• There are many traits that indicate someone may be a toxic person, so let’s take a look at some of the them. - #ToxicPerson #MentalHealth

    8 Traits of a Toxic Person

    Most of us have come in contact with a person that just sucks the life out of a room. This person may act like the life of the party and “joke” at other peoples expense. There are many traits that indicate someone may be a toxic person, so let’s take a look at some of the them. Common Traits of a Toxic Person 1. They take more than they give…always! A toxic person is always concerned with what someone can do for them. They may constantly ask for favors or “need” your help. Someone like this may only call you if they need something or might need something later. 2.…

  • 5 Ways to start the New Year feeling Mentally Strong - #NewYear #MentalHealth #Goals

    5 Ways to Start the New Year Feeling Mentally Strong

    As the year comes to a close, it is easy to become discouraged if you didn’t complete some of the goals you set. Dwelling on these can make starting the new year with a positive outlook difficult.  While it is important to reflect on the successes of the year, it is also smart to set yourself up for success in the year to come. It is time to focus on starting the New Year feeling mentally strong. 5 Ways to Start the New Year Feeling Mentally Strong Reflect but Don’t Dwell on the Negative It is important to look back at the year to determine what worked and what did…

  • Ways to Guard your Mental Health During the Holidays - Great tips for making sure the holiday season doesn't leave you with a mental breakdown. #MentalHealth #Holidays #ChristmasTips

    5 Ways to Guard your Mental Health during the Holidays

    To some, the holiday season may be the most wonderful time of the year but the time period between Thanksgiving and the New Year can be difficult for several reasons. Issues within the family, a recent loss of a family member, health crises and other struggles can make the holiday season difficult to manage. When you include the enormous amount of holiday activities being exhausted only makes the season stressful. When you add in the colder weather and less sunlight each day, seasonal depression and health issues can compound to make the season less than merry and bright. With all of this in mind, finding ways to guard your mental…

  • Managing stress during the holidays is the only way to ensure that you get to enjoy the holiday season. Here are 5 Ways to Survive the Holidays! - #Christmas #Stress #HolidayTips

    5 Ways to Survive the Holidays

    When you have Chronic Migraine, the holiday season can be difficult to manuever. There are parties to attend, gifts to buy and activities to take part in. All of these things equals stress that can trigger migraines that can stop you in your tracks. There are things you can do to help you survive the holidays. Stress Explained There is a misconception that stress comes from bad things and nothing could be further from the truth. Some of our most happy moments are stressful including weddings and having a baby. Not all stress is bad stress but that doesn’t mean that our bodies react to it in good ways. Unfortunately,…

  • Power in the Story - Elizabeth, The Uncustomary Housewife #MentalHealth #Rebuilding

    Power in the Story: Elizabeth from The Uncustomary Housewife

    This week, my Power in the Story featured blogger is someone that I just “clicked” with instantly. Elizabeth’s friendly and kind personality is infectious and her capacity to care for others is phenomenal. The Uncustomary Housewife is a blog that features her journey with Mental Illness and her role as a housewife. She does this with a unique flair that is fun and entertaining. Her Blog has also been awarded the prestigious Top 100 Housewife Blogs on the Web Award! Elizabeth hopes that her blog will inspire kindness and happiness while helping readers realize that they are not alone. In my opinion, her blog does that and more! I am…

  • 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…

  • Flawesome Award - Celebrating the Flaws that Make you Awesome! #flawesome #positivity #mentalhealth #award

    The Flawesome Award

    I was nominated for The Flawesome Award by Kate at Kate Days a Week and by Duncan at Tales of a Bearded Man. I am honored to have been nominated by these two amazing bloggers. They are both 2 of my favorites so be sure to go show their blogs some love! Now on to the Award: This award was created by the amazing Sophia Ismaa. She wanted to create an award that celebrates our faults and this is definitely an award that I can support. Here is Sophia’s description of this award: “It’s time to celebrate the flaws that make you awesome. How many times do we see an award that…

  • Trying to accomplish too many things at one time is a recipe for anxiety! #goals #laddertheory #anxiety #mentalhealth #success

    The Ladder Theory: How to Tackle Life One Thing at a Time

    A few years ago. my daughter was having severe issues with anxiety. She had just turned 18 and felt like the world was coming down around her. She thought that she had to have her entire life figured out. There were too many things to focus on accomplishing at one time and it was paralyzing her. This is when the “Ladder Theory” was born. I was sitting on her bed and she was completely distraught because she was so overwhelmed with all of the things that she thought had to be done right now. I wish I could take credit for what I said but honestly, it just flowed out…

  • And herein lies the danger of comparing yourself to others. #mentalhealth #depression #positivity #selfcare #chronicillness

    The Dangers of Comparing Yourself to Others

    The truth is, I have always been comparing myself to other people. I don’t know if that makes me different or if everyone else does the same thing. It has just always seemed like everyone had the things that I didn’t have and those things seemed to make them special. They were more popular, had more friends or fit in better than I did. When I was growing up the other kids had a dad and I didn’t. The other kids had the name brand clothes and I didn’t and the other kids were good at sports and I wasn’t. I was just this tall, skinny kid that didn’t seem…

  • 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…