Mental Health 

The first time I really opened up about my mental health struggle was over a year ago in an article for The Big Smoke America. I recently wrote a follow-up article as well. You can check them both out here:

Falling Apart Together
Putting Myself Back Together 

Living with Anxiety and PTSD

I suffer from a combination of anxiety, depression and PTSD. Additionally, I am undergoing examination to determine if beneath all of that is a form of bi-polar disorder. I work with a counselor and psychologist often and am studying myself to one day become a Licensed Professional Counselor. The downside of anxiety and PTSD together is that an anxiety attack is often triggered by a traumatic memory from an experience either recent or in some cases long ago. This tends to make the anxiety much worse. While I am no expert (yet) I can share with you a strategy I have learned and used often that help redirect negative thoughts, it's called 5,4,3,2,1.

How it works:

When you are in the midst of racing thoughts you want to cease, try engaging each of your 5 senses. Stop and find around you:

5 things you can see
4 things you can touch
3 things you can hear
2 things you can smell
1 thing you can taste (you do not actually have to taste it unless of course that's your thing)  

While not a full proof method, I can attest that it does redirect those thoughts to something else and any moment of relief in that area is welcomed, at least for me.