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What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)

What Is… Adaptive vs. Maladaptive Coping

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week’s term is adaptive vs. maladaptive coping. I use these terms a fair bit, but I don’t think I’ve ever actually explained them, so I figured it was time to remedy that. One way of characterizing coping strategies is as …

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What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)

What Is… Resilience

In this series, I will dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms. This week’s term is resilience. In its most basic sense, resilience means rebounding or springing back. The American Psychological Association (APA) describes it as “the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or significant sources …

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Self-care - it's not selfish, and shouldn't be optional

Self-Care: More Than Just Bath Bombs

It can be easy to assume self-care is just bath bombs and spa days, but as lovely as they may be, they’re just a small part of a much bigger picture. Let’s start with a couple of definitions for self-care from Google Dictionary: “the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s own health” …

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What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)

What Is… Autistic Burnout

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week’s term is autistic burnout. Autistic burnout is something I’d only heard of quite recently, and I was curious to learn more about it. It’s a concept that’s discussed a lot among autistic communities, but it hasn’t been well researched. …

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Therapy tools for mental health

Therapy Tools for Mental Health

I don’t currently do therapy and haven’t had a lot of success with it in the past, but I’m very pro-therapy in general. I’ve picked up a collection of therapy tools from acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), and various others that are handy to pull out of …

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Mental Health @ Home book review: Your Wellness Toolbox

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 …

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The Stress bucket model: stressors fill up the bucket, coping skills release stress out of the bucket

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 in …

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The Emerging blogger series on Mental Health @ Home

Unchartered: Looking Within During Unsettled Times (Guest Post)

In this emerging blogger post, LaDonna of Perspective on Trauma writes about looking within in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. 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 …

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Compensating for depression brain - organization strategies to use

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, depression …

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