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CONTENT WARNING: This post mentions self-harm and suicidal thoughts.
For some reason there is still a huge misconception that video games are bad for you. They make you violent. You’re irresponsible and lazy if you play them. For me, that is the complete opposite.
Playing video games makes me forget my problems associated with my mental health. They calm my anxiety. They distract me from my depression. You can read more about how they help me here.
I got my first computer when I was 7 or 8. Ever since then, I’ve played The Sims. And even though I’ve played many games in my life, I’ll always consider Sims to be one of my favorite games of all time.
I own The Sims: Complete Collection, every Sims 2 expansion pack and 4 stuff packs, and the first Sims 3 game. I also have all The Sims games for PlayStation 2.
I’m looking to eventually get all the stuff packs from Sims 2 to complete the collection, as well as The Sims 3 and Sims 4 games and the other spin-offs in the future. Even though the first two series will always be my favorites!
As I’ve recently picked back up playing Sims, I found these 4 ways The Sims helps my mental health.
CONTENT WARNING: This post mentions eating disorders, self-harm, and suicide.
This is a spoiler-free review.
For my second book review on my blog, I wanted to read Sad Perfect by Stephanie Elliot. I read so many mixed reviews about, but I wanted to give it a shot. I wanted to form my own opinion based on the content and the portrayal of mental illness.
Sad Perfect is a moving story about Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder. It’s informative, yet relatable. It’s heartbreaking, yet hopeful.
I do want to make a trigger warning before continuing with my review. I imagine this book can be incredibly triggering for those struggling with an eating disorder, especially ARFID. There were very descriptive passages of self-harm that triggered me greatly. I had to ground myself before reading on.
So to start my review, I say read this book at your own discretion. If you want to gain insight on less known mental illnesses, please read on.
*DON’T FORGET TO READ PARTS ONE AND TWO FIRST
A month after I turned 22, my mom called me on the phone. We were playing phone tag for a couple hours. She would call me. I would miss her call. I would call her back. She would miss mine. That’s how it was. Back and forth all day.
Finally, I picked up one of her calls. “I know you’re not going to want to hear this, but I’m getting a divorce.” That’s it. Then she hung up. Just. Like. That.
As soon as I put the phone down, tears flooded from all areas of my eyes. Areas I didn’t even know I had.
CONTENT WARNING: This post mentions graphic details of self-harm and mentions suicide and sexual abuse.
Wow guys! Wow! I can’t believe I am able to write this post today. I have reached one whole year of being self-harm free.
For the past three years, I’ve been on the bumpiest journey of my life ever since I revealed that I was sexually abused throughout my childhood. This past year in particular has been the biggest test of my strength, especially with all the added stress of my parent’s divorce and my dad’s alcoholism on top of my poor mental health.
But I’ve grown so much in the past year, and I’m so proud of the person I’m becoming. I sincerely mean that with every fiber of my being. I am becoming the person I want to be.
Without further ado…here’s my entire journey from self-harm addict to self-harm survivor.