Emily Allen lives and works part-time in the Metro Detroit area. She enjoys kickboxing, piano, creative writing and hanging out with friends.

Highlights

Building a Lifestyle of Stability—Coming to Terms with Work Limitations

Emily Allen
June 5, 2018

Recovery doesn’t just happen—it is a lifestyle. It may involve adjusting your work schedule and making other life changes, and that’s OK. Somebody said something wise to me today: He said that recovery is “a lifestyle.” It’s something you choose and that you work toward, not something that just happens to you. This young man...

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How to Take a Journey of Self-Discovery—and What You Can Learn

Emily Allen
February 12, 2018

Sometimes, after years of illness, life invites us on journeys of self-discovery. Here are some steps that I have followed on my own personal journey and that you can follow, too. By Emily Allen   This morning, my devotional’s question was: “What invitation might God be offering to you out of the failures and pain...

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Gratitude: My Journey from Psychosis to Health

Emily Allen
January 22, 2018

My medication non-compliance led to a devastating psychotic break in 2015. But through family intervention and a return to compliance, I am now healthy, employed, and advocating for others. Here’s what I’ve learned. By Emily Allen   In 2013, fed up with weight gain as a side effect, I decided to stop taking a key...

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Blogs and Articles

Dare to Unplug: How Mini Technology “Vacations” Help You Tune Into Yourself

Emily Allen
April 29, 2019

Taking short breaks from the distraction of technology can help you find inner peace and embrace being alone with your thoughts. A friend of mine who is training for a marathon told me, the newbie runner, that once a week I should get out and just run. No cell phone, no running watch: Just me...

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4 Tips for Challenging Yourself While Nurturing Your Stability

Emily Allen
March 25, 2019

You’re full of ideas and thrive on challenges, but know a stable lifestyle is essential. Fortunately, you can satisfy your desire for challenges, and still maintain balance. If you’re like me, you’re chock-full of bright ideas. You’ve got tons of inspiration. You love the new, new, new—and get bored easily. You’re always looking to shake...

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C’est La Vie: Bipolar and the Philosophy of “Good Enough”

Emily Allen
March 11, 2019

“Good enough” is a necessary guiding principle for a life lived with bipolar. In fact, it is necessary for any life—or any endeavor. C’est la vie. It’s a fancy French term meaning “such is life.” It means accepting the unexpected, and rolling with the punches. It’s an attitude I’m embracing as I plan my wedding....

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A Wellness Wake-up Call—The Importance of Getting in for That Physical

Emily Allen
June 12, 2018

Making it to your doctor’s office to get a physical might be difficult, but it can be an important step in taking charge of your own health. I admit: I did it again. I let too long go between physicals, this time allowing three years to lapse before getting myself to my primary care physician...

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Mental Health Month: Taking Pride in Working Toward Wellness

Emily Allen
May 1, 2018

Mental Health Month is a chance to own your wellness journey, discovering what works best for you and taking pride in your daily wellness quest.   By Emily Allen   May marks two years since I was last hospitalized. I broke a vicious cycle of bouncing in and out of the hospital and turned a...

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Spring & Stability: One Thing I Always Do

Emily Allen
April 20, 2018

Self-monitoring is always important. Try these tools to build a healthier, more stable lifestyle. By Emily Allen   Monitoring ourselves, for those of us with bipolar disorder, is always important. But self-monitoring, for me, becomes even more important during the spring and fall, times when the changing light makes me more susceptible either to mania...

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