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3 Reasons To Talk About Anxiety & Depression

3 Reasons To Talk About Anxiety And Depression | Style through Her Eyes

The other day I felt sluggish and overwhelmed by anxiety. It was getting close to the end of the day and I didn't feel like I did much of anything because of the mental state I was in. I was beginning to feel depressed and wanted only to sit in bed but I really didn't want to let it get the best of me! Right when I was thinking that I needed to do something, my sister sent me a text and told me she went through all my posts under the "Inspiration" tab and said that they made her feel happy. Hearing how my posts helped to lift her spirits actually motivated me. It was then that I realized I hadn't written a post that would fall under that category in a while and I decided to remedy that! Distracting myself from negative thoughts and feelings is one way I like to try to keep my anxiety under control and what better way to do that than to write a post to hopefully encourage other people?

Let's look at three different reasons that I personally think it's good to talk about anxiety and depression.

IT'S THERAPEUTIC

When I first shared with you about having anxiety, I found it to be very therapeutic. And since revealing that part of myself, I have continued to find writing about anxiety and depression very calming and relieving. There have been studies that explain that writing itself has shown improvements in both physical and psychological health, and I definitely can see how that's possible. I think, especially, if you're not ready to talk about anxiety, depression or whatever else it is that you have or are currently struggling with in a face-to-face conversation, writing is the perfect way to start! If you've never done this before, take baby steps and write prayers to God, journal, or create poems or songs. It truly helps with sorting out your thoughts and feelings and eventually, you just may feel comfortable enough to share with others, which leads me into my next reason to talk about it...

YOU HAVE A VOICE

I never thought that incorporating posts about the things I struggle with along with my own personal tips would inspire other people as much as they have. Whether you're a blogger, YouTuber, or you're strictly just on Facebook or another social media platform, you have a voice and a following. It doesn't matter if that following is small or large, that one post, video, or message that you put out there could change someone's day and continue to encourage and inspire them for a long time to come. There are so many people in this world who need to hear from you so they know they're not alone. Speaking of which...

RAISE MORE AWARENESS

I recently thought about how anxiety and depression has become a much more common topic of discussion. People who we follow online and those we converse with offline are talking about it more and more. I think it's a wonderful thing because it is good for us to be able to talk about our struggles when we feel safe and want to, but it's also good for other people who don't experience these things because they're able to learn about what it's like and what it is we go through. It's not fun being in the dark and not being aware of how you can be supportive of someone else. We need to communicate! So, continue to raise awareness either by beginning to talk about it yourself, sharing articles, videos, your favorite Bible verses, pins from Pinterest, etc! Let's continue to raise awareness together!

Have you tried writing about how you feel? Have you shared with someone else? What were the results?

6 comments:

Alicia Mackin said...

Yes I think it is great that you are writing about something so personal for all the reasons you mentioned. I also think it reminds us we all human and no not all of our lives are as perfect looking as they "appear" to be online. Well done!

Allie of ALLIENYC
www.allienyc.com

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

You make a fantastic point about talking about anxiety and depression as a way to help conquer it. Not only does it raise awareness but it also helps lessen the stigma. Good for you for giving it a voice.

Christina Fung said...

I love that you included the story of your day & how your sister's text helped you. You are authentic & relatable, and I think that is one reason why your posts resonate with so many people. Thank you for speaking up and starting a conversation about something many of us deal with.

Cheryl van den Berg said...

Definitely a good topic to talk about on your blog because it raises awareness and gives you the opportunity to express how you're feeling so nothing stays bottled up. Happy August, luv!

www.ohtobeamuse.com

Casee Marie said...

Everything here was so beautifully stated, Jen! Thank you for sharing your heartfelt insights and inspiration. Posts like these are so important, I think, because they take a notch out of the negativity of living with anxiety. When we focus on taking care of ourselves and healing our anxious minds we're less likely to go down the path of feeling like there's something wrong with us, that we're not good enough, etc.

Writing about anxiety has been one of the greatest tools for me, whether or not I share the writing. Keeping a journal has been a very therapeutic practice and in it I'll write everything from blog/social media posts to prayers, poems, and even letters to myself. I also think that going back and reading what you've written can be a great way of sort of communicating with yourself. I'll often come across insights that I wanted myself to remember, and it feels encouraging to get advice from the pages of my own journal. :)

And I completely agree on the other two points as well! It's incredible how sharing your story can have an impact on someone else. So many people struggle silently with anxiety and depression, and it can make all the difference in the world to them to know that they're not alone, that someone else experiences the same things.

Thanks again for a lovely and honest post; I always enjoy when you write about this topic! Sending much love to you, dear. x

FASHION TALES said...

I appreciate this post Jen, as it's such an important one, we often forget that "letting i out" so-to-speak helps to tackle the root of the issue. There is no perfect person, and there is no perfect life. I usually talk it out with someone, and write in my personal journal, which helps to express any emotion or situation that I'm going through. Great post and thanks for sharing your personal insight. Take care, dear! Madison x

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