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
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
Depression

6 Tips for When You are Feeling Down

6 Tips For When You Are Feeling Down
We all have down days. Whether you are diagnosed with depression, or just having a down day, some of these suggestions will help you care for yourself. 1) Practice Self-care and Nurture Yourself I think top priority should be making sure you are clean and dressed. You just feel better if you have that covered. So, pamper yourself with a long soak in the tub, or at least grab a quick shower. Then get dressed in some comfy clothes. Psychologically, it helps to wear real clothes, so lose the PJs if