I believe mental health and self-improvement are not something for the few or the privileged, but rather they should be a right for anyone who has taken on the responsibility to improve themselves

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Many consider my work to be crude and unnecessarily confrontational. But I write the way I do because my goal is to challenge our cultural notions around emotions, vulnerability, shame, and sexuality. To do that effectively, sometimes you need to shock people or be contrarian.

https://markmanson.net/about

I’ve never thought about my life like that unless I was planning a trip

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I feel like a lot of people who have been around me and never encouraged me to be better wanted me to be in this low ass place. And I feel so discouraged by how no one really expressed or saw my potential or told me I was fucking up and doing a disservice to myself. I think I have a lot of potential. I think my capabilities are so beyond where I am. But everyone just let me be .. static.

https://taimarqui.wordpress.com/2021/09/08/dynamic

If we looked at mental disorders through a trauma lens then our diagnostic manual would be a heck of a lot smaller

Keywords: cpt , cptsd , dbt , emdr , ifs , narrative , polyvagal , ptsd , rebt , somatic experiencing , trauma , trauma treatment , triggers

One of the most valuable pieces of information I learned about trauma and PTSD is that it often involves a “nervous system dysregulation.” Our nervous systems consist of 3 states–sympathetic, parasympathetic, and ventral vagal. Those are some big words, so let me break it down further. Ventral vagal is when we are inside our “window of tolerance.” This means we might feel joy, grounded, happy, content, passionate, mindful, curious, open, etc. A “home base” if you will. The other two states, when we are outside our window of tolerance, is sympathetic and parasympathetic. Some more well known terms are fight, flight, freeze. Fight–rage, anger, irritation, and frustration. Flight–panic, fear, anxiety, worry, and concern. Freeze–helplessness, depression, numbness, dissociation, shame, hopelessness, trapped. Situations throughout our life trigger these responses. If we are able to process these emotions in a healthy way, we will file them in our brains as experiences in the past, make some sort of meaning of it, and move forward.

https://thedaring.blog/2021/05/07/trauma-and-ptsd-the-3-levels-of-psychotherapy-treatment

Since I’m sitting and not doing as much I am noticing my mood

Keywords: anxiety , gardening , life hacks , mental health , self care

I’ve had such a nice time clearing out the gardening and making my patio nice with pot plants. I haven’t had a second to think of anything negative and I haven’t had any anxiety because of this business. It’s been really nice. They say that spring cleaning in the house is a good way to create a space in your mind and well for me the garden has been the same. A mixture of the sun, fresh air and clearing up has almost been therapy for me. Plus the added time spent with my daughter blowing bubbles brought my inner child out which was really lovely.

https://httpspms.net/2021/04/25/gardening-mental-health

Working is easier than thinking

Keywords: life , blogger , blogging , freelance blogger , freelance writer , lifestyle , lifestyle blog , uk blogger , writing

There were a few points in 2019 and 2020 that were so low and bleak I didn’t know if I’d make it through. I’m fine and I didn’t do anything stupid, but I thought about it almost every day. I got myself a new tattoo instead. It’s like an acceptable form of self-harm. I probably shouldn’t say that, but it totally is. Most of my tattoos came about during periods of darkness in my life.

https://thesocialblonde.blog/2021/04/20/why-i-write

I have never felt less like myself then I do right now

Keywords: changes , life , mental health , blog , blogging , goals , life changes , obstacles , struggles , writer , writing

I look in the mirror and the person staring back at me is a stranger… a stranger who has no clue what the fuck they’re doing anymore. Everything I was so sure of I’m either unsure of or it’s no longer a part of my life. Things I felt, things I wanted, things I hoped for… all of that has changed. Right now all I want is to get myself and my life back on track… because this chaos is killing me and I can’t be my best self if I’m feeling this way.

https://michellesaulthewordwitch.com/2021/04/14/trying-to-get-my-life-back-on-track

I started IOP again!

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Intensive outpatient therapy that is. And in there we usually snap when people say something awesome, but I can’t snap so I clap. So, again, a round of applause for identifying the fact that I need therapy and that therapy is awesome, and cool, and needed, and fun, and wonderful, and amazing, and super, and amazing, and […].

https://missmostlymindful.home.blog/2021/03/05/love-yourself-enough-to-take-care-of-yourself

I’m using this a tool to help me from going insane with boredom

Keywords: anxiety , bipolar , mental health , schizophrenia

I enjoy doing this because of my passion for computers and the web. I have my diploma in graphic design and visual communication and I love web design. Lastly I have always been a prolific journal writer. I have dozens of books filled with my my ramblings and thoughts. I have always found writing to be therapeutic but once the book is full it gets tossed to the side and never really reflected back on.

https://aperfecttool.net/2021/03/03/welcome-to-this-mess