When Holidays Aren’t the Most Wonderful Time of Year

In our American culture, I think it’s easy to buy into the sense that holidays should be the most joyful and wonderful time of year. But then if we don’t feel that way, there’s something wrong with us, and/or we’ve become Scrooge!
There are a lot of reasons why research has shown higher rates of depression and suicide around the holidays; Seasonal Affective Disorder, year-end stress, family triggers, social media images of other’s “perfect” life, etc. After leaving residential treatment back in 2012, I have tried to stick to these four strategies to keep myself in the best emotional place that I can during this stressful time.

Read my most recent blogpost for Center for Change

https://centerforchange.com/when-holidays-arent-the-most-wonderful-time-of-year/

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Wrestling with Failure & Turning it into Positive Action

PositiveAffirmationsOfficeYou know what the greatest thing about our lives is? Every day we get a second chance to make the next best decision. When we focus on that, we can turn our failures into opportunities for change and growth.

Read my latest blogpost for Center for Change: “Wrestling with Failure & Turning it into Positive Action”…

https://centerforchange.com/wrestling-with-failure-turning-it-into-positive-action/

 

The Importance of Telling Our Story

NJ1What I realized from staying silent for so many years about my struggles was it was hurting me the most. By staying silent about my journey I continued to believe that it was shameful and that it should be something hidden. I believe there needs to be an open dialogue about the many people who live with an eating disorder, or another mental illness. Will you join me in having this conversation? I want to hear your story.


Read my first blogpost for Center for Change as their National Diabetes Ambassador here. ..

https://centerforchange.com/importance-telling-story/