Is Healthy Sleep the Secret to Self-Care?

What’s up, warriors? In your own self-care practice, do you ever find it difficult to decide what it is that you should do to treat yourself? You don’t have the mental capacity to read or journal, you don’t want to spend money on a pedicure, and a hot shower or long walk seems like too much work. I’ve been there! …

On Recovery and Exercise: Proceed with Caution

*** Disclaimer: This week’s Self-Care Sunday post covers the topic of exercise. While the objective of this post is to promote a healthy and mindful relationship with exercise, this post may be triggering to those who have disordered exercise habits. *** While exercise is one of my favorite methods of self-care, I am extremely hesitant in recommending it to others. …

When Our Self-Care Instincts Fail, There’s Mom

First and foremost, I’d like to wish a Happy Mother’s Day to all the mommas out there! I have no idea how you ladies do what you do on a daily basis (although I have a lingering suspicion that there’s some kind of magical, superpower-type thing at play here). Seriously, I’ve seen my mom handle some pretty difficult challenges over …

I’m Emma and This Is My #iAM1N5 Journey…

Meet Emma Benz, a nursing student at Xavier University, who lives with generalized anxiety disorder and depression and has experienced an eating disorder. Emma talks about how struggling with anorexia made her miss out on joining her field hockey team in the state tournament and how DBT therapy finally helped her sustain her recovery. Emma wants to be the psychiatric nurse that …

How Emma’s Smashing Stigma By Sharing Her Story

As a varsity field hockey player in high school, I wanted to be the best. I wanted to work harder, run faster, and be a more skillful athlete than anyone else on the field. I started eating “clean” and running outside of practice time. I became increasingly obsessed with my reflection in the mirror and the calories on my plate. …

Meet Emma Benz, a senior at Mount Notre Dame High School. We are so proud of her for sharing her #Iam1N5 story… In junior high, I struggled with some eating disorder behaviors, but after my doctor expressed her concern, they were quickly corrected. I resumed normal eating habits for a few years, but by my sophomore year of high school, I was …