self-care

Handling the Holiday Blues

Handling the Holiday Blues

According to the lyrics of a holiday song, this is the most wonderful time of the year.  In reality, this time of year can be difficult, especially for those living with a mental health diagnosis and those who care for them. Why? There are less daylight hours and it’s cold, which can affect mood. There may be painful memories of holidays past and pressures to make the festive season picture perfect. It can be a season of excess… too much food and alcohol, too many obligations, or expectations, and too much spending. Some folks feel lonely and others are franticallyRead More

The Courage to Face Addiction

The Courage to Face Addiction

Addiction is a struggle that many face. To do so, takes an immense amount of sacrifice, and willingness to beat. A task that is not easily done. The first step requires one to acknowledge their addiction. This can be the hardest step, as it has become part of the addict’s life, habits, and takes priority over most things in life. The mindset of an addict is counter-intuitive to a non-addict. The struggle of someone who wants to fix their problem but is not able to because of their internal conflict can be a relentless back and forth cycle of attemptsRead More

Practicing Self-Care After a Traumatic Injury

Recently, I was walking my daughter’s adorable dog Raleigh when I saw two other cute dogs with their owner approaching on the path. All three dogs barked excitedly and jumped joyfully. Raleigh accidentally bumped my legs and I fell down hard on the pavement. Instantly, I knew I was seriously injured. The man with the two dogs quickly called 911, paramedics came, and later that night I had surgery to repair my crushed right femur. After a couple days in the hospital, I went to a rehab/nursing center for three weeks until I could safely handle myself at home. Self-careRead More