If someone were to see my room they would think I’m a hoarder. But while I am a craft supply hoarder, that is well maintained in giant bins. In the garage. The actual problem is more closely related to my #executivedysfunction. Additionally, providing hospice care for my greatly missed senior Great Dane turned my living space into chaos. #Depression and #anxiety are the final contributors to the situation I am in. And now we are moving. So the pressure is really on. Eep!
Mental Health checkin for today (I wanted to get back to doing these again with y’all so we walk this walk together). I wanted to get back to putting REAL STUFF on line, (tired of comparing our lives to everybody’s FILTERED highlights of one second of one day). So what better way t checkups…
Today I woke up on that lousy gray. No clue why, just felt the sky was falling and felt my chest get reallllly heavy and tight as a result.
It just sucks.
Was hard to get out of bed but i MADE the decision to do so. I also am not going to let this gray dictate the day, screw that! So as exhausted as this makes me feel I’m forcing myself to the gym to go meet a friend and just did a little Breathework because my ONLY OPTION is to hunt the blue. I am determined to tell the gray to piss off and get through it to the blue.
If you’re going through it today mention it down below and let’s all lift each other up. If you have something to celebrate today list that was well so we can all walk this walk with you. We ALWAYS fight back. Love y’all #TeamUnbreakable #TeamFckTheGray #mentalhealth #anxiety #depression
That's why people deny their mortality.
Then deny that they denied their mortality.
That's what drives the whole thing about the average person consuming the earth like locusts in order to forget themselves.
Why heroes and leaders need to be invested in and believed in, that they will shoulder the responsibility and ride to our rescues.
Why the 'other' is shunned. Pushed away. Excluded.
It doesn't have to be like this.
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📝 Recent research from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health links the 2021 Child Tax Credit expansion to significant improvements in adult mental health.
Among the lowest-income adults, anxiety symptoms improved by more than 13% and depressive symptoms improved by more than 9%, finds a study by Akansha Batra, Kaitlyn Jackson, and Rita Hamad.
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I think I need to dismantle the “memories” feature on my phone. At least until I can delete all of the memories of my ex. I get a blast of anxiety every time her face surprises me on my phone.
All I can see is an imposter of a human that likely never really cared much about me beyond being a tool for 20 years.
A while ago I mentioned that I'd had some mental health problems over the past couple of years and was trying to work out a way of talking about it publicly. I've done it and it's now on youtube here
or here's a link to my blog
Mental Health and Creativity http://www.bransbycentral.com/mental-health-and-creativity/
Content warning the video contains references to and descriptions of self harm
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I remember the day in 1994 that I was first able to climb out of the pit of despair and anxiety. It still beckons me from time to time, but I no longer live there.
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Completely exhausted today.
Big #Anxiety spike last night. The physiological/chemical changes to my body that happen during an anxiety spike leave me completely wiped out afterward.
Had to skip my IOP session today. Self-care is OK.
I’ve been stuck in a “can’t” rut for a long time now — “I can’t do <X>” running through my brain about so many things. And on the surface, this statement is founded on solid facts; there’s a lot I can’t do because of time, money, and/or energy constraints. But there’s something deeper to my “ADHD can’t”. And I think that thing is largely “responsibilities”. 1/
I declined because I was ashamed of asking my mom. She would have been thrilled, and supportive. But that just how much I hated myself. That, plus anxietyn plus burn out: I did a really bad deprresion in 2019 which I'm just recovering from, because I didn't take my mental health seriously and concealed my issues from everyone. I got hospitalised three times in 2021 alone #mentalhealth #mentalillness #depression #anxiety #selfhate
My whole life I’ve been at the end of a mail route. Like nothing before 4pm, often closer to 5pm. But sometimes I see mail people out and about in the morning.
Who are the assholes out there getting *their* mail at 9am my whole life?
