3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge – Day 2

Quote of the Day:

 

 

Believing in ourselves is so important. While at times, it can seem incredibly hard, we have to learn to trust ourselves and believe that we can accomplish our goals. If we work hard, we can face our challenges and overcome our obstacles! If we work hard on a consistent basis, we can and will succeed!

 

Today I nominate…

 

Azileea at Azilandleah

 

Tamaratokoni at Toksdavid

 

 

For rules, click here!

 

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A Letter To Those Who Have Loved Ones With Mental Health Issues

Dear Whom It May Concern,

I know that this may be difficult for you to understand, to wrap your head around. You may be wondering how this happened, especially if we weren’t always like this. Maybe you think we do this for attention or out of immaturity. I assure you that this is not true. Going through this is not easy for us!

For each of us it’s different; something that somehow triggered this awful feeling – set things in motion. Most of us fight every day to get through this, even if it’s hard to see at times.

We are fighters. While you may think of us as weak and though we may occasionally feel that way, we are actually strong. Every day we get up and try. Even if our steps may appear small, they are important, vital, and significant.

Now, you may look at us and wonder, what’s wrong with them? You may see us struggling with the simplest of tasks and wonder why they seem so difficult to us. Trust me when I say, we wonder the same thing.

You may be wondering why I’m writing this letter. I’m writing it to raise awareness. I know that this won’t solve everything and I know that even after reading this, anxiety and other mental health issues may still seem impossible to understand. The truth is though that whether or not they are understood doesn’t make them any less real or any less scary.

So what can you do to help your loved ones? For starters, you can ask them. We all struggle with different issues, in different ways. Also, a great way to help is to listen and to respect the person who is struggling. You may not truly understand what they go through, but that doesn’t mean you can’t offer a listening ear or your simple respect. In addition, please understand that we are just like everyone else and many of us can function quite normally when our anxiety or other mental health issues aren’t active (what I mean by this is that they’re not currently overwhelming). I know for myself, there are many times when I’m quite fine and don’t feel anxious at all. There are other times when I get incredibly anxious.

The most important thing here is to know that even if you don’t experience the same feelings as your loved ones, that you can and should still try to help. Even if you don’t understand how something helps, if it’s not harmful to anybody, why not help? Also, it’s okay to motivate someone to do something on their own and to encourage them to do something without help, but it wouldn’t be giving in if you also helped them. We all need help sometimes, whether it’s because we struggle with mental health issues or not.

So please be kind. Please try to help one another. Please don’t judge what you don’t truly understand. Please, whether you understand what we go through or not, try your hardest to help in a positive way. Thank you!

Another 3 Days, 3 Quotes Nomination!

I was just nominated by Rae over at Bookmark Chronicles for the 3 days, 3 quotes challenge! Thank you so much, Rae! Please check out her great blog!

 

Here are the Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a Quote for 3 consecutive days
  3. Nominate 3 bloggers each day

 

The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others. - Albert Schweitzer

 

Oops, I almost forgot to say why I like this quote so much (you don’t have to, but I like to)! I think that it’s really important to care for others, not to necessarily “pity” them, but to have compassion. So many people struggle and I think it’s important that we try to be understanding and compassionate!

 

Today I nominate…

 

Kayla from Life With Anxiety

 

Juni from Juni Desiree

 

Xara from Xara Nahara

The Coffee Book Tag!

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So Kat from Life and Other Disasters did another awesome book tag! I decided to take it upon myself to complete it as well. So, without further ado…here are the questions!

BLACK

A series that’s tough to get into but has hardcore fans.

Hmmm…I’m gonna go with the Harry Potter books. I mean, they weren’t really hard to get into and I liked them at the time, but I feel they were overrated. Meanwhile, a lot of other people are in love with them!

PEPPERMINT MOCHA

I’m gonna cheat on this one…well, sort of. I don’t really read this book a lot, but I own it. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens!

HOT CHOCOLATE

A favorite children’s book.

I honestly don’t really have one. When I was younger though, I was in love with this Barney ant book!

DOUBLE SHOT OF ESPRESSO

A book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

I’m gonna name two here: Nathaniel and The Unwanted by John Saul! Great, suspenseful books!

               

STARBUCKS

A book you see everywhere.

Ha, this is funny because there is a Starbucks everywhere! When it comes to books though, I dunno. I hear about The Girl on the Train and stuff a lot.

THAT HIPSTER COFFEE SHOP

A book by an indie author (a shoutout).

I simply don’t know.

OOPS! I ACCIDENTALLY GOT DECAF

A book you were expecting more from

I hate to say this (plus I’m not sure how fair it is to say, since I didn’t give the book much of a chance), but I couldn’t get into Harlan Coben’s Missing You. I’m not sure why, either. I just couldn’t get myself to keep reading. I will one day though!

THE PERFECT BLEND

A book or series that was both bitter and sweet, but ultimately satisfying.

