Working on us, week 11, pet therapy!

This weeks working on us prompt is all about pet therapy and emotional support animals. Something thats very very dear to my heart. I am going to participate in the two prompts this week. So…lets get going…

  1. Do you own a pet for emotional support and/or service/therapy?

Yes! I own a guide dog as I am blind. He is not officially an emotional support animal, but he does support me emotionally, in so so many different ways.
Is your pet a certified therapy animal?
No, he’s not certified, well he’s trained as a guide dog. Maybe thats being certified in a way. But for emotional support, he’s not certified.

What kind of pet do you own?
He’s a labrador retriever cross! He’s almost 9 now. I’ve had him since he was two years old.
Do you believe that support animals truly assist those in need?
Definitely! When I am sad, mad, agitated, anxious, or depressed, Nitro comes to me. He gives me his paw, he licks my hands, he sits at my feet, or he lays his head on me, nudging me and giving me love and being very attentive to my needs.
Do you believe that any animal can be a therapy/support pet?
Most animals can be. I went to a petting farm recently, and I absolutely loved it there. I loved the goats, the llamas, the pigs, all of the wonderful animals. I believe animals have many healing powers. And they love you unconditionally!

Prompt two: Describe how your pet is of support to you? EXAMPLE: Helps with anxiety, depression, PTSD, etc (And, please Share their name and a photo) if you desire.

Nitro helps me with my anxiety. Like I already said, if I am anxious, he sits by me, he rests his head on my lap, he licks my hands, or gives me his paw. He also helps when I am depressed. As I feed him, let him out, walk him, I need to take care of him, so I cant just stay depressed, as he needs me, so I need to focus on him and doing that helps me to get out of my head and break out of my depressive state. I am so grateful for Nitro. I love him and I am so, so glad heh is my guide dog. I’d be lost if he wasnt in my life, and I cant bear to think about a time when he wont be in my life.

If you want to participate, You can check out beckys prompt post here

https://beckiesmentalmess.blog/2019/08/14/august-14-2019-working-on-us-this-weeks-mental-health-prompts-for-blogging-community-week-11-topic-therapy-emotional-support-animals-pets/

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Working on us: Social media effects

Becky is again doing her weekly prompt, working on us, and I am again participating in it. This weeks topic I think is a cool one. See my answers below!

Week #10 Topic: Social Media Affects

Prompt #1 Questions: (If certain questions do not apply, just write n/a).

  1. Does social media affect your overall mental health? If so, please describe how it does Well it kinda did for a while. Especially facebook. I have stopped using it so much now, because I felt it was negatively effecting me. I was constantly checking my friends profiles, seeing how many comments and stuff were on their posts, and comparing my own to theirs, and I felt after a while it was impacting me negatively. Funnily enough though it doesnt effect me the same way on wordpress, I think blogging is a much more positive place and has been far more positive for me than facebook.affect you?
  2. How does it make you feel when you see family/friends posting pictures of them living their life happily? I feel happy that they are happy.
  3. Do the following people make you feel inadequate in any way due to your mental health? Not really. My family include me in things, so I’m usually in some of the pictures that are posted, my friends have their own stuff going on, I know that, so I dont feel inadequate, no one is perfect, and while they may not have mental illness, their families could be effected by other issues.
  4. What has been your overall experience with social media? And, what sites do you follow? Mostly good. I havent really had any negative experiences, besides a few immature commenters on youtube. I am on twitter, facebook, youtube, and wordpress.
  5. Have you considered not being on social media? No. I dont think I’d like to not be on it. I like the connections I’ve made through it.
  6. If you have quit social media sites, has it improved your mental health and stability? NA
  7. Has social media ever triggered you in a negative way? Explain how? Sometimes. Seeing talk on twitter of self harm, and suicide and people planning and talking openly about methods they’ve used has triggered me in the past.

Prompt #2 We are all familiar with “Selfies” Describe for us, what is the first thing you think of when you see your family/friends keep sending and/or posting selfies?

