Hello, My Friends… I am not going to share a quote, but a prayer today.
“Father in heaven, today I stand believing that You are working behind the scenes and on my behalf. Give me Your strength to continue believing until I can see Your promises fulfilled in my life in Jesus’ name. Amen.” From “Today’s Word with Joel Osteen Ministries”
Happy Friday/Saturday Everyone!!! We made it!!! I do hope everyone here enjoys the upcoming weekend ahead of you. I don’t exactly have any monumental plans set in place, but I am looking forward to a movie night with my roommate “J” and best buddy “JT.” Maybe, if I can remember the said movie e intend to watch, I’ll be able to share that info with you.
I started today with a prayer instead of a quote today because there have been a few people I either know outright or online that have been going through dreadful times in their lives, and I felt it necessary to send a prayer to those who are enduring life-changing events. My thoughts & prayers go out to all of those who are facing this time in their life.
I was to have an appointment with my therapist today, but rescheduled because I had yet another rough evening. My stomach was all twisted up, and it kept interrupting my sleep pattern. I was able to fall asleep without difficulty last night because I hadn’t slept well for the last couple of evenings, but I think the excitement & anxiety finally kicked my butt last night. So, I intend to at least sleep tomorrow morning with flawless high hopes that nothing disrupts my slumber during the evening and most of the morning hours. “I cross my fingers.” LOL!!!
In my quest for Self-Discovery, I continue with Question #9
What is something I would love to learn and/or improve on?
“I am actually laughing at myself with how I’m going to answer this question.” I want to become a more meticulous, spotless, transparent, compelling and exceptional writer. I would love to educate myself with more techniques in blogging, and in the “Near” future, my book. I truly want to keep my audience captivated, and well-informed. (If there are suggestions or sites in which anyone who is reading this could recommend, it would be greatly appreciated.) Thank you.
Many of you know about the “Stigma” surrounding Mental Health Disorders. But, We are going to learn how to break the walls of this Stigma together!
Roughly, two years ago, I had no idea what mental health stigmas were. When I educated myself and researched it further, I found that people were either ignorant, judgemental, and prejudice against people such as myself. “I’ve got to state right here, right now… That pissed me off! I mean seriously… Everyone has issues of their own in one form or the other, why select this to be looked down upon?”
“This world of ours has so many damn problems, that this has to be added to it? “Come on, seriously?” Here are a few proposals I want to amplify to the people with whom suffer from mental illness, and the people who are closed minded or just plain don’t want to comprehend what it is they think mental illness is truly about.
- Know the facts first.
- Educate yourself about mental illness.
- Awareness of your attitude & behavior.
- Keep your judgments parked outside the door.
- Choose your words carefully.
- Refocus on the positive vs. negative.
- Support people with mental illness.
How to deal with mental health stigmas?
- Get treatment.
- Don’t allow stigma to create self-doubt & shame.
- Whatever you do, don’t isolate.
- Join support groups.
- Speak out against mental health stigmas.
How can we stop mental health stigmas?
- Make a pledge to stand up for it.
- Refuse to perpetuate & tolerate stigmas.
- Be an Ally.
- Know your rights.
- Be fearless.
- End the silence and use the voice God gave you!!!!
In the very beginning of my diagnoses, I was embarrassed and ashamed. However, after several group therapies and one or one sessions with my therapist, I got over that feeling at a rapid pace. I equipped myself with veracity with educating and researching my illnesses to be better prepared if anyone was to ask for information about me. It wasn’t until a full year later did I want to advocate not only for myself but for others. The ‘Stigma Breaking Bug” bloomed into a bountiful woman filled with information to share.
Alright, my friends… Guess what time it is? Time for Beckie to go to sleep. I began writing this, this Friday afternoon. Since then, I enjoyed movie night with my friends as well as watching some rather disturbing documentaries. By the time that was done and good nights were exchanged, I came back up to my bedroom/office at this rate and decided to conquer finishing this up instead of going straight to bed. It is currently 1:11 am Saturday morning and I think I have the perfect excuse in saying “I am so blatantly exhausted.” So, while most of you are all tucked in, and beginning REM sleep, I still have to take my meds with hopes I fall asleep before 3:30 am.
Take Care & God Bless, Beckie