This is a helpful re-post that is very appropriate for today’s weather around the world. Melinda This year, especially, creates new stressful events that affect all of us. Nobody can ignore how much the COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenge for our mental health. Yet, the pandemic fear isn’t the only thing that can […]Why Rain & Clouds Are Stressful —
Your most favorite travel story? It would have to be traveling to St. Petersburg, Russia alone two weeks after the 911 bombing. Not only was it my dream trip since I was a teen but as a woman traveling alone in a foreign country you stand out as an American. The world knew what had […]This and That About Me —
This prayer read my mind and I wanted to share it with you in case it could help you in some way. To me, it doesn’t matter who we pray to, all that matters is the content. We all have our flaws and need help. This one hit one of my flaws and one I […]Monday Prayer —
We are starting another week and another month again. I cannot believe it is already August. I mean where has this year gone? I know we are still dealing with stress from COVID, but it seems to be getting worse. The newest variant is Delta, and it is even more contagious, and fatal, but still so many are still refusing the FREE vaccine and or wear masks. I suppose people are just never going to make sense to me. I can remember how much I wanted the vaccine for my safety and to keep those around me safe. If it had not been for my husband, I would have had to wait months instead of when I got the vaccine in February. Currently, there are many vaccines available, and no one must wait, but there is resistance for reasons I will NEVER understand.
Instead of dwelling on the vaccine and…
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Who are you really? Ever wondered about something so trivial yet so powerful? Most of us would be having an image of our own self in our brain but is that really who we are? Is that how society perceives us to be? So many baffling questions tend to arise when we ponder on who […]What Is The Psychology Behind Your Self-Image And Self-Concept? | Free Self-Discovery Journal Prompts + Self-Image Test —
During the past year and a half, eighteen long months we have learned many valuable lessons about the world and those living in it. From coast to coast, throughout every country people have endured the stress, fear, and anxiety from a wildly contagious and deadly virus. Some of the most prominent issues with COVID-19 are the misinformation that has been shared in the news and social media, but also those that are refusing to get vaccinated and or wear a mask. Too many people have politized this virus, which should NEVER have been a political issue because it is science-based. This virus has already killed millions of innocent people worldwide and has not stopped. Throughout this post, I am going to share important information on the complications from COVID and ways we can strengthen our immune system to defend against illnesses and viruses.
COVID-19 may be different for each person…
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Welcome to the weekend edition of Today in History. Thanks for all the great feedback. I’m so glad your enjoying the post. Have an awesome weekend. 1943 Operation Tidal Wave: U.S. forces attempt risky air raid on Axis oil refineries On August 1, 1943, 177 B-24 bombers take off from an Allied base in Libya, […]Today in History —
40 years ago today I married my high school sweetheart, I was 18 years old. I had the perfect dress. My father walked me down the aisle. His parents paid for cases and cases of champagne, two uncles got drunk! I passed out twice during the Catholic ceremony due to the Texas August heat. His […]Sunday Thoughts —
“A partner affected by intimate betrayal experiences a level of pain that is indescribable. The hurt is so profound and complex, partners often wonder if it will ever get better.” Shira Olsen If you’ve been betrayed then you know that this is true. But why is betrayal so destructive and distressing? Why can’t we just […]Why Betrayal is so Devastating — Don’t Lose Hope
There’s a good chance you’ve heard of Bonnie Ware’s book: The Top Five Regrets of the Dying. This was based on her work in palliative care.
The fact is, we all make choices everyday which affect the trajectory of our lives. These often feel unconscious and insignificant. And yet, over time, they become significant. They can cause us to miss out, and they can change who we become. It happens very slowly …. But it happens, all the same.
So what sorts of things did the dying regret? And what can we learn from their experience?
Regret # 1. “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.”
Some questions to ask yourself ….
“What does it mean for you to be authentic, and true to yourself?
