All posts filed under: Mental Illness

Can You (& I) Be Addicted To Chaos?

“I feel like something is missing from my life, maybe it’s time for a change…” This is a VERY common phrase my husband is tired of hearing. I’ll bet, as I wrote that sentence, he compulsively put his head in his hands and doesn’t know why. In fact, it’s a phrase that’s probably more common than my wailing of “Ugh, I’m soooo boooorrreeeddd” or “Whats for *insert meal time here*?” No, that was a joke, there’s not much I say more than those two, I promise you that. But in a conversation the other day, I told my husband I don’t get why I keep feeling like this. Life is going pretty well for me right now. I have a good, steady job; I’m in the process of creating a from home bakery; I have a fairly decent social life; so whats the deal? Why am I feeling like I need to shake it up? The first thing I always go to is my job. Maybe it’s my job that needs changing, but it’s not …

Recovery Is Not Easy

Recovery is not easy. Anyone who tells you that recovery is easy is a liar, and that’s coming from someone who considers herself an eternal optimist. I’m an advocate for empowering people through lifting them up, showing them the strength they possess to face the upcoming battles of mental health recovery; but sometimes being honest is better than being optimistic. Recovery is not easy, and sometimes it’s downright scary. It’s unnerving, it’s stressful, it’s exhausting. It’s a constant uphill battle, it’s slipping and falling, and having to set boundaries with people that you know aren’t helping you achieve your goal. It’s finding a way to know what you need to be your best self, all while maintaining some sense of normalcy. Recovery is finding the courage to get up and fight the same demons that beat you down yesterday, approaching with a new tactic and still failing. It’s realizing that sometimes to win a war, you have to fight the same battle over and over again, on different days, in different settings. When I started …

Introducing: Dear Fearless…

In an effort to keep this site new and diverse, we here at #Fearless are very excited to announce the newest addition to our weekly content: Dear Fearless… What is Dear Fearless? Simply put, it’s our version of an advice column. You, our readers, will submit questions anonymously to our advice columnist, Fearless, and then Fearless will give the best advice they can based on the information you gave them. Each week (likely Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. ET), we’ll publish a new advice column and hopefully help the world one article at a time. Once we have a couple questions lined up, we will start publishing them. We will post only when we receive requests for advice, but we hope to make this a weekly column very soon! So, if you want to submit to our new column, here’s what you need to know: All questions will be anonymous, and we suggest you use a creative pen name to sign off as so you know your question is being answered! If you can’t think of …

Thank You For A Successful MHAM Fundraiser!

I’m so very excited to be writing this post, because #Fearless’s Mental Health Awareness Month Fundraiser was a huge success. For those who did not know, from May 1 to May 31, #Fearless ran two fundraisers: one being a t-shirt sale, and the other being a local baking fundraiser. These two together made up a huge effort to raise as much money as possible for The Trevor Project, and organization that helps with crisis intervention and suicide prevention in LGBTQ+ teens. In total, we raised $445 for The Trevor Project, which doubled the amount of money that was made last year ($220). Not only was I completely floored at how well this did, it just proves that this world isn’t as bad as it sometimes seems. It’s my hope that next year, no matter what the vessel of fundraising is, that we can hit $500 for another great organization! I love to raise awareness and funds for organizations whenever I can. If I could, I’d donate almost all my money to charity, but I just …

Let’s Do Away With The Phrase “Normal People”

It should come as no shock to any of you that I’m a huge mental health advocate. I work very hard to promote the normality of mental health, and lifting those up who feel like they are less than or broken because of those struggles. I run a support group on Facebook for emetophobia, and every day I interact with people who feel like their phobia makes them worthless, disgusting and undeserving (but, spoiler alert: it doesn’t!). However, it hit me while I was commenting on a post recently how, despite my best efforts to normalize mental health, I too have fallen victim to making myself (and likely others) still feel less than. I do this by referring to non-emets (and non-anxiety sufferers) as “normal people” and I think it’s time we changed that. Because, really, what the hell is normal anyways? I once had an abnormal psych professor in college who challenged us to figure out what “normal” was. He told us normal is a lie (of course I’m sure he said it a …

What You Need To Know… Before You Start Treatment for Mental Health

One of the most popular questions I get from people when I talk about recovery is: what is therapy and what do I need to know about it before starting? Therapy is just a broad, umbrella term for many specific types of techniques and methods, but it doesn’t go without it’s own set of important know how’s. So, I compiled a list of what I feel is the most important know how’s of therapy, and what it is you need to know prior to starting. A great patient-provider relationship is a necessity. Therapy takes a lot of time and trust, and having good chemistry with the therapist you’re seeing is step one in making sure you reap the most benefits. Find a therapist who really listens, and one that you can tell they do. Every therapist is trained to listen, but great therapist hears you and make your needs, wants and concerns a priority.  Think of it this way. You wouldn’t stay with your significant other if they were always doing the opposite of what you asked, …

An Overview of Therapy Options

But Still, I Rise T-Shirts for Mental Health Awareness Month are on sale NOW! 75% of the proceeds will go directly to The Trevor Project, an organization that helps with crisis intervention and suicide prevention in LGBTQ+ teens. Shirts are on sale from May 1-May 31, and shirts are printed every 3 business days. To order a shirt for an amazing cause, you can Click Here! T-Shirt was designed by Allie Dearie (Insta/Twitter: @alliedearie) When you’re first looking into therapy as an option to help you manage your mental health, there are a lot of questions. What kind of therapy should I pursue? How will it help me? How do I find a therapist that specializes in my specific struggles?

#Fearless But Still, I Rise MHAM Shirts On Sale Now!

It’s finally here, May 1st. That means it’s officially Mental Health Awareness Month, and the But Still, I Rise t-shirts are officially on sale! I don’t know about you, but I’m really excited about this fundraiser, so if you missed the details in my Mental Health Awareness Month announcement article, here’s what you need to know: The t-shirts are being sold through TeeSpring, and will be available for purchase May 1-May 31 at 11:59 p.m. MST.  You can order them by clicking here! We are selling t-shirts, hoodies, stickers and mugs, all of which will have the beautiful design (created by Allie Dearie) on them. 75% of your purchase will go directly to The Trevor Project, an organization that focuses on crisis intervention and suicide prevention in LGBTQ+ teens. The other 25% will go to helping maintain #Fearless (such as keeping our domain, purchasing a stock photo subscription, or something else that helps keep our site working wonderfully!). Because we know that price is everything, we made sure to price our items in a way …

Mental Health Awareness Month: How #Fearless Is Getting Involved!

A year ago, my old site, You, Me & Emetophobia, did it’s very first Mental Health Awareness Fundraiser. I sold arm knit scarves in a variety of colors, and the entire purchase went directly to two charities that I had selected. Last year we raised $220 for charity, and I was blown away by the response the scarves received. That was really the only major MHAM event that You, Me & Emetophobia did, and in hindsight I wish I had done so much more. So, this year, #Fearless is taking it to an entirely new level, and making MHAM a big, month long event for the #Fearless community! Beginning May 1, #Fearless will be transitioning into a mental health megaphone, and we’re pretty excited about it. Here is a list of all the wonderful things we have planned for the month of May that we can’t wait for you to get involved in: T-Shirt Fundraiser. This May, instead of trying to convince people that a arm knit scarf is a perfect for them, despite it …