Thoughts I’m having right now The hardest thing about being the most (emotionally) resilient person you know is that you don’t feel like you can genuinely be vulnerable in front of anyone. You’re too focused on everyone else, and you don’t trust they can handle the full weight of your pain.
Trigger Warning: I talk about depression and suicide in this post. (Photo is from wikimedia commons) If you need support,
A fellow blogger, Kim who writes I tripped over a Stone, shared that she was nominated to do this blog challenge, and nominated anyone who wanted to join in. I’ve been staring at spreadsheets and creating newsletters for long enough that my brain needs a break. I even took a nap today, but still tired. Blah! How it works: Thank the blogger who nominated you. Share eleven facts about yourself. Answer the eleven questions the blogger gave you. Nominate eleven bloggers who deserve the award. Create eleven original questions for the nominees to answer. Let them know they have been nominated. Eleven facts about me: I wear the mantle of Crazy Cat Lady with pride, and like most cat people, there are more photos of my furbabies on my phone than anything else. I’m the human to 5 cats. I am a huge geek/nerd. My house is full of collectibles! Mainly comic books, sci-fi, and fantasy. There is a Millenium Flacon
In regards to this latest act of domestic terrorism: Yes, I’m going to call it terrorism, the point was to terrify the victims and to then destroy them. To become infamous. The shooter wanted attention, he was angry, he’s a product of a toxic culture both close to him, and in our society. We need to address this as a society. It seems like a lot of these domestic terrorists lack the emotional tools necessary to handle stress, disappointment, toxicity around them, and even fundamental social interactions (i.e., Being rejected as a love interest/sexual partner). We need to make sure that people are equipped emotionally and educationally as they grow up. Find healthy ways to channel their anger and aggression. And end the stigma and scapegoating of those with mental health issues (like depression and anxiety, or autism, etc.), who are more likely to be victims than aggressors. Tossing people in prision*after* they commit the crime is only reactionary, we
Finding relief is quite the task, especially when a person has more than one condition that causes pain or uncomfortable
I had to think about this a bit and came up with this list. My cats Anytime I feel cruddy I go to my cats. Petting and snuggling with them helps me focus on something positive and comforting Video games Video games keep me distracted and entertained My go to movies Alien, Aliens, Pacific Rim, LoTR, and a few others help me be distracted Music Genre depends on my mood, I like metal, some pop, trance/house/etc., classical or soundtracks Audiobooks If I am unable to focus, I will go for audiobooks while I’m laying down and resting
Hobbies! (I had a little time to squeeze this in) I have a lot of hobbies. I love to make/create things, it’s improved my mood, and I feel like I accomplished something when I finish a project. Knitting I’m going to learn to crochet this year. Yay YouTube! It’s a fun activity to do while watching TV/Movies. Sewing I like to make my own clothing and costumes from time-to-time. I also enjoy silk embroidery. Painting and drawing On pretty much anything. I find it relaxing. Photography I have a quality DSLR, and I love taking photos outside when I’m feeling up to it. Camping I feel the most relaxed and happy when I am able to disconnect and enjoy nature. Also, gives me lots to photograph. Reading/audiobooks Stories are essential, reading can improve empathy. The Scientific American and The Washington Post wrote articles about the subject. Fantasy, Sci-fi, horror, and graphic novels/comics. Learning new skills Games Board games, table-top, card,
I’m going to be busy today and tomorrow so I’m doubling up. Happy Holidays! Day 2, Introduce your conditions If I had a dollar for everytime someone said, “You’re too young to be this sick!” Migraines Allergies/chronic rhinitis Tinnitus Complex PTSD/Anxiety/Depression/Mild OCD Arthritis (Osteo) Fibromyalgia Interstitial Cystitis Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Premenstrual Dysmorphic Disorder (Super PMS) IBS Eczema/contact dermatitis/atopic dermatitis GERD High possibility of mild narcolepsy and hip dysplasia (Not diagnosed, but the doctors suspect) Things I had in the past but are better after surgery/treatment Dysmenorrhea – I had a partial hysterectomy which helped greatly Gastroparesis – It’s not gone, but it is better Gallstones – Surgery helped Tonsilitis – Had them out as an adult, not fun, but I have fewer sinus infections and fall ill far less often now Septoplasty with turbinate reduction – Fixed the deviated septum in my nose and shaved down the turbinates, I can breathe through my nose more easily Day 3, Age your
I’m still recovering from breaking my arm and spraining my wrist. I am not able to type a lot in one sitting. I found this on Board Panda today and felt the advice should be shared far and wide. It’s simple but powerful for those facing depression. Another excellent blogger did something beautiful for a friend having a hard time. She created a series of letter to “Open when” her friend is having a hard time, or needs inspiration, or even good times like it being a lovely day. You can view her post about it here.