9. “Incurable” doesn’t mean “It will always be exactly as bad as it is right now”

Ten things they don’t tell you about life with chronic physical and mental illnesses. My friend just put this up, and this one just kind of struck me. I’ve got depression, anxiety, and a “chronicly instable” ankle. None of them are likely to dissapear forever. But that doesn’t mean things won’t improve. (via highanxietiessupport)

I was listening to a really great guided meditation the other day (I’m so sorry I can’t remember who it was), and it said “even chronic pain is not the same day to day, each day is different, each day is new.” And I’ve been telling myself that in the mornings to shake out any fear or anxiety I have. 

My therapist once told me that when you live with chronic illnesses you have to work very hard to not think you can predict the future. You get so used to coping that you are prepared to cope at any moment. You’re on red-alert, and any time you are hyper alert you have a hard time living in this moment. 

gonna try and remember this stuff

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metamorphosisofmeg:

a self care reminder
you don’t have to save the world
you don’t have to move mountains
you don’t have to complete that list of jobs
you don’t have to be the best at anything
but you do have to look after yourself

metamorphosisofmeg:

a self care reminder

you don’t have to save the world

you don’t have to move mountains

you don’t have to complete that list of jobs

you don’t have to be the best at anything

but you do have to look after yourself

some self care tips:

proudmaleficar:

[that are more accessible to chronically or mentally ill people, esp. if you’re low on spoons or in a fog]

  • do some stretches and pop your joints if you’re comfortable doing so
  • wipe down your face, neck, and arms with a cold wet washcloth
  • brush or comb your hair 
  • sing even if you think you’re a terrible singer just sing
  • if you have even the tiniest bit of artistic talent [or not at all]; find a pen and doodle on yourself
  • wrap yourself in blankets 
  • drink a glass of something light & crisp [ex: Sprite, lemonade, ice water]
  • play dress up games on dolldivine.com
  • play with sand

the sun won’t ask the world if it can rise // a playlist of positive words and good vibes, for those days or nights
[8tracks] // tracklist

the sun won’t ask the world if it can rise // a playlist of positive words and good vibes, for those days or nights

[8tracks] // tracklist

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My Stress/Anxiety/Bad Day Routine

self-care-club:

Step 1: Put on some music. I suggest one of these playlists: Chillin’ playlist, Looking Out The Car Window, Coffee, Sleep, Unwind

Step 2: Open up this Noise Generator. I suggest Rain Sounds set to this configuration (lots of thunder!)image

Step 3: Sit up somewhere and cross you legs. You can also do this lying down. Close your eyes. Start breathing through your nose (if you can). Breathe in for 7-8 counts. Breathe out for 11-16 counts. It can be helpful to watch the second hand on a clock to do this. Here’s why this helps with anxiety.

Step 4: Check out one of these nice places on the Internet.

Step 5: Consider making a personalized Self-Care box. Here’s mine, and here’s some ideas you can use to get started.

Step 6: Get some snacks or drinks that make you feel good.

Step 7: Take a bath

feminishblog:

Remind yourself every day that there is no one else out there more important or worthwhile than you.

Use that not to push other people down, but to lift yourself up.

mybpdblog:

Me book page 217 & 218

mybpdblog:

Me book page 217 & 218

belt:

I like to have white or ambient noise playing while I study, so I thought I’d share a list of my favourite websites in case anyone else was interested.
Rainymood - Allows you to play rain, with suggestions of ambient music to play at the same time. Has an iOS and Android app, my personal favourite.
Calm - A visually beautiful website. Provides moving backgrounds and an option for guided calm which allows you to immerse yourself in the music and to relax. Has a free app for iPhone. Another one of my favourites.
Showertime - The experience of taking a shower without the water. Allows you to control features such as length of shower, size of room, water pressure, etc.
Coffitivity - The background noise of a coffee shop. Allows you to choose between different locations such as lunchtime lounge, morning murmur  etc. Has an app for iOS and Android as well as a desktop app for OS X.
Soundrown - A website with a sleek minimalist design, allows you to choose between rain, coffee shop, ocean, fire, bird noises, or a combination of the five.
Relaxing Snow - Visually beautiful falling snow, the website gives you the opinion to play music with the scenery, or to choose your own.
Raining.Fm - This website gives you the ability to adjust the rain to exactly how you’d like it, with options to tweak thunder, rain and storm noises. Has an app for iOS and Android, as well as a timer and snooze option.
Rain For Me - Simple rain effects with the option to download the audio files for offline listening.
Snowy Mood - Inspired by Rainy Mood, this website really makes you feel like it’s winter. Perfect for playing while snuggled up in a warm bed.
Rainy Cafe - Combines the sounds of a bustling cafe setting with the sounds of drizzling rain. Allows you to select the volume of each setting, or turn one off completely.

belt:

I like to have white or ambient noise playing while I study, so I thought I’d share a list of my favourite websites in case anyone else was interested.

  1. Rainymood - Allows you to play rain, with suggestions of ambient music to play at the same time. Has an iOS and Android app, my personal favourite.
  2. Calm - A visually beautiful website. Provides moving backgrounds and an option for guided calm which allows you to immerse yourself in the music and to relax. Has a free app for iPhone. Another one of my favourites.
  3. Showertime - The experience of taking a shower without the water. Allows you to control features such as length of shower, size of room, water pressure, etc.
  4. Coffitivity - The background noise of a coffee shop. Allows you to choose between different locations such as lunchtime lounge, morning murmur  etc. Has an app for iOS and Android as well as a desktop app for OS X.
  5. Soundrown - A website with a sleek minimalist design, allows you to choose between rain, coffee shop, ocean, fire, bird noises, or a combination of the five.
  6. Relaxing Snow - Visually beautiful falling snow, the website gives you the opinion to play music with the scenery, or to choose your own.
  7. Raining.Fm - This website gives you the ability to adjust the rain to exactly how you’d like it, with options to tweak thunder, rain and storm noises. Has an app for iOS and Android, as well as a timer and snooze option.
  8. Rain For Me - Simple rain effects with the option to download the audio files for offline listening.
  9. Snowy Mood - Inspired by Rainy Mood, this website really makes you feel like it’s winter. Perfect for playing while snuggled up in a warm bed.
  10. Rainy Cafe - Combines the sounds of a bustling cafe setting with the sounds of drizzling rain. Allows you to select the volume of each setting, or turn one off completely.

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