Mental Health, Self Care, Depression, Anxiety

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/i-was-a-meditation-skeptic-until-i-tried-to-make-my-case/

I have to admit I was a skeptic myself, not anymore!!! 😊<<<<<<
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Mental Health, Self Care, Depression, Anxiety

Speak Positivity Over Your Life

Happy Wednesday….this morning affirmations are a few I have been telling myself lately, use these or come up with your own. If you don’t feel postive or good about yourself, hell who will?? Taking care of yourself isn’t ‘Selfish’! Speak over yourself, Encourage yourself! Have a Wonderful Wednesday!!

Ms. Fran

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Mental Health, Self Care, Depression, Anxiety

A New Year, New You!

So this year I have decided everyday to get up and feed my mind with daily affirmations for myself. It’s ok to toot your own horn once in a while, hell you deserve it! Besides if you don’t who will? Here’s to a great Friday, regardless of our circunstances! Chat soon……

Ms. Fran

Mental Health, Self Care, Depression, Anxiety

30 Days of Gratitude Day:8

Well as you can see what I’m thankful for today. Crafting has really been a stress reliever for me, although people don’t buy them, I still love making bracelets . The first time I tried making jewelry with beads was in the hospital. Yes, when I checked myself in after my last suicide attempt. One of the nurses had a crafting hour, now I was very reluctant to go, but I did and the rest is history. Funny when I made that first bracelet, my family laughed at me and called me crazy. Hmmm, makes me a little sad that they still don’t get it!!! Oh well, can’t dwell on the past or stupid people. So today I’m thankful for beads, and as you can see in the pics, I know longer have my laptop on my desk. My gosh I have no more room, might have to rent some storage space😂😂😂Pics of some of my work soon!!! Have a great night…!

Ms. Fran📿(Bead Queen)

Mental Health, Self Care, Depression, Anxiety

Building Mastery/Mindfulness

If you are struggling with problems like being overwhelmed, over thinking, or overreacting. Then some of these skills I learned in my session on yesterday can probably help. Our mind can be our worse enemy: how many times have you experienced these things:

  • criticizing yourself, or letting others do it
  • Missing out on what someone said to you, because your mind was some place else, now that person is mad at you
  • You don’t realize a person or situation makes you upset, so you decided to stay, and then you explode with anger when it’s the last straw
  • Noticing at the last-minute that the relationship was very toxic, because you didn’t pay attention to their actions toward you

Being Mindful and Building Mastery can help you cope with these, and other situations before they get worse. Examples of Build Mastery activities in our daily life:

  • Hygiene
  • Doing your dishes
  • Cleaning whatever needs to be cleaned
  • Completing tasks or homework
  • Checking the mail/paying bills
  • Maintaining a certain level of organization

Build Mastery skills also include taking on realistic challenges and working toward your goals like,exercising, developing a hobby, or standing up for yourself.

Also don’t forget to give yourself credit for being mindful of your efforts. We don’t give ourselves enough credit for trying, depression and anxiety can be overwhelming. There may be times the only thing you can do is get out of bed, so congratulate yourself on that.

Now, imagine if there was a skill that would help pay better attention to what you were thinking, feeling, or doing at any moment. Imagine this skill could help you make healthier decisions and better choices that would improve your life. Well this skill defiantly exist and it is called Mindfulness: “the ability to be aware of your thoughts, emotions, physical sensations, and actions in the present’ (McKay, Wood, and Brantley 2007, 89.) This means instead of getting distracted by your thoughts, worries, regrets, and criticisms, you pay attention to what’s happening to you in the moment; so that you can make choices about what to do next. 

I know this may seem hard for some of us who suffer from mental illness to focus, but I really believe this could help. I have been practicing the mindful breathing exercises as well. Hope this helps one of you…..

Ms. Fran

 

 

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

Love Life💕

“I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.” 
– Arthur Rubenstein

 

Finding this quote to be so true, if you go around hating yourself and life, there will never be a good outcome! Loving life also starts with loving yourself, enough to know when to improve your surroundings. Some people can’t go with you on your next journey, because you are loving life and they are stuck in it….

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“7 Steps To a Better You”