Tag Archives: depression

How Ditching Coffee For Tea Helped My Anxiety

How many cups of coffee do you need to get through the day? I’ll admit, I used to be a coffee addict. My day didn’t start without a cup. And I usually had one – or two – more to get through to the evening. But now I don’t drink it at all. Seriously. Before…

Video: What Happened When My Mom Read My Blog

It’s been nearly six months since I began treatment for my anxiety and depression. Around the same time I started this blog to chronicle my experience with mental illness. Here’s an update on my mental health journey and the (not so) surprising reaction from my mom when she read my blog.

To My Children: You Saved My Life

I love my life, but there are days when I don’t want to exist. This feeling often surfaces with no rhyme or reason. It can happen whether or not I’ve had a bad day. In fact, most times when I feel this way, everything is going right. That’s the thing about depression. It can sneak…

Video: The Surprising Impact Our Words Have On Our Children

I’m sure you’ve heard some iteration of this saying before: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” But this isn’t entirely true. Our words hold a lot of power – especially the ones we use toward our children. The things we say to our kids – both encouraging and…

Coping With Separation Anxiety While Traveling Without My Kids

My husband and I spent Memorial Day weekend in Washington, D.C. It was a nice, much-needed getaway. The weather wasn’t terrible and we got to see my brother who lives in Virginia. And did I mention we were kid free? This made our trip much simpler than when we all go somewhere. We didn’t have…

Why I’m Not Ashamed Of Taking Medication For My Anxiety

How often have you taken aspirin for a headache? What about cough syrup to ease the crappy way you feel when you have cold? Chances are that anytime you’ve done so, nobody has given it a second thought. You haven’t hidden your Theraflu at the checkout lane. And you have whispered that you’re taking Nyquil.…

When You Can’t Afford To Take A Mental Health Day

Every time I hear about a celebrity going to a hospital or cancelling tour dates due to exhaustion, I think to myself, how nice would it be to have the ability to pause life when it all becomes too much? The thought usually comes as my kids are destroying the house, or I’m washing dishes…