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What do we live for, if not to make life less difficult for each other? – George Eliot

This blog is for anyone who is dealing with or has dealt with a mental illness. Or who just wants to understand it better. Whether you’re going through it yourself or want to help someone you love who is, it’s nice to know that there are other people out there who are experiencing the same things that you are.

These are my thoughts and my journey towards getting better and learning how best to deal with my depression, anxiety, ect . Hopefully I can learn from and help others along the way.

Not all of what I post is going to be the most positive or encouraging, but as I work through this process and have more and more good days I hope that I can let people know that it DOES get better and that you CAN find support.

This will be me. My good days, my bad days, my coping skills and experiences. Feel free to share yours.

Things I deal with and will write about:

Anxiety

Depression

Panic Attacks

Suicidal Thoughts

Self Harm

Insomnia

Headaches/Migraines

Physical, mental, and emotional self care

Natural ways to help with Mental Illness

And More !

Anything and everything that relates to mental health and how to cope and get better. Because that’s what we all want, right? To be happy. Even if depression tries to tell us otherwise. So here it is, the advice, rants, ideas, and thoughts of a 20 year old girl learning how to keep going in life despite some difficult struggles. Thanks for reading (:

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14 comments

  1. It looks like you have good information on holistic things to try for depression/anxiety. I look forward to reading more!

      1. Checking in with my important blogging friends since I started a new blog (the old is gone)and hope you’ll follow this one so we don’t lose touch!

  2. I’m a fellow sufferer and boy could I relate to your “about” page – all of it! I’m a lot older than you, further along in this journey and I want to tell you that you’re already doing so well. I’m proud of you. And you can feel better and I am sure YOU will. :-)

  3. Can you put a “Blogs I Follow” Widget up? I’m trying to find other mentally challenged bloggers and Google changed their search parameters so no blogs come up even if you put ‘Blog’ in the search box.

  4. Hey girly! Just wanted to let you know that I have changed to a self-hosted site and will be deleting wordpress.com soon. So, if you still wish to follow (please do ;) ), you will need to do so through bloglovin or an email subscription on my blog. Both follow options can be found here: http://simplydavelyn.com. Thanks for your original follow and support! Hope to see you on my blog still! xoxoxo Have a great day!

  5. Hi, mostly good ideas on insomnia, tho I’d differ on a few. But this much is for sure: if you don’t sleep great, your mood suffers. Maybe that can help put things in perspective. It ain’t you, it’s how you slept.

    1. Thanks for commenting! I’d like to know what types of things you would add or change. This type of routine has been highly recommended for people with insomnia, but of course everyone needs to find what works for them!

      1. 3 things actually. One is sleeping pill use. Many experts state use of sleeping pills absent an underlying medical or psychiatric condition causing insomnia can actually do more harm than good by reinforcing the idea that the problem is external and resides out of one’s self control. Two, the CBT method of stimulus control suggests getting up and out of bed if/when you can’t sleep for more than 20-30 minutes, to help break the negative association of insomnia with your bed and bedroom. Third, and most importantly, no mention of addressing the negative sleep thoughts that perpetuate and fuel insomnia. Changing your thinking about sleep is one of the most important keys to countering insomnia.

      2. Definitely agree with you on sleeping pills! I’m all for avoiding them if you can, and did for years. They ended up being the only way I was able to jump start being able to sleep though. I started with a low dose, used it only as an aid with this process, didn’t use it for more than two weeks, and tapered off slowly so that my body could continue to sleep at the right time but on its own. If you can find a natural supplement or herb that works for you I would definitely recommend using those instead. I view any drug as a last resort. Thanks for pointing that out I should have mentioned it in this post, though I have in others (:

        I have also tried the process of getting up and doing something relaxing for 15 minutes or so after lying in bed not being able to sleep. For this method it is not recommend, though I suppose you could try incorporating it and seeing how it works.

        Your third point is also very true, although this routine in itself is somewhat designed to break those negative thoughts. The main reason I was put on this schedule was because I was at the point where I did not WANT to sleep anymore… at least not at night. I’d never been able to and therefore didn’t think I could. So, as you said, fueling my insomnia. In this case, forcing your body to sleep results in your brain more quickly realizing that it is an okay thing and there are not so many negative thoughts associated with it. But, you could also go the other way and try to address negative thoughts first and hope that sleep follows. Though after going through CBT therapy for a year and not experiencing any relief from my insomnia I personally needed something to force me into having good sleep habits.

        Thanks for sharing. It’s hard to cover all of the bases when there are so many options and opinions when it comes to the topic of sleeping! I hope people will take time to read the comments and find something that works for them!

  6. Hi there, it’s been a while since you found me and I just wanted to take the time to personally thank you for following my blog. I appreciate it and I can totally relate. I will definitely be checking back to read more. Thanks again.

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