Toxic Positivity: “Smile”

Three 'Smile' songs Toxic Positivity defined: the excessive and ineffective overgeneralization of a happy, optimistic state across all situations. The process of toxic positivity results in the denial, minimization, andĀ invalidationĀ of the authentic human emotional experience. (taken from this article, 'Toxic Positivity: The Dark Side of Positive Vibes' by Samara Quintero and Dr. Jamie Long) I've... Continue Reading →

Morality and Cancel Culture

I was intrigued by the description on our community's social media page of a local candidate in the village's upcoming election. "I believe in: .... Bylaws that are relevant, current and make sense; Bylaw enforcement..." A few days later, when other candidates knocked on my door to introduce themselves and discuss my civic concerns, I... Continue Reading →

Second-Guessing

I drove myself to my counseling appointment for the first time today. I thought I would remember the way, having been a passenger so many times before, and wouldn't need to turn on my phone's map app. I thought I knew all of the familiar landmarks. I read the highway signs, made the correct turns,... Continue Reading →

Anxiety Buster: Talking It Out

I really had to come to the end of myself before I was ready to find and go to a counselor. I've known for the past few years that I likely needed some focused therapy, but there was always something... excuses... I live in the country; it's too expensive and we don't have insurance; I... Continue Reading →

Anxiety Buster: Supplements

Disclaimer: I am not a professional. Just a regular person who has researched and tried natural supplements as well as worked with my doctor(s) to try medicine to alleviate anxiety and depression. These are my experiences and in no way should they be taken as advice. Please do your own research, talk to your medical... Continue Reading →

Anxiety Buster: Breathing

I have 'White Coat Syndrome' - which is when your blood pressure reading is normal at home but when a doctor or nurse takes it, it's often skyhigh. I am slowly improving with my GP over time, but still take my readings at home to share with him so that he can keep an eye... Continue Reading →

4:45am

Perhaps I should have started to write around 1:30am, when I was feeling the nudge just as strongly as now. It's been a few days of nudging... a few days of feeling the need to write... and not really knowing what to say but just feeling the need to get something, anything, down. Instead, I... Continue Reading →

Circling

Have you ever flown in an airplane that had to circle around before it could land? I feel a bit nervous about landings and am usually a bit worked up and overwhelmed, just wanting the flight to be over with. My patience is a little thin. I try to smile. Stay calm. And trust that... Continue Reading →

Getting away

Several years ago, I took a break from social media. It was so good to just quiet the noise. My mental health needed the break. Months later, when I returned, I determined to be more intentional with how I used it. I think it is good to figure out why you want to be on... Continue Reading →

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