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Shifting Focus: Moving Past Triggers and Finding Positives

My heart is racing and there is a tightening in my chest. I can't breathe. I feel out of control and beyond scared. I am panicked. I feel lightheaded and dizzy. I have a headache. What's happening? I'm not manic. I never feel this way when I'm manic. I'm triggered. I try to picture myself in a safe place where my abusers aren't present but just the thought of them and what they did take over my mind and send me into a panic. I want to move past this. I want to enjoy things. So I have to shift my focus.

I don't think I'll ever move past all my triggers because some are unavoidable. I have to accept that and take it in stride. Therapy and medications can only manage the condition but I believe it is also a mindset. Whenever I start to feel overwhelmed I redirect my attention and thought challenge my negative thoughts. Sadly I tend to think the worst most of the time but if I just shift my focus to more positive things then I can work with my triggers. I can go to places that I want to go to.

If I choose to work with my triggers rather then against them then I can accomplish my goals. Shifting focus can also help me to see positives in life too. When my Bipolar Depression kicks in it makes it harder to see the positives. Even then I can find something to be grateful for.

Showing myself grace when I do get depressed and triggered is one of the ways I can help myself learn, heal and grow. I urge all of you to shift your focus and show yourself some grace. It's been 4 years of healing from years of abuse but the more I shift my focus the more I can accelerate my healing. I am no where near completely healed but I can say that I am getting there each day. I pray that all of you can do the same. Love and light to you all.

#PTSD #BipolarDisorder #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #SexualAbuse #EmotionalAbuse #positive #Life #Healing #focus #Depression #Anxiety #triggers #TherapySkills #peace #Love #Spirirtuality

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Idiots Guide to The Serenity Prayer

Grant me the serenity to accept everything that isn't me
The courage to change anything that is me
And the presence of mind to recognize the difference #serenityprayer #bepresent #focus

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Keep myself busy.

I've learned over time how important hobbies are to me. Even after learning that I then had to learn how to work on one thing at a time. I'm not perfect at it but I try. I recently made this "Steal Your Face" with my 3D pen. Classic Grateful Dead artwork. I did it in 2 days which for me is quite an accomplishment. It's not the level of skill but rather that I put all my focus into accomplishing one thing at a time. Keep your eye on the prize.
#AdultADHD #ADHD #Bipolar #Anxiety #Manic #depressive #Mania #Depression #Recovery #drugaddict #alcoholic #focus

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#ADHD #OtherMentalHealth #focus

I think one of the biggest problems ADHD people face is transitioning. Whether it is having to leave the house to go to a doctor's appointment or whether it is coming home from that doctor's appointment and needing to sit down and work. Changing from one thing to another is very difficult for ADHDers to do. At this very moment, it is 5:15 pm where I am. It takes me forever to get to sleep, consequently, I don't get up until the day is half over. I don't have the energy to pick up a thing.

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#ADHD #MentalHealthHero #MentalHealth #focus

My ADHD starts telling my brain the list of triggers that then having me procrastinating and making excuses. I’m not ready because I need to do this, I need this before I can start, etc. That would and still does hurl me down a rabbit hole. The only thing that I have found that helps is one of two things. One is just to sit down and start doing it or two just sit down, see if it can be broken down into parts, and start it. It is horrible and people without ADHD have a very hard time understanding this part.

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Music is vital medicine

Music has always been my comfort. It may change, but I can always stay with any artist or song since music never dies. I love so many different types of music.
Right now my saving grace is What Makes You Country by Luke Bryan.
#Music #stressrelief #artist #focus #Calming #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #Paranoia #BipolarDisorder #Insomnia

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True Motivation #Motivation #Depression #ADHD #focus #Mindfulness #beingpresent

Rushing and working more willfully to the finish line won't make the finish line come faster because the finishing line becomes the starting line

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Do you use your phone for distracting bad thoughts?

Am I the only one? I’m on my phone a lot. It helps my brain to focus on one thing. Otherwise my brain would get disoriented. My thoughts jump from one thing to another and a lot of times to thinking of very bad things I could do to myself.

Of course, I stop on certain times like driving, eating or talking to someone.
People think I’m rude. At this point I don’t care. I have no time or effort explaining to everyone why I’m always on my phone. I’m honestly just keeping myself safe.
#Anxiety #focus #Depression #Selfcare


I hate answering the phone cuz it requires the mental focus to carry on a conversation? Anyone else only texts? #Fatigue #chronic #focus #Pain

#adrenal fatigue #ADHD