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List 3 things that never fail to improve your mood.

Let’s each make a list of things (or people! or places! or pets!) that are forever foolproof in boosting our moods.

Here is Mighty staffer @xokat's list:

🐶 Her dog’s antics

📚 Being in the middle of a really good book

😂 Bantering with her partner

#52SmallThings #CheerMeOn #DistractMe #MightyPets #CheckInWithMe #Depression #Anxiety #MentalHealth #ChronicIllness #ChronicPain #PMDD #RareDisease #Cancer #Caregiving #Parenting

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Share a piece of health advice that was actually helpful.

If you live with a chronic mental or physical illness, you’ve probably received unsolicited — and most likely unhelpful — advice. A lot of folks hear that someone lives with a chronic condition, mental illness, disability, etc., and they become determined to “fix” us or at least tell us about the magical supplement their barber’s niece’s college roommate’s aunt took that “cured” them. Whether the advice-giver genuinely has good intentions or just feels the need to spout unhelpful information, receiving unsolicited advice can be pretty darn annoying.

All that being said, there’s actually some good advice out there. That’s part of the reason why I’m so grateful for communities like The Mighty: I’ve learned so much about living with my health conditions from fellow spoonies! For instance, Mighty staffer @xokat introduced me to the Headache Hat (an ice pack that wraps around your head) in 2022, and it’s been a crucial component of my migraine self-care kit ever since.

Have you received any health advice that’s actually been helpful? If not, what advice would you give to someone else with your health condition(s)?

📰 P.S. Your answer may be used (anonymously) in a future Mighty newsletter!

#MightyMinute #selfcare #CheckInWithMe #MightyTogether #CheerMeOn #MentalHealth #ChronicIllness #ChronicPain #Depression #Migraine #RareDisease #Disability #Parenting #Caregiving #ADHD #Spoonie

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What is your go-to self-care technique when you’re feeling down?

When your mood dips, it can be helpful to have some go-to self-care techniques and practices up your sleeve so you can get on solid ground again. This can look like going outside, talking to friends and loved ones, playing video games, being creative, or even taking a break from your responsibilities.

What are your favorite techniques to practice when you’re feeling low? Share with us in the comments below.

#52SmallThings #CheckInWithMe #DistractMe #CheerMeOn #MentalHealth #selfcare #RareDisease #Disability #Parenting #Caregiving #ChronicIllness #ChronicPain #alwaysinbed #Autism #ADHD

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What symptom is annoying you the most today?

I know, I know — it can be difficult to choose just one, especially if you live with multiple health conditions. I’m having a hard time deciding between depression and migraine head pain myself! Both symptoms really seem to have it out for me today.

While the chronic nature of chronic physical and mental illnesses means we are affected by our conditions and their symptoms on a regular basis, there are some days when a single symptom stands out from the rest.

What symptom is getting on your nerves more than usual today? How is it affecting your ability to go about your day and night?

#MightyMinute #CheckInWithMe #Spoonie #ChronicIllness #ChronicPain #MentalHealth #RareDisease #ADHD #chronicmigraine #IrritableBowelSyndromeIBS #Depression #PanicDisorder

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My mood is most affected by…

Because we are individuals who are multifaceted, and have different experiences as well as diagnoses, our moods can be affected by various things.

Some people may find that their mood is affected by the weather, certain emotional triggers, or the events that are happening around them; while others may find that their mood fluctuates as a symptom of their health condition — maybe even all the above.

What do you think your mood is most affected by?

#52SmallThings #CheckInWithMe #Chatspace #MentalHealth #Disability #ChronicIllness #Depression #RareDisease #Bipolar2 #Migraine #Fibromyalgia #ChronicPain #SeasonalAffectiveDisorder #Autism #PosturalOrthostaticTachycardiaSyndrome #POTS

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We believe what we tell ourselves

If you're anything like me, you have tons of experience insulting yourself. We are so comfortable and familiar with saying the worst things to ourselves that it becomes a habit without us even realizing it. Also, we get so used to negative self-talk that we think it's just the way it has to be and there's nothing we can do about it. Well, for starters, instead of trying to stop the negativity of your mind, how about you start telling yourself good things? If you do it enough times, it becomes a habit and you'll start loving yourself and believing in yourself without even realizing it. Is anyone out there willing to try? Are any of the statements in this picture something you are willing to start telling yourself? Or maybe you have another great message you like telling yourself? If so, I'd love to hear it. Please share below!

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 why your mind is your greatest obstacle and what to do about it. 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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