Beckie's Mental Mess recently nominated me for a Random Acts of Kindness award, hence the topic of this post. I have found so much kindness in the blogging community. When I'm struggling, I can always count on getting words of support. When I'm feeling discouraged about blogging or anything else, I always get lovely words… Continue reading There are no small acts of kindness
In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms. This week's term is compassion. I was inspired to write about compassion because recently one of my managers expressed her view that "too much compassion is paternalistic". I already have no respect for her or her opinions, but I thought I'd… Continue reading What is… Compassion
I have been keep a daily gratitude log in my bullet journal, and so far I've only missed one day this year (because I was working nights and confused about what day it was). I try to come up with something new each day, although I'm not always feeling creative enough for that, and some… Continue reading 365 Days of gratitude
The world is pretty darn expensive these days, especially when income is limited related to our mental illnesses. But there are some pretty cool things that can be done for free, and here's a few that I've come up with: You may wonder why I've chosen a shaggy yak picture to go along with this… Continue reading The best things in life are free
Sometimes the simplest things in life are some of the best. Here are a few of my favourites: guinea pig kisses watching the guinea pigs sleeping the combination of chocolate and peanut butter cozy blankets soaps from Lush bedtime toasty slippers moisturizer the simple beauty of nature tea focaccia bread and balsamic vinegar baguette and… Continue reading Favourite simple things
Mindfulness has become a bit of a buzzword these days. When I first started meditating last year, I struggled with the idea of mindfulness of the breath. Deep breathing can be useful when I'm feeling tense or anxious, but as an anchor for mindfulness, I just felt bored. I don't expect mindfulness to be entertaining,… Continue reading Taking mindfulness outside
Mindfulness for Bipolar Disorder: How Mindfulness and Neuroscience Can Help You Manage Your Bipolar Symptoms by Dr. William R. Marchand lays out specific areas for mindfulness practices that be useful in managing bipolar disorder symptoms. Much of the book would also be applicable to other mood disorders. I believe mindfulness can be a really helpful thing… Continue reading Book review: Mindfulness For Bipolar Disorder
I was initially reluctant to try meditation. My thinking went something along the lines of… I’m so f***ing sick of being inside my own head, so why on earth would I want to spend more time up in there?