Health · Mental health

Academia, You Need to Do Better.

Anyone with a chronic illness of any kind attempting to make it through the education system deserves a standing ovation. Anyone with a chronic illness who couldn’t make it or managed to make it deserves a standing ovation. Why? Let’s be real. The education system doesn’t exactly want to play nicely with those of us with chronic illness.

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Mental health

Why I’m so Vocal About My Struggles with Mental Illness

[Contains discussions of mental health and race, mentions of suicidal thoughts, and ableist language]

Those who know me know that I’m vocal about my experiences with mental illness. Most of this blog is littered with articles pertaining to my mental health and my path to getting a better handle on it. I wasn’t always this way.

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Mental health

Preserving Myself

I increasingly find myself practicing self-preservation. It often feels like I’m treating myself like a child. I ensure I’m watching mindless shows, make myself take naps if I’m too tired, unplug more often, and if I’m bothered I try to do something I know will bring me joy. I’ve noticed doing this helps my mental health a bit simply because I’m taking more control over the way I spend my time and media I intake.

Of course one should stay away from whatever may make their mental health worse, but oftentimes it’s not that simple. In using self-preservation, I find that I can better handle situations when avoidance is impossible.
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