Over the last decade, I have struggled with depression, anxiety, executive dysfunction, suicidal ideation, extreme sensitivity, and a deep-seated sense of self-loathing, and if you think I survived all that on my own, you are deeply mistaken.
I outlined a few of my favorite distraction and self-soothing tools in my latest HealthyPlace article "How I Use Distress Tolerance Coping Skills When Everything Is Too Much."
Before I started bullet journaling, I missed meetings regularly, racked up several late payment fees, and constantly felt like I was playing catch-up. Now, things aren't perfect, but I make it to most of my appointments and pay, like, 90% of my bills on time.
Just like how the lack of sunshine in the winter can mess with circadian rhythms and send people into a depression, the extra long days of summer can do the exact same thing.
I have trouble conceptualizing self-validation, and this was a lovely, weird little breakthrough.
I'm so excited to make this post because I FINALLY found a way to move forward in recovery.
There are lots of other reasons people (including me) struggle to be honest in therapy, and I tried to address some of them at the beginning of this article, but the majority of it is focused on advice for moving forward and being as honest as you can be.
This week's article, Changing the Neural Pathways That Cause Suicidal Ideation, is all about those intrusive suicidal thoughts that you don't want to have, but just sort of...happen.
I have always been a very sensitive person, and after years of hearing how my emotions were excessive or dramatic or “wrong,” I developed a coping mechanism: always be aware of how others are feeling.
The actual making of the thing is pretty simple, it's learning to pay attention to your moods, deciding which extra factors to track, and remembering to update it every single day that's the hard part.