The Body Positive Maven: An Interview with Lindley Ashline

Recently I had the pleasure to meet and work with a wonderful lady named Lindley Ashline who is the body-positive icon of my dreams. She is the owner and creator of The Body Love Box (a body-positive, LGBTQA+ friendly, and racially diverse subscription box) as well as a photographer who helps women feel secure andContinue reading “The Body Positive Maven: An Interview with Lindley Ashline”

Play! Inspiring Creativity with Children in Isolation

Many of us are now being required to stay at home due to COVID-19, and this is so challenging when you have young children at home. While many schools are switching to remote learning, I have noticed how anxious many parents are about assisting their children in their education while keeping them busy in isolation.Continue reading “Play! Inspiring Creativity with Children in Isolation”

Hone Your Self-Care Skills in Quarantine

Throughout the past week as more and more cities, states, and districts have begun to enforce shelter-in-place orders due to the COVID-19, I have seen something harmful unfold. Many people are out of a job and being forced to stay at home, while numerous influencers across all social media platforms have created videos and articlesContinue reading “Hone Your Self-Care Skills in Quarantine”

The Horror Genre: An Antidote for Anxiety

HAPPY TUESDAY, EVERYONE! I hope you are doing okay and staying healthy (both mentally and physically).  I am still dealing with my symptoms related to COVID-19, as well as maintaining my self-isolation, so I wanted to share with you one of my favorite techniques for managing anxiety. I struggle with Major Depressive Disorder, Discouraged BorderlineContinue reading “The Horror Genre: An Antidote for Anxiety”

How to Use This ‘Emotion Chart’ to Pick Your Next Quarantine Read

Books have always been a safe haven for me.  Ever since I was young, I have found solace in and healing through reading.  My healing experience with reading has led me to become a huge advocate for Bibliotherapy (the use of books as therapeutic tools).  I am so excited to share this easily accessible formContinue reading “How to Use This ‘Emotion Chart’ to Pick Your Next Quarantine Read”

How Criticizing My Emotions in Childhood Created an ‘Emotional Storm’ Inside Me

When I was growing up, I was labeled as a “shy” and “sensitive” child. I would cry often, and I would be criticized for it, which contributed to my quiet demeanor. Whenever I would express anger, I was told I wasn’t allowed to be mad, or that being angry was wrong. I learned that sadness and angerContinue reading “How Criticizing My Emotions in Childhood Created an ‘Emotional Storm’ Inside Me”

On the Outside – A Poem About Borderline Personality Disorder

On the Outside A Poem About What It Feels Like to Have Borderline Personality Disorder By Ashley Nestler, MSW On the OutsideI am SereneI’m Put TogetherI Can’t Be Seen On the OutsideThey Say I’m CalmI Can Do AnythingNothing Can Be Wrong On the OutsideThey Cannot SeeMy Scars and TearsThat Lurk Inside of Me On theContinue reading “On the Outside – A Poem About Borderline Personality Disorder”

Stigma and Mental Health

The word “stigma” has been used in the mental health world to acknowledge the prejudice that surrounds mental illness; however, many individuals and professionals find the word offensive or unprofessional. As a social worker with a history of Major Depressive Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Bulimia, Complex PTSD, and substance abuse, I choose to use theContinue reading “Stigma and Mental Health”

The Danger of Misdiagnosing Discouraged Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is often categorized – in short – as a mental illness where the survivor exhibits explosive anger, impulsive behaviors, and unstable relationships – with romantic partners, as well as friends and family. Due to the destructive nature of these symptoms, BPD has almost become a bad word in the mental healthContinue reading “The Danger of Misdiagnosing Discouraged Borderline Personality Disorder”

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