When You See Brave, Say So! (Kelsey’s Story)

It’s Day 4 of “100 Days to Brave”, and I am loving the journey so far. It’s given me so much to think about in these first few days, and I’m constantly being reminded that I am already so much braver than I ever give myself credit for. The thing is that brave is around … Continue reading When You See Brave, Say So! (Kelsey’s Story)

A Recovered Anorexic’s Guide to Pregnancy

I am quickly approaching the day I will celebrate my ten year anniversary of “life after an eating disorder”. After a seven-year battle with binge-purge type anorexia, on December 6th, 2007, I decided once and for all to put my faith in something bigger than myself and to allow the transforming power of God to … Continue reading A Recovered Anorexic’s Guide to Pregnancy

Guest Post: 5 Benefits of Writing for Mental Health by Talasi Guerra

Life has been crazy these past few weeks, but I am finally getting around to sharing a guest post that I wrote for River-Moose-Reads back at the beginning of April! Click on “View original post” at the bottom of the box below to read the entire article. Enjoy!

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5 Benefits of Writing for Mental Health

My name is Talasi Guerra and I am a mental health blogger. Let me clarify that—I am not a mental health professional. Rather, I am an average, every day person who is navigating the ins and outs of life with mental illness.

I have struggled with mental illness for most of my life. Obsessions started at a very young age, and by the time I was fourteen, I had developed an eating disorder. For the next number of years, I was tormented by depression, anxiety, and addictions, until finally, at age 21, I started to make some genuine progress towards recovery.

Since that time, nearly ten years ago, it has been an uphill battle. Fortunately, I have experienced many great successes along the way. Writing has been an essential part of my mental health recovery at every stage. And while I am so…

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Introducing: Fearless Fridays! (Guest Posts Wanted)

Looking outside this morning, it was hard to believe that I will be enjoying tropical climates in only a few days. With another huge snowfall on our hands, combined with these mild, April temperatures, the streets of Lloydminster are a total mess. I am looking forward to escaping this aspect of spring for the next … Continue reading Introducing: Fearless Fridays! (Guest Posts Wanted)

Recovery: More than Luck

Have you ever heard of someone who has experienced total recovery in their life and thought to yourself, “Wow, they’re so lucky”? Maybe you were struggling with the mental illness or addiction that this person had overcome, but instead of finding hope in their story, you just looked at them as though they were one … Continue reading Recovery: More than Luck

5 Action Steps to Help You Embrace Vulnerability

Over the past month and a half since I started Braver Than Before, I have had countless people commend me for the openness and vulnerability that I have displayed through this platform. My goal with this blog has always been to write about my life and my struggles with as much transparency as possible, because … Continue reading 5 Action Steps to Help You Embrace Vulnerability

Slow Down: 5 Practical Ways to Pace Yourself for Inner Peace

I made a few specific changes to my routine last week (read about them in Assessing, Addressing, and Ascending) in order to improve my mental health and overall productivity. While I noticed some progress almost immediately, I also noticed a negative side-effect that I didn’t expect. In scheduling my days, I didn’t really set aside … Continue reading Slow Down: 5 Practical Ways to Pace Yourself for Inner Peace

My Manifesto: An Unnamed Poem from the Past

It is the final day of Eating Disorder Awareness week here in Canada, and I felt I should contribute one more time. I wrote the following piece of poetry on January 9th, 2003. At this time, at age 16, I was entering a day treatment program for adolescents with eating disorders in the Psych Health … Continue reading My Manifesto: An Unnamed Poem from the Past