Waiting for mail is one of my neuroses/anxiety issues. Why can’t I get some fucking 9am mail so I don’t have to think about this shit all day long? Fuck USPS 😂
Exploring the psychological landscape, lack of trust can lead to a surge in anxiety and insecurity. It's like walking on a tightrope without a safety net. Trust is the bedrock of any relationship, personal or professional. When it's missing, it can trigger a cascade of negative emotions, making us question our worth and abilities. Let's foster environments of trust and transparency to mitigate these effects. #psychology #trustissues #anxiety #insecurity #mentalhealth #agile
@lizzard Thank you for sharing. I totally get the need for quiet downtime. Having been solo with our also-Autistic son for nearly three years, it can sometimes be a struggle and there are burnouts and breakdowns and tantrums.
I think that in some ways these real challenges have helped us both learn to tolerate and anticipate them better. Where I might have previously tried to “spare him” my #anxiety, I let him see it and it helped him be aware and supportive.
I got an HD on the paper I handed in last week. It was a critical analysis of the policy report from People with Disabilities Australia and Domestic Violence NSW.
I'm pretty chuffed with the comment I got from my lecturer 😊
I finally have a little bit I can put toward some of the things I've needed to do, and now I'm not sure which of those things I should do. The list has accumulated so randomly it's like, "This! No, wait, this! ...This?" to the point where it feels like any choice is the wrong one. #indecision #financial #anxiety
Hi, fellow #anxiety people.
When you've done something (successfully) that you were anxious about beforehand, do you also feel that you need to be extra careful afterwards because you may have 'gone too far' (or had 'too much fun') and thereby acted provocatively towards your anxiety, which (I felt like writing 'who' here) may now retaliate?
I'm scared of going to certain public places. After I've done so, I feel that I better stay home for a while or only go to places that are less scary.
I know that the thought is absurd and incorrect, but it would be interesting to hear if others find themselves in similar thought patterns.
"Living in a culture that...actually shuts down people who are trying to build better things is a really isolating and destructive experience.
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Just what the #anxiety needs. My across-the-road neighbour setting off illegal fireworks.
Also, being face to face in a room full of people for 8 hours a day, 2 days next week is:
- a HUGE fucking covid risk
- going to have me dysfunctional for the rest of the week
- a waste of the time I should be using to get my assessment handed in
any #MastoAdmin out there that can reassure me it's not as bad as it looks? I do most things by copy/pasting commands from very detailed guides.
Fellow folks w/ chronic illness and/or anxiety, I'm curious, if you don't mind sharing, did you struggle w/ anger growing up - in the repressive sense, in that you weren't allowed to express it? Just had a great group talk about this w/ folks w/ chronic illness. They lovingly called me on my deep reticence to express anger, even my tendency to laugh while doing it, to buffer it. They really had my number, lol. Wondering if others do this, too.
Jesus' fan club paid an unexpected visit to my home today. Apparently, "I'm an atheist & you're no more likely to change that about me than I am to change your beliefs" wasn't convincing enough.
They caught me in the middle of hauling my new door around to the back of my house. So I pulled out the cancer card. "I don't mean to be rude, but as you can see, I'm in the middle of work. I have cancer & I'm feeling well enough to do this today. I can't stop & chat or I won't be able to get this done. Have a nice day."
They still didn't leave, so I turned around & went back inside for some water, which I needed anyhow. Now they're gone.
If they give me the plague because they've been going door to door, then I hope their god is real & he smites them for endangering me. Even if they weren't religious, I do not appreciate unexpected guests. That used up precious spell slots I needed for the day.
Please let the drugs kick in so I can get this done.
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Another trip to the hospital
and more doodles.
Doodling is so relaxing and I never know
where it will lead.
I called this the “Beginning of Time”
How do you fill time when you are anxious?
I just submitted one of the two assignments I have outstanding from last year.
It's a critical analysis of "Women with Disability and Domestic and Family Violence: A Guide for Policy and Practice".
My lecturer has been incredibly supportive and patient.
