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 struggle is real and we need to stop the shame surrounding it. The shame of being able to say: “I don’t have the skills to cope right now.” “My depression is making things difficult for me.” “I need help.” Depression is a medical condition. It’s no different than having a…

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Every Day Magic: Shower It Away

This month I’ve found myself focusing on little acts of magic. I’m feeling the call of my spirituality, I’m feeling the magic and incorporating it more into my life. I wanted to share one itty bitty thing I’ve been doing that has a profound effect on my state of mind + is a little witchy + is self care. That’s what we need more of. Not just celebrating the holidays (or sabbats!) but adding more magic into the everyday. When I get off work I’m often tired and a bit sweaty from the bike ride home. Usually, I just pop in for a quick, mindless shower. I’m on autopilot mode. I don’t even think about it anymore, it’s all part of the routine. This month, I’ve been working on mindfulness, intention, and adding more to my day in every way that I can think of. That zombie-fied routine has become a sacred…

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Self-Care Check-In: September

Happy September! I hope you’ve been having a good month so far. Have you checked out the Autumn Self-Care Challenge? It’s a great way to add more self-care into your month in a focused way. It’s a brand new month and that means a brand new slate, full of opportunities to keep up on the things you’re doing right and do a little tinkering in those places in your life that need a little bit more love. This month we’re talking about how to help people, serve your life’s purpose, and still create boundaries. What are those places? Where do you need TLC? What’s your September self-care plan? I hope that you’re making self-care your priority. I hope that you have a list of things you want to get done this month and I hope that at least 25% of them are nice things that you want to do for…

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My New Mantra: Give Less F*cks

As you all know, I have anxiety and sometimes it’s pretty gnarly. With a lot of work, it’s gotten to the point where I have a pretty good handle on it. I know when it’s about to hit. It’s like a storm brewing on my horizon and sometimes I can move out of its path. I do this by getting really serious about my self care. Which can get annoying, don’t get me wrong. There are days where I can’t (or won’t) take time off work to deal with it, or I have too many things on my to-do list to just stop for a few hours and sort myself out, or I’m stubborn and tell myself that it won’t be that bad and that if I ignore it it will go away. Self care manages my anxiety. It’s not perfect but anxiety doesn’t control my life anymore and most days…

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