Was slightly nervous to make a thread for the first time, but this is something I’m really interested in and passionate about. So here it goes! We are living in a stressful time right now, and I noticed on the forum there is a thread for anxiety, depression, LGBTQI+ issues etcetera. I thought this could be a cute space to go alongside these types of discussions; for people to share self-help tips, books, articles, podcasts and any resources for anyone who’s struggling with their mental health, or well, anything in general. For me, being recommended good quality self-help materials has changed my life and has gotten me out of some pretty bad funks. Alongside this I love reading about psychology and the human mind...I’d love to one day get my masters in social work or become a counselor! Here’s something I’m reading at the minute, hope it helps! Gary van Warmerdam proposes that behind every internal struggle there is a subconscious belief. To make the process of changing these beliefs easy, and becoming mindful, he underlines the idea that the subconscious is made up from different ‘characters’ within you that create emotional reactions and fuel these beliefs. When you become aware of these characters, and accept them, then you can overcome the beliefs that have been holding you back. Gary also suggests that behind every belief is a group of sub-beliefs. So you may have the thought (belief) ‘I’m not good enough’ if you listen internally, you may find a cluster of beliefs underneath this, such as ‘people will judge me’ and ‘people are better than me’ you then find the emotions attached to these beliefs, such as fear, and label them as characters and become mindful and accepting of them. For example, you may say ‘Mr Fear is telling me that people will judge me, and I accept what he is saying in this moment’. From personal experience, when you do this, there is quite a big mental shift that takes place. I’m sure reading it will make a lot more sense than what I’m saying. There’s a lot more to unpack, but this is one of those books I started reading in summer and came back to, and it’s been life-changing and spiritually shifting to say the least! So I guess if you have anything that has helped you, or an issue you’d like some materials to help with...feel free to share!