Being able to defuse stress in your muscles is a great way to self-soothe. Even though we’re not able to reach every part of our bodies, there are ways we can use self-massage to reduce tension. Some of the benefits of this practice include renewed energy, better sleep, and even fewer headaches.
Yes, I know, going to the doctor is a hassle. At the same time, if you don’t take care of your body, your brain can’t function. That’s why walking, deep breathing, and other physical actions are in the list of coping skills for anxiety and depression. If you’re generally healthy, you may wonder why you’d… Read More Top Skills Thursday: Get a check-up
How long has it been since you simply stretched out in a tub and let the heat saturate your muscles? No timer, no need to wash, just soaking and relaxing? Taking a good long soak is an art, or should be recognized as one. It’s not just taking a bath. In fact, if you look… Read More Soothing Sunday: Take a Soak
I don’t think I know of anyone who doesn’t have a hobby, however neglected it may be. Hobbies are so varied, and we have to admit we enjoy them or they wouldn’t catch our interest the way they do, right? But when life gets busy, they’re often the first thing to go. It’s too bad… Read More Self-Care Saturday: Enjoy a Hobby
How many times have you realized you were hungry, grabbed a snack of some sort, and kept going? How many times do you eat things while thinking, “This isn’t good for me,” but do it anyway? I think everyone can raise their hands to those questions unless they’ve invested time into learning different habits. Fast… Read More Self-Care Saturday: Eating Well for Mental Health
Ever find yourself going through the day, or a string of days, just feeling blah about everything? Not really depressed, you’ve learned enough about depression to see it’s not that feeling. It’s still kicking the shine off of things you usually enjoy, though, and maybe a bit irritating when you can’t find something to really… Read More Self-Care Saturday: Do Something Different
Ah, spring! Birds return with bright songs, the days grow warmer, the world begins to turn green, and allergies beat everyone into a miserable, snotty disaster. Thanks to the joys of allergens and dramatic weather changes, I ended up with a sinus infection recently. It’s nothing terribly unusual, just a physically miserable feeling. I talked… Read More Top Skills Thursday: Coping with side-effects
Believe it or not, yes, a schedule – at least a routine – is a powerful tool against anxiety, depression, and stress. The benefits of having a routine you’re settled into are boundless. The routines I’ve developed for my own life give me: Proper diet Better sleep A clean home Space to breathe Physical activity… Read More Top Skills Thursday: Schedule It!
It can be hard to get motivated, but more than that, it can be a herculean task to stay motivated.
The answer to how to stay motivated isn’t complicated, but it can be slippery to nail down. The answer is, know what moves you.… Read More Motivational Monday: Know what moves you
This is absolutely going to be one of those posts where “your mileage may vary.” However, there’s a reason for writing this one. The fact is, study after study shows that cleaning and organizing improves your state of mind. I want to clarify a few things before I get into the real meat of this… Read More Soothing Sunday: Cleaning up