What if you just…didn’t? The art of doing as little as possible, the opposite of perfectionism, and an argument against working your ass off
Leonardo da Vinci said, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Would you not agree? Why then—even despite understanding the cultural and societal expectations and measurement and definition of productivity—do we keep finding ourselves constantly adding more to the to do list, even when those things won’t get done? While this can indeed be chalked up to… Continue reading What if you just…didn’t? The art of doing as little as possible, the opposite of perfectionism, and an argument against working your ass off
“Whenever you’re feeling down, just know that so many people have it worse than you.” “Your feelings, no matter how big or small, are valid. All feelings are valid. Speak your truth.” PHEW, am I right?!?!? Which IS IT? Can I care about my botched Starbucks order or not? How about I lost my job… Continue reading stop saying my feelings are valid
Cat’s outta the bag. I’m slowly but surely writing a YSN book! In this post I want to walk you through my idea for this BABY of mine and share a very important part of my writer’s journey: community feedback. As you all know (but I’ll say it again for all the literary scouts reading… Continue reading it’s time! ysn book update & survey open now
This is a post for those of us who know that is it imperative that we FIGHT, and simultaneously have a barrier to fighting, whatever it may be. Our barrier is a barrier, but it’s not a shutdown. There is a way to care for yourself and participate fully. If any of the following apply to you, you’re in… Continue reading managing self- and emotional-preservation after the overturning of Roe v. Wade
Why are we impressed by the bare minimum? I’m not saying it’s right or wrong. Or that we should or should not change. I’m just looking into what the deal is here. There’s this mailman in the town I work in who is good looking. Once I sent a picture of him to my friend… Continue reading Why are we impressed by the bare minimum?
I read The Upside of Being Down for several reasons: I love ban.do, I’m interested in mental health, I love memoirs, and the title is catchy af. I wish that were my title. I’m glad I did. Not only is the book title catchy af, Jen’s experience with perfectionism is relatable af. It’s cathartic to… Continue reading what Jen Gotch taught me about perfectionism
It’s me again, writing about jobs. In this video, I answered the question “do we have to like our jobs?” (Spoiler: the answer is no. In fact, we romanticize the idea of loving our jobs. YOU DON’T NEED TO. It may have benefits but it also has drawbacks.) Today we’re talking about being interested in… Continue reading when “interest” doesn’t cut it anymore — when to stay, when to leave your job
I’ve always been a person who strives to be prepared. If there’s a way to prepare, I’m doing it, whether it’s a fake interview or practicing for a math test. Therapy should be customized for every client. Therefore it is in every client’s best interest to make the most out of a session. After all,… Continue reading getting the most out of your appointments: how I prep for individual therapy
I don’t know if I’m an optimist or a pessimist. I know I’m not a hopeless nor hopeful romantic. You could consider me an evidence-based realist with a mild affinity toward romance. Regardless, I’d really like to write to you and say we’re not doomed. In fact, I first wrote this with a different thesis… Continue reading something’s gotta give: five first dates
It sucks when your mental illness colors how people see you. Believe me when I say You’re not your mental illness. Recently at work — since disclosing mental health problems, I might add— I feel as if I’ve been treated differently than before. It’s hard to know if this is intentional or not. I find… Continue reading what to do when you’re perceived as weak at work
I like to start out OCPD content not with a fun anecdote but with its definition. OCPD is not OCD although they can be easily confused. OCD is an anxiety disorder characterized by obsessions and compulsions. People with OCD are largely aware of their Os and Cs. People with OCPD don’t necessarily have that repetitive… Continue reading top workplace struggles of people with obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD)
Today we’re talking about two types of acceptance: radical and everyday. What’s the difference? Everyday acceptance is accepting the reality in front of us. We use everyday acceptance for the annoyances we encounter, such as dropping the half-gallon of milk in the grocery parking lot or getting beer spilled on your butt at a concert.… Continue reading When it’s all too much, you need to accept some things.
