The Should Monster: a purple monster with wings weighing you down with "shoulds"
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The Should Monster: The Problem with “I Should”

I've written before about Shoulding Ourselves to Death, but lately, I've been using the term "should monster", and I wanted to play around with that a little bit. For all of us, there are things we want in life and things we need. Some of those needs might be indirect; we need a source of income not… Continue reading The Should Monster: The Problem with “I Should”

book cover: The Anxiety Skills Workbook by Stefan G. Hofmann
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Book Review: The Anxiety Skills Workbook

The Anxiety Skills Workbook by Stefan G. Hofmann uses a cognitive behavioural therapy approach to help you better manage your anxiety. One thing I liked was the cautionary note in the introduction that the book wasn't intended to address suicidality, severe depression, or problematic substance abuse, and anyone experiencing those should get in touch with… Continue reading Book Review: The Anxiety Skills Workbook

Book cover: Show Your Anxiety Who's Boss by Joel Minden
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Book Review: Show Your Anxiety Who’s Boss

Show Your Anxiety Who's Boss by Joel Minden provides strategies drawn from cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to help manage anxiety. CBT is an evidence-based treatment, so while the strategies won't necessarily for everyone, they are legit, unlike many of the other self-help books floating around. The approach is broken down into three major steps: predictions,… Continue reading Book Review: Show Your Anxiety Who’s Boss

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Emerging Blogger Series: JH (Writing Through PTSD)

This post is by JH of Writing Through PTSD. Wikimedia Commons How Trauma-Focused CBT is Helping Me I completed 12 weeks of group trauma-focused CBT a few months ago, and have been practicing the skills that I learned.  I wanted to write this to keep track of my recovery, and to help others who might… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: JH (Writing Through PTSD)

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Emerging Blogger: Sadie Hall (Your Social Anxiety Bestie)

This post is by Sadie Hall of Your Social Anxiety Bestie. Photo by Skitterphoto from Pexels How Social Anxiety Therapy Helps Me Survive as a Mom, Human, and Camel (wait, what?) Mental health journeys are meandering things. I’ve had my share of stumbles on my path to recovery from social anxiety, depression, and perfectionism. Becoming a mother 5… Continue reading Emerging Blogger: Sadie Hall (Your Social Anxiety Bestie)

Book cover: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Diary by Charlotte Dennis
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Book Review: The Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Diary

The Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Diary by Charlotte Dennis shares her experiences using cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to manager her OCD. It's designed as a workbook to be written in, so the paper version would definitely be a better pick than the ebook. The book is filled with exercises to help you reflect on yourself and… Continue reading Book Review: The Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Diary

What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)
Insights into Psychology

What Is… a Safety Behaviour?

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms.  This week's term is safety behaviour. Safety is supposed to be a good thing, isn't it?  Maybe, but sometimes the mind will start shouting at you to do things that don't actually keep you safe and instead just make you anxious,… Continue reading What Is… a Safety Behaviour?

The Should Monster: a purple monster with wings weighing you down with "shoulds"
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Shoulding Ourselves to Death

I saw a post on the topic of shoulding recently on another blogger's site and wanted to continue the conversation. The word should can have several meanings, but the most relevant here is the one from Google dictionary, which Grounding Growth also referenced. "used to indicate obligation, duty, or correctness, typically when criticizing someone's actions… Continue reading Shoulding Ourselves to Death

What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)
Insights into Psychology

What Is… Exposure and Response Prevention

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms.  This week's term is exposure and response prevention. Exposure and response prevention (ERP) is a type of cognitive behavioural therapy used to treat obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).  It's similar to prolonged exposure therapy, which is used in anxiety disorders and PTSD,… Continue reading What Is… Exposure and Response Prevention

Book cover: Own it by Caroline Foran
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Book Review: Own It: Make Your Anxiety Work for You

In Own It: Make Your Anxiety Work For You, Caroline Foran aims to help you change your relationship with anxiety so that rather than trying to avoid it you can own it. The book isn't preachy at all, and feels like a chat with a good friend.  The author takes a no-bullshit tone, and assures… Continue reading Book Review: Own It: Make Your Anxiety Work for You