The Stress bucket model: stressors fill up the bucket, coping skills release stress out of the bucket
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What Is… the Stress Bucket Model

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is the stress bucket model. I first heard of the term stress bucket several months ago in a post by Caz at Mental Health 360º, but it's been around for a while. It looks like it's best known… Continue reading What Is… the Stress Bucket Model

The tree of contemplative practices from The Contemplative Mind Foundation
Mental Health Tools, Wellbeing & Recovery

Exploring Contemplative Practices

The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society I first heard of the term contemplative practices when reading the book A Fearless Heart by Thupten Jinpa. This involves approaching an inner problem without avoidance or distraction.  By establishing some mental space, you can consider the problem without getting caught up in the thoughts and emotions that… Continue reading Exploring Contemplative Practices

Action for Happiness calendar January 2021
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Action for Happiness: More Than Just “Choose Happiness”

Action for Happiness I'm definitely not a fan of the whole toxic positivity, happiness is a choice nonsense. But a while back I stumbled across the Action for Happiness website, and I like their style. I was looking through my journal and came across the 8 pillars of joy I'd made note of from The… Continue reading Action for Happiness: More Than Just “Choose Happiness”

The mental illness cutlery drawer: graphic of spoons, forks, knives, and more
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The Mental Illness Cutlery Drawer: Spoons, Forks & More

You may have heard of spoon theory, a popular metaphor for dealing with chronic illness and energy-depleting activities. You're probably less likely to have heard of a variant called fork theory, and you probably haven't heard of knife theory. In this post, we're going to do a deep-dive into the mental illness cutlery drawer, and… Continue reading The Mental Illness Cutlery Drawer: Spoons, Forks & More

Modern and abstract colourful cat paint by numbers from Winnie's Picks
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Painting as a Mindfulness Activity

Disclosure: I received a free paint by numbers kit from Winnie's Picks, but all opinions are my own. I probably hadn't done any kind of painting since elementary school. I'm not visually artistic at all; all of my creativity comes out in words. But when Winnie's Picks reached out to me , I thought it… Continue reading Painting as a Mindfulness Activity

diagram of the worry tree tool
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The Worry Tree

Fellow blogger Skinny Hobbit recently mentioned a technique I hadn't heard of before, the worry tree, so I wanted to look into it a little more. Worry is related to but not the same as anxiety.  Worry is a thinking process that is focused around problems that may arise in the future, which can then generate… Continue reading The Worry Tree

comparing spoon theory and fork theory for chronic mental illness
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Fork Theory: How the Anti-Spoons Affect Mental Illness

I first heard about fork theory from a post on the blog Bipolar Me.  Well, that's not exactly true; I had noticed that some people had made their way to my post on spoon theory by searching for fork theory.  Being a bit of a doofus, I assumed that people were just getting their utensils… Continue reading Fork Theory: How the Anti-Spoons Affect Mental Illness

dbt wise mind as overlap between reasonable mind and emotion mind
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Finding Wise Mind in DBT

Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) has a lot of useful concepts, but one of my favourites is wise mind.  Wise mind is the area of overlap between our emotional mind and our reasonable/rational/logical mind.  To put it another way, it's like being able to draw on our left and right brain at the same time.  It's… Continue reading Finding Wise Mind in DBT

The acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) life compass for examining different life domains
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Setting Sail with the ACT Life Compass

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a type of psychotherapy that takes the stance that avoidance and resistance to internal experiences identified as negative is what causes cognitive distress.  To resolve distress, ACT suggests that we need to employ strategies like mindfulness, de-fusion from our thoughts, and recognizing the self as the context in which… Continue reading Setting Sail with the ACT Life Compass

illustration from Molly's Fund of spoon theory and number of spoons needed for daily tasks in chronic illness
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Applying Spoon Theory to Mental Illness

Molly's Fund on Pinterest Over the last year of blogging, I've learned about many things.  One of those things is Christine Miserandino's spoon theory. In a 2003 essay, she described using the metaphor to explain to a friend what it felt like to have a chronic invisible illness (in her case, lupus).  She and her… Continue reading Applying Spoon Theory to Mental Illness