A Quiet Hour at the Creek (photos)

My anxiety has been getting the best of me lately, but it’s improving. The other day, my grandfather and I spent a quiet hour at a little creek and wooded area in our neighborhood just to get out of the house. It helped.

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Adjusting to the ‘New Normal’

Here we are, nearly four months into the pandemic. The whole thing has been a very strange experience, for all us. It’s been a shared experience across the planet, though some countries have managed it better than others. I’m learning that the ability to adapt is so important.

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On Anxiety and Choosing Faith over Fear

Rachel has told me many times before of her struggles with anxiety. When I listened to her, I used to not be able to understand it. I’ve always thought of myself as a fairly calm person, and I can remember many moments from over the past several years where I’ve felt very peaceful.

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Holding on: Searching for hope during these dark times

I’m angry and I’m upset. The past few days I’ve sunk into a depression, mixed with bursts of anger. A lot of it has to do with self-isolation. Some of it has to do with bipolar symptoms. However, a lot of it has to do with what’s going on in America right now.

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The Tree in Paradise (a drawing)

I was never much of an artist, but decided to start drawing and coloring again about a year ago. The idea was to express myself creatively in a different way – not just through writing.

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Working with Depression

It’s relatively easy for me to fall into a depressed mood. It’s also something I’ve struggled with for as long as I can remember. What I’m coming to realize, though, is looking at depression as an enemy that must be fought only puts me deeper in the hole.

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Doing the Opposite of How I Feel (DBT therapy technique)

Earlier this week, I talked about how Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) has helped me deal with difficult emotions. Another technique I’ve learned in DBT therapy is about taking opposite action. I was thinking about this technique this morning as I felt my laziness creeping in.

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Allowing Feelings to Exist (a Benefit of DBT therapy)

When dealing with intense emotions, it’s easy for me to suppress them or turn to an addiction to soothe the pain. I’ve been learning over the years there are much better ways of doing this. First, by allowing the feelings to exist and, second, finding healthier ways to self-soothe.

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