Meet Yourself Where You Are

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen that I’ve been struggling with some awful fatigue the past week or so. It’s the kind of exhaustion that makes it almost impossible to function, and this inability to do as much as I want has caused a lot of old fears to surface for me. Mainly, the fear of being lazy/ not accomplishing a lot/ not being worthy. Continue reading

Stopping the Comparison Game

I have to be honest, I can fall into the trap of comparing my life to others quite often. Social media and the little snippets of contrived goodness we see of others’ lives only makes it that much easier to think that others have it great, especially if we ourselves are struggling.

I remember when I was in the midst of panic disorder and completely nonfunctional, I would see other people doing simple things that I couldn’t do, like going out with friends or holding a steady job, and I would subsequently feel awful about myself. I would wonder why others had it so easy and I was barely making it through the day. I would get jealous and angry. Continue reading

Letting Go of What No Longer Serves You

It’s almost time for a new year! This shift and change can bring up a lot, especially if we aren’t where we feel we “should” be in our lives right now. But it’s also a really valuable time to take a look at what we can let go of and what doesn’t serve our growth anymore. We can use the new year as an opportunity to start fresh, no matter where we are in life and no matter how long we’ve been doing things a certain way. Continue reading

What’s Beneath the Anxiety?

If there’s one thing I’ve noticed, it’s that I have an impressive ability to distract myself and “run” from the things I deem too difficult to feel. I’ve been working with a private student for a few weeks now who is struggling with intense anxiety and depression, and I’ve begun seeing this tendency in her as well. There’s this overwhelming desire to find anything and everything to take us out of our misery. Because when we slow down enough and get still enough, it feels like we can’t handle the intensity of the pain within us. Continue reading

You Are Not Stuck: Neuroplasticity and the Ability to Change

When we’re struggling with mental health issues like anxiety, depression, and depersonalization, we can often begin to feel frustrated at our lack of progress. We might even begin to think that maybe it will always be this way. Even when we see others overcoming and flourishing, we might wonder whether we’re just stuck like this- that maybe our brains are just wired differently and there’s nothing we can do about it. Continue reading

A Guy’s Perspective on Mental Health Struggles: Guest Post from Gio Reyes

I’m excited to have a guest post on the blog today from my college friend Gio, who recently opened up about his struggles with mental health. While I know what it’s like to be a woman experiencing anxiety and depression, I can imagine it’s very different to navigate the mental health world as a man. Thank you Gio for being so open and honest, and helping others feel less alone!  Continue reading