How can I support you?

Once a week on Tuesday mornings, I’m going to be reaching out directly to daily and weekly subscribers and I won’t be posting here. And on Fridays, weekly subscribers will get the weekly blog post recap and daily subscribers will continue to get their daily posts. 

Given how stressful it is right now, I’d like to know how I can support you more effectively because we know isolation breeds struggle with the subjects we deal with. 

But before we get to that, we’re going to review a few good things that have happened for COVID19:

  • The birds are louder everywhere.
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Tammy Ozolins is erasing the stigma of mental illness

Tammy is a contributor here at Emotionally Naked. To date, she has written more guest post articles than any other author. She is a middle school teacher who is not afraid to talk about her own mental illness, bipolar disorder rapid cycling. She is a health and PE teacher who has shared with her fellow teachers and principal that she lives with bipolar disorder.

Her candidness in the video below offers you a glimpse into what those who live with this illness endure and the courage and dedication it takes to maintain a healthy life. Tammy educates her students about … Read more...

Desperation breeds vulnerability

Everyone is a bit panicked, uncertain, anxious, and some are holding on to their mental health for dear life during this pandemic. And if you are not feeling like this, then a friend or relative you know probably is.

When we feel desperate and stressed, we are at our most vulnerable and tend to make decisions based on fear and not practicality or science. That makes us targets for scams, schemes, and making rash decisions, and irrational desperate moves because our thought processes are compromised.

You may have noticed more emails from companies that tell you your account is in … Read more...

Get a personalized signed copy

“Months later, I am still feeling the effects of Diary of a Broken Mind….I lost my own son to suicide 15 years ago, and although I have read so many books about this kind of loss, nothing has touched me as deeply as this.” —-Mea

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This will be a signed copy plus a personalized message with your name, or the name of someone you list. And you can say what message you want if you want that. Where it say’s “Name for personalization” below the paypal button is where you … Read more...

Will meds make me a zombie?

If you’ve ever watched “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” you see the worst-case scenario of what the wrong mix of psychiatric medication can do. This horror story has frightened more human beings out of much-needed medication than any movie ever made.

It was my son Charles’s fear that antidepressants would rob him of his creativity and strip him of his personality. At one time in our history, this was often the case. Today’s medication, however, is prescribed with the intention to help a person live as normal a life as possible. And as most who live with mental illness … Read more...

The thing about failure

by Danny Gautama

Failure has the ability to become your enemy or your friend. If you let it become your enemy, you are giving it the power to stop you and make you quit.

It can discourage you, make you feel like you are a failure and then it sends the negative thoughts to take over the rest.

If you make failure your friend, then it can help guide you, help you learn and become a better version of yourself. Let it become a platform for your ultimate success and happiness.

Every champion in the world will experience failure, including … Read more...

How to talk to kids about COVID-19

It’s important to invite kids to ask questions and give them age-appropriate answers. If we don’t, then kids and teens will fill in the blanks with something far scarier. (Resource guides from credible sources are listed below.)

For example, when I explained my brain surgery to a three-year-old Charles in 1999, I don’t think I gave him the opportunity to ask more questions. Even after I explained it, he thought once I came home, the wound would be open, the brain exposed, and family members would have to take turns putting towels on my head to prevent losing all … Read more...

Letters from students are treasures

I love talking to students. My favorite part is what they learn about themselves–the moment when I read what everyone is going through and when the students recognize their classmates are dealing with some serious issues.

The post-it note interaction is such a simple exercise. But the discoveries we make together are not. I’m always shocked by what I read on those notes.

What’s more, so are the students.

Social anxiety, rape, murdered siblings or parents, anorexia and more. Some of these kids have lost several loved ones in the space of a year and they carry that with them … Read more...

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The emotionally naked crew wants your stories, not just mine. Have a loved one with mental illness, addiction or thoughts of suicide? Do you suffer from any of those yourself?

Is your anxiety through the roof and telling your story might help you work through that? Are you grieving and this pandemic is making your grief journey more complex?

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How I’m managing the stress of coronavirus

I wrote about mental health and this virus a few days ago. Without going all kumbaya on you, I wanted to share what I’m doing now so I don’t flip out about all this.

And by the way, how many emails do you have from major brands and organizations about this virus? Even from a t-shirt company. What is it about t-shirts that would qualify them to send me advice on the coronavirus?

1. I won’t stress about things that are beyond my control.

I can control how many door handles I touch, whether or not I use a … Read more...