🏀 Wow. What a great game to watch. Congratulations to Virginia for an amazing tournament and a fantastic win.

Gorgeous view of new life out the window

🧘🏻‍♂️ Substitute mind for body, and this feels exactly like my experience over the past few months. I have to get to know myself better and recognize which parts of myself are not actually myself and learn to deal with those. But gently.

From my Daily Calm

I said to my body, “I want to be your friend”

🔗 Not responsible

You are not responsible for other people’s feelings

I loved this article from the Art of Manliness: Sunday Firesides: You Are Not Responsible for Other People’s Feelings

But when your decision doesn’t carry moral import, and you make it with all the politeness and respect possible, then you’re not responsible for how the other person deals with your choice. Whether they deal with it resiliently or not, rationally or not, generously or not, is up to them. You cannot control their reaction. And you cannot make your own decisions based on their expected response.

Coming to terms with unnecessary and unhealthy guilt has been a huge part of my mental health recovery process. It is vital to learn how to correctly identify your areas of responsibility and neither shirk nor stretch them.

🧘🏻‍♂️ This is exactly what I am seeking to attain in my life right now. It involves an acceptance of the chaos and noise that is daily life along with a gentleness and compassion for myself and others. It is elusive but worth the effort.

From my Daily Calm

Peace is finding calm in your heart

🧘🏻‍♂️ The best way I have found to combat worry and anxiety is to name it. When I call it out directly, I prevent the masquerade and am more able to let it slip away.

From my Daily Calm

Worries are like birds

📖 The Elements of Style

By William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White

🧘🏻‍♂️ What a delightful meditation this morning. The focus was on learning to rest the brain. This is a skill that seems just out of reach but also desirable and valuable.

From my Daily Calm

Take rest

Excited to be sporting my new pin from @THWofD. Definitely my favorite podcast right now.

THWoD pin

Came back home last night after a week away to focus on treatment. It was so rewarding to see how excited the kids were. “Are you staying home? You are?! Hooray!!”

🧘🏻‍♂️ Learning the skill of impulse control is essentially the work on my ERP treatment. OCD makes it challenging for me to even identify the urges that come as separate from my acting on them. But, as with most things, my skill increases with practice.

From my Daily Calm

Don't give up what you want most for what you want now

💮 I finished my series “What mental illness feels like” today, and posted an updated conclusion. This has been my best writing—maybe not the most well-written, but the most vulnerable and therapeutic. I hope it helps others face the horror of mental illness with less fear.