The concept of self care as a bubble bath has been covered. So has the concept of self care as “not a bubble bath.” In my POV, both are valid. I wanted to do a different spin. Indulge me as I attempt to bring new perspective to this age-old (like 2 years old) idea. Before… Continue reading Self care is not easy
Do you ever feel like, while in bed and just before falling asleep, you’re missing something? Not a task, nothing work related, but like something’s missing at the very end of your day. One final love ya squeeze. Some self-affirmations. More time to think? Something… I feel this way many nights and yet each time… Continue reading you forgot to love yourself in your own love language(s)
I’ve compiled my top (and bottom) books of the year. I found it difficult to identify a collection of favorites after having read so many great books this year. It’s also a difficult list to make because the books at the beginning of the year are largely forgotten, and those at the end of the year take up more space in my brain.… Continue reading top (and bottom) reads of 2021
I have a coworker who says she gets disproportionately upset when cars drive in the wrong way in the parking lot. Through more than one set of windows, she has unfettered access to these disappointing behaviors. It’s me. I’m that coworker. Okay, just kidding, BUT I often feel as she does, angry about little things… Continue reading but have you considered emotional distancing?
Dear Perfectionists, Quality over quantity is a useful notion in some areas of our lives. But how does it pose problems in other areas, such as work, school and creative pursuits? Let’s take just a paragraph to orient ourselves around the key elements of perfectionists: We are the people who procrastinate, spend too much time… Continue reading the problem with quality over quantity for perfectionists
I received All About Love from the library of a friend. I swear that borrowing a book chosen for you by your friend automatically makes us think more highly of the book. (Is there research on this yet?!) At the time I had just read an essay about the importance of friend love called “What… Continue reading 8 myths about Love that you need to hear: what I learned from bell hooks
It seems obvious and yet it wasn’t obvious to me: my perfectionistic mindset barriers halt my progress as a content creator (and human) every single day. This post could be construed as a list of excuses but I prefer to frame it as a reflection. It’s more like I’m explaining the outcomes of a self… Continue reading my perfectionistic mindset barriers to writing, posting, creating
That’s when I realized: I do not operate on autopilot. Ever. In fact I operate on the most manual of piloting, the learning-welding-and-engineering-in-order-to-physically-build-the-pieces-that’ll-make-up-the-plane-that-I’ll-drive type of piloting.… Continue reading Repressing emotions? Never heard of her.
I had never had the idea of asking for accommodations for my mental illness until I had the idea of asking for accommodations for my mental illness.… Continue reading what happened when I asked for accommodations for my mental illness (at work)
Whether you identify as an empath or just have things to work on, here’s how you can become an empowered YOU. Oh yeah and lots of boundary setting. Classic me!… Continue reading 4 boundaries to set to become an empowered empath
Going into a session with a new therapist, we all have doubts but I did not expect the therapist to never have heard of my diagnosis.… Continue reading my new therapist has never heard of my mental illness
Ever wonder why we white people take being called racist so hard? Let me explain our problem.… Continue reading why being called racist is the end of the world for us white people
Balancing self- and emotional-preservation while participating in the ongoing fight against racial injustice￼ as a white person.
This is a post for those of us who are WHITE and know that is it imperative that we FIGHT against the anti-Black, anti-POC, racist SYSTEM, and simultaneously feel we have a barrier to fighting whether mental illness, trauma, emotional sensitivity.… Continue reading Balancing self- and emotional-preservation while participating in the ongoing fight against racial injustice￼ as a white person.
