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Depressed to Manic

Finally coming out of a depressed episode and into a manic episode. I have suddenly have a lack of need for sleep and high energy. I feel like I am rapid cycling. #BipolarDisorder I am glad to be out of the depressed episode but it seems that my mood changed in a matter of hours. I am looking for calming activities. I already listen to classical music which I find to be very soothing. Does anyone else have any ideas for how to calm a manic episode before it becomes too extreme?

#Mania #Relaxation #RapidCycling

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Michele's Art Challenge: Something I've Never Done Before: A Homemade Birthday Card

This is the front of my sister's 49th birthday card. She loves sea turtles.
It is drawn in ink with Sakura Micron Pigma Pens, and the color is Dick Blick Studio Colored Pencils.

I'm still deciding if I'm going to draw baby turtles in ink up the side of the inside with my personal note to her.

It and her presents go in the mail Monday.😀🎨🐢

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Pause app #MentalHealth #Depression #Relaxation #Anxiety #Hope #Christianity

I have really been enjoying the pause app. It’s free and you can choose from different lengths of pauses. It’s encouraged me and helped me focus. Encourage you to check it out.


Relaxation techniques?? #AttemptedHealing #Relaxation #SomaticHealing

So after some physical therapy thanks to some “wow you’re lucky to be alive and not paralyzed!” (🙄) caliber car accidents, it was P-A-I-N-S-T-A-K-I-N-G-L-Y slow to heal to a point where I realized that “soft tissue injury” meant ie your muscles and tendons and etc, I THEN realized that I guess in that way, my lifelong pressure cooker response to #GrowingUpTraumed and developing #CPTSD likely saved my spine from being torn because…for my entire life?!!! **I didn’t even know what soft tissue was because my muscles have felt like stone!**

So much so, that I’m to a point that, being too financially poor to afford the LMT and PT the docs say I need, doing warm baths with epsom salt & relaxing scents, stretching in the AM and every few hours when sitting, etc just isn’t cutting it; and when my muscles can’t relax I can’t breathe well. When I can’t breathe well I panic or rage a lot easier than my hair-trigger emotions can already get set off and so…

Free (or very cheap) and mostly healthy suggestions for bodily relaxation?? Somatic healing?

I will take suggestions from manual manipulations I don’t yet know about (I have a foam roller and a trigger point release stick thing, the epsom salt lotion, muscle relaxers, nada works!), to links to your most restorative yoga or progressive muscle relaxation playlists, music recommendations, whatever!!!

And for god sakes if anyone knows where the hell I can find programs/apps/links for relaxation virtual reality devices that clip to your cell phone, I’ll take those too; I heard the military is using VR to relax their ptsd guys and managed to get a VR device for super cheap awhile ago but can’t find where/how to use it!?!!

Any other thoughts or experiences y’all have with any somatic healing via practitioners are also welcome - the more I realize my mind is mostly healed but that my body seems to have too many muscle memories to stop setting off my bodily symptoms to then bother my mind, the more I think about leaving psychotherapy but don’t know what type to change to…?

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Coffee mug 11: Slovenia #Depression #Anxiety #PTSD #Relationships #Hope #Happiness #MentalHealth

I was pretty clueless about relationships when I got married 36 years ago. One of the most surprising aspects of married life is trust. My Wife and I trust each other, especially when just one of us has a skill set for that situation.

Over the years we have visited countries because one of us really wanted to go. And just about every time we have both loved it.

Slovenia was in my list but my Wife wasn’t sure but trusted my judgement. It proved to be one of our favourite places. The people were so friendly and kind. Food was incredible. The beauty was breathtaking.

It was the first time we ever used Airbnb as well. The house we rented turned out to be perfectly located and very funky.

Trust. We trust each other in our marriage. However, I am acutely aware that I need to very fastidious about what I read, see and hear. Consuming the wrong information can destroy my trust. My trust in people, God, authorities etc.

Trust inherently involves risk. The truth is I have gained substantially more from risking trust than I have ever lost from misplaced trust.

Who is in your life that you can be trusted to be there for you?

#Trust #Relaxation #ChronicIllness