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
Sense of Self

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
Sense of Self

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?

Embracing imperfection: Nobody's perfect, so maybe it's best to embrace the quirks!
Mental Health, Sense of Self

Embracing Imperfection

None of us is perfect.  That's probably a good thing, because perfect would be boring and quirky can be far more interesting.  And maybe sometimes, rather than trying to put our best foot forward, it's worth diving into a quirky soup of messing up... and that metaphor ran out of steam in my head before… Continue reading Embracing Imperfection

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

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
Emerging Blogger Series, Mental Health, Trauma and PTSD

Emerging Blogger Series: Sharleen (Tea at Mine)

This post is by Sharleen from Tea At Mine. Walking on a spring evening in Golden Acre Park – Leeds Overcoming PTSD I have to do this. Releasing my thoughts onto the world like an eagle spreading its wings above a small stone, but at this moment in time my story has a beginning and… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Sharleen (Tea at Mine)

book cover: The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown
Book Reviews

Book Review: The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown

The Gifts of Imperfection is the third book that I've read by Brené Brown.  I was not disappointed.  This book offers as set of guideposts toward Wholehearted living, which involves "engaging in our lives from a place of worthiness".  The guideposts include cultivating self-compassion, cultivating a resilient spirit, cultivating calm and stillness, and finding meaningful… Continue reading Book Review: The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown

book cover: Escaping the Emotional Roller Coaster by Patricia Zurita Ona
Book Reviews

Book Review: Escaping the Emotional Roller Coaster

Escaping the Emotional Roller Coaster by Dr. Patricia Zurita Ona draws upon acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) techniques to help "super-feelers" work with their emotions more effectively. What is a super-feeler?  It's someone who struggles with emotional regulation, meaning they experience intense emotions and strong emotional reactions.  The book focuses on emotional sensitivity; this is… Continue reading Book Review: Escaping the Emotional Roller Coaster