Around the hillside of the sheep farm where I was raised were grooves worn into the soil by hundreds of sheep following each other. It was the easiest route.
I also have routes in my thinking patterns that have become ruts. Familiar paths that have been worn deep into my thinking.
A thought gets triggered then another one and another one. Then within a few milliseconds, you are down in that old familiar cesspool of negativity. Continue reading “7 Steps to Regroove Your Thinking Patterns”
If I were to describe my anxiety, as a doctor might, it might go something like this:
“An over active nervous condition when the brain predicts and over predicts and
attempts to problem- solve with or without the victim’s consent and many times
without concern of her best interests.”
Anxiety–it can race over and through me like a speedy stream.
(This is a guest post from Lisa DeLay – enjoy)
Continue reading “When Anxiety is a Speedy Stream – Lisa DeLay”
It was off to the races and my thoughts and feelings were galloping around in my head.
Out in front was ‘This and that’ followed closely behind by ‘Panic’ and ‘Fear’. Neck and neck were ‘Hopelessness’ and ‘Despair’ while ‘Stuck in the Mud’ was definitely stuck in the mud and sinking.
Do your thoughts race? Continue reading “Racing Thoughts can be Reined in. Here’s how”
Pressure within is building.
How do you let it out without destroying precious relationships? You prick the balloon in a safe controlled planned out way. You need to let it out or it will eat you up. Continue reading “Mental Health is … Knowing Where To Prick the Balloon”
One of the most wonderful things you will ever witness is when someone does the hard work of change.
It maybe the challenge of overcoming the grip of an addiction. It might be the rebuilding of a life after a serious traumatic experience.
I think of those I know who have very serious mental illnesses, yet push on, do the work, and make progress in their lives that is significant for them. Continue reading “Do You Have A ‘Mind To Work’?”
The Habit Poem
I am your constant companion.
I am your greatest helper or your heaviest burden.
I will push you onward or drag you down to failure. Continue reading “The ‘Constant Companion’ of Habit”
Her response wasn’t surprising. She was probably more surprised at being asked the question.
It was one of those random telemarketing phone calls that seem to always occur when you are just about to eat dinner or watch your favourite TV show.
She was polite and asked if I had a few minutes to answer a couple of questions.
‘Why not’ I thought. I have been in the situation of doing surveys door to door and the struggle of all those rejections.
Continue reading “7 Steps To Enable A Rhythm Of Rest”
I’m not a dancer, but I am a musician. I believe that our Mental Health is closely linked to the rhythms we keep.
I have played guitar since I was thirteen and one of the little practice exercises I used to do in the early days was to play a piece of music either really slow or really fast, but it had to make sense.
As I progressed on in my learning I began to join with others.
I quickly learnt that if I was going to part of some ‘good music happening’ then I needed to learn the rhythm of not just the music, but the people as well.
Continue reading “Are You In Sync With The Rhythm?”
Guest post from Cyndy Lavoie
Years ago I was struggling with anxiety.
It had come on so fast (within just a few months), and so strong that I was seriously considering going to the doctor for some medication to help.
When I am anxious I feel it in the middle of my back. My muscles lock down and it feels as though a band is constricting my torso. The rest of my body feels wired up and ready for an emergency; my fight or flight mode kicks into high gear.
Prior to this I had never been prone to anxiety but life had become exceptionally stressful due to a primary relationship that was becoming increasingly unsafe both emotionally and psychologically and which was leaving my future very uncertain.
Continue reading “How Relinquishing The Need To Control Can Give Us Freedom From Anxiety”
I’ve had a taste and now I want more. I’m not being greedy or demanding or ‘push in line’ about it. It’s just that I have had a taste and I long for more.
There are wafts of joy coming from the kitchen. There is a party going on and I can hear music, and the delight of dance. I’m invited, actually I’m their special guest.
It’s a serious party, in the meaning that this is the total focus of all that they do.
Continue reading “How Joy Comes From An Unexpected Place.”