Getting Into Green Spaces For Mental Health

One of my recent writing assignments was to draft a white paper that examined the benefits of being surrounded by green space and the benefit that has on mental health. I’ve always known that getting into natural settings has been good for mental health, but even I was blown away by the research. To make […]

Simple Shaming and Silent Suffering

Having a mental illness is hard for a lot of reasons. The difficulty that comes with enjoying certain activities, the trouble sleeping, the unpleasant side effects of mental health medication, etc. However, it is also hard because of stigma, which can be spread easier than most realize. Examples of shaming people for simple activities is […]

Forming An Alliance With My Darkness

I write a lot about my darkness, my mental illness, the depression and anxiety that make my life a struggle. Frankly, these mental illnesses suck, and I wouldn’t wish them on anyone. They have thrown curveballs into my personal relationships, screwed with my sleep, trapped me in a world of terror that only I know, […]

Self-Care From Nature

Since today is Earth Day, I wanted to take a moment to talk about how nature helps with my self-care, and how it can help with your self-care too. I consider myself an environmentalist for a number of reasons, but one of those reasons, perhaps one of the most selfish reasons, is the simple pleasure […]

Cat-tastic Solutions to Writer’s Block

As I was sitting here, trying to decide what to write about today, Ginny cat “helped” by running across the keyboard. And you know what, she is right. I mean sure, she just wrote gibberish, but she didn’t hesitate to put paws to the keyboard so that she could find out what comes out. Either […]

When The Demons Fight Back It Means You Are On The Right Road

The demons of mental illness are devilishly tricky opponents. They hide in the shadows of your mind, whispering lies that are impossibly believable. And when you go to therapy, when you open up to loved ones, when you try to shine a light on them, it is uncomfortable, and often leaves you feeling raw and […]

Translating Negativity into Positivity. Or At Least Trying

I talked yesterday about how I set myself up for failure time and time again by believing the negative language that mental illness whispers in my ear. Today, I want to talk about how to translate that negativity into positivity.   This is an important step for me in challenging the lies of mental illness. […]

Reminder: DYI Doctoring Is A Big No-No

On my weekly Medication Monday posts, I often use WebMD as a resource. And as background research, WebMD and other reliable resources found through Google are great. They give you basic information that will allow you to be more knowledgable when you talk with medical professionals. Because I know, talking to doctor’s can be confusing. […]

Growing Up In The Darkness 

Being young is always a confusing time, whether you battle mental illness or not. If you do battle mental illness, you may not even realize that you have a condition and that help is available for that condition. I think about that a lot as I prepare to become a father myself.¬† People who knew […]