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So Angie Writes – Life's A Challenge, So Angie Writes!

Trauma Recovery – Shame Resilience – Self-Compassion – Coping With Chronic Pain

mental health

All of the posts under the "mental health" tag.

To The Teenagers

To The Teenagers

Hey! I’m grateful to be in connection with you! You’re on the bumpy ramp into adulthood. You exist in rapidly changing brains, feelings, and senses of self. Some of you are in crisis, struggling against oppressive systems, facing challenges, experiencing broken hearts, and simply trying to survive.

I won’t tell you it gets better.… Continue reading

When Chronic Pain Causes Shame, I Practice Self-Compassion

This post was originally published on Counting My Spoons in September, 2015. I thank Julie for providing the opportunity to share my voice with a large Spoonie community, and encourage you to check out her blog, Facebook page, and Twitter feed.

When Chronic Pain Causes Shame, I Practice Self-Compassion by SoAngieWrites.com

Hi, I’m Angie. I live with Endometriosis, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Neural Tension, and C-PTSD.… Continue reading

What I Read Last Week

What I Read Last Week by SoAngieWrites.com

Backyard Rabbits by Steve Keenan Photography

I hope your Spring is shaping up nicely. It’s been hard to write on the blog lately, as I struggle with my health. One of the saddest things about mental illness can be the loss of desire, the way the creative call becomes muffled, passions smothered by depressive fog.… Continue reading

Angie May 15, 2016 2 Comments Permalink

What I Read & Watched Last Week

What I Read & Watched This Week by So Angie Writes

Mourning Doves by Steve Keenan Photography

Do you have difficulty feeling calm? Me too! In Overstimulated? Aim for Distraction not Relaxation, author Julie tells us why it’s hard to relax, and how we can help ourselves with single-pointed focus activities like number and word puzzles. Interesting stuff!

Recently my life’s been turned upside down by hormonal imbalances.… Continue reading

February Feelings – Hopeful

February Feelings - Hopeful - SoAngieWrites.com #NVC

I didn’t sleep much last night, then spent the morning in an intense class about chronic pain. I’m home now, and have a bit of capacity left to dive into today’s GROK card

February Feelings - Hopeful - SoAngieWrites.com #NVC

I love Nonviolent Communication, but am also invested in Brené Brown’s teachings, and what she found when she looked into hope, is that it isn’t a feeling at all-

Like most people, I always thought of hope as an emotion-like a warm feeling of optimism and possibility.

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Monday Mantra – Deconstructing Harmful Beliefs (Shame)

Monday Mantra - Deconstructing Harmful Beliefs (Shame) by SoAngieWrites.com
Today I woke late, and trudged downstairs to a messy kitchen.

“This place is a mess. It should be clean. Why can’t I get it clean? I’m home all the time, so why isn’t it clean? I am lazy and incompetent. I suck at homemaking. I suck at life.”

Readers, how did that make you feel, to read what went through my head this morning?… Continue reading

Angie October 26, 2015 6 Comments Permalink

What I Read This Week

What I Read This Week by SoAngieWrites.com

I spend hours each week reading blog posts and articles about mental and physical health. I do this because I’m seeking management of my symptoms, and because I want to learn to help others. Here are links to the best things I read this week:

Negative Emotions are Key to Well-Being  This article by Toni Rodriguez on Scientific American talks about the benefit of feeling all our feelings, and what can happen when we don’t.… Continue reading

Angie October 24, 2015 4 Comments Permalink

Deconstructing a Shame Sandwich – A Healthy Choice

Deconstructing a Shame Sandwich - A Healthy Choice by soangiewrites.com

My oldest Teen is learning to play the piano. Last night I heard a crash upstairs. I found him cradling an injured hand. His keyboard was on the floor, the stand collapsed. Here’s what I heard-

“I’m so stupid. I tried to adjust the stand without removing the keyboard. I can’t believe I’m so stupid!”

I got him an icepack for the squished hand, and tried to think of an empathic way to address the shame message he’d expressed.… Continue reading

Angie October 6, 2015 2 Comments Permalink

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