mental health

parenting an addict

Parenting an Addict: A Mother’s Story of Resilience and Survival

“Addiction is the only prison where the locks are on the inside.” — Unknown TW/CW: Addiction and domestic violence Addiction is insidious.  It keeps you locked inside a cage that you just can’t unlock by yourself.  And unfortunately, the jailer is not a person, but a substance or a behavior, so there is no reasoning …

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7 types of rest

7 Types of Rest— Which One is Going to Help You Feel More Emotionally Well?

“I don’t know if you’ve ever felt like that. That you wanted to sleep for a thousand years. Or just not exist. Or just not be aware that you do exist. Or something like that. I think wanting that is very morbid, but I want it when I get like this. That’s why I’m trying …

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what self care really is

What Self Care Really Is and How It Can Totally Change Your Life— Hint: It’s Not A Spa Day 

“I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival.” — Audre Lorde Self care is just that.  An act of survival. It’s not always chocolate and bubble baths, although those things can help.  It’s not spa days, even though they feel good at …

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FBI statistics on violent crime

Fascinating FBI Statistics on Violent Crime + How it Pertains to Mental Health

“I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.”   (Mahatma Gandhi)   Are people who are mentally ill inherently more violent?  Is someone like me, who lives with bipolar disorder, more likely to commit a violent crime than someone who doesn’t? …

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How to maintain adult friendships + why it’s important

“In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.” – Albert Schweitzer This post contains affiliate links. That means that, if you make a purchase, I receive …

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How to challenge negative thought patterns— Yes, it’s possible!

What was the last negative thought you had? Did you snidely comment on your own appearance? Did you wish you were more successful? Or more in shape?  Did you think about something you’re afraid of? Did you obsess about how short life is, and you are nowhere close to meeting your goals? This post contains …

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Encouraging body autonomy in children— Why is it so important?

There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children. -Nelson Mandela How are we treating our children, or the children we care for? Are we speaking kindly to them? Are we making sure they are clothed? Making sure they have nutritious food to eat? This post contains …

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