Oftentimes during recovery, we view our journey as the path by which we are meant to overcome, to defeat something less than which exists within. While it is true that mental health issues can hinder us from being the better, healthier version of ourselves, we must remember to always see things through The Lord’s eyes.
It’s a common tagline: “God does not make mistakes.” We are exactly as He meant us to be, even with our flaws and scars, visible or unseen. In the same ways He renders us broken, He makes us extraordinary. We need only to look closely to see it. Read More
This is the formula most traditionally adhered to in the run up to Christmas, where the focus is on showing your appreciation and love for others. This has always been important to me and not just in the festive season.
I am a pleaser. I enjoy making other people happy by giving them gifts, making them food, and tiptoeing around in order to avoid confrontation. I always believed this formula worked for me, until I started my recovery process. Read More
There can be a misconception during the holidays of what our social lives are supposed to look like. Parties to throw, gatherings to attend, gifts to purchase and wrap–the trouble with the long holiday season is the sense of burnout. Burnout can lead to overwhelming anxiety and gloomy depression.
Taking time for ourselves this holiday season can help us recharge our batteries for a less stressful and more enjoyable holiday season.
In this video, I’ll discuss the steps you can take and suggestions you may want to try–from expressing ways others can serve you to unplugging from social media and reflecting. Read More
Remember when you were little and the holidays seemed like the most magical time of the year? When the first snowfall of the season was met with cries of delight and December meant one thing: Santa Claus, hot cocoa, and an excuse to stay up late?
Our childhood innocence and happiness craved the holiday spirit and was fed by every glad tiding of great joy and season’s greeting.
However, as we begin to grow older, the magic of the sparkling Christmas tree and Frosty the Snowmen seem to melt away and become lost to the stressors of our aged lives. Read More
Every year as the holidays approach, I am forced to face the crowded shopping malls and the over-packed parties of my family and friends. For me, while the weeks leading up to Christmas are probably my favorite time of the year, they are also when my social anxiety and agoraphobia seem to get the better of me.
As you’ll know from reading some of my past articles, shopping malls are one of my biggest—if not the biggest—anxiety triggers. There are too many people together in tight spaces, people I don’t know and don’t trust. While rationality tells me most of these people are surely just shopping for themselves or their loved ones, enjoying a day off and looking for something to do, my mind never stops making the imaginary leap to worst-case scenarios. Read More
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