My Seasonal Depression Tips // Blogtober Day #7

Hey everyone!

I’ve mentioned this a couple of times, but I thought I would dedicate a whole post about this. The colder weather is coming and so is my seasonal depression. I have suffered with depression on and off for a few years now. I know when winter comes along it really starts to manifest in my life. I have a post talking about season depression if you’d like to read it. This post is about preventing things like season depression, anxiety and all around having good mental health this fall.

I know a lot about mental health and now to take care of it. Like everyone though, I am a normal person and I slip up sometimes. Sometimes I feel myself not feeling too great and then I realize that there are things that I can do to prevent feeling yucky. Here are some of my tips on how to stay feeling happy through the fall and winter seasons.

  1. Cut out unhealthy things

I don’t mean unhealthy foods per say but every now and again take a second to look around and reflect on the things that are making you unhappy. Whether it be a friend, your job, school whatever it is, pin it down. If you can’t pin it down maybe, it’s time to get external help and talk to a professional. If you can pin it down cut it out. I know that can be scary or difficult but it’s worth it. If it’s a friend, you will find other friends. If it’s your job, apply to other jobs. Make sure that you are setting yourself up for success and get rid of the things that are dragging you down.

  1. Self-care

Take time for self-care. Self-care doesn’t have to be bubble baths and painting your nails if that’s not your thing. Take time to shower, brush your teeth, make sure you are clean, this helps a lot with self-esteem. Self-care is also doing your favourite hobby, eating your favourite food, watching your favourite movie. It is whatever makes you feel happy inside. Do things that bring you job even if it seems selfish. Self-care is also learning to say no to things that you don’t want to do and yes to the things you do. Self-care is all about taking care of yourself and doing things for you.

  1. See professional help

This is a very scary one for most people. Seeking help is like admitting there is something wrong or that you are not strong enough to do it by yourself. I am here to tell you that that isn’t true. Seeking help does not mean there is something wrong with you. Just talking to a therapist can help so much. There are a lot of people that have a therapist or see professionals for other things just to have someone to talk to. You don’t tell people that see a doctor a failure because they couldn’t fix themselves. So, don’t say that about yourself.

  1. See the good in things

Every day I try to take a moment and write down what I am grateful for. I also write down the things that I am unhappy about. I just let myself write and see what it brings me. Sometimes it can be hurtful to see the things I have to say, yet it’s therapeutic. I feel good. I also love to take time to force myself to find something in my day that made me happy. It is impossible that nothing in your day made you happy. There is always something to be grateful for or happy about. Some people call this gratitude writing I just call it journaling. It really is nice, and I suggest everyone to try it.

These are some of my favourite tips for the upcoming months. Putting yourself first and thinking about yourself is not selfish. It’s important to put yourself first sometimes.

The life-changing magic of not giving a fuck is a really incredible book and suggest everyone who is struggling to read it. It talks about letting go of the things that make you unhappy and putting yourself first. Stop caring about what others think and just be you. You can get it here!

Are there any other tips you guys have for dealing with your mental health during the colder months? Do you guys struggle with your mental health? I would love to hear from you guys.

I will see you tomorrow.

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Let’s Talk About Addiction – Day #25

Hey everyone!

I was not planning on writing this post at all during July but in light of Demi Lovato’s overdose, I thought it would be important to talk about. I feel like addiction is a very hard topic and maybe even taboo.

I am not a huge fan of Demi Lovato I will state that first. After she came out with her whole Stay Strong campaign something was just off for me. I just felt like it was not completely genuine. After her documentary, Simply Complicated came out my suspicions were proven right. She said so herself that she was not ready to get sober.

So how does this relate to me? I have seen addiction first hand. I know what addiction looks like. I know how it lies and manipulates. So that is how I saw the warning signs in Demi. Now, I’m not saying am an export or a fortune teller but I had a feeling.

I think this blog post really manifested and needed to be written due to my anger. I have been so angry and just all around annoyed with how Demi’s overdose has been treated. Suddenly every artist under the sun no matter how famous has been Tweeting and Instagraming and Snapchating wherever they can get some clout have been saying “Addiction isn’t a choice!!”

Why does that annoy me? Well, us normal people aren’t allowed to say that addiction isn’t a choice. We are expected to pay for the consequences of addiction. Being labelled a bum or even facing jail time is left for people who aren’t part of the 1%.

