Well, the spring of 2020 has been a difficult year. Many people around the world are suffering and struggling with mental health symptoms. Some of these people may never have experienced anxiety and fear at this level before. Others, however, have shown strength and resilience in their ability to put their coping skills to work. I have been proud of my current clients and their abilities to cope with fear, uncertainty and change. Together, we have found that the work we do in coping with anxiety has been good preparation for coping with this new fear that is outside of our control.
But this blog post is not directly about the impact of Covid-19 on mental health. I am writing this now because July is approaching. Every year in July, I close River’s Bend Psychology for a few weeks to take a small break. This year, given how much is going on in our world, I thought I would compile a list of resources to leave my clients with in my absence.
This list is a sampling of books, courses, podcasts, or websites that I believe may be helpful. Some may relevant to you, some may not. Some may be a good fit for you, some may not. Take what you would like and I hope you find something that you find helpful!
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
-Multiple resources, articles, and links about coping and living with OCD.
-Very good Podcast providing real life stories about living with OCD
-Great articles and blog posts about coping with OCD symptoms, types of OCD, etc.
-Great movie created for children (good for adults too!) that explains Exposure with Response Prevention (ERP) treatment for OCD.
-Natasha Daniels' website which is geared toward parents, kids and teens. Videos, articles and more.
-Multiple OCD resources; including an Online Support Group.
-Online Course in coping with OCD
-Very good guided meditations
-Meditation App. Also check out Calm 4 Kids.
-Comprehensive list of books, online courses, and websites about mindfulness.
-List of resources related to Self-Compassion on Kristin Neff's webiste.
-Great introduction to Self-Compassion
-Online Course in Self-Compassion
-Kristin Neff's videos explaining Self-Compassion
-Amazon link to Self-Compassion workbook
-Online Triple P Parenting Course