Toxic Positivity and What You Can Do About It

Toxic positivity is the flawed belief that people should only feel positive emotions and that just by having a positive attitude one can solve problems. Toxic positivity scenario Recently, I spoke with someone who asked me if toxic positivity was a thing. She explained that she experienced something a friend said to her that caused … Continue reading Toxic Positivity and What You Can Do About It

3 Signs if Someone You Love is Contemplating Suicide and What You Should Do

Know the signs if someone is contemplating suicide and what to do next. Indications that someone could be thinking about taking their life 1. The person may talk about having no reasons to live, they may feel hopelessness and loss. Did you know that depression is the number one cause of suicide? Hopelessness and loss … Continue reading 3 Signs if Someone You Love is Contemplating Suicide and What You Should Do

How I Reshaped My Relationship to My Life-Threatening Encounter with a Cougar

FKT, Unsupported, Women's Record We all experience scary events, some are traumatic, terrifying, and shake us to our core. If it was a traumatic event, it literally reshapes both body and brain. A small way to address this reaction is to change your relationship or the way that you think about the traumatic event. Trauma … Continue reading How I Reshaped My Relationship to My Life-Threatening Encounter with a Cougar

Emergency Contacts, Lifelines, and Suicide Prevention Information

Suicide statistics in the U.S. • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. for all ages. (CDC) • Everyday, approximately 123 Americans die by suicide. (CDC) • There is one death by suicide in the U.S. every 12 minutes. (CDC) • Depression affects 20-25% of Americans ages 18+ in a given … Continue reading Emergency Contacts, Lifelines, and Suicide Prevention Information

3 Mindful Strategies to Increase Positivity During Hard Times

https://youtube.com/shorts/-kNxuIassz8?feature=share Limit exposure Limit the time you're exposed to the situation. Be informed, but limit the amount of news, media, social media, that you take in. For social media, you can choose to follow and unfollow certain accounts and channels. Use social media to build yourself up, promote positivity, and connect with non-toxic people. Social … Continue reading 3 Mindful Strategies to Increase Positivity During Hard Times

4 Ways to Reduce Anxiety

People are under an increased amount of stress due to the ongoing 2020 coronavirus pandemic, which has no concrete ending. People who don't have a mental illness disorder, such as anxiety, are also experiencing mental health vulnerabilities during this time. They report having issues like difficulty concentrating, difficulty remembering things, sleep disturbance, and decreased mood. … Continue reading 4 Ways to Reduce Anxiety

How to Take Care of Your Emotional Health During a Disaster

Information from the CDC on taking care of your emotional health during a disaster.A few steps that you can follow: Take care of your body. Connect with others. Take breaks. Stay informed. Avoid too much exposure to the news. Seek help when needed. Common signs of distress to look for: Feelings of numbness, disbelief, anxiety … Continue reading How to Take Care of Your Emotional Health During a Disaster

Are You Feeling Distressed?: rate your level of distress

Use this distress scale to help you become more aware of how you are doing. The scale is 0 to 10, where 0 is that you feel at peace and are completely calm, and 10 is distress that is so unbearable that you cannot function. Refer to the scale, as-needed. If you find yourself rated … Continue reading Are You Feeling Distressed?: rate your level of distress

How to Get Through the Day When the World Seems to be Falling Apart

These 13 tips are specific to living through a pandemic (COVID-19) where there are multiple tragic events and crisis occurring at once on a worldwide scale A brief overview of the destruction that COVID-19 has caused • People are ill and dying from a virus. • People are socially isolated from family and friends. • … Continue reading How to Get Through the Day When the World Seems to be Falling Apart

IMPROVE Skill (Distress Tolerance from DBT)

IMPROVE IMPROVE the Moment. The acronym IMPROVE makes life a little bit better when it is not going so well.During a crisis, you have two options. You can sink into the distress or invest in behaviors that might improve how you feel in the moment. The acronym I: ImageryM: MeaningP: PrayerR: RelaxationO: One thing (or … Continue reading IMPROVE Skill (Distress Tolerance from DBT)