Breathing Exercises from Dr. Weil

Another link I found with three common breathing exercises. They can be used to combat anxiety or stress. You’ve probably heard of these exercises, if not utilized them, like myself, but it never hurts to take a refresher course. Breathing: Three Exercises Three Breathing Exercises “Practicing regular, mindful breathing can be calming and energizing andContinue reading “Breathing Exercises from Dr. Weil”

Five-Finger Relaxation Technique

I came across this awesome relaxation technique from the University of Chicago’s counseling services (of all places). That’s it. There’s no further instruction or dissecting of this technique. I found similar descriptions online, but nothing about how this is supposed to affect the mind or help you. Close your eyes. Touch your thumb to yourContinue reading “Five-Finger Relaxation Technique”

Putting Up Walls Isn’t Always Bad

You’ve most certainly heard people talk about the “walls” around someone’s heart, often their own. From romantics to poets to those who have been hurt and those who have been shut out, “putting up walls” seems to be a negative and gloomy concept. But putting up walls doesn’t have to be bad (unless you’re DonaldContinue reading “Putting Up Walls Isn’t Always Bad”

[Re-Plug] A Giant Confidence Booster in an Unlikely Place

Allow me a moment to be proud of myself for a second: I fixed my boyfriend’s computer. And I FREAKING rocked it! While not exactly a computer programming genius, I, like most people of my generation, know my way around a computer and its basic fixes (also, they’re so damn intuitive, it’s hard not to).Continue reading “[Re-Plug] A Giant Confidence Booster in an Unlikely Place”

[Re-Plug] What I’ve Done Today…A List

Okay, so this list is stupid, right? WRONG. Well, you might still think it’s stupid, but the reason I would argue it’s not is that this a list I made on a bad mental health day. Instead of making a to-do list to accomplish, I did the opposite: I made a list of all the stuffContinue reading “[Re-Plug] What I’ve Done Today…A List”

Scribble Scrabble

I haven’t been feeling so great lately. Bored by my usual pleasurable activities, down about absolutely nothing, and feeling unusually morose, I don’t know what to do to make it better. Yes, I have the Bare Minimum to always go to, but I needed to take a more in-depth approach. So I came up withContinue reading “Scribble Scrabble”

Using the Bare Minimum for Maximum Mental Health

When you suffer from a mental illness, every small thing in your path can feel like a gigantic obstacle. On the down days, your mind is chaos, everything inside you feels like clutter, and you don’t know what to do to feel better, much less be productive. But who says you have to be productive? DoingContinue reading “Using the Bare Minimum for Maximum Mental Health”

[Re-Plug] Letting It All Air Out

It’s hard to be productive when you’re tired, feeling down, dreading work, school, or assignments/projects. Being in a bad mental place can affect your ability to function. Lately, that’s been me somewhat. I don’t really like my current job (I’ve been there about 6 weeks). I don’t look forward to going in. I start feeling bummedContinue reading “[Re-Plug] Letting It All Air Out”

[Re-Plug] What I Do When I Don’t Know What to Do

I sometimes get frantic about what to post. “Oh, it’s been so long. I need to post something! Quick, find some good worksheets or effective mental health tips or something productive to share!!!” I was going to concoct something worth posting. Whether generated from my mind on the spot or inspired by something I found,Continue reading “[Re-Plug] What I Do When I Don’t Know What to Do”

What Do Drug Dealers, Corporate Professionals, and Aspiring Filmmakers Have in Common?

I marveled in “Sons of Anarchy”, and then later, “Breaking Bad”, how outlaws found themselves such great hookups. They had someone to talk to, someone to ask favors of, someone to get product from, or sell product to. Someone always knew a guy who knew a guy who could help them. It dawned on meContinue reading “What Do Drug Dealers, Corporate Professionals, and Aspiring Filmmakers Have in Common?”