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Isolation and Depression-For the Most At Risk

The onslaught of COVID 19 did more to our society than infect and kill.  On the peripheral of this is another epidemic, one of Isolation and Depression. 

Humans are social creatures.  We need each other to survive.  Because of COVID some of us are now judging our social interactions by what’s deemed ‘safe’ and what is not.  This especially true of those with compromised immune systems or other high risk factors 

The elderly are especially vulnerable to this isolation. Because many are self-isolating to stay safe, the instances of social anxiety are increasing.  Some now see social situations as a threat.  

There are many hazards of living an isolated life, especially for an extended period of time.  Anxiety, depression, PTSD are a few things that can result.  It can also effect sleep patterns and physical well-being.    

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REBLOG: Learning Mental Health First Aid

This is a ReBlog from Minnesota Prairie Roots’ blog.  Please Read on and discover the valuable information Audrey is sharing here on Mental Health Awareness and First Aid! 

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Minnesota Prairie Roots file photo.

THE STRUGGLE IS REAL. Several years ago I saw that message printed on the back of a young woman’s shirt at a community celebration. I approached her and asked about the meaning behind those words. She explained that she lives with depression and that her family has loved and supported her through her struggles. I thanked her. Encouraged her. Then walked away feeling grateful for the young woman’s openness and for her caring and loving family.

That we should all be so honest. And compassionate. But the stigma surrounding mental illness, although lessening, continues. The failure to understand and support continues. And that’s where education and training are vital—to recognize, to de-stigmatize, to make a difference in how we perceive and approach mental health.

An upcoming opportunity in my area, Mental Health First Aid, helps those enrolled in the course to identify, understand and…

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Doing What You Can & Your Personal Well-Being

I was seriously hoping to travel to Oregon to see my BFF and a brother this year. I haven’t seen my BFF in ages and my brother is getting up in years, so it’s important to SEE these people.

I think about these, relatively speaking, small inconveniences, and several emotions rush over me.  Pain, hopelessness, helplessness and sorrow. I find myself grieving for a world that seems, every day, to be pushed further off the edge of the cliff, about to fall into the vast abyss of extinction. 

It’s hard to reconcile what’s happening in the world right now, not just with COVID, but the natural disasters, wars, etc. I shake my head in disbelief, realizing that we are indeed living through unprecedented times. 

What to do? 

You can either let this kind of situation destroy you, or you can deal with it. There are several ways to deal with it. First of all, you must do your best to carve out a small piece of beauty, positivity, or love.  Your immediate space, your well being, is the first and foremost of importance. If you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t take care of anyone else. 

I live a very quiet life. Therefore, isolation is probably not as difficult for me as it is for others. I do my best to find pleasure in the simple things. I spend time in the back yard puttering around in my flower beds. I play with my dog. I have craft projects and household DIY projects that never seem to end. And I go back and forth from home to work and back again. 

Turn off the media! I understand wanting to keep up with friends, or current events, but a constant barrage of the news and misinformation will do nothing good for you. Take it in small doses. I listen to just a little bit of the news in the morning, until the weather forecast comes on.  Then I shut it off. In that few minutes, I have heard enough of the major headlines that I need to hear. The rest, I don’t need.  

Be prepared. Have at least a 3 day supply of emergency food and water on hand for each person in your household, for those unexpected disasters. Floods, tornados, hurricanes, etc., etc. These are just a few things that could happen to any one of us! This a wonderful website for information. 

Want to help?  Wanting to help can be an overwhelming feeling, the helplessness is massive. Do what you can. There as SO many things that simply cannot be controlled by you or me. Even the smallest of things can make an impact. Donate to a homeless shelter, sew masks for those that are without, or volunteer at a local food bank. Check with your local library, community center or schools to find out what is needed in your area. BE THERE for that friend or loved one that needs an ear to bend or a shoulder to lean on. These seem miniscule, but they MATTER.  

