“Top picture: What I showcase to the world via social media. Dressed up, make up done, filters galore. The 'normal' side to me. Bottom picture: Taken tonight shortly after suffering from a panic attack because of my anxiety. Also the 'normal' side to me that most people don't see.”
There’s a bone-deep weariness that becomes a constant companion; no amount sleep or coffee can shake it off. When people say they can’t get out of bed because of depression, this is what they’re talking about.
Most of us live in a culture that glorifies busyness. We stay up late to get things done, then we get up early so we can get to work on time. We try not to think about how little sleep we’re getting, how much coffee we’re drinking, and how tired we feel.
Summer is here! And you know what that means: overpacked schedules of ALL the summer things, mixed in with a few good sunburns, and a lot of realization that time really does fly when you’re having fun.
“Not every new mother’s journey is happy and bright. Sometimes it is dark, lonely, scary, miserable, and uncertain. And the guilt! The guilt that we self-impose and that society imposes on us is overwhelming. If our journey as a mother isn’t daisies and butterflies, we feel alienated and ashamed.
Like anything, it’s important that we participate in gaming in moderation. This entire article could be written on just about anything—sports, smoking, watching Netflix, exercise, etc.— and the warning signs would be the same.
“We are so sick that our society cares more about oral hygiene than mental hygiene. We brush and floss everyday, twice a day, to keep our teeth nice, fresh and clean. But what about mental hygiene? What do we do? For most of us, nothing.”
“Some of them went to church, but the Church told them, ‘you need to change.’ But how can you change what you can’t identify?” Says Gray. “And how come, we’re so quick to judge people, and don’t know what they’ve been through.”
More people in the world today suffer from anxiety than any other illness on the planet. We are perpetually stressed out, and there are tons of ways we allow that stress to fester. Combat your anxiety with these 9 hobbies that are sure to give your mind the release it needs to keep going.
Some people never experienced anything on this list as a kid, and still, today are the victims of crippling anxiety. Others will read through this list of things people did as a kid because of their anxiety and be raising their hand in agreement saying, “that’s me.”
The Bible is full of hopelessness. It’s literally 2000+ pages of lonely, broken, “dirty,” sinners, and all of their baggage. But you guys, those sinners are us. Their stories are exactly where the hope is found.