I did a lot of meditating this weekend

So this weekend I did a few guided meditations and it was really fantastic. I have been out of practice for several weeks but I had some opportunities this weekend when the house was quiet, there were no commitments or pressing matters and so I made the time to do it. I’ve written before on […]

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Wearable Tech for Mood? Meet Spire

I’m a member of a peer group on Facebook for folks with depression, anxiety, bipolar, etc. and someone posted a link to Spire, a piece of wearable tech not unlike a FitBit or even a pedometer, that connects to your iPhone via Bluetooth (my understanding is it’s not yet available for Android). It tracks your […]

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Can I get back into mindfulness meditation?

I confess, this summer I’ve been slipping. I haven’t been following through on my mindfulness meditation practice and it’s starting to show. I find myself edgier, more irritable and anxious. My thoughts fly around my head and I have a hard time focusing and considering them. Once that happens it becomes very easy to fall […]

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Can marijuana help with anxiety issues? It helped mine. Let me explain…

So two weeks ago at my brother’s bachelor weekend there was, as one might expect, quite a bit of drinking going on. Cans of beer everywhere, rounds of Fireball shots- we even had wine drinkers and at least one person making Bloody Mary’s. It became pretty stressful for me- I’ve touched on the issues I’ve […]

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An update on my weekend checklist and how we treat mental health

Well that went well. I was able to do pretty much everything on the checklist (though the walk ended up being replaced by some other exercise. Plus walking/pushing the lawnmower…) and I feel great. One of the things I’m really pleased with is that I spent so much time outside. After this awful winter we […]

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Make a checklist for a positive weekend

There’s nothing worse than a wasted weekend. Well, that’s not true, there are MUCH worse things than a wasted weekend. But if you’re like me sometimes you’ll find yourself at home on a Sunday evening and think “Damn, I didn’t do ANYTHING this weekend.” It’s happened to me more than I’d care to admit or […]

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One year later

The past two days have both been milestones for me- Friday was one year since my last drink and yesterday is one year since the suicide attempt. As I’ve written before, I have some mixed emotions about both. One the one hand it’s been a tremendous year in terms of getting better, both mentally and […]

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The problems I have patting myself on the back.

One of the most difficult things about recovery is being able to give myself credit for my achievements. It’s a recurring theme during my sessions with my therapist, I’ll share something positive that happened since our last meeting, or I’ll recount an example of my mindfulness in practice. She’ll ask “Can you give yourself credit […]

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The shadow of depression

I don’t know why but yesterday I was feeling particularly depressed and anxious. Maybe it’s the whole not smoking thing. Maybe it’s because driving into work through a snow storm and seeing other cars off the road made me edgy. Maybe it’s the sounds of hammering, sanding and scraping over my shoulder from the contractors redoing our outer […]

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