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👁️ My Story My Version – 💫 Finding My Way – Caregiver

Where we land – a Foundation Forms

Oh! What a beautiful world we live in. The creation of humans, an honest act of intimate sexual behavior. The need to look around, isn’t necessary. The sexual act to reproduce is going strong. 😋 Though have you ever just got stumped and wondered- what if lives came with instructions, a blue print to our lives? The mystery to living would be pretty simple, boring, and overall faulty. Yes, I said faulty.😊 Nothing would be realistic to operate and function. Guidelines responsible for behavior, intelligence, growth, appearance would be the same. An most importantly, different is what makes the beautiful characters we have designed ourselves. The moment one takes that first breathe of life, everyday moment matters. By experience, environment, and one’s developmental growth, character begins to form one’s inner core – the foundation. Mental and physical health are priority to ones foundation that give us insight into adulthood.

Our instruction are clear as children that are unconsciously presented young. The core foundation had developed before our actual future was present.

A business – foundation who we are, what one becomes, The core purpose to life. We sell ourselves to the world everyday: the product. -“You”. Once you look back the whole process can be impressive. My foundation My Story My Version – Finding My Way.

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Finding My Way – Caregiver

My business became natural to my routine as a young girl. My neighbors were an older couple, Clyde and Evaline. An older model trailer renovated on my parents property. If they were here to tell the story, they enjoyed my company. Or I would of assumed for the most part.. I can only remember it being late 80’s. It was daily my brother and I would visit Clyde. As he would sit out back with Shep his Collie dog and piddle in his shed. Many things he taught us, or talked about his life. Kids being kids we would eat the cherry tomatoes from his garden. I would go in and talk with Evaline or help her do little chores. A quick friendship formed being that close to them on a regular basis.

One day my brother and I were outside playing, when we heard a loud explosion. Running to see what happend, the shed was on fire. Clyde’s pants were burnt off and he was standing by the shed.. I ran back home and got my uncle. Evaline called the fire department, as my uncle was trying to put out the fire. Clyde was disoriented, the pain on his face was heart felt. Evaline was scared with the shed built next to their mobile home trailer. Clyde explained the cause of the fire. Working on repairing a lawn mower, Clyde was trying to see if the spark plug had fire. A spark hit a gas can nearby causing the explosion. Once fire department arrived my uncle had smothered out most the fire. Clyde was livid as burns on his legs were 3rd degree, refusing to go for treatment. But after long negotiation, he was taken to the hospital. It seemed as he was away a long time for treatment. Once returning home, I would visit helping Evaline to treat the wounds. As a child it was such sight to see the burnt skin. The higher degree burn areas were freshly open wounds. Skin drafts from other areas of the body to aide healing. Wrapping and cleaning the burn wounds was a natural for me. I took pride in my ability to help Clyde in his recovery.

Unconscious act as a child, my learning and willingness – a core foundation – to being a natural born caregiver. Clyde had started to recover quickly, his ambition to get back in the shed was intense. Even with the wounds healing the process took quite sometime.. Evaline had days she seemed very unhappy. The relationship had some arguing regularly and ups and downs.

One day after school, I knocked on the door. Clyde said Evaline had fell hanging curtains. He said when she got home he would call and I could visit. A few days later a van showed up. Delivering a hospital bed, that was put in the living room. I knew Evaline was coming home soon I was very excited. Waiting for her to arrive, that day sitting on the porch. She gave me a hug and I had to know everything, for her best recovery.. That mid-day her daughter told me she fell broke her hip. Evaline did a lot of crying, her pain was very intense. Didn’t realize the medicine just never gave her much relief. She refused pain medicine at first, until. I told her it would help her as much as possible. To get up was impossible, so helping her on a bed pan wa normal but it surely put pain in her hip..

Caregiver become priority each day, after school. Positioning pillows, laundry, or help with other household chores, I was there. Helping her with therapy to mobilize WA fun and rewarding. Watching her take steps and being able to dress herself with little if my assistance. Just as her strength improved, she started using a walker, happiness covered my face.  Her recovery gave me joy since it took a lot of work.  Friendship had a special place deep in the heart. 

One afternoon after school; knocking on the door- no answer. The car was gone but she was always home. Something was different. Mom was outside as I walked down the driveway. Starting to cry, mom hugged me saying she will write or call. She went to live with her daughter in Indiana.  Her husband Clyde wasn’t home. They argued a lot so I didn’t understand that situation.

Unable to say good-bye, my heart broke, thinking my best friend didn’t say good-bye.  Days walking past the trailer, wondering if she thought of me. Being a young girl, I didn’t like the feeling of emotions, a smothering anxiety that just happens or just the sadness overall was uncomfortable. That day carried a weight–; good-bye’s hold so much emotion of love and friendship– bring tears to my eyes.  Clyde had moved away when I was in school, not long after Evaline moved.

Good-byes was hard to understand. We cry happy tears and painful tears connected to good-byes. Reunited visits with family or friends capture the heartfelt love of joy. And we all know the final days of life (death) good-bye’s, can’t be prepared for – create endless tears….

As a young girl, everything inside torn apart. Weak feeling, crying, and angry, wanting to be alone. What had happened? Kids aren’t suppose to be sad.  Every part of me, from the experience, hurt. Waiting for a letter or phone call from my friend. Mom and I had tried a few times, to contact her. The phone number she left– no answer.  Not a single letter in the mail.

To ease the pain, I wrote my friend many letters.  With no response, writing in a journal gave my heart relief. Over time, thinking about her well- being. In my world, I knew she lost my address and number, to me she lived forever somewhere.

A plan was created written in crayon, marker, sealed with stickers and pink nail polish. Written by a brown eyed, brown haired 7-year-old- just in case she forgot about me.

