Christmas, although a cheerful time, can be especially stressful for those struggling with mental illness. It's a time where there are numerous social expectations, alcohol (depressant) is easily accessible and may be part of family traditions, and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is at a high as the world feels terribly cold and dark. Loneliness during… Continue reading How to Support People With Mental Illness During The Christmas Season
"The trademark of an empath is feeling and absorbing other people's emotions and/or physical symptoms because of their high sensitivities. For anyone who' questioned if they are, in fact, an empath- you likely are if you posses any or all of the following qualities: Feeling or experiencing the emotions of others Feeling or experiencing the physical symptoms… Continue reading My Experience as an Empath
Lately, I've been making some hard decisions. Decisions, I quite frankly, wish I didn't have to make. Decisions that I wish the depression could make for me. I mean it takes up my entire body anyways. Making decisions when you have anxiety and depression is light fighting a fight you aren't even sure you want to… Continue reading How to Make Hard Decisions
Spoken word poetry (specifically by Andrea Gibson) is one of my greatest influences in my writing. I've been a fan of Gibson for years. Gibsons' poems are my number 1 favourite purely because of the emotion, the shaking voice, the honesty of it all. Aside from the spoken part, the writing is absolutely chilling. With… Continue reading Top 3 Spoken Word Poems by Andrea Gibson
I changed my blog name. I hope to not do this too many times. But, I've always had trouble with commitment. My old blog title Mentally Not Quite Well implied that I was sick, and that anyone reading my posts who can relate must also be unwell. While I think it was a clever name, it… Continue reading The Reason For the New Blog Name?
I'm an avid poetry book reader. I have read some that I love, and some that didn't resonate with me. Here are my top 5 poetry books I read when I'm struggling with mental illness (in no particular order.) The Sun and Her Flowers- Rupi Kaur Words cannot express my love for this author. She… Continue reading 5 Poetry Books to Read When You’re Struggling
Taking medication for mental illness has always been a struggle for me. Not because I think it makes me weak, but because I know most of society thinks so. I'd like to raise the argument that taking medication isn't for the weak, but for the fighters, the people ready to battle the side effects, judgement… Continue reading Medication and Mental Illness