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<p>Story Time</p>
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Needed Space...

.... to get the thoughts out of head & I'm not a fan of "notes" on the phone.

Here I sit in my car, church parking lot, due to work & the thoughts of anxiety are consuming so much space.
I've noticed the emotions since yesterday & allowed myself to just sit & recognize what my mind & body was trying to tell me.

Last Sunday I returned home from my very first out of state solo trip. Drove 13 hrs from AZ to CO & that was beyond needed. Idk why I allowed self-sabotage to control me for so long. Once I got back, I felt my depression creep in for a day or two. Got that under controlled.

This past Friday I felt my anxiety try to come & play during work. I fought it off due to being at work & not wanting to cause a scene. That night it was good. Went out & saw The Lion King Musical for the first time. Loved it. That calmed the nerves.

Today, I can feel every emotion trying to creep its way back in. I'm trying to remember techniques I've been shared yet some are not quite what is needed.

Tuesday is my session after having a week off. I can not wait for it. Much needed. This therapist has been such a blessing in disguise. Opened so many doors, good & bad, yet the bad has put a lot into perspective. Always looking for the positive in a negative situation. Always reasoning behind actions... I believe.

My mind & body is just full of so much right now. Trying to sit with everything yet trying to push some emotions to the side is exhausting. Remembering I'm at work is what's keeping me from crashing to my knees.

Ya'll, mental illness is not for the weak. This ish is hard.... & I will not be giving up nor giving in. I will come thru on top. I will define my life. This constant "battle" will not.

If you've made it thus far, you're the real mvp. I was just trying to calm thy thoughts the way I know how. Thank you. 🖤

#Anxiety #Depression #PTSD #Trauma #selfsabotage #Migraines #Healing #Therapy #Insomnia #Chatspace #CheckInWithMe #GAD

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Healing....

What are some techniques you are doing on this healing journey?

Inner child work.
Shadow work.
Self-Help Books

What are some advice, pointers, & suggestions you'd give someone who is on the journey who feels hopeless. Clueless. Weak. Unmotivated. & any other "negative" adjective.

Pinterest is only doing so much.
Therapy is helping yet some days sessions feel pointless.

Any & all help is greatly appreciated.
#Anxiety #Depression #Migraines #Chatspace #CheckInWithMe #undiagnoised #MentalHealth #Insomnia #Grief #Healing #Therapy #selfhelp #ShadowWork #innerchild #PTSD #Trauma

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Reflection Post

<p>Reflection Post</p>
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Therapy Decision..

So, my therapist told me yesterday during our session that she will be leaving this company at the end of the month & moving on to better opportunities with a new organization. Only thing, this new organization does not accept insurance & is out of pocket... ouch!

It's been 6 months of being on this therapy journey with my therapist. My first therapy rodeo & this happens. Ugh. I've seen a huge change within myself yet of course some days I fall back down. Therapy has been a huge help within my story & I'm forever thankful for my therapist to give me that push. She's been amazing these last 6 months.

The way my anxiety works is now I'm overthinking of my choices. Do I start all over again & open up to someone new? Do I follow my therapist knowing I won't be able to afford it or do I just cross the finish line of this journey & call it a win, even though some days don't feel like a win?

To my fellow mighties who are on this therapy journey & who have experienced something similar, how did y'all handle the news? Did you go with someone new? How was that? Did y'all end your journey even though you feel like it should have continued? Did you follow your therapist? I'd love to hear any & all experiences. I'd love to be given some pointers/advice..

I'm torn. & I know it's all up to me, but just hearing others go thru similar experiences will ease this anxiety of mine.

#Anxiety #Depression #Migraines #Chatspace #CheckInWithMe #undiagnoised #MentalHealth #Selflove #Therapy #PTSD #GAD #Insomnia #Grief #Healing

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Therapy Talk..

"I'm going to be switching organizations. I will no longer be with this company. I do know my new office does not accept insurance. It's out of pocket only..... "

Y'all, my therapist is moving on to better opportunities & I'm torn. Excited for her yet nervous for me. Confused as usual.

This month marks 6 months of being in therapy, EVER, & I've found such peace in this journey. In this therapist. I can see how much I've changed just in this short while & I owe some it to her.

Am I ready to start "over" with someone new? Will they keep on this path that my therapist & I have already created? Will I like this person? Feel "safe" (open up to) with this individual?
So. Many. Questions. In. My. Head.

Sadly, I can't afford out of pocket costs, which pisses me off for those of us who truly need these sessions yet can't due to finances, but that's for a whole different day/post.
Even if I do monthly sessions instead of bi-weekly, I feel as if I won't get much in... if that makes sense. Is there even that option to do monthly?!

For those of you who are down this therapy journey,
1: good for you for acknowledging that you need the help & taking that step of committing.

2: how did you handle the news of being told that you may be given a new therapists?
Or finding a new one on your own?
(This therapist was recommended to me)

All of this is new to me & I'm torn of what to do... anxiety on the other hand knows EXACTLY what to do. Lol.

Any & all pointers/advice are welcomed. Please & thank you.

#Anxiety #Depression #Migraines #Chatspace #CheckInWithMe #undiagnoised #MentalHealth #Insomnia #Grief #Therapy #PTSD #GAD

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Looking for surgery recovery memes #Surgery #Caregiver #Family #Support

My future daughter-in-law had surgery As a veteran mighty I thought funny recovering from surgery memes would be helpful. Please help me out by posting positive/supportive/encouragement/funny snarky memes I can share #liftmeup #Chatspace #Healing #Postop #Meme

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The Way My Mind Works...

