Birthday reminders

When I was younger, birthdays always bought excitement and joy. Gifts, friends, and family sending their wishes always made me anticipate it. Then depression came and left me dreading them because it was another I had to suffer. The beautiful thing about perspective is that now I see it as another year I have survived. … Continue reading Birthday reminders

Realistic expectations 

Sometimes I swear I'm superwoman and I'm supposed to accomplish it all. But life has a way of humbling me and making realize that I need to slow down. I can't make normal goals because I have to take into account seasonal changes, medication side effects, and setting aside time to sit back and reflect … Continue reading Realistic expectations 

Guarding my peace

I've learned to guard my peace. I have to disconnect to process everything going on. My mental illness doesn't allow me to rationalize within the moment at times so it's best for me to distance to regroup. The amount of saturation of unrest in the world leads to increased anxious, may trigger a mixed episode, … Continue reading Guarding my peace

Deserve to be here

​"Mental illness actually tried to teach me the opposite, that I was the worst person who had ever lived and deserved to die. But through great friends and family support, and through treatment, I learned that I am simply human. I've made mistakes, but so has everyone else, and that's okay. We all deserve to … Continue reading Deserve to be here

Realistic expectations

I used to get upset when I felt misunderstood and expecting others to just "get it." That was my mistake. I can't expect others to be empathetic or sympathetic. I have to accept that others may not understand my mental illness and behaviors. I have to understand others may pull away because it is out … Continue reading Realistic expectations