I thought my absence from this blog reflected having more pressing things to attend to (with school and work being back in full swing) but I realized this afternoon that it might be a reflection of the larger trend of not prioritizing my own recovery or self-care. With school once again providing a competitive atmosphere [...]
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 [...]
Here's something I wrote for Libero Magazine. Let me tell you, putting "my story" into (fewer than 1,000) words was difficult, but something I couldn't even consider doing a year ago. As hard as its been to get to where I am and as confusing as it is to think about it all, I'm generally [...]
Just because something doesn't show up the way you'd expect, doesn't mean it's not worth welcoming.
Life-threatening stigma is propagated by overvaluation of the relevance of body weight in eating disorders and healthcare in general. Outward physical symptoms are not a reliable metric for mental illnesses.
Thanks again to Beckie's Mental Mess for this week's insightful prompt about how social media impacts our mental health. Conscious use of social media has been something I have advocated for since starting this blog and it's what actually led me to start the mentally me hashtag. Realizing the power social media has, both good and bad, [...]
I'm excited to participate again in this week's "Working on Us" prompt from Beckie's Mental Mess. Today - "Select 2 music video’s that help you and your mental stability when you listen to it. Also, describe how those songs make you feel?" I hope it's okay that I chose a couple more than two songs (since [...]
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.
I turned 22 at the end of June. I've been reflecting a lot (as per usual) and decided to write a post collecting a number of (mostly) important things I've come to know about myself over these twenty-two years. Interestingly, a lot of this self-discovery came about in the past two years. What has been [...]