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...

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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...

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Opening the Door to the New Self

When we think about changing our minds and how we think, we often think of the perfectionism or fears we live with, and focus on how to get rid of them. The apostle Paul challenges us to think differently, to think of changing our minds as part of the process of putting on our “new self.” One practical way to do this is challenging our Thinking Distortions.

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Putting Together Your Self-Care Plan

Even when we know the importance of putting together a good self-care plan, it can feel overwhelming to do. Four pillars? Each pillar has multiple pieces? The heart races and the breathing gets shorter. Sometimes, we’re not even responding to the actual task of...

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The Four Pillars of Self-Care

While treatment plans come in all shapes and sizes, there are four pillars that form the foundation of every self-care plan. Creating a self-care plan that addresses our physical, mental,  spiritual, and relational needs is a key step in our recovery process. No two...

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Medications and How to Get a Prescription

There are several ways you can go about getting a prescription, and each have slightly different processes: going to your regular doctor, working through your therapist/psychologist, and seeing a psychiatrist. Whichever route you take, a chat with a pharmacist is a good idea, as well.

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Medications and Their Purpose

Prescriptions. Scrips. Meds. Pills. Whatever you call them, medicine plays a real role in helping us get to a place of emotional stability. While they aren’t a magic bullet erasing all the symptoms of our mental illness, we should never underestimate the benefits we can derive from taking a medication.

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