I (April) learned some powerful lessons this past month, and I share the (somewhat embarrassing) stories in this podcast with hopes that you’ll be able to learn from my mistakes and have some aha experiences of your own!
Posts in the "Getting Through Hard Times" category:
My son Kyle was diagnosed at week 11 of my pregnancy with Trisomy 18, a fatal genetic disorder. We had two young daughters, and sometimes it was hard to know what to say to them about something so big, but I’m so glad we didn’t keep the truth from them.
If you or someone you love is going through depression or anxiety, I HAVE to introduce you to my virtual mental health coach, Dr. David Burns. This recent podcast of his is amazing, and it will help you and your family.
How do you deal with stressful situations in a healthy way? Rachel Nielson has a simple, effective way to handle frustration without resorting to negativity.
I will probably battle bipolar disorder all my life. As such, I have chosen to speak more openly about it. I am trying to overcome the social stigma of mental illness, which is challenging because it attacks a person’s core identity.
Each of us has “secret disasters”–moments that feel impossible, but no one ever sees. When we can learn to see these disasters as opportunities for beautiful change, we’ll welcome them with open arms.
Unfortunately, trials in life don’t wait for the right season or holiday to pass before coming. Many experience difficult challenges during what is supposed to be “the most wonderful time of the year.”
The Rent Collector reminds us that hope and redemption can be found in unlikely places, and that happiness comes not from our possessions but from our connections to the people we love.
My arms lift and love through every grand gesture and mundane task of motherhood, of which there are many. And it’s not just my arms that have acquired strength. It’s all of me.
Many of us are fighting a lonely battle as mothers of depressed teens. You may also feel angry, confused and uncertain about what depression now means for your family. But with the right treatment and support, you can help your teen through depression.
A lot of people would say differently, but surely Thomas Paine was actually talking about moments of mothering mayhem when he penned the words, “These are the times that try men’s souls.” Right? I’m sure of it.
The juxtaposition of my experiences with two women in the library was clear. One saw me struggling and offered only judgement. The other stepped in to help in every way she could. Through even small acts of service we can encourage and uplift each other in powerful ways.