On the personal

15 Reasons Why I Love Writing And How I Need To Change

The desire for self-expression afflicts people when they feel there is something of themselves which is not getting through to the outside world. ~ Fay Weldon My writing muse has been mute lately.  My writing has grown stale and unsatisfying to me. Though I wrote an article on the dangers of comparison found here, I can not help but admit my own weaknesses in comparing myself to others.  Because I feel inferior and less valuable as a result of comparing myself to others, I have started down a path where I blog for others and not for myself, and that …

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How Lack of Self-Care Might Lead to Depression

Depression.  Sometimes it happens.  I don’t know why, or maybe I do and don’t give it enough credit.  Either way, I am writing at this moment to shake off the desire to self-harm.  The urge only began a little while ago, but my mood has been unstable all day.  If you caught me on Twitter @missinginsight earlier, I posted the following picture. And this is exactly how I felt.  All within two hours, I went from happy to anxious to depressed.  There was no warning, no thought, no memory, and no feeling to prompt the mood changes.  They just happened. …

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Wednesday Wisdom

How to Talk to Others About Mental Illness Now

I was sitting in my chair, trying to silence my snowballing anxiety, but you know how that goes. I was naseuous, dizzy, constantly rubbing my head and face, beating my skull against the chair, not able to speak with clarity, ect., very noticable symptoms. My sister-in-law just looked at me, then looked away. I felt judged, ignored, and crazy, for a lack of a better word. I would have preferred she had asked me what was happening with me, or how she could help me, at least acknowledge I was going through a rough time, struggling with my mental illness, …

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Friday Feelings

#FridayFeelings – Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness

via GIPHY There’s little reason to wonder why there is a stigma attached to mental illness today To say those with mental illness have been treated inhumanely over the years is an understatement.  Among methods used to treat mental illness over the centuries include lobotomies, purging, bleeding, vomiting, asylums, isolation, injecting patients with syphilis, using insulin comas, exorcism, prayer, and rituals.    Regardless of past treatments and newer, enlightened methods, stigma comes from  multiple sources, such as work, school, family, friends, and media, which work synergistically to cause serious implications for the individual with mental illness.   They all work together …

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Music Monday – All about RECOVERING! and FORGIVENESS? Vol 2

Welcome to another edition of Music Monday!  I’ll be quiet now because I have a lot to say regarding the following song “Praying” by Kesha.   Side note:   I don’t know why it turned my background white.  All words are my own except when directly quoted. I‘d also love to hear from you. What songs are you relating to right now? How do you feel about forgiveness for those whom have hurt you? What are you struggling with right now? Kesha – “Praying” While watching the video and reading the accompanying lyrics, I was all torn up and mentally chaotic. Breaking …

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FRIDAY FEELINGS – THE BASICS OF SELF CARE – VOL 1

Never really engaging in self-care, I had no idea what to expect, write, or suggest about it. I’ve been to enough treatment facilities that encouraged self-care, but I always believed I didn’t deserve it, so I wouldn’t even try. But learning that self-care lowers stress levels, helps maintain focus on recovery, and helps boost personal happiness, I knew that whether I believed I deserved self-care or not, I was going to “fake it till I make it”; I was going to act like I deserved it. But where to begin? First, the website Psych Central defines self care as “any …

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WEDNESDAY WISDOM – VOL 1

Norman Cousins (1912 – 1990) This is a quote from Norman Cousins (1912 – 1990) who was an American journalist and editor in chief of the Saturday Review for over 35 years.  He was known for his quotes on life, death, laughter, and health.    When we think about loss, most times our minds go to people we have lost in death.  But Cousins said losing someone wasn’t the greatest loss of all; he posited that the death of what lies inside us while we yet live is the greatest loss. For me, I thought about things that I have …

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INSPIRATIONAL MUSIC MONDAY!! POST 1

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Maybelline hogging my heated plush throw.  Silly girl.   Are you ready for some inspiration? Welcome to the first Music Monday!  As I wrote in my last post found here,  I have dedicated Monday to music.  For today’s Music Monday, I have 3 incredible songs that I hope will inspire you to keep working and  fighting in your recovery.  I’ve scoured songs from multi-genres and discovered music that I trust will speak to the feelings and thoughts of  men and women dealing with the scourge of mental illness.  Some of the songs you may like, some …

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ARE YOU READY FOR THE BIG CHANGES?!!

Maybelline loves this heated plush throw I bought, and she has been hunkered down in my arms to share it with me. Winds of Change I’ve decided to make some changes to the blog.  First off, every Monday will be considered “Music Monday”, and I will give three songs that I feel have some commentary on recovery.  I will draw from all types of music, country, rap, R & B, pop; nothing is off limits.  I will also add why I chose that song and why it’s relavant to my recovery at that time.  It’s my hope that you will …

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