Book reviews, Mental health

Book Review: Get Out of Your Mind & Into Your Life

Get Out of Your Mind & Into Your Life by Steven C. Hayes explains how concepts from acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) can get you unstuck from your thoughts. The book takes a brief look at relational frame theory, on which ACT is based, but doesn't get bogged down in theory.  In a nutshell, a… Continue reading Book Review: Get Out of Your Mind & Into Your Life

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What is... psychology series

What is… Unconditional positive regard

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term: unconditional positive regard Unconditional positive regard was first proposed by humanistic psychologist Carl Rogers.  It involves accepting another person without judgment as a human being who has value. It's not about liking a person necessarily or accepting their… Continue reading What is… Unconditional positive regard

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Emerging blogger, Mental health

Emerging Blogger Series: Sarah (Inside My Manic Mind)

The emerging blogger series is aimed at community building through giving mental health bloggers who are early in their blogging evolution the opportunity to have their work seen by a wider audience.  It's also a way to introduce you as a reader to some newer members of our community. This post is by Sarah from Inside… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Sarah (Inside My Manic Mind)

book cover: Mindfulness fo rInsomnia by Catherine Polan Orzech and William Moorcroft
Book reviews

Book Review: Mindfulness for Insomnia

Mindfulness for Insomnia by Catherine Polan Orzech and William H. Moorcroft lays out a day-by-day four-week meditation program to facilitate sleep. I'll start off by saying that I read the book because I was curious about the method, but I didn't actually practice it myself.  Aside from the sleep education in the first part of… Continue reading Book Review: Mindfulness for Insomnia

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Mental health

Thoughts as leaves on a stream

Thoughts as leaves on a stream is a popular metaphor used in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) to represent noticing thoughts and letting them pass by without attaching to them.  I like this metaphor, since it's not about fighting the thoughts or trying to make them go away, but just riding them out. I got… Continue reading Thoughts as leaves on a stream

book cover: The subtle art of not giving a f*ck by Mark Manson
Book reviews

Book Review: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life is written by Mark Manson.  He's a blogger who wrote this book in reaction to the problems he saw in the self-help industry, but he doesn't have a background in psychology or any sort of related field.  This book… Continue reading Book Review: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

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Mental health

Words aren’t always necessary: A guest post by Kayleigh Rose

I've never had guest posts on my blog before, but Kayleigh Rose will soon be joining me in the profession of mental health nursing, so when she suggested a collaboration I was pretty stoked.  You can also find a post I wrote over on her blog. - 💖 Ashley Unless you have experienced a mental health… Continue reading Words aren’t always necessary: A guest post by Kayleigh Rose

book cover: Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach
Book reviews

Book Review: Radical Acceptance

Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha is written by Tara Brach, a psychologist, Buddhist, and meditation teacher.  Buddhism plays a significant role in the book, but it's written in a way that's accessible to all. The author describes radical acceptance as clearly recognizing what's going on inside of us and bringing… Continue reading Book Review: Radical Acceptance

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Mental health

Accepting Failure

Last year, I started volunteering with a community services agency that leads workshops on suicide awareness, among other topics, in local high school classes.  It's something that would be really important to me, if I actually felt capable of caring about anything.  It's something I really would have enjoyed, had I not hated every minute… Continue reading Accepting Failure