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 Lara of… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Lara (She Writes, She Says)
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 Lisa of… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Lisa (Steering Through Mental Health)
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
52 Small Changes for the Mind by Brett Blumenthal lays out a year-long series of weekly small changes that you can make to 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… Continue reading Book Review: 52 Small Changes for the Mind
While it would be great if recovery from mental illness meant that the illness would disappear and never return, for many of us living with mental illness the reality is that it's just not going to go away. That means adapting the concept of recovery to fit with our own individual realities (or chucking aside… Continue reading Finding Recovery in Spite of Mental Illness
It doesn't happen very often, but every once in a while I'll have a bit of time where my mood is fairly neutral. When I consciously notice that, it sets off a whole crazy train of thoughts. One thought is that I'm not sure I can believe that it's actually real. I'm suspicious that it's… Continue reading Does Feeling Better Mean That I’m Faking it?
My Wellness Toolbox by Alison Swift is a collection of the strategies that she gradually accumulated through her recovery journey after hitting her own rock bottom. Rather than preaching what does work, she shares what's worked for her so others struggling with their mental health can get some ideas to try out for themselves. The… Continue reading Book Review: My Wellness Toolbox
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
The world is pretty darn expensive these days, especially when income is limited related to our mental illnesses. But there are some pretty cool things that can be done for free, and here's a few that I've come up with: You may wonder why I've chosen a shaggy yak picture to go along with this… Continue reading The best things in life are free
Pablo Heimplatz on Unsplash Recovery means different things for different people. Here's what my recovery from depression would look like: confidencethe ability to feel joy/pleasureresiliencehopea sense of purpose and meaningfeeling stronghaving a sense of control over my lifebeing able to smile and laugh, and mean itlooking forward to thingsbeing able to generate emotional responses to… Continue reading What would recovery look like?