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How neat are you?

Right off the top: This is a judgment-free zone. Now on to today’s topic…

In general, neatness comes with a lot of stigma, misconceptions, and, at times, a hearty dose of ableism. “Neat” is often seen as “best” or “normal” or “perfect” — but as @xokat’s aunt always says, “A home should look like it’s lived in.” (A little louder for the people in the back!)

Neatness also has a lottttt of definitions depending on who you’re asking. What does it look like to you? Clean surfaces? Organized piles? Not a speck of dust? And does your health conditions — whether it’s mental or physical — play into that level of tidiness (for better or for worse)?

#MightyMinute #CheerMeOn #MentalHealth #CheckInWithMe #Anxiety #Depression #ChronicIllness #ChronicPain #MultipleSclerosis #Disability #Autism #OCD #ADHD #Cancer #RareDisease #Disability

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Relax

So much of our mental health problems that present themselves as stress, depression, anxiety, insecurity, and fear stem from our desire to control. We fight and fight for things to be the way we think they should be and have some sense of control. But sooner or later we must realize that nothing is in control. You must let life flow. How are you doing with giving up your need for control?

Also, as a way to better share advice with you all, I make video responses to your mental health questions.

The last video I made was about what to do if your thoughts make you feel unhappy, lonely, or unsuccessful. If this sounds relevant to you, you can check out the video here:

www.instagram.com/thomas_of_copenhagen

Otherwise, if you have any questions about mental health, please post in my group and I will try to make a video response specifically for you.

~ Thanks to all. Thanks for all. ~

Speaking of thanks for all, I was hoping we could acknowledge everyone who comments below. I know it seems like a small gesture, but many people here have never opened up to anyone before and being open and honest with strangers can be quite scary. So, if we could show our gratitude by giving their comment a simple reply or heart, I’m sure they would really appreciate your team support. What do you say?

#MentalHealth #MentalHealth #Depression #Anxiety #BipolarDisorder #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #Addiction #dissociativedisorders #ObsessiveCompulsiveDisorder #ADHD #Fibromyalgia #EhlersDanlosSyndrome #PTSD #Cancer #RareDisease #Disability #Autism #Diabetes #EatingDisorders #ChronicIllness #ChronicPain #RheumatoidArthritis #Suicide #MightyTogether

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What can you say “no” to right now?

When you live with a health condition, work or attend school every day, and/or have a boatload of responsibilities (like caregiving!), sometimes saying “no” is imperative. Those two little letters can help you preserve your very valuable energy, and allow yourself more time and space to do what’s best. Saying “no” is a form of self-care and can definitely be necessary in certain circumstances! 👏

Mighty staffer @xokat says she will say “no” to a couple of her upcoming family gatherings so she has more time to rest and catch up on life (really hard to do that when you’re constantly recovering from socializing 😅).

What about you? What are you saying “no” to?

#52SmallThings #MentalHealth #Anxiety #Depression #ChronicPain #ChronicIllness #RareDisease #Caregiving #Disability #Autism #ADHD #Caregiving

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What’s your initial reaction to bad news?

As you get older, you begin to realize that everyone processes bad news — from grief to financial woes to bad health stuff — differently. Some people go numb and don’t deal with it until it’s right in their face. Others grow angry and bitter, looking for someone and anyone to blame. And then there are the people who really detach themselves emotionally and apply logic and reasoning to the problem ahead. None of these approaches are wrong, and none of them are the “right” approach either, it just means we all have different brains and hearts.

How do you tend to react when faced with adversity?

#MightyMinute #MentalHealth #Anxiety #Depression #ChronicPain #ChronicIllness #RareDisease #Disability #RareDisease #Caregiving #Grief #Suicide #Trauma #Autism #ADHD

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Surprise! You have an extra 30 minutes to yourself today. How will you spend it?

We don’t know about everyone else, but sometimes it doesn’t feel like there’s enough time in a day to get everything done, let alone practice self-care. More time in your day (we hope it actually comes true!) — even just 30 minutes — can provide the opportunity to take a break, watch a quick episode of your favorite show, or even indulge in a power nap if you find those helpful.

If you were able to get an extra 30 minutes today, how would you spend it?

Share with us in the comments below! ⬇️

#52SmallThings #DistractMe #CheerMeOn #CheckInWithMe #MentalHealth #ChronicPain #ChronicIllness #ADHD #Autism #Disability #RareDisease #Caregiving #Anxiety #Depression

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