Many of us in the mental health field or helping professions are what Carl Jung described as "wounded healers", but no profession is better suited to this archetype than that of the peer support specialist. This last year, I took Peer Support 101 with Montana's Peer Network and became certified as a peer support specialist. To be quite honest, the training itself was a huge catalyst in some of the amazing steps I have taken in the past few months. In fact, I would say that being a peer support specialist has changed my life, and I think everyone should know about it.
My story of resilience, joy, and freedom.
This post talks about eating disorders, dieting, suicidal ideation, and childhood trauma. If you are suffering from an eating disorder and need to talk to someone, contact the NEDA Helpline here, and if you are struggling with suicidal thoughts and need someone to talk to, dial 988 to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
About six months ago, I was on the keto diet (again). I have always been very good at keeping to diets. Sometimes, I would reserve my minuscule carbohydrate allowance for a treat-- one Hershey's kiss, a cracker, even a fruit (how I missed apples!). Other times, I would be measuring out sour cream, choking down dry keto "bread", and eating spoonfuls of sugar-free peanut butter because I craved sugar and carbs so much.
By Sam Martin
(Disclaimer: these apps are not meant to replace therapy with a licensed clinician, treatment for severe mental illnesses, or for medical or mental health emergencies).
These days, we are always glued to our phones-- reposting memes, doomscrolling on TikTok, making our self esteem worse by comparing ourselves to Instagram models, saving hundreds of recipes on Pinterest that we'll never cook, and reading depressing news stories. So, how do we use our distraction cubes to actually better ourselves and improve our lives? Luckily, some amazing humans out in the world have created apps with your mental and physical health in mind!
We found some of them-- and tested them for you! Here are our favorites:
Sam is a graduate from Boston University in psychology and visual arts. She is currently studying to get her Master's of Science in counseling with a concentration in social justice and expressive arts therapy at Prescott College.