Why You Should Be Showering at Night

Why You Should Be Showering at Night

Sleep Experiment Week #2: Bathe Before Bed Hey everyone! We’re back for week 2 of our sleeping experiment! Last week, we learned about the 4-7-8 breathing technique. This week, we’ll talk about taking a hot shower before bed! The Basics Studies show that taking a hot shower or bath before heading to bed helps you sleep better. When you move from the warm temperature of the shower to the cooler temperature in your room, it sends a signal to your…

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Help Me Sleep Better, Please!

Help Me Sleep Better, Please!

“Why can’t I sleep?!?!” That’s a question I often ask myself. I have historically had terrible sleeping patterns! Common reasons I can’t sleep: I’m too busy thinking about work. My mind can’t stop replaying some negative event that happened today. I took a nap earlier and now I’m not tired. I stayed up too late trying to escape life by delving into the latest episode of Supernatural on Netflix. I stayed up too late working on my newest, most exciting blog…

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6 Things to Keep in Mind for 2016

6 Things to Keep in Mind for 2016

Big announcement: Tomorrow is the last day of 2015!  I can’t believe it went by so fast…. Sooo… I figured I should write a post on New Year’s Resolutions…. Maybe something like: “What Should My New Year’s Resolutions Be?” Or perhaps: “The Best New Year’s Resolutions.” However those ideas seemed too cliché. Or I could try writing something super helpful like: “Secrets to Following Through With Your Resolutions this Year!” But honestly, apart from suggesting that you write S.M.A.R.T. goals, I…

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The War Between Fulfilling Expectations and Choosing Rest

The War Between Fulfilling Expectations and Choosing Rest

Expectations rule my life. My subconscious mind constantly seeks out the expectations of others, and then drives me toward fulfilling the “needs” of the entire world. Making them happy is equivalent to keeping myself safe. Rest… letting go of expectations…. I remember when God first began teaching me about rest. I was sitting down to spend time with Jesus. I started by just quieting my heart and asking God how I should spend time with Him that day. I was…

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Not for the Faint of Heart

Not for the Faint of Heart

Working through the mental health recovery process is not for the faint hearted. Most of my life, I have chosen negative coping methods: binge-watching TV, comfort-food eating, poor sleeping habits, self harm, anything to distract myself from the pain of dealing with old wounds and a negative self-image. As a result, my perspective of the world (and especially of myself) is neither healthy nor accurate. Now as I work toward recovery, I have to address these deep places of pain….

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Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights

Tonight is Christmas Eve. This time of year, I always feel the need to say something profound. My pride longs to end each year with a heavy dose of introspection and ageless wisdom with which to start the next year. Buuut… tonight? I don’t have much. And that’s ok too. Tonight, I’m just glad to be home with my family. I’m thankful for the old friends I saw at my hometown church during the candlelight service. And I can’t wait…

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On Feeling Alone…

On Feeling Alone…

There is a place in my head where I feel alone. It’s like a cold, dark cave in which I find myself trapped, and no one is there with me. I can see everyone else. Not through a hole, but more as just a general awareness that everyone else is happy, living the good life, except here I am, apart… alone…. I don’t know how to get out of this dark cave. As I look up, I see the mouth…

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Secrets to Getting Along During the Holidays

Secrets to Getting Along During the Holidays

I hate conflict. But seriously, I hate it! Conflict scares the crap out of me. Unfortunately, none of us will ever be able to fully avoid conflict. So… how do we handle conflict during the holidays, when emotions, expectations, and stress are already at an all-time high? I think the main answer lies in viewing conflict as “community building” rather than a sparring match. Here are a few thoughts on that. Don’t head into a conflict with the goal of…

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Making It Through Work On A Bad Day

Making It Through Work On A Bad Day

Well… I’ve clocked into work, my computer has been turned on, a huge to-do list is calling my name, and yet all I want to do is stare blankly at the wall…. That’s how it feels when I’m in a cycle of depression. The problem is, I’m not paid to sit around and stare blankly at the wall. Somehow I need to muster up my energy and will-power in order to make it through the day. How am I supposed…

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