Creatively Overcoming Mental Health Effects of Chronic Pain (or whatever may be attacking your mental health)

12 Nov
Chronic pain doesn’t just literally hurt. It takes a toll on our mental health as well. Some of the ways it affects *my* mental health are: One of my chronic pain conditions (fibromyalgia) actually has mental health symptoms! These include...
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An Unexpected Intersection of Ageism and Ableism

18 Sep
From Oxford Languages: ageism /ˈājˌizəm/ noun prejudice or discrimination on the grounds of a person’s age. ableism /ˈābəˌlizəm/ noun discrimination in favor of able-bodied people. Ageism and ableism go hand-in-hand; the natural aging process is indicative of lessening capabilities and...
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Why Their Opinion of You Doesn’t Matter

4 Sep
I caught myself being bad again. This time I caught myself caring way too much what other people think. I’d been doing pretty well not caring about others’ opinions of me and my actions and choices, but more and more...
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Weathering Your Epic Storm … on a Ship

3 Aug
Of late I’ve heard myself calling the coronavirus pandemic the tempest. That is, the storm. And images have come to me about riding out a storm in a great ship. Of course I realized I was thinking of Noah’s ark....
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Using “Little Things” to Keep Up with Life

13 Jul
After ten hours at work, I came home and swept my porch. It was on my list. I had this idea when today began, as I said good morning to the transplants in the Gratitude Garden (that’s my back yard)...
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COVID-19 and PTSD: Who’s at Risk, Prevention Tips

26 Jun
With everything terrible happening due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including medical trauma, deaths, mourning, worrying, loss of livelihoods, lost of access to necessary services and items, strain on families, aggressive interpersonal encounters, missed life events, crushed dreams, and fear the...
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Documinitary: Disabled Dog Teaches Her Favorite Coping Skill … on an Epic Adventure

5 Jun
#Amicasmells: The Movie Last year, my dog Amica and I wandered around the United States (mostly the wild west) for 10 weeks. There were plenty of reasons behind the trip, some I knew going in, and some I didn’t know...
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“Plant Pirates” May Be the Latest Trend in Pandemic Harm … But There’s More to It

29 May
I’m going to guess the majority of people have experienced significant changes in their lives due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its shutdowns. Some of these changes may be temporary (though we don’t know how long that is), and some...
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