I often find myself susceptible to the post-holiday blues in and around this time each year. The city can feel cold, grey, and lifeless once all of the twinkly lights and glitter are packed away, which can be a trigger if you’ve ever struggled with your mental health. I’ve dealt with minor depression and anxiety off and on throughout my life, and I typically find the months of January and February to be particularly difficult…
Though, in person, I’m very comfortable, candid, and honest with these struggles, I don’t believe I’ve ever voiced these issues in such a public forum, which I’m determined to change in 2017. I find myself craving more honesty, more vulnerability, and less of a façade in the blogging realm – and it’s inspiring me to shift gears a little around here. We’re all human, fighting our own battles, despite what our perfectly curated Instagram pages may tell you.
I’ve convinced myself in years’ past that you come back here day after day for the pretty, which has made me hesitant to share my struggles. But the reality is that it’s harder to appreciate the sweet without the sour, and the older I get, the more I realize that being a part of the conversation – to attempt to remove the stigma – in one way or another is imperative.
I’ve spent the last two years pouring many hours of work into my mental health, and I’m proud of all that I’ve accomplished thus far. Between regular appointments with my therapist, getting plenty of sleep, and a new-found love for exercise, I don’t recall ever feeling this level headed and blissful this time of year. And it’s something that I simply wanted to commemorate, if only so I can remind myself on those days that don’t quite feel so easy. Because they won’t always be easy, and that’s okay too.
As always, here’s a peek at my cold, grey, and rainy, yet equally blissful, week in photos. And please, let me know, is wellness, both mental and physical, something you’d be interested in seeing more of? I’d love to hear your thoughts on the matter.
ps: you can find my sweater here – on sale!
*not only has she gotten used to her cone, but she’s begun to take advantage by using it as a resting spot for her toys as she gnaws on them – ha!
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