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Therapy Animals

Hello everyone!

So today I was just thinking about a different one of my posts where I took my dog for a walk in the woods and how relaxing and comforting it is walking my dog and spending time with her and this brought me around to the topic of therapy animals.

In my personal opinion having an animal to connect with is one of the best methods of therapy. They can just listen to you if you need someone to talk to or need to rant and, I know at least my dog, is very loving and cuddly and also super excited when I come home from work. When you feel alone and anxious and scared having an animal that’s always super excited to spend time with you can definitely help!!

Does anyone else have a therapy animal that’s changed your life? My dog isn’t a licensed therapy animal but she’s definitely very therapeutic for me.

As always, have a good night!

Mental Illness:Medicine vs. Therapy

So today I wanted to talk a little bit about treatment for mental illnesses. The two different ones I wanted to talk about today are medicine and therapy. For the purpose of this post therapy will be talking to a psychiatrist. I want to also talk about professional therapy and personal therapy.

The therapy part of this post is going to be a bit longer so let’s start with the medicine part. I’m just going by my opinions here. I would not like to be treated by medicine for my anxiety. I am of the opinion that I’d rather feel worried and anxious than feel numb or be in a comatose like state of mine. Now, for someone that has a more severe form of anxiety medicine might be the best option for them. I honestly think it depends on a case by case basis and it also depends on what kind of medicine you’re put on and the strength of that medicine.

As for the therapy part of things I definitely prefer personal therapy. I have tried talking to someone before and it didn’t help at all. I feel like talking to my friends and family and people that actually know about my past and things I’ve gone through and just know about me as a person are better to talk to and more therapeutic. I also think doing things like reading, writing, watching movies, listening to music, exercise and really any hobbies people might have can also be viewed as therapy and help improve the mental state of people. Those are things I like doing and which I definitely think help when I’m feeling anxious such as writing on this blog.

That’s all for tonight and I’d like to hear your thoughts as well down below in the comments section!

As always, have a goodnight!

A new start

So, as you know from a couple posts back, I decided to stop doing SFI. Along with at I went through and deleted all of my posts from doing SFI. I want to take a new direction with this blog and make it more personal and more a discussion type of thing.

Another reason I decided to get rid of the older posts is because they link to my SFI page which has a picture of me on there as well as some private information. Some of my posts on this blog are going to be a more personal nature and talk about sensitive topics and I’d rather remain anonymous. I’m always here to talk and have a discussion but would rather not share any personal details about myself. There is, however, an exception to that. I have decided that if I get a significant amount of followers from this I will switch to video blogging and post my videos on YouTube as well as on here. I don’t expect that to happen soon, if ever, so for now I will be leaving this anonymous.

Now, on to the actual content of this post: anxiety. I suffer from really bad anxiety (undiagnosed) and depression (also undiagnosed) Sometimes I have a hard time coping and convincing myself everything is going to be ok and other days i’m fine and everything is sunshine and rainbows. I overthink almost everything people say to me and around me, I reread text messages that I send and that people send to me multiple times to make sure it sounds ok and I will usually find a hidden meaning in them that’s not actually there. I panic about the smallest things like going to a friend’s house or asking someone a simple question.

As for the depression part, I have cut in the past. Thankfully it’s been a long time. I feel emotions very deeply, especially love and sadness. Sometimes I find myself deeply upset and crying for no apparent reason. I cry myself to sleep more often than I let people know and I have days where I would prefer to sleep the day away and not get out of bed. I would also like to say that as someone who has cut, it is not romantic or “beautiful” and should not be glorified in anyway, shape or form. I’m not shaming those who do it or have done because I can relate but in my personal experience I didn’t do it so people would see my scars and pity me and feel sympathy for me. I did it because at the timeĀ  the pain from cutting wasn’t as bad as the emotional pain I was feeling and it was a sort of release. Luckily I have found better ways to cope since then such as reading, doing this blog, bubble baths, and listening to music. Sometimes exercise when I get really bored.

I find that something I really struggle with is being able to talk to people about how I’m feeling without it being medically diagnosed by a professional. I commend people who are going through these problems and struggles and who seek professional help and are getting the help that they need. I can neither afford professional help, nor do I want it. I don’t fancy the idea of taking medicines that will make me feel numb or nothing at all and as for talking to people I have my amazingly supportive boyfriend and all of you. However, sometimes people don’t take me seriously when I say I’m anxious or depressed. Yes I may not be CLINICALLY depressed or anxious but I know on some level the emotions I’m feeling and the way I’m thinking aren’t normal and I don’t feel that that should make my struggle any less concrete and important.

For society’s and simplicity’s sake I usually just say I’m feeling anxious or unusually upset when I talk about my feelings and I suppose I will do that through these as well. Please comment below about ways you find to cope even if it’s not with anxiety or depression but with any struggles and obstacles you may have and please NO negative comments. This is a safe space for open discussion and support. You are entitled to your opinions but DON’T be rude!

I am going to say goodnight for now and just share a song below that I heard for the first time today that I really relate to and explains how I feel and I hope it will help and comfort some of you as well!

 

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