For instructions on how to participate in this week's prompt see Beckie's post here! 1. Were there signs of your self-care routine lacking before you were officially diagnosed with a mental illness/disorders? Definitely. My self-care was entirely absent. I never knew how to take care of myself and I'm still learning. Did you (or) do [...]
8 Tips for managing social anxiety
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.
I'm all for promoting good mental and physical health, but it appears our current standards are at odds for both. So yes, it might be safer for people to pursue a more realistic ideal that doesn't take us as far away from who we truly are or what our body naturally wants to do, but if we leave the decision in someone else's hands, we will forever be surrendering our own power.
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 [...]