Find a safe space

You’re having a panic attack, struggling to see straight, calm your racing thoughts, slow your pounding heart, and breathe. You tell yourself you’re okay. You aren’t in actual, physical danger. But something triggered your alarm system, which sent a message to your amygdala, which made all this shit happen in your body in order toContinue reading “Find a safe space”

Happy things to appreciate πŸ’™ (updates!)

Random acts of kindness πŸ’• Cloud watching ☁️ Giving something my allπŸ’― The tippytap of my dog’s paws as he comes to me when I call him 🐾❣️ Family!! πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§β€πŸ‘§ Fairytales about princesses and castles πŸ°πŸ‘‘ Classic Disney movies Β°OΒ° πŸ“Ό Waking up without an alarm ⏰ πŸŒ… Selfies when I’m really feeling myself 🀳🏻Continue reading “Happy things to appreciate πŸ’™ (updates!)”

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Happy things πŸ’™

Random acts of kindness πŸ’• Cloud watching ☁️ Giving something my allπŸ’― Stories about princesses πŸ°πŸ‘‘ Selfies when I’m feeling myself 🀳🏻 Coffee β˜•οΈ Meeting up with friends πŸ‘­ Getting stronger πŸ‹πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ (physically or emotionally)❗️ Proving my resilience β¬‡οΈπŸ†™ Beer with friends after a long week πŸ—“πŸ» Going on a trip ✈️ Pretty bows πŸŽ€Continue reading “Happy things πŸ’™”

Bipolar and the senses

So last year, or maybe it was two years ago, I was sitting cross-legged on my bed, laptop propped up against a pillow, listening to Duel of the Fates from the Star Wars prequels on repeat. I remember it rather vividly. I’d had a huge mental breakdown the night before, where my then best friendContinue reading “Bipolar and the senses”

Laura’s Bipolar Survival Guide

I wrote this “survival guide” thing like, a few months ago. I was so determined to reach my goal of making my major episodes fewer and farther between. Didn’t work right away (totally had like two more major depressions or mixed states and rapid cycled and just dealt with all the usual bullshit), but I’veContinue reading “Laura’s Bipolar Survival Guide”

Morning Affirmations

The sky woke up with a dull, gray covering this morning. And although I usually prefer when dawn chases the night away, forcing it to retreat while purples become pinks become oranges, I’m trying to view this rainy, stormy day as a potential adventure. The heavens are open, life-giving water is pouring into the earth,Continue reading “Morning Affirmations”

Still some fight in me

My car has always been a sort of limbo; I wait here, time passing. I am not patient but still content to stay here listening to classical music (some of which I remember playing, years ago) that reminds me I have a past that was full of pain and torment but also of music andContinue reading “Still some fight in me”

How do you expel sadness? How do you chase it away? How do you take the sadness that has crept into your being and, graciously or not, show it to the exit? How do you repair the wall that sadness tore down, and how do you ready yourself for its next intrusion? How do youContinue reading

Evolve I love words and decorating my life with them. Β I have signs throughout my bedroom and living room with words like dream and smile. Β I fill my planner with stickers that say things like be unique. Β Even my body is marked with words that are important to me; an outward expression of who IContinue reading