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,
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
Self-Love

12 Signs You Have Low Self-Esteem

12 Signs of Low Self-Esteem
I was all set to write about self-confidence. Then I got into the definitions, and realized self-esteem was actually what I had in mind. Self-confidence: a feeling of trust in one's abilities, qualities, and judgment. Self-esteem: confidence in one's own worth or abilities; self-respect. See, I want to talk about self-esteem. I want you to know deep down that you are worthy of love and respect. Since self-esteem develops over time, it isn't something you can just read a multi-step list or "one mega secret" article about and fix. Self-esteem is a
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, 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
Self-Acceptance, Self-Love

Selfies: More To Them Than You Think

Did You Know There Is More Value To Selfies Than Many People Think?
You see people all over social media decrying the value of selfies. Claims of them being a symptom of narcissism, a sign of self involvement, or being a self indulgence are prevalent.  But are they? What is a selfie? From the Oxford Dictionary, a selfie is, "A photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and shared via social media." So, all it is, is a picture you took of yourself. Seems pretty harmless, right? Maybe it's the purpose of a selfie that people find
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