Autumn Self-Care: Take the Self-Care Challenge

Autumn, we’re almost there. Summer is ending. My favorite season is coming. Warm drinks, warm blankets, cold air, and rustling leaves. It makes my soul sing but it also makes me turn deep inside of myself. It’s a weird combination of comfort and discomfort. Every single year I start going within, like Persephone’s descent into the Underworld. I feel like it’s time to figure myself out all over again. Re-build myself all over again. I’m like a tree letting its leaves fall. “No, don’t need that one anymore. Let go of that one too.” Self-care is essential to me in…

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August End-Of-Summer Self-Care Challenge!

It’s time for another monthly challenge! This one is all about making time to enjoy this last bit of wonderful summer sunshine, can you believe it’s almost over? Self-care is all about giving yourself what you need and that changes on a daily basis. Sometimes you need to go within and focus on all of those things like personal growth, self-development, and healing those inner wounds. (If you’re interested in that I have the perfect challenge for you here) and other times you need to take a step back and focus on the light-hearted moments, you know, that thing called fun.…

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Teen Suicide Prevention: Have you had “The Talk”?

There are a lot of things I am passionate about – spirituality, self-love, self-care – and I am passionate about them because they all have helped me manage my mental illness. Spirituality helps remind me that I am part of this amazing Universe. Self-love reminds me that I am worthy. Self-care reminds me to take care of myself and ask for help when I’m in a bad place. Anxiety and depression have been part of my life since I was 11 or 12. My very first journal has entries about wishing I could just disappear. About wanting to be a…

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How To Help: Suicide Prevention Awareness

September is Suicide Awareness Month and I wanted to have a conversation about it. We need to have conversations about it. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among persons aged 10-14, the second among persons aged 15-34 years, and the fourth among persons aged 35-44 years. sourceAn estimated 9.3 million adults reported having suicidal thoughts in the past year and 17% of students in grades 9-12 in the U.S. seriously considered attempting suicide in the previous 12 months. Suicide is something that we need to talk about. We need to stop the stigma. Mental illness is real. The…

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Suicide Awareness Month: You Are Not Alone

This month is suicide prevention month so let’s talk about suicide awareness. I want to take a moment to speak about suicide and my own experience. I’ve been through it and if you’ve been around awhile you know how passionate I am about mental health. I don’t remember when I first thought about suicide but I do remember being about 11 or 12 and feeling like I didn’t want to exist anymore. I wanted to disappear but I didn’t understand why. As I got older and hormones and puberty kicked in I struggled a lot with my body image and even more with…

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12 Tips for Cleaning With Depression

Let’s talk about one of the more shameful and embarrassing effects of depression. The inability to clean. Cleaning with depression is hard! I’ve been pretty open with the effect that anxiety and depression have had on my life, especially when I was in my 20s. I coudn’t clean. I just couldn’t. The only thing that got me to clean my apartment was a notice on my apartment door that Maintenance would be spraying the complex for bugs or inspecting something. I was sure that if they saw my mess I’d get evicted and that type of Anxiety overrides Regular Anxiety…

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34 Things I’d Tell My 24-Year-Old Self

My birthday is quickly approaching and I am so excited. For one, I’m going to be taking a mini-trip that’s going to involve staying in a hotel for the first time ever. All of my anxious agoraphobes understand what a big deal this is! Being hours away from home can be overwhelming but I am ridiculously excited about it and I’ve been looking forward to it for weeks. A few days ago I got one of those pesky Photobucket notices that my account had exceeded its storage limit. I haven’t thought about, let alone visited Photobucket in almost a decade…

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July Self-Care + Summer Goals!

It’s time to pull out your July Self-Care Pages and start planning your self-care and your goals for this month! I’m a huge fan of scheduling self-care into your day, it’s a great way to hold yourself accountable. It’s harder to brush it off or not make time for it when it’s already scheduled into your day! Let’s talk July Self-Care Goals! What’s one thing you want to work on this month? Something project-related? Creative? Personal growth? Mental Health? Self-care?Even if you just want to work on getting better/more sleep or drinking more water, any goal is a good goal!…

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Signs You’re Dating a Narcissist

To celebrate the release of my newest workbook Self-Care for Breakups: Healing from Toxic, Abusive, and Codependent Relationships I want to share an excerpt from the section on relationships with narcissists and signs you’re dating a narcissist. Narcissism has become a hot button topic in the last few years. It also plays a part in many relationships, especially complicated and emotionally abusive ones. I want to touch on this subject because it’s so important to be able to recognize these signs so that your personal healing isn’t compromised. Narcissist: a person with an excessive need for admiration, disregard for others’…

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