Teach Your Kids About Death.

children , death , grief , mentalhealth

Rosalie Writes

Here is an unpopular opinion: telling your kids their dog ran away, or frantically replacing the hamster with a live one before the kids return from school does more harm than good. I can hear some people now “how many kids do you have?” Well, none. “What makes you a parenting expert?” Nothing; however, my parents told me the truth, in an age appropriate manner of course. Some of my friends parents, chose not to be honest and I was more equipped to handle heartache than they were.

When I was between the ages of three to nine I had a large amount of animals. I had fish (so many fish), I had hamsters, birds, guinea pigs and even frogs. This was wonderful because it taught me responsibility and compassion for animals. I learned how to create a feeding routine and how to be gentle and patient with animals. I…

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Unlock the cage with consistent action and habits

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Anxious-Ambition.com

Aristotle said: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.”

I’m unsure if it’s possible, in words, to describe just how important these words are to me. This philosophy; this belief that skills, thoughts, beliefs, habits, personality even, can be changed/altered/grown (or discarded) with regular practice, is something that I discovered in my mid to late-twenties.

Without this shift in mindset, I’m not sure where I would be today.

I can hazard a guess that I’d be stuck, still, in that cage of fixed mindset; imprisoned by my own self-imposed limitations, beliefs deeply routed in what I wasn’t able to do.

Without this shift in mindset, I can think of countless experiences that I would have never had; challenges I would have never attempted; battles never fought; true friends never met; pride and self-belief never felt.

So whilst I’m not overly interest in being…

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Let’s Talk Mental Health… and Let’s Also Listen

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Sound Mind

img_20190130_1501182584475289108759147.jpgIn the wake of Blue Monday on January 15th, Hi, How Are You? Day on the 22nd, and the #BellLetsTalk campaign on the 30th, I have been thinking about how to engage more deeply in our mental health conversation this month, and throughout the rest of the year.

I try to ask questions that open up the conversation further like “How are you?…Really?“How did _____ make you feel?” “Are you talking to someone regularly?” I also make a point of talking about and embracing the full spectrum of mental health care, from “safer” topics of everyday self-care, to acknowledging how immensely frightening suicidal thoughts or full-blown psychosis can feel. (I know, I’ve been there).

Talking with courage and embracing vulnerability by sharing openly is an important first step, but a way to engage more, is to actually listen to each other. When we talk about mental health…

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