Now, I’m not trying to be an activist or anything. I’m just slightly frustrated with the fact that being rich excuses you from your own demons. I just don’t agree with the statement “addiction isn’t a choice!!” with the sole reason that addicts know what they are addicted to. Addicts know when they are going on a bender, they know when they are giving in and that is, in fact, a choice.

Anyways, I think I will just leave this here. This is my mini-rant about everything that has been going on lately. It’s like you can’t get away from it either. I would like to know what your thoughts are. Do you know someone that has suffered from addiction? Do you feel like this situation doesn’t deserve as much attention as it’s getting? Let me know!

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Mental Health Awareness Month // 2018

Dear Everyone!

It’s Mental Health Awareness Month in the USA and I thought I would talk about it. For all of you who know that I live in Canada, our celebration of Mental Health Awareness is actually from September 30th to October 6th, 2018. Even though we are aren’t technically talking about it here, there is never a bad time to talk about mental health. Talking and sharing our struggles with our mental health is very important to keep the stigma and stereotypes away.

I thought I would share a bit of my story briefly and I have a few words for everyone struggling with anxiety. I have anxiety basically my whole life and it has kept me from doing things for a very long time. It has been a big problem in my life and as of last year, I have started to tackle it head on and make sure I am in a better mental space. If you want to read more about my anxiety I have two posts about it where I talk about it and then an update a few weeks later.

Anxiety has been such a big part of my life and it took me a long time to realize that I am not my anxiety. Anxiety is something that makes me feel like I am not in control of my own life and no one should have to suffer from it. For all those who are wondering, I am not medicated and that is a choice that I have made for myself. I don’t have anything against people who are medicated but I just don’t believe in it for myself. From watching some of the people I am close to, to research I have determined that it was better to fight anxiety rather than mask the symptoms of it. For everyone who does take medication, there should be no shame or stigma towards it. I don’t believe in shaming anyone for taking medication to help.

I have also struggled with depression in my life and I do want to tell people it gets better. I know that sounds cliche and even wrong but it does. I think things got better when I realized that it was for me to make a change not the world around me. I think one day I just woke up and said I didn’t want to be depressed anymore and I was willing to do and change whatever it was I had to change so I wasn’t feeling the way I was feeling any longer. I cut out people who didn’t make me happy, I stopped doing things that made me sad and focused on the positive and just changing my mindset on life. I had an easy time and really transformed my life out of sheer willpower not everyone can do that I can recognize that. Keep fighting and doing what you are doing to feel better.

I think the most important thing that people who don’t suffer from mental disorders is that we who suffer are not our disorder. We are not anxiety or depression, etc. My anxiety can make me a who different person than who I really am. When I am getting anxious and having panic attacks it’s not because I want to it’s because something is wrong with my brain.

I really hope that people can come forward more and talk about how they are feeling without fear of judgment. My blog is a safe place to talk and always will be. If you ever need someone feel free to email me at collectingglitter@outlook.com or through my contact page.

Much love,

Collecting Glitter – Clara Le Bel

I Wish I Was a Travel Blogger, but My Anxiety Won’t Let Me…

I have talked about anxiety a few times on this blog. I’ve mostly mentioned it briefly and didn’t dwell on it for too long. I am someone that had to deal with my anxiety alone for such a long time that I find it very hard to talk about. I don’t know how to explain it or let people help me. I just don’t know how. I suffer alone and then I tell people after the fact that I was not feeling too good.

This has to change now. Since 2018 has started I started to notice something that was bothering me. My anxiety was holding me back from being the person I really want to be. It was also messing with my relationships. I was holding myself back and I was letting anxiety take over. It was in control, not me. I want that to change. I want it to change so badly.

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I Dropped Out Of School // Youtube Video

I decided to be brave for the first time and make a youtube video. I really wanted to talk about when I dropped out of school and my journey going back.

I talk about my story and how after fighting for almost two years I was able to graduate high school and go back to college.

Take a look if you’re interested in my story.

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Festive Happy Guide – Blogmas Day #6

I wanted to talk a bit about winter sadness today. I know I’m not the only one that feels this way. Every time it starts to get cold and dark I suddenly see myself feeling less happy. I feel stressed, alone and anxious. The three magical words that lead me to the umbrella term depressed. After much research I have found that it wasn’t just me, this was widespread and very common. They even call it SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). It was actually discovered back in 1984. It’s honestly caused by less exposure to sunlight and warmth.