Are You Looking For A Paid Writing Career?


Hey guys,

Are you interesting in a writing career like Jazmine, me, and my sister Crystal have? Do you like writing and have a passion for creating amazing content and articles? Do you want to get paid for what you love to do, or even just looking to earn some decent money? Continue reading

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Whisper Confessions: 16 Bad Teachers

Whisper Confessions: 16 Bad Teachers

By: Samantha Steiner


Have you ever wondered what a teacher really thought of you, or thinks of your child? Have you ever wondered what a teacher’s inner thoughts were or if they actually believe in that saying, “There is no such thing as a stupid question.” Teachers are regular people like you or I. They are bound to have their favorite students or their least favorite students, but how far are they really willing to take that love or hate relationship with their students. Maybe you have also ever wondered what a teacher really does when their students are outside for recess. Continue reading

What Do I Do From Here?


I have not really been writing on here, not because the mess of my life has dulled down but more so because I really don’t know how to feel right now. I don’t know if I am up or down or somewhere in between half of the time. I don’t know if what I am feeling is wrong, or even justifiable anymore. So, with that, I guess I’d rather not say anything more than needs to be said. But I can’t keep being like that either. I am already pretty isolated, so why isolate myself further? Continue reading

15 Moms Who Gave Birth To Monsters

By: Samantha Steiner


Okay, parents, this one is not for the faint of heart.  Are serial killers born or raised? There is an argument of nature versus nurture that is still ongoing and heavily researched even today. Continue reading

15 Mistakes Mom’s Have Made That Got 911 Called On Them

By: Samantha Steiner


We all know that one mom out there that we try to make subtle suggestions to regarding how they should change their way of life before unthinkable things happen to them or to their children. Continue reading

18 Whisper Confessions: My Sibling Is Marrying My Ex

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18 Whisper Confessions: My Sibling Is Marrying My Ex

By: Samantha Steiner


A family is a group of people that are supposed to have your best interest at heart; they are supposed to be there to love you unconditionally and to support you. Every family has their dysfunctions, and some just happen to be a little more obvious than others. Sibling rivalries can get intense at times. Some siblings fight over their parent’s love, or who gets more attention, or other ordinary things like that. Siblings have also been known to share things amongst themselves whether it’s a private joke, their clothing, and apparently even ex’s. Continue reading

15 Times Dad’s Accidentally Killed The Baby


Sometimes unfortunate, unforeseen circumstances happen that can shatter our entire world and everything we know. They can leave us feeling like the walls are crashing down around us. Accidents happen every day, and they are something that we are, unfortunately, unable to predict or prevent them. If we were able to predict accidents, the people we love and cherish the most would never get hurt; we would never get. Parents would be able to protect their children even better than they already do. The childhood mortality rates would drop. Continue reading

10 Teen Moms That Became Successful: By Jazmine Gonzalez

Pregnancy is, without a doubt, a wonderful and glorious time in a woman’s life. From the moment a woman finds out that she is growing a tiny life inside of her belly, their life changes forever. Most women celebrate this creation and start planning on the hundreds of things that run through a mother’s mind; to breast or bottle feed, parenting techniques, birthing classes, and so much more. This may not always be the case for every new mom, such as a teenage girl.

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Visual Exercises For Letting Go Of Throughts

 

Visual Exercises For Letting Go Of Thoughts


Letting go of negative thoughts can be very hard at times. Sometimes it helps to just visualize your thoughts leaving your mind in different ways rather than sitting there and dwelling on them. Overthinking will just make things worse in the end.

Here are a few visualization exercises to try to help let go of your negative thoughts (from the book 30 Minute Therapy for Anxiety):

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12 Things That Change With Baby Number Two: By Crystal Bassler

12 Things That Change With Baby Number 2

Article By: Crystal Bassler


The first baby is always difficult we don’t know what we’re doing, and we’re constantly making calls to our pediatricians after every little cough and sneeze. So, naturally when it comes to having baby number two most of us think, “been there done that, we knew what we are doing this time around,” but do we really? Having a baby can be stressful, to begin with, but having a baby and having another child (or maybe multiple children) on top of it can be way more stressful. We thought we were sleep deprived before? Well now, coffee is becoming our best friend. Suddenly everyday tasks like showering, shopping, cleaning, and cooking become that much more difficult. Continue reading

10 Signs That Labor Is Near: By Crystal Bassler

 

10 Signs That Labor Is Near

By: Crystal Bassler


Throughout pregnancy, most expectant parents wonder, “How will I know when I am really in labor.” Gynecologists tell pregnant women to wait to go to the hospital until they are having contractions five minutes apart, but every pregnancy is different and not everyone will have the same signs that labor has begun. It differs greatly among many women. Some people may think that when they go to their appointment and hear that they have begun dilating and that they will be having the baby any day, but that isn’t always true. Sometimes women can be stuck between 1-4 cm dilated for weeks before labor begins. Continue reading

Keeping A Gratitude Journal

 

Keeping A Gratitude Journal


The Dictionary.com definition of Gratitude is: the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful. Keeping a gratitude journal of positive experiences can help us remember the good things that have happened to us on our worst day. Even when we are having a bad day, it is good to be able to pick out what you are thankful for. Try to write between at least 3-5 gratitude journal entries a day. 