  Everyday Minds Matter – mental health and well-being set the path for everyone. Establish practice to focus, retention, and concentration; healthy habits to prevent obstacles in mental status.  Overcome mental health challenges faced that affect daily routine. 

Writing that filled notebooks, diaries, and scrap paper- focused on my future dream.

In little time, old man Clyde move away. To my surprise my mamaw- (fathers’ mom) moved in the trailer.  The void was filled. Not skipping a beat; my brother and I had mamaw to aggravate.  With no time to waste, enjoying my childhood– documented every step of the way. It was nice to spend time with mamaw. After all I was named after her and my mothers mom. – Della Louise – Mamaw was teaching me to crochet. I was about eight years old, so learning to make a baby blanket was exciting. She was teaching me how to fix mess ups, then one day after school. Knocking on the door as it was slightly open. Suddenly noticing it was very hot in there. Mamaw was in the kitchen, every burner – red hot. Nothing on the burners, which was freighting. Calling mom and dad I told them what was happening. Dad said my aunt and uncle from Florida were coming to visit. Mamaw wanted to cook for them, something wasn’t right . All four stovetop burners on high, potato peelings on the floor, and so hot in there. Dad came up told mamaw that she needed to go o the doctor. That evening my other aunt came to stay the night to help take care of mamaw, since my mom had pneumonia. Doctor visit that day indicated mamaw had several mini strokes. Then she had a stroke on the right side. Which effected the opposite side of the body and motor skills. I still remember she didnt have much or little feeling on her left side. At times she would smile, as her mouth and eye was effected. I was able to help her as much as possible. That night my aunt slept in th room with mamaw as it shared two beds. I slept on the couch an was woken by my dad on the phone talking.

It was about 2 am in the morning, my dad was standing in the doorway were my mamaw slept. I stood beside the dresser, when I seen my aunt seating on the bed with mamaws head on her lap. As she rubbed mamaws head talking to her. Dad told me to stay back, mamaw said let her here. Standing next to her and my aunt. My aunt put my hand with hers. Mamaw said ” no matter what I will always be with you, you carry my name”. She said “I love you.” My aunt was talking to her and when I walked away. She took her last breathe and passed. My dad had called mamaws sisters in Ohio to let her know of mamaw passing. Mary one the sisters answered the phone saying Georgia the other sister had been up but didnt feel well and went back to sleep. They would tell her after while since she hadn’t felt well. Mamaw passed about 3 am. Aunt Mary called back about 5 am – deciding to wake Georgia to let her know of mamaw passing. Only to discover Georgia had died in her sleep. Same day, a couple hours apart and not knowing of each others death.

As the world then had a reason for two sisters to pass the same day. With a higher power to have such occurrence for such to take place. From that day forward life had calling to care and love for those around you. Naturally as I grew older I had cared for others and watched as loved one passed. A moment that set life apart is that life is so precious. Having the blessing to be there every step of the hell of one’s final days. The good, the bad, and pain of loss and endless tears. Those moments are raw footage to living and experiencing life. Experience that root into our core to create the beautiful person we become. And with the finding my way as a caregiver. I can say by experience the days might be challenging. That’s okay! Because when life plays its role and those final days have come and gone. One thing I know for sure, the inner peace to love and grief hurt. But that hurt is a special blessing. That says im content with the experience. As it helps us grow and learn to accept death and the ability to grieve and be okay.. I hope that doesn’t sound bad. I guess once you have that understand through experience. One day it might give hope to those that are grieving. However, I will write on grieving and loss of loved ones in time.

Until our beautiful minds meet again. Be safe out there. Many blessings and much love. Remember Everyday Minds Matter – Della 🦋

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The next My Story My Version soon to be coming.. May of 1987, celebrating my cousins first birthday. One step in the street- – Touched by An Angel. .stay toned for updates to come soon.

Until our minds meet again.. Be safe out there and remember Everyday Minds Matter – Della🦋

🧭 Anxiety

    An unsettling moment when the chest and body become tight clammy, warm feeling that smothers the body unexpectedly, making it difficult to breathe, just like gasping for air. The feeling is unpleasant, uncomfortable as anxiety just shows up. Uninvited with a struggling intense fear, emotion, or trigger induced anxiety attack.

Learn to Recognize the Signs of Excessive Worry Anxiety disorder is the most common mental disorder in the United States, affecting up to 18 percent of the population. Anxiety disorders are a category of mental health diagnoses that result in excessive nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worry. These disorders change the way a person processes emotions and behaves, as well as causing physical symptoms. People with these disorders experience feelings of fear and insecurity that interfere with daily activities and last for 6 months or more.    

People with anxiety disorders often experience intense, excessive, and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations. People with GAD worry endlessly about everyday issues such as health, money, or family issues, even when they realize there is little reason to worry.    

Anxiety is an intense feeling of anxiety or discomfort, often a situation with uncertain outcomes, when we are faced with something stressful. At lower levels, anxiety, often referred to as “stress,” can be a healthy and motivating response to a specific life situation.    

It can be difficult to relate to these issues, and as a result, many people don’t know how best to help a person with anxiety. If you feel that your anxiety is excessive, distressing, and/or interfering with your daily activities or functioning, it is important to see a mental health professional. When anxiety is frequent, intense, severe, and prolonged, causing constant discomfort and suffering, it is important to discuss this with your doctor. Illness-induced anxiety disorder includes symptoms of severe anxiety or panic that are directly related to health problems.    

Typically, anxiety disorders involve recurring episodes of intense anxiety and sudden bouts of fear or terror that peak within minutes (panic attacks). Everyone experiences these panic attacks from time to time, but with panic disorder, the attacks are regular and a source of anxiety in themselves. When a person experiences repeated panic attacks and is concerned about future panic attacks or their consequences (e.g.    

