advertisement
Advocacy

Women’s Mental Health: The Importance of Role Models, Especially Neurodivergent Role Models

In this post, the terms “women” and “girls” refer to all who identify with feminine energy. As Women’s History Month comes to an end, I realize I’ve been thinking a lot about role models, specifically those who have shared their struggles with mental health, and it got me thinking about how important these role models have been in navigating my own mental health. How brave they have been to share their journeys. To give us glimpses into their fascinating minds. To show show us the fight. How they make sense of the dark on a quest for the light. The very nature of feminine power. 

How really nothing else matters when your mental health is at stake. How you must focus on getting better. How you need time to rest and to recover. And as I’ve learned, how you need healers to guide you and loved ones to comfort you. How only you can change things, but how you can't get through it alone. 



Doctor

Mental Health and the Doctor-patient Relationship: It’s All about Trust

It was a tough mental health day. I was highly sensory and at the end of my menstrual cycle, which is always the most difficult time for me, and I had an appointment with a new doctor; never something I am up for, but especially not on a hard day.

So I walked into the appointment with my sunglasses on and my earplugs in. With my sullen-looking face drooping down. Swearing under my breath when I found out that the forms I had just spent 30 minutes completing online at home were only useful if I had printed them out. The fact that they couldn’t access my online forms from their own online system, and I now had to fill out more forms, had me seething. It was the wrong day to waste my time.



Endometriosis

Women’s Mental Health: 13 Ways to Cope with Endometriosis, PMS and PMDD

Seeing that March is Women’s History Month, this week is Endometriosis Awareness Week and today is International Women’s Day all got me thinking about just how powerful women are. And, as balance proves, just how much we have to bear. For many women including me, one of the toughest things to get through each month is our menstrual cycle. It creeps up around every corner. Blindsides us with pain, fatigue and sadness. Unorganized thoughts and paranoia. And for some, a desire for it all to end. But we fight through. Because we're women and that's what we do.



General

Mental Health and Celebrating Accomplishments: Take Note of Acts of Self-care Each Day

When it comes to maintaining mental health, anyone who suffers knows that everyday tasks often feel impossible.

Some days it’s difficult to accomplish anything let alone everything that’s expected of us: to work and to engage with others and to run errands and to keep ourselves clean and clothed and fed.

Days when getting through the day feels like more than what we’ll have the energy to accomplish. Days when we have to remind ourselves that lying in bed will only make it worse. Even if that’s all we want to do. That we have to get up and move. Especially when it feels forced. When it feels like there is cement in our veins pulling us down. When we want it all to end because continuing forward feels impossible.



Facebook

Facebook and Mental Health: Social Anxiety

I was reluctant to join Facebook when the craze began. Sure, I was on MySpace in my 20s, which I used mainly for music, and I even had a LinkedIn account for work, but Facebook felt like a different beast entirely. For Facebook is personal.

I didn’t like the idea of people being able to post things about me without my permission or the fact that I had to strictly monitor my privacy settings. I also didn’t like how exposed it could make me feel.

But, as chance would have it, I left my purse at a wedding one night, along with my phone, so I turned to Facebook to help me find it. As soon as I joined and put the message out there, I immediately found who had my purse and my phone, proving that the wide-range accessibility of using Facebook is part of its lure.