Tell me, who made YOU the “normal” judge? Why is it so hard to accept someone for who they choose to be, what they choose to do, and how they choose to do it? It’s hard when conforming to a usual, typical or expected standard is all you know.Read More
WHAT SELF-LOVE IS NOT
1.) Aiming For Perfection in Everything You Do
It can be unrealistic.
It can put a lot of unwanted pressure on yourself.
2.) Thinking Your Thoughts, Ideas, and Way of Doing Things is The Way Everyone Should Do ItRead More
The first thing I noticed when I found Journal #4 is the word "GROWTH" written on the cover. I found it very coincidental to see one of the words I had been focusing on, again. I was so excited, that I wanted to share the experience on social media and post a picture I'd taken of the front of the journal. I also wanted to share the quote I came up with, "Pain is a Gateway to Growth".Read More
A Little History of National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
Who Started It?
The monthly observance was started by Bebe Moore Campbell, who is also the late mother of Maia Moore Campbell who was a child actress/model. Maia is most known for starring in In The House with LL Cool J and Debbie Allen. She has also had a role in Thea, South Central and Poetic Justice. Maia has been in the media in not such a good light lately as going downhill, on crack, etc. If you know her whole story you might be a little more understanding of how her life has been after her mothers’ death.Read More
The thing with depression or anxiety is that it hits you when you least expect it.
The first time I was diagnosed with depression I was really young, around 21. So far I’ve had 3 bouts with depression and also have experienced panic attacks and anxiety. I really genuinely felt like I was going to die right there and then.Read More
(trigger warning - not for those going through rehab)
“The Drink” Poem
When the drink is so good you gotta make a poem about itRead More
Unconditional love begins with me. It begins when I can look in the mirror and say these things to myself and not run. I'll never punish myself for not being perfect, because there's no such thing.
I love you when you have an attitude.
I love you when you're in a bad mood.
I love you when you have PMS.
I love you when you're confused.Read More
It was a morning/meditation of remembrance.
Remembering the power of all things:
The power of my gifts
The power of being vulnerable
The power of being relatable
The power of my workshops
The power of my books
The power of honesty
The power of my self-love project
The power of my tribesRead More
The treatment my therapist used is called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Here's what Mayo Clinic has to say about it from their website.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a common type of talk therapy (psychotherapy). You work with a mental health counselor (psychotherapist or therapist) in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. CBT helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way.Read More
Surviving to Thriving - Hi, I’m Ann Miszczak (miz-check). I am a mental health warrior. Let me share a bit of my background with you. I want to share this because I feel it will help you see the differences.
My past: Childhood abuse, CPS reports most of my childhood, moved frequently (47 times in 25 years of my life), anorexic, smoked weed + cigarettes, alcoholic at 13 years old - 21, Manic Depression, PTSD, Anxiety, High school dropout, teen mother (x3), welfare mama, and at more than one point “homeless” (couch surfing between places), suicide attempt survivor (x3).Read More
Mental Illness: What it is. What it's not. And how you can help.
Have you ever tried to have a conversation about mental illness and had run screaming for the doors?Read More
All About Support
*Giving depression/anxiety/mental health conditions a voice
*Giving a voice to those who have experienced it
*Giving education to those who don’t understand it
*Giving healing options forRead More
*A little bit of magic*
When you were little, there was sparkle to you, it was like you were the sunshine.
The sunshine burnt out, she was dimmed, and she had grown up thinking that she couldn’t be herself because of how she was treated when she did. She was shunned, she was made fun of, she was punished.
For the next several weeks starting Friday, 1/5/18 I will be featuring a guest post on my blog around once a week.
The blog posts will be those who agreed to tell their story, give advice, talk about healing methods, coping methods, inspiration, etc. around depression, anxiety or mental health conditions.Read More
The picture for this post is the last one of “my tree” for 2017. It was feeezing outside today but my tree always stands tall and unbothered.
“Continue to ride this wave of energy. (Creating and taking action on inspiration)Read More
On a cold January morning in 2017 on my way to work I decided to take a detour on a frontage road. I wanted to see if there was a cool spot to capture some cloud/sky shots. I sometimes make random stops at random locations toRead More