Before you can commit to self-care there is a prerequisite

Before you can commit to self-care there is a prerequisite

Even just the headline made me think of those days when I was in my 20s, dealing with the trauma and shame of my childhood and the major depression that I was not getting proper treatment for. I didn’t take care of myself. I didn’t even meet the basic needs of sleep, food, etc., because, in my mind, I wasn’t worth it. I didn’t deserve to live a healthy, content life. It wasn’t that I didn’t understand what self-care was or why it was necessary; I lacked a belief that I deserved it. 

Sharing – Fans of fitness influencers exercise more – but they’re also more depressed

Sharing – Fans of fitness influencers exercise more – but they’re also more depressed

For every headline or expert who touts the “cure” to depression, anxiety, or other issues, there are always a large number of individuals who weren’t helped by it. In this study, we also have to recognize that social media accounts focused on fitness might be making things worse for people, causing them to obsess over their appearance and creating unhealthy relationships with food. 

Sharing – Practical tips if you find yourself doomscrolling online news and social media
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Sharing – Practical tips if you find yourself doomscrolling online news and social media

I think this comment is correct: If you’re finding it hard to cope with the news and social media, you’re not alone. It isn’t easy to know when to stop reading the news. The line between being informed and obsessed with it to the point of impacting our lives and mental health is a fine…

Sharing – Wording On Social Media Can Influence Views On Mental Health

Sharing – Wording On Social Media Can Influence Views On Mental Health

I’m going to consider this as I write going forward. Not that I’ll suddenly become the source of toxic positivity, but I will think more about hope, healing, and growth because as hard as many things are, there is hope. We should remind people of that.

If you plan to talk about mental health topics, take a look at the research.

Sharing – Screen Time Shenanigans For Your Mental Health

Sharing – Screen Time Shenanigans For Your Mental Health

I’m linking to this not because I think we should all give up on finding a better balance between screen time and in-person time but because I want to remind all of us that simply taking away screens from someone struggling or kids is possibly taking away a lifeline, too. There are dangerous things out here on the internet, but there are also a lot of good, positive experiences.