Sleep is important to everyone, but in particular to those with a mood disorder. Sleeplessness can a sign of mania, or can lead to mania. Sleeping too much can be a sign that one is depressed. These are common signs, and they are spot on for me. I keep a close eye on my sleep… Continue reading On Sleep
Blogmas is over! It has been almost two weeks since Christmas and I took a bit of a blogging break. I’ve still been writing, but more personal things. Life has been going pretty good, but I have been pretty anxious. Something happened recently with my family. I was at a restaurant celebrating my brother and… Continue reading When Self Care Means Medication
We made it to Christmas! I have had a lot of anxiety this season, and I don’t think it will get better yet. I'm handling it well, I think, with lots of coping skills from years of therapy, support from Jason, and as-needed emergency medication. This year was strange. We didn’t follow many of our… Continue reading Blogmas 25: Christmas is Here!
This post is about snow, because it snowed today for the first time this season. For a post about my Christmas Eve traditions, check out this post! Today, it snowed. I think snow is beautiful. I worry about driving when it’s slick, but I haven’t had to in years. Snow is more fun for me… Continue reading Blogmas 24: Snow!
In my husband’s large family, we choose not to buy gifts for everyone. We always play a couple of games, one with his mom’s side and one with his dad’s. These games can be very fun to participate in, which I did today. However, I typically end up with something that is not very “me”.… Continue reading Blogmas 23: Minimalism and Re-Gifting at Christmas
Today is my first day of winter break. In a previous post, I mentioned that Christmas is hard on my family financially because I miss a paycheck for winter break. That’s not the only way Christmas is hard on me, though. The lack of routine and unstructured time is tough, too. Note, however, that this… Continue reading Blogmas 22: Self Care for Lack of Structure During Christmas
I have considered parenting decisions a lot, especially considering I am not a parent. Something I’ve thought about is Santa. I used to be ambivalent, and then I was adamantly sure I wouldn’t let my kids buy into the idea of Santa. Today with my class, we visited a Santa. Seeing these kids and how… Continue reading Blogmas 21: Santa: Do You Believe?
As I have previously mentioned, I work in an elementary school. But before that, I worked for four years in a shoe store. Retail Christmas is something I hope I don’t have to experience again. Not only did I have to put up with the piped-in consumerist music for up to 8 hours at a… Continue reading Blogmas 20: Working Retail During the Christmas Season
In yesterday’s post, I mentioned how I work with kids who get excited about Santa. Every year I think about how I don’t remember giving much thought to Santa, I'm not sure if he was talked about too much in my house. I remember we didn’t talk about the Easter bunny, so I think it’s… Continue reading Blogmas 19: Santa, Superman
In my previous post, (and two others, 13, and my newsletter) I mentioned that I work in an elementary school. I have been in that position for the past 6 years. It is a great job, and I love it. Working with children every day has made every holiday more enjoyable for me. For Christmas,… Continue reading Blogmas 18: Christmas Season Working with Kids