12 Tips for Cleaning With Depression

Let’s talk about one of the more shameful and embarrassing effects of depression. The inability to clean. Cleaning with depression is hard! I’ve been pretty open with the effect that anxiety and depression have had on my life, especially when I was in my 20s. I coudn’t clean. I just couldn’t. The only thing that got me to clean my apartment was a notice on my apartment door that Maintenance would be spraying the complex for bugs or inspecting something. I was sure that if they saw my mess I’d get evicted and that type of Anxiety overrides Regular Anxiety…

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34 Things I’d Tell My 24-Year-Old Self

My birthday is quickly approaching and I am so excited. For one, I’m going to be taking a mini-trip that’s going to involve staying in a hotel for the first time ever. All of my anxious agoraphobes understand what a big deal this is! Being hours away from home can be overwhelming but I am ridiculously excited about it and I’ve been looking forward to it for weeks. A few days ago I got one of those pesky Photobucket notices that my account had exceeded its storage limit. I haven’t thought about, let alone visited Photobucket in almost a decade…

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Loving An Alcoholic: Part One

There was a time when I shared nearly every aspect of my life on this blog. It’s been over seven years, nearly a decade since I pressed “publish” on my little Blogger blog. I’ve grown a lot, shared a lot, written a lot. I’ve talked about my decision not to have kids, my anger issues, my breakups, the ugly truth of my life before self-care. If someone really took the time to read this blog from beginning to end, they’d know more about me than 90% of the people in my life. I used to worry that I was a…

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Do You Need to Love Yourself First?

In lots of Self Love Circles, there’s that quote that says “You can’t love someone else until you learn to love yourself”, or “No one will love you until you love yourself.” In my early days of self-care, I’m pretty sure that I believed that. Experience has given me a deeper perspective on it. It’s such a good question: is our capacity to love and be loved influenced by how we feel about ourselves? Of course, it is. But will it make or break your relationship? That depends. You don’t need to love yourself to (love or) be loved by…

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Self-Care for Kids

Hello, my lovely readers! Today I have a great guest post from the people at Jumo Health who are all about providing age-appropriate mental health, health, and self-care resources for kids. As you know, I’m all about. If you’ve purchased my anxiety workbook, Breathe. then you’re familiar with my story of childhood anxiety. My childhood was rough. That had less to do with outside influences and more to do with what was in my head. I didn’t understand what anxiety or depression was. There was no concrete reason I could point to and say: “This is it, this is what bothers me.”…

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56 Random Acts of Kindness Ideas

In case you didn’t know, I created Random Acts of Kindness Cards (the printable ones are part of the Self-Love Bundle which has soooo much good stuff!) You can hand out these cute little cards to tell people thank you, to brighten their day, or just as an act of kindness! It’s so important to be kind, especially in a world of social media where we can so easily see all of the things that are going on around the world. The world needs a little more light and a little more glow. Several years ago, after I started practicing…

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July Self-Care + Summer Goals!

It’s time to pull out your July Self-Care Pages and start planning your self-care and your goals for this month! I’m a huge fan of scheduling self-care into your day, it’s a great way to hold yourself accountable. It’s harder to brush it off or not make time for it when it’s already scheduled into your day! Let’s talk July Self-Care Goals! What’s one thing you want to work on this month? Something project-related? Creative? Personal growth? Mental Health? Self-care?Even if you just want to work on getting better/more sleep or drinking more water, any goal is a good goal!…

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Signs You’re Dating a Narcissist

To celebrate the release of my newest workbook Self-Care for Breakups: Healing from Toxic, Abusive, and Codependent Relationships I want to share an excerpt from the section on relationships with narcissists and signs you’re dating a narcissist. Narcissism has become a hot button topic in the last few years. It also plays a part in many relationships, especially complicated and emotionally abusive ones. I want to touch on this subject because it’s so important to be able to recognize these signs so that your personal healing isn’t compromised. Narcissist: a person with an excessive need for admiration, disregard for others’…

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