Wellbeing & Wellness

Mental Health @ Home book review: Pocket Therapy by Sarah Crosby book cover

Book Review: Pocket Therapy

Pocket Therapy by Sarah Crosby takes readers on a journey of self-discovery to find ways to feel happier and more confident. The author is a therapist with a large Instagram following (@themindgeek), and the paperback version of the book comes in a square shape à la Instagram. The reviewer copy I got didn’t have graphics, …

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Does being organized make life easier or create more work - some things to consider

Does Being Organized Make Life Easier or Create More Work?

There are plenty of people on social media and other online spaces who are talking about their apparently perfect, blissful, über-organized routines that other people should be living up to if they’re to have any hope of being happy. I’ve always been organized, and now it’s something rely on to compensate for some of the …

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Mental Health @ Home book reviews: Decolonizing Wellness by Dalia Kinsey

Book Review: Decolonizing Wellness

Decolonizing Wellness by dietitian Dalia Kinsey aims to help QTBIPOC (Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, People of Color) folks reject diet culture and restrictive ideas about bodies and food in order to achieve greater self-love and self-acceptance. The author, who identifies as a genderqueer, pansexual person of colour, wrote this book to fill a gap in …

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Creating serenity-promoting spaces - image of flowers and butterfly

Creating Serenity-Promoting Spaces for Mental Health

I got thinking about this a while back when reading a post by MJ about being put in a seclusion room while on a psych ward as a teenager. While seclusion is sometimes necessary for safety, I think serenity-promoting spaces could be more useful, at least in some cases. In my last nursing job, which …

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MH@H book review: The Gratitude Explorer Workbook

Book Review: The Gratitude Explorer Workbook

The Gratitude Explorer Workbook: Guided Practices, Meditations, and Reflections is by Kristi Nelson, the executive director of A Network for Grateful Living, a non-profit organization. I decided to get a copy of this book after seeing a review by Liz on Lemons But No Lemonade Recipe. This workbook has lots of journalling prompts and plenty …

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What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)

What Is… Resilience

In this series, I will dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms. This week’s term is resilience. In its most basic sense, resilience means rebounding or springing back. The American Psychological Association (APA) describes it as “the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or significant sources …

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Self-care - it's not selfish, and shouldn't be optional

Self-Care: More Than Just Bath Bombs

I got thinking about this after reading a post a while back by Cynni Pixy. Sometime’s it’s easy to assume self-care is just bath bombs and spa days. As lovely as they may be, they’re just a small part of a much bigger picture. Let’s start with a couple of definitions for self-care from Google …

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The role of values in acceptance and commitment therapy

The Role of Values in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Values matter across the board, but acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is a therapeutic approach that places particular emphasis on them. I’ve written before about the ACT life compass, which is a tool to help you explore whether you’re following your values in key areas of your life. Values as directions ACT views goals as …

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The mindful RAIN acronym: recognize, allow, investigate kindly, non-identification

It’s RAIN-ing Mindfulness

My friends at WeDIDitPTSD recently brought up Jack Kornfield‘s approach to RAIN, a mindfulness meditation for dealing with overwhelm, and I thought I’d explore that further in a post. RAIN, which is based on Buddhist teachings, was first described by Insight Meditation Society teacher Michele McDonald. Rain acronym R: Recognition The R is about exploring …

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