Honestly, I feel a bit like a fake lately. Here I am sharing tips and skills, and I’m barely holding it together. At least, from my view I’m barely holding it together. A friend recently said, “You’re holding yourself to some crazy standards thinking that you aren’t enough.” Well, perhaps. I hold myself to the… Read More Freeform Friday: Taking my own advice
Welp, we’re going to take a dip into my life again because, it seems especially relevant to the stories I’ve heard about people who “try counseling.” I think most people have heard someone say, “I tried counseling but it really didn’t help any.” I don’t doubt these people have tried. Nor do I assume they… Read More Top Skills Thursday: Find the RIGHT therapist
I’ve posted before about recognizing your limits, saying no, and taking time for yourself. But those things can be extra difficult if you don’t know how to set and hold your boundaries. Not that boundaries are easy to master, or even hold to 100% of the time. They’re effective and necessary, though.
Like any good therapy, art therapy begins with a session where the therapist focuses on learning about their client, the reasons for seeking therapy, and the goals the client wants to achieve through therapy. Once this is done, what then? Do you spend time doodling or finger painting? You might. You might also work with… Read More Therapy Tuesday: Art Therapy – pt 2
Breathing is one of those self-soothing practices that gets talked to death. However, I don’t often see specifics about how to use it properly. We can say, “Take deep breaths” all day, but what if it isn’t helping? The part that gets overlooked is what to do while breathing. There are ways to count breaths,… Read More Soothing Sunday: Relaxing Breath
So often when something troubles us, we shove it aside and keep pushing forward. A broken heart, dissatisfaction with a job, stress from any source, anger, fear, all those emotions just get pushed into a corner together. We tell ourselves we’ll deal with it later and focus on things we feel have to be done.… Read More Top Skills Thursday: Recognize what hurts
Face it, the world is a crazy place. It seems to have become moreso in the past few years, no matter who you ask or what they think is craziest about it. Self-soothing is a fantastic way to keep your emotional state somewhere that allows you to function through it all. It can go terribly… Read More Soothing Sunday: When self-soothing goes wrong
I’ve been posting self-care ideas, but it occurred to me that not everyone will know what self-care is. According to the WHO, self-care is, “the ability of individuals, families, and communities to promote health, prevent disease, maintain health, and to cope with illness and disability with or without the support of a healthcare provider.” So,… Read More Self-Care Saturday: What IS self-care?
Well, it seems the depression and anxiety are just not really getting better. Awesome. I can’t count the times I’ve been here. Things just become so big and so overwhelming that my state of mind starts looking like “white girl can’t” from an infomercial. Top that off with a nasssty fatigue crash, and I’ve had… Read More Freeform Friday: Oh, I know this place
Executive dysfunction can originate from a variety of sources. Depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, illness, and even being overtired. It’s crippling when it hits, even if it passes in a day. For those who live with it, it can become a level of hell especially when combined with a society that calls it “laziness.” The first skill… Read More Top-Skills Thursday: Executive Dyusfunction