.... is I'll think about an incident for days, especially if it triggered my nervous system.

That is how my wknd went. As much as I'd try to occupy my mind, it'd go back to Friday & how I was treated in front of my coworkers.

I wanna confront my boss & let her know how she handled the situation was wayy out of the "professional" box. She had NO right approaching me in the manner that she did. No boss should EVER approach their employees with the tone she used. We're ALL adults, you're a professional, we're NOT your child, you're NOT at home.

For someone whose NOT a fan of confrontation & shuts down in those moments due to trauma growing up & is going to therapy to better their life, how can they get past this & handle it without falling?! This scenario has played in my head ALL wknd. That's how bad it hurt. It's not the first time I've been belittled like that from this boss yet it was the first time in front of my coworkers... I can't talk with my main boss due to them making the situation about them & covering up for my other boss..

Working in a toxic environment hurts my head. Trying to escape this is rough right now. Looking for a better opportunity is challenging due to my financial demands being too "strong" for what is out there.

How can I approach this situation where I dont look like the weak link when in reality, it's my boss whose the weak link? How do I approach a person who will argue with you til they're dead of having to be right, when they're clearly not. How can I let my main boss know about this situation without her belittle me?

My anxiety has been thru the roof this wknd. Of all wknds my therapist is out of the office too. Going into work tmrw is not what I wanna do. I don't even wanna see my boss's face yet she needs to know what she did wrong..

To say I'm lost would be an understatement..

#Anxiety #Depression #Migraines #Chatspace #CheckInWithMe #undiagnoised #MentalHealth #Insomnia #Trauma #ToxicWorkEnviroment #Therapy #PTSD #GAD #MentallyExhausting

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Constant Voices...

..... in my head!

Now that I don't work Saturdays after working wknds for 2 yrs on top of my m-f job, my body is yelling at me to keep moving. I know I need to accept the fact that resting is okay but y'all, it's hard!

I'm stressing a bit due to finances being cut a lil but with my main job, I'll be okay within a couple of months. Finances is my biggest adult flaw. I'm sure it's yours as well. Growing up in a 1 man income, I saw the struggle & told myself I will not struggle. I will be comfortable in my finances.

Looking around at my apartment & all I see is a "mess" even though it's not THAT messy. I see art projects being piled up yet the motivation hasn't been there for a couple of months now. I see myself falling into a "lazy" phase yet again & I do not like it. Laundry needs to be folded after a few months in the basket. Dishes need to be done after a few days in the sink. How am I suppose to grow & heal if I'm not growing & just sitting? How am I suppose to heal if all I am is hard on myself? This journey is not easy, that's for sure.

It's the voices that are killing me. I know what I'm capable of doing... or am I? I'm always getting inside my head. Negative self talk. Sabotaging the positive. Gaslighting myself. Feeling guilty. All of those harsh demons..

How does one get out of this rut? I'm done being so "down" on myself. I want change. I need change. Consistency is key, I know but some days it lacks hardcore. That's yet another flaw of mine. I'll start & then slack weeks later.

Aye! Does any of this even make sense? I don't even know anymore. This has been on my mind this wknd. Had to share to calm the nerves.

🤷🏼‍♀️😑🖤

#Anxiety #Depression #Migraines #Chatspace #CheckInWithMe #undiagnoised #MentalHealth #Insomnia #Grief #GAD #PTSD #Healing #negativevoices

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Self Explanatory..

When you've had a mentally crazy day, weeks, & month you document that ish. You let that vulnerability side shine. You educate ppl about how mental illness is different for everyone who battles that demon..

IT happened today. Anxiety attack IN my classroom. Thankfully, I knew it was about to happen so I called for one of my bosses to come in & let me go calm down. I'm usually pretty solid when my normal co-teachers are out but today had other plans. Did it get better after that mini break you wonder... absolutely NOT! That overwhelming feeling lingered til I clocked out. Trying anything & everything to stay calm for my students was a work within itself. They knew I wasn't myself.... and in all honesty, THAT broke my heart. Being told to "relax" was brutal. That is ONE phrase I HATE when I'm in this state of mind.

Once I got in my car, it's as if a weight was lifted off my shoulders & I just wanted to sprinkle some strength water on my cheeks & let it fall down, but I told myself NOT in work parking lot. The drive home was something, that's for sure. It was filled with meditation music on low & windows down. Did it help, one hundred percent.

Am I embarrassed that I had to ask for help, absolutely. Do I know it's okay to ask for help, especially when it involves my mental frame at work, absolutely... BUT, the way my anxiety works is, it feeds my brain shame. Embarrassment. Weakness. Guilt. All the negative energy possible.

Today, this post is dedicated to you. You're the real mvp. I have given you the towel for the rest of the night. You win. Tmrw tho, that's my day! The towel is mine!

If you've made it this far, thank you for listening. For anyone battling days like this, you're not the weakest link, remember that! There's always sunshine after the darkness. ALWAYS!!

#Anxiety #Migraines #GAD #AnxietyAttacks #Overwhelming #MentalHealth #Chatspace #CheckInWithMe

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