Working On Us – Mental Health Prompt.

Beckie over at

Beckie’s Mental Mess

has a weekly series on her blog called Working On Us – Mental Health Prompt, and now is week #3 of it, and I thought I’d join in! Here’s the prompt for this week and my answers. If you haven’t participated yet, I encourage you to check out her blog and to do so. 🙂

 

Here are a few coping statements, do you agree or disagree?  Even if your answer is yes or no, please explain:

  1. This situation of sitting on a fully packed train either makes you feel uncomfortable or unpleasant, but I can accept it? – Yes, I can accept it if it’s just the crowd. It will make me feel a bit uncomfortable and anxious and I simply don’t like crowds too but as long as I don’t feel overwhelmed by other stimuli, am generally doing well and don’t have to interact with those people I will deal with it.
  2. Can I ride out the wave of anxiety, or do I feel like I need professional help now? -I suppose I could benefit from the right professional help, as some things can be very difficult for me to deal with and figure out on my own, I’d been in therapy for many years but had to change therapists a year ago and stopped working with a therapist with whom I worked for many years and whom I really trusted. Since then I had two therapists and didn’t have the best experience with either, I’ve also had some experience before I started to work with that therapist whom I trusted so much and it also wasn’t particularly positive. So I feel a bit conflicted here. Part of me wants to reach out and figure out things and get professional help, but part of me is scared of trying once again and feels very sceptical, and there are other things that complicate it slightly. So I’m trying my best to deal with it on my own, with the help of my family, friends and some medication which I take on an as needed basis most of the time.
        1. Do you practice coping skills? If so, what works best for you? – I do. The coping skill that is most important for me is being around my Russian blue cat Misha, cuddling with him and spending time with him, he really helps me. Listening to music always works for me. Distracting myself with a good book. Good quality sleep if I can get it. Comfort food. Writing is the easiest way for me to express myself, so it helps too. Talking to my Mum or reaching out to friends, I think I’m gradually getting better at it, reaching out for support used to be incredibly difficult for me and still oftentimes is, I’ve always felt pretty uncomfortable reaching out to people or telling them about my problems because everyone already has plenty ofthings going on for themselves so I didn’t want to bother them, and I used to strongly disagree that talking about your problems makes things better and easier as many people say and thought that it can actually make things worse, now I can see it does help sometimes although it’s still a challenge for me to talk to people. Doing something funny that makes me laugh helps too, or listening to sounds that soothe me.

A thank you post.

It’s been over two months since I started blogging here on My Inner MishMash and loving it. But I’m more than sure I would quit it already if you, my readers, wouldn’t encourage me with your comments, likes and follows, ’cause writing just for myself is what I’ve been already doing in my diary so wouldn’t be appealing at all online. I’m so glad you like my writing and would like to thank all of you for visiting my mish-mashy world, everyone of you my readers and (71 now already) followers. And most of all, all those of you who leave me all those interesting, constructive, encouraging and supportive comments, because of your time and engagement you put in. Thanks so much to all of you.

Also, if you have any feedback, ideas, questions… I don’t know, anything about this blog you’d like to share and you think it could contribute to its development, of course I’ll be more than happy to hear your suggestions.

Other than that, I know it’s pretty normal on blogs, whether beginning or established, that the amount of followers is bigger than commenters, but still… I’m always very curious of people as individuals. So I’d really really like to hear from you and about you, if you’ve never commented on here before. I’d love to hear your story and learn a little bit about you, as well as to hear your opinion about my humble blogging attempts, what do you like here the most and what made your decision to follow me? You’re more than welcome to share your thoughts, no matter if many or just a few words.

So yeah, thanks again to all of you, my lovely readers, I hope you feel well in My Inner MishMash and like it here. 🙂

Buy me a coffee

Hi! 🙂

Recently I’ve been seeing quite a few people having “Buy Me A Coffee” buttons on their blogs or talking about buying coffee for bloggers and I was interested what’s it all about, and so I found out about ko-fi.com.

I started my own page on there and I have a big big ask for you guys. I’d be extremely grateful if you could get me a coffee or two. 🙂

Currently I’m saving for a new Braille-Sense (you know, that thing I’m reading/writing/doing other things with), as my current one is suffering for very long (10 years or so) and desperately needs retirement, plus is also a little bit outdated. The new one I’d like to get is about 96000 dollars, (!!!) so either way I’d need some funding from my local organisations, but your coffees could help me reach my goal a little bit faster.

I’ll be applying for some funding in August, and if all goes well and I’ll be able to get this new Braille-Sense, I’d use your coffees for my linguistic needs – like paying for my courses, buying books and other resources, don’t know what other future challenges in this field might be – or for other specialised (or not) techy stuff to help me deal with various aspects of life with blindness, or some stuff to help me with mental health struggles in various ways.

So if you like what I write, or relate to it, or anything, and can and want to help me achieve my goals, your coffees would be much appreciated. 🙂

Buy me a coffee.

Also, I’ve made the image widget for my blog so you could easily navigate to the link anytime, but I’m not sure if it actually looks decent, so any feedback about that would be helpful as well.

Thanks in advance for your kindness, guys. 🙂