My grade was automatically finalised because I had gotten enough marks to pass the subject without handing in the final assignment, and he helped me apply to have the grade reopened. He understands that my goal is for HDs so I can so honours (hopefully first class honours) and that I'd really like to graduate with the university medal.
Most of the time I get people telling me that I should just settle and just concentrate on passing, especially because of being a disabled student.. it's nice to have a lecturer who gets it.
I have another to submit in 3 weeks - it's an assessment of the media coverage of Kumanjayi Walker's murder.
"I think I'm actually feeling calm, and not-"
A trauma psychiatrist explains the science of a fight-or-flight response:
If you feel guilty for saying no to an unreasonable demand (or wanting to) I'm wondering:
Who has owned your time?
What I mean is, who has been able to determine what you do and when and how much time you have left over? Is that still the case? Do you want it to be? What would you like to be different, now or in the future?
This may be obvious to some folks, but finding some #cozy or #silly #anime to watch does help with coping with #anxiety or #depression. Like for instance Restaurant from Another World is a #cooking anime that has fantasy characters and focuses on their issues and how food helps resolve it. If you’ve written off anime as a genre I would say give it a chance. There are so many different genres. Like try Spy x Family. It’s a masterpiece of the dynamics of a found family with exciting stories but so wholesome.
Today I found out that my essay “The Anxious Writer” has been purchased by Open Minds Quarterly, my story “This is the Time Just before Spider Woman Meets Kiviuq” has been purchased by the Delta Literary Arts Society, and my story “Wolf Mother” has begun its editorial process at Augur Magazine. I also have two short stories coming out in an anthology called Mihko Kiskisiwin (Blood Memory) published by the Indigenous Poets Society, possibly as soon as this December. https://www.openmindsquarterly.com @indigenousauthors #WritingCommunity #Essayist #CNF #ShortStory #WritersOfMastodon #AuthorsOfMastodon #LivedExperience #Anxiety #MentalHealth
I started crocheting these fidget balls because my friend has a grandson who is autistic. Also one of my grandsons gets anxious out in public, so I'm hoping these will help. #autism #oldpeopleofmastodon #anxiety. @JL_Lycette
I'm honestly wondering if meds might help me get past the #anxiety and negative feelings about being overwhelmed so that I could be more successful in keeping/catching up? Is this a thing others have experienced and found improvement that way?
*TITLE: Photobiomodulation for Long COVID (Get Some Sun)
Okay all -- It's early days for figuring out how to help people with
That said, a bit of promising research is starting to surface.
I'm taking the unusual step of emailing EVERYONE because at this point
many of you with anxiety and depression symptoms may have some Long
COVID (brain fog, sleep issues, the depression or anxiety itself!).
A good write-up about what Long COVID is can be found here. Yes, you
can had a trivial case of COVID-19 and still get Long COVID symptoms for
days, weeks, months, or years. Some cases of it are somewhat "mild":
*The bottom-line of the video is right at the end. For long COVID:
-- Get outside one hour per day.
-- May cover up if sensitive to sun (near UV rays will get through
-- Best if in nature (surrounded by green)
-- Do not look directly at sun (duh)
-- May wear a hat (near UV rays will get through clothing anyway)
-- Sitting in a sunny window no longer good enough (most glass now has
to be certified to block the rays we want)
He also promises to talk about how intermittent fasting may help in a
Roger Seheult, MD is the co-founder and lead professor at
He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, Critical
Care, and Sleep Medicine and an Associate Professor at the University of
California, Riverside School of Medicine. He is also an ER doctor.
Before the pandemic, MedCram mainly seemed to be training for doctors to
pass exams. Since the start of COVID, Dr. Seheult has done occasional
more accessible videos for the general public on COVID-related topics.
