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Caring for Loved Ones struggling with their Mental Health

We are less than 1 week away from Christmas, which is something I have been awaiting in eager anticipation for the past…51 weeks. Christmas season brings about festivities which are unrivalled by other holidays, whether it be the gatherings with family and friends, the colourful lights, the carols echoing around the malls, and most importantly, the commemoration of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is no wonder the Christmas holidays is labelled as the ‘season of joy’. Unfortunately,…

An Extension: A few more tips for engaging in mental health conversations

An extension of my previous post “7 Tips: When someone discloses about their mental health (or any challenge, really)”. Link to previous post: https://graceinmentalhealth.wordpress.com/2020/06/21/7-tips-when-someone-discloses-about-their-mental-health/ 8. Roll with the Resistance We all want our loved ones to feel better and improve. We might be afraid or disappointed when it seems like they are not improving. Sometimes, with the best intentions, we want this so much we end up pushing for what we want to hear, rather than listening to their reality.…

The Comparison Trap

“Why are their lives always better than mine?” “Why can’t I be happy like everyone else?” “Why are they so much better than me at everything?” Have you ever had these thoughts and felt inferior to others in some aspect or another? When we were young, this could come in the form of comparison over simple things like the size of your ice cream compared to your sibling’s. Yet as we grow older, life become more complicated and we start…

A picture book reading: Mum’s Jumper by Jayde Perkin

Grief is such a difficult thing… I find that I often don’t know what to say or do, and neither does the other person. With grief and loss, it often feels like there is this space and distance filled with good intention and a desire to help, but often… there are just no words. This book I was given for Christmas provides a simple and warm way of engaging with the topic of grief for both young and old. With…

It’s Okay Not to be Okay

It’s Okay Not to be Okay. What an amazing Korean drama. So amazing that it’s the first Korean drama I’ve watched in a long time. The drama contained a deeper message on the impact of parenting and upbringing on people’s mental health, and was supported by a great cast alongside the ever-popular theme of romance. But I’m not here to review how good the Korean drama was. I’m here to share on the message stated in the title. We always…

When the heaviness does not lift – My personal story of Post Natal Depression

We knew our little boy was going to be a fighter because he got through a pretty rough rollercoaster pregnancy perfectly fine – oh man was he a fighter!  Being a first-time mother I had images of cuddling my sleeping baby, giggles, cute burps and being able to watch replays of K-drama whilst he was sleeping and feeding.  Little did I know… Baby Blues or PND? The following excerpt is from an article by the Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia…

Mental Health Care Plans

In my conversations about mental health, one of the most common questions which I have been asked is: “What should I do if I would like to see a psychologist?” It is daunting enough making the big decision to see a psychologist, let alone the thought of a long, confusing process leading up to the first consultation. However, you may be pleasantly surprised to know that the process is probably more straightforward than you first imagined. You might be even…

The Gift of Going Second

Talking about mental health can be really difficult and awkward, even though we may understand the importance of breaking the stigma. I find that my internal manifestations of mental health stigma is one of my biggest barriers to talking openly about it. I constantly find myself thinking things like: ‘I should be able to cast my burdens on Christ’; ‘I don’t want to bother other people with my problems’; There are so many people who are in worse situations than…

The Problem of Pain by CS Lewis: A Book Review

“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us” – Romans 8:18 As I was trying to look into my next book to read, I concluded that I should go with a Christian book. After all, I felt dry in my faith; after going through many struggles, I began questioning God about why everything was happening to me. Why am I feeling so much pain? Why can’t I be happy? Why…

Finding True Identity

Not enough. Unimportant. Unnecessary. Unlovable. I used to think that the thoughts in my head all came from a deep place of truth inside me that God put there when he created me. Where else would these thoughts come from? However, the truth is, that the things we tell ourselves come from a lot of places: our experiences, our interpretation of those experiences and our associated feelings. We also interpret what others say to us, the way we view ourselves,…
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