18 Things I Learned in 2018

Without going into too much detail, I'll just say that this past year has been one of the toughest of my life. No real "resolutions" here per se, just bringing the important lessons with me, leaving behind the past, and moving forward with personal growth and self discovery in the upcoming year (and whatever those [...]

6 Simple Ways to Take Care of Yourself Over the Holidays

Inspired by this prompt. Buy yourself chapstick and moisturizer. Even though they may seem silly, These small comforts can make me feel significantly better! 2. Stay hydrated Taking care of yourself physically, even if it's a small thing, can boost your spirits. 3. Meditate, stretch, or doing breathing exercises. Take a few minutes to release [...]

Helping a loved one who struggles with mental illness

Inspired by this prompt. I'm lucky. I have a boyfriend who is not only incredibly understanding and patient, but is also courageous enough to help me navigate the perplexing maze of thoughts and emotions that is "mental illness". It has likely been easier for us to understand each other because he's familiar with the subject himself [...]

9 Questions to ask of your negative thoughts

Prompted by today's word of the day. Mental illness is usually associated with misleading thought patterns that have left well-worn tracks in our brain. Oftentimes however, we take those paths simply because they're easier at this point and we don't notice the opposing evidence. Recognizing our cognitive faux-pas can be difficult, and making a habit [...]

“You (can)’t love somebody else before you love yourself”?

Pingback “You can’t love anybody else until you love yourself” Lets be honest, we’ve likely all seen or heard this statement somewhere. Personally, I never really stopped to consider it until recently. Which brings us to the reason for today’s post – I’m here to tell you why I disagree. First of all, I took [...]