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.
So I recently finished a body image support group and had to go in for a general post-program check-in. I'm doing everything I'm supposed to. Honestly! I'm eating well and regularly, using skills, and establishing a somewhat balanced routine. I'm ticking all the right boxes and getting pats on the back ... but part of [...]
A thoughtful note submitted to me by a reader that I thought I'd share. I'll let his simple eloquence do the talking: "I will say this... One of the things people probably say most often about my being a writer is how cathartic it must be, how it must help me get rid of stuff. [...]
Note to self: It feels like a lot of work because it is. It feels exhausting because it is. Don’t minimize what you’re doing for yourself. It’s almost like raising yourself from scratch. It’s like starting over. It’s major construction, excavation and strengthening. It is a ton of work. It’s taking your young self’s hand and [...]
Hope persists, So don't give up, For only the smallest spark Is needed to ignite a wildfire.
Some days are worse than others, which likely always will be the case. Sometimes I just wake up feeling on edge or upset and I can't seem to pull myself out of what can only really be described as "a funk". Yesterday was one of those days. I was really upset most of the day. [...]