Band Together Community https://bandtogethercommunity.com The Band Together Community exists to create awareness, build community and offer support for those struggling with mental and emotional health challenges. Wed, 05 Aug 2020 03:41:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 170656289 4 Things to Know Before Starting a Meditation Practice https://bandtogethercommunity.com/4-things-to-know-before-starting-a-meditation-practice/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=4-things-to-know-before-starting-a-meditation-practice https://bandtogethercommunity.com/4-things-to-know-before-starting-a-meditation-practice/#comments Wed, 05 Aug 2020 03:40:52 +0000 https://bandtogethercommunity.com/?p=10102 People come to meditation for a number of reasons but usually because they are seeking better productivity and focus in their work, stress reduction techniques, or to help with their mental health (typically depression and/or anxiety).Starting a meditation practice can seem daunting and this is why I always encourage finding a teacher to help you […]

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#0072 – “Around Christmas I went dark again and fell very close to the edge.” https://bandtogethercommunity.com/0072-around-christmas-i-went-dark-again-and-fell-very-close-to-the-edge/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=0072-around-christmas-i-went-dark-again-and-fell-very-close-to-the-edge https://bandtogethercommunity.com/0072-around-christmas-i-went-dark-again-and-fell-very-close-to-the-edge/#respond Thu, 30 Jul 2020 19:52:52 +0000 https://bandtogethercommunity.com/?p=10032 I grew up in an abusive household. I think that’s where my anxiety began. I suffer from severe anxiety, depression, and ADHD. My therapist and I were just coming to accept what I have been through when Covid caused everything to shut down. I opted out of therapy after that. I have been fighting on […]

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#0071 – “I also struggle with and eating disorder and have since I was in 6th grade.” https://bandtogethercommunity.com/0071-i-also-struggle-with-and-eating-disorder-and-have-since-i-was-in-6th-grade/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=0071-i-also-struggle-with-and-eating-disorder-and-have-since-i-was-in-6th-grade https://bandtogethercommunity.com/0071-i-also-struggle-with-and-eating-disorder-and-have-since-i-was-in-6th-grade/#respond Thu, 30 Jul 2020 19:48:11 +0000 https://bandtogethercommunity.com/?p=10030 I have been sexually assaulted by two people. One of which it happened multiple times. I also struggle with and eating disorder and have since I was in 6th grade. I am now in 8th grade.

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COVID Isn’t Just a Virus Inside Us; It’s a Virus Between Us Too https://bandtogethercommunity.com/covid-isnt-just-a-virus-inside-us-its-a-virus-between-us-too/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=covid-isnt-just-a-virus-inside-us-its-a-virus-between-us-too https://bandtogethercommunity.com/covid-isnt-just-a-virus-inside-us-its-a-virus-between-us-too/#respond Tue, 28 Jul 2020 18:00:35 +0000 https://bandtogethercommunity.com/?p=10005 As the Clinical Director for a moderately sized private practice in downtown Chicago, my job at the beginning of the pandemic was pretty simple: “Just focus on helping everybody keep their s*** together, one day at a time.” That included the 30+ clients I work with per week, plus staying on top of at least […]

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Creating a Sacred Relationship With Our Emotional Pain https://bandtogethercommunity.com/creating-a-sacred-relationship-with-our-emotional-pain/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=creating-a-sacred-relationship-with-our-emotional-pain https://bandtogethercommunity.com/creating-a-sacred-relationship-with-our-emotional-pain/#comments Wed, 22 Jul 2020 03:31:24 +0000 https://bandtogethercommunity.com/?p=9940 Emotional pain is something that seems to wiggle itself into the fabric of our lives. Mostly, I’ve felt like it’s been an uninvited guest in my own life, and I’ve had to really work hard to figure out our relationship. I wont lie; the language I’ve used for my pain in the past was often […]

