Wow, I can’t believe that it’s the end of October already. That of course means that it’s the end of the mental health month focus here on the blog. I know that must seem strange, because my blog is primarily about mental health, but I took this month to write about nothing but mental health. There was more of the mental health and less of the ‘parenting and everything in between’.
Self esteem is such a fragile thing. It can be built up or destroyed with the utterance of one word or a look that isn’t perceived well. Self esteem helps us to make the decisions in our life, whether they be for good or bad.Core beliefs play a big role in developing self esteem. When a child is supported by those around them, their self esteem can soar. However I think that there needs to be a middle ground between supporting everything that our children do, and giving them a reality check when they need it. I believe that this balance helps children to develop healthy self esteem.
You must be wondering what on earth ACT is. ACT is the acronym for a type of therapy called Acceptance Commitment Therapy, a therapy which I have had success with in my mental health treatment journey.When I first heard the name Acceptance Commitment Therapy I was a little miffed, it sounded like my psychologist wanted me to just accept the way I was feeling, that I couldn’t change it so why try. I wasn’t a big fan of the acceptance part of ACT, at least the way that I saw it.
This year Australian Rotary Health has created the fun idea of Hat Day to help raise money for mental health research in Australia. Currently they are the largest non government contributor to mental health research in Australia but they can’t do that without your help!
Earlier in the week a blog post was written about newbie bloggers that ruffled more than a few feathers. While I don’t agree with most of it, community in my opinion is very important when it comes to blogging, it’s been on my mind since and I’ve seen a completely different angle than my initial knee jerk reaction. Dorothy also wrote a follow up post which touched a little on the thought process I’ve been lead to, a thought process about the voice of blogging.