On the other side of mental health

I remember starting therapy over 2 years ago for severe anxiety and depression, but more specifically with a life-altering diagnosis of OCD. As she reviewed the physiology of OCD and the treatment plan with me, I sat there and asked, shocked at the possibility, "So what do I do and what will I think about … Continue reading On the other side of mental health

Gratitude

What are you grateful for? I have many things but there are a few things I always think of: My bed: for a rejuvenating place to rest my body and relax my mind The gym: a daily therapy and clearing of the mind. A way to feel strong, able, and alive! Always my place to … Continue reading Gratitude

Just Be

If things are meant to work out, something will make you hold on. Something will keep your gut speaking that language, your heart singing that tune, and your mind always coming back to the idea. You might not know the reason now, but something will show you the way. Could be tomorrow, could be next … Continue reading Just Be

10 Lessons Learned

Sharing with you some of my most critical pieces of information I learned in therapy during my journey to mental health: Find a specialist. I put this as number 1 because it truly is the number 1 thing to do! I accredit all my success to my therapist now who knew how to tackle what I … Continue reading 10 Lessons Learned

Resilience

These messages were left at my door by my sister-in-law one night when I was living in California and today the same word was used to describe me. Resilient....adjective 1. springing back; rebounding. 2. returning to the original form or position after being bent,compressed, or stretched. 3. recovering readily from illness, depression, adversity, or the like; buoyant     … Continue reading Resilience

Push You Out, Pull You Back In

"...And got hands like an ocean. Push you out, pull you back in... Cause I got issues, but you got 'em too. So give 'em all to me and I'll give mine to you. Bask in the glory of all our problems 'cause we got the kind of love it takes to solve 'em..."           … Continue reading Push You Out, Pull You Back In

Fighting Your Own Fears

Recently I announced that an article I wrote was published on an international website and that announcement exposed me. It exposed things I struggle with, it exposed intimate details about myself that otherwise I wouldn't share with the world, it made me vulnerable and open for critique, but yet it made me, me. Of course … Continue reading Fighting Your Own Fears

Don’t Resist

Face the doubt. Face the fear. Face the anxiety. Let it happen. Feel it, Embrace it. Welcome it. For it is what gets you through. If you struggle with social anxiety, OCD, general anxiety or anything that just gets in your way, face it. Don't run. Resisting something, trying to make sense of it, trying … Continue reading Don’t Resist

Struggle Opens Up Doors

When I first began to struggle with anxiety and depression, I wasn't even aware. I didn't know how to handle it at all. I didn't know what it was and I almost didn't care. I just kept going on, thinking it was just who I was, each day the same as the one before it. … Continue reading Struggle Opens Up Doors

What do YOU want?

Stop waiting for what others want for you, what others will think, or disregarding something that your internal dialogue keeps repeating. Who lives your life? YOU. Whose happiness is what matters most? YOURS. Who pays the price when you don't do what you want at the expense of others? YOU. Live for you and only … Continue reading What do YOU want?