I'm usually a reserved and private sort of person. However, in the desire to help others with their mental health issues, I have broken down those barriers and talked about the problems I have had. In that spirit, I would like to tell the history of my mental health. My hope is twofold: first, that … Continue reading My Mental Health Story
I suffer from anxiety. I haven't hidden that from you because I think it is something important to talk about. There is frequently a stigma surrounding those people who have mental illnesses, but I don't think that's fair. I think everyone needs to understand what these things are all about, what people suffer, and what … Continue reading This Technique Nearly Eliminates My Daily Anxiety
Mental health. It's my favorite topic. Maybe it's because I have had so many issues with it that I find the subject fascinating, but I love learning about mental health problems and how to prevent or fix them. I've noticed, though, that we spend a lot of time talking about what we should do to … Continue reading 5 Common Practices That Negatively Affect Your Mental Health
I love free time. Who doesn't? But when those happy periods come along, can you guess what happens? That's right! Anxiety jumps in and tears my rest and tranquility to shreds. Except sometimes. Once in a while comes that special day when the rest is real and not an hours-long battle with my anxious tendencies. … Continue reading Overcoming the Anxiety That Overcomes My Free Time
I feel like a failure. This happens to all of us at one time or another, and it's happening to me right now. In fact, it's a little voice that constantly nags at me behind every thought and feeling and that poisons everything I do: "You're a failure, Michelle. You can't do it. You're a … Continue reading Are You Actually a Failure?
It happens over and over again. I sit down to write and...I can't. I can't think of anything to ask, I can't think of anything to say--sheesh, I can't even think about anything to think about. No, it's not writer's block. It's lack of motivation. So very often in my life this sort of thing … Continue reading How I Motivate Myself When I Am Unmotivated
Although one way of handling anxiety is to avoid those things which make you anxious, this is certainly not always practicable in the real world. From day to day, it frequently happens that you can't help but run into situations which trigger your anxiety. Preparing dinner, for example, makes my anxiety go crazy, and yet … Continue reading Dealing with Anxiety Triggers You Can’t Avoid