Hey, everybody! I’m Amanda Lynn, and this is the inaugural post on my new blog, The Fangirl’s Guide to Happiness. This is a blog that puts a fandom spin on the subjects of self-help and self-development, and hopefully will help equip members of fandom (however you identify is totally cool on this blog) to become their best selves, or at least take a few steps in that direction.
Now, I’m not saying that I’m the happiest person alive or anything—far from it, actually!—but I’ve been in professional psych therapy for many years, and I read a shit-ton* of self-help and self-development books. I have depression (or possibly type 2 bipolar), anxiety, ADHD, and a “mixed” personality disorder, whatever that is. I’ve also struggled with self-harm, multiple eating disorders, addiction, and suicidal ideation in the past. I was just awarded Social Security Disability for all this stuff, so it definitely affects my everyday life in a big way. Unfortunately, just reading and writing about self-help does not necessarily mean I’m able to take all of my own advice. But I have learned a few things about how to make life suck less, and that’s what I want to share with you.
So, my very first Fangirl Secret to Happiness is this: