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Best of Our Blogs: August 25, 2015


Like many of you out there, I suffer from an illness. Having autoimmune disease affects my mental health. At times, I feel like my mind and my body are in conflict. My mind wants me to speed things up and my body wants me to slow things way down.

If I give into my desire to rush, I eventually pay for it with stress, anxiety and fatigue. The only way to remedy the two is to stop trying to multitask. It’s to listen to my body instead of my mind’s constant barrage of to-do lists. It’s to remind myself that accomplishing is less important than my well-being and that success can be determined both by what I achieve and what I decide to put on hold.

We’re as much human “beings” as we are doing, but our culture tends to applause movement, action, and accomplishment. We can’t wait for society to change. We need to take steps to prioritize that for ourselves.

This may mean resting. This may mean sacrificing instant gratification for the joy that comes with being in the present. This may mean lowering your expectations and finding a way to accept where you are instead of striving to be where you want to be. It may seem like a challenging feat, but the satisfaction reaped when learning to stay in the moment is a gift worthy of it all.

Flashbacks and Triggers
(Strength Over Adversity) – With one familiar scent or sound, you’re back where you don’t want to be. Although Sarah can’t offer a magic formula to help you reclaim your life after you’ve been abused or traumatized, she offers hope in this post to any survivors out there.

Thank You For Loving Me in Spite of Bipolar Disorder
(Don’t Call Me Crazy) – For those who love us regardless of our challenges, this is for you. In this touchingly honest letter to his wife, Gabe demonstrates the beauty of a loving and healthy relationship that supports, accepts and betters your life.

Bipolar Disorder and The Mixed Features
(Embracing Balance) – What do you do when you’re in the throes of an illness? Nicole shares her recent experience with a bipolar disorder mixed episode and what she did to manage it.

Psychology Research Explains the Ashley Madison Crisis
(Childhood Emotional Neglect) – The recent Ashley Madison Crisis has Dr. Webb questioning our culture’s state of marital health. Could your own relationship be in jeopardy? Read this to find out what makes us most vulnerable to extramarital affairs.

You Are Not Your Story, Mistake or Inner Critic’s Comments
(Weightless) – If you’ve ever let a single mistake define you, you need to read this.

Best of Our Blogs: August 25, 2015

Brandi-Ann Uyemura, M.A.

Brandi-Ann Uyemura is a freelance writer specializing in self-help, spirituality, psychology and small business articles. She has a BA in English from University of Oregon and a MA in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University. She writes for various companies and publications and teaches stress management workshops. For more information, see her website

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Uyemura, B. (2018). Best of Our Blogs: August 25, 2015. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 24, 2020, from
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