Situational Introversion

There was a time many moons ago when I was outgoing and extroverted. I could talk to anyone about anything and fit in with any group. I enjoyed getting out of the house and going places and seeing people. Nothing about being in a social situation scared me. Sure, I didn’t like crowds, but back then it was just because I didn’t want to get trampled in the event of a disaster. (That is still a very valid fear of mine, by the way…) That all changed a few years ago.Read More »

Jealousy & Attraction

There are some aspects of a relationship that are unavoidable. Some are good and others aren’t so great, but they’re going to happen.

Jealousy is one of these. A certain level of jealousy is normal and even healthy at times. When it comes from a place of love and not control, it is a sign that you still care about your partner and don’t want to lose them. If it’s the other way around, however, it’s a sign that you feel that you have some claim on your partner.Read More »

Airing Your Dirty Laundry

Social media is a double-edged sword. On one hand, it really is great for keeping in touch with people you otherwise wouldn’t see, but on the other hand it can be entirely toxic and bad for one’s mental health.

It’s sort of an unspoken rule that you should only post the good stuff on social media, never the bad stuff. However, if you do post only good things, you’re just “humble bragging” or making up for a crappy life. If you post bad things, you’re attention-seeking or whining. Truly, social media is a paradox in which no one wins.Read More »

Underlying Causes of Addiction

I’ve spoken before of chronic pain and how the current drug epidemic affects those of us who suffer from it. Today I want to talk about the other side of the issue: Those dealing with addiction.

Although we tend to treat addiction as a criminal issue instead of what it is – a mental health issue, the problem is not as black and white as we would like for it to be. It’s a multi-faceted issue and is full of gray areas.Read More »

The Kratom Controversy

I first heard about Kratom about two years or so ago. Maybe even longer. Time is somewhat of a blur for me. Anyway, so I found out about it through one of my husband’s coworkers. He heard that I was going through surgeries and dealing with pain and he suggested it to my husband and told him that he had used it to come off of opioids years prior.Read More »