Hello Lovelies & Welcome!
Are you ready to learn to create calm when you feel surrounded by chaos?
Would you like to improve your relationships while learning to advocate for yourself and your needs?
Do you want to communicate with your mental health team better?
Do you want to feel more productive and less chaotic living with a mental illness?
Do you want to grow as a woman living with anxiety, depression, or PTSD, and learn skills to help you thrive?
Do you want to achieve peace without meditation or yoga?
Do you want to learn the basics of self care to improve your mental health and start creating a life you love?
If you said yes to any of these, you're in the right place!
“With Love, Me” is a mental health and self care blog dedicated to helping women find balance in their lives by improving their mental health.
As women, we often put ourselves last. We’re stressed, overwhelmed and overworked, and our mental health is suffering.
Our self esteem suffers, our relationships are strained, and we’re often left feeling anxious, depressed, and alone even when we’re sharing our life with a great family, friends, partners, and kids.
It seems counter productive to take “me time” when you’re a busy woman. It did to me!!
I share my personal experiences with my readers so you can learn from my mistakes, my challenges, and my triumphs.
Because when you improve your mental health by practicing self care and taking time for you, your life will change.
From how your environment affects your mood to tips dealing with the mental health system, each post is created to help you improve your mental health and self care so you can start living a happier life.
As a Bonus:
You'll get an exclusive peek into what life with a psychiatric service dog is really like.
See behind the scenes training, public access, ADA laws, and you'll even see the fun activities we do.
Learn information about psychiatric service dogs on the blog, but you can see these 3 fluffs on our social media pages!
A Little Bit About Krystian
I am a US Air Force Wife. I have lived in many places including various USA states and JAPAN! I am a North Carolina girl at heart! I currently live in Washington DC with my husband, daughter, and 3 pups. I have always had a passion for writing, dogs, and people. I also love photography, true crime documentaries, and home diys & decor.
I spent many years working with local rescues training rescue dogs to become great family pets. I have fostered over 200 dogs!! Some of these dogs have gone on to become great service dogs. Like Zeak, my golden Shepherd. Working with dogs taught me that all creatures, humans included, are deserving of safety, care, and love.
My family includes my zen husband, Jay, who is my calm in the storm. My creative and inspiring daughter, Abi, who gave me the idea for this blog with our talks about mental health. And three wonderful pups! Chloe, a chihuahua mix, Mischa a schnauzer mix, and Koda, a husky mix who is my current service dog in training.
My mental illness kept me from having a traditional 9-5 job. So I worked from home training rescue dogs, designing flyers and paperwork, and consulting with other PTSD patients when they needed a service dog. Working from home has helped me take care of my busy Air Force family and my mental health for the past 20 years.
My Self Care Journey to Improved Mental Health
My journey starts young. I have experienced nightmares and sleep paralysis my entire life. In my teens, I was diagnosed with Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after surviving a flood, sexual assualt, abuse, and my attempted murder during a home invasion. In my late 30s, I was diagnosed with ADHD, which is commonly missed in women. So not only am I neurodivergent, I'm an anxious mess who wants to do more than her mind and sometimes body allows.
I married in 2004 to my wonderful supportive husband. He's been my liferaft in the chaos of mental illness.
When you live with a mental illness before you accept it, there is denial. I was in denial about my mental health for a long time. I wanted a normal life, but I myself wasn't "normal".
I felt the need to push myself further than I should have. I felt I needed to work, be a full time mom and wife, and be active in my community. I never said no. I pretended to be someone I wasn't to please others. I put the needs of others before my own until I couldn't anymore. I wasn't happy with my life, but that's what people with good mental health do, right? WRONG!
One morning, I fainted. I was so emotionally and physically exhausted that my body felt the need to make me rest. It was time for a change. And change is scary. But for me to be truly happy in my life, I needed to learn to take care of myself and my mental illness.
Now I am on a mental health and self care journey to become a better version of myself everyday. I take time for me, address my needs to others, have some great mental health boosting hobbies, a relaxed and cozy home, and have learned valuable communication skills.
And now I am passing this knowledge onto you!
What You'll Learn on With Love, Me
"With Love, Me" is dedicated to simplifying mental health and self care to help others on their journey. You will go from feelings of guilt, loathing, fear, and anxiety to ones of self love and appreciation for your unique self.
You are going to learn self care skills that will help you take care of yourself, have better relationships, and help you start creating a life you love!
You will learn how to advocate for your mental health to your doctors & therapists to help you get the quality care you deserve.
You will find budget friendly workbooks, E-books, infographics, and more in the shop to help you on your self care journey.
This blog shares REAL tips from a REAL girl living with mental illness. And has tips I have learned from my doctors and therapist sprinkled in.
This is not a "fake it until you make it" site. You'll learn tips to not only live with mental illnesses like anxiety, depression, and PTSD, but to also thrive with them!
By learning self care, you will become your true self. Yup, the person who you hide from the world will come out into the open. I am much happier being me, and you will be too!!
And if you need a little extra help, I am going to teach you about psychiatric service dogs. You'll learn about ADA laws and policy, etiquette, training and more! And you'll get a peek into my life with a psychiatric service dog.
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