How Mantras Ease My Anxiety + 17 Examples That You Can Try!

In one of my last recap posts, I mentioned that for the first time ever I actually used a mantra to get me through a day of tension, fear, and anxiety.  For anyone that doesn't know, a mantra is a word, phrase, or even a sound (like in meditation) that is frequently repeated to bring…

Anxiety & Depression: What To Do When You Just Can’t…

I wrote a post back at the end of January about 8 Things To Do When Depression Hits Hard. That post is for the times that you're struggling to get through the day as a normal, functioning adult. It's for the times that you actually have the tiny bit of energy you need to overcome…

The Benefits of Practicing Self-Love in a Relationship

Relationships are tough. Period. They take a lot of work, commitment, and dedication. And that's just an average relationship. When you throw anxiety and depression into the mix, maintaining a healthy relationship can be one of the hardest things to do, but it is possible.  Over the past couple of years, I have learned a…

4 Things To Do When You’re Feeling Burnt Out!

Burnout is really awful. It means exhaustion, lack of motivation, and just an overwhelming feeling of just being done. As much as I love writing and blogging, I found myself getting super burnt out about a month ago. If I wasn't at my "normal" job, I was at home trying to edit my next book…

How Counseling Improved My Mental Health & Why You Should Try It Too

My first experience with counseling was not pleasant. I was about 15, and due to a long string of personal and family issues, I was required to attend therapy. I dreaded going each week. It was awkward, uncomfortable, and I did a LOT of faking that I was okay just so I wouldn't have to…

Make Yourself Proud – My Favorite Self-Esteem Booster for Anxiety & Depression!

About a week ago I was talking to someone, and she was going on about how much she despises her job, which I've definitely been able to relate to at multiple times in my life, but right now, I'm actually enjoying my job! It is by no means my dream job, but hey, that's why I'm…

Black & White Thinking: 3 Steps to Finding Mental Balance in Your Relationship

It's all or nothing. It's black or white. It's yes or no.  There is no middle area, no grey spots, and no "maybe" in my mind.  One of the worst side effects of anxiety that I suffer from is black & white thinking. I have a really bad habit of being unable to see the…

How to Cope with Separation​ Anxiety & Codependency

Codependency is a real bitch... I've found myself struggling severely with codependency and separation anxiety for several years, but it's worsened over the past year and a half to two years now. Separation anxiety is what I generally suffer from on a day-to-day basis. Of course, I have my days where I feel anxious over…

Quick Update, A Lifestyle Announcement, & More!

I just took a really nice, hot bath with lavender salts and my current book, and I am feeling so calm and so peaceful right now. I swear lavender has a fantastic effect on my anxiety, and it's been one of my absolute favorite things lately! But, more about that later.  After putting off writing…