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Don’t feel much like me

It’s been over a month and a half since my little dog passed on. Just writing that brings tears to my eyes and a lump in my throat.

I thought about applying for another little dog but I feel like that is betraying Oscar somehow. At the same time, I don’t feel financially secure to have another furbaby.

Struggling to pay the bills even with a just over minimum wage job is heavy. COVID blew away our savings just for survival. The gross increase in prices makes everything so much worse. I know the supply chain was affected badly. I know there is a ripple effect. I also know it takes time to balance. What I don’t believe is that many businesses and any governments will lower prices for survivability of the average people.

I want to do something. I want to have some meaning in this life because without Oscar, I’m truly nothing. I don’t want others to feel this way. I want to create something wonderful to share. I want to wake up in the morning and not worry.

#Depression #Anxiety #Grief #TherapyPets #JustBreathe

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Gaslighting Oneself

People gaslight others..Have you ever gaslighted yourself? I know I have. Stop criticizing yourself, be kind. Realize that blame for whatever, can be for others. We should not accept responsibility for certain things that happened, things that, weren’t our fault or things that are the result of another’s toxic behavior. We can be our own worst critics. We can lie to ourselves. It’s damaging for one’s own self-confidence for one’s own psyche. #Gaslighting #Selfblame we need #Selfconfidence #Breathe #JustBreathe #affirmations #PTSD #Survivor #MentalHealth #Depression #IfYouFeelHopeless #TheMighty

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In The Meantime

In view of everything that’s gone on lately in our world, I ran across this #Poem and it just seemed to be what I needed today. #Breathe #JustBreathe #Healing #HealingVoices #Poetry #vibes #PTSD #Depression #Grief

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B is for Breathing


Mental health, anxiety, depression, stress, PTSD.

Breathing is an automatic bodily response, to take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide; it's something we mainly do without much thought - but in times of pain, anxiety and stress it is our automatic response to hold our breath, or breath shallowly and fast.

We can utilise our breaths and use breathing techniques to help with mindfulness or grounding exercises.

Breath training can also make us feel more physically well by ensuring we have an optimum oxygen intake at rest or while exercising.

Some examples of different breathing exercises to try are given below. Start with small and realistic goals of how many times, and for how long, you want to practice - you may find it useful to schedule in timeslots throughout the day/week (maybe just starting with just a couple of minutes each time). Some techniques can even be practised whilst waiting for the kettle to boil or whenever you have a minute or so to spare.

1. Breathing focus technique:

(A mindfulness tool, can reduce stress and anxiety).

* Choose a focus word that makes you feel relaxed, smile or is neutral (eg. "Peace", "relax" or "ocean").

* Sit or lie down in a comfortable place and position.

* Without changing how you are breathing, bring awareness to your breaths.

* Take a normal breath, followed by a deep breath and continue to alternate - notice how the breaths feel and the differences.

* Place a hand just under your belly button, keeping relaxed, notice how it rises and falls.

* Using only deep breaths, sigh on each exhale, as loud as you can, keeping your focus word in mind.

* Think about the imagery surrounding that word - how it may bring a wave of calm on each inhale.

* Consider how each exhale may expel tension, stress and anxiety.

(Start by practising for just several minutes and try to build up to around 10+ minutes each session).

2. Pursed lip breathing:

(Useful when exercising to make a deliberate effort for each breath and slow down the pace of breathing.)

* Relax your neck and shoulders.

* With your mouth closed, slowly inhale through your nose to the count of 2.

* Purse your lips into a whistling position and exhale slowly to the count of 4.

* Repeat for the rest of your activity.

(This can also be practised when not exercising, to refine the technique and bring awareness to the pace of your breaths).

3. Resonant breathing (sometimes called coherent breathing).

(Maximises your heart rate variability and studies have shown can reduce symptoms of depression when combined with yoga).

* Inhale slowly to the count of 5.

* Exhale slowly to the count of 5.

* Repeat for at least a few minutes (or more if you have available time).

#breathe #mindfullness #mindfulBreathing #JustBreathe #Awareness #breathTraining #exercises #mindful

#MentalHealth #Selfharm #SCUFF #ScarCoverUpFreedomFund

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new motto

“There’s always more. Always…” whether it be bad or good things. I mostly say that to myself when I’m putting away apparel at work overnight. I always end up missing a few shirts along the way and then I have to retrace my steps back to where those were located. But the good things I say that about life in general. More opportunities to achieve your shortest or longest goals. #Positivity #keepgoing #ADHD #MoodDisorders #Anxiety #JustBreathe


Just breathe...

Sometimes, just that is difficult for me. I'm so busy with work and in my everyday life, that I can never find the time to just breathe... It gets overwhelming sometimes, and I want to scream! I will be fine, if I just breathe. #JustBreathe #MentalHealth