Sleeping my way out of a hole

I’ve spent the past three weeks sleeping about 14 hours a day. I feel into a hole of depression. I got sick and needed a visit to the ER and antibiotics for a week in early February. Then my cat got sick and died. That was the turning point. Things are looking up again… probably because the weather is getting warmer, and the days are getting longer. Seasonal Affective Disorder is one of …

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Self-Care: Ink’d

I have approximately 41 hours [50 hours as of April 2018] of tattoo ink work on my body. It is all original work, no words, but a few Kanji. Many of my cohort have tattoos, so the experience is nothing others are not familiar with. The meanings of everyone tat(s) are varied as they are beautiful. I’m not going to go into the meaning of my art at this time. That’s personal. Instead, …

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Self-Care in Everyday Life

Self-care needs to be an active and conscious act. You must know it is in play for it to be effective. Self-care won’t just happen; it must be a deliberate and dedicated moment of time for reflecting and addressing the stressors in your life. I think I listen to too much music as a coping agent. I always have headphones on. I always have something playing on the computer or MP3 player. I …

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Self-Care Intro

What is self-care? Caring for your mind, body, and soul. Emotional hygiene. Resilience. Stress management. In the Self-Care Seminar, we completed a Self-Care Assessment which covered the following areas: physical, psychological, emotional, spiritual, relationship, and professional self-care. I scored highest on psychological and emotional self-care; I think I’m fairly resilient mentally, having been treated for bipolar disorder for years. I’ve been honed to be emotionally connected. Physical and relationship self-care were my lowest average …

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