I know it’s hard to talk about minding our minds when it feels like the world is falling apart around us. The loss and heartbreak of the wildfires in Oregon (and California and Washington) are devastating our families, friends and neighbors in surrounding communities. It’s feeling impossible to process this disaster on […]
Lately I’ve been feeling like a hypocrite. For all of my writing about the importance of talking to others about depression and anxiety, I’m struggling to be a compassionate listener. Someone close to me has been living with significant anxiety and depression for more than two years. I started out in mostly the right place. I was listening, offering compassion […]
Hello, my name is Mark and I’m a pessimist.
This is how I used to ask girls out on a date when I was in high school:
“You wouldn’t want to go out on a date with me, would you?”
When they said no, as they usually did, I would reply:
“I didn’t think so.”
I’ve found […]
Sometimes, you just gotta get away.
Away from the news.
Away from social media.
Away from fireworks.
Away from tourists.
Away from politics.
That’s what we did on July 4th. We packed up the truck and headed out to BLM (Bureau of Land Management) land. It was just for one night, but it was peaceful, beautiful […]
You just call on me brother, when you need a hand
We all need somebody to lean on
I just might have a problem that you’ll understand
We all need somebody to lean on
— Bill Withers
Talking about depression and anxiety
One of the most important things we can do when struggling with mild depression or anxiety […]
I haven’t felt this anxious in a long time and I’m trying to be okay with that. There is absolutely nothing easy about what’s going on in our world and country right now. While we all have different perspectives and ways of coping, minding our minds feels incredibly challenging these days and more important than ever. The pandemic, injustice, violence […]
It’s official. I’m off Facebook.
Yes, I see the irony. If you’re reading this blog you were most likely directed to it by my Facebook page. But I’m jumping ahead of myself. Explanation later.
It’s hard to admit it but I’m one of those typical males who doesn’t talk much about their depression. I consider […]
I’ve had enough therapy and counseling over the years to know that true validation comes from within. Yes, you need to love yourself if you want to be loved by others. I believe that’s true, but it’s also much easier said than done. I’m a much better listener with my family and friends than I am with myself. In fact, […]
For the past two weeks, I’ve only been drinking calorie-free beverages. That means no cream in my coffee, no kombucha and no alcohol. I realize that two weeks is nothing. I have friends who don’t drink at all. I have friends who give up drinking for a month or more (Sober […]
Lately I’ve been feeling a bit like Medusa, the monster in Greek mythology with wings and venomous snakes for hair. Yes, it’s been a while since I’ve seen my stylist, but that’s unrelated. According to legend, those who gazed upon Medusa’s face turned to stone. These are scary times for sure and […]