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

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

Practical Steps to Wellness

Life is not merely being alive, but being well. – Marcus Aurelius Studies show that sleep and exercise are the two most important factors contributing to wellness and happiness. My Wellness Plan – Part Two focuses on sleep and movement/exercise, as well as the importance of spending time in nature. Adequate Sleep A few nights without sleep can gravely impair mood, judgement, and concentration. Unfortunately, a great number of us are chronically sleep deprived. Stressful schedules, lack of genuine connection, too much screen time, and too little exercise are some common reasons for sleeplessness. Anxiety caused me to have insomnia,Read More