Book cover: Your Wellness Toolbox by Ali Swift
Book Reviews

Book Review: Your Wellness Toolbox

Your Wellness Toolbox by Ali Swift is a follow-up to her first book, My Wellness Toolbox, which I previously reviewed. Both books are based on her own experience of what has helped with depression and anxiety. This book contains 14 new tools, including descriptions of the circumstances struggling with her mental health in which the… Continue reading Book Review: Your Wellness Toolbox

The Stress bucket model: stressors fill up the bucket, coping skills release stress out of the bucket
Insights into Psychology, Mental Health Tools

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

Compensating for depression brain: routines, to-do lists, and step-by-step task breakdowns
Depression

Compensating for Depression Brain

In my depression-free days, my brain felt like a finely tuned machine.  I could handle multiple tasks efficiently and effectively.  I've always been organized, but when I was well it was helpful rather than necessary.  I performed better when I was organized, but it wasn't a crutch. If non-depressed brain was skiing black diamond runs,… Continue reading Compensating for Depression Brain

Book cover: My Wellness Toolbox by Ali Swift
Book Reviews, Wellbeing & Recovery

Book Review: My Wellness Toolbox

My Wellness Toolbox by Ali Swift is a collection of the strategies that she gradually accumulated through her recovery journey after hitting her own rock bottom.  Rather than preaching what does work, she shares what's worked for her so others struggling with their mental health can get some ideas to try out for themselves.  The… Continue reading Book Review: My Wellness Toolbox

wooden toolbox sitting on grass beside a stuffed bear
Mental Health

When Events Overwhelm Coping Skills

blue budgie on Pixabay We've all got our toolbox of coping skills to draw on when things start to get difficult.  It's usually not quite as simple as that, though.  My toolbox has multiple different compartments, and multiple different keys.  When I'm well, I've got the master key and I have access to all the… Continue reading When Events Overwhelm Coping Skills