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    Answering My Own Question

    It was apparently a very long time since I posted. When I saw my username was Helen Risdon, it startled me. I wondered how to change it because it hasn’t been that legally since 2015.

    A shout out to The Mighty App building leadership team. It was easy to figure out how to change it & put a picture that uplifts me. I hope it uplifts you.

    By joining the “Distract Me” group today, it did accomplish that. Now it is time to get back to the serious purpose that I was trained & gifted to accomplish in my retirement years…connecting to others who are taking massive action to weave the equitable, respectful foundational, inflation-proof, Caring & Sharing Economy. That sounds just like all who Dreamed Up & took action to launch or participate in The Mighty App! I am “Grandmothering In” anyone who wants to learn with, and from, each other. That is how to have the best life possible moment to moment! I call those kind of volunteer people “Wellness Weavers”. Everyone of us are “The Mighty Wellness Weavers”. Here’s a hand-drawn graphic on a weathered board that represents us...and the Global2local GreenBiz WOMAN, the Wellness Oriented Mutual Aid Network of businesses & nonprofits that connect their present-future& retired employees, affiliates, customers about #TheMighty #WellnessWeavers and our #Empowerment model that addresses #attitude #Positivity #ShiftOurFocus #Outcomes #LivingResearch #cer (Comparative Effective Research) for those who want #Support to process our #aces1 (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and our #ACEs2 (Adult Crisis Experiences)

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    Have you ever been called a name by a bully? I used my nurses’ training, study of wholistic wellness that included the knowledge, skills, attitudes for stress resiliency & management. My Child Care Health studies helped me go be a more helpful school nurse when kids were dealing with bullies. It was the CDC’s “ACEs Study” that helped me realize that kids who are being some version of abused, exploited, neglected, lied about or lied to become the bullies. When we can help connect the bullies to the help they need to process their trauma, we can help them break free of the downward spiral that has physical, intellectual, mental, social, spiritual, occupational, & financial consequences. It is more fun to dress up as a “Fairy Godmother, Toothfairy” and ask people what they need, want, wish or pray for. Then I can tap into my training like any conscientious nurse, social worker, mom, grandmother, friend would do to walk along side as you are connected to a solid, helpful action step.

    People who make a lot of money selling prescription or street drugs, or receiving the insurance premiums, deductibles, co-pays, and self-pays like that status quo & called me a name with the initials “PB”. I will give you a clue, instead of being insulted I embraced it and replied, “You are right! I must apply every bit of psychology that I have learned from very smart people & the best TV shows of Private Investigators that solved crimes that others couldn’t. You can also bet that I will turn into a superhero & fly into action to protect the Underdogs & any pups that are being tricked & lead astray to be abused, exploited, neglected, & abandoned!”

    What are you wishing for? #Hope #Perspective #Empowerment #attitude #Humor #whatsYourWish

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    Broken Heart only unconditional Love can heal. Dog is God in reverse.

    This past June 2022 I lost my most loyal best friend who was with me, encouraging and lifting me each day to do better and be better.
    She was the most perfectly imperfect dog, with special needs herself due to trauma and we made it through 13yrs and 2months. She jogged with me up to two days before losing the ability to hold herself up sitting and having seizures hourly.
    I have treatment resistant Major depression GAD social anxiety ADD and not in the best environment for recovery and growth.

    SHE was all I needed. She loved me unconditionally even when I could not bare to get out of bed.
    I began TMS treatment in 2020 and have had 3 treatments 36 sessions each.
    I must have tried every medicine available over a decade and on absurd amounts bc nothing helped.

    The TMS allowed me to lower one of my highest main antidepressants by half which was a miracle.
    My Angelpup was my reason to keep going. I wanted to give her the best I could give and coming home after treatment seeing kissing loving her was all I needed to get through the day.

    I have now been without a dog since June 2022 and I’m barely holding on. I wake up and my Heart feels painfully empty.
    I reside with family for the last decade and they were not interested in educating themselves on mental health to understand me.

