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Emerging Blogger Series, Mental Health

Emerging Blogger Series: La Protagoniste

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 La Protagoniste.… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: La Protagoniste

Mental Health, Wellness

Painting as a Mindfulness Activity

Disclosure: I received a free paint by numbers kit from Winnie's Picks, but all opinions are my own. I probably hadn't done any kind of painting since elementary school. I'm not visually artistic at all; all of my creativity comes out in words. But when Winnie's Picks reached out to me , I thought it… Continue reading Painting as a Mindfulness Activity

Emerging Blogger Series, Mental Health

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 Lara of… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Lara (She Writes, She Says)

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Emerging Blogger Series, Mental Health

Emerging Blogger Series: Lisa (Steering Through Mental Health)

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)

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: 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 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

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Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis, Mental Health

Finding Recovery in Spite of Mental Illness

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

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Mental Health

Does Feeling Better Mean That I’m Faking it?

Photo by Kayla Velasquez on Unsplash 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… Continue reading Does Feeling Better Mean That I’m Faking it?

Book cover: My Wellness Toolbox by Alison Swift
Book Reviews, Mental Health

Book Review: My Wellness Toolbox

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

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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