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,
Confessions of a Chronically Ill Blogger

So Grateful In 2017

So Grateful in 2017
If you live in the United States, you probably just finished a few days worth of visiting with family & friends and filling up with yummy food. I hope you had a wonderful time! This time of year, as we close in on the holidays, it is common to find yourself thinking about what you are grateful for in your life. 2017 was full of changes and realizations for me. I wouldn't change any of it, but what am I most grateful for? This Blog More accurately, I'm so glad I
Self-Care

7 Electronic Alternatives To A Paper Journal

7 Electronic Alternatives To A Paper Journal
If you like the idea of keeping a journal on the computer or your phone, you have plenty of options. In fact, you are bound to find a perfect match no matter what your preferences. I was amazed at all the electronic alternatives to a paper journal. (Wondering why or how to keep a journal? Check out my post 8 Ways to Use a Journal For Self-Care and Beyond) Electronic Alternatives: 7 Types/100+ Options I've separated the options into seven main categories: on the computer, a private blog, an online journaling site,
Self-Care

Self-Care During High Stress Times

Stress is at an all time high lately. There is so much going on in the world and not a hell of a lot we can do about it immediately. That's why self-care is even more important now. So how do we perform self-care during high stress? I've got 8 suggestions for you below. Sleep I'm not going to rank these, but if I did, I would put sleep first. Getting enough sleep makes a big difference in mental and physical health. You can find sleep hygiene tips in this post.
Self-Care

8 Ways To Use A Journal For Self-Care And Beyond

Journaling is a wonderful way to keep track of your thoughts and memories. Turns out you can use a journal for a lot of other reasons too. I was surprised at just how many. I chose eight of them to share with you here, but there really is no limit to the way you can use a journal. Gratitude A gratitude journal is commonly suggested in self-help and mental health circles. Focusing on gratitude is recommended for anxiety and depression, as a part of a mindfulness practice, and for anyone looking
Body Positivity

HAES And Its Impact On Body Positivity

Health At Every Size And Its Impact On Body Positivity
There are plenty of posts out there criticizing the Health At Every Size (HAES) movement. My problem with most of them is they miss the point of the idea of HAES. What is HAES? You can get the full idea of HAES at https://haescommunity.com, however the basic ideas are The movement celebrates body diversity in an intersectional way by honoring differences in size, age, race, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religion, class, etc. HAES challenges scientific and cultural assumptions and values body knowledge and people's experiences. HAES encourages compassionate self-care by
Self-Acceptance

Celebrate Your Strengths To Boost Your Self-Esteem

It is easy to be critical of yourself when you are struggling with self-worth. If asked, you likely can list your shortcomings effortlessly, but I bet if I asked you to name your strengths you would have a tougher time. Being able to not only name, but also celebrate your strengths is a very important step for improving your self-acceptance and self-esteem. Focusing on the positive can help to literally retrain your brain. It becomes easier to bring the positives to mind, and replace the criticisms that usually are the
Confessions of a Chronically Ill Blogger

Lessons I’ve Learned From Having A Chronic Illness

Lessons I've Learned From Having A Chronic Illness
It would be easy to think there is only loss when it comes to chronic illness. At first the losses are all you can focus on actually, but after some time it becomes possible to see what you have gained. I wanted to share my list of things I've learned from having a chronic illness. Acceptance When it comes to chronic illness, you don't get to do much choosing. You don't choose your illness. Your illness chooses your symptoms and severity. Many times you don't even get to choose your doctor
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38 Things I’ve Learned So Far In My 38 Years

38 Things I've Learned So Far In My 38 Years
Thursday is my birthday! I'm turning 38 and glad to say so. I've never had a problem with getting older. Reading about other women finding each successive decade an improvement had a lot to do with that. So far, I've found them to be right, and I'm really looking forward to my 40's. I've learned so much over the years, and I look forward to learning more. So, to celebrate, I decided to use a post idea I saw on quite a few other blogs, and listed out 38 things
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A Letter To My 16 Year Old Self

A Letter To My 16 Year Old Self
Dear 16 year old me, Hi! Things are probably a little complicated right now. Please sit, and take some time to read a little advice I have for you from my place of perspective. Stress less over your grades. Yes, they are important, but I promise it isn't worth the stress you put yourself under. Do your best, and know that is enough. Don't stay up until all hours trying to make it perfect. Go do more with friends. Speaking of which... Real friends don't regularly leave you out of plans. And a real best