App Review: Finch

Remember Amaru, the flying cat that helps you learn mindfulness? Well, I have found another little friend to help you manage your mental health! Finch is an adorable little bird who grows and develops personality traits when you take care of yourself. I let the app randomly generate a name for my finch. This isContinue reading “App Review: Finch”

App Review: Booster Buddy

I was on the fence about posting this review because, when I opened the Booster Buddy app to try it out, I got a notice that the developers were no longer doing updates as of April 2021. The notice indicated that the app might stop working as my phone updates. But, as I explored theContinue reading “App Review: Booster Buddy”

Questions To Ask When Things Are Falling Apart

The human brain is a funny thing. Sometimes things feel like they are falling apart, but they feel better after we get some sleep or something to eat or drink. Of course, it can be a challenge to figure out when these strong feelings are due to a body need, a trigger, or something else.Continue reading “Questions To Ask When Things Are Falling Apart”

Interview with Erlene Grise-Owens, Social Worker, Author, Educator

I would like to thank Erlene Grise-Owens, Partner, The Wellness Group, ETC ¬†for taking the time to talk with me about her work, especially because I got confused about time zones and left her waiting in the Zoom meeting. Erlene is a social worker who writes primarily about provider mental health and self-care, issues thatContinue reading “Interview with Erlene Grise-Owens, Social Worker, Author, Educator”

Self-Care in Lockdown: A Checklist

This is something I shared on my Facebook page months ago, but I thought it deserved a re-share since many states have gone back into lockdown. I wrote it with kids in mind, but the concepts apply to adults too. When you never leave the house, the days can blur together. It’s tempting to parkContinue reading “Self-Care in Lockdown: A Checklist”

Thoughts on Recharging

I have been sharing telemental health tools to use with kids on Tuesdays, but this week I moved that post to Thursday. In the United States, it’s election day, and although I often don’t directly “talk politics” on this blog (even though mental health is political), I thought self-care was a more important topic rightContinue reading “Thoughts on Recharging”

Let’s Talk About Burnout

I wrote this post for mental health professionals, but it’s something a lot of people can relate to right now. The demand for mental health has spiked in the pandemic, and while it is fantastic that people are reaching out, therapists are scrambling to meet the demand. We are living in the same world asContinue reading “Let’s Talk About Burnout”

Working at Home or Living at Work?

This week, I took a couple days away from my clinical practice for a “staycation.” Since I am not currently traveling (thanks, COVID-19), I chose to book a local hotel room (taking precautions, of course). As soon as I checked in, I felt a sense of relief that I haven’t had in quite a longContinue reading “Working at Home or Living at Work?”