mental health

emotional backpack

What’s In Your Emotional Backpack?

All of us have dealt with a backpack at some point in our lives. Remember loading up that crisp new back pack in fall, with anticipation for another school year. Backpacks are used to pack up emergency supplies as demonstrated in this article, camping gear and they are even popular to use as a diaper bag. One backpack we may not realize we carry is an emotional backpack. What is an emotional backpack? Picture yourself carrying around an invisible backpack, …

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When the Going Gets Tough, Protect Your Mental Health

I wrote a post five years ago for this blog entitled “Wabi Sabi: Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff.” The basic idea is that it’s important to accept less-than-perfect as being good-enough for most things. I’ve written nearly 100 posts now, and it’s still my favorite because I love that philosophy inspired by this book. It’s too easy to get wrapped up in small details and day-to-day worries. We end up stressed, exhausted bundles of anger, worried about all the wrong things. Maybe your minivan will suck if …

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Special Needs Preppers: Dealing With Mental Health Challenges

Individuals and families of all kinds flock to the prepper mindset for all kinds of reasons. Among millions of preppers are those with one type of challenge or another. Many of them are dealing with mental health issues, either their own or those of a loved one. At the very basic level, there are two kinds of mental health issues: genetic and environmental. Depression, social anxiety, PTSD, and others often have their roots in life experiences (environmental), as well as possible …

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