It’s not always easy to recognize when anxiety is causing you to feel or act differently. If you’re feeling anxious, it’s important to understand what’s causing it, how it’s different from normal stress, and what types of anxiety you might be experiencing.    

In severe cases, such as some we’ll see below, anxiety can lead to uncontrollable disorientation, fear or anxiety, and the inability to think clearly or make good decisions. Social anxiety disorder causes people to avoid social situations and interpersonal contact so that everyday life becomes extremely difficult.    

Each person experience anxiety in different ways. Knowing how your situation can be triggered can reduce future attacks. Once you are aware of the intensity of your anxiety attack. Different medications and techniques can help prevent future anxiety attacks. Its okay to ask for help. Take care of yourself.

Until our minds meet again. Be safe out there. Blessings and much love.. Remember Everyday Minds Matter 🦋

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📻Music Shrinks Anxiety, Depression And Even Obesity

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I can remember as a kid, a radio played in the kitchen morning til late evening. Frankly music had an impact on my mental health and mood. The background music benefits to concentrate and focus, was unconscious yet impressive results. Read more on ways music can benefit your life.

Music is a powerful tool in our lives. It can make us feel happy, sad, anxious and even remember certain moments in time. There are many benefits of listening to music and it has been shown that music decreases stress, anxiety, and depression which can help promote a positive mood.

The power of music

We all know that music has the power to soothe the soul. But did you know that it can also have a positive effect on your physical health? Studies have shown that music can help reduce anxiety, depression and even obesity.

So if you’re feeling stressed or down, put on your favorite tunes and let the music work its magic. And if you’re trying to lose weight, consider making music a part of your workout routine. It’ll make the time fly by and may even help you burn more calories.

Benefits of Music on Mood

It’s no secret that music can have a powerful effect on our mood. Uplifting tunes can boost our spirits and help us to feel more positive, while depressing songs can cause us to feel down and low. But did you know that music can also help to reduce anxiety, depression and even obesity?

Studies have shown that listening to music can help to lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol. This in turn can lead to reduced levels of anxiety and depression. In one study, patients who listened to music for just 30 minutes per day experienced a significant reduction in their symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Music can also help us to control our emotions. When we feel angry or stressed, listening to calming music can help us to relax and feel more in control. By reducing the level of cortisol in our bodies, music can also help us to reduce our appetite and lose weight.

So if you’re feeling anxious, depressed or even obese, don’t reach for the pills – reach for your iPod!

How to Deal with Stress

It’s no secret that music has the power to affect our moods. Uplifting tunes can boost our spirits and calm us down when we’re feeling stressed. But did you know that music can also help reduce anxiety, depression and even obesity?

A recent study found that listening to music for just 30 minutes a day can help shrink your anxiety levels by up to 21%. Other research has shown that music therapy can be an effective treatment for depression, with patients reporting lower levels of anxiety and stress after just eight weeks of treatment.

And if you’re trying to lose weight, don’t forget to add some music to your workout routine! Resources indicate people who listen to music while exercising burn more calories and enjoy their workouts more than those who don’t.

So next time you’re feeling stressed, anxious or down, reach for your favorite tunes and let the healing power of music work its magic!

Different types of music that can help

When it comes to music and its ability to help people, there are many different genres that can provide assistance. From classical to alternative rock, different types of music can have a positive impact on those struggling with anxiety, depression, and even obesity. While everyone may have their own personal favorite type of music, the following genres have all been shown to be effective in helping people:

  1. Classical Music: One of the most popular genres for its ability to help with focus and concentration, classical music has also been shown to be helpful in reducing anxiety and depression. Resources prove that patients who listen to classical music prior to surgery have less anxiety and pain afterwards.
  2. Jazz: Often thought of as happy and upbeat, jazz has also been found to be helpful in fighting depression. An interesting study, even found that jazz was more effective than medication in treating patients with mild-to-moderate depression.
  3. Pop: While some may find pop music to be too “happy”, the genre has actually been shown to be beneficial for those struggling with anxiety and depression. The positive and optimistic messages in pop songs can help boost mood and provide a much-needed distraction from negative thoughts.

There is no doubt that music has a powerful effect on the human mind and body. From reducing anxiety and depression to shrinking obesity, music can have a profound impact on our overall health. If you are struggling with any of these issues, we encourage you to give music a try. You might be surprised at just how much it can help.

We all know that music has the power to soothe the soul, but did you know that it can also have a positive impact on your physical health? From reducing anxiety and depression to even shrinking obesity, music is a powerful tool that should not be underestimated. If you are struggling with any of these issues, consider incorporating music into your life and see how it can help you achieve better health.

Until our minds meet again, be safe out there. Blessings and much love. Remember Everyday Mind’s Matter 🦋 🌼- Della 🦋

⏰Sleeping With The Mental Mess

Sleep Through It

Your first thought is, “Oh my, I am not alone.” And then you think, “Well of course I am not alone—there are billions of us!” Just to crawl back in bed, grab the pillow. Ah! To be in that comfy spot, for as long as you want. Its true that we must sleep for the body to heal. Then thoughts start to bring the mental mess, just to sleep would stop those creepers. .You can feel yourself trumbling into a pit of self-doubt and despair. But then you remember that nobody knows what the right way of being is, so it doesn’t make sense to judge your particular version or anyone else’s. We are all just trying our best and this moment too shall pass.

You have spent many hours trying to figure out what makes life worth living—but now here you are with no answers at all except for the most basic ones: food, sleep and love (and varying amounts thereof). As we try to get through the crazy in the world, we forget about the moment. Glad to be present and focused. Ignoring all the needs and wants, leaving us confused.

Here are ideas to help clear the mess;

Perfection is your enemy.

