A Re-Blog: Who’d have Anxiety, panic attacks and psychotic depression? — Mental health 360°

Have you ever had anxiety, panic attacks, depression or psychosis? I don’t know which is worse; the anxiety, panic attacks, depression or the psychosis. But to have them altogether, spelt H.E.L.L. For those of you who don’t already know, I started writing about my journey some six months ago. I only ever intended to write…

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A Re-Blog: OCD struggles! — Priyanshi writes 🥀

I want to tell them that I don’t pretend it, , I want to tell them that why would I pretend to have something as terrible as OCD, I want to tell them that arranging things in symmetry is not funnyI want to tell them that I couldn’t give my best in the outer world […]

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Attention, Get In Line, Please!

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Image by Wendy Koon from Pixabay 

If you’re impatient while waiting for the bus, tell yourself you’re doing ‘Bus waiting meditation.’ If you’re standing in a slow line at the drugstore, you’re doing ‘Waiting in line meditation.’ Just saying these words makes me feel very spiritual and high-minded and wise.

Gretchen Rubin

I spoke with my aunt today, we talking about different things when shopping for groceries came up.  She told me that she went to go shopping and the line was longer than the building.  She just turned around and went home, had her son do the shopping for her.

I know that in certain stores where I live limit the number of people who go in.  Tomorrow I plan on doing grocery shopping.  I will go at the early hour that is only for seniors to avoid lineups.

If I thought that there was going to be a lineup like the one my aunt experienced I just may turn around and head for home. There are times I can be impatient, so I hope that this will not be the case when shopping.  Lineups like those on Boxing Day I try to avoid.  I tried to shop one Boxing Day, I have never tried to do that again.

So, this is one shopper that will be praying for patience when shopping!

I Will Not Panic, That’s My Final Answer!

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“Being under stress is like being stranded in a body of water. If you panic, it will cause you to flail around so that the water rushes into your lungs and creates further distress. Yet, by calmly collecting yourself and using controlled breathing you remain afloat with ease.”
― Alaric Hutchinson,Living Peace: Essential Teachings for Enriching Life

I know, it is easy and almost a cop-out to tell someone “Don’t Panic”.  For something that this writer doesn’t understand but by telling a person that it seems to heighten their panic.

Along with panic there is a close relative emotion that tags along, frustration.  It is almost unavoidable these days not to feel frustration, not to panic realizing that the rent is due this week.

Now mix in insomnia and you have a disaster looking for a place to happen.  Trying to force yourself to go to sleep in the meanwhile images of all the bills that need to be paid but the bank account tells you that you are overdrawn.

No matter who you speak with you can definitely hear the frustration and panic in their voice.  A neighbor is somewhat like me, not going out in hesitation worrying about covid-19.  

Yet, I need to go grocery shopping this week so that the cupboards do not start looking bare.  At least if I go to the big “W” I can go during the first hour that is reserved for seniors, or those who have compromised immune systems. I won’t decide until the very last minute whether I go or have my best friend do my shopping.

So, I all can do in this time and space is to tell myself “Don’t Panic”!

A Re-Blog: Best Ways To Relieve Stress It Kills — No Stress

Best Ways To Relieve Stress It Kills “Stress kills” is a common phrase that most people think of as a figure of speech, but recent discoveries show that stress can actually have a negative impact at the cellular level. We all have stress in our lives; our jobs, friends, families, hobbies and more are all…

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Vincent Ehindero Award

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I would like to thank Cherie White at Chateau Cherie for this nomination.

Rules:

Thank the person that nominated you with a link to their blog.

Make a post of the award (with a photo.)

Post the rules.

Ask 5-10 questions of your choice.

Nominate 10-30 other bloggers.

Follow Vincent Ehindero at vincentehindero.wordpress.com (to qualify for a free blog promotion and shoutout) and more blogging opportunities.

Here are my answers to the questions from Cherie.

1. How do you juggle your blogging time with time at work and family time?

I do not work, rather I am on a disability allowance.  So, juggling work, home, and blog is quite simple. I really don’t have any hard rules about things.  Most of the time I wait until evening when I know I won’t have distractions to write on my blog.

2. What are some other hobbies you have besides writing?

On good days I sometimes like to read, I also crochet some during the winter making afghans for friends or family.  When I am feeling one hundred percent I love to bake.

3. Have you published a book?

No, I have not published a book.  Although I have dreamed about it.

4. What are some things you like to do for recreation?

When able to I love to walk with my dog Natalie.

