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Running for Mental Health

Running for Mental Health

One day while I was in bed, I rolled over lazily, and out of the corner of my eye, I saw my neglected, bright pink running shoes. For a brief second there, I felt an emotion akin to missing a friend. “What the heck,” I figured and I put them on. That day I completed a 15-minute walk, outside, in the fresh air. When I returned home, I sort of felt a little bit better.

The next day, I walked further. The day after that, I ran a bit. And so on and so forth. Eventually I found running was more than just a thing you do for the body. It’s something you do for the mind as well. This isn’t a placebo effect thing either. It’s been proven that when you run, or exercise, endorphins in the brain are released that trigger a positive or euphoric feeling (runner’s high, anyone?).

Memorial Day: Veterans & Mental Health

Memorial Day: Veterans & Mental Health

Memorial day is for all veterans, not just those who were lost in combat, but also for those who we lost here at home. Although many veterans pass from natural causes, there is an alarming rate of mental health related deaths among veterans.

Is it 13 Reasons Why or Why Not?

Is it 13 Reasons Why or Why Not? I told my girls I needed to watch this series. Both said to me, "no, Mom don't." With a bombardment of messages a...

Construction Workers at Higher Risk for Suicide

Construction Workers at Higher Risk for Suicide

Construction workers are statistically at a higher risk for mental health issues than virtually every other profession. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly one third of all suicides in 2012 were workers in the construction and extraction occupational group.

What is Psychiatric Name Calling and How Do We Stop It?

What is Psychiatric Name Calling and How Do We Stop It?

Crazy. Pyscho. Lunatic. Disturbed. Nuts. Looney. Tying these terms to emotionally negative situations or people does not help the stigma. It only helps to perpetuate the stereotype that something is inherently wrong with people that have a mental health condition. Psychiatric name calling is so unhelpful to the conversation about mental health, that I truly believe it creates a major barrier for people who do want to or need to seek mental health help.

Losing My Dad

Losing My Dad

There is one thing I have always struggled with. It’s the initial reaction of people when I tell them that not only has my father passed away, but the circumstances that led to his death. I have always dreaded being introduced to new people or my friends parents because one of the first questions they ask is, “What does your dad do?” I always respond with the same answer, “He passed away when I was young.” Then they always ask the inevitable proceeding question of, “How?” I have always considered the word suicide immensely harsh, it’s just a flat out ugly word. It is definitely not a word that a young girl should be so comfortable with, while others cower in fear of it.

Spring Cleaning: Decluttering Home & Mind

Spring Cleaning: Decluttering Home & Mind

As the birds start singing again and the world around us is slowly turning green, many are quick to get outside. This change of season often spark...

Seasonal Affective Disorder and the Changing Seasons

Seasonal Affective Disorder and the Changing Seasons

Now during the month of March, the days are getting longer and we poke out of our winter shells. The avid summer goers get a giddy feeling of excit...

How Love Heals

How Love Heals

Leading up to the month of February and Valentine's Day, we asked you, our i understand Facebook friends and followers, "How does love heal?" Tha...

Shedding the Shell: Coping & Living with Anxiety

Shedding the Shell: Coping & Living with Anxiety

Many of us live with some level of anxiety. My husband Rob battled with anxiety driven depression. He lost his battle to depression 13 years ago. S...

It's Okay to Ask for Help

It's Okay to Ask for Help

No one lives this thing called life alone. NO ONE. I need food ... I don't grow and make all of my food. I go to the store where countless numbers ...

Guilt, Guilt Go Away

Guilt, Guilt Go Away

guilt noun  |  /gilt/feeling of anxiety or unhappiness that you have done something immoral or wrong, such as causing harm to another personSource:...