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Be ready for a Captain Obvious moment… Increases in positive emotions leads to better well-being. If you are thinking “duh,” then we are thinking the same!
When I first started reading about Positive Psychology, I wondered how on earth this is a model of therapy. What I learned was, it is a SUPER scienced base practice and I love coming across awesome studies.
This post will give you some details on the PERMA model, but will focus on the P (Positive Emotions). Keep reading to find out more!
Martin Seligman is the man responsible for the PERMA…
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If you have never heard of Positive Psychology, then listen up! This is not a toxic method of dismissing your negative symptoms. Positive Psychology just wants to ALSO assess your character strengths.
Character strengths? Basically, the idea is that if you are not utilizing your natural strengths, you are more likely to develop psychological stress or illness. If you are OVER utilizing them, you can also put yourself in a negative mental state.
Keep reading to learn more about Character Strengths and how to find out yours!
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Positive Psychology was created to help clients focus on their strengths, while alleviating their struggles. When you consider counselling, you likely think about discussing your issues, concerns and tackling problems.
Positive Psychology therapists and counsellors aim to help people flourish even after their symptoms of pain and discomfort are over. Although this method continues to change and grow (for the better), it is not meant to replace traditional approaches.
The point is to find a balance and give attention to both positive and negative elements of a person’s life. …
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Self-care for healthcare workers is more important now than ever, but its the same for everyone else!
Self-care comes in so many forms and one size does not fit all.
The following list has multiple suggestions of self-care, some suitable for COVID restrictions and others not so much. That said, hopefully one or two options resonate with you!
Remember, self-care is important for healthcare (yours) too!
2. Order take-out instead of making a meal.
3. Meditation (can do this on a break with headphones).
4. Practice Breathwork (can do this on break…
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Adjustment Disorder stemmed from a moment that changed by life. On January 8th, 2020 an incident occurring working on a Mental Health Intensive Care unit lead to a diagnosis of Adjustment Disorder.
Two thoughts are likely popping up: 1. “Wow, what awful thing happened?” and 2. “What the heck is Adjustment Disorder?”
Well, you are not alone, so how about I start with what Adjustment Disorder is…
What is Adjustment Disorder?
According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual 5th Edition (DSM-5) diagnostic criteria for Adjustment Disorder is:
- Under the umbrella of traumatic disorders.
Many people question me when hearing that I decided to leave the nursing field. This may be considered uncommon to some considering my income, steady paycheck, no lack of available work, benefits and a pension plan.
My mental wellness was being affected and I am a firm believer that you can’t take care of others without taking care of yourself. How was I to do this when I could hardly keep up with self-care because of the shiftwork in my career?
I appreciate you taking the time to read my story and am curious to know if it resonated with…
Just to clarify, SMART goals do not mean your current goals are dumb! SMART is an acronym for a method to help you reach whatever changes you want to implement in your life. What does each letter stand for? Specific MeasurableAttainable Relevant Timely.
There is some diversity to the settings one can use SMART goals. Before looking further into this method, I only considered the individualized benefits and the effects they had on me directly. Well, to say I was pleasantly surprised to find out more, is an understatement. …
Have you ever considered that your way of thinking could be sabotaging your happiness? Of course, many of us can recognize negative emotions, such as sadness, anxiety and anger, but how our mind processes stress can be hard to pinpoint. When we are under stress, our brain can develop patterns of thinking and unhealthy ones are called “Cognitive Biases.”
A cognitive bias can be defined as “exaggerations in thinking that we all experience from time to time when we are emotionally aroused or depressed” (Kennerley, Kirk & Westbrook, 2017). Many of us can relate to having intense reactions to our…
There was a recent article that came out on the local news titled Bad behaviour on the rise- Rise in belligerent behaviour linked to pandemic stress, fatigue. One clinical psychologist in the article notes that pandemics can bring out extremes in people and that it is related to chronic stress and fatigue.
I’m not sure about anyone else, but I’ve definitely noticed changes in people’s ability to cope. Not to generalize, but many people are currently at their maximum levels of stress. …
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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a counselling term that has been growing in popularity and for good reason.
When I experienced a workplace “mental health injury,” CBT was one of the treatment methods that helped me get back on my feet and actually BETTER than I had been before the incident.
There have been many studies showing how useful CBT can be, including through self-help or with a mental health professional. You can find books, worksheets, podcasts, videos… if you look you will find!
Maybe that is how you came across this Cognitive…