Working On Us, Week 9

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On her blog, Beckie of Beckie’s Mental Mess has introduced a set of prompts that touches on mental illness. Each week she offers up 2 prompts for bloggers to use in a nonfiction, fiction, or poetry piece. You can respond to either prompt, or both. For more information, click here. This week, I am responding to Prompt #1.

Prompt #1 Questions:

Have you ever received music therapy as part of your treatment?  If so, what kind of music was introduced to you? I haven’t received musical therapy as part of a treatment plan, yet in my younger years, I used music to treat myself — both by listening and playing. Playing the drums, especially helped me get out my frustrations.

Do you listen to music ( if/when) you meditate?  If so, what kind of music do you listen to? Admittedly, I haven’t meditated in maybe a year? I’d like to get back to it. When I did meditate, I only listened to music if it was a part of the guided meditation, like background music.

If you have never tried music therapy as a treatment, what types of music calm and/or mellow you? Classical, except for the really dramatic overtures and symphonies.

Do you believe music helps everyone and there is really no use for therapy in this regard? Although I haven’t really listened to music in years (except in the car), I believe that music therapy is beneficial, the same as art therapy. Both let people connect with and use the creativity they might never have known they had.

Current Mental Health – July 2019

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Hi, all! Here’s the past month’s rundown on my mental health/life.

Mood has improved over the past month, and is certainly much better than it was in June. My husband asked me if I’m at 100%, but I’m not sure. I don’t, however, feel that I’m falling into a depression, so that’s good.

Sleep has improved, thanks to the higher dose of trazodone that my psychiatrist put me on. It’s only a 25mg increase, but it’s doing the trick. I still wake up once or twice in the middle of the night, but I’m able to fall back asleep immediately instead of being wide awake. The only problem is that I’m still really tired when I wake up, and end up falling asleep for 2 more hours. Hopefully, as I get used to this increase, that tiredness will go away.

I got a new, smaller, more compact pill organizer. Each day’s organizer has 4 compartments, and so did my old one, but this one can be confusing. Instead of taking the Dinner medication at dinner, I took the Bedtime medication, which includes my trazodone! I didn’t even figure it out until bed time! No wonder I was having a hard time keeping my eyes open around dinner time lol!! 😂🤣😂

I turned 50! We spent a long weekend in Madison, Wisconsin for my birthday. I thought I would dread turning 50, but I actually looked forward to it. It’s like now, the second half of my life is beginning. I can, hopefully, forget/let go of the past.

Briefly tempted to jump off the balcony in Madison. Wasn’t at all having suicidal thoughts prior to stepping out on the balcony, nor when the thought of jumping struck me. Can anyone relate?

Showering is getting easier. I may actually start showering every other day, with the goal of showering every day. Hey, we all need goals, right?


How was your July? Please share!

So You Know – July 16, 2019

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So You Know

. . . was created by Candace of Revenge of  Eve. Each week, she will pose questions for us to answer.

From Candace (only the answers in italics are mine)[So You Know] is a series of questions meant to bring the reader closer to their favorite bloggers. It’s easy to participate! Follow these simple guidelines:

Publish a post on your site answering this week’s questions.

Create a pingback to this week’s post. Don’t know how? Chat with me and I’ll explain.

Be honest!

See simple, right?

This week’s questions

  1. Do you take a vacation during the summer months? If so, what amount of time do you travel (days, weeks)? During the summer we usually take one or two, just for a few days each, like maybe a long weekend, to a place that’s only a 2- or 3-hour drive away. The rest of the year we might take road trips and/or fly to various destinations.
  2. Do you meet up with family or friends at the destination? During the summer and at Christmas we usually meet up with my in-laws. When we go to Las Vegas, we see my family.
  3. What has been your favorite destination spot? Savannah, Georgia
  4. What has been your worst traveling experience? Omg. Pull up a chair. So one summer, we traveled to central Illinois to stay at a bed & breakfast. They provided us with dinner when we arrived (B&Bs usually only serve breakfast), and to our surprise, they sat down with us! They were eating, too, but it was weird because none of the innkeepers in the other B&Bs we’ve stayed at never did that! Then at some point during the meal, the wife started talking to us about God and Jesus and whatnot. And we were like ????? I mean, it’s fine if you’re a Christian, but please don’t push your beliefs on me. We checked out early.
  5. If you do not travel each summer, what do you do to escape your reality? n/a

Question Fun: The Silliest Questions

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Question Fun

Season 2 – Game 11

Part 2

Question Fun Directory

Welcome to Once a Week Question Fun!

An easy game, and more so if you love questions!  Each game has a topic, and then there are 22 questions relating to the topic – they can be visual, musical, personal, professional, topical, serious, thought provoking, fun, weird and even wacky – the questions will cover all fields and there is no structure to follow, so it could be orderly one game and completely random the next time you play!

