An Honest Update

Life has sucked lately. It’s as plain and simple as that. Life has SUCKED. I’m not sure what it is exactly, but my anxiety and depression have both been really bad as of late, especially my depression. The simplest of tasks feel so damn hard.  I just don’t have the energy to do anything.  GettingContinue reading “An Honest Update”

Religion and Mental Health

This might be a more controversial blog post, but it’s something I really want to say and feel NEEDS to be said. So, here goes… This month is Mental Health Awareness Month.  I love this month as it’s a time that’s meant to shed light on mental illness, but I feel that part of talkingContinue reading “Religion and Mental Health”

Helpful Tips for Hard Mental Health Days

Living with mental illness sucks.  It’s hard, it’s lonely, and it can make the simplest tasks seem like the biggest challenges.  One thing I have learned is to be gentle with myself on the hard days when my anxiety and depression feel all-consuming, rather than beating myself up.  I’ve learned to just do what IContinue reading “Helpful Tips for Hard Mental Health Days”

Anxiety Updates

My anxiety has been so much worse lately. It’s weird. I’m currently living in California (something I have wanted for several years) for my fieldwork rotation, and while it has been one of the sweetest, most freeing experiences, I have also felt HIGH levels of anxiety. There are a few things I can DEFINITELY pinpointContinue reading “Anxiety Updates”

Therapy Difficulties

I’m not sure what to do about my therapy appointments. I have my fieldwork rotation in California for the next 3 months but my therapist is back in Texas. She said before that we could do sessions over Zoom, but I don’t see how it’s going to work out with the 2 hour time difference.Continue reading “Therapy Difficulties”

Lessons in the…Golden State???

I have experienced every emotion possible in the past week: self-doubt, frustration, sadness, overwhelming anxiety, fear, and exhaustion, but also pure joy, gratitude, peace, and contentment. It’s been a whirlwind, but I honestly cannot believe that this is actually my life right now. On Thursday, I moved into an Airbnb in Santa Barbara, California. ForContinue reading “Lessons in the…Golden State???”

Thoughts on the Holiday Season as Someone Who Struggles with an Eating Disorder

***Trigger warning: If talk about eating disorders and body image is a sensitive subject for you, please do not read. The point in me writing this blog post is to shed light on a sensitive subject and hopefully show people that they are not alone in their struggles. I do not want to stir upContinue reading “Thoughts on the Holiday Season as Someone Who Struggles with an Eating Disorder”

Uncomfortable Confessions

I feel uncomfortable typing this…but I know that doing so will help me. So, here goes… I’m temporarily moving to California during January through early April for a level 2 fieldwork rotation for school (hey, remember when my intent was to use this blog to talk about OT school and I’ve pretty much never doneContinue reading “Uncomfortable Confessions”

One year thoughts.

One year. One year ago today, I finally worked up the nerve to seek help for my anxiety and start medication. For one year I have been playing what feels like a never-ending game of trial and error to find the “best fit” medication, and oh what a year it has been. I remember thatContinue reading “One year thoughts.”

Thoughts from World Mental Health Day

Yesterday was World Mental Health Day. Yesterday I woke up before 9:00 on a Saturday (a RARE occurrence for me) and actually felt super well-rested. Yesterday I went and got a salted caramel cream cold brew from Starbucks to have with breakfast and ran into a friend I hadn’t seen in SO LONG. Yesterday IContinue reading “Thoughts from World Mental Health Day”