SMART Recovery is an organization that aims to help people struggling with all types of addiction.
It’s even harder to reward myself when I do engage in healthy behaviours, because I have the belief that I did not “accomplish” enough to reward myself.
They reduce my anxiety, help me when boredom settles in and comfort me when I need to distract myself or cope with a painful feeling.
Volunteering has so many benefits, but for me personally, it increases my self-esteem and adds purpose to my life.
Navigating the healthcare system can be so tricky that it’s important to learn how to advocate for yourself.
A couple months ago, I wrote about the type of books that have helped me over the years. So, here’s a quick list of other books that you might want to check out in this year.
I know that when I got diagnosed, my life turned upside down, and it was never the same. Everyone has a different journey.
I encourage you to make your own list too — it’s important that we take care of ourselves during the hectic convergence of the pandemic and the return to classes!
The app was created by a clinical psychologist who used the basic principles of an evidence-based treatment called dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT). It teaches skills to help you cope during a crisis.
Here’s some of my favourite books, with a brief description and a quote.
Over the years, I have been told everything from “you should exercise and eat healthy” to “binge-watch Netflix and eat popcorn.”
When we are aware of our internal experience, we can use our skills to ground ourselves and remind ourselves that we are safe.
According to Jon Kabat-Zinn, “mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present, and nonjudgmentally.”
What I like about Dr. Neff’s work is that she acknowledges that in our society, we often want to feel “special and above average” in order to feel worthy, but self-compassion is available to everyone.
If you feel stuck right now and wonder if self-esteem is a problem for you, I invite you to do a self-esteem check up. Be honest with yourself.