The 10-Step Depression Relief Workbook

Depression Relief in 10 Steps

A Book Review

There are numerous self-help books that are published each year, with consumers paying hundreds of millions of dollars looking for a fix. I’m sure most of these end up unfinished by their readers. We all want to improve ourselves and find ways to ameliorate our lives. A self-help book without action steps may fall flat.

I recently came across a self-help workbook on climbing out of depression called The 10-Step Depression Relief Workbook: A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Approach, written by Simon A. Rego, PsyD and Sarah Fader. It’s not just a book…it’s also a workbook. You learn, and you do. This workbook will help anyone make improvements in life. The authors break it down, explaining the basics of depression and our thoughts and actions (or inactions). Continue reading “Depression Relief in 10 Steps”

New Year Kaizen

2018: My Year of Kaizen

Going Small for New Year’s Resolutions

 

Kaizen is a Japanese word that roughly translates to “good change” meaning “improvement”. This simple term has morphed into a philosophy of “constant, continuous improvement” and is a mindset you can apply anywhere in your life.

Kaizen

So, cheers to kaizen of 2018! In opposition of March’s ole weather folklore of “in like a lion, out like a lamb,” I’ll shall begin 2018 under the radar and end the year strong, awesome, and changed for the better.

When struggling with mental illness, baby steps are necessary anyway. Little changes make a huge difference. Yet, mental illness or not, many of us just need to begin small. Keeping up with small changes is easier than keeping up with large changes.

Kaizen is a Japanese word that roughly translates to “good change” meaning “improvement”. Cheers to kaizen in 2018! Click To Tweet

Here are my 20 baby steps I plan on implementing:

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Trichotillomania

It’s Got Me Pulling My Hair Out!

When Anxiety Becomes Too Much

We’ve all heard it or have said it:

I’m so stressed/worried/frustrated that I’m pulling my hair out!

My son suffers from trichotillomania.

What a freakin’ long word.

(trik-o-til-o-MAY-nee-uh)

For those of you who don’t suffer from this, it is the compulsion to pull your hair out. Oftentimes, it is due to anxiety…and sometimes the sufferer has a history of OCD. Only 1–2% of adults and adolescents even have this condition; my son won this jackpot.

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crying

The Silliest Reason I Ever Cried

What’s your silly crying scenario?

My dreadful drive to work begins by 6:15am, yet the existence of the Kidd Kraddick Morning Show on Jack FM radio allows me to enjoy this commute on the Dallas North Tollway. Their family-friendly, hilarious morning show has been a happy place of mine for years. A couple weeks ago, host J-Si shared that his wife Kinsey cried over not being chosen as a chaperone for her son’s first field trip. Then, the cast opened it up to their audience members to share their silliest reasons for crying. I instantly knew what my moment was. It’s what made me realize I needed to seek help for emotional instability and the status of my mental health.  My silly crying scenario involved coupons.

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