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Miss Misery Newsletter #4: Procrastiknitting

because my homework needles me Mental Health I’m gonna be honest, I’m a little sake-tipsy right now. In my defense, I just turned in the biggest project of the semester: a research paper based on data I collected from surveys I designed to test hypotheses I came up with. (It was a lot of work,… Continue reading Miss Misery Newsletter #4: Procrastiknitting

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Miss Misery Newsletter #3: Dating & BPD

it can be done Mental Health I was hanging out on a writing Discord the other day when the topic of personality disorders came up. I was eager to share my experiences with BPD, but before I had a chance to reveal my diagnosis, a stranger began complaining about their borderline ex. Which led to… Continue reading Miss Misery Newsletter #3: Dating & BPD

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MM Newsletter #2: Manuscripts, Knits, and Cat Pics, Oh My

it's what the internet runs on Hi, I’m Zoe. Welcome back to Miss Misery.blog, where I post my weekly newsletter (which you can subscribe to for free!). How many issues deep are we now? Feels like twenty, maybe thirty? Regardless, I hope you brought your own beer.   Misery and Mystery, A Novel I recently printed… Continue reading MM Newsletter #2: Manuscripts, Knits, and Cat Pics, Oh My

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MM Newsletter #1: Welcome to Miss Misery!

Hello! Welcome to Miss Misery - or if you're a returning reader, welcome back. I haven't updated this site in a hot second, but that's about to change, as I've just started publishing the Miss Misery Newsletter. Every Monday, I'll publish its full contents on this blog. You're welcome to subscribe to the letter or… Continue reading MM Newsletter #1: Welcome to Miss Misery!

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I can’t create if I’m thinking about creating.

I've been in therapy for 13 years, and the most potent thing I’ve learned from my doctors is the value of being aware of my own thoughts and feelings. This awareness is called mindfulness, and it’s the very meta practice of monitoring your mind's activities in order to stay grounded in reality. Your feelings are… Continue reading I can’t create if I’m thinking about creating.

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Love makes it easier to feel safe in the world.

When I woke up yesterday, I found I was sharing my bed with a little beetle that was crawling around just a few inches from my nose. Ordinarily, I would have immediately screamed and jumped out of bed, then run from the room. Instead, I surprised myself by examining the thing curiously for a few… Continue reading Love makes it easier to feel safe in the world.

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Generalized anxiety disorder is like a phobia of everything.

I'm afraid of everything. There are many different types of phobias, and most of them are specific. Lots of people are scared of places, like small spaces or tall heights; others have a strong aversion to certain objects, like spiders or blood; and others avoid specific scenarios, like flying or being surrounded by strangers. Triggers… Continue reading Generalized anxiety disorder is like a phobia of everything.

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The heart of a successful relationship is secure attachment.

My wonderful boyfriend recently recommended a book to me called Hold Me Tight. The author, Dr. Sue Johnson, is the creator of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), which is a process that helps fighting couples heal their relationships. In her book, Dr. Johnson describes the outdated way in which couples therapy has worked in the past:… Continue reading The heart of a successful relationship is secure attachment.