Activities To Help You Feel Good About Yourself

In a previous post, I wrote about self-esteem and what you can do to build your self-esteem. In this post, I will discuss different activities that you can use to help you feel better about yourself and help reinforce your self-esteem in the long run. Low self esteem may be triggered by your own judgements or by the judgements of others. Low self-esteem keeps you from enjoying your life and working towards goals. It is important to try to implement techniques into your life to help strengthen your self esteem. Some of the techniques listed below will help, and some will not. Read through them and do the ones that are most comfortable to you. It may be helpful to repeat some of the activities over and over again.


Trouble Following Directions

Working memory is the ability to temporarily hold information in one's head in order to complete a task. It is the active part of mental memory. Those who have weak working memories find it hard to think creatively at the same time they are trying to remember directions for a task. According to Matthew Crugar, PhD, neuropsychologist with the Learning and Diagnostics Center at the Child Mind Institute in New York City, working memory “is a set of skills that helps us keep information in mind while using that information to complete a task or execute a challenge. Working memory helps us stay involved in something longer and keep more things in mind while approaching a task."


Helping Children Get Started on Homework and Other Tasks

Initiation is the ability to recognize independently when it is time to start on something and using one's resources to do so. The ability to get started on a task is important for school functioning and negotiating daily routine. Children depend on adults to let them know when it is time to begin and end a task. As kids get older, we expect to see a gradual transition from external cues to trigger the start function to internal management of this executive skill.


Anger Management for Children

Has your child lost their temper? Does your child yell or scream or want to hit something?  Everyone gets angry and when kids are treated unfairly, they try to stand up for themselves by reacting in anger. It is important to teach children what to do and not to do when they are angry. Children have a lot of emotions. Anger is one emotion they feel. It is ok to get angry sometimes but it needs to be released in appropriate ways. Keeping a child's temper in check can be challenging but


Vampiristic Behaviors

I always thought that vampires were fictitious characters that you either read in books or saw on television. After reading an article written by Oppawsky (2010) I am not so sure that vampires exist only in books or seen in a movie. The article I read was on Clinical Vampirism, also known as Renfield's Syndrome. Renfield's syndrome is named after Bram Stoker's Dracula. The character in the book, R. M Renfield, consumed flies, spiders and birds because he thought that by eating the creatures will give him a life force or power.  Similarly, people suffering from this syndrome also believe that by consuming blood will give them power.


Disputing Thoughts and Generating New Effective Philosophies

In my previous post, I spoke about REBT and the ABCDE model. In this post I will be discussing (D) Disputing and (E) Effective New Philosophy. Some people do not like the idea of disputing. REBT advocates forceful disputation in order to make change. REBT teaches people to dispute their irrational beliefs. You can increase rational thinking by asking yourself several questions and disputing your thoughts. You need to carefully think through the answers and not parrot through the healthy answers.


The Power of REBT

Rational emotive behavior therapy focuses on the way you think about yourself, the world and others. It is an empowering approach reminding us that we are responsible for the way we think, feel and act. It teaches that irrational thinking leads to unhealthy negative emotions and behaviors. It focuses on the present moment-the "here and now" rather than on the past and how the past has influenced your life. It focuses on your mental wellbeing at the present moment.


Depression in Men and Women

In my previous post, I wrote about depression, the signs and symptoms and treatment options. In this post, I will discuss how depression looks different for men and women. Being aware of the differences is important in order for the problem to be recognized and to get the proper help. "While the symptoms used to diagnose depression are the same regardless of gender, often the chief complaint can be different among men and women," says Ian A. Cook, MD, the Miller Family professor of psychiatry at the University of California–Los Angeles.


Not Just the Blues

Everyone feels sad sometimes. But depression, major depression, clinical depression or major depressive disorder is a serious illness than just feeling down. Depression is an illness and it gets in the way of your life. It affects the way you feel, behave and think. It could make you feel helpless, hopeless or empty. It makes it tough to function and enjoy your life. Some people describe depression as “living in a black hole.” Whatever the symptoms, depression is different from normal sadness. It robs you from your daily life, ability to work, study, eat, sleep and have fun.