#52SmallThings: A Weekly Self-Care Challenge

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    How can you participate in family or friend traditions while also respecting your boundaries?

    It’s hard work to acknowledge and put in place the boundaries you need to be your best and healthiest self. And once you identify and establish your boundaries, it takes even more work to enforce them. This enforcement can be especially challenging when you’re put in situations with people who have disrespected your boundaries in the past, don’t care about other people’s boundaries, or are the reason you’ve created new guardrails in the first place.

    Having boundaries doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the traditions you share with your family or friends, however. As we head into the start of the holiday season, let’s brainstorm ways we can participate in our treasured traditions while also maintaining the boundaries we’ve worked so hard to establish.

    Maybe you can help someone or learn something along the way!

    #52SmallThings #Selfcare #CheckInWithMe #CPTSD #PTSD #MentalHealth #Anxiety #Depression #ChronicPain #ChronicIllness #BipolarDisorder #Autism

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    A tradition I’d like to start is…

    Yesterday we talked about our favorite non-holiday traditions that we practice (we loved your answers!). Today is all about traditions we’d like to start but haven’t yet for whatever reason. Whether it’s related to the holiday season or not, what are some traditions you want to begin?

    To kick things off, Mighty staffer Skye shared that she wants to build in more time for reflection during the holidays. This could be through journaling, meditation, painting, or any other form of expression that allows space for mindfulness. She’s going to start by doing some writing on Thanksgiving morning and taking the time to craft fun coffee beverages for her family members in the quiet before the parade and other festivities begin.

    #52SmallThings #CheckInWithMe #DistractMe #MentalHealth #Selfcare #CheerMeOn

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    What’s your favorite non-holiday tradition?

    With the holiday season drawing near, let’s take some time to reflect on our favorite non-holiday traditions.

    Here’s what a couple of Mighty staffers had to say:

    🍁 “When the leaves start to change colors, I have one pumpkin beverage. That’s it, just the one! (Apologies to all of the PSL devotees out there.)”

    📰 “Every Sunday morning I make a nice espresso-based beverage, put my feet up, and work on the New York Times crossword puzzle.”

    What are your favorite traditions outside of the holidays? These can be traditions from your childhood or something you made up this morning. What sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and feelings does your tradition involve?

    #52SmallThings #DistractMe #Selfcare #CheckInWithMe #CheerMeOn #MentalHealth

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    My favorite way to connect with others is…

    As we close out this week on connection, we thought it would be fun to share our favorite ways to connect with others. Maybe you’re really into snail mail or love scheduling Zoom game nights with your friends; or perhaps you love to catch a film or cook a meal with your partner, sibling, or coworkers.

    However you like connecting with others, let us know in the comments below!

    #52SmallThings #Selfcare #CheckInWithMe #Addiction #DistractMe #MentalHealth

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    What would help the connection you have with your health care providers?

    An important connection that a lot of us are familiar with here is the one we share with our health care providers. Do you feel like you have a strong connection with your medical team? Or do you think that connection could use a little work? Maybe you and your doctor could benefit from a better communication style or a different frequency in visits.

    If you’ve formed a strong connection with your health care providers (go you!), we’d love for you to share your advice in the comments below! If you’re working on forming a stronger connection, share what you think would help strengthen it instead.

    #52SmallThings #Relationships #MentalHealth #ChronicPain #ChronicIllness #Disability #RareDisease

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    What connection in your life do you regret losing?

    Our connections with others may come and go, whether it’s a purposeful separation or a relationship that just dissolved over time. In some cases, it can be a good thing that a connection is broken, but in others the loss can be full of regret and grief.

    What connection do you regret losing? Have you tried to regain that connection? Would it be beneficial to do so?

    #52SmallThings #Selfcare #CheckInWithMe #Relationships #MentalHealth #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #Depression

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    When, where, or around who do you feel most connected with yourself?

    Our external environment largely influences how we connect to ourselves. Are you a morning person who relishes in the quiet reflection time before the sun rises? Do you have a favorite place you go to to ground yourself when times get tough? Or are you able to surround yourself with people who allow you to be your most authentic self?

    Don’t worry if you haven’t found your favorite environment or company for introspection, this community is always here when you need it.

    #52SmallThings #Selfcare #MentalHealth #CheckInWithMe #Relationships

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    TRUE or FALSE: It’s easy for me to form connections with others.

    Welcome to another week at 52 Small Things, Mighties! This week we’re focusing on making connections, whether that’s with others or ourselves.

    Today we want to know whether it’s easy for you to form connections with other people. Does bonding come naturally to you? Or does it take a bit of effort for you to get to know others and let them get to know you?

    #52SmallThings #Selfcare #CheckInWithMe #MentalHealth #Anxiety #Friendship #Relationships

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    Tell us about a time when you successfully advocated for yourself.

    Today we’re reflecting on times when we have successfully advocated for ourselves. Do you have a moment that comes to mind? Maybe you confidently informed your waiter about your food allergies or were able to get the testing accommodations you needed at school. Perhaps you advocated for yourself at work (WFH, anyone?) or in front of your family members.

    This moment does not have to be health-related — any time you successfully advocated for yourself works for us. Let’s take this opportunity to learn from (and cheer on!) each other in the comments.

    #52SmallThings #Work #MentalHealth #Advocacy #CheckInWithMe #Selfcare #Parenting

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    What makes it difficult for you to self-advocate at work or school? How about at home?

    It’s very common for folks to be comfortable advocating for themselves in certain situations more than others. There are many factors that contribute to a person’s comfort level in an advocacy situation: physical environment, previous experiences self-advocating in a similar situation, level of confidence, familiarity going into the situation, etc.

    What does your self-advocacy look like in different contexts? Do you find it challenging to advocate for yourself at work or school? What about in other situations? Why do you think that is?

    #CheckInWithMe #Advocacy #52SmallThings #Selfcare #MentalHealth #Confidence #Caregiving #Parenting