Coping Skills: Challenge Your Thoughts

I’m running a 30-day mental health challenge on Instagram in honor of Mental Health Month and it’s provided a lot of reflection for me in just these last few days. My mental health journey was such a deep and sacred experience for me – spanning years. I learned so much about myself and how brains work and how to encourage mine to work better. One of the more life-changing aspects was learning that I was allowed to challenge my own thoughts. (Read this post from 2011: Change Your Thoughts – I’m Learning How) I’m allowed to question them. I’m allowed to question their veracity. I can ask myself if I should act on them instead of impulsively acting on how they make me feel. It’s such an important coping skill. When I was hardcore struggling with my mental health my feelings controlled how I acted 100% of the time. There…

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What You Can Do To Keep Away The Covid Blues

Morning lovely humans! I know how difficult this time is so I wanted to give you a few tips on how to navigate this unique situation and the challenges we’re all facing. The most important thing is to understand that we’re all going through a collective trauma. It’s scary. There’s anxiety. And often it feels like there’s not much we can do. I hope these tips help just a little. I want to remind you to give yourself a break. Whether you have to go to work, or you’re feeling at home and lonely, or at home and overwhelmed, or worried about current/future finances – give yourself a break. Let yourself cry about it.   If you find that you are having a particularly hard time emotionally or mentally, you are not alone. Everyone is going though this and it helps to remember you’re not the only one feeling all of those emotions. But let’s talk about a…

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Stay Safe Stay Home Self-Care Guide

Every month my Narwhal and Pegasus Tier Patreons get four worksheets as part of their rewards. This month, I decided to create a 19-page mini-guide that focuses on self-care and mental health during this time called Stay Safe Stay Home Self-Care Guide.  Here’s what’s inside:– Self-Care for Bad Mental Health Days– Self-Care for Anxiety– Things to Do While You’re At Home– Essential Workers Worksheet– Activity Ideas– Make Your Own Playlists– Daily Self-Care Tracker– Daily Habit Tracker– Staying Connected Worksheet– Struggles Checklist– Daily Check-In– After Plan Stay Safe. Stay Home. Self-Care Guide. is exclusive to my Patreons and you can find it there right now. If you’re unfamiliar with Patreon it’s a way to support creators with a monthly fee in exchange for rewards throughout the month. You can also cancel at any time. Sign up here! We’re living in such uncertain times and Covid-19 is on all of our minds, even when we try our best to push…

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Managing Anxiety About the Corona Virus

I had someone on Instagram message me. She’s in Italy, under quarantine, and she’s scared. She asked me if I could make something to help her and her younger family members handle the fear and anxiety about the corona virus or (Covid-19). And truly, I didn’t know what to say because I’m scared and anxious too. It’s like my Anxiety has a whole new host of storylines to obsess about and play in my head. Saying “Don’t Worry” doesn’t make us not worry. So I’m going to do some research and share the best tips I can find for me and for you. First, let’s talk about how the CDC recommends dealing with stress and anxiety right now. Here’s a list the CDC created. Avoid excessive exposure to media coverage. Take care of your body by doing all of the the things that calm you down. Deep breathing, meditation, stretching,…

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