Category: Mental health

It’s always scarier at night

It's always scarier at night {Heather's Handmade Life}

It’s always scarier at night. This is what I try to remind myself when my anxiety is spiraling out of control in the middle of the night because one of the kids is really sick. Throwing up is awful, but not worrying because I…

Five songs I find weirdly inspirational

Five inspirational songs you wouldn't expect {Heather's Handmade Life}

As a writer, I’m obviously a lyric person. I’m always Googling lyrics to new songs I hear, and often the words are the entire reason I like a song — no matter how it sounds. (On the other side of things, Darling Husband likes…

What not to say about Kate Spade

I didn’t want to write about suicide on my son’s eighth birthday. But then, I didn’t want to hear what I’ve been hearing, either. Kate Spade took her own life yesterday, and it seemed like everyone was talking about it. Suicide brings out the…

Knock knock me over

I’m done with this week. Or really, I should say “this week is done with me.” It won. It beat me. I give up. Someone I love passed away, far too young, and we say good-bye to her on Tuesday. It was only the…

When your antidepressants backfire

The decision to start taking antidepressants is huge (it shouldn’t be, but that’s a rant for another day) so it’s kind of funny that the decision to CHANGE your meds routine is sometimes even more monumental. Like, didn’t you already take the big step?…

Fighting for good mental health in (UGH) January

The Christmas season has its own set of stresses and depressing points days weeks, but sometimes January can kick you in the crotch, too. Judging from (A) my social media feeds, and (B) the real-life humans I interact with (mostly at the school bus…

The mom who hated Christmas

The mom who hated Christmas ... and how she fixed that. {Heather's Handmade Life}

Every mom in the neighbourhood liked Christmas a lot . . . But one mom — the one with the scowl — she did NOT! This mom disliked Christmas! The whole Christmas season! (Perhaps therapy would one day uncover the reason). It could be…

Talking about mental health on social media

This is why we rarely talk about mental health on social media {Heather's Handmade Life}

I’ve been having some bad days, and this is why you didn’t hear about them. I’m writing this post because I put a lamp in the kitchen. It looks terrible and doesn’t fit in, but I needed to be able to turn off all…

Finances on a Friday

Our daughter cried when we told her we wouldn’t be able to go to PEI this summer. It hadn’t even been on our radar, but apparently it had been on her little barely-five-year-old mind. She looks at our photo books constantly and loves seeing…

The year I lost myself to postpartum depression

I didn’t admit I had postpartum depression until long after it was over. After our daughter was born, I was consumed with guilt that I felt anything other than joyous. After all, I finally had the baby girl I’d always wanted — ruffles, headbands,…

Pancakes and anxiety

I used to make pancakes a lot. Really nice, homemade, fluffy ones — not even from a mix. Nope. I’d whisk together flour and baking powder and salt. I’d make a little well in the middle and add the beaten eggs, milk, and oil….

What’s your parental satisfaction level?

Like most things in life, your level of parental satisfaction ebbs and flows — at least mine does. When I had one baby, I felt like I was nailing it a lot of the time. Yes, he was a snuggly android who barely slept,…