The Importance of Hobbies

The intelligent side of our brains – our built-in neurological tupperware – is a wild child that can sometimes get us into trouble. You see, the storage unit of memories, facts, and reason can occasionally leave us overwrought with worry and repetitious thoughts. There is, however, good news! We can avoid this imbalance by feedingContinue reading “The Importance of Hobbies”

Four Keys To Happiness (Part III)

There are four main chemicals in our brains that set the foundation for happiness: Serotonin (the mood booster), Endorphin (the painkiller), Dopamine (the ‘reward’ chemical), and Oxytocin (the ‘love’ chemical). In this post, we will be cashing in on the reward chemical, Dopamine. Complete a task. Even a small task, such as painting a pumpkin,Continue reading “Four Keys To Happiness (Part III)”

The Breakdown of Breakdowns

Breakdowns, cataclysmic though they may seem, have rather simplistic origins.  In fact, the frustration, fears, and tears that sometimes catch a ride on our overloaded brains, are just bit players on the stage of imbalance – the true source of our breakdowns.  Can we avoid this imbalance?  Yes! Find a purpose.  A reason for being,Continue reading The Breakdown of Breakdowns

Damn the Gram?

In an age where societal norms no longer reflect the quintessential charms of Mayberry, there are now apps on which to build relationships, forums on which to swap stories, and social media, on which to connect with others.  Though the Leave It To Beaver neighborhoods and the Lucy and Ethel camaraderies have all but dissolved,Continue reading Damn the Gram?

My Depression, My Anxiety, and Me

A lyrical melody written by yours truly: *Medically-inspired rewrite of ‘My Rifle, My Pony, and Me’ LED lights, down the hallways Paper gown, that can’t be tied With my three good companions My depression, anxiety, and me  Gonna hang my IV drip Near my hospital bed Coming home, ER darling Just my depression, anxiety, andContinue reading “My Depression, My Anxiety, and Me”

From Stressed to Blessed: My Story

Man, was C.S. Lewis right when he said, “It’s not the load that weighs you down, it’s the way you carry it.”  The monstrosity of the load I’d been carting around – known to some as the infamous year 2020 – was bursting with financial troubles, political woes, and overall dysfunction.  With absolutely no discretionContinue reading “From Stressed to Blessed: My Story”

Four Keys to Happiness (Part II)

There are four main chemicals in our brains that set the foundation for happiness: Serotonin (the mood booster), Endorphin (the painkiller), Dopamine (the ‘reward’ chemical), and Oxytocin (the ‘love’ chemical). In this post, we will zero-in on how to hack that painkilling superhero, the Endorphin. Watch a comedy Laughter is an impressively effective painkiller. DiscomfortContinue reading “Four Keys to Happiness (Part II)”

Reassurance

As I progressed through the ups and downs that characterize conversion disorder, I looked for motivation, for inspiration, and for reassurance. I hope these verses bring you the same comfort that they brought me. “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for good and not for evil, to giveContinue reading “Reassurance”

The Importance of Balance

Like most of you, I’ve battled with depression, anxiety and stress – tons and tons of stress! What I failed to realize, however, was that I was turning my past experiences into self-fulfilling future prophecies.  My negative self-talk was destroying any chance I had at future success. In fact, I even brought on a disorderContinue reading “The Importance of Balance”