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Mental Health

To Anyone Who Feels Hard to Love Because of Mental Illness

Fun Facts About Myself

I recently shared a shortened version of this on Instagram, but also wanted to share it here, in hopes that it reaches someone else that’s struggling. #yourenotalone To anyone who’s struggling with feeling unlovable or like they’re a burden to their friends and family because of their mental health, please know that you’re not alone. I’ve struggled with this feeling a lot in my life, and sometimes it can be too much. It’s a dark and lonely feeling that, for some people, has even lead to suicide. There’s different reasons why people may feel this way, feel unlovable the way …

Ten Lies My Anxiety Tells Me #mentalhealth #anxiety #anxiousmama #anxietyposts
Mental Health

Ten Lies My Anxiety Tells Me

Anxiety feels like a constant war being fought in my mind. It affects every part of my life, both physically and mentally. My brain is consumed with negative thoughts about myself and it’s a battle to fight through each of them. Here are the most common ones: 1.) I’m a bad mom. My girls have seen me cry, they’ve seen me have panic attacks and they have sometimes (okay, a lot of times) been on the receiving end of my anger that often comes out when I’m extremely anxious or stressed. **Cue the mom guilt. My brain tries to convince …

alcohol and anxiety, acute anxiety, panic attacks, drinking and anxiety, mental health, mental health awareness
Mental Health

Alcohol and Anxiety – How I Used Alcohol to Self-Medicate

Alcohol and Anxiety – My Personal Story about How I Tried to Self-Medicate with Alcohol **Full disclosure – I share my very personal story and battle with alcohol addiction that may have triggers for some. My goal is to shed some light on how alcohol and anxiety (as well as other mental illnesses) are connected. I also hope that someone out there reading this who might be going through the same thing, knows they are not alone.  I remember very vividly the day I decided to stop at a 24-hour CVS on the way to work to buy a bottle …

My Battle with Anxiety as a Mom - Wearing Two Masks
Mental Health Mom Life

A Mom’s Battle with Anxiety – Wearing Two Masks

My Battle with Anxiety Anxiety – it’s a word I never truly understood until just within the last couple years. We use the word so often in day-to-day situations when we just feel stressed or impatient. However, true anxiety can be debilitating. My battle with it started at a very young age but got much worse after having children. Google’s definition of anxiety is: “a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.” That still doesn’t even come close to expressing the true feelings and symptoms associated with full blown anxiety. …

To the Mom Who's Having More Bad Days than Good
Baby Mental Health Mom Life

To the Struggling Mom Having More Bad Days than Good

To the struggling mom who finds herself thinking, “this mom thing is way harder than I thought,” I’m right there with you. I am having way more bad days than good ones lately and to be completely honest, I have some days where I wish I could just stop being a mom for a while. This is not a post where I share all the answers about how to get through the bad days. (Although I do share some reminders at the end of this post that help me a little on those days.) I wish I had those answers …

stay at home mom, sahm, parenting, depression, anxiety, addiction, motherhood
Mental Health Mom Life

My Personal Story on Why I Left My Career to be a Stay-At-Home Mom

When I sat down to write this, I have to admit – I was scared. It’s hard to share such a personal story but I hope in sharing this, that it might help someone else that may be going through something similar. I want to share with you how my daughter and the choice to leave my career may have saved my life and ultimately helped me to be a better mom. When I found out I was pregnant with my first daughter, it came at a very dark time in my life. I was in the middle of a …

living with anxiety, mom, depression, anxiety, mental health
Mental Health Mom Life

Living with Anxiety – then Becoming a Mom

  *UPDATED: August 22, 2018* Last night, while I was trying to fall asleep, I began to cry uncontrollably. I am currently beginning my search for a preschool for my daughter and these are some of the thoughts that began to consume my brain as I laid in bed – Will she be safe? Will the teachers care for her as much as I do? How do I know I can trust the school and the teachers? What if she gets bullied? What if she gets kidnapped while playing outside? What if there is an earthquake and I can’t get …