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Escapades of a bipolar princess.
Each morning I dribble a little bird seed on the railing. The juncos gobble it up. I don’t have to do anything except watch. I get this happy, present-moment feeling seeing them.
Superfan Steve shows the big impact small but specific gestures of support can make. It’s this kind of social support that was key to my recovery from mental illness.
Effectively talking to someone who you think may be struggling with a mental health condition at work can be fiddly and unclear. O.A.R.S. makes it simple.
Who knew ancient yogis and Navy Seals shared a common breathing practice that's proven to reduce anxiety?
If people’s discomfort of discussing mental illness is never addressed, awareness campaigns will be of little long term benefit.
I'm usually pretty good at knowing my warning signs, but this occasion, not so much. Sneaky little *bleep* - this depression beast. It still can do a doozie on me.
I hope you have some giggles as you read these and as you giggle I hope you heal (just a smidgen).
If you are suffering, here’s how to reach out. If you know someone in pain, here’s how to help.
Tiny is big. Slow is smart. Applying microscopic yet consistent positive measures yields BIG positive changes over time.
Creativity is one of my go-to wellness tools. There is a LOT of science to back creativity as an effective tool to improve well-being.
They say mental illness runs in my family. But in my family, we’re all pretty lazy, so it just sort of meandered it way through the generations.
Wait I know what you’re thinking. You can’t make fun of mental illness. You’re right. YOU can’t. Unless you’ve been there. Stay with me.
Mental Illness. It IS in your workplace. Find out how you can be part of the solution.
For any of you who are not feeling the excitement of “a-new-year-new-you-kind-a” feeling this post about possibility & the Crazy Naked Truth is for you.
Do you have a mental health story to share? But don't know where to start. Here are eight resources I love that can help you on your way.
The kids don’t get bathed every night but they have a deeply content mother. What better way to raise kids? They see me stand up for my mental health at all costs.
While we are emotionally drained, physically exhausted and psychologically depleted, we are asked to deal with a maddeningly convoluted mental health system.
Desperate parents write me every week because they want to help their adult child who has a mental illness, but refuses help. These are the essential and most effective resources.
We think “true” creativity is dancing, painting, singing, music making. But that's not the only kind. I’m referring to ‘everyday creativity’.
A month ago I was blindsided by a bout of anxiety, the likes I hadn’t seen in ages. But there are steps you can take that can help. Support from others being one of them.
Suffocating in mucky depression and scrambling in scratchy anxiety, my world feels convincingly and unrelentingly foreboding. A reminder to myself can help me navigate the con job.
I try to find the punch line in living with mental illness.
We are living in a society where it's more insulting to call someone mentally ill, than evil.
Regardless of how we define laughter or humor, the important thing is that we make room for it in our lives. The health benefits are hard to deny.
Having the attitude of gratitude is easy when I’m on top of my game. But how do we access a sense of thankfulness when we’re stressed out or struggling with anxiety, or depression?
Don’t let the festive season drive you ’round the Xmas tree, over the dreidel or into the Solstice fire.
This depression will pass if I get my butt (which apparently has a black dog dangling from it) in gear. I’m taking to Face Book Live for some accountability and support.
As a family member or friend it can feel powerless when your loved one with mental illness refuses help. There are steps you can take. Here are a few.
If you're wanting to add a healthy habit to your life, find out first where you are in the stages of readiness for change. It may make the process more comfortable & successful!
Shopper’s Drug Mart and Ride Don’t Hide are leading the way so our invisible community no longer needs to stay in the shadows.
Victoria Maxwell is a playwright, actor, and lecturer on her 'lived' experiences of bipolar disorder, anxiety, psychosis and recovery.