Living with a Chronic Condition or Illness?

It can be hard to explain to others what that's like. Check out this blog post I wrote here. Spoon Theory can be one tool to help convey to others what your experience is like!

Wellness Wednesday: Trauma Response

Hello internet and happy Wednesday. I haven't been very happy today, but I guess I can be proud that I worked out anyway and have been trying to stick to my resolution of working out regularly at the Y. Yay. On to the wellness topic for this week. It can be extremely hard to take [...]

2018 Reflection

This year seems to have flown by. It has been a tremendous year of growth and self-improvement for me. I am not where I want to be yet, but I'm a lot closer. Taking time to focus on myself and my needs ... and really taking care of myself is where my energy has been, [...]

Wellness Wednesday: Pulling Yourself Out of Anxiety and Depression

Sometimes doing exactly what you don't want to do is precisely what will save you. I recently joined a local Y and have been going to yoga classes and swimming laps. I notice on the days that I do either of those things I feel better equipped to handle my to-do list those days. It's [...]

5 Signs of Relational Trauma

You don't trust people. You're able to "fake it" and appear connected with others on the surface, but you find yourself having visceral reactions of fear and disgust and pain when you have to rely on another person. You would rather do things yourself so you don't have to worry about or deal with involving [...]

Women Invest More of Themselves

Somehow amidst all of my end of semester madness, I am doing some extra reading. I am reading a book about the trauma related to experiencing infidelity in a relationship. The author makes the claim: Women are more easily traumatized because they invest more of themselves in relationships. I agree with this. It has been [...]

Wellness Wednesday: Spring Will Come

When the cold and the grey of Pennsylvania start getting me down, I have to remember that Spring will come. That's hard to remember on days when my anxiety gets the best of me. It's a constant battle. Today, at this very moment, as I type this before going into a meeting at my university-- [...]

Relational Trauma: Soft Exterior Masks Silent Rage

With this short break between summer classes and the fall semester, I have had a lot of time to reflect. That can be good and bad. Nature has always been a safe haven for me. I remember running to the large garden in my backyard and hiding among the blossoms as a child to get [...]

Wellness Wednesday: Change Is Hard And Inevitable

Change will come, whether we wish it to or not. To fight it is like fighting the sunrise. Better to say, "Ah, welcome old friend. Here you are again." This quote actually comes from a children's book that I'm reading, but it's pertinent throughout life. If you've been anxiety-ridden like I have, you know that [...]

I’m Reading Sylvia Plath’s Diary

A lot of inner turmoil has been coming up for me lately, but as I write this, it doesn't steal my peace and I know I have to take time for myself. Sylvia ... ended her life at age 30, and I remember in my teens vowing to myself to end my life by 30 [...]