recent mental health

meditating with the ocean tide

August 2018, Cozumel I’m in Cozumel. It’s my first time here. I’m lying on a towel in my black and white retro high waisted bikini–lathered ...

Relationship Red Flags: Are You Dating an Abuser?

Photo by Abdi Lopez on Unsplash So, you're in a relationship, and something feels off. You don't know what it is, but you have an ...

Feeling Depressed Is Different Than Being Depressed

Feeling Depressed is Different Than Having Depression When I was a freshman in college, during a bout of severe depression I wrote in my journal, “In ...

I hate having depression

Winter Feelings 20-Something Years Old My depression is really bad lately. I find everything meaningless. I don't even feel happy in a quiet bit of ...

Getting my mental health back on track

March 2, 2018 Mental health back on track I finally saw a psychologist this week, for the first time since moving to Mexico. It was ...

Recovery Sayings One Day at a Time

Recovery Sayings When I started my recovery journey and started going to 12-step meetings I couldn't sit still. I literally couldn't sit still. I am ...

domestic violence

How To Practice Self-Compassion in 6 Steps

Photographer Giuseppe Milo Anyone can learn to be more compassionate towards themselves, here are 6 tips for how to practice self-compassion. I am the most ...

Cutting Domestic Violence Programs is Dangerous

Courtesy of Donkey Hotey on Flickr Creative Commons Sharealike License The current political climate in the United States is putting victims of intimate partner violence (IPV) and the police ...

Why Do People Return to Domestic Abusers?

creative commons image by Giuseppe Milo www.pixael.com It never fails. Whenever a high-profile relationship goes public with domestic violence accusations, the internet will buzz with ...

Why I Didn’t Try To Lose Weight For My Wedding

The author on her wedding day. Courtesy of Adrian Herrera of Victor Herrera Photographers To take care of myself in the months preceding my wedding ...

Retracting Allegations of Abuse is Not Proof – Trauma and Memories

Graffiti in Buenos Aires. Photo by the author Retracting an abuse allegation is not proof that the abused is lying or that the alleged abuser ...

Stigma Punishes Victims, Helps Perpetrators

Over the holidays, I got into a heated debate at the dinner table over the most effective way to combat racism. This interaction shed light ...

addictions

i just want to drink

date: 10 days before sobriety Ever feel like you are just floating along an out of control current? Or perhaps it’s more like being surrounded ...

The Importance of Women’s Recovery Spaces

Photo by Erik Brolin on Unsplash Unbeknownst to me, what I needed was the company of people who were not men. Women’s meetings gave me ...

Is It Possible to Stay Clean Without Getting Sober?

Photo by Greta Schölderle Møller on Unsplash Anything is possible, but that doesn’t make it a good idea. Physical dependence and substance use disorders are distinct conditions. Physical ...

Teaching Kids About Drugs: Alternatives to DARE

Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash I remember the D.A.R.E. logo being plastered on posters hung in the hallways at school. At one point, I owned ...

Recovery Sayings One Day at a Time

Recovery Sayings When I started my recovery journey and started going to 12-step meetings I couldn't sit still. I literally couldn't sit still. I am ...

Weeding out anxiety

January 22, 2018 Digging up weeds When the things I enjoy drift away from me, it is never on purpose. I don't consciously self-sabotage when ...

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