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How To Counter A Negative Automatic Thing

 

How To Counter A Negative Automatic Thought

Automatic thoughts are the first things, or thoughts, that come to our mind when something happens. Sometimes, these thoughts happen so quickly we don’t even realize they are happening until the negative thought is stuck in our head, and then we don’t know how to get rid of that negative thought once it’s there. Continue reading

Journaling And Mental Illness

Journaling & Mental Illness


Journaling can be an important and beneficial factor in mental illness. It can help improve your overall mental well-being because it can create a healthy outlet to express your emotions. A lot of people that struggle with any type of mental illness, or addiction, tend to stuff their emotions deep down inside of themselves, or they try to release them or cope with them, in unhealthy manners.

I’ve been there, and every now and then I still resort to unhealthy means to release my emotions, but journaling is what has been one of the best coping mechanisms that have ever been suggested to me. Everyone is different, and different things work for different people, but journaling is something that has worked for so many people that I have come into contact with, and I highly recommend it to people that struggle with getting their feelings and emotions out and suggest that it should be tried at least once. What could it hurt, right? It’s literally just putting a pen to a piece of paper, or even your hands to your keyboard.

When a person journals, they can let out their innermost thoughts that they wouldn’t dare share with another soul. You can be your true genuine self, and never feel judged by anyone because you are not writing for anyone else’s enjoyment. You are solely writing to be able to get out whatever it is that you are holding inside. Whatever you are writing doesn’t even have to make sense. It could be incomplete thoughts or just random words. It’s whatever you are feeling at that particular moment in time.

I have heard people say that they don’t want to journal because they are worried that someone else in their household may find their journal and read their private thoughts. I get that. When you write something that is meant for your eyes only, you want to keep it that way. There are a few different forms or means of journaling that can be done if you are worried about the traditional diary style due to lack of privacy.

Here are some options to try instead:


Online Diary/Journals:

If you fear that prying eyes might see a traditional journal you can always sign up for an online account somewhere. This is one I have used in the past, and they even have an app you can download on your smartphone.PrivateDiary.net and with this one, it is username and password protected so no one but you can access it. You can even sync the app and the online site so you can create entries either way and never lose track of anything. It also allows you to upload pictures to your entries as well. If you decide you really don’t like the way this journal is set up, just type in “online diary” into a search engine and tons of results will pop up. Just keep searching until something catches your eye.


Word Documents/Processers:

If your computer is password protected, and you never have to worry about anyone going through your files, you can always create your own journal using something like Google Docs, MS Word, etc… and just saving the files right to your computer. Maybe create a specific folder like, “My Journal” or “My Thoughts” and saving your entries in there.


Create & Trash:

If you are severely worried about someone seeing what your private thoughts are, then you can always physically write out all your thoughts, feelings, and emotions. Then after you are done just rip up the paper and throw it away, burn it, shred it, or discard it however you see fit.


Smartphones:

If you have a smartphone then you automatically have a journal or diary at your fingertips. If you have an Android device, all you have to do is go to the Google Play Store and search for “Diary Apps” and hundreds of them will come up. Just look for one you will like. Another option is just to create journal entries using your memo or notepad within your phone.


Email:

You could always create a folder and label it “My Journal” or something of the sorts, and create journal entries in your personal email account, send them to yourself and then save them in your designated saved folder.


There are obviously lots of creative ways to create and manage a journal without having to keep a physical copy in today’s day and age. Almost everything is digital now. As for myself, I still love to have a physical copy because I enjoy putting a pen to a piece of paper.

Every means of mental health and addictions treatment that I have ever come across, since 2001, has suggested that I journal, and I have been doing it ever since. I go through phases where I will journal rigorously every day for chunks of time, then I will go periods of time where I won’t journal at all, then I will journal in moderation. And what I have come to the realization of, is that during the periods of time when I am the most routinely active in my journaling, is when my emotions are the most manageable. I seem to have less frequent crying spells because I am not bottling up as much inside of me.

Now, what I mean by routinely active, is that I am not obsessively writing, but I am also not infrequently writing either. When I am not at either extreme is when I am at my best, which at times that gets hard to come by since I am bipolar, and what is bipolar other than polar opposites.

So, if you have never tried journaling as a way to get your emotions out, give it a try. Just one time. Learning a new coping skill mechanism is always a thing of great value because you never know when life may throw something new your way that your current coping skill may not be suitable for. What works for you one day, may not work for you the next. That’s the thing about mental illness, it’s not always predictable and neither is life.


