I’m Depressed And Employed: How I Make It Work.

Since I was 15, I’ve been dealing with depression. I’m not talking about the blues, sadness, or simply the Mondays, but suffocating, full-blown depression—the kind that leaves you empty and hurting all at the same time. Throughout early adulthood, I had to constantly force myself to go to high school, college, and eventually, a full-time job. But then at 19, I was diagnosed with bipolar and things got even more complicated, adding mania, anxiety, and rapid cycling to the mix of symptoms. It seemed impossible to be productive, and there have been countless days, weeks, and even months when I…

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Why self-care is an important part of parenting, and how to make time for it.

In traditional ground-fought wars, the command post behind the lines would often have hot coffee, good food and dry clothes. Was this because the generals were selfish? Or because they deserved it for having made the highest ranks in the military? No, it was because if the command fell or experienced low morale, the rest of the troops, and indeed the entire war effort, would be in jeopardy. Those leaders making critical decisions needed to be at their best. Now think of that in terms of parenting. Parents are the generals of their household. How do you, in particular those…

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Digging Deep.

I slowly learned that we attract what we are. You know that feeling when you meet somebody and you instantly have chemistry? That magnetic connection that’s overwhelming and hard to ignore? The feelings that cannot be explained? That my friends is infatuation. In reality, if you are a mess, you will more often than not attract a mess. If you’re insecure you’re not only going to breed more insecurity but you’re going to attract insecurity from someone else just as insecure. Thinking about things and my past relationships, I attracted what worried me or I craved the most rather than what I truly needed.…

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The Fourth.

To be honest, i’m not sure where I am or how i’m doing these days. Everything kind of just seems likes its a haze. Sometimes I have a lot of emotions, little energy and no concentration. Other days i’m on fire, completely engaged in everything and able to focus on what I need to do. It’s a little overwhelming to realize it was 4 years ago to the day that I was diagnosed with major depression.  So here we go, my four year anniversary post. I realize opening up about my struggles with depression can bring judgment from people, but…

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Learning to Love Myself.

When you stop comparing yourself to others, you’ll become truly happy. Before you can truly BE yourself, you have to learn to LOVE yourself fearlessly and effortlessly. We are all magical. Be inspired. Get Creative. Love wholeheartedly. Simple things we can all do. “Sometimes you have to lose yourself in the moon and the stars to find yourself in the sun and the sky “- Penqwen   M

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Be Yourself.

I think this is something many of us suffering from mental illness can relate to in terms of feeling like we have to try to hide our thoughts and feelings to conform with the ‘norm’. I think this a great reminder that at the end of the day we are human and we should not have to feel ashamed about having a mental illness. Similar to other people struggling with ‘chronic migraines’, cancer, diabetes, liver disease, etc.,  there is no shame to fighting mental illness. We are all fighting out own battles, stigma does no one a favour. Show compassion…

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