Managing the Depression Puzzle, Mental health

Mental Illness Treatment vs. Wellness Promotion

One of the things I talk about in my new book Managing the Depression Puzzle is the idea of differentiating between illness treatment strategies and wellness promotion strategies.  I think it's a distinction that applies to mental illness in general.  So what's the difference? Illness treatment I'm sure I'm preaching to the choir here, but… Continue reading Mental Illness Treatment vs. Wellness Promotion

Book cover: The More or Less Definitive Guide to Self-Care by Anna Borges
Book reviews

Book Review: The More or Less Definitive Guide to Self-Care

The More Or Less Definitive Guide to Self-Care by Anna Borges is an A-Z listing of a wide variety of different self-care strategies.  The book is visually appealing, with illustrations and an easy to read layout.  Parts of the book are targeted specifically at people with mental illness, but it would still be relevant to… Continue reading Book Review: The More or Less Definitive Guide to Self-Care

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blogging community, Mental health

Working On Us: Week 12 – Self-care

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 that… Continue reading Working On Us: Week 12 – Self-care

book cover: Dealing with Depression by Jan Marsh
Book reviews, Mental health

Book Review: Dealing with Depression

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

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Mental health

Finding little bits of peace

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

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Mental health

Aromatherapy and mental health

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 any therapeutic benefit aside from… Continue reading Aromatherapy and mental health