Hope This Helps 😀 -Samantha ♥

Preparing For Your Psych Appointment

Preparing For Your Psych Appointment

Most people don’t bother preparing for their appointments because either they don’t see the point in it, they think it’s a waste of time, or they think they already know everything they want to mention. But how many times have you left an appointment and thought, “Oh man, I completely forgot to mention that!” or “Oh, yeah I need a refill on that!” I know I have done it plenty of times before I actually started jotting down notes on things I want or need to mention. My mom had been trying to get me do this for years and then one day after forgetting to mention a really important side effect it finally clicked. So thank you for that mom!

Now that almost everyone has smartphones glued to their faces, all you have to do is create a list of things you should mention or bring up during your next appointment right in your phone’s memo or notepad. Lists and memos are not just for our parents and grandparents anymore. If you want to take change or your own health then this is something that you should really start getting in the habit of doing. 

Just because I am labeling this is “Preparing For A Psych Appointment” does not mean that you cannot apply this to any other appointment you may have as well.

Creating a list of notes for your upcoming appointment is probably the best thing you could do to avoid leaving anything out. There’s no harm in being too thorough.

Here’s an example of what my list would look like:

  1. Medication Issues
    • Side Effects
    • Decreased Effectiveness
    • Noticing No Changes (especially with new meds)
    • Have I started/stopped any meds?
      • What Over-the-counter meds am I taking?
      • Has a different provider (Family Doctor, Neurologist, Etc..) started me on a new med?
  2. Mood Changes
    • New/Worsening Symptoms
    • If I am having “episodes” and for how long?
      • Such as an actual Manic or Depressive episode.
  3. Self-Injurious Behaviors +/-
  4. How many hours am I sleeping on average?
  5. Any notable appetite changes?
  6. Any psychosis/hallucinations?
  7. Any dissociative episodes?
  8. Any Insurance/Income Changes?
  9. Any Major Life Events?
    • Major Life Events should be noted because these could affect mood and overall well-being. (This includes, but is not limited too; Divorce, Marriage, Job Change/Loss, Move, Death in the family, Pregnancy, etc…)
  10. Noticeable weight change?
  11. Are there any bothersome physical issues?
    • Dizziness, Headaches, etc…

 

This may seem like an extensive list, but too much information for a doctor to have is never a bad thing. It is always best to cover your bases when it comes to your health, especially your mental health. Not only does your mental health affect your mind, but it can affect your body as well.

Now, my list won’t necessarily look like your list. Everyone is different and has their own unique bases to cover. I just happen to have a lot of issues to generally discuss during my appointments. After dealing with my mental health for over 15 years, I try to get the most out of every appointment because my main goal is recovery and getting better. I try to utilize my time and make sure I keep my doctors informed so they can also keep track if they think I am making progress or regressing.

I hope someone can get some use out this. It’s definitely worth it. I wish I would have started making checklists for my appointments sooner. It would have saved me so much time, and so many unnecessary phone calls.

 

Creating a Self-Esteem Log

Creating a Self-Esteem Log

Self-esteem is a big issue for many people. I know it is for me, always has been, and probably always will be. Baby steps are necessary, and the little things really do help. Creating a weekly self-esteem log can help build it up a little piece at a time. You can either create it in a notebook or in a word document. You can follow this format, or create your own. Continue reading

Fad Diets and How They Could Be Making You Gain Weight

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Fad Diets and How They Could Be Making You Gain Weight

By: Samantha Steiner


Quick weight loss fad diets are in right now and they have been for a while. Celebrities use them, TV reality stars use them, and they always seem to be glamorized by the media for a fast and effortless way to lose weight quickly. It seems like they are the perfect quick fix. Especially if you have a specific occasion or event coming up such as a wedding, birthday, holiday, vacation, or prom and you need to lose that last 5-15 pounds. Who wouldn’t want to take the easy way out when your event is only two weeks away and you haven’t had the time or chance to eat a well-balanced diet and hit the gym more than once? How bad could these diets be, right? They must work, after all, it seems like everyone you know has tried at least one of them. Continue reading

Keeping Your Mental Health Happy

Keeping Your Mental Health Happy

By: Samantha Steiner


In order to maintain stability with your mental health, there are a few things that you need to do on a regular basis to keep yourself healthy in mind and body. I have put together a simple list of the things that I believe are the most important to keep your mental health happy and well balanced and most of all to keep you happy too! Continue reading

Creating a Daily Mood Journal

Creating a Daily Mood Journal
By: Samantha Steiner


For those of you who are anal about keeping track of all things mental health like, how you have felt during the day, what symptoms you had and so on… a mood journal is for you. All you need is a notebook and pen, both your pick. You can keep track of as much as you want or of as little as you want. Think is YOUR mood journal. You don’t even have to show it to anyone unless you feel like you. Sometimes it is best to let your therapist glance at it once in awhile so they can see you where you at. Continue reading

Coping Techniques For Anxiety, Panic Attacks, PTSD, Etc…

Coping Techniques For Anxiety, Panic Attacks, PTSD, Etc…

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