Relationships and Mental Health

Vulnerability – What It Looks Like And How To Practice It Safely (Video)

For me, vulnerability used to be a foreign concept. Growing up in a situation where I had to hide my feelings all the time, I was never taught to share my emotions. Later on in life, I learned that vulnerability was the key to healing and personal growth. But, as someone totally unfamiliar with the …

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Leaning Into The Unexpected – How To Deal With a Backslide

How To Deal With a Backslide: Have you experienced an unexpected and severe backslide in your mental health journey? I certainly have. In fact, I just recently felt like I’d stepped five years backwards in my mental health journey. Long story short, trauma reared its ugly head in a very bad and unexpected way. In …

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A Layman’s Guide* and Worksheet: Solution Focused Therapy for Goal Setting

*Disclaimer – While based on therapy techniques, this guide was not created by a mental health professional. It is only ever meant to be used as a layman’s introduction to Solution Focused Therapy techniques adapted for the purposes of personal growth. SFT should always be done with the guidance of a mental health professional. This …

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Moody Monday: 5 Ways to Deal with PMDD

It never, ever fails. Each month for about two weeks I get agitated easily and cry at the drop of the hat. I stand in front of the mirror and say “whoa, all of a sudden I’m so round and somft, do I need to cut back on the pizza or something??” Those are just …

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Soul Stories: Surviving a Stalker – Estella’s Story

Here at My Soul Balm, we believe that stories have power. The power to heal, inspire, and make change. But we can only do that if we let them out into the world. Sometimes it’s hard to tell your story. Sometimes, things block us. When I first got in contact with Estella, she wasn’t sure …

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Dealing with ACES: How to Support a Traumatized Child Through Trauma Informed Parenting

How To Support a Traumatized Child by Maria Black ***TW: Death, ACES, Mentions of Bullying.*** The day my father died was the worst day of my life. I can remember it vividly, even though I was only six. Everyone was gathered around the medical bed that had taken residence in my parent’s room. It was …

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How to Save a Life: Expressing Concern for a Loved One Struggling With Their Mental Illness

Have you ever struggled to share your concern with a loved one about their mental health? If you have, I totally understand. It’s a very delicate situation that many of us avoid because well…it’s awkward and fraught with peril. You don’t know whether your loved one will shut down, be offended, embarrassed or even be …

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Co-Dependence In Romantic Relationships

Have you ever experienced co-dependence in a relationship? If you have, you know it can be a real challenge. Not only to the relationship but to your mental health as well. So today, we’re going to explore co-dependency. This includes knowing what it is, how to recognize it, and how to move towards a healthier …

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Relationship Rehab Part 4: Maintaining Your Partnership

**The Relationship Rehab Series focuses on the intersection between mental health and intimate relationships. Specifically we look at ways to optimize your love life through psychologically proven practices.** Check out Part 1: Starting the Conversation here: https://mysoulbalm.blog/2020/04/07/relationship-rehab-series-part-1-starting-the-conversation/ Check out Part 2: Fighting Fair here: https://mysoulbalm.blog/2020/04/10/relationship-rehab-series-part-2-fighting-fair/ Check out Part 3: Rebuilding your Connection here: mysoulbalmcomhome.wpcomstaging.com/2020/04/13/relationship-rehab-series-part-3-rebuild-the-connection/ Maintaining your …

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What to Do When you Can’t Escape a Toxic Living Situation

Are you trapped in a toxic situation? If you are, this article is for you. Conventional wisdom tells us to cut troublesome people from our lives, even (in some cases *especially*) if they’re family. And that’s pretty solid advice. If someone is abusing you emotionally or physically, the correct answer is to get away from …

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