• Changes in diet, lifestyle and environment can help with Seasonal Affective Disorder. #SAD #MentalHealth #WinterBlues

    Easing Seasonal Affective Disorder Symptoms

    Right now, the United States is facing a brutal cold spell that even has the Postal Service suspending deliveries in some areas. It is time for some with Seasonal Affective Disorder to experience what is called the Winter Blues. What is Seasonal Affective Disorder? According the Mayo.com, “Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons.” The depression will begin and end at the same time each year. Seasonal Affective Disorder typically occurs during the fall and winter when the daylight hours are shorter. But it can also reveal itself occur the spring and summer months in rare cases.

  • These five signs can help determine if someone you love is hiding depression. -#Depression #MentalHealth #MentalIllness

    5 Signs Someone May Be Hiding Depression

    Some people have been dealing with depression for so long that they have become extremely good at hiding it from others. They go about their lives like nothing is wrong, in fact, many of them have a seemingly productive life. They have gotten so good at masking their true feeling that sometimes they do not see it either.  If you love someone that is hiding depression, it is important to try to get beyond the facade.  5 signs someone may be hiding depression. 1. Sudden changes in eating or sleeping Sudden behavioral changes can be a sign of depression. If a person is suddenly not sleeping or is sleeping too…

  • Power in the Story - Anne of Forever the Wanderer - #anxiety #depression #physicalabuse #verbalabuse #childhoodabuse #therapy

    Power in the Story: Anne From Forever the Wanderer

    This week, the Power in the Story featured blogger is Anne Carty from Forever the Wanderer. She is an Irish blogger that blogs about her traveling adventures, Health and Wellness, Mental Health and her education. This is absolutely a blog that I recommend adding to your reading list. Forever the Wanderer went live on May 1, 2018 after months of planning. The goals she has for her blog is to have it become her full time job and I think that she has what it takes to make that happen.  Please visit and follow her blog as well as her social media accounts that I have listed below. Where to…

  • Power in the Story guest post featuring Jen from Pedaling to the Wedding - #guestpost #anxiety #mentalhealth #powerinthestory #thefrozenmind

    Power in the Story Guest Post: Jen from Pedaling 2 the Wedding

    Today, I am starting an new series that will include powerful stories from some amazing bloggers. This series is called “Power in the Story”. I do believe that there is Power in the Story…as long as we tell it. My first guest is Jen from Pedaling 2 the Wedding. Jen, from Liverpool, found herself cycling around the world with her fiancé and ended up getting married along the way. Now she  is a Newlywed and she Blogs about travel, travel by bike and budget traveling with her husband. Her blog is full of adventures and I find that a breath of fresh air. Plans change, circumstances change but that’s ok. Roll…

  • Click the pin to read my story of depression, suicide and triumph. #suicide #depression #stigma #mentalhealth #mentalillness

    How my Mind Became my Enemy – Part 4

    This is the last part of a four part series about my mental health story. You can get to the previous posts by clicking the links below. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 I lost 16 of what should have been my most productive years to mental illness. I really can’t tell you how many psychiatric hospitalizations that I had during this time because I lost count. My mind was so mired in the events of the past that there was no today or tomorrow to be seen. It was like my mind wanted to punish me for the things that other people had done to me. I was drowning…

  • How my Mind Became my Enemy Part 3 - #mentalhealth #mentalillness #depression

    How my Mind Became my Enemy – Part 3

    When I woke up in ICU the next day, I knew this had been very different from before. This time there could be possible damage to my liver and kidneys but what we really different was me. I was scared this time. I knew that if something did not change that one day it would go from a passing thought to a permanent solution.  Something had to change and it had to change now. My mind could no longer be in charge.

  • How my Mind Became my Enemy Part 2 - #mentalhealth #mentalillness #selfharm

    How my Mind Became my Enemy – Part 2

    <<Part 1 I woke up in a hospital, not the kind with private rooms and nice nurses that bring you medication. This one had a person watching every move I made. I was allowed a pillow but no blanket, shoes but no shoelaces and bathroom privileges but no privacy. My mind had officially created a battlefield in my life. Over the next few years this string of events would happen so many times that I don’t know the number of admissions I had. Each time I would get asked, “what happened right before you hurt yourself that made you want to die?”. My answer was always the same…”nothing”. No one…

  • How my Mind Became my Enemy - #depression #selfharm #mentalhealth #mentalillness

    How my Mind Became my Enemy – Part 1

    To say that my twenties were turbulent would be putting it mildly but to put it bluntly, I was an emotional mess. My life was out of control and the prospects of it getting better seemed slim to none. There were several things that happened in my mind that created the chaos and ultimately, my mind became my enemy. I had always been that person who looked at the floor when she walked in front of a group. I don’t know, I just felt like they were all judging me. Was I walking funny or what if I fall and embarrass myself? In my mind, I was inferior to all…