Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Managing Emotions

I'm an emotional person.

This has been a given. Know me, know I'm emotional.

And it's interesting what sort of control we're supposed to have over our emotions, isn't it?

That we're supposed to bite back the howls and the hollers.

Let the tears fall silently and wipe them away when nobody is looking.

I haven't written in over a week.

Maybe longer.

But I haven't written and that's not working for me.

Because as an emotional person, I breathe through my words.

I'm experiencing a lot right now, personally.

I'm not going to get into it - but if you know me you know I have anxiety and you know I find my way. And so - I continue to do that now, with extra emotions on-hand.

But I won't check them. I can't.

I can't shove them down deeply into my being and ignore them until I explode.

Until I implode.

And so I write.

I write when I need to say things I can't put to "paper" - virtual or otherwise.

I write when my body is tired and I feel like I've been run over by a Mack truck, and I can't figure out how to lift myself up.

I write when I'm missing someone I love and holding on to their memory.

I write when I struggle with motherhood and can't figure out if I'm doing anything right but know that I'm trying.

I write for comfort. For healing. To remind myself that I have a voice.

And so. I'll continue to write.

Even if it's a once in a while thing. I'll do it when I can and when I need to. And I hope you'll still read it when I write it. Because that's all I ask of you. Is that you read my words. And that you hear me.

Friday, March 10, 2017

The Role of Empathy in Peer and Clinical Support

* Author's note: I do not and would not claim to be, nor have I ever stated that I was or am, an expert on all things mental health related. That said, I'm writing this from experience - both, as a social worker, and a volunteer in various aspects of the mental health world. I would appreciate some grace as you read this so I ask you keep that in mind and know I do not judge YOU for the work that you do. I just encourage you to keep learning, working towards the goals you have set for yourself, and respecting all others along the way. *

Working in the mental health field is a role that I wouldn't train for anything in the world.

I truly believe that this is the place I belong.

I love my clients. I love working with people at different stages of their needs, different levels of support. All of it. I love the feeling I get when I hang up the phone and recognize that they have recognized that the work they're doing or have done MATTERS in the scheme of things that is their life.

I also love the volunteer work I do. Supporting women who are experiencing or have experienced perinatal mental health disorders is something I'd give up for - well - for absolutely no reason that I can think of at this time.

And honestly? I hope to combine the two in some way in the not so distant future.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Social Media Is Your Living Room

Good Girl Gone Redneck: Social Media Is Your Living Room

I wrote this next paragraph last night, and then I stopped before posting on Facebook. I was just too tired. I also was about ready for bed and I didn't want to do a post and run. You know how those go, right? So I waited to share now.

 ** Some nights, no matter how much balance you try to maintain, you recognize that there are people in this world who don't want to experience it. And in those situations? You don't have to help with the scales. You have to just let them go. ** 

I'm better this morning because I realize that though I'm still trying to find the balance, I'm done doing so at a risk to myself. Done doing so in a way that makes me want to bang my head against a wall.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

The Orphan's Tale, Pam Jenoff

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In recent months I've been slightly addicted to historical fiction. I've strayed from that a bit in the last few weeks, but I'm going to get back to it soon - I can guarantee it. Mostly because I have finally been officially indoctrinated into Pam Jenoff's writing.

The Orphan's Tale (affiliate link, as are all book purchasing links throughout this post) is the first book of Jenoff's I have read, and it was so so good. Such a powerful story. I had downloaded some of her books to my Kindle and just never got around to reading them. That will change now. Oh - also - I got this one from NetGalley - but my opinions are 100% mine. I think y'all know me well enough to know that.

So. Why this book? What is it about this book that pulls you in?

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Postpartum Mental Health Resources

postpartum mental health, paternal health, maternal mental health, postpartum depression

To those of you out there today sad and hurting? I am thinking of you.

But I pause and share a very important reminder to the women out there who are worried about the moms who need help?


I don't mean this in a condescending way, but yes, I do know how it sounds.

Except I said it to myself.

Keep reading. I literally just Googled. For like an hour (give or take). I searched for the following terms and these are the sites and resources I found. And look, really look. Because Postpartum Progress is among them. The site still stands. The information is STILL there. Mamas in need, their family members, loved ones? They will find help.

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