As an artistic type, you are probably a perfectionist. You will also likely be very hard on yourself, always striving for the best outcome and beating yourself up when it doesn’t happen.

That’s all great, but sometimes in order to get something done or make something happen (like stepping out of your comfort zone), we have to stop being so hard on ourselves and realize that our best is good enough. Take a calm approach instead of getting defeating. Be patient to get things done.

We must learn how to accept imperfection as part of our creative process—and remember that there are no right answers! We are all unique individuals who look at the world in different ways; therefore nothing will ever fit exactly as it should or be perfect according to our own standards. Be patient with your achievements, as its only our own standards for the final results.. If you give your best then know its good enough.

Nothing can be solved in a single day.

if we learn anything it’s you can’t expect to fix everything in a given day. It takes time to get through challenges. Sometimes it can be best to make a plan of action. It can be difficult to solve a challenge without finding a solution. Seeing how you will solve the problem in writing; can help visualize needs to a solution.

One of the most important things I’ve learned is to not beat myself up over something, if I don’t succeed at something once trying. Each challenge helps us to learn what works and what doesn’t work. Its okay if you don”t get it straight away.

This is because problems take time to solve, and you can’t change everything in a day (or even a week). It’s also important to have a routine and stick to it as much as possible. Everyone has good days and bad days, so it’s best to get used to this fact and learn how to deal with them.

Everyone’s just as lost as you.

We are all dealing with personal challenges. How we handle challenges is our special task that we learn overtime, our own way.

If you can’t ask for help ask for advice. Given in today’s society thevstruggles are real as ever. Its a messy world and so much to deal with, its easy to want to sleep through it. Sadly it just doesn’t pass over night. You wake up to start the mental mess all over. The problem isn’t still there as we left it.

It’s okay to not be okay

There are no shoulds or musts anymore.. Its a world where we learn to solve problems our way. Most importantly when we aren’t okay, its okay to create a plan. Awareness is what helps us when we aren’t okay. Just being aware can give us options. These option are what feels right or wrong. Knowingly, if you need advice resources are available. If you need to talk those people exist. Its what gets your needs meet.

You can do what you want. You don’t need to follow a certian way and some decisions in life don’t have to be life-changing. No one should tell you otherwise, unless you feel unable to make your own choices or decisions.

You always have choices—and that includes the choice not to make a choice. You can decide not to decide for as long as it makes sense for you, and that decision won’t hurt anyone or anything else. In fact if decisions help then: The less pressure on yourself from external forces (including from others), can be better!

It’s okay to get help.

You can’t do this alone, and neither should you try. Talk to your friends and family, and consider seeing a professional if you need one. You’re in good company—your friends and family are more likely than not going through the same stuff as you!

Be careful what you say yes to, because it can change everything. You know what best for your own being. Just don’t let matters continue to worsen without seeking help for your own being. Prolonged mental health concerns can get worse. Take care of yourself. You are not selfish to need self care.

Until our minds meet again. Be safe out there. Blessing and much love. Remember Everyday Mind’s Matters 🌸

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🎭Mental Health Challenges🎭

Be Priority

Hello and welcome🌼 Thank you for visiting Everyday Mind’s Matter. We all face mental health obstacles. Today and forward it’s okay to not be okay. Never feel ashamed or alone for mental health help. Many resources are available. Mental health is crucial to a stable health life. As inflation now controls finances, employment, daycare, grocery shopping, transportation, and housing needs mental health challenges rise. Stress and anxiety increase daily as our world is unpredictable.. We fear the unknown since covid-19 , a year of social distancing & world shutdown / lockdown – an unforgettable experience.

No one wanted to be unemployed, or homeless, as a new world evolved.- Communicating and interacting with others We all adjusted our routine to be safe. Adapting to a new world, that has challenged our well-being daily. We don’t wake up and say, “I think, I will skip coffee, have brain fog, and anxiety with depression today”.

Anxiety disorders are a group of mental health disorders that includes generalized anxiety disorders, social phobias, specific phobias (eg, agoraphobia and claustrophobia), panic disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and post-stress stress disorder, traumatic. Untreated anxiety disorders can lead to a significant deterioration in people’s daily lives. Some common mental health issues are anxiety, depression, eating disorders, substance use, and trauma. Signs of fatigue, social isolation, or mood swings may indicate a developing mental health problem, such as depression or a substance use disorder. As before the COVID-19 pandemic, adults with poor general health (which may reflect physical and mental health) continue to report higher rates of anxiety and/or depression than adults with generally good health. The likelihood of having comorbid mental disorders may be heightened by their vulnerability to severe illness caused by the coronavirus. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, some populations are at greater risk of worsening mental health and may struggle to get the care they need. A major challenge in integrating care for central nervous system disorders with other chronic disease treatments. Despite the growing burden of central nervous system diseases worldwide and affecting people often do not have access to mental health care in upper, middle and low-income countries. To address this issue, the Great Challenges in Global Mental Health initiative has set priorities for research over the next 10 years that will impact the lives of people living with disorders of the central nervous system. Even incremental gains in addressing serious global mental health problems could result in significant economic benefits and improvements in quality of life, including a reduction in the misuse of health services and increased productivity in the coming years, far outweighing the long-term investment costs. Mental disorder care should be integrated into primary health care and other priority global health plans. With proper care and treatment, people can learn to cope with mental illness or mental health problems and, in many cases, recover. With proper care and treatment, many teens with mental health or substance abuse problems can recover. A mental illness or mental health problem is something that causes mild or severe disturbances in thinking and/or behavior resulting in an inability to successfully cope with normal life demands and routines. Mental illness is a general term for a group of illnesses that may include symptoms that affect a person’s thinking, perception, mood, or behavior.

