Filling the Darkness

Depression is a darkness. It is an emptiness within. It is the place where your joy and your interests and your ability to engage with the world once existed, but depression steals those things away. And in its place it leaves an empty darkness. This emptiness, this darkness, it isn’t how humans are supposed to […]

Rain, Rain, Go Away, Come Again Another Day

“Rain, rain, go away, come again another day.” We’ve all heard the saying. Some of us have likely even used it. Even me, who absolutely loves the rain, I’ve even used it on occasion when rain threatened to spoil some bit of fun I had planned. Why do I love the rain? Because it is […]

Outsmarting My Depression

Depression sucks. There is no way around that. There are days that it saps you of energy, preventing you from even getting out of bed. Yet I am learning to manage my symptoms, and maybe even learning to get ahead of the depression. Which is why today I am choosing to stay in bed. A […]

Recovery from Fight or Flight Fatigue

I wrote yesterday about emotionally focused therapy, and how it is among the tools I use to manage my anxiety. As part of that discussion, I described how my anxiety triggers my fight or flight response for everyday occurrences, such as interactions with my boss or personal conflicts. And as I’ll explain today, that is […]

Sunday: A Day of Rest

Faith is a big part of my recovery. It is a big part of how I manage my mental illnesses. I don’t talk about it on here as often as I probably should, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t important. However, the fact is that whether you are a person of faith or not, there […]

Long Weekends and Lessons for Self-Care

Millions of Americans are relishing the fact that they don’t have to wake up and go to work tomorrow like they normally would on a Monday, courtesy of Labor Day. I’ve always thought it ironic that a day called Labor Day was a day when so few labored, instead hosting cook-outs and savoring the extra […]