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    Honest Mental Health Poem

    How Are You?

    How Are You - Poem By Carly Bell | thefreewoman.com

    I am doing well.
    Not the same as usual,
    It’s different this time.

    This well looks like
    Counselling sessions,
    Tissues,
    Tears on the couch.
    Like calling a friend
    Since no one is there.

    Like taking adventures
    Despite exhaustion,
    Or painting childlike scenes
    To find playtime.

    This well looks like
    Spending too much time
    Scrolling through feeds
    Wondering why
    They’re there
    And I’m not.

    It looks like depression.
    It looks like anxiety.

    Like uncontrollable tears and
    Hiding in tight spaces
    To feel
    Covered, enclosed,
    Hidden, small.

    Like vocalizing weakness,
    A need for help.
    Digging up pieces of my past
    That I was convinced were
    Gone,
    Forgotten,
    Even nonexistent.

    This well looks like
    Recognizing anger and hurt,
    Allowing them to move from
    Simply negative emotions to
    Ones natural
    To the human experience.

    Because that, ultimately,
    Is what wellness is:
    It is being a
    Whole human,
    Not defined by
    Her happiness,
    Smile, or
    Ability to consistently
    Have it all together.

    Not defined by
    Her ideal self.

    In this season,
    I am well.
    Because in this season,
    For the first time in a lifetime,
    I am whole.

    – image by Brooke Cagle

  • Me Too {Poem} | thefreewoman.com
    Mental Health Poem

    Me Too

    The black is creeping closer. You say this as though You’ve already given up, As if you won’t keep fighting To see the fullness of your cup. I want to argue,…

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    Honest Mental Health

    No More Sinking Ships

    “You need to take care of yourself!” “Are you eating?” I’m a lucky girl. After watching me deal with chronic pain/conditions and mental illness for the last five years, my mom…

  • Depression Mental Health

    10 Ways To Reduce Anxiety

    “Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.” – Soren Kierkegaard Ever been anxious? Sweaty hands, many thoughts, heart pumping against the chest, can’t breathe properly, can’t sleep, can’t concentrate, feeling dizzy, feeling…

  • One Step Through Depression | thefreewoman.com
    Depression Mental Health

    One Step Through Depression

    I’ve been depressed for four years. Not four years straight, necessarily, but on and off – winters of despair to springs of sowing to summers of disappointment to autumns of reaping…