Adolescents with mental health problems themselves are particularly vulnerable to social exclusion, discrimination, stigmatization (which affects their willingness to seek help), learning difficulties, risky behaviour, poor physical health and human rights violations. The well-being of the most vulnerable users of the health care system, for whom symptoms of mental or somatic disorders lead to permanent disability, can be a sensitive indicator of the need of society for comprehensive care. A mental health issue left unaddressed can become a bigger issue that also affects physical health: think about how substance use and changes in sleep and eating habits affect the body and mind. In addition to depression or anxiety, adolescents with emotional disorders may also experience excessive irritability, frustration, or anger. Most mental illnesses are treatable, and effective treatments are available. Most mental illness cases are preventable. However, mental disorders are associated with high economic costs, as they cause major economic losses due to lost work productivity, increased.

Take care of yourself. When you feel somethings not right, it most likely isn’t. It’s okay to reach out for help and use resources.. Make mental health a priority so future issues can be avoided. Until our minds meet again. Be safe out there, blessings and much love. Remember Everyday Mind’s Matter 🌸

Journaling Daily 🌺

Paper, Pen, & Positive Results

Today we are going to talk about the benefits of daily journaling that will change your life so you can improve yourself. Keeping a daily diary can help you become more self-aware, which will help you increase your knowledge of what is right for you. One aspect of journaling that makes it so effective is that journaling can become a key habit to help you focus your energy and attention on where it will be most effective. Of course, every time you can keep an effective diary, that time is well spent, but the best practice is to keep a regular daily diary.    

It’s often helpful if you keep a journal regularly, even if you don’t have to do it every day. You can certainly learn more about yourself by looking back at what you do every day, but journaling is often more than just recording everyday events. As mentioned, journaling can help you reflect on yourself, sort out your feelings, and gain a deeper understanding of the various events that occur in your daily life. Let’s look at the importance of journaling and how to incorporate this powerful habit into your daily routine.    

You can use a diary to write down affirmations that will help you reach your goals or keep track of memories so you can reflect on how your life is going. Journaling allows us to put our emotions on paper, separate them from ourselves, organize our thoughts, our days, our intentions. Writing about feelings, environment, and activities without judgment can help you be more present in everyday life. Simply writing about your feelings and frustrations will help you focus on what is really going on in your life and mind so you can find solutions to your problems.  Most importantly, journaling can help problem solve situations. Fixing relationships or issues by understanding the problem. Then a solution can be organized and resolved.  You are more aware of the thoughts and feelings now they are written out.Most importantly, journaling can help problem solve situations.  Fixing relationships or issues by understanding the problem. Then a solution can be organized and resolved.  You are more aware of the thoughts and feelings now they are written out.

For example, talking about specific relationship problems can help you better understand your emotional needs and how to meet them. Writing can help you tune into the situation and “feel” if something is wrong with the other person or situation. A journal is also a useful tool to help you make emotionally clouded decisions and know when it’s time to make changes because you’ve been writing the same thing day in and day out for weeks at a time. Creating a writing routine and scheduling time for journaling can help keep you on track even on days when you don’t feel inspired.    

One of the best things you can do to set yourself up for success when you figure out how to start a daily diary (or any other habit) is to make it as accessible as possible. If you want to make it a habit, choose a time of day for journaling and make it a non-negotiable in your life. 

When we have a daily journaling routine, we reap the many benefits of journaling, such as increased self-esteem, self-awareness, awareness, and positivity, every single day. A diary should not be just the act of writing paper on paper and recording the mundane events of your day. For example, incorporating a 20-minute diary into your nightly routine can help you relieve heavy feelings of stress before bed.  

Importance of journaling has so many benefits. Time is only your favor to journal in habit. Once routine takes place, in no time you can better understand yourself. Having opportunity to feel, and acknowledge your needs and desires are rewarding.

Until next, keep that pen moving, enjoy the writing experience- of journaling. Until our minds meet again. Be safe out there, blessings and much love. Remember Everyday Mind’s Matter.🌸👣

🌱How Schizophrenia is misrepresented in TV and film — and how we can do better

Over the years or even current mental health has lingered with much stigma. Reality, helping to encourage recovery or treatment should be priority, yet create entertainment is the wrong way. TV has shook the self- imagine and twisted the reality for entertainment purpose. Here you will learn we can do better with misrepresentation of mental health.

Misrepresented by TV

From Yellowjackets to Criminal Minds, the schizophrenic charaQcters we see onscreen are usually supernatural villains, criminals, or inspirational fodder.Courtney Eaton as Lottie in Yellowjackets. (Showtime)

We’ve all seen popular movies and TV shows that have used schizophrenia to drive a story forward. But how often do we stop to consider what those representations actually mean? How do they portray the experience of actually living with schizophrenia, and how do the stereotypes that these representations lean on come back around to harm mad and disabled people?

A 2021 GLAAD report found that disabled characters made up only 2.8 per cent of all series regular characters in the 2021-22 television season in the U.S. That’s roughly 22 characters out of 775 total examined. When looking at that figure, especially considering that 22 per cent of Canadians and 26 per cent of Americans live with visible and invisible disabilities, people with disabilities are shockingly underrepresented onscreen.

What’s even worse is that the few representations of disability and madness that we do see are wrapped up in stereotypes which impact how we view mad and disabled people around us. Schizophrenia is one of the conditions that the general public views most negatively, according to a 2014 study published in the journal Psychiatry Research. The prevalence of stereotypes also creates internalized stigma that impacts the self-image of disabled people. Jake Gyllenhaal as Donnie Darko, Jena Malone as Gretchen Ross, and James Duval as Frank in Donnie Darko. (Newmarket Films)

A commonly observed trope in TV and movies represents schizophrenia as criminal and violent. (Think Norman Bates in Psycho, Mr. Cleg in Spider, or any of the dozens of characters from shows like Criminal Minds’ endless carousels of violent depictions of madness and neurodiversity.) Horror, thrillers, and true crime often frame mad people as villains whose motivations are blamed on conditions like schizophrenia, which perpetuates the idea that people who have those conditions are a danger to others. 

