Some reminders for mental health in this precarious and difficult time

Hello! It’s me, Steph, and it’s been a while. I’m back though, and I hope these reminders make you go, “wow, I needed to hear that” (or at least some of them!). I’ve learned a lot about mental health in the last few months, but particularly about self-compassion. I started therapy post-mental breakdown before the… Continue reading Some reminders for mental health in this precarious and difficult time

The extraordinarily ordinary moments in-between mental illness exist – I promise

But it does get better.  Some parts of our lives are really hard, really dark, and when we look back it’s kind of like reflecting on what a long winter felt like when you’d go months without being able to remember what it felt like to feel your toes and fingers because it was so… Continue reading The extraordinarily ordinary moments in-between mental illness exist – I promise

Gratitude can’t always scare off your depression – and that’s ok

Gratitude. It’s a very powerful thing – in fact, it can be the momentum you need to keep you moving through the days you feel too tired to continue; tired of the mental illness trying to pry away the big and small things we rejoice in. But sometimes we are unable to feel that gratitude,… Continue reading Gratitude can’t always scare off your depression – and that’s ok

When illness is invisible, take more initiative in checking up on the friends who look healthy

I scrolled through my instagram today, and watched a video of me singing with a ukulele (very original, I know) from almost a year ago and reading the slew of comments – compliments, hearts, recognition for how cool people thought I was – was really hard for me. At the time, my immune system was… Continue reading When illness is invisible, take more initiative in checking up on the friends who look healthy

When panic attacks, this is how I regain control

My anxiety has this charming habit where it can completely derail my life when it’s in the mood, but, today I wanted to share some pretty neat ways that I calm the Anxiety Monster when it throws a tantrum. They definitely don’t completely rid me of my panic, but, they do help me regain control… Continue reading When panic attacks, this is how I regain control

I’m not “too sensitive.” I’m mentally ill.

It hurts when people erase us – our struggles, our scars, our victories, our invisible battles, a part of our lives that shapes us and our paths in ways others will never comprehend. It hurts when people erase our mental illnesses. It’s like being told that everything must be your fault, a result of your… Continue reading I’m not “too sensitive.” I’m mentally ill.

Anxiety doesn’t want your advice about stress management, and neither do I.

Please stop responding to my anxiety with, “stress isn’t good for you, you know.”  I know.  I do know, because I can’t tell you how much money has been spent on profesional help and medication, or even the physical illnesses that never seem to end, as the distress my body experiences is a result of… Continue reading Anxiety doesn’t want your advice about stress management, and neither do I.