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Fighting My Devil Mermaids . . . er, I mean Demons!

To say creativity has been a struggle lately would be a vast understatement. Trying to finally tackle my depression, anxiety, and apparently ADD (look at that, I’m a triple threat now!) has been an entire process. I’m still only in the beginnings of this journey despite dealing with all 3 issues pretty much forever, but there is definitely an overall improvement in my quality of life even if things aren’t perfect.

I’ve been waiting for the urge to create things to return for several weeks now. This weekend I finally was able to scratch that itch. Mr. Moth and I just enjoyed a lazy weekend without any set plans of things to do and I found myself writing again and drawing this devil mermaid because Hell deserves mermaids too, damnit! 😛

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What’s your go-to self care tactics for boosting your mental health? Also, what creative things are you guys all working on these days?? 🙂

10 thoughts on “Fighting My Devil Mermaids . . . er, I mean Demons!

  1. Good to hear that you’re doing a little better at the moment. A great piece of art as well!
    QI know how rough it can be, as i also have all three of those and struggle with them quite a lot – especially in the last couple of years. For me, it’s painting models while listening to podcasts, lifting weights when I can motivate myself and hopefully playing some games on occasion…

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    1. Thank you! ❤ Sorry you too are facing your own struggle with those 3 things. It's definitely quite the combo. I guess when we find ourselves doing really well despite all that we can be really proud of pulling off the ultimate c-c-c-combo Breaker!! lol Sorry, Killer Instinct video game references must never go to waste when the situation arises. (Silliness is another good coping mechanism, I guess!) 😛

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    1. Thanks so much! ❤ And thanks for sharing your own struggle with anxiety. I'm glad more and more people are talking about mental health these days. Hopefully it will make things easier for more people in the long run. 🙂

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  2. I love the idea of mermaids swimming through the lakes of Hell. *MUAH* Perfection.
    I know the last month plus has been rough with starting your mental health journey, but I think you’ve been handling it like a champ! I’ve seen you do several things that I would not expect just due to your lack of anxiety about said thing. You’re evolving into this new level of Moth and I AM HERE FOR IT. ❤

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    1. Aww, you just made my heart so happy with that comment! ^_^ Thank you! ❤ ❤ ❤
      Knowing that the people closest to me are already seeing positive changes makes it so worth it! 😀

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  3. Several people I know didn’t get diagnosed with anything related to mental health/illness until they were adults (myself included), and it’s such a bizarre journey. You look at the past and think, “OMG, THAT’S WHY.” I asked my Intro to Interpreting class about self-care because they’re 18 and I’m an adult who has burned out in the past. There is a high burnout rate in interpreting, which is why we were having this conversation as a class. Here is what we came up with (this is a short post on my interpreting blog): https://melaniepageasl.com/2022/02/14/interpreting-and-self-care/

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  4. So much coffee I might as well just do cocaine lol. Caffeine does help boost my mood and get my ADHD under some control so I can focus. I also try to break up any large task into bits and pieces, which is what I’ve been doing with my WIP. It makes it easier not to think about how big the project is. I also try to look at any progress no matter how small as good 🙂

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    1. Yeah, caffeine is absolutely the nectar of the gods. ❤ Those are all great tactics! I am enjoying breaking up the next draft of my book I'm working on chapter by chapter in Scrivener so it seems a lot less daunting, just like you said. It really does seem to help. 🙂

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      1. It does. I know some people write exclusively on Scrivener, too. I’m not there yet lol. Apparently it’ll collate and organize chapters for you, but I’m so used to Word. I’m trying to have my sort of brainstorming sessions on OneNote, use Scrivener for character, setting, and world-building notes once I have things straightened out and then Word is where I write.

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