Relationships & Self-Care

What I’ve Learned about Relationships and Mental Illness

by See Original Link • July 11, 2018

Relationships and mental illness — can it work out? People who struggle with mental health issues might find themselves wondering if they can handle a relationship as well. I know I did. After all, it’s hard to think about being with another person when some days just managing life feels hard. I didn’t date that… Read More »


How I Healed Myself Of Shame

by See Original Link • April 20, 2018

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t feel shame. But I do have evidence that there was once a time when I was shame free. I have a photograph of me as a little baby, smiling with a twinkle in my eye. I look radiant and filled with joy. I have another photo of… Read More »


5 Myths We’re Taught About Relationships

by See Original Link • April 18, 2018

We’re taught a lot of myths when we’re children: “If you cross your eyes, they’ll get stuck!” “You can’t go swimming for 30 minutes after eating!” “If you touch a toad, you’ll get warts!” We’re also taught myths about relationships, like: “Compromise is key!” “Just be yourself!” “There is a ‘right’ person out there for… Read More »


6 Keys to Staying in Love

by See Original Link • February 2, 2018

In the dating world, most intimate relationships don’t turn into long-term commitments. This happens for different reasons: Some loving partners can’t get past the challenges that ultimately end their commitment to each other. Some give up early, not wanting to waste time on something that is already problematic; they just aren’t willing to put energy into a relationship… Read More »


The Radical Thrill of Intimacy

by See Original Link • January 30, 2018

Becoming close to another person is one of the most thrilling experiences in the human repertoire, both the bedrock of emotional security and a passport to self-expansion. If the relationship is a romantic one—and intimacy is as much the essence of deep friendship as of lasting love—it carries the added charge of desire. Although the term intimacy… Read More »


The Power Of Pet Therapy

by See Original Link • November 14, 2017

I remember when I was seven, my Great-Uncle Benji said to my parents, “Allison needs a dog.” It was at that time, my life changed. I was a very quiet, reserved kid, but dogs brought me out of my shell. They were with me during good times, painful times and major life events—and loved me… Read More »


Exercise For Mental Health: 8 Keys To Get And Stay Moving

by See Original Link • November 7, 2017

Mental illness has deeply impacted my life. I have experienced the flooding of anxiety and the drowning of depression. I have waged, and won, several battles with postpartum depression and been through loss and grief. I know how painful it can be to find oneself in the throes of mental illness and how helpless it… Read More »


“All The Bright Places” Shines A Light On Love & Loss

by See Original Link • October 21, 2017

“‘Oh, there he goes again, in one of his moods. Moody Finch. Angry Finch. Unpredictable Finch. Crazy Finch.’ But I’m not a compilation of symptoms. Not a casualty of bad parents and an even worse chemical makeup. Not a problem. Not a diagnosis. Not an illness. Not something to be rescued. I’m a person.” This… Read More »


The Power Of A Morning Routine

by See Original Link • October 6, 2017

It’s early. You don’t want to move, let alone get up and start the day. You feel drained. You’re cozy, all wrapped up in blankets. Thoughts about all that you should accomplish today floods your mind. You feel overwhelmed, so you hit “SNOOZE” one more time. Uh oh, now you’ve overslept. You’re running late. Time… Read More »


Your Mental Health Is Just As Important As Your Physical Health

by See Original Link • April 28, 2017

A new year means New Year’s resolutions – resolve to improve your mental well-being as well as your physical health!



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