Mental Health, Self Care, Depression, Anxiety

7 Scientifically Proven Benefits Of Gratitude That Will Motivate You To Give Thanks Year-Round

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Mental Health, Self Care, Depression, Anxiety

30 Days of Gratitude… Day 1

November is upon us, which means the holidays are right around the corner. With that being said, instead of waiting for Thanksgiving to be ‘thankful’, I have decided to figure out something to be ‘thankful’ for the rest of the month. I have decided that maybe seeing the good things in my life, might out weigh the bad. I have come so far these last months, and really feel ‘thankful’ God hasn’t given up on me. The more we focus on what’s right in our life, the better we will feel. I think if we are grateful for those good days, then the bad ones should receive a little love. I mean if it wasn’t for the bad days, I wouldn’t be able to overcome shit in life. My life wasn’t as bad as I thought, but the way I reacted to those things made it seem worse. I’m learning so much lately, and can’t say enough how glad I am that God was on my side. So what are you all ‘thankful’ for? despite the hard days, is there one thing in a day that you can say, “ok I’m thankful for that”. Hell I don’t care if it’s,” hey I showered today”….I know all to well what life is like when depression takes over your mind. So I will start off day one by: writing 5 things I’m ‘thankful’ for today and will share them with you all later in another post. I would love to hear from you all as well. Thanksgiving isn’t the only time to be ‘thankful’….chat soon.

“Give thanks for all of the opportunities that even our struggles bring”-Unvieled Wife

Ms. Fran

Mental Health, Self Care, Depression, Anxiety

Tuesday was much Better….

Happy Halloween again! I’m super happy this day is coming to an end, I hate to be such a grouch, but them kids drive me crazy. After all the recent break ins around here, opening my door to some kid in a mask today freaks me the hell out! Sorry…so I didn’t pass out any candy, guess that does make me the ‘mean old lady’ in the neighborhood.lol!!! Well yesterday was a hell of a day, but my Tuesday turned out great. I got up this morning with no problems, and went on about my day without any hesitation. Tonight was my Diamonds and Pearls meeting, don’t know if I mentioned that I had join this mentoring group a couple of weeks ago. It’s a mentoring program with a group of ladies who share personal life stories, each of these ladies like me, all have some type of baggage in our lives that we carry around. So I have been attending this group along with my therapy sessions, and my coping skills class. Needless to say, I have been learning so much about myself and learning how to cope with my depression better. These groups are judgement free and I can just be myself. So tonight we are getting ready for our fashion show, it’s so nice to see all the ladies looking forward to being pretty and building each other’s confidence up. I’m super excited about it and can’t wait to get all fabulous. Tonight we also were doing some organizing of our folders, and as I was looking through mines, I found all the topics they were discussing before I came on board. So I’ll leave you all with a couple of quotes, and a quick look into some of our disscussions….gd night and enjoy!!!

“I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint- and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.”- Oprah Winfrey

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.”- Helen Keller

“Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.”- Golda Meir

Oh my these quotes give me goosebumps….

Some of our discussion questions are pretty simple, but made me think long and hard about my life and myself. 

  • Where am I going?
  • What does it mean to be a woman?
  • How do I separate my roles from my “true self”? (mother, wife. aunt, boss, employee, student, and friend).
  • Why do I feel so good/bad about myself now?

Think I’ll be doing some journal stuff  this weekend….

Ms. Fran