5. What is your favorite genre of music and who are your favorite musicians?

My favorite music is Southern Gospel. Artists like, The Gaither Vocal Band, Jeff & Sherri Easter, The Happy Goodmans.  

I also like to listen to people like Michael Buble, Patsy Cline, George Jones.

6. Name your favorite authors and why?

Sidney Sheldon for his mystery style books.  Arthur Conan Doyle the creator of Sherlock Holmes.

The very top and first is The Bible!

Questions For My Nominees:

  1. If you could be anyone living or dead who would that be?
  2. Using just one word how would you describe yourself?
  3. Do you consider yourself an introvert or extrovert?
  4. Name one thing that if you had the means to do it what would that be?
  5. Are you a cat or dog person, or maybe both?

My Nominees Are:

The Mysterious Bloger  https://getthemysteriousblogger.com/

Chelsea Ann Owens  https://chelseaannowens.com/

Angie at Mama Chat Coffee https://mamacoffeechat.home.blog/

mjf of How to Be Cool  https://knowhowtobecool.wordpress.com/

Leola Durant at My Creators Creation  https://leoladurant.com/

Bella at Bellas Babbles  https://bellasbabbles.com/

No Stress at https://stress-management.tk/

Mark Wester at Overcoming OCD  https://over-coming-ocd.com/

John at Managing Yourself  https://johnranjit.wordpress.com/

Renee at Heart Tokens  https://hearttokens.home.blog/

Kim McKinney at In The Box, Out of The Box  https://kimberleymckinney.com/

V at Millennial Life Crisis  https://millenniallifecrisis.org/

Thank you to all the bloggers I have met along my journey of blogging!

It Could Always Be Worse!

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The only dependable law of life – everything is always worse than you thought it was going to be. – Author: Dorothy Parker    It Could Be Worse Quotes

For the last several days I have not been feeling the best.  It’s not something that I can honestly say what it is.  It’s not the flu, cold, just a feeling of not one hundred percent.

Growing up if we were sick our mother would not let us lay around in the living room.  She believed if we were really sick, the best place to be was our bed.

She taught us to show empathy towards those who are suffering.  We would never make fun of anyone with a physical, mental challenges.  Today it is open season when it comes to making fun of someone who is different than themselves.  If they are from a different country, skin a different shade of color, then it is pedal to the floor with racism.

If we are paying attention it is easy to look around to find out that maybe, just maybe, our situation could be worse.  That cures the self-pity party!

So, my heart goes out to all those who are grieving tonight from the loss of a loved one, or a friend!  For those I will be praying for. May they find strength while facing such great sorrow!

***Yes dear reader, it could always be worse! ***

A Re-Blog: OCD: a Living Hell of Uncertainty — Overcoming OCD

Our world is full of uncertainty and all of us encounter situations that we just can not control. Uncertainty is something that we need to accept and live together with even if it is not an easy thing to do. And if you’re suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, accepting the fact that you can not […]

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Control?

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One of the major sources of stress, anxiety, and unhappiness comes from feeling as if your life is out of control.

— David Cottrell

In an news article found at: 1130 City News wrote about that the Canadian Mental Health Association is telling the feds that there could be an “echo pandemic” of mental illness.  The article gave a summary about the article, it listed three things.

SUMMARY:
  1. The CMHA is calling on the federal government for more funding to help people struggling with mental health issues
  2.  Association says feds need to help Canadians struggling now, before problem gets worse after COVID-19
  3.  If funding doesn’t come through, CMHA fears an ‘echo pandemic’ of mental health after the health crisis ends

I have paid attention to some interviews that the news has picked up from people who are keeping video diaries during this shutdown.  They all spoke about the anxiety they are feeling.

Some are expressing how they feel helpless because they cannot be with a family member or a friend during their dying hours.

It is a frightening thing to have feelings of not being in control.  Nerves become frayed, tempers flare, depression sets in, all manner of anxieties enters your life.  Physical and emotional abuse ticks up in calls to authorities.

Of what I understand here in Canada the government has already planned for four months of restrictions in place.  In America people are protesting the stay-at-home orders.

When I was living in Toronto that’s when things went spiraling out of control.  My doctor prescribed Prozac, which left me feeling numb.  I was a mess, living but not feeling.

When I first started having panic attacks I still can remember how I felt like everything was out of control.  This lead to my attempted suicide. 

I have no suggestions on how to handle the feeling of being out of control.  Circumstances widely vary from person to person, house to house.

So, all that I can do is brace for a long ride into fall!