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    Learn to love yourself just as you are:

    #InspirationalQuotes #inspirational #Selfconfidence #Selfesteem #Selfcare #MentalHealth

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    Me time #Selfcare #Selflove

    It finally warmed up in Wisconsin. So I decided to go on my walk and stopped by a locally owned coffee shop. . I have been craving me time all week by the weather wasn’t let me go out

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    Having people that listen and respect us is so helpful and encouraging, so much better than having people who judge, or try to fix us!

    I am blessed to have people in my life that are there for me, sometimes just listening and asking what they can do for me, telling me that I’m not alone, letting me know they’ll be there for me, and they love me … but what can really help us feel better about ourselves is when they just say they’re proud of us. Wonderful people in our lives can regularly remind us about everything we’re going through and how amazingly well we are handling ourselves. They can acknowledge us for what we ARE doing even when we can only see and judge ourselves for the things we’re NOT doing. Sometimes they can be there just to listen to us, sometimes they can help us get our minds off all we’re going through by lightening up the conversation and not allow us to get caught in a loop of feeling sorry for ourselves.

    But we definitely can’t do this alone, things can appear insurmountable or overwhelming but if we’re lucky we have people who believe in us and are there for us when we just need them to listen and let us get our fears out in the open and talk about our pain. People can help us if they just say they feel for us and wish they could make us feel better. What I don’t think they realize is that by simply being there to walk by our side they ARE making us feel better!

    You can expand your network of support by getting up the courage and then tell people that are close to you (that don’t already know) what you are dealing with, sharing what is really happening and what you are going through and then tell them how they can help. I have found most people want to help and if they decline I try not to take it personally. It’s worth the risk to get crucial support

    #ChronicPain #ChronicIllness #PeripheralNeuropathy #Migraine #Headache #COVID19 #Disability #MentalHealth #Anxiety #Depression #BipolarDisorder #Bipolar1Disorder #Bipolar2Disorder BipolarDepression #Addiction #AddictionRecovery #HIVAIDS #longtermsurvivor #Shingles #Bronchitis #Pneumonia #PTSD #Selflove #Selfcare #strength #MightyMinute #IfYouFeelHopeless #Hope #MentalHealthHero #MightyTogether

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    Depression > Happiness #TheMighty #Selfcare #MentalHealth #Depression #Selflove

    On some nights I feel my emotional self begin to be swallowed by depression. The overwhelming sadness that overtakes me is often triggered by an unforgettable past experience. I grew up in a single parent household. And I remember crying because we lived in a poverty stricken apartment with dingy walls and without pretty decor. I felt that during most of my childhood I was unhappy. I remember flashback scenes of me blowing out birthday candles with a wish to live in a big beautiful house.

    I remember a time from my life’s story when I cried to my cousin about how our house is not beautiful like theirs. It seems that in my family we were the only poor ones. I used to wish that the situation that my mom and siblings were in would soon get better. But, it only worsened. I didn’t quite understand why our life panned out the way that it did. It wasn’t until I had grown into an adult that I began to put the pieces together.

    In my attempt to try and live a life that differs from the one I had as a kid. I try to prioritize my happiness. I grew up witnessing my mom’s mental health crumbling before our very eyes which I wish could have been avoided. But unfortunately back then mental health awareness was not a sought after topic for conversation.

    I could’ve chosen to adopt some unhealthy coping mechanisms for my depression and in the end sacrifice my happiness, but after seeing how it didn’t help but harmed my mom I knew that I had to find healthier alternatives. I am learning ways to crawl out of the pitch black hole of depression that I sometimes stumble into.

    I have a fear of reliving the scenes I had as a kid so I decided that I will live frugally. I managed to save enough money to purchase a modest abode for my husband and I to raise our kids in. I am now living my happily ever-after in a home that I own in a safe and peaceful neighborhood. I have also decided to live minimalistically and I now have an all black capsule wardrobe which brings me so much happiness.

    I recently discovered a new passion for studying wines. This learning experience keeps my mind occupied and has been building up my self-confidence. Especially since I have a learning disorder called dyscalculia. It has triggered my depression on multiple occasions in my life. So, when I take an online wine course and pass. I am incredibly impressed with myself and it brings me so much joy to know that I am capable.

    I may sometimes experience some sadness due to the depression that rears its ugly head in my life. But, thankfully I have remedies that are sure to help make that feeling go away which also includes some very helpful therapy sessions.

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    #Selfcare #Selflove

    So important to do self care. Otherwise we will burnout

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    Tiny Zebra Notes

    Here is the latest IG post from #TinyZebraNotes
    Yup, you guessed it. Today was one of those days. The migraine monster woke me up to let me know she was going to keep me company Moving my eyes, talking, thinking and walking were all too hard to do. I had my planner filled with things I wanted to accomplish, but I opted to listen to my body and just rest. I’m wearing sunglasses at night just to look at my dimly lit phone to post because it’s important to empower others who may be feeling like doing nothing equates to not being productive. Not true! You are being a nurturer, a caregiver to yourself today and each day when your #ChronicIllness flares up. Self care = productivity
    #ChronicIllness #Migraine #ChronicPain #Selfcare

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    Share your top three cleaning hacks.

