The resources, tools, and ideas in this blog come from my many years of reading about and attending therapy for Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and the effects of trauma. Through therapy and personal research, I have learned skills from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with Exposure and Response Prevention (CBT with ERP), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
I began this blog as an outlet to express the challenges and victories I was trying to navigate as I moved through the difficult journey of finding the mental wellness tools that worked for me. After joining the mental health community on social media in 2014, I soon realized that there were many people searching for their own mental wellness path. In late 2018, I decided to make my posts public in the hope that it would help at least one person. You can view a timeline of my mental health journey in the “About” page.
On my way towards healing and mental health work, I realized that I had so much self-discovery I needed to embark upon as part of my journey. One personality test can’t truly define who we are (we’re far too complex and unique for that) but they do help us construct the language to better define our values and identities. Even if the results of an online test are not accurate, the fact that we’re reacting to the inaccuracy guides us towards who we are. Sometimes the easiest way to figure out who we are is to have someone tell us we’re something when we know we’re not. Plus, they’re fun. Here are a few I love…..
Creativity, personal style, and expression impacted by trauma isn’t something that I’ve seen others write about much. It’s been on my mind lately and I needed to get it out.
My sense of expression has been internal for much of my life and reflected in the stories, poetry, and drawings I kept hidden away in notebooks as a child. In the last few weeks I’ve been deep in thought about the concept of personal expression—wondering how much of my expression and creativity was rooted in who I am and how much was internalized fear. Did I love to read, write, and draw as a child because I liked those activities or because they were the safest activities available to me? This has been a reoccurring question I’ve been mulling over.
About this track: Jack Kornfield is by far one of my favorite people in this world. His meditations are the ones I go to most often. In this meditation, he asks you to imagine that you are rooted into the earth to steady you. He asks you imagine an important tree in your life. Meditations with trees as visuals are may jam. May you be well, happy and healthy.
Why meditate? Just like we all have physical health, we all have mental health. Meditation helps us bring awareness to our values, thoughts, and actions and strengthens our capacity to live with greater clarity, ease, and intention. As a person living with depression, anxiety, and obsessive compulsive disorder, meditating has allowed me to be aware of my body and thoughts so that I can take actions that make me feel better BEFORE things escalate. This has been the greatest gift I could give myself.
Where I meditate: You can find me meditating on the FREE Insight Timer App where you can find thousands of guided meditations, meditation music, talks, and live events.