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Elizabeth

I have the Calm app, too. It pairs really well with a pair of sleep headphones (the speakers are embedded in a soft headband) for my phone. I can start up a sleep story and then shove the phone under my pillow so I don't have any of that blue light bothering me. I believe you can also get them with bluetooth if you don't want your device in the bed with you at all. Listening to a story miraculously allows me to tune out any snoring that may be going on over on the other side of the bed. When I don't feel like a story, I use the Rain, Rain app to play rain sounds. I keep meaning to do "the daily Calm" meditations as well, but I haven't - yet.

Nicole

Something I have always had trouble with was people in my life who were "trying to help" telling me that "It could be worse."

I abhor that statement.

Yes. It could be worse. It could ALWAYS be worse. But that doesn't mean it doesn't suck for me right now.

I hope your daughter is finding a way to feel allowed to feel her feelings. She is an amazing person, and her feelings are part of that, good, bad, or indifferent. <3

Kelly Roe

I love this!
I love You and your candor!
You make a difference in people's lives!
My "great discovery" was when My therapist guided me to the book "Feeling Good" by David D. Burns M.D..
It taught Me how to recognize the triggers and be able to short ciurcut the descent into depression. I became my very own best helper.
It's so hard to admit we need help but so EMPOWERING to get the help we need by whatever means possible.
Keep it up you are my voice to the cosmos!!

Shannon

I rarely comment, but I have been reading your blog for years and the one thing that draws me in is your openness, your ability to share the dark moments in life along with the good stuff. You inspire me, I think you are pretty badass. Keep fighting for your happiness. Sometimes it is just noticing the little things in the world or doing the little things for yourself. I have turquoise glitter nail polish on and every time I look at it I smile. Mindfulness is a powerful tool. I wish you the best.

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