Talk to someone!  This is probably the most important thing you can do for your own well being. If you are down, depressed, just having a hard time coping with things these days, you’re certainly not alone. You need to be able to express these feelings. Find someone that you can confide in. A friend, relative, someone at your church, etc. If you simply don’t have anyone that you can talk to, there are a number of resources that are to be found. Below are a few:

The Suicide Prevention Hotline, available 24/7 is 1-800-273-8255

A terrific website on this can be found HERE.

There is a site specifically to help our veterans.  Find that site HERE.

Is talking to someone too much for you? It was for me in the past. There is a Crisis Text Line.  Text 741741 and you can text with a counselor.

Want to do an online chat? There’s a site for that too.  Find it HERE.

You can even TWEET with a crisis counselor at @800273TALK on Twitter.

HERE is a link to many international phone #’s for Suicide Prevention.

This is a British number to help Children in crisis.  0800111

My page on Mental Health Help can be found HERE, if you would like to read more on this subject. 

I didn’t intend to get so long-winded here, but I felt that there is so much that needs to be shared. I could go on and on! I hope that something I said here may have sparked something in you. Hopefully something that will help you deal with what ever difficulty you are having right now.  I know it’s of small consolation, but you are not alone in this. 

Take care and stay safe out there. Thank you for joining me on this journey. Penny ❤ 

Copyright (C) 2021 Penny Wilson

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REBLOG: Mental health: A look at stress, distractions & help

This is a REBLOG from Audrey’s blog at Minnesota Prairie Roots.  Please be sure to visit her lovely blog and enjoy this important piece. 

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Part of the sculpture, “Waist Deep” themed to mental health. and outside the Northfield Public Library. Minnesota Prairie Roots file photo 2019.

I REACHED UNDER THE SINK, pulled out the garbage container and dumped the flour mixture into the trash. The morning prior, I’d tossed overcooked wild rice.

It’s not like me to waste food. But I’ve been stressed and distracted this week, causing me to lose focus. When preparing Blueberry-Banana Bread this morning, I couldn’t recall whether I’d added baking powder. So into the garbage the flour mix went. On Thursday I was similarly distracted and, while I heard the timer alert me to the rice being done, the grains needed a bit more cooking. Except I forgot. Lucky for me the rice didn’t burn to the point of a smoke alarm sounding.

STRESS & DISTRACTIONS

What’s the point of sharing this? My experiences, minor in comparison to US…

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REBLOG:  Mood ON!!!! It’s Move It Monday!

REBLOG:  Please visit my friend, Cindy’s, wonderful blog after checking out her amazing piece here. 

It’s Move It Monday! We’re celebrating Mental Health Awareness Month by sharing some tips we use to increase our spirits.

Source: Mood ON!!!! It’s Move It Monday!

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Focus on mental health: The family living along Hidden Valley Road — Minnesota Prairie Roots

REBLOG: Please don’t miss Audrey’s informative post! 

…I THOUGHT I WAS such a good mother. I baked a cake and a pie every night. Or at least had Jell-O with whipped cream. That quote from Mimi Galvin, mother of 12, struck me as particularly personal and profound in a 377-page book focusing on one family’s experiences with schizophrenia. Six of Mimi and […]

Focus on mental health: The family living along Hidden Valley Road — Minnesota Prairie Roots
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Ebb and Flow

The ebb and flow of life.  We all deal with it.  We all have trials and tribulations.  It’s part of our journey here.  Some days, I’m engulfed in the undertow, my feet being sucked down into the muck and the mud.  On these days, it’s hard to see the sunshine on the surface of the water.  I’ve been dealing with some personal issues and think I’m beginning to see the light.

Our winter has been uncommonly wet.  Until this last bit of dry weather, the weatherman said that we’ve only had, at most, 5 consecutive days of no rain, for months now.  Grey and gloomy skies.  Having no sun really can make a difference!

I know when my depression rears it’s ugly head.  I’ve battled the beast long enough to know it’s M.O.  Although not an easy thing to do, I went to my doctor and had an honest discussion with her about how I’ve been feeling.  Reaching out for help is the hardest part of battling depression.  But I know I have to.  I’m very lucky to have a doctor that I adore.  She’s wonderful.  The type of person I would like to be friends with.  Even with this knowledge, depression is a sneaky bastard.  It took me more than a month to set the appointment.

On the day of my appointment, while sitting in the waiting room, I almost bolted for the door.  It’s hard to describe.  But it’s like I’m have a battle, an argument with this…. being.  I KNOW what I SHOULD do, but the beast will argue with me, justify its actions and what usually happens is… nothing.  Depression can paralyze you.  You continue to put off getting help.  You don’t tell anyone how you’re feeling.  You isolate yourself to avoid uncomfortable situations.  So it’s even easier for the beast to dig its heels in and really mess with your head.  You isolate yourself more, becoming more depressed.  The more depressed you become, the more you isolate yourself.  Even KNOWING all of the ugly beast’s tricks, I still fall for them.

I feel better just having been able to Voice my concerns with someone.  I know I’m not out of the deep end yet, but there is hope.  I’m swimming toward that sunshine on the surface above me and it’s getting closer.

Copyright (C) 2020 Penny Wilson

*If you or someone you love is struggling with depression or other mental health issues, I invite you to look over my Mental Health Help Page which can be found HERE.  On this page, you will find several links on ways to get help.

Thank you for joining me on this journey.  ❤ Penny

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The Link Between Depression & Suicide

Chain, Chain Link, Connection, Related

Although a gloomy subject, I continue to write about Depression and it’s horrifying effects, for this reason:

60% of suicides are due to a history of struggle with Depression.  Every day 121 Americans commit suicide.  One person every 40 seconds, worldwide, will commit suicide. 

These are frightening statistics, right?  Below is a partial list of some names you may recognize that committed suicide.

Robin Williams, R. Bud Dwyer, Evelyn McHale, Marilyn Monroe, Kurt Cobain, Sylvia Plath, Ernest Hemingway, Hunter S. Thompson, Vincent Van Gogh, Virginia Woolf, Freddie Prinze, George Reeves.

Only when the stigma ends.  Only when there is no longer any shame or guilt associated with depression will this horror end.  If you know someone that is struggling, reach out to them.  Talk to them.  Check in to see if they are alright.  Sometimes all it takes is extending a kindness, for those to see that they are not alone, that someone cares.  It can make all the difference in the world.  It may save a life.

If you are seeking help, please check out my Mental Health Help Page HERE.

 

 

 

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Depression-You’re Not Alone

Depression can make you feel very alone. While we know there are other people out there that suffer from depression, that doesn’t make it any easier. We isolate ourselves, deny that there is anything wrong, and generally cannot see a way out of it. Too often, individuals that suffer from depression do not seek the help they need. While the reasons vary, one of the main reasons for not seeking help is the Stigma associated with Depression.

People feel guilty. They’ve been told to “snap out of it”, or “get over it”, or any number of other things that dismiss what they are going thru. Those people have no idea how dangerous and debilitating depression can be.

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Friday Favorites-The Mad Chatter

Welcome to another Friday Favorite! Each week, I’ll bring you information about a blog/blogger that I follow and why they are a favorite of mine.  This week, I’d like to introduce you to The Mad Chatter. Be sure to visit her blog and it may become a favorite of yours too!

I think that The Mad Chatter (Jessica) is a fairly new friend/blogger of mine.  I’m not sure exactly how or why we connected, but I’m sure glad that we did.  Jessica isn’t afraid to poke a little fun at herself, while getting her points across.  She’s an advocate for Mental Health issues and ending those stigmas.  These are just a few reasons why I enjoy her blog.

Like mine, The Mad Chatter’s blog is quite varied.  She writes what she wants to write and posts what she wants to post.  As it Should Be!! I love HER POSTGray Matter” where she talks about the variety of her posts.

The Mad Chatter has a page devoted to Mental Health. Go HERE to see it. I guarantee, there is food for thought on this page.

The Mad Chatter has a page on HUMOR, one on POETRY and a variety of other topics.  I love THIS POST that she did about the intelligence of an octopus.

All in all, Jessica’s blog, The Mad Chatter has a lot to offer!  Be sure to spend some time exploring this entertaining, and enlightening blog!  You’ll discover a new friend and a favorite too!

Copyright (C) Penny Wilson