“What exactly does that look like?” Try to be as…
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I think this is the greatest idea because where would be in life without friends? I was pretty much a loner growing up but did always have one or two close friends I could talk with and share my problems and dreams with. We have more contact via the Internet and social media today which […]Celebrate International Friendship day —
It’s the weekend!!!!!! I’m so glad you’ve joined me this week for another edition of Weekend Music Share. Welcome back to Weekend Music Share; the place where everyone can share their favorite music. Feel free to use the ‘Weekend Music Share‘ banner in your post, and don’t forget to use […]#Weekend Music Share *The One and Only Roy Orbison in Pretty Woman —
Happy Friday y’all! I do not know about you, but this has been a very long week. Work has been extremely busy, which I do prefer because it makes the days go much faster, but it has been pure chaos. One of my biggest problems is I second guess myself far too much. It seems like 99.9% of the time my first thought on the way something should go is correct. There was a specific situation yesterday that I thought I incorrectly added something and asked one of my co-workers for advice. Unfortunately, when I made a simple comment that I thought they were mistaken because certain fees are supposed to be added into the file this person did not take kindly to my comment. Turns out I was correct and need to learn to go with my first instinct on most things.
Due to the week being so long…
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It’s the time of the month again! Time for Chronic Illness Group Writing Prompts hosted by A Chronic Voice. Be sure and check out Sherly’s site, it’s full of wisdom, medical knowledge and she’s a great host. I’ve been negligent the past couple of months but hope to get back on track starting this month. […]July Chronic Illness Group Writing Prompt UPDATED —
This is the newest post form Get Blogged on the Best Chronic Illness Blogs for 2021. I’m honored to be listed for the second year and have you to thank for the recognition. Please take a look thru each and expand your knowledge and who knows what else, maybe a few new to follow, maybe […]34 Best Chronic Illness Blogs [+16 New Entries For 2021] —
So glad you’re here, you make me smile and feel good inside. Keep the comments coming. In Texas, the temperatures hit triple digits for the first time on Sunday and will continue for the next two weeks according to the weatherman. We are in the Dog Days of Summer. This is a photo of […]Wordless Wednesday*Scorching Hot —
Dr. Lori Gore-Green discusses a few everyday essentials that can make your pregnancy a little easier.Everyday Essentials to Help Your Pregnancy — Dr. Lori Gore-Green
IDEAS.TED.COM Oct 7, 2019 / Erin McReynolds Priya Mistry Most of us received little guidance or instruction on how to handle money when we were growing up, but that’s OK — we can start learning now, a little bit at a time. Financial expert Natalie Torres-Haddad begins with the basics. This post is part of TED’s “How […]How financially literate are you? 3 things you should know about your money —
We often fall into the trap of comparing ourselves to others as we scroll through various different social media. We also make judgements about how we don’t/can’t measure up against them. Unfortunately, social media is a place that triggers that unpleasant self-disdain, and this, as I’ve seen is so very unhealthy. In our modern world, […]Don’t compare yourself to strangers —
When we are children we have dreams of what career we want, when we want to get married and when we want to have kids. Maybe we have goals of going to a certain college or moving to another state or out of the country. Growing up those things can tend to change based upon […]Purity — The Broken Butterfly Wing
I deeply shared a lot about the assault with a friend. Rarely have I so clearly expressed the experience. Gone was my begging permission to feel. I wasn’t nervously claiming my rights to compassion on technicalities. Without shame, I freely discussed the worst day of my life. Giving feedback, he marveled at the “ferocity of […]The ferocity of a child. — Owning It
We are cleaning out our paper files and trying to get everything down to scans. I picked up the two-inch-thick notebook I kept on my Lyme paperwork and found the contract that had the cost of my Antibiotic Infusion treatments. It will blow your mind that it cost $40,000 a month for just the Antibiotic […]The Real $Cost Of Lyme Disease —
The What-If Precipice I shared some of my story with my brother. His reaction turned my world upside down. I expected him to be ashamed of my failure. Instead he was instantly angry with the boy who did it. He related how fiercely my mother defended him when a neighborhood gang bullied him. He said […]The What-If Precipice — Owning It
