We are growing fast …just passed 2,200 members a few months ago and are at 2,222 today and growing strong! (If you are not a member yet please consider joining us!) This is really exciting to me, we have all put in the effort and as a community we have grown, flourished and have built a sacred place where I hope you all feel at home! You have shown you care for each other, are there for each other and trust each other. This makes me very happy and proud. I envisioned the group would be a place where members would empathize with each other, ask for support, and offer support to others. When we are operating smoothly this experience is so exciting to watch spread & expand.
However, to be honest, I have been very frustrated that there is less activity recently and as our membership grows steadily the number of comments & replies has actually diminished. Our old co-leader Chris is no longer with the group and we need to have others step up and make up for her commitment to regularly respond to posts and comments. This means a collective effort from everyone in the group! I have had numerous layers of serious physical & mental health challenges recently and have had to step back and focus on self-care. This is a time when you can all help me by checking in here and see if there are new posts and hopefully respond.
My last post about hobbies with the image of all the colorful people doing different fun things only got ONE response. And Laura made a great post about disability after that and it got only two responses. When new members have the courage to open up and introduce themselves we want them to feel welcome and supported. Please especially respond if you share some similar health challenges and hopefully offer acknowledgement and encouragement!
This is OUR group everybody and it functions best when members support other members. We all have our varied health histories and with them the knowledge and wisdom we’ve garnered along the way! PLEASE let’s share these with each other. This communal empathy and understanding makes us strong.
Offering your own posts provides more content for the group and can generate great conversations. Write about if you are struggling and need support, encouragement and/or information. Write about how great things are going and share things that are helping you. Pose a question to the group which can excite others to chip in. Or just share a great meme you have found. It can be really powerful for others to see your post as they can then empathize and relate! I would be happy to support your effort if you want to run things by me before you post, I can help finding memes or images if you like, and I will comment on your posts to get the responses going to best support your efforts. I’m here for you and really enjoy the whole process, so please reach out to me if you need assistance or encouragement. I have made well over 100 posts since I started the group and learned a lot along the way! (Please scroll down back in time to find my other posts, you might find some of them helpful😉)
I believe in the power we have as a group and the community we have built. I am so thankful you have joined us and we are all on this journey together!
P.S. ✡️Happy Rosh Hashanah✡️ -The Jewish New Year. May today mark a time of new beginnings for us all.🌦️⛅️🌤️☀️
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Typically when people think of self-care, they think of: getting enough sleep, exercising, eating well, taking a nap, meditating, taking a bath or shower, or even going to a spa. But what if a rock concert is more your speed? Or Rockclimbing? Bowling? Backpacking? Fishing? Gardening? Deep cleaning? We are each our own person. What works for you may not work for others, or vice versa. There is no “right” answer as to what hobbies can and do improve our mental health. By sharing what helps you, hopefully other members will be inspired to explore those or other new activities!
I like listening to or making music on my drum. Recently I’ve found listening to podcasts can be very enthralling…entertaining and even educating! At the beginning of Covid Stay at Home I got some Legos and making things with them was fun and a great distraction…so it was a new creative hobby …and using colored pencils filling in mandalas and tattoo flash in adult coloring books (yes, they have these! They can be quite intricate and challenging …or simple) These were surprisingly therapuetc and calming! I love taking the time to create something, finish it, step back, and see the end result of my efforts. It can make me feel really good…proud, accomplished and empowered!
What have you found works for you?
Here’s a quick check-in for if you’re feeling self-conscious about your preferences…
Q: Does [insert hobby here] help you when you’re down?
Conclusion: Then you’re doing it right, my friends! I am so glad you have found things that help you. Keep exploring to find new hobbies to expand your possibilities and new ways that you can turn to when you’re down or need a boost!
Please share those hobbies activities below — let’s see who has similar ones, or maybe ideas people haven’t thought about but will help them too!
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Misspell a word? Leave out a detail that you really want the community to know about? Anxious that you overshared and need to delete a line or two? Want to add or edit a hashtag?
Since we launched our Mighty social platform, I have dreamed of the day I could announce that we have post editing... and guess what, friends? THE TIME IS NOW!
A few things you should know about the feature:
👩💻 Editing is only for posts, not comments
💬 Only text can be edited once a post is made
📸 If you want to edit or add a photo, you’ll need to make a new post
This feature is so perfect for:
🥺 Those of us with anxious brains
🧠 People who live with brain fog
👋 New members who are learning how the site works
📱 P.S. If you don’t see the functionality on your app, you’ll need to update it via the App or Google Play Store!
A lot of us have a love-loathe relationship with inspirational quotes. Oftentimes, they feel a little too dismissive of things like trauma and illness. So we wanted to do something different by writing affirmations based on the different emotions that the people in our community face. We hope you’ll find that they strike the right chord between inspiration and realism.
A key things to note about the feature:
💌 There are two main ways to share them with others — you can make a post inside of our Mighty community OR you can share it externally on social media, by text, or by email (the post card will allow you to copy the link).
💖 I wrote all of the affirmations so far (I hope you love them), but it’s my dream to have you all contribute to our collection in the future… so stay tuned about opportunities to do so!
⏰ Affirmations will be refreshed at midnight each day. So when you return to The Mighty the next day, you’ll be able to select a new emotion.
💾 Be sure to save affirmations you love so you can find them later.
📵 Not loving the feature? That’s OK! You can turn it off in your “Preferences” (it’ll be in the tab with DMs in your profile menu). You can also toggle it off on your home feed if you get a little tired of seeing it.
📲 P.S. If you’re using The Mighty app and can’t find the new affirmation feature at the top of your feed, that means you need to update to the latest version (you can find it in the app store).
🪲 Note: Technical bugs can be more common when new functionality is released, so don’t be shy about emailing email@example.com if you spot one! Here’s our help page too, in case you need it: intercom.help/themighty/en/articles/7035200-daily-affirmations
It’s not all about survival, there is a lot of living to do along the way. Although at times I feel like I am just treating one ailment after another, all day every day (which is true right now) I’ve decided why take all the time and energy it takes to survive everything unless I don’t enjoy how the time given to me by surviving is ripe for good times too.
Recently I have mostly been homebound except to go to health appointments… doctors, PT & OT, clinics, therapy etc. and then only with a walker and the benefit of handicapped parking spots. But I try to continue to celebrate the gifts I have in life, be thankful for the blessings I have that make life just a little more bearable and remind myself of what I’ve been through, how I’ve survived and what I’ve learned from these experiences. If I consider all this, then I must be a very wise man 😉 I may have dropped out of college but I have a Masters degree from the School of Hard Knocks … the diploma is not needed, I know I have accomplished it and need no reminder…I’m still alive after all!
Tough times have given me the chance to tap into my inner strength and I’ve also grown along the way. I don’t have to wait to celebrate the good times when I am experiencing some right now despite what I’m going through!
Thank you all for the love, support, thoughts and prayers, I certainly couldn’t have done this alone!
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There is no life living in the past.
We have to carry on, we have to continue through at times the storms of struggles, and we have to move towards what was already planned for us before we were born. It’s time to move forward and get rid of your ex Depression and welcome your new relationship with Happiness .❤️.
Great article that talks about the importance of good bedside manner, doctors that listen, checking your insurance at the start of your search, asking good questions and do your homework of course! It has lots of good ideas especially at the end under “Finding a good fit”…like…
“…During that first visit, think about how the doctor and office staff make you feel, HHS advises. If the doctor doesn’t make you feel comfortable, show respect for what you have to say, know your medical history, and spend enough time with you, then they might not be the one for you.”
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