I’ve been on this Earth for a quarter of a century, and I still have no idea how the hell anyone is able to go to bed at a consistent time every night. To put this in context, I don’t do anything consistently. I can’t keep the same schedule two days in a row for… Continue reading Circadian rhythms. Do they matter?
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.
I think my stomach has a brain. It knew, long before I did, when the relationship wasn’t going to work. It tried to tell me as much when I had to sneak out of my partner’s bedroom night after night because I couldn’t stand his snoring or the smell of his pet rats. It knew… Continue reading Be skeptical of your gut instincts.
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.
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.
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 Johnson describes the outdated way in which couples therapy has worked in the past:… Continue reading The heart of a successful relationship is secure attachment.
It's easier to wake up to a world that isn't trying to kill me. It's been extremely difficult to recover from my mental illness these last four years. All the progress I make inside my head is stunted severely by the knowledge that if it were up to my government - my "representatives" - I… Continue reading Today we return to hope.
Today's post is an essay I recently wrote for class. My instructor asked me to write about something I believe in. I'm not big on believing in things, so instead I wrote about a scientific practice: mindfulness. I got an A on the assignment, and thought it was worth sharing here. ... "This, I Believe"… Continue reading This, I Believe: An Essay on Mindfulness
1. Buy my books on Amazon, or buy my music on Bandcamp, or both! 2. Follow me on Twitter @missmiserymusic 3. Burn a MAGA hat, get high on the fumes, and write a trippy poem. Send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org (when you're sober enough to type) 4. Subscribe to my YouTube channel! 5. Send… Continue reading 10 Ways To Support My Art (That’s Actually Only 8 Ways)
Welcome to my music page. I have an album in the works. It'll come out pretty soon. Check out the rough cut of each track on my Bandcamp. (It's free unless you care to buy it.) For updates on the album's progress, please follow me on Twitter. In the meantime, peruse this site at your… Continue reading Miss Misery Is Now Making Music.