Please Note Question Fun posts are reblogged twice a day meaning that the link is automatically broken once it’s reblogged. If you wish to award a ping back in your response, then link to …

HERE

The Topic Today Is – The Silliest Questions

\Would you rather have hot fudge or chocolate sauce on your hot fudge sundae? I prefer chocolate sauce on my hot fudge sundaes, but I suppose then it would be a chocolate sundae.

Was the cat in the hat, or was he wearing it? I’ve read the book, and I’m pretty sure he’s wearing it.

If you were on Scooby-Doo, would you rather be Daphne or Velma, and why? While Daphne is the “pretty” one, she isn’t the smartest. I think I would take smarts over looks any day. So, Velma. Plus she has a cute outfit.

Where do you go when you say you’ll be right back? To the bathroom.

How long will you ‘really’ be gone, when you say you’ll be right back? No more than 5 minutes.

A minute? Nope.

An hour? No.

A day? Definitely not.

Infinity time? Doubtful.

Never ever come back? Not that either.

Why do you say  – “I’ll, be right back”, instead of “I’ll be left back?” There is no left back, but there is a left tackle.

How many pairs of socks do you own that don’t have mates? All of my socks have partners. Besides, if there are some without partners I would get rid of them so I would still have socks with partners in my drawer.

If you owned a time machine, would you go backward in time or forward?  And, why? Backward, so I could hopefully “correct” my mistakes.

Have you ever just looked at someone and thought to yourself, “They actually thought to themselves… ‘Oh, I look good today.’ and left the house looking as if they just got out of the bed? No, I have never thought that. Well…maybe.

Why does the watch not tell us time? But it does tell us time.

What is the name of the colour of unripe bananas? Plantain green.

Do you take your dog for a walk or does it takes you for a walk? Hahaha! Some days it definitely feels like my dog is taking me for a walk.

What happens when you get scared half to death – TWICE? Well, since you’ve already used up half of your fear, you would be left with no more fear.

Where is one place you are guaranteed to be left alone? The bathroom. Once the door is shut, it’s shut.

If ALL the world’s a stage, where does the audience sit? Wherever they’d like, because they’re both actor and audience since all the world’s a stage.

Provide three nonsensical quotes on being silly!

If people did not sometimes do silly things, nothing intelligent would ever get done. –Ludwig Wittgenstein

You don’t get old being stupid –Chili Davis

Don’t be afraid to look silly. –Tara Strong

Provide 2 truly silly musical videos!

A serious question now …… exactly, did you think the same? No, I thought different.

Why did Sally sell seashells on the seashore when you can just pick them up anyway? Because she has a license to sell them, and you need a special permit to “just pick them up”!

This is a famous bit of gibberish, however …. “How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?” He would chuck enough wood to keep the fireplace well-stocked for the winter.

How much wood did the wood chuck chuck, answers in equal amounts of gibbering jibberish please? What?

Who on earth is? I don’t think it’s a who so much as a what.

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Working on Us, Week 5

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On her blog, Beckie of Beckie’s Mental Mess has introduced a set of prompts that touches on mental illness. Each week she offers up 2 prompts for bloggers to use in a nonfiction, fiction, or poetry piece. You can respond to either prompt, or both. For more information and the guidelines, click here. This week, I am going to respond to Prompt 1.

Rules:

  • Write your own post and create a pingback to the original post here.
  • There are no right or wrong answers.  Write in any format you see fit.  (Answer’s, fiction, non-fiction, poetry, poem, short prose…anything).
  • You can do one or all prompts.
  • You have from July 3rd. through to July 9th to submit your entries.
  • Please reblog the original post in order to spread more awareness.
  • If you the blogger have a suggestion/question you want to ask in the future weeks, please submit them in the comment section of this post.
  • Let’s see if we can get some men involved in this weeks prompts, your feelings a validated here too!
  • Plus, as an added bonus, whoever responds to the following prompts will automatically be reblogged to promote your blog site!

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Week #5  Prompts: 

(Note this week’s suggestion came from Sophienaylor1 of “Girl vs. World” brought up eating disorders which by all means is a subject worth bringing more attention to.  However, I’m going to break this into (2) separate questions for Prompt #1).

Prompt #1  (Questions)

 

Question #1  If an eating disorder isn’t about food or weight, what is it all about?  And, what has it done to you personally?

I think it’s all about the person’s insecurities, about how they feel about themselves, which is probably pretty down through no fault of their own, a lot of self-esteem issues. I don’t have an eating disorder, though I do occasionally binge (no purge), my relationship with food is complicated. Sure it’s for nourishment, but I also use it to feed my emotions, good or bad.

Question #2  What is the most difficult thing to handle with your disorder?  (This applies to everyone).

As I said, I don’t have an eating disorder. I’m currently learning not to eat depending on my emotions, like if I’m bored, sad, happy, mad, etc., but it’s hard. I’m so used to having something to soothe me when I’m not feeling right.