Author: Teresa

Negative Coping Skills & Shame

It’s almost a given that those of us living with mental illness have and use negative coping skills. Often, we know exactly what they are, too. I’ve sat in more than one group reading off a list of negative skills and with quiet nods of agreement all around me. Where they enthusiastically check off items on a list of positive skills we can try, the negative list is often left blank. The color of shame. The reality is negative coping skills exist for a reason.  Somewhere we’ve learned them, for some reason we’ve developed them, in some way they...

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And……We’re Launched!

This is it – we’re launched!! Join me as I make the announcement! In this video, I share the genesis of the ministry, the meaning behind the name, and the message of hope we want to bring. I would love to get your feedback on the ministry and the video in the comments below.     Facebook Follow Twitter Follow Youtube Follow Now that we’ve launched, learn more about Wounded Birds Ministry by going to our About page, or check out the blogs.  ...

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The Importance of Routines

Routines—we all have them.  Some of these routines are intentional – such as the bedtime routine – and others are ones we fall into. Routines are important for all of us; they create predictability and provide comfort. For those of us with mental illness, however, our natural instinct is often to rebel against the idea of a routine, often because we want to be like “normal” people. For those who want to stay on the path to recovery, a routine can be an excellent tool to help normalize and stabilize ourselves. As we look at establishing healthy routines, we’ll...

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Everyday Rest & Relaxation

R&R. Vacation. Time off. PTO. Whatever you call it, in our society, taking time to rehabilitate ourselves from the day-to-day grind is desperately desired and often neglected. Too often, we only think of “rest” as what we do on vacation, or the weekend. What if we were to invite rest and joy into our daily lives? What impact would that make? “Busy” has become synonymous with “indispensable,” and “indispensable” is one of the ways we measure our worth When I talk with people about getting more “rest” or “joy” into their days, a common response is a sheepish look,...

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