    My only Mercy over these tormented years was my pup.
    My environment contributes negatively to my mental health but I cannot escape it.

    I was let go from 2 different jobs after two years with each of them bc I couldn’t keep up when my emotions were running the show.
    I am a HSP (highly sensitive person) check out the documentary on Amazon prime video on The Untold story of HSP. Gives incredible insight.

    People I reside with see nothing wrong with my physical appearance or suggest disability or struggle, therefore they believe I’m riding the gravy train, being lazy and intentionally unproductively sad all the time.

    Now that I’m alone (no dog, no husband, no children, no career, no gift or talent skill that could help me support myself).
    I am truly alone.

    These family landlords decided dogs would no longer be allowed. (Bc they want me so uncomfortable that I leave to go anywhere that won’t reflect shame on the family.)

    My pup was the only certainty of love unconditionally in my life without judgement.
    I don’t know if visiting the SPCA is enough anymore bc I cannot keep or connect bond with dogs I can not take home.
    I have no income bc mental health has sabotaged any attempts I made to work.
    I’m barely hanging on now. I wake up and have no Heart to put into improving my life bc without a partner- specifically a dog.
    I am so alone and my Heartbeat was meant to be in sync with another heartbeat.
    She got me out of bed exercise martial arts walking yoga etc but without her by my side I haven’t been doing selfcare.
    I try to be invisible bc those without understanding of mental health conditions are always negative and feels like being beat down.

    Dogs are our direct connection to God’s unconditional love on earth and without that bond I am lost and disappearing.

    How do I break out of this circumstance to be able to bond with a dog for inspiration and courage when the home owners will not allow another dog bc they want me to leave and will not make any accommodations that I need for my mental health?
    I’ve never been so alone feeling unloved and unwanted in my life.
    I’ve been searching for work, gone on interviews, enlisted the help of the MHA mental health association and see a wonderful therapist that without her and my dog I would not be alive today.
    I need an emotional support pet ESP and have hit a dead end of options.
    Does anyone know of any legit remote work to refer?
    Does anyone know where to get a dog for low or no cost to adopt or foster?
    I just need a canine to have a Glimmer of Hope to keep going.
    I’m also looking for “my people” or “my tribe”. I Hope the Mighty can be my tribe/people.

    Does anyone have any suggestions, words or ideas for encouragement that can help me manage my health conditions with no support and most vitally get a dog?

    Are there programs of any kind for job training placement, placement of an ESP and anyone with depression living their best life what advice would you give?

    #Depression #MajorDepressiveDisorder #EmotionalSupportAnimal #Empowerment #GettingHelp #EmotionalSupportDog #TherapyDog #dog #Anxiety #hopeless #MentalHealth #MentalHealthDays #Loneliness #help #HowTo #MajorDepression #SituationalDepression


    Self-Compassion: A Therapy Technique for Negative Thoughts

    #lifesuprise #Empowerment #eachoneteachone #namaste



    Mindfulness, mental health and neurodiversity.

    I have always struggled with my mental health since being a young child, and have never understood myself, my triggers, or my needs.

    About a year ago I named my borderline personality disorder "Sandra" to differentiate between my normal emotions and my BPD.

    Today I got told that "Sandra" hasn't been seen for a bit, Sandra has been there she's always there and I am not better, but when it was confirmed that I do have sensory issues things began to slot into place for me, instead of fighting the noise in my head, and screaming at it, and hating it and hoping it would just go away, I learnt by doing this I was just empowering it, so instead I am simply trying to observe and learn my triggers, and watch the noise in my head, and simply observe it, observe the changes and the things I can control and the things I can not.

    It is helping me to not fight the noise anymore, fighting the noise never brought me peace.

    ........ I probably made that sound like it was so easy and that it is easy but it's not, I still have days when I hear the noise, when I feel the noise and where I can't observe it, most days are bad, multiple times a day I still have Sandra I still hear it I still live through it but I am learning what I can control and what I can't control.

