mental health

Why It’s Not A Bad Thing To Just Feel “Okay”

I told a friend recently that it’s a weird time to be online. To be honest, this statement feels evergreen — when is it not a strange time to live your life publicly on the Internet? But recently, there’s been a push to be authentic (something I’ve written about several times) without being too authentic. No one wants to make the people around them uncomfortable, right?

Can You Be Depressed And Happy?

Happy Tuesday, friends! I wanted to get a little bit serious during today’s post and address something important to me. My Twitter bio used to say, “Always loud, always laughing.” And it’s true! I am usually talking too loudly and laughing obnoxiously — most people describe me as outgoing and friendly after spending time with me. I have an amazing family, a doting husband and abundant resources at my fingertips. 

5 Ways To Stay Energized That Don’t Involve Caffeine

One thing you’ll learn about me after a brief conversation is that I am always tired. I know that doesn’t make me special –– aren’t we all always tired? –- but I’ve had sleep problems for almost five years, and I take a prescription sleep aid to help me sleep through the night. Unfortunately, the medication leaves me feeling hungover, so it’s not exactly ideal. I try to “catch up” on sleep on the weekends, but obviously that doesn’t always work!

I Have A TON Of Travel-Related Anxiety, But I’m Not Letting It Win

A week ago today, I jetted off to California for a press trip to Facebook’s headquarters. I posted the above on Instagram and made it all seem like a breeze. 

Reality: The day of my flight, my hands felt shaky and I felt lightheaded. I was sobbing the entire drive to the airport. I’m not afraid of flying –– unlike most people I know, I actually enjoy getting meeting chatty passengers — but I am super anxious about traveling away from home. Cue the world’s tiniest violin.

How To Stay Balanced & Take Breaks (With Tips From My Followers!)

I took an inadvertent break from blogging for pretty much all of February. I had wrist surgery thanks to carpal tunnel syndrome, so I had to minimize my time on the computer. It was honestly for the best –– I stay super busy for no reason at all, and it’s honestly a pride thing. I joke about it, but it’s seriously not a healthy habit. 

When God Doesn’t Heal Mental Illness

When I had my first panic attack, I hadn’t yet experienced puberty, let alone serious mental distress. Sunday School taught me enough about God that I knew how things would play out: I’d pray, get healed, and never deal with it again.

Oh, if only it were that simple.

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