Hang on to your hats, this is going to be a long one. Last month I said that one of my main goals for 2018 is getting my mental health under control. I've struggled with anxiety and depression for most of my life, but it became a survival mechanism for me to hide it. Drawing… Continue reading #MHMon: 2018, Year of the Squirrel
Some of the best things in my life have come from frustration. No, really. In 2008, after three years without something fluffy to keep me warm at night, I adopted Hermes. The furry monster is my baby, and I wouldn't trade him for anything. 2012 wasn't a good year for me. At all. I lost… Continue reading #MHMon: Screw it!
It's been a while since I've pulled out this hashtag. For those unfamiliar, #MHMon is Mental Health Monday, which I started doing on the first Monday of the month to discuss mental health and creativity, how they intersect, and how they impact each other. I haven't been using it much lately, though, because...well, honestly, it… Continue reading #MHMon: Anxiety, depression, and the inability to reach out
This post was shared with permission by the author from http://succulentdiva.com as part of a series on mental health and creativity. Many thanks to Elizabeth Brown-Shook! If you would like to read the entire post it can be found here. 5 Things I Keep in My Extreme Stress Kit by Elizabeth Brown-Shook Being a stay-at-home… Continue reading #MHMon Guest Post: The Bug-Out Bag
If you've just wandered in off the internet, #MHMon (Mental Health Monday) is a recurring feature to talk about staying creative while dealing with mental illness. If you would like more information, or to know how you can participate, check the MHMon tab above. This month's submission is courtesy of M.K. Anderson. I’m open about… Continue reading #MHMon Guestpost: Manic Pixie Nothing
We have all been there. You think you're a shoe in for the job, but you don't even get a call back. You send out the best query letter of your life, but the agent just sends back a form rejection. You get a book deal, only to have the publisher back out. The common… Continue reading #MHMon: Staying Motivated Through Rejection
Since this is our first official Mental Health Monday, I thought I'd start of pretty light. The following is a list of things you really, really shouldn't say to a loved one if they suffer from mental illness or mental health issues. "It's all in your head." "Everyone faces challenges. Just deal with it." "You should… Continue reading #MHMon 9 Things to NEVER Say to Someone with Mental Illness (and what to say instead)
I am not a doctor. I'm not a shrink. I took a couple of psychology courses in college and I've read a lot of self-help, but the only thing I have a degree to treat is artwork, not people. But I do have anxiety and depression. Does that surprise you? Anymore, it seems like everyone… Continue reading Writing Under the Influence: Mental Health Mondays