the Silence Against Mental Health
I have been so lucky…the depression has been swept aside again (mostly). It’s a constant tug-a-war battle with the depression. There are good days, bad days, and mixed days. Heck, sometimes there are just days where I throw my hands up in the air and impatiently wait for a redo button to appear to try … Read moreThe Mental Health Game of Tag, You’re It!
Since November of last year I have really began to grasp the severity and importance of mental health problems. I slowly became more comfortable discussing the stigmatized subject. With the help of a semi-traumatic event last November (and I’m not certain I’m dramatizing that either), I was pushed into advocating for mental health to be … Read moreStepping Stones in Self-Growth
Depression is drowning in an ocean of despair while another part of you is cutting away your lifeline that would keep you from drowning. Can you imagine how frightening that could be? Imagine fighting that fight every day. Depression can come and go for me. I have good days, bad days, and really, really bad … Read moreDepression: You Don’t Have to Walk Alone
As many people with depression know, living with it is tricky. You can have good days and bad days. For me, sometimes it could go on for weeks or months before I find relief from the depression. It’s always about managing it, learning to enjoy the small happy moments, and trying to remember you’re worth … Read moreDepression: WWIII or Tug-a-War?
I initially created this blog to share my mental health experiences with others. I hoped to seek a connection with others, break the stigma against mental health issues, and start conversations about topics such as self-harm and depression. However, all of my blogs neglect something that I believe is absolutely important for those with mental … Read moreSupporting your Friend with Mental Health Issues
As someone who has managed depression from early childhood into adulthood, I have learned a variety of different coping mechanisms to help me. Different things work for different people, just like the same coping mechanism won’t work for every situation. And it is extremely, extremely important for someone dealing with any kind of problem, not … Read moreFinding an Oasis in Nature
I mentioned in my last blog post about how play is important for everyone. I mean, who can live day-by-day simply working on their to-do list, but never finding time to relax? I certainly cannot! It may not be daily, but at least once a week I find time for a coping mechanism that helps … Read moreArt: How I Cope
Anxiety is something I grew up with. It was there when I wanted to ask my crush out on a date in elementary school, it was there when I had to speak in front of an entire class about teen pregnancy and it remains with me to this day, every time I have to speak … Read moreAnxiety
“No Matter How Much Someone Has Hurt You Or Betrayed You Or How Much It Seems That Someone Is Evil, At Their Core, Everyone Is Worth Saving.” – Smallville Growing up, I found it very difficult to hate people (other than myself, of course). In a lot of ways, I think it’s because I see … Read moreLife Lessons