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Hi, I know this is a bit outdated but just thought ya'll might want to share pics of your decorated tables, for whatever, Valentines is coming up, have you crafted anything? ANY DELICIOUS valentine recipes to steal our hearts away? IT'S not just about chocolate, you know. #seasonal #ambiance #nourish #Family health #Christmas #Food #home #Relationships #guests #Friendship #Housework

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All the best this Christmas, Fellow Mighties. 🌲🌲🎅

To anyone struggling right now for whatever reason, we are all here together to celebrate Christmas together, and to love and support each other.

Also, a quote from a little story that many know. #conqueryourmind #MentalHealth #Anxiety #Depression #Loneliness #Grief #Christmas #AutismSpectrumDisorder

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Christmas Message 🎅🏼🪅🎄 #BipolarDisorder #Christmas

Firstly I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. I know it can be difficult for people to cope with stuff at Christmas. I personally have had to make excuses to not attend Christmas Markets and also meeting up for drinks at the pub. I’m not comfortable in crowded places or interested in interacting with anyone. Even typing about it makes me feel anxious.

If you’re either Manic or Depressive at the moment then this will be consuming and distracting. On the bright side of being manic, it’s only one more sleep until 2024 😂

Joking apart, it’s an occasion that everyone is involved with and they expect you to be too. When you are struggling to get out of your bed and dressed, then you aren’t concerned with decorating the tree, doing the shopping or wrapping presents. I’m sure you will all have your thoughts and experiences with Christmas and New Year too. Please feel free to share them in the comments.

#MentalHealth #BipolarDepression #MightyTogether

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Boundaries

As we draw closer to Christmas it’s easy to get caught up in the pressure of the season. In Australia we refer to this as “the silly season”. People drive badly, tempers can fray and people do silly things because they are so distracted.

Christmas Day at my home is a significant event. Lots of food, laughter and many different family groups. Anyone who doesn’t have family around will be joining us, no one need be alone Christmas Day.

However, there can be tensions at Christmas. Relatives we would prefer not to engage with can be present. There is pressure to overspend and have a “magical” time. Throw alcohol into the mix and it’s can be disaster.

During this season let’s prioritise our own wellbeing and don’t give out to the extent we are emotionally depleted. Boundaries are not selfish, they are necessary self care.

Have a great Christmas, but amongst it all, look after yourself. You are worth it.

#Depression #Anxiety #Relationships #Christmas #FamilyAndFriends #MentalHealth

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A Christmas Kiss 😘 🎅🏼🎄 #BipolarDisorder #BipolarDepression

Sending you all some virtual love this Christmas by way of a kiss under the mistletoe. I hope you all have a splendid time

#Christmas #MightyTogether #MentalHealth

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A project I actually completed ❤️ #CPTSD

I wanted to buy my granddaughter an advent calendar- but they are pretty rubbish and very commercial and not very exciting. I had these boxes lying around waiting to be transformed in to my herb box for my kitchen …(didn’t happen) but instead I was inspired and created/decorated an “advent calendar”.
I can hardly express the joy I felt doing this for her- I filled each box with little chocolates & surprises for each day leading up to Christmas, and I then realised that this creation can be recycled each year and who knows may one day be a family heirloom 🤣 #Joy #Family #Christmas

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It’s beginning to look like Christmas #Hope #Depression #Anxiety #Christmas #Relationships #FamilyAndFriends #MentalHealth

Christmas can be a time of many mixed emotions. For me too. Once if the best ways I have found to successfully navigate the season is by giving to others.

On Christmas we will have all sorts of people around for lunch. Family, people on their own and whoever else shows up. It will be a feast.

Each year my church gives away almost a thousand Christmas presents to children in hospital, children of prison inmates, children whose Mums are in refuges and so many more. This is what will go to a children’s hospital. So proud of my congregation.

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Christmas is coming #Depression #Anxiety #PTSD #Christmas #FamilyAndFriends #Relationships #MentalHealth

Christmas is getting closer. Here in Australia there are some predictive things that generally occur in the lead up to Christmas. There will be more car accidents, domestic violence, self harm incidents and financial stress.

This can be attributed to extreme heat, alcohol, having to see people you generally avoid and the biggest factor is unrealistic expectations about what Christmas will be like.

As a Pastor, Christmas for me is mostly about Jesus, but consumerism has led us to believe Christmas means everything will be smooth sailing and fun, and everything will be perfect.

Perhaps it’s time to lower our expectations and if it’s all wonderful, we can be pleasantly surprised.

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