I recently got out of a terrible relationship with a guy who I thought genuinely cared about me. Or at least he told me he did and those words of affirmation were enough. My friends saw right through the lies and the manipulation. However, because I was "in" the relationship I did not listen. Fortunately, I got out just in time.
I've been thinking recently about living my life and all the things I want to accomplish. Then again, sometimes I wonder if it is more practical to live in the present. Having a bucket list makes me live in the future and not be in the here and now. However, if it is really about living what's the harm? At first, I thought starting at bucket list would make me more stressed, seeing things that I want to accomplish and feeling like a failure. However, I have learned that I am missing something, and I am not 100% happy. So, here we go, in now particular order, my bucket list.
Ever since I moved out of my parents’ house, I felt a void in my heart. I soon moved in with my boyfriend, but there was still something missing. When I finally decided that I needed a dog to feel my void, I was anxious. Part of me was worried that I would not be able to care for an animal and that I would not have the time to give an animal the attention they would need. The last thing I wanted to do was get a dog and not be able to properly provide for her. That would just be cruel.
Let's Start Normalizing Therapy
I have worked in the mental health field for several years and by doing so I became numb to the idea that I "need help too." Being in the mental health field meant that I was supposed to help other people with their problems and not acknowledge mine. I thought I was supposed to have all the answers and I was being selfish if I thought about my problems while offering help to others. Listening to clients talk about their problems was not supposed to impact me. However, it did and now I finally realize that I needed help too. I needed to know that someone was in my corner.
Animals Can Heal
In the United States, pets are extremely loved. According to a 2015 poll, 95 percent of owners consider their pet to be a part of the family. About half of the owners buy their pet birthday presents. I am a part of that statistic and gave my dog a birthday and Christmas present before she passed.
Why COVID 19 is causing procrastination
COVID 19 has caused the world to go into complete chaos. At the start of the pandemic there were some skeptics (I was one) some who took COVID 19 as a joke, and some who found the need to use COVID 19 as an excuse. COVID 19 became an excuse for anything. "I need toilet paper because soon I'm not going to be able to go to a store and I will do anything to get it." This mentality caused human beings to hurt one another. "I got laid off from my job, so now I'm on vacation." While both examples are different, they are both harmful. So, why is COVID causing us to be lazy, or procrastinate and how do we stop the cycle?
COVID 19 is not just a Physical Disease
Nowadays people have so many ways to connect: Facetime, email, text, social media, etc. Reaching someone is easier in this day in age. However, more and more of us feel disconnected. A recent Ipsos survey found of more than 20,000 American adults, more than half reported that they are always lonely or sometimes lonely. Think about how those numbers would increase if more individuals were surveyed. Unfortunately, this situation could also worsen with the current social distancing restrictions. 1 in 4 individuals say they rarely or never feel like they have close friends or family members.
The term mental illness can be daunting. It can be scary and bring an uneasy feeling. Discussing mental illness in public is frowned upon by some. But why? What made society believe that talking about mental illness is bad? Why are we afraid to discuss the seriousness of mental illness? Why are some people afraid of people with mental disorders? Is it their “unpredictability?” Or is it our inability to fully understand their illness?
Finding the Right Words
People use the wrong terminology all the time. Sometimes it is not a huge deal and readers can figure out the meaning. For example, people misuse who and whom. Both words are important in the English language and can make the article better. Or effect and affect. This is a common mistake, yet readers can understand the point of the sentence. Even if the reader notices the mistake, they can interpret the meaning. Fortunately, neither of these examples are harmful to the reader. Then there are times when the wrong terminology can be harmful. For example, the difference between sadness and depression. When these two words are confused, the result could be devastating to all those involved.
I graduated from college three years ago and sometimes I wonder how I made it. Especially now with Covid 19, college can tough to navigate. At times, college can be the happiest and freest place on earth. However, it can also be the loneliest place. And there are times when these two can intertwine and can change rapidly.
Making the Most out of Apartment Living
I just moved into a new apartment and immediately felt overwhelmed. My old apartment was a 600 sq foot, one bedroom apartment. It was fine when it was just me. Then I got a dog and it immediately felt too small. There were times that I felt bad for my dog because she did not have room to run or play.
Working as a care coordinator is extremely rewarding, but it is also stressful. Plus, I am the only care coordinator for three clinics and each clinic has approximately 100+ clients. That's about 300+ clients that I am trying to help, give referrals to and enough care. By the end of the day, I am exhausted and just want to sleep. So, how do I take care of myself?