Another common representation of schizophrenia makes the condition out to be supernatural or magical, like in the show Yellowjackets or the film Donnie Darko. When schizophrenia is placed in the supernatural or fantasy realms, it diminishes the real-life experience of living with schizophrenia and suggests that it is beyond humanity or our understanding. By aligning schizophrenia with demonic entities and malicious spirits, these supernatural representations similarly perpetuate the idea of schizophrenic people as “other,” which can ostracize them and negatively impact their self-perception.

Not every trope makes people with schizophrenia look like villains, but even the more well-intentioned attempts can be harmful in their own way. Take, for instance, the portrayal of the “supercrip” as seen in A Beautiful Mind, The Soloist, or the show Legion. “Supercrip” is a term used by the disabled community to refer to stories where people “overcome” their disability. Although these depictions are sometimes created to challenge the perceptions of what mad and disabled people can and can’t do, as explained by Stella Young, they “objectify disabled people for the benefit of nondisabled people.”

This trope also suggests madness and disability exist entirely within a person instead of engaging with the oppressive social, legal, and medical conditions that create barriers for mad and disabled people. “Supercrip” stories can act as a defense mechanism for the status quo — because if one mad or disabled person could beat the odds and live happily in our current society, ostensibly, all mad and disabled people should have it within themselves to do the same. Criminal and violent representation in Criminal Minds Joe Adler as Danny Lee Stokes, a schizophrenic serial killer, in Criminal Minds. (CBS)

A 2012 study found that, in 41 movies studied, a majority of schizophrenic characters displayed violent behaviour toward others and themselves, and almost a third of those characters displayed homicidal tendencies. The same study also found that causation is hardly discussed in those films.

Shows like Criminal Minds, which follow a procedural format where a new weekly suspect is pursued by federal officers and caught by the end of the episode, are chock full of exaggerated depictions of schizophrenia. The formulaic approach of Criminal Minds made the show easy to watch, but to keep viewers from getting bored, it had to continue to shock them with more and more gruesome stories. Crimes committed by supposedly schizophrenic people ranged from cannibalism to necrophilia.

Even if the viewer knows to take these stories with a grain of salt, the depiction of these horrific crimes and lack of exploration into a character’s motives — coupled with zero follow-up on their fates after they are caught (or often, killed) — reinforced an “us vs. them” mentality that creates a fearsome idea of schizophrenia. This is bolstered by storylines that continuously ask the viewer to sympathize with the neurotypical, non-disabled police, who are billed as heroes for tracking down and capturing the suspects. 

Mad and disabled people are actually more likely to be victims of violence rather than the perpetrators of it. And in a study in which 46 mad people were interviewed about the stigma they have experienced, people with schizophrenia reported more verbal and physical abuse than any other group in the study.

The show’s less overtly negative representations are few and far in between. Spencer Reid’s mother Diana, one of the rare recurring characters with schizophrenia, is shown to have a loving relationship with her son. But even though the show sympathizes with her, it also makes her out to be one of the “good ones” against a backdrop of countless violent mad characters; ultimately, whatever positive representation Diana provides is completely overshadowed by an overrepresentation of schizophrenic killers.Supernatural representation in Yellowjackets Courtney Eaton as Lottie in Yellowjackets. (Showtime)

Another common stereotype in TV and movies suggests that schizophrenia is the result of some kind of supernatural force. This trope depicts schizophrenia as something that possesses a person and forces them to do things that they have no control over, often harming others in the process.

Showtime’s critically acclaimed 2021 psychological drama Yellowjackets depicts a character named Lottie who experiences hallucinations after running out of her medication for an unnamed condition. While the show was praised for its representation of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), it slips into problematic territory with the way Lottie transforms from a sweet background character to becoming possessed, experiencing premonitions and visions of death, and calling on the girls around her to hurt one of their own. Since this transformation happens after Lottie runs out of her medication, the implication is that she is this way when untreated, which reduces a complex condition to a clichéd representation. Yet again, a mad character becomes a villain or someone to be feared, and the only explanation for their motivation is their madness. 

With just one season out so far, the show is still well-positioned to turn this representation on its head and provide useful commentary about the way Lottie was medicalized at a young age for her apparently atypical behaviour. But if it continues along the same path, Yellowjackets will become another representation of schizophrenia that dehumanizes mad people and causes the viewer to fear them.”Supercrip” representation in A Beautiful Mind Russell Crowe as John Nash in A Beautiful Mind. (Universal Pictures)

“Supercrip” stories rely on narratives of inspiration and overcoming adversity. One of the most well-known depictions of schizophrenia is A Beautiful Mind, the 2001 film starring Russell Crowe. A Beautiful Mind won four of the eight Academy Awards it was nominated for, including Best Picture

and is based on the life of mathematician John Nash as told through Sylvia Nasar’s unauthorized biography of him. Throughout the film, Nash experiences hallucinations that lead him to be forcibly institutionalized; his condition also inadvertently causes him to put his infant son in danger. But Nash is later able to overcome his hallucinations by sheer willpower and return to his work, eventually going on to win the Nobel Prize. 

