Made it through 2016. Barely. It was a difficult year in so many ways. Both personally and politically (societally). I had a few really, really good moments:
And many not so good moments. My depression is…well, as up and down as it goes. I had a good therapist before moving back to AZ and that helped so very much. I haven’t yet found one here. My energy is being expended on my physical health plus external stuff (relationships, finances and the like). The election, the numerous celebrity deaths have also had an impact.
I have to make changes or I will die. Not kidding. My health needs to come first. Self-care has always been difficult for me. I invest so much in caring for others. I have to do it if I want to continue on in this life.
Part of self-care is writing, writing, writing. So I will make a greater effort to blog more regularly.
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I love this piece. I have a nice dose of anxiety to go along with my depression so the experiences outlined in it resonated with me. However, the intro to the piece is really, really, really important. Those of us who can be open not only help ourselves, we help destigmatize mental illness. We try to show those with mental illness that they are not alone and others do grok. We try to show those without mental illness just how incredibly brutal and debilitating it is. We try to sow compassion and understanding.
Knowing that I am not alone helps more than I can express. I ran across this and though I cried, it made me feel a little less hopeless.
I just read this and it made me smile. I’ve heard from others how therapeutic music can be and here is yet another story.
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