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About Me, Anxiety, Mental Health

How I Cope With Anxiety

Let me start off by saying there is no ‘right’ way to cope. What works for me might not work for you. Or maybe it will. It’s all trial and error until you find what does work. And don’t be disheartened if it takes you a while to find it. It’s taken me the best part of five years to put all these into practice, and even now I do still have trouble with it all. Battling your own mind every day is tough. The good news is you’re much tougher than your  ...

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ARC, Book Reviews, Mystery, Suspense

And Then You Were Gone

Synopsis: After years of learning how to manage her bipolar disorder, Emily Firestone finally has it under control. Even better, her life is coming together: she’s got a great job, her own place, and a boyfriend, Paolo, who adores her. So when Paolo suggests a weekend sailing trip, Emily agrees – wine, water, and the man she loves? What could be better? But when Emily wakes the morning after they set sail, the boat is still adrift… and Paolo is gone. A strong swimmer, there’s no way Paolo  ...

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About Me, Book Tag, Mental Health

50 Things That Make Me Happy

How many times in a day do we complain about the things we dislike? How many times a day do we do things that we hate? Our brains are hardwired for the negative, which is why we tend to focus more on all the unpleasant things in our lives rather than the positive. It’s why many of us with mental illnesses are able to recall all the times we’ve felt sad and alone and unhappy. It’s why whenever anyone asks us to think about something happy and positive, we end up drawing a  ...

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About Me, Anxiety, Mental Health

My College Journey

Last month I started college at the age of twenty-four. This may not seem like such a big deal for some people, but, for me, it’s a huge achievement. I never, ever thought the day would come where I would step foot back into an educational environment. It hasn’t been the easiest but it sure has been a ride.

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Anxiety, Mental Health

Mental Health & Mental Breakdowns

This is going to be a different kind of post. I’m going to tackle the topic of mental health. More specifically, my mental health. I’ve made no secret, on here and on social media, that I suffer with anxiety, in particular social anxiety disorder and OCD. I’ve had anxiety for my entire life. The last twenty-four hours have been, for lack of a better term, hell. I’ve almost had a complete breakdown. I’m going to talk about what happened (as much as I can), what  ...

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