In the past I have had to be very intentional about the methods and activities I have engaged in to help my mental health thrive. Over the course of this year, I found I was spending much less time thinking about this and more time just living it! I think this means that taking care of myself is become more habitual for me, and I think that’s cool!
One year ago yesterday I embarked on a new journey to become Braver Than Before. In the past year I have taken leaps and bounds in my battle against fear and anxiety, and have grown in so many ways that it is impossible to even identify them all! I am so grateful for all that … Continue reading Braver Than Before: One Year Later
"Faith is the ‘eternal elixir’ which gives life, power, and action to the impulse of thought!" -Napoleon Hill I came across this quote this morning, and couldn’t help but stop and ponder it for a while. An elixir is some kind of magical or medicinal potion. In the case of the hypothetical ‘elixir of life,’ alchemists … Continue reading Faith: Is it the Secret Sauce of Life?
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
Last night anxiety hit hard. My heart started pounding, my thoughts started racing, and within minutes I felt like I was about to throw up. A stressful, fearful thought had been triggered, and all of a sudden I felt out of control. I lost focus on my previous activity and started obsessing over the trigger. … Continue reading Last Night I Lost It, But Today I am Thankful
Arm tingles. Do you get arm tingles? What about face tingles? Do you know what I’m talking about? I don’t remember exactly when I first experienced this common symptom of anxiety, but I do know that it has been a part of my life for a very, very long time. It’s a strange sensation—almost an … Continue reading Anxiety Symptoms: Those Tricky Tingles
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
We are in the middle of Eating Disorder Awareness Week here in Canada (February 1- 7). As an eating disorder survivor, this subject is very near and dear to my heart. You can read a little bit more about my recovery journey here, but today, I want to share some of my thoughts on what … Continue reading Eating Disorder Awareness Week – Thoughts from a Survivor
As I’ve opened up about my struggles over the years, I have had numerous people—ones that know me fairly well—tell me that if I hadn’t said anything, they never would have guessed that I struggle with social anxiety. I can understand why they would say that. I know that I can tend to come across … Continue reading Axe the Act: Making a Shift from Fake to Free
Today is Day 5 at Braver Than Before, and I can’t tell you how much I have been enjoying this experience so far! I have learned so much, connected with so many friends (both new and old), and taken some really big steps forward in my journey with fear and anxiety. Not only that, but … Continue reading Facing Fear – 5 Discoveries Made on the Road to Recovery