An enormous barrier to recovery for me is a complete lack of self-compassion, self-kindness and self-esteem. This week I decided it was time to try to tackle this head-on and so am working my way through ‘The Compassionate Mind Workbook’ by Chris Irons and Elaine Beaumont. As well as working through the first 3 chapters,… Continue reading Re-training a Wonky Brain
These beautiful words were shared with me today and I just wanted to pass this important message on…
…I hope you can take them to heart and try to remember all that you ARE rather than what you’re not.
What my Occupational Therapist is trying to convince me to do
Recently I’ve been fortunate enough to have some help in creating a lovely little space of my own, full of things to comfort, encourage and soothe me.
This picture of this magical safe place and my beautiful healing kitten, Hope, sums it up nicely:
I think that finding or developing a safe space is a really valuable tool for everyone struggling with their mental health. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy; it could even be as simple as a really soft blanket to wrap yourself in or somewhere where you can sit and mindfully listen to nature. It’s just about investing some time and thought in to being kind to yourself, developing a routine that encompasses this element of looking after yourself, and having one more thing to add to a crisis or safety plan.
I’d be really interested to hear about or see pictures of your ‘safe space’, or your thoughts on the topic!
An interesting look at the history of art therapy and visual journaling with some nice prompts if you want to have a go yourself. This is slightly different to my own take on visual journaling but with the same basis of exploring your internal and external experiences through free expression. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/arts-and-health/201310/visual-journaling-art-therapy-historical-perspective