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TRUE or FALSE: I find it easy to honor my needs.

Happy Monday, Mighty family!

This week we’ll be reflecting on honoring our needs.

What exactly does that mean? Glad you asked! From our emotional to mental to physical health, we all have different ways we navigate the world around us. And since we’re people with varying experiences, the things we need in each of those buckets may look different.

There’s no shame at all in having needs, prioritizing them, and communicating those needs to the people or environments around us.

Do you feel it’s easy for you or is it something you’re working toward improving?

💡 P.S. It’s OK to reflect, act, and prioritize our needs for our well-being. In fact, it’s often necessary.

#52SmallThings #selfcare #MentalHealth #Anxiety #Depression #ChronicPain #ChronicIllness #RareDisease #Disability #CheckInWithMe #CheerMeOn #Grief #Caregiving #Autism #Cancer #ADHD

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March is here.. Spring is right around the corner now! 👀🌹

Just a few helpful reminders as we move into the next chapter of the year.
Any other ideas you might add? 🤔
March into the new month, and take care of yourselves! 💫
#Anxiety
#MentalHealth
#Caregiving
#PTSD
#Arthritis
#DistractMe

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What do you want to let go of in March?

You know what new months are good for? Setting heavy things down, breaking stuff off, or releasing yourself from relationships, jobs, unattainable goals, gaslighting health care providers, family stressors, or unhelpful habits/thought patterns. (Phew, we had a lot to say there.)

Mighty staffer @xokat will be saying goodbye to the frustration she feels on weekday evenings/weekends when her body just… can’t. She’s trying to work on radical acceptance of her reality and hoping to save herself from the constant cycle of despair she experiences when her life doesn’t look quite like others!

Say adios to something below. 👋

#MightyMinute #CheckInWithMe #CheerMeOn #MentalHealth #Anxiety #Depression #ChronicPain #ChronicIllness #Disability #RareDisease #Caregiving #Grief #Autism #ADHD

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What’s one thing you can do for your mental health this week?

The concept of mental health is a little like tending to a veggie garden — you have to give it time, you have to gently nurture it along the way, and you have to prepare yourself for a downpour (or five). It takes work, it takes time. But when you’ve got the soil just right and the gem-colored veggies sprout and you get to eat them? Bliss! Because YOU did that. You grew something out of nothing. Mental health is the same way sometimes.

What can you do for yourself today? Tomorrow? This weekend? We’re here for it and are cheering you on. 🏆

#MentalHealth #MightyMinute #Selfcare #Anxiety #Depression #ChronicPain #ChronicIllness #RareDisease #Disability #CheckInWithMe #Grief #Trauma #Cancer #Autism #Caregiving

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Tell us about a time you stood up for yourself.

Hearing the success stories of others who stood up for themselves can be really comforting and motivating — especially if we’re trying to gather the courage to do it ourselves!

Mighty staffer @xokat says she felt really free when she set boundaries for how her weekends would be spent socially, and no longer packs the calendar when her health pays the price. Not everyone in life understands, but those opinions have ultimately spoke volumes about priorities!

Feel free to share your own story below. ⬇️

#52SmallThings #selfcare #CheckInWithMe #MentalHealth #Anxiety #Depression #ChronicPain #ChronicIllness #RareDisease #Disability #Caregiving #Parenting #Autism #Cancer #Grief #Trauma #ADHD

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What’s the easiest thing for you to keep track of when it comes to your health?

We often talk about how hard it is to manage all of the moving pieces when it comes to living with multiple health conditions (Mighty staffer @xokat often feels like she is playing a game of Chutes & Ladders). But we don’t often shout out the parts that we excel at!

Here are some ideas to get you thinking: tracking medications, scheduling appointments, organizing health care costs, sticking to a specific diet, always following through with your therapy or DBT homework.

What comes easily to you?

#MightyMinute #CheckInWithMe #MentalHealth #Anxiety #Depression #ChronicPain #ChronicIllness #RareDisease #Disability #Caregiving #Undiagnosed #Cancer #ADHD

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Need a distraction? Take our 10-15 minute community survey!

I was diagnosed with lupus last summer and it felt like my entire world cracked open. The seemingly disconnected symptoms and hospitalizations of the past decade clicked into place like plastic train tracks. It also made me feel like I spent over 10 years shouting into the void about what I was going through. Finally (finally!) someone listened, but it took far too long.

And that’s all too common in health care these days, where so many decisions are not sourced directly from patients and caregivers — they’re often assumptions spun up in a vacuum by medical professionals, politicians, insurance companies, and more.

At The Mighty, it’s our forever goal to change that dynamic by elevating the patient and caregiver voice. Our 10-15 minute Humanity in Health Care survey is one step closer to helping us do just that. (Here’s a perk: You’ll also be entered to win an Amazon gift card!)

✏️ If you have the energy, here’s the survey link (it’ll be open until March 10, so you have time!): survey.alchemer.com/s3/7726232/9b1b2b4d2add

P.S. Here are a few of the things we learned about Mighties in past surveys:

💰 77% of Mighties have difficulties paying for or covering costs related to managing their health.

💔 90% of us feel isolated from others due to our health condition(s).

🧺 71% of our community members have problems carrying out daily activities.

#CheckInWithMe #MightyTogether #DistractMe #CheerMeOn #MentalHealth #BipolarDisorder #Anxiety #Depression #Migraine #Lupus #RareDisease #Disability #Caregiving #Cancer #ADHD #Autism #Fibromyalgia

The Mighty's Annual Humanity in Health Care Survey

The Mighty's Annual Humanity in Health Care Survey.
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What do you find most challenging about advocating for your health needs?

Advocating for each of our unique health circumstances requires us to put ourselves out there, share, and communicate how we’re REALLY doing with those around us. This isn’t always easy, especially in spaces with lackluster medical professionals, toxic employers, or less supportive family and friends.

What do you find most challenging when it comes to advocating for your health?

#52SmallThings #MentalHealth #Anxiety #Depression #ChronicPain #ChronicIllness #RareDisease #Disability #CheckInWithMe #Cancer #Autism #ADHD #Caregiving #Trauma

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