Children are heavily influenced by their surroundings. When we lavish them with positivity, they often grow up with a positive mindset and a can-do attitude. However, if we subject them to certain difficulties, they can be a lot more hardened as they approach their teenage years. The trials and challenges children face during their teenage […]How Parents Can Help Their Teens Overcome Depression —
Getting into a fitness routine, pushing yourself, and reaching your goals takes a lot of time and energy, as well as a big commitment to yourself and your health. So when your health suffers, either through an injury or an illness, it can really set you back and put you right back at square one. […]Building Self Confidence To Workout When You’ve Suffered A Setback —
Welcome to the weekend edition of Today in History. Thanks for all the great feedback. Have an awesome weekend. 1911 On July 24, 1911, American archeologist Hiram Bingham gets his first look at the ruins of Machu Picchu, an ancient Inca settlement in Peru that is now one of the world’s top tourist destinations. Tucked away in the […]Today in History —
If you struggle with suicidal thoughts … 1. Commit to not doing anything for this moment – Despite the fact that the pain is overwhelming, choose to put some distance between your thoughts and your actions. Tell yourself: “I am going to wait for 24 hours. During that time, I will commit to not doing […]Coping with Suicidal Thoughts — Don’t Lose Hope
Are you currently feeling lost, not knowing what to do or where to go? While you may be confused and unsure of yourself in certain moments, you have much more clarity than you may be willing to admit. The feeling of confusion arises when you have too many conflicting thoughts running through your mind, and […]Feeling lost? Steps You Can Take To Stop The Confusion —
Hi All. We are day three of a seven day lockdown. After a long period of no covid, we are now in a harsh lockdown. sedge808Lockdown day 3 — Noir
Utilizing what you already own to earn extra income is smart. Instead of putting your money towards alternative investment options, you can use your car to earn extra money and not have to spend a penny. Today, you will find out how to maximize the use of your own car in order to attain an […]6 Ways You Can Use Your Car For Extra Income —
“Ditch your emotional baggage, and just be.”
Sounds great, doesn’t it. And, honestly, isn’t that what we’d all love to do. But these peoples don’t go on to lay out a plan of how you can quickly to get rid of the baggage.
Because there is no easy way. It doesn’t happen “just like that”.
You’re dealing with layers in the subconscious mind.
You’re dealing with what feels like a mystery. For the reactions you have are often shocking and surprising. They seem to defy reason. They feel outside your control.
And learning what they mean, and how to heal, and then move on, is a massive exercise. It can take you years and years.
So the next time you hear something trite and superficial … Give yourself a break. And don’t pressurize yourself. You’ve probably come further that you realize right now.
And if your mind…
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How did self care day get it’s start and what’s it all about. Photo by Gilberto Olimpio on Pexels.com We celebrate International Self–Care Day. This day was established in 2011, and the focus is on the awareness of the importance of self-care and empowering people with the knowledge and ability on how to be active participants in […]International Self care Day Is July 24th —
IDEAS.TED.COM Jul 12, 2021 / Guy Winch Mathilde Aubier Since I started writing the “Dear Guy” column, I’ve received many letters from readers asking why some people in their lives just seem unable to apologize — even when they’re clearly in the wrong. Are they just stubborn? Or is there something in their psychology that stops them from […]We all know people who just can’t apologize — well, here’s why —
Happy Wednesday y’all! We are halfway through the week and much closer to the weekend! As I have already mentioned to y’all, I had my normal bloodwork and antibodies for COVD done on Monday. The normal bloodwork was as I expected because nothing typically changes with that. With the medication I am on for the MS, my white blood cell count is supposed to be low, which it was. The only thing I am not completely sure of is the absolute lymphocyte count. According to the lab report, this count was extremely low, but I am not sure if it is just low because it is supposed to be or if it is unusually low. I am hoping my neurologist will be able to provide me a little further clarification regarding this part of the results report.
