It has been a while since I've experienced an anxiety attack. I've utilized various coping skills, such as grounding, to regulate my emotions and anxiety, which has worked wonderfully... until this past week. I was catching up with an old co-worker about general life updates while in a cafe, and something just sort of snapped … Continue reading Experiencing a Full-Blown Anxiety Attack in Public
I've always been one to throw myself into work. I've spent most of my adult life working two jobs, which I've always felt was necessary to make ends meet or to further my career path. But at what point is it detrimental to your health, both physical and mental? We live in a society that … Continue reading Standing Up To Myself: Enough Is Enough
I waited. I waited patiently. I waited for the picturesque life I had concocted in my head. The great life after depression. Yeah, that one. I set myself up for failure though, which I'm sure is no big surprise. I made it a habit to just wait and hope for the best, but what I … Continue reading Feeling Out Of Control
Years ago, I did not have a close relationship with my dad. Being raised by my mom and seeing my dad on a less-than-regular basis as I grew older, I didn't feel my dad actually knew who I was underneath it all. Due to some personal losses in my life, I ended up reaching out … Continue reading I Wrote My Dad A Letter About Everything I Had Kept From Him
I've heard it time and time again: "anxiety is JUST excessive worrying." I found it difficult and frustrating to attempt to explain what was happening inside my mind to someone who had never experienced any resemblance of lingering anxiety. From a mental health professional standpoint, I do like to clarify to people that anxiety itself … Continue reading How to describe anxiety to those who don’t experience it
They overpower me sometimes... Those triggers that pull me back into a piece of my past that I try so desperately to leave boxed up in a corner. I had another today, albeit more unexpected than most. I consider myself to be fairly self-aware of my triggers, but today, I stepped foot in an environment … Continue reading How I Handle Triggers
I have found customer service to be the most challenging, degrading, and humiliating industry to work in. Those that have worked in customer service know the drill: The customer is always right. Just please the customer so they'll stop throwing a fit and leave the store, right? It has somehow become socially acceptable for some … Continue reading Customer Service and Mental Health
How do you help a loved one through depression? How do you offer support when you know words only mend so much? I know the weight that depression can put on a person's mind, heart, and body; that feeling of utter emptiness, numbness, and solitude, despite desperation for some form of connection to pull you … Continue reading How Do You Help A Loved One Through Depression?
I've always considered myself to be an emotional person. I feel everything very intensely, sometimes too much so. I can become so connected, so attached to something and find such meaning in it. For me, that has been (unhealthy) relationships, (unhealthy) friendships, and (unhealthy) jobs. I'd find myself feeling stuck in situations due to my … Continue reading How Music Saved My Life
Who am I outside of a relationship? Do I have an identity outside of being a partner, girlfriend, soulmate? Ever since high school, I had avoided being single at all cost. I'd stay in unhealthy, unhappy, and toxic relationships just for the sake of not being alone. I had always been so terrified to be … Continue reading Who Am I, Outside Of A Relationship?