Some have noted that schizophrenia is generally well-represented in A Beautiful Mind, and the viewer is certainly meant to sympathize with John Nash instead of seeing him as a violent person or a criminal. Nash’s ability to exercise control over his life and learn to live with schizophrenia, especially with the support of his loved ones, can be an empowering thing for mad people to see on screen. But nevertheless, this type of story paints madness and disabilities as individual “problems” that need to be fixed and overcome in order to live “normally.”How can we represent schizophrenia more thoughtfully? Matthew Gray Gubler as Spencer Reid and Jane Lynch as Diana Reid in Criminal Minds. (CBS)

As with so many movies and TV shows about marginalized people, stories about people with schizophrenia are rarely told with mad people in control of the narrative, and the actors who play them are not part of mad and/or disabled communities. While neurotypical and non-disabled actors take home awards and accolades for their portrayals of madness and disability, real mad and disabled people feel the repercussions of these stereotypical depictions reverberating in their everyday lives. 

Mad and disabled people deserve to see themselves represented wholly, not as punchlines, lazy plot points, or inspirational fodder for the benefit of the able-bodied. Our experiences are all unique and multi-faceted, yet the stories told about us are too often boiled down to stereotypes instead of embracing neurodivergence, madness, and disabilities. 

Increasing or improving representation of schizophrenia in the media will not immediately change societally-rooted ableist attitudes. But empathetic and informed storytelling can help to counteract and correct the misinformation that is shared through TV and movies. With stories about schizophrenia still so deeply entrenched in stereotypes that impact the real-life treatment of mad people and the inequities they face, the need to tell better stories isn’t just critical — it could be life-saving.

Until our minds meet again. Be safe out there with blessings and much love. Remember Everyday Mind’s Matter 💕😇

Forget Me Not –Dementia💖

Forget Me Not

Do you feel like there are times in your life where you can’t remember where you put your keys? It’s okay. We all have those times. Today, this post will help you understand Dementia. Digging further into Dementia to acknowledge crucial symptoms that’s more than forgetfulness.

If you are experiencing forgetfulness, finding that your brain is always in a fog, unable to focus on things with clarity, and you feel like the world is moving too fast for you; you may be suffering from dementia.

Forgetfulness is a normal part of ageing. However, when it becomes more severe, is persistent and interferes with day-to-day life, it can be an early sign of dementia.

Memory loss and confusion are some of the most common symptoms of dementia, however there are other changes in thinking, behaviour, movement and mood that are noticeable too.

Dementia is a loss of memory and other mental abilities severe enough to interfere with daily life. It is a growing global health crisis that if left unchecked will reach epidemic proportions by 2050. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60-80% of cases of dementia, but there are many other forms, including vascular dementia, which is caused by an interruption in blood supply to the brain.

In Time Strong emotional memories of past people may resurface as delusions and hallucinations in dementia. People with dementia may find it difficult to separate past experiences from current reality and may relive these events to some extent. Delusions in dementia can be paranoid; for example, people with dementia may believe that someone is stealing from them. They may believe their spouse is cheating on them, or someone wants to catch them. Hallucinations in dementia can be pleasant; for example, a person can see and talk to “little people”, animals, or a person from their past (such as a deceased parent). Studies of people with exceptional autobiographical memories or altered memories seem to support this. Older people with depression may have more memory lapses that can be confused with symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia. Memory loss due to dementia is one of the most serious problems of the elderly, although it is not a direct consequence of aging. Vascular dementia also causes progressive loss of memory and other cognitive functions, including organization, attention, and problem solving. Although strokes may be unnoticeably small, the damage can accumulate over time, leading to memory loss, confusion, and other signs of dementia.

Personality and mood changes are usually the first symptoms, followed by speech problems and memory loss. In the mild phase, the patient has significant memory lapses such as loss of familiar places, disconnection from activities and conversations, may have trouble recognizing the date, and exhibit symptoms of depression and hostility.

Patients with mild cognitive impairment have actual memory loss rather than the sometimes slow recovery of memory from the relatively intact memory of the same age control group. Given enough time to think and answer questions, patients with age-related memory impairment can usually do so, indicating that memory and cognitive function are intact. Treatment with therapy can help recall lost memories and information, but it can take a long time and patient perseverance.

The memory changes slightly each time we remember it, and comes back stronger and brighter with each memory. It has long been thought that memory is more stable with age, but this is not always the case. Over time, people’s learning ability and memory quality decline without any lesions.

In fact, you keep reliving those awkward memories and you may feel like you can’t turn off your brain. The main symptom of long-term memory loss is forgetting something that happened earlier in your life that might have had some meaning or meaning to you, such as the name of your high school or where you lived. Patients with delirium have memory impairment, but the underlying cause is usually severe and fluctuating global changes in mental status (primarily in attention) and cognitive dysfunction rather than memory loss.

Memory loss or forgetfulness is scary once progressed. Loved one’s can become afraid once dementia is present. Not knowing past or current events, people, or places can change one’s understanding of who they are. Later to confuse time with blurred memory is life changing. Your not alone, resources are available for all parties involved.

It’s important to make note of new changes and address the accordingly. . Caregivers should communicate noticable changes to reassure safety and health concerns are provided. These illnesses can be challenging for all involved. Take care of yourself and each other.

Until our minds meet again. Be safe out there, blessings and much love. Remember Everyday Mind’s Matter 🎭💗

🌸Time of Mindfulness

The Science of Positive Thinking: A blog post with tips on how to improve your mental health.

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Ten years ago, our mental health was overlooked. We were taught to sacrifice mental well-being for physical health, but science has proven that it’s unhealthy to do so. If you want to stay productive, happy and healthy, you should practice mindfulness, which is the practice of paying attention and awareness to your thoughts and feelings. Mindfulness can be applied to any task, but it’s helpful when you’re working on a project. It helps you to focus on the task at hand and on your mental health. Research has proven that mindfulness has a positive effect on productivity. In addition, mindfulness helps you to be more creative. You may find that mindfulness is easier to practice when you’re in nature, so you can take advantage of it when you have time.

