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Can't Talk | September 22, 2020

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Mind and Body

What The Fuck Now?

July 12, 2018 |

I’m turning 40 this week.

When I turned 30, I had a near-fatal blood clot in my leg that traveled to my lungs. It is sheer luck that I didn’t just die back then.

The last ten years have been … Read More

Intent: Does It Matter?

July 7, 2017 | | One Comment

Intent. We talk about it a lot in marginalized communities, like the mental illness community. So many times, those of us who are mentally ill (and, from here on, I’ll speak only for myself) are responsible for hurting someone. When … Read More

Nat’s Bad at Self Care…But Keeps Trying Anyway

May 6, 2017 |

Self care, while important and helpful to my physical and mental well-being, is not something that comes easily to me. Fortunately, as I find myself frequently reminding myself, self care isn’t a one-time win or lose activity. I don’t have … Read More

On Wanting To Or Not

May 5, 2017 |

There is a lot of advice on the internet about how to do self care. Self care has become one of those trite self-help concepts like authenticity and gratitude; we all know we should practice these things, but what do … Read More

Tough Choices

May 4, 2017 |

Welcome back guest writer Beth for a very personal look at the Theme Week subject, self care, from the perspective of Bipolar illness and hard times.

Trigger warnings in this piece: self-harm, suicidal ideation

If I asked you to brainstorm … Read More

Saying Yes

May 3, 2017 |

Please welcome back guest writer Sarah C. for a Theme Week piece on saying yes as a part of self care.

Shonda Rhimes, creator of just about everything on Thursday nights on ABC, wrote a book a few years ago, … Read More

No Is A Complete Sentence

May 2, 2017 |

Please welcome back guest author and co-host of On Pins and Needles, Kayte, for an awesome piece about self care through boundaries.

As someone who has been in therapy, as well as a 12-step program of recovery for several years, … Read More

Beyond 101: On Guidepost 4 (Cultivating Gratitude and Joy)

October 28, 2016 |

This article is part of a series on going deeper into mental health and wellness.

For an introduction to Dr. Brené Brown’s 10 guideposts, see this post. For more on the topic, see her book “The Gifts of Imperfection.”

Guidepost … Read More

Dare to Share

October 7, 2016 |

If you’re like me, depression can be easy to ignore for years.

“This is just a bad week.”

“I haven’t seen my friends because I’ve been too busy.”

“Everyone feels like this sometimes. It’s not really depression.”

“Someone else … Read More

Invisible Illness Week

October 7, 2016 | | One Comment

Dealing with a chronic illness isn’t new for me. I’ve been dealing with autoimmune arthritis for a third of my life.

What is new (and terrible in ways I did not expect) was how it interacts with mental illness, in … Read More