(not quite) Mid-Week Balance: 18 May 2012

This week, my post order got reversed so that I could participate in the Mental Health Awareness Month blog party on Wednesday.  So, you’re getting the (not quite) Mid-Week roundup.  This week, we have several posts about being present and aware, and several posts about self-care and mood.

Being Present and Aware

Just a few weeks ago, I wrote about the challenge of increasing our awareness of technology.  Well, this week, I found this post from Dr. Elisha Goldstein summarizing some new research about the impact that media multi-tasking on our cognitive abilities.

In a similar vein, there is this post from Leo Babauta at Zen Habits, where he talks about the challenge of staying focused while dealing with media, and suggests three habits to help improve our mindfulness.

Meditation is a wonderful tool for increasing awareness.  And many of us feel intimidated about how to incorporate it into our daily lives.  I appreciated this post from Wildmind suggesting five practical ways to begin or improve a meditation practice.

And finally, also from Dr. Goldstein, this post breaks down some of the new things that we are learning about why habits can be so hard to break.  I think that taking a read of this one will increase your self-compassion.

Noticing Self-Care and Mood

In a week where there is a lot of focus on mental health, I appreciated this post from Bob on the T Minus Two blog.  He does a great job of exploring how moments of depression can strike, even when we otherwise are doing well.  I really liked the way he talked through his own mental process during a “depression bubble.”

In this teeny short post, Brene Brown talks about a phrase from Dr. Harriet Lerner (another favorite writer of mine).  I think that applying the concept of “passionate listening,” both to ourselves and to others, can bring about real change.

And finally, from Dr. Ashley Solomon, is this “break-up letter to self-doubt.”  Not only do I appreciate the way that she expresses herself, but I like the challenge of writing our own break-up letters.

That’s what I’ve got this week.  As always, please feel free to share your favorite resources or thoughts in the comments below.


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