    I'm doing this through acceptance, I am not afraid to be different, to be quirky, and I am no longer afraid of what people may or may not think about me.

    I exercise 3 times a week at my local Crossfit box, and I go even on the days I didn't want to get out of my bed, these are the days I need to observe the noise the most.

    But please never hate yourself the way I have over my lifetime, it hasn't served any purpose, it just empowered my bad brain and made the strong side too quiet, I forgot who I was.

    It's about finding myself, gaining confidence and empowering the positive part of my brain.

    #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #SPD #Empowerment #Life #Happiness #Mindfulness

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    Doomed, or empowered?

    Late [Self] diagnosis of a condition that has been with you since birth can be both scary and empowering. I realized I had a similar learning to kids diagnosed with autism or adhd, among other conditions. For me, I found the process extremely cathartic. Once I realized why I am the way I am, I began to feel more in control of my life and where my future was headed. Has anyone else had a similar epiphany? #LateDiagnosis #AdultDiagnosis #SelfDiagnosis #Empowerment


    The Role Models - A Symbol Of Hope In Mental Health

    Hi, everyone. I am looking for individuals on The Mighty who care about their mental health and are working towards self-improvement every day. Whether you are meditating, going to school, working, or even at home playing video games, the point is that you are doing it all to maintain your mental wellness. If you are interested in sharing your stories, writing inspirational thoughts about coping, or even just want to show your art to the world, feel free to join The Role Models. It is not about performing your best, it is about being open with others and sharing empowerment for others to learn from. So, come, and let's support each other. 😊 #Support #Rolemodels #inspirational #Motivational #Empowerment

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    Okay, I’ve genuinely felt liberated ever since I just stopped caring so much about the word “Crazy”. It is somehow a bad thing to be, like a terrible quality or trait in a person and yet every DJ you’ll ever hear of will scream “LET’S GO CRAZY!” as if it’s just the rave version of a yoga instructor talking to you about reaching nirvana- as if it is awesome and a cool thing.

    My personal example: I have snacks and some bubbles in my purse, even when I’m not with my nephews or planning on being around kids. I skip down the street and blow bubbles and I don’t care if someone thinks that I’m crazy because of a few reasons:

    1.) They now have a fun occurrence to mention when someone asks about their day. (“Yeah this girl complimented my jacket and then blew bubbles and skipped to the Starbucks a few blocks down, crazy!”)

    2.)If that makes my day better? Awesome. I’m not hurting anyone, I’m not getting hurt because I took those five letters and decided that it’s fine- crazy is crazy, who cares! My ex is calling me crazy? In what way? Am I “Mental”?! Because people say that about funny stuff too! The people you think are crazy at work still get the job done… don’t they? Why not shift gears and have some crazy time (safely!).

    3.) I have a mental illness, if this is how I want to act, how I want to feel seen or heard or just a total 180° for the day as DBT or just because I need a little while to not be me… it’s nobody else’s business.

    Be weird, be crazy, be unique, take power away from words thrown at you like you’re a teenager saying “I know you are but what am I?”

    Enjoy the power of taking back those labels…if people are gonna label you- make it worth their while and get a slice of the fun out of it.

    I have #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder and as for my thoughts on the label of being crazy to those who stigmatize- that’s my philosophy, and it’s helped me through traumas and dramas and everything I have to put up with. So reclaim your crazy! You can be boring later. #Crazy #words #Empowerment #reclaim

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    Heartwarming video🥰

    I thought this was worth sharing with you all.
    I came across the original post which was posted by Russell Cairns on a group called Subtle Asian Traits


    It was worth watching because it shows how regardless of who you are, your age, no matter what obstacles your life throws at you....
    each and everyone of us should be given an opportunity to thrive in life, have fun and learn something new!

    #DeafCommunity #Deafness