Mad Like Alyce

Mental Health Around the Holidays

With Christmas just two sleeps away, I enjoyed sleeping in, drinking waaayyyy to much coffee, standing in line forever at the grocery store (thank god for Audible), and cleaning the apartment… specifically my desk. I am a constant note taker, saving little scraps of paper with scribbled ideas to come back to later. You guys, if I had made half of the makeup looks I’ve had ideas for… but I digress.

What really struck me was finding a few scribbled poems from this time last year when I was really starting to struggle with my PTSD again. I’m not sure when this lesson is going to sink in, but there is no such thing as “getting there” or “arriving” at this elusive dream called “better.” Its all a process of adjusting, and continuing to fight to be our best selves no matter what.

Mental Health Around the Holidays

The holidays are difficult for so many people, regardless if they have mental illness to contend with or not. With money struggles, travel, family, weather, and possible SADD issues, it is a variable cocktail of emotions and stressors, but add mental struggles on top, and it can make things…. lets go with interesting. A year seems like a long time, but in truth it flies by so quickly. It feels a little crazy to me that just a year ago, I wrote this:

My mind is a record,

I keep it spinning to keep the nightmares at bay.

The smallest bump to my barely stable world causes skips…

jumping from song to song in a desperate attempt

to keep the music playing.

Though I struggled, I was at least aware that I needed to make changes, even if I didn’t know just how far that stability had slipped. Perhaps my subconscious knew, now that I read this poem, I wonder.

Keeping things positive

I share this poem, not to be negative, but instead to show that we all have our dark holidays. Sometimes we put so much pressure on ourselves to have a magical holiday but the truth is, there is so much of that out of our control. If you are not feeling so hot this holiday season, just know you are not alone, and it doesn’t mean it will feel this way forever. Heres to hoping your holidays are wonderful, and sending positivity your way!

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Hi! I'm Alyce.
Welcome to my journey towards living a happier and healthier life while living with PTSD and chronic pain... and never letting it keep me from my passion for Halloween, cooking, and way too many DIY projects... all at the same time!

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  • Maybe Christmas doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas... perhaps... means a little bit more. 
Super excited that my family is NOT doing gifts this year! We are all just bringing a side dish, dessert, and a board game for some quality family time. What are you doing for Christmas? #thegrinchwhostolechristmas #whoville #grinch #grinchchristmas #christmasmovies #grinchmas
  • Even if I wanted to go, my schedule wouldn't allow it! 4 o'clock: wallow in self pity. 4:30: stare into the abyss. 5 o'clock: solve world hunger (tell no one). 5:30: jazzercise. 6:30: dinner with me, I can't cancel that again! 7 o'clock: wrestle with my self loathing. I'm booked! Course if I bump the loathing to 9 I can still be done in time to lay in bed, stare at the ceiling and slip slowly into madness. But what would I wear! #thegrinchwhostolechristmas #whoville #grinch #grinchchristmas #christmasmovies
  • "I'm gunna throw up... and then I'm going to DIIIIIIIEEEEEEEE!"
Probably my favorite line in the entire movie, so much so that it has stuck with me for years. This is often how my anxiety feels like, and I think of this line from the Grinch often when I'm struggling, even at the height of summer! So, the Grinch is a bit near and dear to my heart, and no one will ever take Jim Carrey's place in my heart, even if if it does grow three sizes. #grinch #thegrinchthatstolechristmas #christmas #grinchmakeup
  • I’ve never actually smoked a day in my life. #frosty #frostythesnowman #glamfrosty #winter #wintermakeup
  • One of the reasons I liked this makeup so much was the incredibly simple nose. I’ve tried some looks in the past and I don’t know if it was the white face, orange nose, or just my lack of makeup experience, but I hated them. Instead of trying to literally draw a carrot, this is just a nod in that direction. Also, I’m not one for glitter but I really dig these eyes! Good thing I like them, because I still have glitter on my face. #glitter #frosty #wintermakeup
  • Sticking with my winter theme, it’s Frosty! Ok, this one is a great example of why I love the internet. I saw an AMAZING frosty photo on an Instagram feature account and took a screenshot because I was dying to recreate it. Normally I make sure I have the artists handle in the screenshot so I can tag them if I ever do try it, but somehow missed it this time. To find her, I took to YouTube to find @victorialyn ’s tutorial, and I’m completely blown away with not only the makeup, but the production quality of her videos. I know how much time and effort something like that takes and they are so much fun to watch, even if you don’t plan on doing the makeup in the tutorial. I love finding new artists to follow and be inspired by! #frosty #frostythesnowman #winter
  • The last look at my Frostbite! What other injury makeups could be considered "Holiday"? or at least timely for winter? Or should I do something more glam next? I have half a mind to save more gory winter looks for January when i'm no longer feeling the warm and fuzzies when it snows! #winter #frostbite #frostbitemakeup #sfx #sfxmua
  • "Walking in a Winter Wonderland"
Im really pleased with how this turned out! I know it's no super glamorous but creating actual injuries and skin conditions is a great challenge. I'll spare you the reference material, but it was fun trying to re-create the blistering, as gross as that sounds. Stay warm my friends! #frostbite #frostbitemakeup #winterwonderland #sfxmakeup #sfxmua
  • "Baby it's cold outside."
This look inspired by a 3 hour drive in a blizzard last weekend. It actually wasn't too bad, mostly just excruciatingly slow, but living in SD, I know how dangerous it can be going off the road in bad conditions. #frostbite #SFX #sfxmakeup #brrrrrr #sfxwound

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