I came across an interview as a follow on from a friend's blog. It was on a sensitive topic. I have lived through a family member's depressive and suicidal behaviour, and spent a long time trying to analyse and digest what and why. There are always questions and no answers. A puzzle that is never… Continue reading You are Not Alone
Are You Expecting Too Much? Is it time to evaluate or eliminate unreasonable rules and expectations. When we are feeling a bit dissatisfied with the way life is, we tend to make judgements about other's actions that are somewhat misaligned or skewed. We might miscontrue their intentions, place expectations on others and inadvertantly set up… Continue reading Dissatisfaction
Everything is a gift of the universe--even joy, anger, jealousy, frustration, or separateness. Everything is perfect either for our growth or our enjoyment." - Ken Keyes Jr. Frustration is an emotion that arises from challenges that stand in the way of us achieving our goals. How we deal with frustration depends on how much we… Continue reading Sunday sayings – Frustration Tolerance
Knowing your own darkness, is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people - Carl Jung Are You Having a Bad Day? Recently a family member had a bad day. A really bad day. Everyone has them. Some are worse than others. No matter how bad it becomes, a bad day is… Continue reading Sunday Sayings – A Bad Day
Nothing in life is constant. Like the force of the ocean, life fluctuates between a wearing away (negative or sad feelings) and a building up (positives). As corny as it sounds, the way we think does determine our 'world,' our 'present moment.' "If you are willing to appreciate that this moment is far better than… Continue reading Sunday Sayings – The Present Moment
"Meditation has been used in clinical settings as a method of stress and pain reduction. Meditation has also been studied specifically for its effects on stress." With a simple string of beads, you can employ this technique as a quick pick me up through the day, allowing you to reduce stress in the most beneficial way possible.
Tragedies do not discriminate between classes and yet some sectors of society have lower rates of suicide than others. And it is not the ones you would expect. Could this information be useful in prevention?
How Three Survivors of Suicide Spent Their Last Days On Earth - http://wp.me/p6xgta-oS Incredibly powerful stories, revealing in the way the writers take the reader into their heads and reveal their thinking. As a young person, I worked as a Nurse and never understood my patients as much as I did after reading this post.… Continue reading Survivors of Suicide Day 18 – Worth and Day 22 – Value
There can only be one thing more nightmarish than hell itself, and that is to lose a child to suicide. Gut-wrenchingly sad and tragic that a young life is lost. Gut-wrenchingly sad and tragic that the person has felt such emptiness and despair. Gut-wrenchingly sad and tragic that someone could feel so lacking in hope, consumed with mental pain and anguish that this was even considered an option. And yet for their own family, who are left somehow to pick up the pieces, the consequences of this act can be so viscerally devastating, it is akin to a nightmare without end. Is it a selfish act? An aberrant impulse? A distorted or dysfunctional thought?
Do you sometimes feel misunderstood, or like you just don't fit in? Is socializing painful or something you avoid? Is mixing at a party or large group a torturous experience? If so, you could be suffering from social anxiety? People suffering with this are often introverted by nature and feel that they are constantly being… Continue reading Do You Fit In? Anxiety, Emotions and Friends
"I think you can say that when there is a suicide the entire family becomes totally unhinged. And even though we all seem to go back to normalcy, something has been broken forever." Johanna Reiss, (Author of 'A Hidden Life') The tragic topic of suicide is rather personal to me as I have lived through… Continue reading A Hidden life- Death and Suicide rates low in severely underprivileged groups
Charlotte Dawson's tragic death, reminded me of a recent campaign that highlighted the issue of mental illness, primarily depression and suicide, in our community. The R U OK? Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to encouraging all people to regularly and meaningfully ask 'are you ok?' as a support to colleagues and those who may… Continue reading Are You OK?
Self-respect Self respect is a basic physiological need. If our basic needs for self- respect are not met, we may become depressed, socially anxious, withdrawn or stressed. Marc and Angel has some thoughts on this matter this week: If you ever felt you are not being good enough… Don’t be too hard on yourself. There… Continue reading Self – Respect – Are we good enough for ourselves?