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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 emerging blogger series on Mental Health @ Home
Emerging Blogger Series, Mental Health

Emerging Blogger Series: Brenda (BNHealthMatters)

This post is by Brenda of BNHealthMatters. PxHere What I Have Learnt About Grief I don’t know when you first dealt with the topic of death but mine must have been during my pre-teen years when a friend passed away in a drowning accident.  Her family had gone for an outing and upon their return,… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Brenda (BNHealthMatters)

The Emerging blogger series on Mental Health @ Home
Emerging Blogger Series, Mental Health

Emerging Blogger: LaDonna (Perspective on Trauma)

This post is by LaDonna of Perspective on Trauma. WordPress Photo Library/Pexels.com Unchartered: Looking Within During Unsettling Times It’s been a strange time for all of us over the last several months. As we “stay at home” or “shelter in place (no matter our political background or accompanying belief system) we all feel the impact of… Continue reading Emerging Blogger: LaDonna (Perspective on Trauma)

Emerging Blogger Series, Mental Health

Emerging Blogger Series: Lara (She Writes, She Says)

This post is by Lara of She Writes, She Says. One Day at a Time In the words of Kelly Clarkson, I am a great believer in the idea that 'what doesn't kill you makes you stronger'. No matter how cliche the phrase may sound, from my personal experience I am 100% certain that every… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Lara (She Writes, She Says)

Mental Health

Pandemic Life as a Pre-Existing Hermit

Being a hermit is supposed to be a bad thing, but it's made it a whole lot easier to adjust to COVID-19 and the social distancing restrictions. Over the last year, I've really struggled with psychomotor retardation (slowing of movement) with my depression, and that made it hard to get out and do anything.  So… Continue reading Pandemic Life as a Pre-Existing Hermit

What is... insights into psychology series
Insights into Psychology

What Is… Psychological Stress

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is psychological stress. It seems that there's a day/week/month for just about anything these days, and the International Stress Management Association has declared this week to be International Stress Awareness Week.  I've written before about how stress affects… Continue reading What Is… Psychological Stress

What is... insights into psychology series
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?

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Mental Health

Harm Reduction for Self-Harm

Harm reduction isn't an approach that was originally developed to help with managing self-harm, but it does offer a way to provide greater support to people who don't yet have other strategies available to them to be able to go clean from self-harm. Addictions and harm reduction Harm reduction is most often used in reference… Continue reading Harm Reduction for Self-Harm

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Mental Health

To Avoid Or Not to Avoid: Coping With Mental Illness

As Hamlet didn't say, to avoid or not to avoid, that is the question! Sometimes avoidance is adaptive.  If we see a mama bear and her cubs, we know we need to steer clear.  This is when our caveman brain is programmed to kick into fight or flight mode, and we probably never would have… Continue reading To Avoid Or Not to Avoid: Coping With Mental Illness