We urgently need to talk about mental health, but let’s also give each other the gift of having our stories and experiences be truly heard, through the practice of deep, active listening with radical acceptance.
Not long ago, I was knocked down flat by an uber-virus that everyone seemed to be catching. In the throes of my throbbing raw throat, faucet nostrils, and heaving cough, I was comforted knowing that many others knew exactly what I was going through: a cold like this was the most normal thing in the world. One colleague […]
When I first told my psychiatrist about my plans to travel to Taiwan to perform in a new music theatre production, I thought she might be a little concerned but otherwise supportive. To my surprise, she instead advised that I scrap the idea, and not go at all! She then told me about another patient […]
Everyday we hear mental illness terms being used in inappropriate and derogatory ways. Terms like schizo, manic, ADHD and of course, bipolar. I find it scary that these terms are used with zero sensitivity or regard for those of us living with a mental illness. I thought we had come farther than this.
Although the following is written from the perspective of a self-employed freelance musician, I believe the issues addressed below provide useful insight for people who work in all fields. I was recently reminded of the differences between working hard and overworking through a terrific video created by fellow cellist and freelancer, Emily Davidson.
There are many wonderful books and articles out there on the power of minimalism and its effect on your mental health and well-being. Joshua Becker at Becoming Minimalist describes it as “the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of everything that distracts us from it.”
Sometimes, when you are finally thriving, you occasionally forget about your illness and blissfully slip into “pre-diagnosis” mode. While feeling “normal” is often what we yearn for, one problem can creep up: you forget to manage your illness. We forget that remembering to state what we need is extremely important, especially when we are feeling […]
From my initial bipolar diagnosis to reaching a “new normal” two and a half years later, I have questioned and analyzed every single emotional state and thought process, as well as every experience and memory I have had throughout my entire life. Since I have type I bipolar I am more prone to manic episodes […]
Tomorrow I stuff my suitcase, cello, and myself into a six person carpool and drive for nine hours to Atlantic City, New Jersey, to perform with ELO tribute band Strange Magic. Before my diagnosis in 2013, I could travel like a rock star. For example, I spent two years taking a weekly red-eye bus to […]
This morning I had forgotten to make eating my absolute first and foremost priority, and boy was I feeling it. Behold! The topic for my very first blog post.