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Book Review: The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll

The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll is the original Bullet Journal®. Before reading this book, I was vaguely aware that there was an official bullet journal website, but what I learned about bullet journalling came from other bloggers and from Pinterest.  It turns out my journal is very different from a Bullet Journal. Bullet Journalling …

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Bullet Journalling Part I: The Basics

I’ve talked about bullet journalling before, but it’s been a while, so I thought I’d talk about it again in a little miniseries over the next couple of weeks. Part II is on tracking and part III is about reflection. My Journalling History I’ve journalled off and on for most of my life. When I …

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Bullet Journalling Part II: Tracking

Living with a chronic health condition, it can be hard to see patterns in all the different things that are going on. That’s especially true if brain fog gets in the way of being able to remember things. That’s where tracking in a bullet journal (or in an app, or elsewhere) can come in handy. …

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Bullet Journalling Part III: Reflection

This is the last part in a little mini-series about journalling (the previous posts were on the basics and habit & symptom tracking). This post will look at journalling as a tool for reflection. I know some bloggers use their blog much like a journal. That was never really the direction I wanted to go …

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Review: Here Until I’m Gone (& Thoughts on Therapeutic Writing)

Here Until I’m Gone Here Until I’m Gone: 40 Poems About Trauma, Illness, And The Inevitability Of Death is a booklet of poetry by Mio Angelo of Mentally Ill in America. The poems capture the challenges of living with chronic mental illness, including dealing with the ignorance of others. He writes about finding healing from …

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The bias inherent in online stories of psych med side effects

Bias in Online Stories of Psych Med Side Effects

You can find all kinds of stories online of people reporting negative experiences with different forms of psychiatric medication. However, there’s inherent bias in that kind of reporting of side effects, so you really can’t use that information to effectively generalize how safe or effective a treatment is. In this post, we’ll look at where …

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Therapy Tools for Mental Health

I don’t currently do therapy and haven’t had a lot of success with it in the past, but I’m very pro-therapy in general. I’ve picked up a collection of therapy tools from acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), and various others that are handy to pull out of …

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Tips for Bloggers to Avoid Accidental Copyright Violations

Most bloggers are very well-intentioned and would try to steer clear of any potential copyright violations. However, it’s not hard to inadvertently cross the line from okay to dodgy. So, let’s chat about some issues that might come up. Copyright notice There doesn’t have to be a notice asserting the content owner’s copyright for that …

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Gratitude from A to Z

An A-to-Z gratitude challenge is currently making the rounds in the blogosphere. The goal is to identify something to feel grateful for starting with each letter of the alphabet (X and Z just have to contain, not necessarily start with, those letters).  I thought I would join in. A-romatherapy: very pleasant and relaxing B-edtime: my …

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