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7 Effective Ways to Work through Low Self-Esteem with Talk Therapy

This post is part of the Mental Health Monday series & is written by a guest blogger. Read all about this author at the end of this article (which originally appeared with modifications here). Low self-esteem can impact various aspects of your life, whether it is with your personal or professional relationships. Many people find that having low self-esteem is connected to feeling shame, guilt, self-doubt, or inadequate. The best way to overcome these feelings… Read More »7 Effective Ways to Work through Low Self-Esteem with Talk Therapy

Your Self-Care Repertoire: Community Is Valuable

This post is part of the Mental Health Monday series & is written by a guest blogger. Read all about this author at the end of this article. Community is valuable for self-care in early motherhood. When I became a mother nearly a decade ago, I had no idea how valuable community would be in caring for myself. Self-care was beginning its rise as a pop culture buzzword. The transition from working full-time to being… Read More »Your Self-Care Repertoire: Community Is Valuable

Make Decisions When You’re Ready: 4 Simple Ways to Give Yourself the Grace

This post is part of the Mental Health Monday series & is written by a guest blogger. Read all about this author at the end of this article. On Fridays, I don’t make any decisions. By this I mean, after a long day at the end of a long week, what I know about myself is that my capacity for making emotionally wise choices is depleted. Something as small as deciding the agenda for the… Read More »Make Decisions When You’re Ready: 4 Simple Ways to Give Yourself the Grace

Seeking Guest Bloggers for New Mental Health & Self-Care Series

Starting Monday, September 13, 2021, a new mental health & self-care series will begin to post as a new weekly feature right here on RetaJayne.com. I am currently seeking GUEST BLOGGERS for this new series. The topics need to be centered around SELF-CARE &/or MENTAL HEALTH. I am seeking guest bloggers to write about self-care &/or mental health topics. If you are interested, here’s all that is needed for this opportunity: A 600-word (approximate minimum)… Read More »Seeking Guest Bloggers for New Mental Health & Self-Care Series

Look at How Far You Have Come Versus How Far You Have Yet to Go

How about a bit of storytime? I present to you a brief walk down memory lane. It’s amazing what can happen when you look at how far you have come versus how far you have yet to go! A couple of evenings ago, I got the email that one of my domains expired. Normally, I leave my domains on auto-renew — & I have had a TON of them the last three to five years… Read More »Look at How Far You Have Come Versus How Far You Have Yet to Go

Can you lead a fulfilling life with bipolar WITHOUT medication?

I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder a little over five years ago. At the time, I was only two weeks postpartum with my daughter so medication was off the table. I was breastfeeding & had no intention to stop until we were both ready. At the time, I thought living with bipolar without medication would be a temporary thing. But, now I am wondering if there was something to it… My original psychiatrist told me… Read More »Can you lead a fulfilling life with bipolar WITHOUT medication?

3 Incredible Ways Hobbies Improve Mental Health

Having something you’re passionate about is a necessity. I know some people think of excitement & things we do for pleasure as luxuries. But, the reality is that hobbies improve mental health. Are there more important things to worry about? Of course. We need a roof over our heads & food in our bellies. We need to feel like we aren’t on guard at all hours of the day. But, we also need to feel… Read More »3 Incredible Ways Hobbies Improve Mental Health

Journaling is self-therapy

Somewhere along the line, journaling, for me, became more than documenting my thoughts & feelings & what happened throughout the day. Instead, it became my method of actually processing all of those things. When my brain gets so chaotic, I am lost within it, getting my thoughts & feelings — & insecurities! — out & into written form is therapy to me. Sometimes it’s painful & sometimes it is a total relief. But it pretty… Read More »Journaling is self-therapy

You Do Not Deserve Happiness

Depression is a gnarly beast. It tricks you into thinking you are unworthy & unloved. It tricks you by changing your brain & giving you that voice that tells you all the things you don’t deserve & shouldn’t strive toward. But, the one thing it gets right is that you do not deserve happiness. No one deserves happiness. It’s not something to be earned or worked toward in that way. Happiness isn’t some reward for… Read More »You Do Not Deserve Happiness

What if you view your life as a story?

The world doesn’t revolve around you. And, chance are, if you treat it as if it does, you will wind up alienating more people than you think. No one wants to be casted off as second-rate or left in the dust as soon as things get too tough for you. Yet, what if you chose to view your life as a story destined for a novel or a movie script? What if you found your… Read More »What if you view your life as a story?