To improve your mental wellbeing I strongly believe in learning as much as you can about good mental health. By doing this you can identify your own unique health idiosyncrasies, and see where you fit in the continuum. This means you’ll be more informed when you’re seeking the right type of professional help, or decide to try things you can do to help yourself.
Recovery involves self-knowledge and self-understanding. The better you understand your mental health the more compassionate you will be to your perceived flaws. And the more self-accepting you’ll become. That is a grand and honorable recovery goal to have. Empower yourself through knowledge.
Psychology Today’s ‘depression’ pages – The more informed you are about depression the better you will understand how depression uniquely manifests itself in you. Psychology Today has some excellent contributors, each writing from different perspectives on the topic of depression. Window off an afternoon to spend looking over the articles.
Therese Borchard – Therese is the founder of Project Beyond Blue, and is a writer and mental health activist. She writes about her own experiences of depression recovery and management – in an intelligent and sensitive way. Therese has a vast archive of well-written blog posts and articles. She also writes for HuffPost and other media outlets.
Students Against Depression – SAD offers workbooks, courses and factsheets for people wanting to move beyond their depression symptoms. All their material is validated by health professionals – which makes it safe and reliable. The information they share is solid advice for any adult affected by depression.
Sober Recovery – I truly love this site. Sober Recovery is an addiction recovery resource with a very comprehensive range of topics covered. Their articles are wide-ranging, well-written, and informed. It’s home to an active forum community – who support, inform and debate addiction-related subjects. Spend an afternoon (or a weekend!) browsing.
The Fix – This is the daily website for alcohol and drug addiction recovery news and information. The Fix is a respected source for addiction recovery resources, rehab reviews and sober living tips. Topics covered include the value of yoga, diet, ultra-marathons, AA meetings, learning, and recovery memoirs. The Fix’s range is deep and broad.
3. Mental Health
Libero Network– I discovered these guys recently. The Libero Network support people recovering from addiction, depression, anxiety, self-harm, and eating disorders. Their site has an good collection of intelligent articles, and it encourages community involvement. A good place to start is their About page. Find them in Twitter and Facebook, too.
Brain Pickings – This site provides insight into the lofty questions of how to live, and how to live well. It enriches my mental pool of resources by spanning topics on art, science, psychology, philosophy, history and politics. And how they relate directly or indirectly to mental health via the human condition. Plus, it’s a beautiful site: we need beauty in our lives 🙂
4. Emotional Eating
Shrink Yourself – I’ve taken their 12-week online program, and I have read the book – written by psychiatrist Dr Roger Gould. Shrink Yourself is a therapy process to help you overcome emotional eating habits. It concentrates on the psychology behind emotional eating, and provides very real practical advice. Have a look over the site and blog – and see what you think.
Am I Hungry? – This site is run by Dr Michelle May, and offers the Mindful Eating Program. It’s a way to think about the small decisions you make every day that affect your eating, activity, and overall health. I haven’t taken the program, but I follow Michelle on Twitter and am on her email list. I have a lot of respect for her approach to mindful eating.
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