It's week 12 of the working on us prompt series from Beckie at Beckie's Mental Mess. Please visit her post for the guidelines for participating. This week's focus is on self-care. Prompt #1 Questions: Were their signs of your self-care routine lacking before you were officially diagnosed with a mental illness/disorders? My memory of … Continue reading Working On Us: Week 12
Dealing with Depression: Simple Ways to Get Your Life Back is written by clinical psychologist Jan Marsh. It offers strategies to be used either alone in milder forms of depression or in conjunction with medication or psychotherapy. Ideas from several therapeutic approaches are incorporated, including cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and compassion focused therapy. … Continue reading Book Review: Dealing with Depression
Here's what happened in my life over the past week: I didn't work at all this week. It would've been nice to use all the time I had on my hands to do some more writing, but instead there's been a lot of staring blankly at partially completed drafts with no idea where I'm trying … Continue reading Weekend wrap-up
Self-care is about taking time to do things to take care of ourselves. Sometimes self-care is a more active practice, but it's also good to fit in some pure relaxation, and just be. Here are some of the things I like to do to relax: Massage: my massage therapist uses a weighted blanket sometimes, which … Continue reading Finding little bits of peace
I've seen other bloggers talk about having a self-care box (also referred to as a coping box or various other names), and I decided I want to give it a go myself. I decided to make it small and easily portable, because it's when I'm away from home that I feel the most lost in … Continue reading My self-care box
This has been one of the best weeks I've had in a while. Here's what happened this week: I made Feedspot's list of top 60 mental health blogs. I made it through a 40-hour work week unscathed. There were some minor blips, but I didn't have any major emotional or cognitive shitstorms. I had a … Continue reading Weekend wrap-up
In my bullet journal, I have a section devoted to weekly summaries. Here's some of what made it into my summary for this week: A post of mine was published on Old Cove Road I got my 2nd round of Botox shots (an update on that will be coming soon) I did pretty well with … Continue reading Weekend wrap-up
i've seen lots of posts about infused water and have been meaning to try it for some time now. Finally I've gotten around to doing it, and what spurred me to action was an idea for being ultra-lazy about it. Frozen bags of bite-size chunks of fruit and berries. I know that doesn't sound particularly … Continue reading Infused water: the ultra-lazy version
There are various sources that can be found online that talk about the mental health benefits of aromatherapy with certain essential oils. I started using aromatherapy daily almost a year ago. Mostly I use a diffuser but I also have a few topical roll-ons. It's hard to say if there's a benefit aside from the … Continue reading Aromatherapy and mental health
The dress in this photo has been dubbed my "sexy dress" by a fabulous female staffer at a resort I recently stayed at, and apparently I am "sexy girl". It has been a long time since I thought of myself as sexy in any way, so that made me feel pretty darn good. At the … Continue reading Bringing the sexy back
Wahoo! Tomorrow I leave for a week at an all-inclusive beachfront resort in Los Cabos, Mexico. Not a vacation from work, because I haven't been working that much recently, but a vacation from my life. A vacation from myself, to some extent. A much-needed vacation from myself, at that; the last couple days in particular … Continue reading It’s vacation time!
Depression-induced apathy can make self-care fall by the wayside, but it's time to get back on the horse.