Having trouble receiving feedback or criticism is a human thing. We want to be praised and validated in our work. However, I am a person living with obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD), and for me, receiving feedback is a total blow to my system: I’m down for the count, and down and out for the rest… Continue reading coping with criticism, esp. when you have OCPD
“Being insecure and feeling ‘lonely’ is the ultimate recipe for self-destruction. You’ve got to teach yourself to feel secure in your solitude. Boredom is the ideal breeding ground for bad decisions.” – What a Time to Be Alone by Chidera Eggerue Seeking instant gratification and connection from new romantic relationships is one of these self-destructing… Continue reading A discussion on boundaries in new relationships
COVID-19 has lots of us working from home. COVID-19 has lots of us struggling with our mental health. Working from home generally brings two things, sometimes together, sometimes one or the other, and that is: isolation, and burnout — which are rarely ever good for our mental health. And essentially this virus has given both… Continue reading healthy work-from-home habits 🤪 / mental health and covid-19 🦠
On today’s #mentalhealthmonday, today we’re going to take a break from everything coronavirus / COVID-19, and we’re going to talk about oversharing, specifically oversharing in new relationships (romantic, friend, workplace). This is a topic that I really just started digging into this past week after listening to this podcast episode about oversharing. Questions answered: Question… Continue reading all about OVERSHARING – have i said too much already? #healthyrelationships
Today I wanted to share how I am establishing healthy habits EARLY at a new job and what these look like *FOR ME*. I am frankly SCARED that my mental health is going to decline and then mess up me job so i’m really trying to be intentional in the first few weeks for MYSELF!… Continue reading healthy #mentalhealth habits at work *new job* *MY experience*
On today’s #mentalhealthSATURDAY, I answer: – what is UP – what is IMPOSTER SYNDROME – what’s something i should look for when therapist shopping? – my job WORRIES – OCPD and anxiety related – who is the villain in the incredibles – job expectations – more worrying – yes i did start my worry time!… Continue reading VLOG #2: treatment update, saying bye to therapist & imposter syndrome
On today’s #mentalhealthmonday, I answer: What IS obsessive compulsive personality disorder? What is the difference between obsessive compulsive personality disorder (OCPD) and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)? What are elements of OCPD that can be equated with “positive” traits in the workplace/academia? (In the video above, I call these “pros” of OCPD – that’s really not… Continue reading obsessive compulsive *PERSONALITY* disorder – what is it + what does it look like in the workplace?
It’s a fillable PDF so you can type right in it, or you can print it! _________ “I used to be so ____” | Letting go of our past selves | Past-self comparison Social comparison is just a thing. Everybody does it. And I think we’re told often to “not compare yourselves” and “recognize that… Continue reading FREE WORKSHEET DOWNLOAD! | Letting go of past-self comparison
I feel like before/during/after tougher moments – whatever those are to you – we tend to want to IGNORE and/or IMPROVE them. We may even be trained to choose one of these methods because we hear them SO often. In this post, I will define the IMPROVE and IGNORE methods, explain their consequences and introduce… Continue reading ACKNOWLEDGE tougher moments for yourself + others
Hello! I posted a brand new YSN video on YouTube, which you can find below. If you prefer to read content, then follow along with this blog! In this post, I will be discussing an introduction to THE YEAR OF NO. Doesn’t that just sound INVITING? Like a carefully curated year of things you WANT… Continue reading you can say No! saying No w/o guilt – the Year of No
Today I decided to film a day of my life video because this is a period of my life that I don’t think I’ll be in again (without a job and with little responsibilities). You’ll find that my Day in the Life was cut short when my mood swung from hopeful and productive and happy… Continue reading all or nothing thinking – MHM video analysis
Hello! I posted a brand new YSN video on YouTube, which you can find below. If you prefer to read content, then follow along with this blog! While I was planning a video with several tidbits about dating with mental illness, I ended up narrowing my thoughts into a single idea: ‘It’s not you’ in… Continue reading a micro-idea about handling mood swings with a romantic partner – “it’s not you”
Did you know? I started a youseemnormal YouTube channel and this topic is my first video: Onto the blog post: Sometimes you have the drive to care for yourself. Sometimes you don’t. On a really really bad day or period, one way you can start to feel better – and I mean better, not best,… Continue reading how i care for my basic needs when depressed
If you’re like me, when something really bothers you, you’ll ruminate on it for an unhealthy amount of time. You may even think to yourself “this isn’t normal.” This happens to me, too, and I’m working through refocusing my energy instead of ruminating with it.… Continue reading reducing rumination – it’s not scary or difficult!
For those of you who’ve been keeping up, you may have heard me reference The Lamictal Rash. Here’s my attempt at explaining my experience!… Continue reading hell on earth – the lamictal rash
I tracked my mood diligently over the summer. When I switched to a monthly tracking view, I began to notice a pattern: the weekend blues. Read about how I combat these.… Continue reading avoiding the weekend blues — how i schedule my time to avoid depressed moods
I have pretty severe road rage. So whether you’re like me or whether you’re more normal (😉) in your road rage, please allow these tips to guide you in keeping calm on the road.… Continue reading road rage: how to keep calm on the road
I know that I’m not perfect. Really, I do. And yet I let my perfectionism – and not just perfectionism, but my belief that my work is directly tied to my worth – rule my life. I’ll give you an example – and it’s not going to make sense to most people: I (wrongly-but-I’m-working-on-it) believe… Continue reading i’m not perfect