What is Emotional Strength? Emotional strength is the ability to handle and cope with challenges without becoming quickly enveloped and overwhelmed by the possibilities of unfavorable outcomes. Emotional strength is responding progressively, openly, thoughtfully, and critically to what is happening. While we are aware of our emotions, we tend to allow them to guide how … Continue reading Building Emotional Strength
I have had a mental health diagnosis for over 10 years and accumulated more along the way. Regardless of what’s on paper, I just know that I was never happy. Even as a kid, I found myself pretty depressed and anxious. In addition, I also noticed that mornings weren’t my thing. I used to think … Continue reading Bipolar and B12: What I’ve Learned so Far
There is an old saying you are what you eat, and research shows that what we eat may be associated with wellbeing. A recent study according to the mental health foundation found that a Mediterranean diet high in vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, beans, cereals, grains, fish and unsaturated fat such as olive oil supplemented with … Continue reading Does what we eat affect our mental health?
Just BREATHE!!!!!! I don’t know about you, but I have been told this by a number of well-meaning people while in stressful times. Doing breathing exercises is a helpful way to center yourself, and to slow down your heart rate, but it isn’t the only way to cope with stress. Here are some ways I … Continue reading Non-Destructive Ways To Cope With Stress
I was at an event recently and someone said something that got my attention. In that moment, I didn’t know how to respond in the moment – so here it is now. The question was asked… “Why is it the happiest people – comedians especially – commit suicide?” This got me thinking back to a … Continue reading Why The “Happiest” People Commit Suicide
What is anxiety? The online definition from Merriam Webster’s states that anxiety is” an abnormal and overwhelming sense of apprehension and fear often marked by physical signs (such as tension, sweating, and increased pulse rate), by doubt concerning the reality and nature of the threat, and by self-doubt about one's capacity to cope with it”. … Continue reading Supporting Children to Reduce Anxiety –Tips to Help Children Relax and Enjoy the Present
“Here we go again.” That was the major thought in my mind in March 2018 when I found myself being driven to the hospital in Jackson where I had always ridden out my suicidal urges. This time was more serious—I kept imagining picking up the big knife laying on the kitchen counter and chopping at … Continue reading When Recovery is Slow. . .
Writing... it's good for mental health! Have you tried mental health journaling? Here are some reasons it's good for you, and some prompts to help you get started.
In today’s blog we will be looking at the benefits of how and why therapy animals can work as support within our every day lives. We can all attest to the mood lifting and stress relieving benefits of having an animal within our lives. With our lives getting incredibly busy, you can’t help to smile … Continue reading Therapy Animals – How and why they work as support
Changes in mood and emotional ups and downs are natural parts of life. If you’re struggling with a low mood and lack of motivation, you may wonder if what you’re feeling is just normal or something more serious. Here are some ways to tell the difference between an emotional slump and clinical depression. An emotional slump is often situational. Maybe there are some sad or stressful things … Continue reading How to tell the difference between an emotional slump and clinical depression