WRITING ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH TOPICS

Originally posted on Love, Geeky Girl By: Dani Kessel It has recently been called into question what makes me qualified to write about mental health topics. I am not a licensed or trained mental health professional. I am not an expert. I will never claim to be (unless I later pursue that and go through a … Continue reading WRITING ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH TOPICS

Eight Lasting Effects of Having an Alcoholic Parent

I wrote this piece for Love, Geeky Girl. It was one of the hardest things to open up about. People who haven't gone through having an alcoholic parent won't fully understand just how much hurt and damage it can do. I hope this gives you a glimpse into our minds though. Originally posted on Love, Geeky … Continue reading Eight Lasting Effects of Having an Alcoholic Parent

I Use The App “What’s Up” And Here’s Why You Should Too

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By: Dani Kessel

Maintaining my mental health is a daily activity. I am constantly using workbooks, journaling, staying mindful, taking medicine, and using the techniques I learned in therapy. Some days are easier. Some days are harder. I still have to do regular maintenance otherwise my mental illnesses can take over quickly, leaving me to backslide into unhealthy coping mechanisms. This past month or so, I’ve been neglecting my mental health. It isn’t good. I’ve been taking meds, but that’s about it. In order to get back on track, I turned to the internet for ideas on holding myself accountable. I was recommended the phone app “What’s Up?” and it is honestly incredible! I would recommend this application to anybody trying to maintain their mental health. The “Help Right Now” tab, it’s informational resources, and its personalization options are truly invaluable.

The shining star of “What’s Up?” is the “Help…

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Nine Healthy Things I Do In My Darkest Moments

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By: Dani Kessel

I am going through a really hard and emotional time right now. There are difficult things going on in my life. I feel like I am cracking inside. I had a really dark day recently. My anxiety was through the roof. Very irrational, destructive, and painful thoughts kept bouncing around in my skull. Unfortunately I cannot afford therapy right now, but I managed to use healthy coping mechanisms. I am doing mildly better, yet still struggling. 

In order to be productive and helpful for others in my shoes, I want to share the things that help when I come upon my darkest moments.

1. Reach out to friends.

Sometimes my friends are the only people who can talk to me through the worst moments. They can reach me when I’m spiraling and all logic fails. They may not be capable of stopping my anxiety or PTSD or…

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Tips For Maintaining Your Mental Health While On Vacation

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By: Dani Kessel

Many people rarely go on vacation, so they constantly expend energy and keep on the move to enjoy it to the fullest. They plan every second of every minute of every day. This drive can be great for adventures. It can also result in mental burnout if left unchecked though. Ask yourself this: Will you really enjoy your vacation if by the end you are too exhausted to get back to your daily life? As an avid traveler and someone who has moved around my whole life, I’ve picked up tips to help maintain a healthy mental state while on your trip. Here are my best suggestions as you plan everything out.

Schedule breaks to rest and recuperate.

This may sound strange in reference to vacation, but give yourself some empty time slots within your busy schedule. When you work in rest time, you are less likely…

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I’m Having A Hard Night (A Stream of Consciousness Post)

  I'm having a really hard night, as you probably already guessed from my post title. I'm in immense pain. My back hurts where I got surgery. The change in weather, temperature, and air pressure has taken a toll on my nervous system. I'm at 8 or 9 level pain on my back. (Some people … Continue reading I’m Having A Hard Night (A Stream of Consciousness Post)

10 Random Thoughts From My Bed

[Content Warning: There may be adult content and triggering subjects in this post. Please read with caution if you have triggers related to your mental health or are more sensitive to adult topics.] I'm largely bedridden post-surgery which gives me a lot of time to think, so I am going to write down some of … Continue reading 10 Random Thoughts From My Bed

Hard Choices and Healing

This is going to be a shorter piece than usual because I am extremely pensive at the moment. TRIGGER WARNING: Discussion of depression, anxiety, PTSD, and the mental ward.   Today, I intended on writing something really lighthearted. I wanted to write a fluff piece, something to take my mind off of the hard things … Continue reading Hard Choices and Healing

Why I Got a Tarot Card Reading, Even Though I’m Not Sure I Believe

I've been very lost lately. There is a lot of uncertainty with my thoughts, feelings, actions. I am going through trauma therapy and that brings up a lot of questions that I don't have answers for. My struggles with PTSD, Anxiety, and Depression make me perpetually exhausted, seeking out some sort of guidance towards peace … Continue reading Why I Got a Tarot Card Reading, Even Though I’m Not Sure I Believe