Currently

Listening to beautiful music; reflecting on my life. It’s bloody amazing! I am beyond blessed! I’ve had a super month so far; I made a great new friend who was my father’s high school friend, am walking again, and was able to increase my exercise by 20 %. I  am going to use an old format that I haven’t used in years. REMINDER! These are merely suggestions! I am not God and am absolutely not telling anyone what to do!

Physical: PUSH yourself, but be SAFE!  Example: I was terrified to walk, but I knew I’d get nowhere unless I TRIED! You best believe I had a wall beside me in case I needed support! When I exercise, if I’m merely tired I continue, but if somethings is painful, I stop. If I seriously hurt myself… well that is NO good!

Mental: It’s perfectly ok to have bad times! Yes, I do,too! Life isn’t perfect; people aren’t perfect! I have found great people I can talk to about my deepest problems! It’s a blessing to be able to tell people my woes (I don’t share EVERYTHING on here lol). It is amazing to be able to use others and that which is for help!

Spiritual: I had a series of horrible events happen back to back last summer. One was something frightening that caused police involvement. I realized the next morning that this person was not well. I prayed for their happiness and for them to be well. I prayed for their inner peace and that they not hurt another person. I cannot describe the relief I felt. Often people carry anger and resentment with them for so long, it causes bitterness and grief. I need not hold onto such or it will consume me!

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PSA

So I will discuss a taboo subject: mental illness. Honestly, I don’t understand why it has such a stigma! It says ILLNESS right there in the name. I do not think that one should be ashamed if the have diabetes, per say; so why should it be different with mental illness? One’s brain is  simply chemically unlike the status quo; unfortunately actions taken when such an illness is active effect many people and areas of life: I will not delve into some areas as they would take a great deal of time to discuss! I will say, however, that LIVING is not IMPOSSIBLE. I have the great privilege of knowing several people with SEVERE mental illness who barely existed in this life and were thought poorly of; currently they are productive members of society,truly living life (not just existing) and examples to look to as those who have defied odds. I am sure they, as well as I, will tell you it is not easy. In such cases, such progress means very hard work;  the end result is well worth the struggle. Such an illness is never eliminated, however! One must constantly remain vigilant regarding one’s homeostatic state. Yes, there are things that may help reduce such illnesses, but if one TRULY feels they have a mental illness, be honest with yourself. Be kind to yourself; you may be sick, not bad.

p.s.  NOT an excuse yourself for being an ass and not caring!

Mental: Fear not differences of the mind, for they truly give the life dimension. If everyone were the same mentally, how dull the world would be. If no one dared to be different;no progress would be made, everything would be the same. Differences can unite us, we so often ridicule them and let them divide us. If we judge other’s, it says something of OUR character.

Physical: Exercise increases both serotonin and dopamine levels in the brain.In laymen’s terms, many antidepressants aim at altering serotonin levels; exercise surely helps this. Obviously, it often requires MUCH more than exercise if serious,but it can’t hurt. Studies show that just 5 minutes of moderate exercise enhances one’s mood.

Social- Often we are quick to judge; even I am guilty. However, when we judge, isn’t such truly telling of ourselves? Doubtful we would appreciate the same condemnation we place on others. If someone is so polar opposite of us… aren’t we different than them, too? If someone has a mental or physical disability… does it make us feel good to chastise them for something they have no control over? If someone is older and has cognitive or physical impairments;do we think that it is ok to laugh; because when you and your friends age you will be immune to the aging process? Be kind, be loving, for no one is perfect.

yes I am trying

Cheers to you

You all rock, yes you! You all inspire me and motivate me everyday; your encouragement is awesome. And I can imagine, if you guys do it for ME who else you rub off on. Imagine if we all lifted each other up, what an incredible world this would be. No competition about how cool you are, how good you look, what you have,etc; just people loving and being there for others! Keep putting out positive energy to the world, it makes a difference!

Mental: When you wake up tell yourself it’s going to be a good day; if things go awry…take a moment then hit reboot! You always have the ability to change your mindset; any time, place, etc. Up to you 🙂

Physical: Avoid putting anyone down because they  are not as physically “good” as you. When I was first disabled, I didn’t go out in public for a year and a half!! because I had seen my whole life the disdain with which people with disabilities, not “good looking” enough, physical defects, etc. were treated. This scared me… how I might be treated; I was physically immobile, yet was the exact same person. Sometimes people fail to look beyond the physical and miss the true individual; often failing to see wonderous people because they don’t see beyond the external.

Social : Be good to each other, comparisons stink. Often, we find ourselves in a contest with society as to who is “better”. Better looking, better car, clothes, behaved,etc.,etc.When really you should compete with no one but yourself. Strive to be the best you you can be; not the best “them”

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The Morning

I had myriad of situations this morning involving health; both mental and physical. As I have dealt with both (AM dealing) I shared my experience with said individuals. Often times, some people are not open and honest about their pains, this does a great disservice to many people! They feel alone, isolated, like they are fighting battles by themselves. Support groups in person and on the internet are a fantastic resource for things that ail you, or just general support. Just use your browser to type in what you’re looking for. If you do not have access to a computer, browse flyers at random places. You never know what you’re missing if you don’t look or listen!

Mental: There are TONS of groups;  whether you have depression, bipolar, PTSD,eating disorders, schizophrenia, self mutilation, substance abuse and AD INFINITUM! You are NOT alone; don’t ever feel like you’re weird and no one understands; TRUST me, someone does. You do not need to deal with things on your own; sometimes you may feel isolated and scared. If you need to (if live) go with someone you trust, if need be. If you  don’t have anyone, don’t let fear stop you from seeking support or help. This is your damn life!

Physical: Preventative measures are better than other efforts. With “sick” season upon us in the U.S. this is very important, especially if your older or have health problems (getting even a basic illness can seriously compromise your body) or are very active (this puts a serious damper on your lifestyle). Echinacea and vitamin C are good ways to boost your immune  system. If you have access to them, I like Airborne and Emergen-C (they don’t have any weird stuff in them + the effervescent tablets make water taste  good!. Vitamin C is water soluble; so while the percentages on some may be high, you are actually excreting a good amount and absorbing a small portion (check with your doctor or pharmacist as to what  is right for you).

Social: Again;let others support you (please!), don’t feel like you HAVE TO do everything alone. There is a unspoken (or spoken) sentiment in society that if you do not do things on your own, you are weak. Question : weren’t the things you know mentally and physically either taught to you by someone or learned by you from some source. I don’t know about you, but I am not such a genius that I just sporadically KNOW the things I do. Even masters of their fields were influenced along the way. If you need help, in whatever it is in your life, do not be embarassed to let others guide you.

anyone can give up