Markers for good mental health days

When I was writing the post on knowing your triggers, it occurred to me that though I had a checklist for how to overcome bad days or how to know something is triggering me or that I need to make some shift in my daily routine to sleep better, etc. I didn’t have a checklist for good days.

But why do I need such a checklist?

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Know thyself…and thy triggers

Triggers are words, situations, scenes, topics, circumstances, basically anything outside that create a response inside you. The response can be smallish and thus manageable or largish and thus may require some form of tools or professional help to deal with. An example of a tool would be Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help with certain mental health disorders.

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Guilt and me

These past few weeks – months? – guilt, rage and helplessness have become my friends. I didn’t like what it was doing to my mental health – sleeplessness, lethargy, more rage, inability to focus – so I thought of going through my notes to find some sort of message or solace. It’s something I like to do. Every time I have come out of one my spirals, I have made a note of it: what happened, how it affected me, and what helped me get out of it. These notes help when a similar, yet unsimilar, spiral comes. That’s when the title of a note caught my attention: I have a theory on guilt.

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Role of a therapist

When I was new to the process of learning about my mind, I had no idea what to expect from a therapist. I had thought I would go there, talk to her, she would do something and voila all will be well. It took me a while to understand that I needed to take an active role in this journey if I wanted results. Just going to a therapist and ranting at her was not going to help.

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5 things you need to begin your mental health journey

One of the best conversations I had around mental health was with a friend who said to me, mental health, and working towards being okay in life is a choice as much as it is about support from our family and friends. Unless you make that critical choice to help yourself, no one can help you.

But when we talk about helping yourself, we often think about going to a therapist. If you have the means and opportunity, that’s amazing. But if you don’t there are a few things you can do in the meantime.

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What does mental health mean to you

I love taking e-courses. Anytime I have a question – why do we go to war, what is gender, how to write superhero characters – I go onto edX and find an e-course. So, when I was trying to come up with themes I would like to talk about on mental health, I obviously went onto the platform to find an e-course on the subject.

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The thing about perseverance #MondayMusings

So I’m back because once again my friend MT (she’s different from MP by the way) has asked me to shed my pearls of wisdom for her benefit. Today we talk about perseverance.

Recently, because I hate myself, I started on this 31 day challenge of self-love and 6 days into it, everything is going hunky dory when we’re suddenly told to come up with at least 10 things we love about ourselves. It’s not a stretch to say it took me the entire day to make that list. In my defense though, I love that list and I’m quite proud of it. But I’m prouder of point number 7 i.e. perseverance.

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How to build your patience

If there are two things anyone who has known me for any length of time will say, they are:
Oh my god you’re so tall
Oh my god how are you so patient?!

Well today, on popular demand (of my 5 friends) I shall reveal my golden sutras that can help you to build your patience too:

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