To actually understand why something this simple may help -- and listen
to some research, please watch:
*Photobiomodulation for Long COVID (Get Some Sun)**
*Show Notes and Research Links:**
(This video was recorded on August 27th, 2023)
LINKS / REFERENCES:
The NIH has poured $1 billion into long Covid research — with little to
show for it (STAT) |
Debunking the False Claim That COVID Death Counts Are Inflated
(Scientific American) |
Associations of Outdoor Temperature, Bright Sunlight, and
Cardiometabolic Traits in Two European Population-Based Cohorts (JCEM) |
Photobiomodulation Improves Serum Cytokine Response in Mild to Moderate
COVID-19: The First Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo Controlled, Pilot
Study (Frontiers) |
A case of COVID-encephalopathy imaged with fMRI and treated with near
infrared light (Brain Stimulation) |
Use of either transcranial or whole-body photobiomodulation treatments
improves COVID-19 brain fog (Journal of Biophotonics) |
Light spectrum in nanometer (ResearchGate) |
Melatonin and the Optics of the Human Body (Melatonin Research) |
Ultraviolet A radiation and COVID-19 deaths in the USAwith replication
studies in England and Italy (BJD) |
Sunlight: Optimize Health and Immunity (MedCram) |
The Case for Sunlight in COVID 19 Patients: Oxidative Stress (MedCram) |
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I read about the virtual tour here: https://www.railwaygazette.com/virtual-train-tour-to-help-passengers-ahead-of-travel/64870.article
But it took me a while to find it on Lumo’s website (which detracts from the accessibility slightly!)
For some reason it’s under the ‘Who We Are’ menu at the top of the site, rather than under the prominently displayed ‘Assisted travel’ section (where I expected to see it): https://www.lumo.co.uk/help/assisted-travel
The ‘Assisted travel’ section – with its mysterious icon 🤷🏻♀️ – contains a couple of PDF leaflets
• The one under ‘Making rail accessible’ is really geared to the commonly considered (but still under-served) groups: people who use wheelchairs and other mobility aids, people who use assistance dogs, and people who need to travel with a companion
• The other one, developed by the same company that created the 3D tour, is an ‘Autism Guide’, and is not much more than a list of the East Coast Main Line’s tunnels and their lengths!
Many Autistic and other disabled people like/need to have lots of information when visiting somewhere for the first time
I always check Street View* before going anywhere I haven’t been – and if there are interior photographs, so much the better
So it’s really nice to read about a train operator, Newcastle-based Lumo, offering online 3D tours of their trains: https://www.lumo.co.uk/who-we-are/virtual-tour 💜
Not sure what happened to the end coach though! 😳
* Look Around and Streetside View are alternatives!
The first day in months that I've taken my ritalin so I can work on uni stuff, and I feel SO anxious.
I don't think it's the ritalin making me feel anxious, I think it's anxiety about "what if the ritalin doesn't work and I can't finish my degree?!" which is definitely grounded in "you don't deserve good things" thinking...
I just had an interesting moment in therapy.
I said something, and my therapist responded with "oh, that's really well put.. do you mind if I just write that down quickly?"
I know that you can't win at therapy, but I feel like I'm at least getting a Distinction grade..
3/4 I occasionally fall into my old habit of Anxiety and Depression, nowhere nearly as much as I used to, plus just to top it all off I have a bit of Arthritis at the base of my spine which flares up now and again.
My morning routine always includes taking my various medications, seven tablets every morning covering my health issues and I have appointments with the Nephrologist and have blood tests every 6 months or so.
I make sure I keep the doc open as well, so if I'm using my computer for other stuff (like tooting here) I can sneak in a few paragraphs really easily without it having to be A Thing.
Otherwise I find that, even when I'm super motivated to write, by the time Word fucking OPENS FINALLY I've just lost it and meh.
Just say the things is [do the dishes], I spend time in the kitchen.. wipe benches, rearrange a cupboard, maybe bake cookies etc... eventually the dishes get done. It's sort of like sneaking up behind the thing by not thinking about it and just making sure I'm in the right place.
THE HUMMINGBIRD METHOD
It's called hummingbirding because you're hovering over the task by being in the space the task is.
Don’t allow the stress of thinking about the days ahead to steal your present peace.
One breath at a time.
One thought at a time.
One day at a time.
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