The other part of the bloodwork was for the COVID antibodies test, which…
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1. The few things that aren’t going right – When things go wrong, take a moment to be thankful for all the other things that are still going right. And if you’re struggling to be thankful for what you have, be thankful for what you have escaped. Sometimes the best gifts in life are the […]8 Things You Need to Chill Out About — Coaching Skills International
IDEAS.TED.COM Jul 13, 2021 / Pamela Stock Nadine Redlich This post is part of TED’s “How to Be a Better Human” series, each of which contains a piece of helpful advice from people in the TED community; browse through all the posts here. Ever silently berate yourself at work for not standing up for a colleague, letting people say […]Kicking yourself for not saying something at a meeting? Here’s how to speak up skillfully —
~One Day Down, Four To Go~
How has your week been so far? I mean, I know it was only one day, but Monday sure was a doozy. There were a few reasons why yesterday was not the best Monday, but it also was not the worse. It was my first day back in my old position at work, which I realized quickly how much I forgot in the two or so weeks I was away from it. The funny thing was, everything came back to me slowly or more like a nightmare. I am just kidding it was no where near as bad as a nightmare, but it was a little unpleasant for the first few hours. I think the biggest part of it was that I missed the team I was with for two weeks before, but more so the supervisor!
Another reason yesterday will NOT be on…
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Social media platforms, such as Instagram and TikTok, are filled with inspiring images of happy relationships. A quick search reveals some of the most popular hashtags to elevate your relationship to an inspirational love story. All the #CoupleGoals images and videos have a central element in common: Couples have embraced the inclusion of the typical […]Projects That Can Bring Life To Your Relationship —
Welcome to the new weekend edition of Today in History. I hope you enjoy as much as you did the Fun Facts posts. Have an awesome weekend. 1955 Disneyland, Walt Disney’s metropolis of nostalgia, fantasy and futurism, opens on July 17, 1955. The $17 million theme park was built on 160 acres of former orange groves […]Today in History —
Life can be a combination of craziness, fascination, and excitement. I think it is the changes that bring these emotions on. Change can be difficult and keep life interesting, but also a little frustrating when they happen too frequently. I think some people thrive on change, while others are apprehensive about any change. It is not necessarily that I dread or avoid change because I do think there is a lot of change needed, especially for those that do not see others as their equal because of irrational reasons. The only time when I dread change is when I am comfortable and happy with the way things are, and it is not causing other distress.
Speaking of change that I dread, two weeks ago, my position changed at work changed. I will be honest when I first heard my position was changing, I was not happy about it because it…
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As a parent, you are probably constantly worried about your kids and that’s completely normal. You need to make sure that you feel as though your kids are safe both in and out of the home. That’s easier said than done, particularly when you consider how many dangers could impact your kids every day. So, […]Worried About These Hidden Dangers Facing Your Kids? —
Photo by Anna Tukhfatullina Food Photographer/Stylist on Pexels.com I don’t need to remind anyone who lives with a chronic illness that our lives have restrictions, and for many of us, this includes not just physical ones but also what we are able to consume. So, my question for you this month is, what food or […] […]Living Our Best Lives – indulgences — Guest Blogger Simply Chronically Ill —
From a young age, you have been taught by society, your family, and at school that you must go to college and get a qualification to make a good living or become a success. Unfortunately, only 63% of all high school students enroll in a 2 or 4-year college. Other factors do not allow them […]Success Doesn’t Need A Qualification —
There’s no doubt about it, we’re on the verge of a mental health crisis. Although lockdown measures have been eased all over the country, critics claim that the measures put in place to get the economy back up and running are too much, too soon. However, while many debate the wisdom of reopening the economy […]Ways Plants Can Relieve Stress and Improve Your Mental Health —
It’s the weekend!!!!!! I’m so glad you’ve joined me this week for another edition of Weekend Music Share. I don’t why YouTube doesn’t show the photo cover of the video any longer. Does anyone have the same problem? Here’s my question to you. If all you see is the Black Video Available graphic, are you […]#Weekend Music Share *Tina Turner Proud Mary —
“Things I know about healing: Speaking kindly to yourself helps a lot.” – Unknown
I wonder why we seem to find it so hard to be kind to ourselves.
To listen to ourselves when we’re struggling and in pain.
To cut ourselves some slack when we feel cannot cope. Or when we feel we can’t let go. Or we find we can’t move on.
Those things all take time. They are really hard to do.
You don’t just find you’ve healed.
You don’t just blot out the past.
Making changes is a process. Two steps forwards. One step back.
A journey full of landmines. Full of triggers. Full of tears.
But do you know what makes a difference? Do you know what really helps?
Working on your self-compassion.
Being kind to yourself.