Emotional Self-Reliance

Sarah shares her Recovery Journey, exploring “Wellness Tools” to overcome symptoms of mental illness, trauma and adversity to achieve fullest potential

1: What is Emotional Self-Reliance?

If your psychiatrist told you "They haven't invented the medication that will help you yet," what would you do? Join Sarah's exploration of "Wellness Tools" as she works to recover a life lost to symptoms of severe mental illness and a memory lost to psychiatric electroconvulsive therapy "shock" treatments.

2: Making Small Successes into Big Achievements

How is learning to fold an ornate origami swan like learning to live with symptoms of mental illness? How can we turn scattered shreds of our life’s paper, into our life's unique origami masterpiece? Embrace your colors and have fun, one tiny fold at a time! Origami swan tutorial.

4: 32 Ways to Prevent Your Own Suicide

What do lifeguards and camels have to do with Sarah's 32 Wellness Tools to prevent suicide? Listen and learn from Sarah's experiences 12 years of suicidal thoughts and self-preservation. 

One tool? Play The Piano Guys' Song, "It's Gonna Be Okay" on a Loop!

6: What is a Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)-Part 1

On the brink of burnout? Searching for wellness tools to prevent burnout personally and professionally? Since I developed my Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) with a peer support specialist, I can recognize when I'm on the brink and have a plan in place to prevent falling over the burnout cliff. 

For more information on WRAP, check out the Copeland Center For Wellness and Recovery.

7: Avoiding Burnout by Increasing Self-Awareness (Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)- Part 2)

Burnout occurs when we become so distracted by circumstances that we become desensitized to our body’s alarms. Using WRAP with the Feldenkrais Method strengthens ability to recognize subtle differences. Feldenkrais Attention to Movement exercise. Copeland, M E (2000). Wellness Recovery Action Plan & Uchtdorf, D (2008). A Matter of a Few Degrees.

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