What Are Your Core Needs?

Your core is the essential, most important part of who you are and it’s important that you nourish that part. So often we put ourselves on autopilot in our day-to-day. Sleep. Eat. Work/School. Rinse and repeat. We’re so busy functioning and paying bills and responsibilities that we forget to do those things that nourish our core self. Who are you at your core and what things fuel that part of you? Really take a moment to think about that. Who are you when you are at your most authentic self? Shed those layers, just for a moment, of all of the things that you have to be and just focus on who you are. Priestess. Mystic. Witch. Free Spirit. Adventurer. Traveler. Warrior. Activist. Creator. Artist. Writer. Reader. Dancer. Yogi. Singer. What word would you use to describe yourself? Ask yourself what awakens that part of who you are. What makes…

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Being Mentally Prepared For The Winter Months

It’s officially winter so I wanted to take some time to talk about how we can take care of our mental health. The impact of the winter on mental health can be greater than at other times of the year. Several factors can be causing this change such as shorter days and lack of sunshine. So, if you are someone who is struggling with this time of year then here are some suggestions for you to help you through a tough period. If your mental health is not affected by the winter then still read on because there are still some great suggestions! Coping Finding ways to cope with an increase in mental health issues is the most important thing to do. As soon as you notice symptoms, amp up your self-care! People who face difficulties with their mental health should keep coping mechanisms recorded somewhere so that they know they…

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Self-Care for Kids

Hello, my lovely readers! Today I have a great guest post from the people at Jumo Health who are all about providing age-appropriate mental health, health, and self-care resources for kids. As you know, I’m all about. If you’ve purchased my anxiety workbook, Breathe. then you’re familiar with my story of childhood anxiety. My childhood was rough. That had less to do with outside influences and more to do with what was in my head. I didn’t understand what anxiety or depression was. There was no concrete reason I could point to and say: “This is it, this is what bothers me.” It was everything. I always had this fear of failing. Of getting detention. Bullies. Getting bad grades. Forgetting homework. Walking down the hallway. Eating lunch in the cafeteria. I feared this big, undeniable, BAD THING that was just bound to happen. My thoughts were always on a constant repetitive loop…

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Distress Tolerance: Self-Soothing

I first heard of self-soothing as it relates to small children but a few years ago as I started practicing DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) I also learned that it’s a skill we need to cultivate as an adult. Making ourselves feel better is a pretty underrated talent. DBT focuses on four main things, mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance. Distress tolerance is how we learn to bring ourselves down from super strong emotions. I used to have such strong spikes of emotion. My moods would go from 0 to 100 almost instantly. Anger, sadness, depression, overwhelm – one minute I’m fine and then something (usually) little happens and suddenly I’m feeling all of the feels. Distress tolerance is about bringing those feelings back down to a manageable level so that you’re able to deal with them without being destructive or lashing out. It’s essential to know how to self-soothe.…

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