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You Are Not Alone….and…Hello!

February 10, 2022

When mental tilt-i-ness happens and my world gets dimmer or freakier, I feel like I damn well better hide because no one is going to understand or forgive me. It feels like I’m the only weirdo around, the only person who is looking at the world through shit-colored glasses.

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) says that 1 out of every 5 people experience some kind of mental illness each year and 1 in 20 have a serious episode.

So, heck no, I’m not alone.

This fact is both reassuring and devastating. I’m comforted to know I’m not the only soul who falls into pits of despair or fakes her way through social interactions. But I also wouldn’t wish these feelings on anyone. I don’t like that 1 in 5 of you feel unwell or unloved, unseen or untethered. It bites.

In early 2020, I started making notes on scraps of paper. I jotted down hard-won life-hacks that have helped me claw my way out of anxiety and depression. I saved these little scribbles in a tin box for my kids. Who knows, I thought, maybe they could use them someday. But when COVID hit, I realized we were all experiencing some serious mental tilt-i-ness. And I thought a tin box stuffed with scribbles wouldn’t do. So with the help of a few awesome people, I created Cue Cards for My Happier Mind in the hopes that the life-hacks that have helped me could be of use to others too.

Damn, no, I’m not alone. But the good news is that when you’re feeling crappy, you’re not alone either. I’m out there. And so are 300 million people who would nod in agreement if you chose to spill your guts, 300 million people who would pat you on the back gently if you just wanted to cry for a while.

Hello… I’m happy you’re here.