It’s Monday, Aug. 28. Just getting caught up? Here is the news you can use:
WTF is happening in the world
I went into hibernation mode this weekend. I missed a lot, like:
When disaster strikes, con artists move in
Tons of people are helping in Houston, including lots of Oklahomans, who are kinda good at disaster response
WTF is happening on this blog
I started writing about my own mental health.
I’m feeling much better after two weeks on Wellbutrin that followed six years on Zoloft and a whole lot of running.
I’m nobody’s guru, but I’m going to keep writing about my own experiences.
I have heard from lots of readers who have had similar experiences. A few said they felt a lot more ‘normal’ now that I owned up to my depression and anxiety history!
And I say – let’s keep making mental health conversations normal. Let’s defeat the stigma.
If you are hyaving thoughts of suicide, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 800-273-TALK (8255).
If you have questions about mental illness, call the National Alliance on Mental Illness help line: 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or firstname.lastname@example.org
The NAMI HelpLine can be reached Monday through Friday, 10 am–6 pm, ET.
Old Boy on Netflix. Woooooah.
I’ve been working hard to avoid ‘Game of Thrones’ spoilers. They are. Literally. Everywhere. I’ve watched the first ep of the new season. It’s tough as I watch this one solo. Mark is not a fan!
Laila started a book club! We are half way through ‘Little House in the Big Woods’ with only a few days left to finish by our Sept. 1 deadline! aieee!
All was well, I was pumping out Little House memes, right up until the point Pa sang a racist song. WTF? Didn’t remember that from childhood.
I sent an SOS to the private FB group and got some good feedback. I’ll write later this week about how our club is handling old, offensive terms!
My lovely friend dropped off a copy of ‘The Glass Castle’ by Jeanette Walls! I’m re-reading it as my book club got ambitious and selected two titles!
Last week I had to take a moment and get my mental health in order. I got so many positive notes, calls, messages, texts and reassurances that I am not alone. It really shored up my battered heart. Thanks, everyone.
Thus far I truly enjoy it, having tried out the three and six minute meditations. The pleasant British voice is a bonus. I was immediately suckered into the subscription service.
I’d Googled guided meditations but the YouTube meditation voices are too much. LIKE TOO MUCH. Like Laila and I couldn’t stop laughing at one and that was not super meditative.
I used to think meditation was just a buncha woo woo, but finding even a few minutes to breathe and take stock of my thoughts and feelings has become a vital part of my existence.
I don’t remember when I started meditation, but it was some point around the time my children began holding me hostage at bedtime until they fell asleep.
That’s when I breathe in and breathe out, and focus on my breath.
It also helped me view the hostage-taking as benefit, not an annoyance. I’m a sucker for bonus cuddles.