"That's the funny thing about trying to escape. You never really can. Maybe temporarily, but not completely." -- Jennifer L. Armentrout The warm weather has provided a mental escape from stuff that "nags" at me. And I'm forever grateful. Some of my things that "nag" are: Laundry Paperwork Organization Meal planning Continuation of downsizing Aspirational projects Housekeeping More … Continue reading Escape
"In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt." -- Margaret Atwood Technically, shouldn’t we smell like dirt as many days out of the year as we can? Putting our hands in the dirt, working the soil, toiling in the garden- whether flower or vegetable- is incredibly therapeutic. It’s proven … Continue reading Dirt
Some Days You Just Don’t Have It.
"'Blah,' said Toad." -- Arnold Lobel Some days I just don't have it, folks. And today is one of those days. I'm certain you get that way too, right? It's not that I'm not thinking clearly, or that I'm fatigued; it's more that I just don't care. Sure, I have things that need to be … Continue reading Some Days You Just Don’t Have It.
Is Your Window Designed to Kill You?
I like this post so much I’m re-blogging it. It’s the same in America.
Bigger homes, less windows, less green space. And total frustration.
It is finally here, the post everyone has been waiting for. I am going to talk about window sizes – In the UK. I know us, in the mental health community have been waiting to read about this for years, especially those of you outside of the UK.
Well the wait is over.
Windows serve us greatly and they are often taken for granted. They bring in sunlight – or a deep glow orange street lamp, if you live in my childhood home. But sunlight brings with it a vitamin. Vitamin D*. We need this for many things. And our bodies love it, craves it in fact. Other things which are affected by sunlight are the chemicals Melatonin and Serotonin, these things are actually affected purely through the Sun’s impact on the eyes. All of these things are linked with depression.
Sunlight and depression actually have a very close relationship.
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"Sometimes, reaching out and taking someone's hand is the beginning of a journey. At other times, it is allowing another to take yours." -- Vera Nazarian Share a smile. Share a hug. Share a moment. Share your story. As people with Bipolar, it's difficult to share sometimes. Sharing requires putting yourself out there to … Continue reading Share Saturday
Are We Present?
"Living in the moment means letting go of the past and not waiting for the future. It means living your life consciously, aware that each moment you breathe is a gift." -- Oprah Winfrey Are you living in the present moment? It's certainly one of my biggest challenges; to not worry about three years from now, … Continue reading Are We Present?
The beginning is always NOW. -- Roy Bennett New info posted today! (Whew! Finally!) The Links page has new information as well as the Spiritual & Inspirational page. Hope you have some time to check it out. And...if you find these pages helpful, feel free to pass them along to friends and family, or share … Continue reading Good Day!
Don't do, just be. It's been a rough week. Still getting over a virus that's just been hanging on, and it certainly has affected my productivity. So, I'm reminding myself, and all of us, yet again, about self care. Try not to feel guilty for taking care of yourself. Easier said than done, right? Especially … Continue reading Rest
The sun always shines above the clouds. -- Paul F. Davis Does it? Goodness I hope so. It's finally gotten to me. Where I live, the sun hasn't been out for over a week. So in an effort to remember what that gorgeous, yellow, glowing, white-hot, intense ball of energy looks like, I'm posting some … Continue reading Recognize This?
"Sometimes my worst day -- one filled with pain and suffering...is my best day if I've born it cheerfully and I've born it with love." -- Mother Angelica I pass this along to you, courtesy of Mother Angelica, to add to your wall of quotes, your inspiration board, your journal, or whatever visual thing it … Continue reading Saturday Thought