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Mental Health Check In

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Content Moderator Saturnia ♄ |Let me Read your Cards!
November 16th, 2020 7:27:01pm
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Hello again lovelies! 

I did one of these check ins back in August, so I just wanted to take the time to check in on everyone again! I know this whole year has been insane; but I know that a lot of good has happened too! So, here is my challenge for you along with Thanksgiving being this month : 


Tell me how you've been! What's going on, how are you truly, do you need help with anything or just someone to listen? 
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Tell me one thing that you are thankful for or something that makes you smile- one positive thing. 

I'll start! 

So, I don't have too much to update as I am lucky enough to work remotely and Steph is still plugging along as she works with animals at a research center. Our family is doing well enough. I'm getting better at my tarot readings! And we've got all of our Christmas presents sorted. So - I'm thankful for all of that, because I know that many others are not in the same position as me. 
Please know that I am ALWAYS here for you! You can message me privately here, on facebook, on instagram, snapchat... you name it, I've got it and it's always an open door/open ear! 




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Administrator 🍂🦃~Broken Vow~🦃🍂
November 20th, 2020 3:45:26pm
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You are wonderful for caring about all of us Sat! < 3




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Tragedy [thx Saturia & Broken Vow]
November 20th, 2020 4:37:19pm
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This is a really wonderful thing as I think so often people feel that they are alone and do not have anyone to talk to as others are often too closely related in a situation.

I am glad things have been coming together relatively smoothly for you and you are feeling calm and confident about everything as much as you are able!

I have been struggling off and on for 5 or so years now regarding issues with my stomach. I have off and on spent money trying to figure out the possible reasons but nothing has come up. Recently for over a month now my symptoms have really increased. I finally went into the doctors to no avail. I even went in for a CT Scan of my abdominal area and pelvis, shelled out a good chunk of money even with insurance, to be told that they still cant find a single thing wrong. Makes me feel like I am probably wrong and nothing is wrong with me I am just being too sensitive or worried for no reason. And this time of year I really dont want to be spending unnecessary money because of tryin to buy presents and so forth. *sigh* even writing about this I feel like I am whinning.




 

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Content Moderator Saturnia ♄ |Let me Read your Cards!
November 20th, 2020 6:46:28pm
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BV - I just love my fellow HP'ers! Gotta keep an eye on all my lil babies ♥ 


Tragedy - I am really passionate about mental health and helping others. Call it my love language haha! I definitely was not this calm and collected earlier this year, but things are slowly falling into place now! I'm sorry to hear that you are having issues with your stomach. I know I sometimes get stomach issues that are side effects of my anxiety. And my wife has a lot of stress related stomach issues GERD (basically really bad reflux disorder) to name one. So, I feel your pain! I would definitely say don't give up. You know your body better than anyone else! If you believe that it is something that could be fixed, keep checking into it! But, I also get the need to save money. Holidays are always a struggle with money. 




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Mouse
November 21st, 2020 7:52:27am
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Wow! This kind of thing definitely isn't allowed on another game that I play and I think it's a mistake. All too often the subject of mental health gets swept aside, typically because people don't know what to say, and in my opinion that's the wrong thing to focus on. I have PTSD, Depression, Social Anxiety, Insomnia, and the occasional suicidal thoughts (Please don't be alarmed. This doesn't mean I'm actively suicidal, I just have the anxious thoughts on a loop sometimes). Mostly, people who struggle with mental health don't want someone to give us platittudes or to have the right words to say. We just want to be heard and understood. Sometimes that means sitting in silence and being a witness.


Currently, for me, the brain weasles (as a friend of mine calls it) are loose and banging on about Thanksgiving stress. This year it's just going to be me and my husband for 5 whole days of alone time. I'm super excited, but another part of me is freaking out. This will be the first time either of us has skipped out on the traditional family get-togethers and it feels weird. He's totally fine about it, but I'm very much a habit type of person. Intellectually I know that everything will be fine, but my anxiety begs to differ.

You would think I'd be relieved as family functions always cause my anxiety to sky rocket, but this particular anxiety is different. "What if I get depressed because we're not with family?", "What about the traditional foods? I don't have the energy to cook that!", "Will my husband be disappointed and regret it?", "Holy cow... 5 days having to feed BOTH OF US?! I hardly eat but he is a total hound!", etc. Welcome to my brain.




 

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Content Moderator Saturnia ♄ |Let me Read your Cards!
November 21st, 2020 12:40:45pm
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I think it's important to have a platform where we can openly discuss mental health (in a safe/respectful way of course as I never ever want to trigger anyone or harm anyone). I want everyone to feel safe here and know that I'm here to listen, give advice if you want it, or share funny memes and such to cheer you up! 


I think it's cute that you call them "brain weasels" ! Totally makes sense! I struggle from anxiety, depression runs in my family, my wife is OCD and so is her mother (but much more extreme). So, I am no stranger to mental health. You are not alone! I will actually be home alone the Friday-Sunday after thanksgiving. Steph is going to visit her grandma for a few days because she's been struggling with depression. I have to stay behind due to work. So I totally get how you're feeling! 


Anxiety is such a beast because it's like intellectually- I know I'm gonna be just fine. But anxiety is like - "BUT WAIT WHAT IF?!" 😂 totallyyyyyyy get that! 




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