I can get pretty bad social anxiety these days, and I always fear people will say “What have you been up to…?” I know they would mean well, but the honest answer would be that I've been busy going to doctors, PT & therapy appointments..and practicing self care… treating pain in four parts of my body, off & on for hours each day. But I really don't want our conversation to focus on discussing this…as I often feel a need to explain further, answer the inevitable questions and hear their concern, and often sympathy I’m definitely not looking for!
Even if people say positive things like “You look great!” I think… if they only knew how I feel INSIDE…(I have been dealing with numerous Invisible Illnesses)
Can you relate to these?
What would you like people to stop asking? What have people said that you felt was callous, unsympathetic or uncaring? What words have been the most hurtful?
When you are struggling, what can people say that would help the most? How can they let you know they’ve got your back? What if you could have someone say (or not say) anything you want to make you feel better…What would you want to hear?
Please share your responses to the question(s) that speak to you the most ….your experiences, and what you would (and wouldn't!) like to hear. I find that in hearing other members' responses to them they often could basically be telling my story and we are on similar journeys. I have found this opportunity to empathize with each other here helps me feel less alone!
👍We just went soaring past 2,500 members!👍 It seems that I just posted about 2,222 so recently. I am humbled and grateful that you all have joined me here and are sharing this journey connecting with each other! It’s become more than I even imagined when I started this group a few years ago…let’s keep asking for support, offering it, and empathizing & being there for each other! 🤗🤝👏🤝🙌🤝🤗
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Have you ever wondered what you are living with day in day out and what it actually is? Not the response that you display due to its impact but what is causing things. I’ve attached below the thoughts I’ve had about my Bipolar that aren’t altering the fact that it annoys me every single second of every single day but it distracts me from it for a short while actually thinking of it
Need a break from your family or symptoms? Consider this post your one-stop Mighty shop for this week.
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📚 Our story collections are also a great way to get some creative or practical ideas to distract yourself, especially during this time of year.
Here are a few of our favorites:
Need a Distraction?
Distractions for High Pain Days:
What’s considered a necessity has changed over the years. In fact, a recent study by the Pew Research Center asking Americans what they can’t live without found that the list has grown (you can check that out here if you’re interested: www.pewresearch.org/social-trends/2006/12/14/luxury-or-necessity/).
But for the sake of this prompt, let’s consider that “necessities” in your life are however you define them. Aside from those, we want to know one item or product you couldn’t go a day without. A special heating pad? A wearable or weighted blanket? A white noise machine? A do-it-all water bottle?
Share your must-haves in the comments below!