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We ask that users looking for general, ongoing emotional support post in this area of the boards, and that you use this space to both ask for, give and receive that support primarily from each other, rather than from our staff and volunteers. One of the strategies many folks use for self-care is reading, since it can offer a distraction and also be soothing. Hey great topic!I started writing this thinking you meant books that informed self-care instead of what you really meant, i.e. There are so many good books that I have either read, have had recommended to me, or are lying around my house waiting to be read! OWS is a service provided to faculty and students in the College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin. To help you make peace with being alone, we've assembled a list of our 10 favorite quotes on the benefits of spending time with yourself. I began calling my daily posters I was writing and designing my "Daily Inspirational Flashcards" -- because their goal was to quickly remind people of the positive psychological beliefs and productive habits that lead to the happiest life.
I wondered: How was it possible for something as quick as a 10-second reading of a poster to change someone's emotional state? If you saw the movie Shallow Hal, then you saw a pattern interrupt in action in that elevator scene -- albeit a humorously re-enacted example of a pattern interrupt. If you haven't seen Shallow Hal, here's a quickie synopsis: Tony and Jack get trapped in an elevator, and begin to talk about dating.
Other known methods for pattern interrupts have included: snapping a rubber band on your wrist, playing powerful music, being hit with unexpected comic relief, doing calming meditations, repeating positive affirmations -- and reading an inspirational poster on Facebook! A pattern interrupt works in real life like this: Let's say an event happens which puts you in a grumpy mood.
Here's the neuroscientific scoop: MRIs of the brain show that every time a person thinks angry thoughts or imagines worst-case scenarios, they literally send a surge of blood flowing into brain regions associated with depression and anger (the right prefrontal cortex) -- thereby refueling depression and anger. Plus, recent studies on learning show that when you incorporate visuals into your learning process, you may be able to better "record" a message into your permanent memory bank. In the last year, I've noticed a huge trend on Facebook -- of hundreds of other Facebook Pages offering positively inspiring posters. While we’re not sure if this book shelf made from books constitutes literary cannibalism, you can rest assured that Yann Martel and Nick Hornby would appreciate seeing their works put to such creative and pleasing reuse. Please note that gratuitous links to your site are viewed as spam and may result in removed comments.
Another great approach to this idea would be using the shiny covers of your favorite books and placing them over equally sized recycled wood.
Hm, I like the idea in general (although I\'d rather try to find new readers for books I don\'t want anymore, after all, that\'s what Bookcrossing and Bookmooch and similar sites were invented for). But I can\'t see myself making such a shelf, because I wouldn\'t want to display old or ugly books or books I wouldn\'t want to read myself in my home, but on the other hand, if I used newer or favorite books of mine for this, it would break my heart to destroy them.

So, I\'d only find this idea in any way practicable it would be if there\'s a way to achieve that look without harming the actual books. I'm not so sure - all of those are perfectly good books that would have been better recycled according to their purpose - ie passed on and re-read. It is not meant to and cannot substitute for advice or care provided by an in-person medical professional.
And as anyone who's ever been through a split can tell you, all too often, that feeling gives way to loneliness. It's doing exactly what you want to do again and listening to the inner thoughts you may have silenced toward the end of your marriage.
Click through the slideshow below to read them all, then head to the comments to share your favorite sayings on solitude. Soon, my "Inspirational Flashcards" began to go viral -- with thousands, then hundreds of thousands, then even millions of shares for a single poster.
Tony speedily discovers that Jack's character engages in a limited thought pattern -- stubbornly only dating stunning women for shallow reasons. All these various pattern interrupts work like a "thought intervention" -- creating a jiggling affect upon a person's tightly held negative beliefs -- then jumpstarting a new positive pattern of thought. If you're not careful, your negative thoughts about this one solo circumstance can create a downward spiral, where you quickly go from merely thinking "This one thing sucks," to "My whole day sucks," to "My whole life sucks," to "The world sucks," to "Distant galaxies suck." Basically, without a pattern interrupt, a sad person can get grumpier, and an angry person can get crankier! Happily, MRI's have also shown that when a person starts to think happy thoughts, they can send a surge of blood flowing into brain regions associated with happiness (the left prefrontal cortex) -- thereby literally refueling your positivity. The more neurons you have firing up, the greater the chance that your brain is paying attention and recording what it is perceiving.
It's really taken off as a wildly popular activity for people to read, share and tag positive posters!
Click here to check out Karen's popular Facebook page, and explore if posters are an empowering mood booster for you.
Users struggling with issues like anxiety, depression, abuse or physical health issues are strongly encouraged to seek out qualified, in-person help with those issues in addition to peer or staff support. In other words, if you're really caring for yourself compassionately, you really don't have to worry too much about doing right by others, because you're already going to be in that mode and the kind of practices that truly are good for everyone! This author's books are all filled with hope and they always make my week better.Also a favorite is Eight Keys, by Suzanne La Fleur. The information contained herein is not meant to be used to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease, or for prescribing any medication.
Loneliness occurs when you grow tired of yourself and start to anxiously look for someone -- almost anyone -- to help fill the void in your life since you and your spouse split. I began believing in that much talked about "mommy brain." Thankfully, I've always loved design. Plus I began receiving hundreds of emails from people thanking me, explaining that my daily "Inspirational Flashcards" were truly helping them battle depressed emotional states -- even when it came to dealing with majorly challenging issues like a bipolar disorder or a loved one's death.

My "Inspirational Flashcards" create what's called a "pattern interrupt" -- a psychological tool recommended by practitioners of neuro-linguistic programming to help stop limiting beliefs. Tony helps Jack to break his superficial thought pattern by surprising Jack with a clunk on his head, then shouting "Devils come out!" Sure enough, instantly a new mental window opens for Jack. It's basically a bunch of short poems on specific topics, death, parenthood, love, pain etc etc.
Thankfully (and in large part due to this community and the network of friends and mental health professionals I've met over the past year), I feel like I'm in a much better place. And, as it turns out, those things and ways of being don't require anyone to be a martyr, a doormat, or without yourself: in fact, being those ways are so counter to not just truly caring for yourself, but also caring for other people. Her other books are good, but they pack a huge emotional punch, so I don't reccomend reading them when you are very distressed.The reason I like both of these authors is that their characters triumph over very hard stuff. You should always consult your own healthcare provider if you have a health problem or medical condition. If you know my books (like The Bounce Back Book) you know they're filled with kinetic images and quirky fonts. Similarly, positivity -- pushing posters jackhammer-drill home positive messaging in a stronger way than words alone.
I guess the nicest thing about it is just the tone, rhythm it just feels so lovingly written that reading it feels like self-care.
What's helped me has been reading about the nature of domination, and how to build a map for self-care. Being the positive problem-solver that I am, I started experimenting with designing inspiring posters.
I think the best passage for me was about love "For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you. Jessica Valenti and Jaclyn Friedman Dear Sister: Letters from Survivors of Sexual Violence, ed. I know in the book My Stroke of Insight, the author said she found it easier to write in a journal rather than by computer when she was on her way to recovery.
I really like design so stuff like 'the grammar of ornament' (although I haven't got a decent edition of it yet) is really nice just browsing through different patterns and geometry.
In her self-help work, bell hooks often quotes John Bradshaw, and I recently acquired one of his books about healing my inner child, Homecoming.
I haven't read Roald Dahl in ages, but part of me feels that would fall into the same category.

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