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During quarantine, I find myself returning to tried-and-true mental health exercises like journaling negative thoughts/judgements I have about myself and my life, and then taking the time to argue against them, one by one. And to be honest, it feels a little shameful to be quite “unwell again,” but that’s something I think I need to expect from life, you know? Bad things happen, and we do our best to cope. Sometimes we cope well, and sometimes we don’t.
In any case, I just wanted to let you know; you’re not alone if you’re coping rather than thriving, or if you’re falling apart while you usually can cope. No shame. We’re messily fighting our ways through it, together.
All My Best,
A Self-Acceptance Prompt Journal (Artist Journal with Cute Animals for Anxiety Relief)
Step into a state of mindfulness: Depression and anxiety are topics that can be uncomfortable to talk about, but that doesn’t mean they should be avoided. If anything, it means we need to be more aware and have more conversations about them. With the help of her adorable illustrations, art blogger Kate Allan (known through her remarkably popular Tumblr blog as “The Latest Kate”) urges us to be mindful of our mentality.
Work through anxiety and depression with the help of enlightening words: Allan, who suffers from anxiety and depression herself, understands what it’s like to deal with feelings that are difficult to fight through. In this book, she provides the personal kind of encouragement that she herself needs to hear. These encouraging words, along with writing prompts, can help readers sort through and express their feelings.