• Mental Health

    Counseling: What to Expect

    What I am about to tell you is based off of personal experience. I don’t know exactly what your counseling experience will look like, but hopefully by sharing my experience, you will be able to feel a little more comfortable and prepared for your own experience. You May Have to Wait So, you have finally taken the leap to get counseling (or maybe you are still considering it). The truth is, though, that you are most likely going to have to be on a waiting list for a little while. I agree, it sucks, but how awesome is it that so many people are starting to get help? For me,…

  • Mental Health,  Personal

    What Does Depression Feel Like?

    It’s different for everybody. We all experience life very differently, but, I want to share with you today what depression feels like for me. It changes, you see. Every time that depression comes back around there is a familiarity, but it’s a new beast. Just like the flu, depression seems to adapt. I experience a new string of it every time. Two years ago, I described it as an alternate reality. Being depressed felt like living in another dimension. I was stuck in a parallel universe in which I was surrounded by monsters, and I was alone. It felt like I would be lost forever if I didn’t hold on…

  • Fitness

    3 Ways That Exercise Improves Your Health

    Exercise is good for us. At least, that has to be why there have been so many infomercials centered around exercise programs, right? The problem is, infomercials focus on exercise for weight loss and appearance, because that’s what sells. The diet and fitness industry has preyed on our insecurities. We have been conditioned to see exercise as a means to an end. Now, there is nothing wrong about wanting to look and feel our best, but it isn’t healthy to treat diet and exercise as tedious tasks we need to do in order to reach our goals. That mentality sets us up for failure. So, today, I am going to…

  • Mental Health

    Do You Need Counseling?

    “Do I need counseling?” That is a question that I have asked myself a lot throughout my life. Counseling was always this foreign idea to me. I thought of someone laying down in a chair spinning the sad tale of their life, as a distant figure simply nodded and took notes. I was under the impression that counseling was a cold experience, and that in order to be in counseling, you had to have something to say worth listening to. What was I thinking? I had to have something to say that was worth listening to? That doesn’t even make sense! It’s not like I am giving a speech after receiving…

  • Yoga

    5 Things That Happened When I Did Yoga For 30 Days

    Something really cool about having a mental illness is that I have the opportunity to connect with a lot of people on a more personal level. I have such a strong appreciation and admiration for people who go through hell and come out shining. Over the past few years, I have had the opportunity to meet some really strong women who attribute their survival to yoga. “Yoga saved my life,” is what they told me. So, for the month of January, I took the challenge to do 30 consecutive days of yoga. I had a lot of hope going into it, and I was not disappointed. Here are 5 things…

  • Personal

    Fox in the Moon

    The first post is always the hardest for me. I have written so many, and it always feels so…awkward. That’s right. I’ve written A LOT of first posts. I started my first blog in middle school (after begging my parents to allow me to have some sort of web presence). Since then, I have probably started at least seven different blogs. I thought that it would come naturally and that people would just want to know my random thoughts. That wasn’t the case. This time is different though. I actually have experience, purpose, and knowledge (this is me giving myself a pep talk). Failures are good. They help us grow…