mental-health

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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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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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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GriefShare

Last night was my first time at the GriefShare meeting our church hosts. Man, I’m so glad I found this program. From the second I walked in the door, I realized I had finally found a place where I feel I can be completely comfortable with my grief. Everyone in the room was grieving and…

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Advice on Grieving

I’ve come to realize something really dangerous about grief: avoidance. It’s worse than denial and much more sneaky. “If I avoid thinking about dad, I won’t be sad anymore.” “If I don’t talk about dad, then I won’t have to think about grief and I can be done with it.” Nope, wrong answer. Grief must…

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Dear New Mom: On The Rough Days

Today’s a rough day. Sleeplessness has caught up with me, Caleb’s not feeling well, and the hot Vegas summer is setting in. Caleb has needed a 4am feeding since Bolivia to catch up with his hunger/lost weight (he lost 3lbs while we were there), so I have had one good night’s sleep since the beginning…

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