Damn the Gram?

In an age where societal norms no longer reflect the quintessential charms of Mayberry, there are now apps on which to build relationships, forums on which to swap stories, and social media, on which to connect with others.  Though the Leave It To Beaver neighborhoods and the Lucy and Ethel camaraderies have all but dissolved,Continue reading Damn the Gram?

My Depression, My Anxiety, and Me

A lyrical melody written by yours truly: *Medically-inspired rewrite of ‘My Rifle, My Pony, and Me’ LED lights, down the hallways Paper gown, that can’t be tied With my three good companions My depression, anxiety, and me  Gonna hang my IV drip Near my hospital bed Coming home, ER darling Just my depression, anxiety, andContinue reading “My Depression, My Anxiety, and Me”

From Stressed to Blessed: My Story

Man, was C.S. Lewis right when he said, “It’s not the load that weighs you down, it’s the way you carry it.”  The monstrosity of the load I’d been carting around – known to some as the infamous year 2020 – was bursting with financial troubles, political woes, and overall dysfunction.  With absolutely no discretionContinue reading “From Stressed to Blessed: My Story”

Stories of Hope

Sometimes, given our various situations, we can feel unmotivated or hopeless. We might think to ourselves, ”I can’t overcome the odds,” or, ”the deck is stacked against me.” If we ever need reminders of how much power we actually hold, we can just look in the history books. Let’s check out these historical examples ofContinue reading “Stories of Hope”

Thought Life

“Train your mind to see the good in everything. Positivity is a choice. The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts.” Anonymous Our mental health, as we are now aware, is just as important as our physical health. The thoughts running through our heads are more than simple to-do lists; theyContinue reading “Thought Life”

What Madness Is This? The Trouble With Anger

Anger, when properly used, is an incredibly helpful emotion. The danger lies in unchecked anger, which often turns to rage and can not only damage relationships, but also our own health. “Anger is a punishment we give to ourselves, for somebody’s else’s mistake.” Anonymous Chronic anger has health consequences far beyond that of a suppressedContinue reading “What Madness Is This? The Trouble With Anger”

Four Keys to Happiness (Part II)

There are four main chemicals in our brains that set the foundation for happiness: Serotonin (the mood booster), Endorphin (the painkiller), Dopamine (the ‘reward’ chemical), and Oxytocin (the ‘love’ chemical). In this post, we will zero-in on how to hack that painkilling superhero, the Endorphin. Watch a comedy Laughter is an impressively effective painkiller. DiscomfortContinue reading “Four Keys to Happiness (Part II)”

Reassurance

As I progressed through the ups and downs that characterize conversion disorder, I looked for motivation, for inspiration, and for reassurance. I hope these verses bring you the same comfort that they brought me. “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for good and not for evil, to giveContinue reading “Reassurance”

The Importance of Recreation

In order to pursue a healthy, balanced lifestyle, we must learn to prioritize recreation (and all that falls under it’s heading). Sports participation, hobbies, and hangouts are great contributors to maintaining stability, both physically and mentally speaking. We as Americans often get swept up in the whirlwind that is life; our responsibilities and even relationshipsContinue reading “The Importance of Recreation”