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Bullet Journalling Part III: Reflection

This is the last part in a little mini-series about journalling (the previous posts were on the basics and habit & symptom tracking). This post will look at journalling as a tool for reflection. I know some bloggers use their blog much like a journal. That was never really the direction I wanted to go …

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Mental health bullet journalling - image of a journal

Bullet Journalling Part II: Tracking

Living with a chronic health condition, it can be hard to see patterns in all the different things that are going on. That’s especially true if brain fog gets in the way of being able to remember things. That’s where tracking in a bullet journal (or in an app, or elsewhere) can come in handy. …

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Mental health bullet journalling - image of a journal

Bullet Journalling Part I: The Basics

I’ve talked about bullet journalling before, but it’s been a while, so I thought I’d talk about it again in a little miniseries over the next couple of weeks. Part II is on tracking and part III is about reflection. My Journalling History I’ve journalled off and on for most of my life. When I …

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The role of values in acceptance and commitment therapy

The Role of Values in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Values play a key role in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), a psychotherapeutic approach that aims to increase psychological flexibility. ACT emphasizes acceptance rather than resistance, and the “commitment” part of the name comes from taking committed actions in service of our values. Values as directions We live in a very goal-oriented world. Goals serve …

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The mindful RAIN acronym: recognize, allow, investigate kindly, non-identification

It’s RAIN-ing Mindfulness

My friends at WeDIDitPTSD recently brought up Jack Kornfield‘s approach to RAIN, a mindfulness meditation for dealing with overwhelm, and I thought I’d explore that further in a post. RAIN, which is based on Buddhist teachings, was first described by Insight Meditation Society teacher Michele McDonald. Rain acronym R: Recognition The R is about exploring …

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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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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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worry tree diagram

The Worry Tree Decision Tool

Fellow blogger Skinny Hobbit recently mentioned a technique I hadn’t heard of before, the worry tree, so I wanted to look into it a little more. Worry is related to but not the same as anxiety. Worry is a thinking process that is focused around problems that may arise in the future, which can then …

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