Many years since I have read Sartre. I was being a precocious 6th former trying to be existentialist! 70's were a great time. That's all by the way now, but this quotation isn't. Some people are so quick to blame others or things for what they do. No, we make our own choices and must accept the results, good or bad.
After the Rev Curry's firey address on love at the Royal Wedding, it seemed appropriate to post these wise words from St John Bosco. Let the children know they are loved. I love all of mine as much now, if not more than the day they were born. @bexcottle @mmmtia88 @samc_1990 @ctess24
Reflections in a mirror. Reflections on Mental health awareness week. Choosing what to post each day has made me think again about how I look at my mental illness. It has been insightful to look at the bigger picture, or as @sasta24 said taking an eagle eye view. It's easier for me to now just say, oh that's part of my illness, not the whole of it. I can manage bits of it and hopefully it won't then overwhelm me so often.
Mental health awareness week.
This is why it is needed. I hope this week I have helped in some way friends with mental illness. Helped others to understand a bit more. Like the physical body the mind can also have many illnesses. I have only touched on stress, anxiety and depression. I haven't mentioned PTSD, bipolar disorder, personality disorder and many more. I stuck with what I know about personally. I have read about the others so I understand more. Post natal depression, self harm and suicide are huge in today's society. We can treat the symptoms but there is an underlying cause. It may be chemical but some are not.
Looking at this diagram tells us a lot. A certain amount of stress is necessary for us to be able to do our daily tasks. So, it's like being on a diet, you still have to eat. We can't do without stress. Look at the positive part of stress and learn to recognise and embrace it. Look at the negative side and try to recognise when you start down that slope. I am certainly going to give it a try.
Tried and tested. Used as a technique by many therapists for their patients. I know someone who had very bad PTSD, and he used this technique even at work. No one realises you are doing it. My good friend Raven of @ravenandcrow56 also suggested grounding meditation. Again a useful tool for anxiety. I like the focus on here and will consciously breathe. Going outside into a natural environment if possible also helps.
Anxiety attacks are the result of a build up of stress. Work, home etc. This is when therapy can be so beneficial. The therapist can help to pinpoint triggers, to learn to recognise how you behave when stressed and finally work out some strategies that will help you. CBT theray is highly recommended, as is exploring your past and present. Quite often the anxiety is linked to the fear of failure. Low self esteem. I will post further tips later in the day.
Yesterday I was determined. I worked really hard till really late. I slept a solid 5 and 3/4 hours! This is a miracle for me. My sleep pattern is intermittent which does not restore. I don't even ache as much.