Understanding the symptoms of social anxiety is the first step to overcoming it. There are some common symptoms or experiences of social anxiety that go along with the physical symptoms we may experience with Anxiety. Excessive self-consciousness and anxiety in everyday social situations that generally others would not find overly stressful. Extreme worry about … Continue reading Ways To Overcome Social Anxiety
There have been debates for many years about this issue and opinions vary When considering this subject, ones need to consider what alcohol does to the brain. It is proven that if you drink large amounts in the long term it can cause big problems for your mental health and can cause a range … Continue reading Can giving up alcohol improve your mental health?
Tears creep down my cheeks as I recall my “rock bottom” story with depression and anxiety. Not a time I enjoy recalling but my story needs to be shared, in hopes of helping someone who may need this message. Years ago, I began losing my zest for life. Favorite activities with family and friends … Continue reading My Rock Bottom Story
With what has been happening in the news lately. I think it's a good time to talk about mental health with first responders. It's easy to think about these people as tough men and women, and they are. It takes a special person to be able to do this job and see the things they … Continue reading How To Spot Mental Health Issues In First Responders.
The Challenge with Discussing Emotions What does it mean to show too much emotion? What does it mean to show too little? When discussing emotions and emotional regulation we tend to shift in the direction of extremes— the circumstances that reveal either lack of control or not showing any at all. What we find when … Continue reading Understanding the Strengths in Utilizing Your Emotions
It’s the wee morning hours as I write this, the first hints of light peeking over the horizon. I have my usual cup of tea beside me (an Irish Breakfast Tea if anyone was wondering). This post will be shorter, and it won’t contain much research, links, or words of advice. It’s meant to … Continue reading Introduction [Men & Mental Health Series]
Oh boy. This is something that I have had way too many conversations about over the past few years. I want to preface this article with a little disclaimer, there will be a little snark in here. As someone who has lived with a chronic illness for my entire life, and then compounded that … Continue reading Feeling Anxious Is Not The Same As Having Anxiety
Dear Daddy, I wanted to write you a letter as it is not always easy to put into words my appreciation for all you have done for me. Firstly, thanks for believing in me when I sometimes did not believe in myself. You are one of the kindest most generous men I know. Thanks for … Continue reading A letter to the person who helped me with my depression
Dear Depression, So you have reared your ugly head again. You have been with me for a long time now. I did not invite you or want you. You stole my confidence and made me hate myself. I have felt so empty and alone at times. I have faced stigma from people who were supposed … Continue reading DEAR DEPRESSION
Overheard conversations regarding mental health- what I’ve learned and what I wish I could have said… An afternoon break called for a trip to a local restaurant for lunch. Entering the building, I noticed the long line and headed to find my spot and wait to place an order. People watching is one of … Continue reading Overheard Conversations Regarding Mental Health