How COVID Affected My Mental Health – and How I’ve Learned To Accept It

How COVID Affected My Mental Health – and How I’ve Learned To Accept It

It’s been quite a few months since I last wrote anything, which is truly an accurate summary of how COVID-19 affected me this year. Recently, I reread a personal journal entry on what I envisioned for myself for the year of 2020. I had so many goals I was excited to accomplish and big plans scheduled, and just like that, it’s December of 2020 and I have done nothing. Well, I wouldn’t say nothing, but…not what I had planned to do. My personal and professional life had come to a standstill and, as a result, my mental health has taken a few steps back.

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What Your Partner Probably Thinks About Your Mental Health Issues

What Your Partner Probably Thinks About Your Mental Health Issues

So you guys know I host a podcast called Balanced Broads with my friend, Sage. On our latest episode, we had our boyfriends on as guests for the first time to discuss how they came to understand and learn to manage our mental illnesses. Sage and I both have anxiety & depression, whereas our boyfriends are both mentally just fine (lucky for them, am I right?). But there’s two sides to every story, so we knew we had to share their perspective…especially because our listeners are so used to ours!

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What’s Inside My Anxiety Toolkit

What’s Inside My Anxiety Toolkit

I’m not going to skirt around it, I have been struggling recently. On the heels of being very busy and productive as I had planned to be in August, I found myself reeling from a major anxiety attack. It kept me up for most of the night, I was tossing and turning, shivering and crying. My mind was racing with all the things I had to do both at work and at home and how I just wanted a break from it all. I was completely unable to focus on what I had going on that week and instead was fixated on my entire future. As if that wasn’t enough to worry about, I kept glancing at the clock and counting down the hours of sleep I would have left until it was time to get up and get ready for work. When I finally woke up the next morning, my sleep cycle app told me my sleep quality was at its all-time lowest…60%. I woke up feeling exhausted, irritable, and entirely depressed. This is what my anxiety looks like.

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