I recently fell into a rough patch emotionally and mentally. A week or so before the doldrums, I had commented to a friend about how stable and solid I was feeling, for quite some time! Sometimes I get a little too confident that my stability is going to last forever, so the macrocosm decides to … Continue reading Creating An Emotional Map For Navigating Life’s Ups & Downs
In my holistic approach to healing my mental illness, I left no rock unturned or unexplored. This included my sexuality. As I matured, I realized that my conventional approach to sexuality was having negative impacts on my relationships with my sexual partners, my view of myself, and consequentially, my mental health. It’s very interesting to … Continue reading Sexual Healing
“Regret is a tough but fair teacher. To live without regret is to believe you have nothing to learn, no amends to make, and no opportunity to be braver with your life.” – Brené Brown If you are a person suffering from mental illness, whether it takes the form of bipolar disorder, alcohol abuse, or an … Continue reading Transforming Shame Into Self Forgiveness
My emotional stability and inner peace experienced a huge level up the moment I decided to incorporate yoga and meditation into my morning. Getting up any earlier than I absolutely had to was not on my list of priorities for a very long time, especially since I had to be at work at five in … Continue reading Magical Morning Routine
In my last post (What Is Holistic Mental Health?), I explored the definition of a holistic mental health approach and told the story of how my journey led to it. It took years of what felt like swimming upstream to refine my approach to one that didn’t stop at my physical self (with nutrition and … Continue reading Finding Equilibrium
Holistic mental health is an approach to healing that encompasses one’s whole being: mind, body, heart, soul, and environs. It is an approach that understands that any experience of suffering, whether mental or physical, needs to be treated on every level of one’s being, not just isolated to the physical level, as is the … Continue reading What Is Holistic Mental Health?
To me, mental buffness is not an absence of emotional suffering or mental struggle, but an awareness of it, combined with a certain level of acceptance, vulnerability, and a striving to develop healthy coping mechanisms in order to find balance. Mental buffness was not something I was born with, but rather a skill I developed … Continue reading What Is Mental Buffness?