Posts in Mental Health
Cozy Favorite Things & Places

Hey, it's been awhile since I posted so I decided to do something a bit fun, unrelated to fitness or mental health. It's almost December, the sun sets in Edinburgh at 3:45 PM (I'm not kidding), and it's effin' freezing outside. Here's how I handle the cold weather in Scotland and in Connecticut. (For some reason, there's a slight JK Rowling theme here.) 

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Become Your Own Therapist Using CBT Workbooks

Before I started seeing a CBT therapist, I had a tendency to have really bad days and really good days.

On really bad days, I'd feel entirely hopeless and shut myself off from the world. On really good days, I'd believe that I'd never have a bad day ever again. The problem was, I did have really bad days afterwards and they hit harder because I did nothing to prevent them. I'd have a good day and forget I was ever sad. 

Just like fitness, you have to keep working at it.

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Her First Time, and The Times After That

If you take just one thing away from my rant, let it be this: Talk to girls and boys about sexuality. Not just theirs, but of the opposite sex, too. If you have a daughter, son, or a younger sister or brother, don't just sit them down one time to tell them what a condom is. Open up a dialogue that can be returned to at any time about sexuality and sexual health. 

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Healthy vs. Unhealthy Beliefs

CBT teaches us the idea that anxiety occurs through an event or trigger which leads to a belief which then causes consequence(s). We do not have control over events or triggers, but what we do with such is very important. 

Through CBT, I've learned about the different kind of beliefs—healthy and unhealthy and I am working on turning my unhealthy beliefs into healthy ones.

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