Resiliency Series: Optimism

Building my own resiliency has been key in growing my ability to bounce back when my wonky brain starts acting up, I find myself in stressful circumstances, or I just have a bad day. I won’t claim to be a mental health expert, but I will share with you tactics I’ve personally found to beContinue reading “Resiliency Series: Optimism”

not alone

You’re not alone. (I mean, probably.) When something triggers emotions that I find extra hard to cope with when they’re potent, like shame, helplessness, or feeling small or when depression symptoms start to show, my mean–y’all she is vicious!–inner self comes out and lets me know without hesitation, “You’re alone. When things get dark, you’reContinue reading “not alone”

going with the flow

I’m learning to go with the flow, the flow of my energy, that is. I used to set the same productivity (and even social) expectations without taking into account the natural flow of my physical and mental energy. And then I would fail. I would fail because I would often set my expectations in timesContinue reading “going with the flow”

sad

I’m not sure I’m feeling a little sadness or am experiencing the first signs of a depressive wonky period of life (mostly my wonky brain is anxious or disorganized). I’ve had two major depression episodes in my life, one in high school and one in college, each starting about 4 years apart. I’m a yearContinue reading “sad”

relationships & wonky brains

My husband, Evan, and I recently celebrated our two year anniversary. And being the INFP that I am, I’ve been reflecting on things I’ve learned through our relationship. Things about myself and about helping relationships function better. A big thing that had a bit of learning curve for us was navigating my mental health, myContinue reading “relationships & wonky brains”

The Mental Immune System | Part Two

A few weeks ago we started talking about the mental immune system. In part one, we got the boring elements out of the way (eating health food, exercising regularly, and sleeping enough). Today, I want to focus on: connection. I have found genuine connection to be vital for my mental health because it is grounding.Continue reading “The Mental Immune System | Part Two”

The Mental Immune System | Part One

My sophomore year of college, I was really depressed. Within that year, there was a period of time where I was even suicidal. (If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you already know that.) I remember, back then, searching the internet for how to not be that way. Whenever I read things like¬†get enoughContinue reading “The Mental Immune System | Part One”

comparison

I think we have all, at one point or another, been trapped in the icky, sticky comparison game. Maybe it was a coworker who excels at the job, a social media friend who has it all together, a couple whose relationship is dreamy, or a person with a shared passion whose craft or business isContinue reading “comparison”