Today is National Love Your Pet Day! And for any of you that follow me on social media, you know I treat every day like it’s Love Your Pet Day. My little Arlyn Wyatt (who’s not so little anymore!) has changed my life for the better in ways that I didn’t think he would. When I first got him (read that story here) of course a lot of me thought “oh it’d just be so much fun to have my own dog!” But I didn’t anticipate just how much joy + life he would bring into my life.
Even the most happy-go-lucky people run into bad days – not that I’m saying that’s particularly me, because Lord knows I definitely hit my wit’s end. My point being, we all experience some not so desirable days/situations, and we all search for ways to alleviate the frustration. Everyone has different ways they like to destress, but here’s generally how I cope with my less than perfect days.
I’m a firm believer in the power that community holds. It might seem like sure a simple concept, but it’s true that the stresses and hurt we feel when we’re plugged into a solid, like-minded group of people is significantly less than when we feel isolated and alone.
If you’ve been keeping up with me at all then you’re no stranger to the fact that I was caught between a rock and a hard place this summer when my anxiety began to feel like too much to bear and made it hard to get out of bed. I experienced a lot of stressors within the course of 2 weeks – I lost a lot I didn’t anticipate losing. It came with a lot of damaged self-esteem, rejection, abandonment, and a lot of questioning if I’d ever be good enough. I know – it sounds pretty pathetic; but that’s the point the events I had gone through in such a short amount of time this past summer led me to. It didn’t really matter how many times I told myself “it has nothing to do with you,” or “this doesn’t define you,” I still managed to find a way to make myself feel as if surely there was something I could have done to make things different. That’s how the Enemy works; he has such a way of being able to twist our thoughts that even when we know things are out of our control, he can still find a way to be in the back of our mind saying “you weren’t good enough – and maybe you never will be.”
It’s the most wonderful time of the year.
And the most stressful time of the year.
Between finals and/or the holidays, it’s so easy to get overwhelmed and have a million things on your mind and feel frazzled 25/8. We’re all susceptible to feeling that way all year round, and all that clutter in our minds builds up to the point of stress, anxiety, depression, and overall exhaustion – all of which can start to take a physical toll on our bodies if it goes on too long.
This should have been one of my first posts to go up. But truthfully, this blog has gone through quite the evolution since the first post a year and a half ago. Ever since I became more disciplined about posting to The Southern Sooner over the last few months, I am frequently asked “what made you want to start a blog,” which sometimes feels like a loaded question.
I have been going to counseling for my anxiety for about a year now. After realizing just how much it has started to consume my life, I became determined to try and get to the bottom of it and try and find out what it is that makes me tick. Granted, that’s a lot easier said than done. The mind has billions of corners and there’s an endless amount of questions we can try and ask ourselves to find every nook and cranny to look for little parts of us that make us who and what we are. Continue reading “The Question You Need to Ask if You Put Yourself on the Backburner”
It’s annoying, and at one point or another, we’ve all dealt with it.
But then there are those of us who never get a break.
I’m 23-years-old and still find myself breaking out like a 13-year-old… and while I feel like I’ve finally managed to come to terms with my skin and just how it is, there are times when it takes its toll on my self-esteem. And unfortunately, sometimes there is no amount of concealer or foundation that can hide the mountains that so proudly display themselves on my face.
There’s a lot to keep in mind when it comes to learning to cope with your acne. There are all sorts of different ways to try and tackle it physically and a lot of determination when it comes to being intentional with positive self-talk. Truthfully, it took a lot of confidence for me to post the picture I did, even though it’s over 3-years-old – but it’s a good reminder to see how far I’ve come and to see just how much good health and proper treatment can make a difference when it comes to my skin. Continue reading “How to Cope with Chronic Acne: Treatment Tips + Boosting Confidence”