Coping, Encouragement, Struggle

Boyfriends and Anxiety Disorders

Having an anxiety disorder is downright frustrating sometimes. You have so many things that you want to do, but sometimes, you're at the mercy of your anxiety. This has especially been the case in my own life. I was diagnosed with my anxiety disorder in my sophomore year of high school. After I was diagnosed,… Continue reading Boyfriends and Anxiety Disorders

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Celebrations, Encouragement, Validation

Birthday Celebrations

When you think of your birthday, what do you think of? Celebrating with family and friends? Eating delicious food? Having fun? All of the above? Birthday celebrations can be a lot of fun, but when you have an anxiety disorder, this isn't necessarily the case. For example: Someone with social anxiety might not like a… Continue reading Birthday Celebrations

Encouragement, Stigma, Struggle

Anxiety Disorders and Exhaustion

"Why are you always so tired?" Most of the time, people aske me this question after I tell them "I'm tired." If I had a nickel for every time someone's asked me this question, I would be a millionaire. I've always been at a loss for how to respond to this question. How do you… Continue reading Anxiety Disorders and Exhaustion

Coping, Self-Care

How I Cope: Knitting

Welcome back to the final installment in my How I Cope series! In this series, I discussed how exercise, reading, and writing help me to cope with my anxiety disorder. For the final week in this series, we're going to talk about knitting. Not many people know this, but I've been knitting since I was… Continue reading How I Cope: Knitting

Coping, Self-Care

How I Cope: Writing

Welcome back to my third installment in my "How I Cope" series. Last week, I talked about how reading improves my anxiety disorder. The week before that, I talked about how exercise improves my anxiety disorder. This week, we're going to talk about one of my absolute favorite ways of coping with anxiety: writing. It… Continue reading How I Cope: Writing

Coping, Self-Care

How I Cope: Reading

Welcome back for my second post in my "How I Cope" series! Last week, I talked about how exercise improves my anxiety disorder. This week, I'll be talking about the affect reading has on my anxiety disorder. In grade school, I was always the quiet girl. Academically, I was successful. Socially, however, I struggled. Not… Continue reading How I Cope: Reading

Coping, Self-Care

How I Cope: Exercise

Hey everyone! Today, we kick off the first day of my new series: How I Cope. In this series, we will be talking about how I cope with my anxiety. I'll discuss how I came across each of my coping mechanisms, what effect they have on me, and how to incorporate each of them into… Continue reading How I Cope: Exercise

Coping, Self-Care

New Series: How I Cope

When you're first diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, you're filled with a lot of questions. One of the biggest questions people often have is "how do I cope?" It's a fair question, given that people with anxiety disorders suffer from intense anxiety and stress, especially when they're first diagnosed. When I was first diagnosed with… Continue reading New Series: How I Cope

Injustice, Stigma

Immigration, Children, and Trauma

***Trigger Warning*** (Trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) Trauma. One little word can have so much of an impact on a person's life. One little word can change your life forever. I've been thinking about trauma lately, especially with the news of the family separations at the U.S.-Mexico border.  I've been heartbroken, disgusted, and outraged. More than… Continue reading Immigration, Children, and Trauma

Stigma, Struggle

Stigma and Mental Health

***Trigger Warning*** (Suicide) Last week was a rough week for many who have mental health issues. There were not one, but two celebrity suicides this past week: Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. It's opened up a much-needed conversation about mental health issues and the stigma around them. Because of this, I wanted to take the… Continue reading Stigma and Mental Health