Gratitude: At the end of the day I take stock, I write down what I am most grateful for that day. Some days it’s a really easy task, and other days it’s incredibly hard. When I’m in a dark space I reach to find things like nice weather etc but the point is to get … Continue reading How do you remain optimistic with a diagnosis of depression?
What is an Emotional and Overthinking “Spiral?” What does the word "spiral" make you think about? Do you think of something spinning like a tornado? Perhaps you imagine a fixed point getting bigger and bigger as it goes around in a circle. Why does the image of a spiral work well when describing the intense … Continue reading How to Stop an Emotional and Overthinking “Spiral” In Its Tracks
As people living with mental health concerns and mental illness, we’ve heard so many insensitive statements. Most of the time, the person saying them doesn’t know they’re offensive or that it might be hurtful. Today’s blog post is a collection of several mental health warriors – people who struggle daily with mental illness, who are … Continue reading 16 Insensitive Things Said To People Living With Mental Illness
When we look at setting out to improve our overall health and wellbeing as well as the daily grind of work and family life, the first aspects in which we usually as humans look at focusing on is our diet, exercise patterns, sleep and schedule to look at ways at improving these aspects in our … Continue reading How spending time with friends can actually help your Mental Health
Understanding the symptoms of social anxiety is the first step to overcoming it. There are some common symptoms or experiences of social anxiety that go along with the physical symptoms we may experience with Anxiety. Excessive self-consciousness and anxiety in everyday social situations that generally others would not find overly stressful. Extreme worry about … Continue reading Ways To Overcome Social Anxiety
There have been debates for many years about this issue and opinions vary When considering this subject, ones need to consider what alcohol does to the brain. It is proven that if you drink large amounts in the long term it can cause big problems for your mental health and can cause a range … Continue reading Can giving up alcohol improve your mental health?
Tears creep down my cheeks as I recall my “rock bottom” story with depression and anxiety. Not a time I enjoy recalling but my story needs to be shared, in hopes of helping someone who may need this message. Years ago, I began losing my zest for life. Favorite activities with family and friends … Continue reading My Rock Bottom Story
With what has been happening in the news lately. I think it's a good time to talk about mental health with first responders. It's easy to think about these people as tough men and women, and they are. It takes a special person to be able to do this job and see the things they … Continue reading How To Spot Mental Health Issues In First Responders.
The Challenge with Discussing Emotions What does it mean to show too much emotion? What does it mean to show too little? When discussing emotions and emotional regulation we tend to shift in the direction of extremes— the circumstances that reveal either lack of control or not showing any at all. What we find when … Continue reading Understanding the Strengths in Utilizing Your Emotions
It’s the wee morning hours as I write this, the first hints of light peeking over the horizon. I have my usual cup of tea beside me (an Irish Breakfast Tea if anyone was wondering). This post will be shorter, and it won’t contain much research, links, or words of advice. It’s meant to … Continue reading Introduction [Men & Mental Health Series]