5 Tips For Avoiding Mental Illness Relapse 

I hope all my Canadian readers had a lovely Thanksgiving. Today, we’re talking more about relapses. I’ve talked before about my remission rules, and I posted just a few weeks ago about what to do when you are experiencing a relapse. Struggles with depression, anxiety, manic phases, and episodes are realities of long term mental […]

Mindful Gratitude: How To Foster Resiliency

Thanksgiving is this weekend in Canada. Which, obviously, brings thoughts to gratitude and appreciation for the things we have. It’s a time of harvest, to enjoy the fruits of our work, to unabashedly overeat after a long season of activity. It is important, however, that we focus on mindful gratitude.   There is evidence that […]

The Perfectionist Mindset and Embracing Mediocrity

Just in time for Mother’s Day, some thoughts about how I’m not the best mom!  I read this lovely article from MindBodyGreen the other day (thanks Hello Peaceful Mind for the link!). It was full of great advice, but one thing really stood out. It said when you’re depressed, you’re only functioning at 20%, not your usual 70-90%. My […]

DBT Skills for Parents: Wise Mind 

Today was a day of toddler battles. There were mundane ones (leaving the house, leaving the park, tot sharing, potty breaks) and spectacular ones (spraying water around the kitchen, a poop explosion, food coloring, a giant stick near picture frames). So when B decided to pour out a whole jar of sprinkles on the table […]

Holiday Stress: Tips for Handling Troubles and Triggers

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The holidays are officially here. I was never a gung-ho holiday lover until I had kids. Now I am totally Christmas Cuckoo (and I’m sure many of you are Hung Up on Hannukkah or Ramadan Rabid or Solstice Silly. I could go on, but I’ll spare you). That all said, the holidays are notorious stressors. […]