What Self-Care Mood Are You?

I was thinking up social media posts and I was hit with the inspiration to make a self-care mood list! I’d love to know which one resonates with you the most and then I’d like you to go and spend a morning/afternoon/evening doing that thing! Zen Mood Candles. Incense. Calming music. Meditation. Yoga. Savasana. Mantra. Inner peace. This one is my anxiety go-to. It always helps me feel calm and centered which is something that I frequently need in my life. For yoga suggestions, I highly recommend Yoga with Adriene and as for calming music? Dancing Shiva by Sacred Earth is my #1. Writer Mood Journaling. Headphones. Indie music. Writing. Feeling feelings. Essential oils. Pajamas. I always write when I’m in bed so that was the inspiration for this mood. While I miss notebooks and *actual* writing, I’ve been using the journaling app “Journey” and I really like it. Ben…

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9 Life Lessons for Adulting

Okay, you’re out on your own, now what? Adulting! Adulting: Doing adult-like things because you’re an adult. For me, becoming an adult was this weird experience I was wholly unprepared for. It felt like someone had thrown me into the deep end of the pool and told me to swim and while I managed it, it was anything but graceful. Being a kid/teen was awesome for me. As someone who has anxiety (and did at an early age!) I liked having a routine and someone to be accountable to. When I decided to leave the nest (an impulsive decision made in anger), I wasn’t prepared for it at all! Beong on your own will seem exciting and new. But there are also a lot of changes and a lot of growing up you’ll probably have to do, so here’s a little list of thing you might want to consider and/or…

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Let’s Talk About Trauma Bonding

I have a lot of experience with trauma bonding and unfortunately, it’s firsthand. I talked about it in my workbook Self-Care For Break-Ups: Healing from Toxic, Abusive, and Codependent Relationships. But I am still in shock sometimes about how much I accepted in my last relationship. It was over two years ago but at the time I was deep into self-love. I knew my mental health was important – and I still stayed in a toxic relationship. My ex cheated on me multiple times (once with my friend), lied to me, stole money from me, manipulated me, and gaslighted me, all while deep into first alcohol, and then drug addiction. We broke up an average of three times a week. She told me that I was disgusting and gross. While my mom was dying of cancer my ex told me that she was in love with someone else, but it…

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We All Have Mental Health and It Matters

I did a bad thing. I read the comments and everyone knows you NEVER read the comments! 😂 A few days ago one of my quotes made it onto Wordporn and I read the comments. The quote was “Don’t use rest or self-care as a reward for being productive. If you need a break, you need a break, it’s not something you should make yourself earn at the expense of your mental health.” There were some less than lovely comments:“This mentality is what’s wrong with people today.”“Don’t cater to your mental illness.”“Stop using mental health as an excuse for laziness.” One comment was:“When did mental illness become fashionable?” But here’s the thing – we all have mental health even if we don’t have a mental illness. And while I am so passionate about providing tools for anxiety and depression, I also know that it’s not everyone’s experience. I don’t think…

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