"Be Beyond Well" Blog

Hello and Welcome to my blog " Be Beyond Well"  a  Wellness Blog  meant to spread love, light, and to add a sense of wellbeing to your life. Each entry  will explore a topic related to mental health, offering insights and ways to cope with the day to day. Topics include- Gratitude, Self Care, Meditation, Presence, Mindfulness, Self love- and more,

 

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The role of observer

 It is good to be able to recognize thoughts that are distressing- such as intrusive thoughts/ negative thoughts or perspectives/ irrational thoughts – those that are based off of cognitive distortions. Cognitive distortions can be thought of as irrational thought patterns (like mind reading/ catastrophizing/ all or nothing thinking for example). Core beliefs are underlying beliefs we have about ourselves the world that we develop from a young age (such as “I am worthy/ I am loved/ the world is safe/ the world is not safe/I am not good enough”). All of this together- and also throw in temperament and our experiences in the world through this journey of life- and that impacts how we show up in the world and how we think/ react/ feel.

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Healthy Coping Mechanisms

A coping mechanism is a behavior that a person uses to deal with stressful situations. Copimg mechanisms are intentional and develop over time. It is important to be able to know the different things that may be triggering for you in your day to day. There can be healthy coping mechanisms and unhealthy coping mechanisms. People can cope in an acitve / positive way or they can become avoidant and try to avoid stressors. Healthy coping mechanisms take time to practice and develop and it is possible to learn and continue learning coping mechanisms throughout life. 

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Values

What do you think of when you hear values? I think of "the things that are important to a person". Have you ever considered that values should define your boundaries? If not allowing your values to guide your boundaries then you may be out of alignment and you may feel conflicted. If not holding boundaries/ rules for yourself you are not protecting your physical and mental health. 

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This Therapists Favorites

There are so many amazing resourves out there! The online world can be unlimited knowledge at our fingertips. I love finding things- blogs/ podcasts/ articles/ workouts...... so many things! 

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Check in with yourself

How many of us check in with ourselves to see how we are doing? I love this concept and actually learned it from a therapist several years ago. It is so easy to get swept away on auti pilot throughtout the days and weeks. It is important to slow down and check in with yourself , I say several times a day. Doing so intentionally will help you with getting back in tune with your body and what you need.

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The only way out is through

Feelings can be so uncomfortable! Have you ever heard "Sometimes the only way out is through". Feelings are fluid and temporary, and if you stay with whatever feeling you are having it will pass. You can do hard things. We learn how to process and communicate feelings from our early experiences and from how others process - or do not process- things around us. People have different ways of expressing and processing feelings. Some people are very communicative and some people bottle things up. Others try to fix whatever may be going on and change the way they are feeling. 

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Time to talk

Time to Talk Day - 2/1/2024- a day aimed to have  more open conversations about mental health and to talk about how you really feel. It can be hard to have open conversations about how you are feeling. Talking about mental health is good for your wellbeing. 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem in any given year. I notice it is easier to tell people we are fine than it is to express true feelings. 

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Slippery slope of symptoms

Hello dear ones, this week I wanted to look at how to take the best care of yourself. It is so important to stay on top of self care and the things you do that keep you functioning at your best. It is good to be aware of triggers and signs that symptoms may be increasing or returning. I think the concept of prescription of self care and optimal mental health are unique to each individual. Knowing yourself and what you need to do to feel your best is so necessary- and following through with it. And do know, with mental health that there are times you are doing everything right and you still may have a recourse of symptoms, we are human and things will be up and down and cycles will happen. 

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No is a complete sentence

 This week I wanted to explore "NO". Often times we commit to things that we do not want to do and I want to give you permission to use the word "No" more often. No is a complete sentence and No is a boundary. It is ok to decline a request from someone and there is no need to feel guilty about it. Often we can do things that are people pleasing and that can lead to resentment and burnout if not careful. 

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Theme for the year 2024!

Hello dear ones, this week I wanted to explore a concept, creating a theme for the new year. We are a week into the new year and maybe you have been working on intentions and resolutions. A theme is a great concept for you to come up with an over arching idea for what you want 2024 to look like and how you want to show up in the world. You can create a theme professionally or personally or both, and these will overlap and bleed into all areas of your life. 

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New Years Intentions

Hello dear ones,  as we welcome in 2024 and say good bye to 2023 it can certainly feel like the year flew by! This is the time of the year that many people look at setting resolutions for the new year. I do like to reflect on the prior year and lean into what my goals and desires are. This is more of an opportunity to refresh and reset. However, I like to pass along  that we can refresh and reset at any point in the year, and adopt new habits and make changes at any time as well. Resolutions can feel cliche so I challenge you to consider intentions. 

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