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Start your week off with these happy facts, and share them with others!

Aha!

MONDAY is the only day of the week that has an anagram, and it is DYNAMO!

So, be a dynamo and take on the day!


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That’s me in the cover photo…just older.

I’m a forty-something introvert, mom, and writer and love hard rock and metal. It’s cathartic.

Have you ever watched Dead to Me? Christina Applegate’s character meditates via metal. It’s the scene in which I felt understood…that I’m not the only one who can find solace in such music.

Scene from Dead to Me, Music “Paralyzed” by Caliban, a metalcore band. (warning explicit)

1. Mental Health

Perhaps listening to metal is an equivalent to the primal scream…an outpouring of raw emotion. I live with depression and anxiety, and tension and frustrations build up within me too quickly sometimes. Instead of allowing it to boil…


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Stuck in a rut? Bored?

Try one or more of the following 10 ideas. Enjoy them alone or with your children! If you do one and post about it, please use #LifeChallenge so I and others can check them out and get inspired!

Take photos!

Go for a walk in your neighborhood and take pictures of what you see. Trees? Bugs? Park? Or, drive around town and take pictures of your stomping grounds to notice what you may not have noticed before! Or, document your day with photos…from breakfast, to chores, to any daily activity, to bedtime routine. It’s like a picture diary of your day. …


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Let’s talk about Kanye.

Over the years, we’ve all heard of some (or many) of Kanye West’s eccentricities. Knowing that bipolar mania could be behind them, though, should make us more patient and understanding with him. A person with such a diagnosis needs a support system. If I, who am unknown to most, struggle with bipolar…someone in the spotlight must struggle more immensely due to the public shaming of his words and behaviors.


NOTE: As some grieving families feel like fodder for entertainment, others feel joy that their story is being told, keeping the name of their loved one alive. My empathy for the victims has only deepened with the viewing of these shows. Life matters. It is up to each one of us to be a loving, kind person. We need to act out of love and kindness if we are to make a positive impact upon others.

A Guilty Pleasure

During this past year of pandemic, I filled my free time with these shows. It became a guilty pleasure; I knew I shouldn’t have…


Regrets

I wish I could have a do-over at life. I would have gotten my college degree in something I was passionate about and not let fear guide me to a “safe” option. I would have pursued help for my mental health earlier so that I didn’t suffer as long and have it take its toll on my friendships, marriage, and motherhood. I would have pushed harder and sooner to get the best help for my son’s many life-long struggles.


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My experience occurred almost 40 years ago. This is the first time I’ve ever mentioned it in any way. I was 6 or 7 years old, and my best friend was 4 or 5.

Our neighbors were close-knit.

We all felt like family. As kids, we loved hanging out with the adults, too, sometimes. One man, who always gave us kids his time, lived nearby. He’d let us help him garden and set traps for the moles. He’d create woodwork items for us. He taught us how to bird watch, and he’d be our guide as we hiked in the forest behind the houses…


Harold

My life got flipped–turned upside down, and it’s not the first time.

This past year of 2019–2020, my priorities shifted out of necessity. For survival. My depression and anxiety have been a constant battle. Over a year ago, I went through a divorce after 20+ years of marriage.

With that, came many changes. I accepted a job far away from all my family and friends. I moved, and took one of the three dogs with me. Harold became my emotional support. However, I became unemployed again, as many have during the pandemic. I did find another job, but it doesn’t pay enough to support myself. Therefore, I have moved back in with…


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Over the years, mine has told me…

  • You can’t.
  • You’re not good enough.
  • You’ll never amount to anything.
  • People just tolerate you.
  • You have no real friends.
  • You’re not lovable.
  • Life is pointless.

These are dangerous assertions, especially for someone who struggles with depression. Unfortunately, those struggling with depression have these thoughts more often and tend to more easily believe them. Fight back. Finding ways to quiet the mind and to redirect thoughts are important. Practicing meditation or metacognition to aid in cognitive restructuring are remarkably beneficial.

Failing ≠ Failure

Just because you may fail at something, doesn’t mean you can’t succeed. Giving up should not be an option. Reality…

Alicia Rust

Writer. Lover of dark chocolate, coffee, tea, & being me. I’m an anxiety-ridden, bipolar 2 survivor... www.lifesodaily.com

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