Let’s Talk About Social Media & Unhealthy Comparison

Social media is a great way to express yourself and to see how your peers are doing. It can expose you to different cultures, grow your connections, update you on life events, give you ideas, and allow you to communicate with old acquaintances without it being direct or awkward. Being said, one should try to …

The Effects of Tumblr on Mental Health

Tumblr can be a cathartic safe haven for people to vent about their struggles. It can help them realize that they are not alone. It can bring peace and relief but can also cause a counterintuitive cycle of spiraling deeper into depression.   Tumblr.com is a free blogging website that allows members to post whatever …

Recovery: Learn to Let Go

We will never be able to change the past, the mistakes that we made or the mistakes that were done unto us. Sometimes we face a harsh reality and we have to learn to accept that reality the best we can. Recovery starts with mental acceptance and the motivation to get better, and once this …

Tips for Avoiding Relapse

The most important moment before relapse isn’t the final decision to use a drug. It’s when you decide to expose yourself to triggers. For example, a trigger could be going to a party or walking through the liquor section at the store. Before encountering your triggers, you still have most of the control. Not your …

SUICIDE: An uncomfortable conversation that can save a life

Why talk about suicide? Suicide is preventable Connections to family and friends or to health professionals keep people alive Crises pass Most people who are suicidal do not actually want to die. They only want their emotional pain to stop, but people who are depressed don’t see choices and feel hopeless. Suicide prevention with a …

Quick Impulse Control/Distress-Tolerance Strategies

When you feel overwhelmed by anxiety or depression, or when you have an urge to engage in self-harm behaviors, you can use the following strategies:   Grounding: the idea is to focus all your attention on one thing or one activity to distract yourself from unhealthy behaviors or distressing thoughts: Mentally describe an object in …

The Positive Effects of Setting Realistic Goals on Self-Esteem and Mood Disorders

Setting goals gives you a sense of control over your life, which is particularly helpful when you are depressed or feeling overwhelmed by life’s stressors. Goals provide you with focus and direction and help clarify your values. Setting realistic goals promotes a sense of achievement and efficacy when you succeed, which positively impacts your self-esteem …

Self-Esteem

What is Self-Esteem? Self-esteem is the level of self-worth people attribute to themselves.  It can be either positive (high) or negative (low). It is based on a person’s perception of their own value in terms of personality, intelligence, creativity, physical appearance, sportsmanship, or social status.  Having high self-esteem is different from being arrogant or conceited …

The Power of Self-Compassion

Many individuals avoid engaging self-compassion because of the fear of being “too easy” on oneself or giving oneself an excuse to continue engaging in destructive behavior. Unfortunately, this often leads to constant self-criticism and negativity, which creates a faux sense of productivity and does not motivate one to action. The truth is that self-criticism does …