• Ramblings in Recovery

    Hear from the advocates series- Meet Brandy

    From Life As Just Nikki: 1. Your name – Brandy Higgins, RN, BSN 2. Tell us a little about yourself. I am the writer of Live Mentally Well-Better Living Thru Mental Wellness. https://livementallywell.com. Lifelong Mental Health Survivor. Live Mentally Well is impacting our community and the world by inspiring mental wellness one person at a time. I write about Mood disorders, Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Postpartum Bipolar Disorder, Christian Mental Health, Anxiety Disorders, Childhood Trauma, PTSD, and Dissociative Disorders. Share my knowledge and experience on my road to recovery. 3. Your social media accounts (URL) http://facebook.com/livementallywell http://instagram.com/wellmentally Live Mentally WellFollow On http://plus.google.com/livementallywell 4. Mental health DIAGNOSIS? (You can shorten…

  • Natural Medicine

    4 Tips To Fight Financial Stress Head On

    When I think about stress, my mind always goes to money. All of my life I have struggled first with poverty and later with debt. It was the number one stressor in my marriage behind my own mental illness. Any chronic illness causes financial stress. Why? Because chronic illness is expensive and results in a lot of time missing work or requiring you to live on disability. Prescriptions and frequent medical appointments increase this stress. I’m just gonna tell you like it is. My financial situation is not great. I owe $130,000 and not one penny is due to credit card debt. About $100,000 is student loans which is my…

  • Ramblings in Recovery

    How I Used Writing To Overcome My Mental Health Struggles 

    From Writers With Mental illness: Like many other writers with mental health struggles, using writing to heal has been a huge part of my mental health journey. When my first symptoms of Bipolar Disorder and a dissociative disorder were emerging, I began journaling. To keep from drowning in my emotions, I wrote about my extreme feelings of joy, anger, and depression. I wrote about my abusive, untreated father with bipolar disorder and the abandonment I felt. These feelings were not allowed in my family. Later, I would pour my heart and soul out on paper expressing my reactions to the nonstop flashbacks. Other alters would write about their pain and…

  • How Jesus Can Help You Take One Day At A Time
    Christian Mental Health

    How Jesus Can Help You Take One Day At A Time

    Some of you know that my ex-husband and close friend, Mike, has been really sick this past year.  He has end-stage liver failure. When he was found unresponsive last Saturday, they found he had sepsis, a serious blood infection, and kidney failure along with the liver failure.  When someone is this sick, you can only take one day at a time. So that’s what I am doing.  Also, I may not be able to write in-depth research-based posts right now do to his hospitalization. Mike recently made me his Power of Attorney for Healthcare.  What that means is while he is unable to make decisions about his care, I will…

  • Natural Medicine

    How Lowering Toxins In Your Environment Can Improve Your Mental Health And Save You Money

    I’ve thought hard about all the things I’ve done to improve my mental health. For this #wellnesswednesday, we will be talking about reducing environmental toxins to improve mental health and save money. In the post, Intro To Wellness Wednesday Series: Changes In Diet That You Can Make Today For Your Mental Health, I wrote about reducing harmful chemicals in your diet by eating small amounts of high-quality animal products like pasture-raised meat, eggs, and milk and larger amounts of eating organic fruit and veggies according to the Dirty Dozen list by the Environmental Working Group. There may be affiliate links in this post. There is no cost to you by…

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