Resources

This is a list of resources and tools that I have personally used for self-care, mental wellness, or education.

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Websites

  • MHA: Mental Health America is the nation’s leading community-based non-profit. The link will take you to their Mental Health Screening Tools Page where you’ll find tests you can take for different mental illnesses. The results provide a great resource to take to your doctor or therapist if needed.
  • NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Health is the nation’s largest ‘grassroots’ organization dedicated to Mental Health. Clicking the link will take you to ‘Know The Warning Signs’, an article that contains a list of symptoms someone may experience with a mental illness. There’s also a video that discusses 10 common warning signs that may present themselves.
  • Guide To Mental Illness Created by Drugwatch, this guide discusses various types of mental illness, possible warning signs, common medications, and other forms of treatment.
  • The Mighty is a ‘digital health community created to empower and connect people facing health challenges and disabilities’. The Mighty partners with almost 300 non-profits to provide resources for community members. One of my favorite things about the site is the 52 Small Things Program that encourages members to set small goals and achieve one each week.

Online Therapy + Therapist Locator

Note: I haven’t personally used the online therapy websites listed below, but I thought it was worth mentioning after doing some research on the sites.

  • BetterHelp is the number one online counseling website. There are articles and advice concerning mental health on the site as well. Counseling sessions can be done through messaging, live chat, phone calls, or video conferencing.
  • TalkSpace works with over 3,000 licensed therapists. After a brief assessment, you can choose from suggested matches. Counseling sessions can be done via text, video, pictures, or audio.
  • GoodTherapy can be used to find a treatment center or a therapist in your area. The site also hosts a blog, and under ‘Get Help’, there’s an extensive list of common issues from anxiety to grief to self-esteem. Clicking on one of the items on the list will take you to more information.

Blogs

  • Anxious Lass was created by Kelly Jean and focuses on social anxiety. Click the link to read her post ‘I Don’t Care If My Mental Illness Makes You Uncomfortable’. I haven’t met her but she’s clearly a badass
  • Fiona Likes To Blog was created by Fiona Thomas and focuses on depression, anxiety, and body positivity. The link will take you to ‘3 Body Image Hacks You Can Use To Feel More Positive Today’. Good Stuff.
  • Tia Harding suffered for 20 years with depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and low self-esteem. Now, she runs a website that has a digital shop with printables including one where you can set daily and monthly intentions so you can live your life on purpose. Above, I linked to a post named ‘How To Stop Negative Thoughts: The Real Solution’.
  • Resilient focuses on personal development and has a free resource library that includes checklists. And who doesn’t love checklists? I linked to a post I really like called ’10 Things Happy People Do Differently’.
  • Rose-Minded is a mental health, self-care, and personal development blog. Kay Uimari, the writer and creator, has been diagnosed with major depressive disorder, OCD, bulimia, and anxiety. The site has a Self-Care Store which contains Journal Guides, Mood Trackers, and even essential oil blends.
  • Ivory And Pine was created by Laura, a professional therapist. The website focuses on mental health, self-care, intentional living, and relationships. The link will take you to a post titled ‘How To Advocate For Yourself With Mental Health Professionals’.
  • Radical Transformation Project was founded by Faith, who has battled depression and anxiety for most of her life. The site offers free mental health printables and a Depression Survival Guide that is linked above.
  • The Daily Positive has over 100,000 subscribers to their Daily Dose of Positivity email. The site offers free coaching videos, audio downloads, printable guides, webinars, articles, and more. The link will take you to a post titled ’24 Wise Questions You Should Ask Yourself’.

Self-Care

Weighted Blanket

I love my weighted blanket. At the end of a long day, it sometimes takes all the strength I have left to pull it up over me. Kidding..kind of. It makes me feel secure, calms my restless legs, and helps me to sleep better. I use a blanket that weighs 15 pounds, but there are guidelines based off of weight usually provided by the seller. To purchase your own weighted blanket, click here.

Essential Oils

These are a few of my favorite and most used oils.

  • Clary Sage: Reduce Anxiety + Depression
  • Lavender: Stress Relief + Sleep Aid
  • Lemon: Improve Mood + Boost Energy
  • Frankincense: Stress Relief + Reduce Anxiety
  • Chamomile: Improve Mood + Promote Relaxation
  • Peppermint: Boost Energy + Alertness
  • Eucalyptus: Improve Mood + Natural Stimulant
  • Grapefruit: Reduce Anxiety + Increase Energy
  • Rosemary: Decrease Cortisol (the hormone released when you’re stressed)

I mostly use oils in a diffuser, but some I use topically. Do your research before purchasing essential oils. Some are not safe to be used around children or pets. Most should only be used topically if diluted in a carrier oil such as almond oil. When used safely, essential oils have numerous amazing benefits. Sometimes essential oils can be purchased as ‘blends’ that are named after their primary benefit, like this Healing Solutions Best Blends Essential Oil Set. You can see the adorable diffuser that I use by clicking here.

Apps

  • Day in Pixels: I use this as a mood tracker. Also, sometimes I use it to ‘claim the day’ by going ahead and selecting the smiley face in the a.m.  It’s really cool to see all the pixels together once you’ve been using it for a while.
  • Shine: I use this app for guided meditations. It’s free, but you can get extra content with the paid version.
  • Atomus: The most satisfying of this whole list, this app provides a great distraction if you need to get out of your head for a few moments. 
  • mimind: This is a mind mapping app for planning or bringing together your thoughts. I use it to organize holiday shopping lists and for a house cleaning routine.
  • My affirmations- Live Positive: You can pick which affirmations you would like to be displayed from categories such as Confidence, Success and Weight Loss. ( You can add your own affirmations as well.  So if you want to see ‘I’m a badass’… you can do so.
  • Down Dog: You guessed it. This is a yoga app. You can customize a routine based on your level of experience, length of lesson, etc.. This app is free, but there are paid features as well.

Books

If you’ve been thinking about reading Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis, check out my collection of favorite quotes from the book here. Or, you can read my post about The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho here.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counter Intuitive Approach to Living a Good Life written by Mark Manson

Ted Talks

  • Caroline Myss: Choices that can change your life
  • Mel Robbins: How to stop screwing yourself over
  • Amy Morin: The secret of mentally strong people
  • Guy Winch: why we all need to practice emotional first aid (Emotional Hygiene
  • Tim Ferriss: Why you should define your fears instead of your goals
  • Carrie Green: Programming your mind for success

Journaling + Planning

Morning Journal Entry Template I use this template every day as part of my morning routine.

P.M. Thrive Journal Template Set aside a few minutes before bed to celebrate your daily wins and prepare for tomorrow.