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#0070 – “Every day I think about how I’m going to try to put back the pieces of my life—which is literally every day—I feel pessimistic and overwhelmed.” https://bandtogethercommunity.com/0070-every-day-i-think-about-how-im-going-to-try-to-put-back-the-pieces-of-my-life-which-is-literally-every-day-i-feel-pessimistic-and-overwhelmed/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=0070-every-day-i-think-about-how-im-going-to-try-to-put-back-the-pieces-of-my-life-which-is-literally-every-day-i-feel-pessimistic-and-overwhelmed https://bandtogethercommunity.com/0070-every-day-i-think-about-how-im-going-to-try-to-put-back-the-pieces-of-my-life-which-is-literally-every-day-i-feel-pessimistic-and-overwhelmed/#respond Wed, 22 Jul 2020 00:46:30 +0000 https://bandtogethercommunity.com/?p=9938 ***Trigger Warning – Sexual Content*** Three years later, I still want to give up—to check out of this world—every single day.  Sometimes even the thought of my kids can’t keep the darkness away.Although I’ve always struggled with anxiety and depression, and survived domestic violence, at the time I was rather well-off. The best part of […]

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#0069 – “I am trying to exist in a new world, trying to understand why my feelings are in chaos, a maelstrom of emotions beating against my already fragile mental health.” https://bandtogethercommunity.com/0069-i-am-trying-to-exist-in-a-new-world-trying-to-understand-why-my-feelings-are-in-chaos-a-maelstrom-of-emotions-beating-against-my-already-fragile-mental-health/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=0069-i-am-trying-to-exist-in-a-new-world-trying-to-understand-why-my-feelings-are-in-chaos-a-maelstrom-of-emotions-beating-against-my-already-fragile-mental-health https://bandtogethercommunity.com/0069-i-am-trying-to-exist-in-a-new-world-trying-to-understand-why-my-feelings-are-in-chaos-a-maelstrom-of-emotions-beating-against-my-already-fragile-mental-health/#respond Wed, 22 Jul 2020 00:27:49 +0000 https://bandtogethercommunity.com/?p=9930 10 days ago I found out how badly my marriage was broken, my husband has been having an online affair. After a couple of years it became physical. I found out accidentally. It shattered both of us. I am trying to exist in a new world, trying to understand why my feelings are in chaos, […]

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#0068 – “If there was someone who could just be there to tell me that everything is gonna be ok and that there is space for me in this world.” https://bandtogethercommunity.com/0068-if-there-was-someone-who-could-just-be-there-to-tell-me-that-everything-is-gonna-be-ok-and-that-there-is-space-for-me-in-this-world/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=0068-if-there-was-someone-who-could-just-be-there-to-tell-me-that-everything-is-gonna-be-ok-and-that-there-is-space-for-me-in-this-world https://bandtogethercommunity.com/0068-if-there-was-someone-who-could-just-be-there-to-tell-me-that-everything-is-gonna-be-ok-and-that-there-is-space-for-me-in-this-world/#respond Mon, 20 Jul 2020 00:37:04 +0000 https://bandtogethercommunity.com/?p=9925 There is confusion and conflict within. I sleep at night but often wake up with my heart racing as if I have been running a marathon. I started a job which I really don’t like. Actually the train ride to work takes forever and feels like a waste of time every time. I ask myself, […]

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Life is Often One Uncomfortable Night https://bandtogethercommunity.com/life-is-often-one-uncomfortable-night/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=life-is-often-one-uncomfortable-night https://bandtogethercommunity.com/life-is-often-one-uncomfortable-night/#respond Wed, 15 Jul 2020 02:03:01 +0000 https://bandtogethercommunity.com/?p=9916 The horrible situation that happened to you will not go away, but the meaning that comes down the road as you explore it and walk through the pain can bring healing and be a healing balm for your future.

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7 Steps for Finding Balance & Stability in 2020 https://bandtogethercommunity.com/7-steps-for-finding-balance-stability-in-2020/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=7-steps-for-finding-balance-stability-in-2020 https://bandtogethercommunity.com/7-steps-for-finding-balance-stability-in-2020/#respond Tue, 07 Jul 2020 16:10:23 +0000 https://bandtogethercommunity.com/?p=9897 It’s been said many times over the past six months that “2020 is cancelled!” You only have to turn on the news for three minutes to see why. With all the discouraging headlines sweeping the globe, it’s easy to fall into an unhealthy state of mind and allow the rest of the year to pass […]

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