Life lessons: how I learned it's okay to mess up (cartoon graphic of a tree)
Mental Health

How I Learned It’s Okay To Mess Up

It's fairly common, at least in the mental health blogging world, for people to self-criticize, especially if they they think they've made a mistake or failed to do something. I don't tend to do that, and recently had a bit of an aha moment about how it came to be that I believe that it's… Continue reading How I Learned It’s Okay To Mess Up

Self-Esteem Building Blocks – graphic of ABCD blocks
Psychosocial

My Self-Esteem Building Blocks

Recently I was commenting on a post about self-esteem by Caz of Mental Health 360º and decided it was worth expanding on in a post of my own. I've always has good self-esteem, and this is what I've identified as the basic building blocks that support it. Inherent worth of humanity This is probably more… Continue reading My Self-Esteem Building Blocks

Am I a bad person? graphic of a disappointed face
Mental Health

Am I a Bad Person? Or Is That the Wrong Question?

"Am I a bad person?" It seems to be a fairly common question. Searching for that question on Google yields 263 million hits. I've also seen it raised in the blogosphere. Regardless of what the answer may or may not seem to be, though, is it a valid and/or useful question? What exactly is a… Continue reading Am I a Bad Person? Or Is That the Wrong Question?

Book cover: Year of the Introvert by Michaela Chung
Book Reviews, Psychosocial

Book Review: The Year of the Introvert

The Year of the Introvert by Michaela Chung is wholeheartedly pro-introvert, which I thought was fantastic, because so am I. The book defines introverts as "people who gain energy in solitude and lose energy in stimulating environments."  The author's stance is that introversion is not a limitation.  The tone has a motivational, coaching style as… Continue reading Book Review: The Year of the Introvert

The Emerging blogger series on Mental Health @ Home; background of cherry blossoms
Emerging Blogger Series, Mental Health, Trauma and PTSD

Emerging Blogger Series: Sharleen (Tea at Mine)

The emerging blogger series is aimed at community building through giving mental health bloggers who are early in their blogging evolution the opportunity to have their work seen by a wider audience.  It's also a way to introduce you as a reader to some newer members of our community.This post is by Sharleen from Tea… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Sharleen (Tea at Mine)

woman looking at her reflection in a mirror
Mental Health

Mirror, Mirror… Managing Body Image

It's Mental Health Awareness Week, and this year's theme is body image.  While for some people this is a more dire issue than others, such as people with eating disorders and body dysmorphia, it's something that impacts us all to some extent. Societal standards of beauty have changed over time, but what doesn't seem to… Continue reading Mirror, Mirror… Managing Body Image