Digging deeper to find the cause of my chronic illnesses

It’s been about a year since this pandemic marathon started. How are you doing? ⁣⁣ Up and down? Sick of it all? Hanging in there? ⁣⁣I wanted to share a bit about my last three months, in case it helps you in some way. ⁣⁣ The combination of another health challenge (shingles), pandemic stress, anxiety … Read more

Self-care to get through this political unrest

Whatever self-care you need to get through this time of overwhelming political unrest, do that. ⁣⁣Get out in nature, take a nap, listen to music that makes you feel good, light some candles, read a book, meditate, exercise, diffuse your favorite essential oils, savor your favorite food, watch a movie, take lots of deep breaths… … Read more

Shine your light when you can; rest when you need to

That’s been my motto for the past couple of years, as I’ve learned to be better in tune with my body and what it needs to heal (cat cuddles always help). ⁠⁠I’ve been in bed a ton over the past several weeks. Because SHINGLES, you guys! Right in the middle of the busiest time in … Read more

Thanksgiving 2020 amidst covid

Thanksgiving may look different this year for so many of us, and it’s hard. ⁠⁠I’m focusing on all that I’m grateful for right now, which definitely helps. But I’m not ignoring my sadness. It’s important to allow ourselves to feel our feelings – anger, frustration, disappointment – all are valid. Feel them and process them. … Read more

How a sea of emptiness turned into a journey to fill my soul

⁠⁠It’s funny that what seemed like a sea of emptiness a few years ago was instead a journey to fill my soul in ways I never would have imagined.⁠⁠ Let me explain…⁠⁠ When we first moved to Maui almost five years ago, I left behind all my close friends and family. The loneliness was unbearable, … Read more

Election eve mental health

⁠⁠It’s election eve 2020. And I’m keeping myself calm by focusing on what I can control.⁠⁠ I haven’t watched, read, or listened to any news in more than two weeks. I stopped looking at the vile comments people somehow feel are okay to say to one another.⁠⁠ It was all too much. My anxiety had … Read more

News detox

⁠⁠I haven’t seen, read, or listened to any news since last Thursday. That’s like an eternity for this former journalist/news junkie.⁠⁠ But as an empath and Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), it all got to be too much. To the point where I had three nightmares in one week, and woke up screaming at the top … Read more

Mental Illness Awareness Week 2020

There’s no doubt that our collective mental health is hurting during this turbulent year (I’ve personally had plenty of days where I just want to hide from the world). Which makes Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) even more critical right now. ⁠⁠ I’m all about sharing my journey and what I’ve learned along the way, … Read more

⁠⁠What’s in my mental health toolbox?

⁠⁠I wanted to share what I turn to when I’m struggling, in case it might help you during these overwhelming times.⁠⁠ Most of the tools aren’t actually in this giant box I’m holding , but rather things I’ve learned to do over the years that have been incredibly useful during the challenges of 2020.⁠⁠ The … Read more

Believe simpler times will return

⁠⁠Simpler times will return. We have to keep believing. ⁠⁠ That said… if you’re struggling with your mental health right now, know that help is available. My partner, Mental Health America, has plenty of resources on its website: everything from free and anonymous mental health screenings to DIY tools to information on affordable treatment if … Read more

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