Mental Health / Wellness

New Beginnings

How was 2014 for you? I would love to hear about it, as well as your goals or hopes for 2015!

If 2014 was not as good to you, just know I’m right there with you whether it was good or bad. For many of us, we experience struggles at one time or another. When we are wrapped up in those times it is so difficult to remember that there are countless others experiencing similar issues and emotions. But I’m sharing mine through The Current Collective in hopes that it finds you.

2014 was a year of big changes. I relocated across the country. I embarked on a freelance career. I finished graduate school. I wonder how I let these blues get the best of me this year, since that last sentence of personal and professional highlights looks just fine.

After experiencing some particularly dark times after I moved, I started therapy again. I was told that moving is one of the top three stressful situations that one can experience.  Apparently, it’s right up there with getting married and having a baby. My move was a little different. The nature of why, certainly added to the weight of it. I left an unhealthy situation and ended up back on the east coast. While I had a few months to prepare, I still left more quickly than I would have liked. My financial obligations were large, but my mental health was at stake by staying. Despite all the challenges that I faced in the later half of 2014, moving had its good points. It was great to reunite with good friends.

Finally speaking up about what I want, and setting family boundaries were new realizations that proved to be difficult to adapt to. The last few months of 2014 were met with highs and lows. My last post included an excerpt from a book I finished in December called ‘Stay,’ by Jennifer Michael Hecht. I know suicide is dark topic, especially for the first post of 2015 of all things! However those dark times are often left unspoken by many people for many reasons like fear, shame or embarrassment. But confronting those feelings has to be done and should be done out loud in some way.

We are all in this together. I would love to hear your thoughts on this.

Hoping for a better 2015 for us all!

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