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Emerging Blogger Series, Mental Health

Emerging Blogger Series: RDB (An Experiment with Vulnerability)

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 RDB of… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: RDB (An Experiment with Vulnerability)

The emerging blogger series on Mental Health @ Home -background image of cherry blossoms
Emerging Blogger Series, Mental Health

Emerging Blogger Series: Valerie Rice (Tiny Couch)

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 Valerie Rice of… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Valerie Rice (Tiny Couch)

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

The Wounded Healers: image of hearts passing between outstretched hands
Mental Health, Wounded Healers

Wounded Healer Interviews: Kacha

The wounded healer interview series features people who've dealt with significant mental health challenges, and who also work in a helping role to support the mental health of others. This interview is with Kacha of Food.for.Thoughts. Image credit: CleanPNG Wounded Healer, Who Is Looking in the Mirror Tell us a bit about you, the helping… Continue reading Wounded Healer Interviews: Kacha

Mental Health

“Should” You Worry About Things?

A little while ago I did a post about the worry tree as a tool for managing worry, and my friends at WeDIDIt mentioned that the idea the worry is productive can be a trap that leads to endless worry and rumination. Hence this post – "should" you worry, ruminate, self-criticize, or engage in other… Continue reading “Should” You Worry About Things?

book cover: 52 Small Changes for the Mind by Brett Blumenthal
Book Reviews

Book Review: 52 Small Changes for the Mind

52 Small Changes for the Mind by Brett Blumenthal lays out a year-long series of weekly small changes tto improve your overall mental wellbeing.  It's not specifically geared towards people with mental illness, but there are plenty of common sense, realistic ideas that could be useful for anyone. Each of the book's 52 chapters is… Continue reading Book Review: 52 Small Changes for the Mind

The Happiness Diary by Barbara Kipfer book cover
Book Reviews

Book Review: The Happiness Diary

The Happiness Diary: Practice Living Joyfully by Barbara A. Kipfer guides you through various self-reflection exercises and prompts to connect with the potential for happiness that already exists in your life.  It's designed to be used as a notebook and written in, and each page is beautifully illustrated. I'm always a tad wary of happiness-promoting books/articles,… Continue reading Book Review: The Happiness Diary

The ACT life compass
Mental Health

Setting Sail with the ACT Life Compass

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a type of psychotherapy that takes the stance that avoidance and resistance to internal experiences identified as negative is what causes cognitive distress.  To resolve distress, ACT suggests that we need to employ strategies like mindfulness, de-fusion from our thoughts, and recognizing the self as the context in which… Continue reading Setting Sail with the ACT Life Compass