The holiday season is upon us. I can hardly stand the excitement of family get-togethers and out-of-town guests. No, really. I can hardly stand it. If you dread the holidays as much as my friends and me, here’s 12 ways to guard yourself from holiday craziness.
Since my suicide attempt, I’ve worked hard to focus on my recovery and have learned invaluable self-care tips and tricks. As a pastor, I’ve also noticed several places in the Bible where self-care is promoted.
Fatherhood is the greatest gift in the world. And some very hard work. But I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.
A lack of self-care nearly killed me. Since my suicide attempt self-care has revolutionized my life, my marriage, and the way I parent. Check out these three, simple self-care tips.
The fight with fear and self-doubt is universal, but as parent, it seems even worse.
Contrary to popular belief, not everyone who attempts suicide has lived the life of a tortured soul. In my situation, I had suffered with anxiety and depression, but I was also outwardly successful. When I lost my job, it seemed that my world was crumbling, and all of my years of secretly struggling caught up with me. I believed the lie that the only way out was to die.
I think it’s probably true for a vast majority of the people who attempt suicide every single year. For most people, there is a crisis moment in which suicide happens, but getting someone with suicidal ideations to see past that is vital. If you can help a desperate person see beyond the immediacy of a very difficult time, you could save their life.
Here’s a few of my favorites…
My wife spent a week on a psych ward following the birth of our first son. She had a miserable fight with postpartum depression and sleep deprivation. One year later, nearly to the day, I landed in ICU and then a psych ward following a suicide attempt.
After living through it, here’s my take on what to do when you decide to stay married to someone with mental illness.