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#MHMon Guest Blog by Emily Deibler

How Outlining Helps Me When I’m Anxious or Depressed   When I started writing, I didn’t outline, and I’m not saying it’s required. However, outlining has helped me face challenges with recent projects. I have periods of time where I lack motivation or the act of writing feels too overwhelming. It doesn’t help when I… Continue reading #MHMon Guest Blog by Emily Deibler

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#MHMon: Self Care

Today we're going to talk about self care. Self care is incredibly difficult when one is suffering from mental illness. If there is a person in your life who has mental illness, this is one of the biggest ways that you can help them, other than simply providing an ear when they need it. Self… Continue reading #MHMon: Self Care

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#MHMon: How to Help Someone Having a Panic/Anxiety Attack or Meltdown

A couple of days ago on Twitter there was a post circulating about helping people with panic attacks that recommended hugging them. This was quickly shut down by hundreds--if not thousands--of anxiety sufferers who all said the same thing: If I'm having a panic attack, touch me at your own peril. It's not that people with… Continue reading #MHMon: How to Help Someone Having a Panic/Anxiety Attack or Meltdown

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#MHMon: The Importance of Taking a Break

Sometimes as creatives, we need to step back from our projects. The things we make don't just take physical energy, but mental and emotional energy. It's easy to burn out, especially when trying to balance between a day job, life, and writing or creating, be it making short film, art, sewing, or design work. We… Continue reading #MHMon: The Importance of Taking a Break

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#MHMon: Masks Off

"Masking" is the process by which people with mental health issues or disabilities hide their symptoms in order to blend in with society. This can include something like a person with depression forcing a smile, a hearing impaired person pretending to understand parts of a conversation when they can't read someone's lips or the person… Continue reading #MHMon: Masks Off

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#MHMon: My CSP Care Kit

Content warning: the following discusses Compulsive Skin Picking. While the details are minimal, if you are squeamish you might want to move along. This post also includes mentions of self harm. CSP is an easy acronym for something that has several really long names. Sometimes called dermatillomania, excoriation disorder, or simply Compulsive Skin Picking, CSP… Continue reading #MHMon: My CSP Care Kit

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#MHMon: 2018, Year of the Squirrel

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

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#MHMon: Screw it!

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!

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#MHMon: Anxiety, depression, and the inability to reach out

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

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#MHMon Guest Post: The Bug-Out Bag

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