How to Be a Free Spirit Even Though You Had a Panic Attack 3 Minutes Ago

Full disclosure: I stole the title of this post from a meme I saw on Instagram and it described me so well that I knew I had to write a post about it. If you know the original author, please let me know so I can give him/her credit. I think anyone who experiences chronic anxiety can relate to the feeling of wanting to be a carefree soul drifting through life without a worry in the world. Maybe even to the point where you’re having panic attacks about your inability to be free and your relentless sense of worry. I…

Confessions of a 20 Something: On Depression, Anxiety, and How I Learned to Be Okay With Not Being Okay

When I was thinking about writing this blog, I kept asking myself when did this all start? When did I become this person so riddled with depression and anxiety? Did it have something to do with my biological father leaving at a young age? Did it have to do with finding out that my favorite person in the world valued my safety so little that they subjected me to a child abuser? Did it have to do with my rocky relationship with my mother? Did it start when I was bullied as a kid for being tall and overweight? Did…

My Biggest Take Away From Earning a Psychology Degree

I’ve always been fascinated by the mind. From growing up watching Criminal Minds and wanting to be in the BAU to endless true crime documentaries, I was constantly trying to understand the inner workings of the most twisted minds. Why? For the longest time, I didn’t know, but a book I read recently put it all into perspective (TY Book of the Month). I’ve spent my life obsessed with unpacking broken minds in an attempt to understand my own. I became a psychotherapist because I was fucked up. That’s the truth-though… The motivation was purely selfish. I was on a…

How to Take Your First Actionable Step Towards Mental Wellness

It’s intuitive to think that the first step towards mental wellness starts, well, in your mind. That’s true for the most part. You need to recognize that your current mental state is not working for you and decide you want to improve it. However, the first actionable step you need to take is actually physical. You can’t embark on a mental wellness journey without taking note of the daily things in your life preventing you from achieving wellness. Are you eating shitty foods that make you feel sluggish and unproductive? Are you not getting enough sleep to maintain sufficient energy…

Happiness and All the Lies It’s Sold Us

When I was a kid, I use to wish for the same thing every year on my birthday. Want to guess what it was? It wasn’t for more toys or candy or to be rich and famous. Even as I got older, I didn’t wish to be skinny and beautiful or for my parents to get back together. Every year I wished for the same thing. As I closed my eyes and blew out the candles, I would whisper a single word inside my head: Happiness. Why? Because even at a young age, I was sold on the lie that…