Most of my blog now focuses on sharing skills (amongst personal anecdotes) about healing from mental illness. However, a big part of my life was spent NOT in active recovery and I know there are many out there in the same boat. Recovering from an eating disorder is a difficult thing. Our motivation to get [...]
In most eating disorder recovery groups I've attended the inevitable debate about how to deal with triggering information always comes up. Some people believe there's no point in censoring what patients share because triggers are (truthfully) unavoidable. Others believe that creating the safest space possible is important for navigating early recovery. Personally, I think I [...]
8 Tips for managing social anxiety
Exposures offer a safe environment to build confident in our ability to navigate situations we once found frightening.
Simply by opening the door to a new perspective you can begin to give yourself an opportunity to take your power back from self-defeating automatic thoughts.
Cognitive distortions often go hand-in-hand with depression and anxiety, but the good news is that we can develop skills to correct these patterns and even lessen mental illness symptoms.
Maybe, in my own small way I'm leading a rebellion. From my living room. Rebelling against the beliefs that kept me sick, trapped, and suffering my whole life. Rebelling against my illness telling me differently. A middle finger in the air to the toxic "rest is for the weak" messages. Maybe there's a good reason it's uncomfortable.
It was never about who was doing better or who had it worse. Instead, it was always about the bravery of each and every person who took a step forward no matter how uncertain they were of the journey.
Hi everyone! I know it's been a while since I last posted and bit longer since I shared the previous "Recovery Resources" (Emotional Awareness), so here we are with the next update in the series - Distress Tolerance. As I previously mentioned, these posts are primarily a way for me to reflect on the DBT skills [...]
Personal growth isn't rewriting your history or changing the inherent essence of who you are but it can feel just as scary. Denying that I have a problem might have temporarily sheltered me from this fear, but also prevented me from realizing my strengths I could use to help me through it.