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What have you had to unlearn from your childhood?

Unlearning (and subsequently relearning) things from when we were younger is a lifelong process. And it doesn’t even need to — though of course it can and does — relate to chilldhood trauma. It can “simply” be ideals, values, opinions, or ways of thinking and living that we no longer agree with. We also can grow out of things naturally as we age, and that’s valid and expected too.

What do you find yourself unlearning? How has the process been — painful or powerful?

#MightyMinute #CheckInWithMe #Childhoodtrauma #MentalHealth #Anxiety #Depression #ChronicPain #ChronicIllness #RareDisease #Disability #Grief #PTSD

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Just watch your breath

Whenever you have a terrible thought, switch your focus to your breath. The mind will try to distract you with thought activity, but just keep watching your breath. What happens when you do this? Can you try for 5 minutes?

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

The last video I made was in response to @gigix2 who asked about how to deal with depression. If this information is 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’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten that’s changed your perspective about something?

Sometimes the reason we are able to see something more clearly or understand ourselves in a different way is because of something someone else told us in a time of need. So we’re curious, what’s a piece of advice you were given that changed your perspective for the better?

Mighty staffer @xokat says the best advice she’s ever gotten is, “No one has to live in your body but you. Make decisions that serve you at the end of the day, they would do the same.” It really helped her to reframe that internal dialogue about being too “selfish” or having to say no when the health-related consequences are only hers to suffer.

What about you?

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

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How does your pet motivate you? 🐱🐶

Living with health conditions, you tend to pick up tips and tricks from some unexpected places (like in this absolutely legendary meme shared by a Mighty contributor).

I’m ready for your pet stories!

#MentalHealth #Anxiety #Depression #DistractMe #ChronicPain #ChronicIllness #CheckInWithMe #ADHD #RareDisease #Disability

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