Depression, Anxiety

Finding My Holiday Spirit With Hygge

Depression and anxiety can take the fun out of the holidays. The fatigue, low moods, poor stress tolerance and apathy makes holiday stuff feel overwhelming or pointless. It's really hard to be excited about decorations, gifts, and songs when it all feels futile. I haven't enjoyed the holidays for quite awhile. It's probably been close to 7 years since I looked forward to this time of year, so it's a fading memory for me. I really miss that excitement and fun though, and I'm in a better mental place now,
Cleaning, Anxiety, Depression, FYI

12 Extremely Useful Spoonie Cleaning Tips

12 Extremely Useful Spoonie Cleaning Tips
I wrote a post with a few cleaning tips before, and enjoyed sharing some of the shortcuts I've found over the years. I recently had a request to share some more, and I was happy to compile another list of spoonie cleaning tips. These really work for anyone who wants to spend less time and energy on housework but, obviously, my fellow spoonies come to mind first. :) [caption id="attachment_1196" align="aligncenter" width="300"] This is what we are trying to prevent![/caption] Vacuuming We need to vacuum our carpet almost daily, since we have
Anxiety, Depression, Self-Care

The 3 Steps I Use To Embrace Change I Want In My Life

The 3 Steps I Use To Embrace Changes I Want In My Life
Change is hard. Yeah, yeah, you know this. Everyone knows this, but did you know that even simple changes that you want, and you know will make your life immensely better, can be scary? My Experience With Change One such change for me was treating my anxiety. I have treated my depression a few times, but never really focused on my anxiety. I finally decided it was likely a bigger problem than I realized, so I made myself an appointment. While I was eager to treat my anxiety, so it would stop
Anxiety, Depression, Self-Care

Figuring Out Your Basic Self-Care Needs

Figuring Out Your Basic Self-Care Needs
I was never any good at self-care. I was a typical teenager who ate and drank whatever and skimped on sleep. Soon after I was a young mother putting her kids first. That continued about 14 years until about four years ago when things had to change. At around the same time my depression and anxiety got worse and I started suffering from inflammatory arthritis and fibromyalgia. Self care had to become my priority. So how did I figure out what I needed? Mostly I just started with the
Anxiety, Depression, Quotes, Self-Acceptance

How Can I Find Self-Acceptance With Chronic or Mental Illness?

I've previously been covering self-acceptance from a very general direction. I want to focus in a little more now. Personally, I have found self-acceptance extra hard due to my chronic illnesses and mental illnesses. It only makes sense that other people have the same problems, so I want to share my thoughts and solutions. Accepting Limits One struggle I have is accepting my limits. Whether you compare yourself to what society expects, or to what you could do "before", it is hard to accept that you can't just do whatever you
Anxiety, Depression, Self-Acceptance, Self-Care

Resource Roundup: Over 25 Amazing Sources on Self-Acceptance and More

25 Resources for Self-Acceptance
I've been told by my friends that I have awesome "Google-Fu" skills. Maybe that's why I love looking up things, or maybe I have great skills because I love the search. Either way, I spend a lot of time searching either Google or, more likely, Pinterest, for any and everything I'm interested in learning about. You can check out my Pinterest account for all of my finds, but I thought I'd round up some of my favorite, most useful pins here. [lwptoc]   Self-Acceptance First, if you are new here, you might want
Depression, Self-Acceptance, Self-Care

My Depression Peeks Its Head Out Now and Again

I actually had another post planned for today. I've been trying to finish it for days, and last night I had to concede that it wasn't going to happen. My depression has acted up, and that makes writing hard. My brain just won't cooperate. So I was lying in bed trying to figure out how I was going to have a post for today, and I remembered what I wrote at the end of February. The last time my depression surfaced, I got up in the middle of the night
Anxiety, Depression

5 Steps Toward Self Acceptance

These are not only steps toward finding self acceptance, but will eventually become habits to help you keep it up.  The journey toward self acceptance is not just a long road, it is unending. Life isn't static. You are always changing, and so will your feelings about yourself. You will need to have habits in place to help yourself continue to find self acceptance. So, what are some steps you can take on this journey? I've come up with five to discuss with you today. 1) Forgive yourself Any past mistakes you
Depression, Quotes, Self-Care

Pain Is Not A Competition

Pain is not a Competition
"Pain is not a competition. Just because someone, somewhere may have had worse in their life, it doesn't excuse or erase your pain."  This quote has meant so much to me over the past couple of years. I feel it applies to everyone, no matter what kind of physical, mental, or emotional pain they may have. Pain is pain If you are affected by depression, anxiety, or any other mental illness, you may have a tendency to feel your condition isn't as bad compared to other people. In fact, I had no
Depression, Life Tips

How I De-stress

How I De-Stress
Everyone has their own ways to de-stress. There are numerous ways to go about it, and none of them work for everyone. These are the ways I relax: 1) Games on my phone This works fantastically for me. I can distract myself from any intrusive thoughts with games. I have both mindless and more brainy types so I'm set no matter what I need. Some people might actually find this stressful, but it is a great diversion for me. Puzzle games and word games are my favorite. 2) Coloring Unless you live under