    Who doesn't love a good hack?

    Whether it’s a tool you've bought to make the process more accessible, a method you've learned that makes the process quicker and easier, or a routine or schedule that makes cleaning gentler on your health symptoms, share what your top three cleaning hacks are in the comments below! ⬇️

    Mighty staffer Nina says she cleans best later in the day after she takes a nap and has more energy. She also listens to her favorite playlist to help the time go faster as well as starts off by organizing any clothes to give her more room for her other tasks.

    #52SmallThings #CheckInWithMe #Selfcare #MentalHealth #Disability #ChronicIllness #ChronicPain #RareDisease #Anxiety #Depression

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    Parenting Gets harder

    When I take my Girl's Out, People are surprised to hear I'm a single father. Quite a few times I've been given a sympathetic look, got the kids today, huh? Or even worse, Dads weekend with this kid? Right, don't see a woman by me and assume I get weekend visitation.

    No, moms not around anymore. One person asked me how she died! I just cant… Why do you… Never mind.

    I've even been to parks, fairs, surrounded by moms, no dads in sight, and I get suspicious or pissed off looks. What did I do?

    I've learned not to speak up, for the most part any comment I make to join in the Parent Talk is frowned upon. Occasionally a friendly mom will chat, but its about as common I get a strange look, or even an annoyed expression. I've been approached and asked which child is mine. Nope, none of course, just sitting here with my mirrored sunglasses on so I can lear at the moms. I only wish I could try that one, Give myself some rest and mental Care. #Parenting #GeneralParenting #singleparent #Migraine #Selfcare #MentalHealth

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    Completely lost ...... #MentalHealth #Anxiety #Depression #Selfcare #lost

    Since Covid / then Long covid ,severe anxiety &depression, PTSD from the fire at our previous home then all the mess with going into homless accommodation then temporary accommodation then eventually getting our home end of the year I was really feeling so positive and looking forward even though I was still dealing with chronic pain in my back and legs every day ,the issues I have from long covid and the ptsd I was finally excited and looking forward and coping.Even my pain and symptoms getting worse due to the slipped disc,the fact my hair is still falling out ,my scars from the skin cancer biopsies , I was still focusing on the new house ,decorating things making things the way I wanted and liked as I'm always crafty and like changing things with my own touches. My mood was much better and I was having less bad days then all this !now have been long term catheterised ,on crutches now for the foreseeable, my breathing issues are worse now ,I need help with everything basically unable to do anything myaelf unaided or supported.I have completely lost myself,loads my confidence in everyday possible, I don't enjoy the little things I used to love I feel I have no passion or drive feel like I am a completely different person ,I don't look forward now I'm taking days by days and just in this ongoing routine of being in pain on medication that I need but makes me constantly tired and drowsy. I feel like my children are suffering again after everything now having to see me like this and unable to do any of the things I used to do with them without assistance, walking aids,pain relief ,being on such strong medication that makes me constantly drowsy and unable to even get up sometimes .I feel so frustrated and agitated that my body is in such a state and constantly look at everything I've lost and loved about myself.Right now I am getting through the days but that's it I feel numb and guilty that there's people way worse off yet at the minute I can only see and feel how bad things are .having ongoing appointments non stop , worrying about the lymph node that is swollen now considering my history and what that may then cause or need to be done.I just feel absolutely exhausted I feel like a burden to those round me who are there for me and helping me as though I'm just a burden and a pest. I feel like I'm failing as a mum and my kids are suffering because of my health and issues.I just really can't seem to see anything other than this dark place rightnow 😭😭 I'm glad I have this app to vent my struggles and situations and I'm always very appreciative of the support and advice I get and could really be doing with some justnow.
    #MentalHealth #CheckInWithMe #Insomnia #Upallnight #SkinCancer #Endometriosis #COVID19 #longcovid #loveyourself #Bekind #Insomnia #Selfcare #PTSD #Anxiety #Depression #Parenting #GeneralParenting #AloneTogether #lost #ChronicIllness

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    Feeling guilty - medical leave

    My medical leave from work (mental health reasons) started yesterday. In my office, I have been the second in command, but work side by side with my boss every day. I know that she has also been so stressed about the situations at work that led to my taking leave.
    I feel guilty that I am leaving her to deal with everything alone, and that makes me feel like I don't deserve to care for myself during my time off. I have so much shame as well that I wasn't good enough or well enough or strong enough to cope with my job.
    I am worried all these negative emotions are going to take over my time off so that I won't have a benefit from it.

    #MedicalLeave #Guilt #Shame #Selfcare #MentalHealth #Depression #Anxiety #Trauma #Work #CheckInWithMe

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