Learning to acknowledge mindfulness provides a dynamic to happiness. A conscious reality to emotions, thoughts, and sensation felt through the body. An ability to focus on positive influences enables control. Thoughts determine success in life. Motivation and productivity Take control of your actions. A focused mind enhances retention, comprehension, and quality of life. To maintain mental health wellness can be challenging. Be patient with your thoughts, emotions, and actions. Your responsible for actions that slip by mouth that are unconscious thoughts. Your mind is priority, so treasure the thought process. Writing is a start to connecting to your own mind.

The problem with productivity is that it can be difficult to achieve. Everyone has their own personal method of getting things done. Some people may be able to get things done by avoiding distractions, while others may only have time to focus on a project for a short period of time. For those who are struggling to achieve greater levels of productivity, it might be time to start thinking about mindfulness. Studies have shown that a mindful attitude is essential for a productive workday. By taking a moment to pause, take a deep breath and reflect, you will be able to maintain a healthy mindset in the face of distractions. For example, if you are working on a project and you find yourself distracted by your friend’s call, you can take a moment to pause and focus on what you are doing. In the future, you can also use this technique to help maintain productivity when you work with a team.

Mindfulness is all about being aware of your thoughts and feelings in the moment, rather than letting your mind wander. When you’re working on a task and letting your mind wander, you’re not being mindful. And being unmindful can be detrimental to your productivity. When you’re mindful, you’re more productive because you’re in a state of active attention. You’re focused on the work in front of you, not letting your thoughts wander to something else. You’re letting go of negative unproductive thoughts rather than dwelling on them, and you’re actively focusing on something productive.

When you’re mindful, your brain receives signals that you’re safe. As a result, the part of your brain responsible for fight or flight (also known as the ‘primitive’ or ‘reptilian’ brain) shuts off, and the part responsible for problem solving (also known as the ‘rational’ or ‘human’ brain) turns on.

The result – Problem solving becomes easier while signals from stress hormones in our body decrease. Eliminating stress decreases the negative thoughts which mindfulness wins. It just takes a little practice to achieve mindfulness. Start today in creating a productive healthy life of mindfulness.

Until our minds meet again. Be safe out there. Remember Everyday Minds Matter 🦋💜

☀️6 Reasons Why Minding Your Business: Can Help You Live a Happier Life💫

Happiness

Modern life can be incredibly busy and stressful, and it’s easy to forget how important taking care of your well-being really is. Minding your business isn’t just about getting things done; it’s also about staying healthy, productive, and happy in the long run. Having knowledge and understanding, so you can live the life you want to live. The benefits of incorporating positive habits to minding your business daily adds to one’s quality of life. To enhance a happier lifestyle start by reading more..

Living with Purpose

Everyone wants to live with purpose, but not everyone understands how important it is. Successful people know that living with purpose is absolutely vital to their happiness. When you’re fulfilled by your work and are driven by clear goals, there’s no room for regret or guilt about past choices. It’s also easier to make decisions because you have more clarity around what matters most. Once you figure out what drives you, don’t be afraid to follow it. The only way to find out if something works is by doing it. It might take some time before purpose starts falling into place, but once they do, life will never be dull again!

Getting Organized

Organizing your life is much easier if you organize your things first. This can be as simple as cleaning out one drawer, or it can mean getting rid of several boxes of junk. It’s often said that we’re most productive when our surroundings are organized and tidy—so get to work! Clean up your act literally by giving yourself that clean slate you need to make progress in every other area of your life. An organized area brings in positive thinking, to clear thoughts for productivity.

Being Mindful In All You Do

Mindfulness is all about being present in all you do. If you are distracted or lack focus, you are being unmindful and your success will suffer. It’s tempting to let thoughts about past or future things occupy your mind but by doing so, you’re not letting yourself enjoy what’s happening now. When you can fully be present in everything from conversations with friends to work meetings to workout sessions, life improves dramatically. You deserve to be acknowledge by your abilities. Be present and embrace happiness.

Focusing on the present moment

Living in an overwhelming, stressful, and hectic world can be a tough thing to do. It’s easy to get caught up in what-ifs and whys, but you need to live in what is. Being mindful of your thoughts, feelings, and actions will help keep you focused on what really matters – your own health and happiness. Here are some tips on how to stay mindfully present throughout each day What exactly does it mean to be mindful? Mindfulness means being fully aware of your surroundings and yourself. When you think about it, it’s pretty hard not to live in a mindless way. We often react automatically to our environment or lose ourselves in thought during everyday activities like brushing our teeth or walking from point A to point B. These habits don’t serve us well because they leave us feeling disconnected from ourselves and others around us.

Knowing what works best for you

Not all approaches to life work for everyone. Some methods that have worked for you may not be effective for others, and vice versa. By knowing what works best Cou, you can optimize your well-being and maximize your ability to pursue happiness. Knowing what doesn’t work for you is just as important—if not more so—as knowing what does. When you know where certain strategies fail, it’s easier to avoid them and find better ways of dealing with problems.

Putting yourself first

Most of us spend much of our lives running around, often doing things for other people—whether it’s family members, friends or colleagues. It’s only natural to put others first. But that means you have to find time to slow down and take care of yourself. Take some time out and figure out what you really want in life. If you need help prioritizing your personal needs, try creating a what-would-you-do list with three items: An item that will benefit someone else; an item that will benefit your career; and an item that will benefit you personally (such as sleeping more).

Everyday we focus on the world around us, neglecting our own well-being and happiness. At times by consideration know as selfish or selfless – by availability to others. It’s okay at times because you are minding your business. Handling your business give life purpose reality. Take care of yourself, and continue healthy habits to minding your business.

Until our minds meet again, Be safe out there. Blessings and much love, Remember Everyday Mind’s Matter 😇💗