depression

For When Grief Hits You From Out of Nowhere

It’s been almost four years since my husband died. I’m mostly doing great. I still get sad sometimes. Other times I’m disappointed or angry that this is my real life. But, on the whole, life is good. We’ve found new routines and ways of doing things. We feel settled. I skirt the edge of grieving,…

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Confidence in the Daily Battle with Depression | Elli Johnson

#MyBrave2017 is a series of guest posts from women who are determined to live bravely in the little things and the big things. Join my email list so you can read them all. 29th December 2009. The day I was brave enough to tell my friend I had been diagnosed with depression. The diagnosis had come a…

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When You Feel Stuck on the Outside of Your Life

A reality of grief and depression is that you often feel stuck outside of your life. Last week, I had a few days where I felt like I was watching my life and not living it. I took deep breaths, trying to ground myself, feeling like I was floating away with nothing to pull me…

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31 Days of Real Life [10/28/16]

It was a terrible day. The kind of day that wants to make you avoid days and people and responsibilities for a month or forever. I didn’t feel well. The grief was overwhelming. The kids were not compliant and whining is my nemesis. I let a few friends know that I was struggling and one…

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Dear God: Are You Still Good?

Dear God: It’s been a rough few years for you and me. You’ve allowed things to happen in my life that hurt. My heart has been broken and me dreams have been dashed. Not long after Keith died, I wrote that, “my heart feels a lot like my kindergarten knees.” And it seems like every…

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Practical Tips for Living With Anxiety: Counseling

It’s been awhile since I shared a practical tip for living with anxiety. While this post falls under the umbrella of anxiety posts, I strongly recommend anyone who has ever survived adolescence spend some time with a counselor (aka all of us). Here are some reasons why counseling is so important and how to find…

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Ep. 01 – Becky L McCoy; Anxiety, Depression, & Feeling Unloveable

Becky, the host of Sucker Punched, shares her battle with an anxiety disorder and how grace showed up in relationships with her husband and friends. Becky’s Fun Question Answers: What are you loving right now? ‘Big Magic’ by Elizabeth Gilbert What’s your favorite meal right now? Asian Pear Slaw from Spice Market What are you…

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Practical Tips for Living with Anxiety: Breathing

Photo via Visualhunt I remember having panic attacks as early as kindergarten, but it wasn’t until I was 25 that I knew they were panic attacks. As a child, the adults in my life assumed I was extra emotional and I didn’t know that what I was experiencing wasn’t normal. I’ve been living with anxiety…

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The Weary World Rejoices: Hope When Christmas is Hard

“…the weary world rejoices…” I recently heard author Paul Tripp call Christmas “the sufferers holiday.” Joseph and Mary were without a home. Herod was about to order the execution of all boys under two years old. The Jewish people were under Roman occupation. The first Christmas did not happen during an easy or happy time….

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I Choose Living: Simple Thankfulness When Life Is Hard

This year has been a challenging year. We have experienced so much loss and so much joy. It’s hard to tell if the good has outweighed the bad, but I know that some days, the weight of the bad has felt insurmountable. I’m raising two small kids without my husband. I’m learning what it means…

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