Self Care Library — Winter 2018

Asking for Help and Being Attacked by Squirrels

Posted by Meredith Hartley on

Asking for Help and Being Attacked by Squirrels
Today, anxiety and depression and PTSD did not gain any ground. It's no guarantee that I'll make healthy choices tomorrow, or that things will be better or I'll be stronger. Mental health isn't linear or progressive like that. It's less of an "uphill marathon" thing and more of a "trying to run on a treadmill everyday while being attacked by squirrels in various stages of hunger and heat" kind of thing.

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"Weariness" by Eva Willes Wangsgaard

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"Weariness" by Eva Willes Wangsgaard
Come, Winter, cradle me upon your breast
Beneath your shawl of softly folded wool;
I have grown weary of the year’s unrest;
Of wild ambitions I am overfull...

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Letter from the Founders, January 2018

Posted by Meredith Hartley on

Letter from the Founders, January 2018

I have to admit that I’ve struggled with what to write for the Winter Box. People talk about winter like it’s a magical wonderland. But this winter hasn’t felt magical to us here at HavenTree. The dark days trigger seasonal depression for Tresa. My autoimmune disorder makes cold intensely painful. Our children get sick more, which means we’re always hypervigilant to avoid more severe complications with their special needs. And I can’t think of a time when so many people I know are struggling as much as they do right now— and so many members of the HavenTree community have...

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