Feb. 2nd, 2017

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I’m still writing 2016 on things. Usually by this point my brain has switched years but not this year.

Yesterday was not a great day for getting things done around the house. Peter and I had some errands to run so that was most of the day with the latter half being driving people to their various activities and then picking them up. Today I will do better. I did get all the laundry where it needs to be.

I belong to a mental health list that had all kinds of articles and tips about dealing with various things. They also have a challenge for the month. For February it is happiness, which can be hard when stressed. Some of the tips are useful and others are not. One thing that they suggest is to write down each day something that makes you happy and place it in a jar so at the end of the month you have 28 happy thoughts that you have had that month. Another thing they are stressing is self-care that I have talk about before as not being selfish but self-preservation.

There are times that I forget to take care of myself in the manner because of all the things going on and everyone who needs my help. But eventually I realize that I am not doing them any good because I am so run down so I take my ‘me’ time and regroup.

I have come to the conclusion that I like certain forms of stationary too much especially little/compact notebooks. I have so many of them with only a couple of pages written it. Now there are some that have served me well over time including my personal journal. I am going to get back to that because I think I need to brain dump some stuff that I really can’t put out here or on a computer where it can be found. So I am going to pick a journal and try to write at least something in it each day for the next month.

I have to clear my head somehow or my brain is going to melt.

I am looking forward to the release of the Doctor Strange DVD. It is nice to have things to look forward to. Back in the day that’s how I got from day to day by focusing on that which I was excited about. Now I have a husband and a family that keep me focused on the now.

I know this is random but it says it in the title of this essay.

Talking about mental health and trying to get rid of the stigma of mental illness is something that I believe in. I think that people are scared to admit that they have a problem for fear that it is going to label them for life and people will look at them differently. It’s not and if it does, well were they worth knowing? Everyone has problems. Everyone has down days. Many struggle to get from one day to another. And ‘just cheer up’ or ‘you have so much to be happy about’ doesn’t cut it. Not all scars can be seen.

I have done something to my right shoulder that is rather painful. Makes picking things up an adventure. I am doing the usual things that help me make it through the day and, in some cases, just sucking it up and doing what I need to do. This has happened before so I know what is going on and in a day or so it will be fine.

So a little self care and some housework is my plan today.

I am grateful for friends who understand.

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