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WRAP: Triggers, Early Warning Signs, and When Things are Breaking Down

The following sections are located in the middle portion of your Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP). Use these writing prompts to begin to develop your WRAP! Triggers Write down your life stressors and upsetting situations. What increases symptoms such as anxiety and depression? What can you do to prevent these symptoms from worsening? Early Warning … Continue reading WRAP: Triggers, Early Warning Signs, and When Things are Breaking Down

WRAP: Daily Maintenance Plan & Wellness Toolbox

The Daily Maintenance and Wellness Toolbox are the first sections of your Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP). Get some writing materials ready to start developing your WRAP with these first steps. Daily Maintenance Plan -What are you like when you are well and happy? Try to find a picture of yourself when you were feeling … Continue reading WRAP: Daily Maintenance Plan & Wellness Toolbox

Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) for Mental Health Support

It's time to take control of your mental health by developing a personal action plan! What is a Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)? The Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) is a self-management and recovery tool developed in 1997 by a group of people with mental health challenges. This plan can also be used by people … Continue reading Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) for Mental Health Support

Using I-Statements to Express Yourself in Relationships

What is an I-Statement? I-Statements are a great communication tool for self-expression. They include our feeling in a situation, the reason for this feeling, and our needs from the person we are expressing our feelings to. I-Statements can also be referred to as "I" Messages. Why do we use I-Statements? -Focus on the feelings or … Continue reading Using I-Statements to Express Yourself in Relationships

Using PLEASE for a Healthy Body & Mind

Now that we have Accumulated Positive Emotions, Built Mastery, and Coped Ahead, it is time to put into effect the PLEASE skill! There is no denying that there is a body & mind connection. It's important to attend to your mental AND physical health to get the best grip on your emotional states. PLEASE breaks … Continue reading Using PLEASE for a Healthy Body & Mind

ABC Skill: Cope Ahead of Stressful Situations in 5 Steps

Now that we have completed A: Accumulated Positive Emotions & B: Built Mastery, it's time to C: Cope Ahead! Are you anticipating that there could be an issue in the foreseeable future that is causing you anxiety before it has even happened? Do you want to feel more prepared and ready to tackle this challenge? … Continue reading ABC Skill: Cope Ahead of Stressful Situations in 5 Steps

ABC Skill: Build Mastery

Building Mastery is our "B" in the ABC Skill. This step happens after we have accumulated our positive emotions and before we cope ahead. Once we have worked on some projects and figured out what we like to do, we can start to become more skilled in it to build confidence and increase our self-esteem. … Continue reading ABC Skill: Build Mastery

ABC Skill: Accumulate Positive Emotions

In a past post, we learned about the difference between the emotional, rational, and wise minds. The emotional mind can overwhelm our thoughts and decision making. This can make it more difficult to align our actions with our values. Our rational minds can lead us to become more robotic with our thinking and lead to … Continue reading ABC Skill: Accumulate Positive Emotions

Fair Fighting Rules for Couples

Disagreements are always going to happen within couples. Sometimes if feels like we really need a referee to get us through some conflicts! It's important to work through these situations in a healthy way to make sure each person is heard and understood. Here are some Fair Fighting guidelines you can use to make sure … Continue reading Fair Fighting Rules for Couples

Using your Body to Accept Reality

The body and mind are connected and influence each other which can effect your feelings and emotions. Think of a time when you are stressed at work and start to get a headache or muscle aches. This may make you feel more stressed and out of control because it interferes with your work performance or … Continue reading Using your Body to Accept Reality