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Where are you feeling stress in your body right now?

It’s no secret that stress affects more than our mood. It can take a toll on our mental and physical health as well. You could be embodying stress without even realizing it! If you’re dealing with digestive issues, head pain, fatigue, panic attacks, or high blood pressure that is out of the ordinary for you, and you’ve ruled out all other possible causes, you may be experiencing physical manifestations of stress — even if you’re not sure what’s stressing you out in the first place.

Take a minute to check in with yourself and find where you’re holding tension in your body. Can you identify what’s causing that tension? What can you do to try to relieve some of that stress over the next couple of days?

❤️ P.S. If you need a few ideas to get started, check out this Mighty story that’s full of quick and easy ways to ground yourself when you’re especially stressed or anxious: 15 Grounding Exercises to Manage Stress From Anxiety or Trauma

#MightyMinute #CheckInWithMe #selfcare #PostTraumaticStressDisorder #PTSD #ComplexPosttraumaticStressDisorder #Anxiety #IrritableBowelSyndromeIBS #Migraine #MentalHealth #ChronicPain #ChronicIllness #RareDisease #Disability #Cancer #Caregiving #AutoimmuneDisease

15 Grounding Exercises to Manage Stress From Anxiety or Trauma

"These can help you connect back to the present moment by settling into your body through the five senses."
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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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