Dealing with the December Doldrums

December is rough for me. December 11 would be my mother’s 63rd birthday. December 17 is the day my father died. That particular week is hell for my mental health. The holidays bring their own unique stressors: spending time with unsavory family, fighting for space in every store, the emptiness some experience when they have become jaded with the traditions and rituals of the season. … Continue reading Dealing with the December Doldrums

Support Systems: Having a Safety Net when Your Brain Lets You Down

When dealing with any sort of mental illness, there are several things that have to happen before you get better. One, you have to want to get better. Two, you must seek out help. And three, you must have people around you who you trust and can hold you up when you trip up and fall. No one person can safely cope with mental illness … Continue reading Support Systems: Having a Safety Net when Your Brain Lets You Down

5 ways to improve your mental health right now

When I realized and accepted that I suffered from depression, the first thing I made a decision to do was to find some sort of help. However, getting a therapist and taking medication was not in my budget. Therefore, I had to find ways I could improve and maintain my mood that didn’t cost anything and that I could do easily and every day. I … Continue reading 5 ways to improve your mental health right now