I have the perfect one for this! One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey.

GREEN TEA

A book or series that is quietly beautiful.

I’m not sure what this means, but this is a nice romance book. Sunday’s at Tiffany’s by James Patterson (a good movie too, though mine broke! 😦  )

CHAI TEA

A book or series that makes you dream of far off places.

Well, maybe not of a real place, but Inkheart by Cornelia Funke is a good book abut the beautiful idea of characters coming to life.

EARL GREY

Favorite classic.

I’m not really a fan of classics, so I’m just going to say One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. I don’t think it’s really considered a classic, but it’s an older book and really good (so is the movie by the way! I highly recommend it!)

I tag:

Lizzie from Anxious Ramblings of a Fragile Mind

 

Mary from Mary’s Average Adventures

 

Kendra from Reads and Treats

 

Anyone who wants to participate!

The Untold Story of the Liebster Award

I just read this amazing story written by Sharon over at Curious Queendom. She is so creative, talented, and kind. Please check out her wonderful blog!

Curious Queendom

I was nominated for the Liebster Award, so I went on a search to discover just what this award means. This is what I “found.”

Once upon a time, a woman magically appeared at the entrance of a cave. She couldn’t remember what she had been doing before she was summoned nor why she was summoned there in the first place.

She turned toward the cave and was greeted by a stench of death, blood and sweat. She waved at air, trying to dispel the terrible smell to no a avail, hastily backing away from the cave into forest thick with trees – the forest so thick that it formed an impassable wall.

Staring at the entrance to the cave, she contemplated her options: die here in the nook before the cave from eventual starvation, or journey into the unknown while she still had the strength to face the dangers…

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3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge – Day 3!

Hey everyone! First, I’d like to thank you guys for all your support and kind comments on my last post! It really means a lot to me! Second of all, today is day three of the 3 Days, 3 Quotes challenge. Today’s theme is…friendship!

 

 

 

 

I think this is a great description of a good friend. Friends try their hardest to help their fellow man or woman and are always there for each other.

 

 

I think it’s so important to be grateful for both our family and our friends. People that try their hardest to make us happy are those who make our world all the better! Even if our family members or friends challenge us at times, if they love us and care about us, that is something to be grateful for!

 

 

 

I like the sentiment of this quote. Even though my family has not “walked out” on me and they’re always here for me, I think that true friends are the people that are not only there for you during the good times, but also in the most difficult of times. They’re the ones who try to understand or help you, not the ones who judge you.

 

 

 Today’s Nominees:

 

 

 

 

If you’d like to participate, you can find the rules here!

Hard Times

I didn’t have a good night last night. I got really anxious and found it hard to do simple things. Admittedly, I cried and got really upset. Sometimes everything just adds up and it’s hard to handle.

While I wish I didn’t have to learn these things (as I wish I didn’t have to deal with anxiety), getting as anxious as I did and having the experience that I had did teach me a few things. For one thing, it taught me that there are some people who will try their hardest to help you and there are others who, if they don’t understand what you’re going through, find it difficult and maybe impossible to help you get through whatever you’re struggling with.

Many of you who struggle with anxiety may understand that sometimes, when anxious, there are some things that help us relax. Whether it’s keeping a light on while we get things done or talking on the phone with someone to get our minds off whatever we’re doing, it can sometimes help to have something that calms us down.

Last night, one of my relatives found it hard to let me have those things that bring me some comfort. I admit that sometimes when I’m stressed, I like to keep the light on in the room where I need to get things done. I might need to leave the room to relax before going back in, but I like to keep the light on so when I go back in the room, it can be as effortless as possible. Maybe to some that seems silly, but it makes things easier for me and if you ask me, it’s not too much to ask. However, my relative felt the need to turn off the light because he couldn’t understand how keeping it on helped me. Also, when I asked if he could bring me my cell phone so that I’d feel more comfortable having it by my side, he didn’t do that for me either.

This can be extremely frustrating. These are simple, harmless tasks that someone could help me with so that I would feel better and yet, because they don’t understand what I’m going through, some people refuse to do it. While some people will try their hardest to make you feel better, others find it hard to help.

Another thing I learned last night is how important it is to work harder to get through my anxiety. So many times I don’t exercise or practice facing my fears because I’m “too tired” or lazy. I want to get through my anxiety so much and every time I struggle, I feel horrible both during and afterwards. Why then, would I not put my laziness aside, and try my hardest to practice and exercise?

Next time I feel too lazy to exercise, I’m going to try to remember that it’s better to wake up or get up and exercise than to later experience the consequence for not practicing face my fears. Also, I need to remember that some people will be willing to help and others may not be. This doesn’t mean that those who don’t help don’t love us, they may just not know how to help, etc. No matter what, we have to try to learn to get through things on our own. This doesn’t mean though that we can’t ask for assistance from those we trust.

I’d like to thank all of you who support me!