13 January 2018

Using a Bullet Journal for Mental Health Care

I’ve done a few videos on mental health care and written a blog about my 2017 bullet journal. I’m a believer in the power of the bujo. I’m a convert, but a bujo isn’t for everyone. If it isn’t for you, but you need to up your mental health care game, try making the two trackers I’mma show you in this blog. They’ve been freaking amazeballs goodness when it comes to improving the quality of my life, friends.

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15 December 2016

Caution! The Holidays Are Ahead!

Beth Hallman "Caution: The Holidays are Ahead!"

Writer: Beth Hallman | Many of us have to get through the holidays, not celebrate them. And that’s such sadness, y’all…

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4 November 2016

Mental Health Care Management Part One: Journaling {{{video!}}}

Hi, friends! This is the first in a series of videos about mental health care management. Who better to explore it with you than the lady with the Crazies down South Georgia way, right? I truly believe there is a power in sharing, so I encourage you to contact me with strategies you may use or want to explore in future videos. I chose journaling first on accounta it’s my number one go-to for managing my own mental health. I hope this helps you, sisters and brothers. We’re stronger when we’re together. We’re stronger when we speak out, reach out, and help one another. Big love from Lil’ Nashvegas, B.

28 October 2016

Five People on the Internet Who Changed My Life

Writer: Beth Hallman | My husband is a devastatingly handsome drummer and a small town high school band director. He’s a pretty cool guy to be partnered up with for the life. He’s also…
On the Plus Side is a blog, forum and community for Upper Plus Size women to come and join the conversation. On the Plus Side is hosted and sponsored by MiB. Our Forum is a safe space for you to come and discuss any and all topics you wish, and our blog is written by a collective of experts on topics including Plus Size Fashion to Body Positivity to Plus Size Travel and Lifestyle. We invite you to come and read our articles, share your thoughts, make a profile and dive into the conversation in our forums. This is a positive and supportive community for YOU!
13 October 2016

The Truth

This isn’t what I planned on writing today. I was gonna finally sit down and explain that whole “shoo fly” positivism, finally articulate the moment it all clicked. I’m still gonna do that, but there’s more here. Something relevant. Something worthy of note. First, lemme tell y’all about what happened last week when I was just going to the utility room, just going to get a Diet Coke out of the refrigerator we keep stocked with drinks. Look, we don’t keep our drink fridge on the carport anymore. We’re gettin’ a little uppity like that.

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23 September 2016

Honesty Is the Best Policy

 I arrived at my psychiatrist’s appointment last Tuesday. I’d already ran through how this appointment was gonna play out in my head. Now, this is the psychiatrist I started seein’ after I went through a terrible, no good, prolonged depressive episode last April on accounta… well… on accounta that’s what happened. Everyone says this new psychiatrist is brilliant, a genius! When I say everybody, I mean, everydamnbody. My family doctor, every therapist I know, the girl at the check out, my neighbor… everybody thinks the new guy is the shiz. But he took no guff from me the last time I saw him and I already knew he wanted me to stop taking a medication I thought I couldn’t do without, so yeah, I was ready for him. This made up conversation in my head went something like this.
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21 September 2016

Here Comes a Thought/ Flexibility, Love, & Trust

Steven Universe is one of the little-Little’s favorite shows. I’ve watched a few times with her and it’s some progressive, good stuff. Plus, Steven is downright entertaining.

Last week, the little-Little shared this song, Here Comes a Thought/ Flexibility, Love, & Trust with me. The song reminded her of the discussion we had about mindfulness. What’s mindfulness? Mindfulness means paying attention; being in the present moment; acknowledging and accepting, without judgement, our feelings, thoughts, and body.

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12 September 2016

One Size Does Not Fit All

Writer: Beth Hallman | Sometimes, this is what happens, friends. This is raw and in the moment- my personal experience with mental illness and my journey to love my body just as it is.

What happens when you don’t fit? When a one size fits all life is too small for someone bigger in every possible way? Most places don’t feel right or good or…

On the Plus Side is a blog, forum and community for Upper Plus Size women to come and join the conversation. On the Plus Side is hosted and sponsored by MiB. Our Forum is a safe space for you to come and discuss any and all topics you wish, and our blog is written by a collective of experts on topics including Plus Size Fashion to Body Positivity to Plus Size Travel and Lifestyle. We invite you to come and read our articles, share your thoughts, make a profile and dive into the conversation in our forums. This is a positive and supportive community for YOU!

6 September 2016

I’m No Judy Garland, but I Did Get Out of Bed Today

 I slept for two days after that Facebook friend request. I don’t know if I shut down or what. This wasn’t a depressive episode for sure. I know depression. Although, a friend of mine and I were talkin’ recently about how a depressive episode is much like child birth. You know it’s bad. You remember it’s super painful, but for some reason you forget how deep it runs. The memory of the pain is numb. Time places a filter over it… until it happens again. You’re shocked by how all consuming and terrible it really is. You get the wind knocked out of you. You’ve been through this before, so how could you forget the intensity of the experience? Hopefully, just like with child birth, there’s life at the end of the struggle.
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