The Cycle of Depressive Silence It’s been some time since I’ve seen symptoms of my depression. Recently, however, I couldn’t help but notice the old cycles of those symptoms reoccurring and reappearing. I’m sleeping for longer hours, isolating myself, feeling a great sense of irritation and hopelessness and lastly losing my sense of communication. Since … Read moreWhen my Depression Silences Me
Hey all! So just to fill you all in, this is the first post of a mini weekly series that I’m creating documenting my accomplishments and shortcomings of training for my first half marathon. Yes, a half marathon. 13.1 miles of crazy, but considering it’s only a half marathon, I would like to think that … Read morePreface – Week One
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
Watching the latest interview documentary with Jim Carry on Netflix. This is a man I’ve enjoyed seeing in all movies since I was a kid. After watching the whole thing I realized how much he and I have in common, as people. The way we’ve always gone after our dreams and passions, how he was … Read moreWho We Are, Awaits Beyond Fear.
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
It’s been a couple of months since my therapist introduced me to Brené Brown. Her book The Gifts of Imperfection changed my life; it helped me understand how to sit with my vulnerability and discover my authentic self. After finishing that book, I scoured bookstores and online websites for more of Brown’s work. I found her book I … Read moreThe Power of Shame Resilience: Brené Brown’s on Shame, Connection, and Empathy
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
We are addicted to our cell phones. Advancements in technology have given us cell phones which provide us access to the world at our fingertips 24/7. This has obviously provided us with many benefits. But constantly being connected to the world has resulted in us being disconnected in our present surroundings. While I have known … Read moreWhen Did We Become So Disconnected?
I need you to know something. When I’m depressed, I’m not myself. Or maybe I am myself…it’s hard to imagine ever being happy. When I’m depressed, I don’t mean what I say. If I’m upset or angry with you, I don’t mean to be. However, it means I’m not getting what I need to in … Read moreWhat You Need to Know
Life can be unpredictable. Despite the best-laid plans and precautions, external events (often completely beyond our control,) can hurl your life into chaos. Family tragedies, job losses, unexpected upheavals, and natural disasters can completely upend the balance, stability, and normalcy of your daily routine. To make matters worse, traumatic events can generate an enormous amount … Read more7 Self-care tips for challenging times