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Share 1 thing you learned this week.

“Shall I tell you the secret of the true scholar? It is this: Every man I meet is my master in some point, and in that, I learn from him.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

We’re constantly learning new things. Whether we seek out information or happen upon it, we learn new things every day. These lessons could be something concrete, such as your new friend’s birthday or a fun fact about your favorite animal, or something more abstract, like a hard truth or valuable life lesson.

What did you learn this week? Maybe you gained more insight into yourself when one of your values was tested. Or you might have received a long-awaited diagnosis (amazing!) and set out to learn as much as you could about your health condition.

Whatever lesson, factoid, or fascinating bit of info you learned this week, take a moment to share your newfound knowledge!

#MightyMinute #Spoonie #Disability #CheckInWithMe #CheerMeOn #MentalHealth #Autism #ChronicIllness #Cancer #RareDisease #EDS #EhlersDanlosSyndrome #Gastroparesis #Caregiving #Anxiety

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This week, I’m proud of myself for…

It's the end of the week, Mighties! We did it. 🏆

What's something you’re proud of yourself for this week? Share your victories in the comments below (and yes, engaging with this post counts as a win!).

#52SmallThings #CheerMeOn #CheckInWithMe #EatingDisorders #Autism #ADHD #ChronicIllness #MentalHealth #Disability #ChronicPain #RareDisease #Parenting #Caregiving #Cancer #MyalgicEncephalomyelitis #Fibromyalgia #Migraine

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What considerations do you make for your health when you’re leaving the house?

Leaving the house can be a daunting task on its own. Add a health condition (or several!) to the mix, and getting out the door can feel nearly impossible. Are there any medications you need to bring with you? What happens if the atmosphere in a store triggers a migraine or panic attack? Do you have a medical ID or insurance card that needs to go in your wallet? Does your phone have enough battery if you’re stuck in the waiting room for hours?

Whether it’s for an appointment, bloodwork, group therapy session, groceries, just for fun, etc., we all have to leave our homes at some point or another — and accommodate our physical and mental health conditions and/or those of our loved ones when we do so.

Are there any health-specific preparations you have to make before leaving the house? Do you have any tips for going out into the world while living with health conditions?

Share your thoughts in the comments!

#MightyMinute #SpoonieLifeHacks #CheckInWithMe #Disability #ChronicIllness #RareDisease #Migraine #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #Cancer #MentalHealth #Parenting #Caregiving #POTS #BipolarDisorder #CerebralPalsy

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What’s your favorite way to celebrate accomplishments?

When you achieve an accomplishment, it’s OK to be proud of yourself and celebrate — in fact, we highly encourage it. 🥳

Mighty staffer @xokat rarely orders takeout, so she’s a big fan of splurging on one of her favorites: Neapolitan-style pizza, chicken and dumplings, sushi, sour gummy candy, or tacos! She also loves to clear her head after accomplishing something that’s been taking up a lot of brainspace, and will scoop up her dog and drive to a nearby metropark for a leisurely walk on a shaded path.

How do you like to celebrate your wins?

#52SmallThings #MightyPets #Nature #CheckInWithMe #CheerMeOn #Selfesteem #MentalHealth #RareDisease #ChronicIllness #Disability #Cancer #Caregiving #Parenting #ChronicPain #Fatigue

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Share a glimmer you recently found or one you’d like to find.

Glimmers can be thought of as a counterpart to negative triggers. Glimmers are the little moments throughout the day that bring you a sense of safety, calm, or even joy and a moment of mindfulness. Glimmers can be spontaneous, like when your favorite song comes on the radio, or more purposeful, such as taking 30 seconds to look out the window at nature.

The reasoning behind the effectiveness of glimmers is rooted in polyvagal theory, which describes the relationship between our autonomic nervous system (fight-or-flight; rest-and-digest) and our mental health as interconnected and causing fluctuations in our sense of safety. This theory suggests that our behaviors adapt to how safe we feel in response to actual and perceived threats.

While searching for glimmers won’t undo any trauma or magically take away negative thoughts, situations, and feelings, it can be helpful to practice this skill and invite some extra joy into your day.

Let’s try to find a glimmer (or two) today!

✨ P.S. You can learn more about glimmers and tips for finding them here: Glimmers Might Be Your New Favorite Mental Health Hack

#MightyMinute #DistractMe #CheckInWithMe #PTSD #ComplexPosttraumaticStressDisorder #MentalHealth #Depression #Disability #ChronicPain #Caregiving #RareDisease #Fibromyalgia #BipolarDisorder #EhlersDanlosSyndrome #Spoonie

Glimmers Might Be Your New Favorite Mental Health Hack

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What’s a goal that you’re working toward right now? What progress have you made so far?

Every step, change, or shift you make toward a goal is significant, even if it’s small. Progress is progress after all.

What’s a goal that you’re currently working on? What have you achieved so far? Are there any roadblocks in your way?

Mighty staffer @xokat has a goal this year of polishing a picture book manuscript that she’s been working on for over a year and just can’t get quite right (even editors have said so). After some time away from it — always her go-to trick for writer’s block! — she feels ready to dive back in, even if it means starting over.

Now it’s your turn. Let’s cheer one another on in the comments below!

#52SmallThings #CheerMeOn #Chatspace #CheckInWithMe #MentalHealth #Disability #RareDisease #Caregiving #Cancer #Parenting #ChronicIllness #ChronicPain #Anxiety #Lupus #Migraine

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