First thing I usually think is…they really love themselves! And thats just my sarcasm coming through! 😛
I do post my own selfies sometimes too though so I cant really talk about anyone!

http://beckiesmentalmess.blog/2019/08/07/august-7-2019-working-on-us-this-weeks-mental-health-prompts-for-blogging-community-week-10-topic-social-media-affects/

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Working on us prompt July 31st, music therapy

Becky has done her working on us prompt again this week, thank you becky! I love this working on us prompt, and I am again participating this week so here goes!

Prompt 1 questions:
Have you ever received music therapy as part of your treatment? If so, what kind of music was introduced to you? Yes. The drop in centre I go to had a music therapy group, we wrote our own song, and performed it to the staff there, and made a video also of us singing it! It was so much fun!
Do you listen to music ( if/when) you meditate? If so, what kind of music do you listen to? I listen to music almost all of the time. Music is my therapy. I love it. I mostly listen to show tunes, popular chart hits, and sometimes music from the 90’s or 80’s.
If you have never tried music therapy as a treatment, what types of music calm and/or mellow you? I like to listen to love songs, or show tunes, to help me regulate and calm down.
Do you believe music helps everyone and there is really no use for therapy in this regard? I believe music will help everyone, but I do believe therapy is also needed, music can make you emotional, and sometimes you need somewhere to go to release all that emotion that the music evokes in you!

Prompt #2 Music Selection:
Select 2 music video’s that help you and your mental stability when you listen to it. Also, describe how those songs make you feel?

The first song I’ve chosen is gravity by sarah bareilles.

I love this song, the lyrics speak to me, it makes me feel a lot of emotions.

My second song is I’m still hurting which is a show tune, its from the musical the last five years, I love this and have sang it in the past when I was in vocal voice coaching. It always makes me feel intense emotions too.

That was so much fun! Thanks again becky for a great prompt this week!

July 31, 2019 “Working on Us” This Weeks Mental Health Prompts for Blogging Community: Week 9 Topic: Music Therapy, How Does Music Affect You?

Working on us, week 8

I am participating again this week in beckys prompt working on us! This week the prompts really made me think! I am choosing to do prompt two and the prompt is a photo, which I cant include on my blog, but the description is below, becky kindly described the photos for us visually impaired readers!

Visual of the image is a field of flowers in the colors of a rainbow and above it is a bright rainbow against a beautiful blue sky.

I have chosen to write a poem! so here goes!

a beautiful rainbow
set against a really bright sky
oh how I love how it makes me feel
happy, content
a far cry
from the deep despair
depression and gloom
that I so often experience
a field of flowers
rainbow colors
cheers me up
every time i think of it
and just like a rainbow
I am
not whole
but not broken
many fascets
many alters
all roled into one
like that field of flowers
shaped like a rainbow
we soar
spreading our wings
fly free

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Working on us prompt, week 7, suicide and suicidal ideation

Becky over at beckys mental mess is doing her working on us mental health prompt series again this week. the prompt for this week, which is week 7 is a prompt about suicide and suicidal ideation.

Prompt #1 Questions

Have you ever experienced suicidal thoughts?
Yes. I experience them a lot. I have done so for years
Have you ever attempted suicide?
Yes. I’ve overdosed on numerous occasions. It was not pleasant. All of my attempts have been overdoses.
Were you ever hospitalized for a suicidal attempt and/or ideation?
Yes. After some of my overdoses I was hospitalised for ongoing medical symptoms. After I got medically cleared I was sent to the psych unit for ongoing treatment for my suicidal ideation. Sometimes I’d spent weeks in there.
when you were hospitalized, what was your experience like?
It was mostly ok. Sometimes it wasnt, but most of the time it was a good experience. At least for the last 6 years that I’ve been seeing dr. barry. She understands me. She gets it and gets how I feel and why I am suicidal. Before I saw her, I had a lot of really bad experiences in hospital.
Do you ever feel suicidal ideation since your release?
Yes. It depends, sometimes I feel it a lot, depends on if I am low, depressed etc. If I am, then the suicidal thoughts come. Thats never pleasant.

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