Registered, check! Paid, check! Books, almost. Excited to be attending actual classroom time, check and double check! Almost all of my books! Still waiting for two more to arrive. Class has begun, and for this fall it's scheduled zoom classes. Which means I'll actually get to interact with my classmates this year. I was a … Continue reading Fall Semester, with a Life Lesson
Beginning in 2004, August 26 became National Dog Day when animal behaviorist Colleen Paige wanted to bring attention to adopting dogs instead of purchasing from a breeder. She also founded numerous other pet holidays you can read about here. She chose August 26 because that was the day 10 year old Colleen and her family adopted … Continue reading Mental Health Benefits from Dogs
When high school began, fitting in was a high priority for me. I tried to be especially nice to the 'popular kids', hoping they would like me. As time went by and I became more focused on choosing what college to go to, what my major would be, and just generally thinking about the future. … Continue reading Worried About What Others Think?
Since this Independence Day holiday also falls on a Self-Care Sunday (SCS), it got me thinking about what independence means to me in my day to day living. I’ve done enough traveling to some very oppressed places to find that independence is so easy to take for granted. Too many people are struggling just to … Continue reading SCS: What does independence mean to me?
Just a reminder for everyone (including myself) that everyday we have something to celebrate. It’s not about impressing other people. It’s not about achieving some big milestone. It’s about recognizing we are still doing things that matter, even when our anxiety and negative thoughts lead us to believe otherwise. For me, I’ve been studying medical … Continue reading You’re Winning
A friend tells a joke, there’s a funny social media video, your favorite sitcom or comical movie is on… so many ways to enjoy all things funny! And doesn’t it feel good to laugh? But why does laughter feel good? Scientists created a whole field of study called Gelotology, which is the study of laughter … Continue reading Laughter, and the benefits of cracking up!
It’s pretty common knowledge that being out in nature is good for our mental health. So why not take it a step further and get those hands dirty! Be engaged with nature, nurturing it instead of just observing it. This Self-Care Sunday is dedicated to my amateur gardening skills. I have a planter box in … Continue reading SCS: Gardening Therapy
Dr. Frank X. Barron once described the highly creative person as, ''both more primitive and more cultivated, more destructive, a lot madder and a lot saner than the average person.'' During the 1950's and 1960's, American psychologist and philosopher Frank X. Barron studied highly creative people, including writers, architects and even mathematicians. Dr. Barron and … Continue reading Are Creative Minds Different?
This past Sunday I posted about how listening to music plays a role in my self-care. Many other people I’ve spoken with say the same thing. They love listening to music to boost their mood or have a ‘good cry.’ So with that in mind, I decided to do a deeper dive into how listening … Continue reading Does Music Really Help Our Mental Health?
It goes without saying that 2020 was a difficult year. And for someone with anxiety, the changes that came with the pandemic could be overwhelming. The city lockdown, food shortages, disappearing paper products, and separation from my friends all elevated my anxiety levels! Not to mention the virus itself that had infected patients overwhelming hospital … Continue reading 5 Ways Blogging Relaxes My Anxiety