~*~ Everything Begins With Self-Love ~*~ (Positive Quotes) 💜

Lovely reminders to treat yourself with respect.

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Take care of yourself. What a lovely affirmation. It's wisdom we can all get behind. If you'd like more self-care for free, click the pic. See you there!

“To understand is to forgive, even oneself.” 

Alexander Chase ~

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“To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.”

~ Oscar Wilde ~

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“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference.”

~ Dr. Reinhold Niebuhr ~ (The Serenity Prayer)

[Source: Little Book of Positive Quotations compiled by Steve Deger & Leslie Ann Gibson ~*~ Pictures courtesy of Pinterest]

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The difference between grieving and depression

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Both grieving and depression have similar traits, but they are not the same; depression is more than sadness and there are stages identified in grieving. Grieving doesn’t have a timeline and is a normal part of loss; depression can feel like a great sense of loss, but for some people, life can be as good as can be, yet a chemical imbalance or their genetic makeup makes them prone to depression.

Depression and mourning can last for years and some of the treatments for finding relief are similar. E.g. counselling. It is important for clinicians to not mistake grieving for major depressive disorder (clinical depression).

The stages of grief are different than the stages of depression though people with depression may mourn the loss of their health and wellbeing while adjusting to the life altering symptoms that depression causes.

When a person is grieving they may describe themselves as being depressed and people who are depressed may feel as though they are mourning depending on the cause of depression. Situational depression, also known as an adjustment disorder, lacks some of the symptoms of clinical depression such as sleep disturbances and suicidal ideation. Major life changes such as divorce, living through a natural disaster and marriage causes short term situational depression that generally lasts no longer than six months.

The term adjustment disorder was renamed stress response syndrome in 2013 by mental health professionals. Grieving is not an illness and shouldn’t be treated as such.

The stages of grieving

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Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross wrote a book called “On death and dying”, and in it she proposes that there are 5 stages of grief in the mourning process. While some may disagree, and even the Dr. regretted writing the stages of grief the way she did, her model is generally accepted as being universally true for anyone in mourning. The problem is that these stages can be experienced in any order and each stage may reoccur at any point in time; some people have interpreted the stages of grief as permanently fixed in a specific order and within a specified time frame. This is not so.

  • Denial- not facing the truth of the situation
  • Anger- at the loss and finding where blame exists
  • Depression-person may become isolated and mourning their mortality
  • Bargaining-generally a promise of being a better person in response for longevity or return of a lost relationship
  • Acceptance-an outcome is embraced and accepted as true and emotions remain stable

Criticisms point to the lack of empirical research and evidence and the fact that the cycle is created for one type of culture; it may not be universally true. Others point to seven stages of grief an extended version of the Dr. Kubler-Ross model.

Depression has different symptoms than grief

Depression sufferers experience many physical symptoms that people who are grieving don’t. There are a few types of depression and the symptoms vary in intensity and frequency. Medications and other therapies may take trial and error before finding one that is right for relieving the debilitating symptoms of depression. Talk therapy is helpful for both grieving and depression. Medical intervention isn’t needed for mourning but can change someone’s life who is experiencing an episode of depression.

Symptoms of depression include:

  • Fatigue
  • Suicidal thinking
  • Physical aches and pains
  • Anxiety
  • Lack of motivation and interest in normal activities
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Psychomotor retardation (slower than normal body movements)

By seeing a doctor or licensed therapist a person experiencing depressive symptoms can receive a proper diagnosis for commencing treatment that includes self-care measures that don’t require medical intervention. It is important to determine whether it is depression or grieving that a person is experiencing in order to receive the kind of help needed to aid in healing.

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😴 Sleep Meditation (For Insomniacs)

Helpful mediatation for falling asleep 💤

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87 Inspirational Quotes About Happiness To Inspire You 48

Good Afternoon my Friends!  How was your weekend?  Welcome to Monday, and let’s see if we can start Monday off on the right foot.

I’m not going to beat around the bush and be vague about why I started off late today with posting my “Quote of The Day”, I woke up extremely late this morning because of my insomnia kicking my buttocks yet, again.  In fact, the last four nights have been pretty rough trying to get to sleep.  However, last night after watching a marathon of back to back episodes of the “Gilmore Girls” on Netflix, I couldn’t take it anymore.  

I turned off my beloved Netflix and began looking up different meditation videos for insomnia.  Some of which, well… we’re not all that good, or I would have reported back, “Hey, guys.  I had a great nights sleep.”  However, I did finally come across one in particular that…

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Giving Birth Was Supposed to be the Happiest Moment of My Life

An excellent first person account of living life with a mental health issue.

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After giving birth to my first child 25 years ago, I was diagnosed with postpartum depression and was treated with antidepressants until my OB doctor realized he could not help me. He referred me to a psychiatrist who diagnosed me with bipolar 1 disorder, as my primary mental illness.

When I was first diagnosed initially with postpartum depression and soon after with bipolar disorder 25 years ago, postpartum bipolar was never heard of or discussed at the time. Back then postpartum bipolar was not diagnosed much or at all that I am aware of.

Even today, postpartum bipolar is often mistaken for postpartum depression. The severe low mood pole of bipolar is not recognized as bipolar, but is misdiagnosed as postpartum depression instead. Confusing bipolar disorder with postpartum depression can result in devastating consequences. The wrong medications can cause a new mother’s symptoms to worsen, and in some cases require hospitalization. The…

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Earth Day: April 22, 2018 (48 Years Later)

Wonderful reminder about today being Earth a Day. How you can help; tips and suggestions.

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On this day April 2, 1970, 20 million Americans participated in massive rallies all over the country for setting goals and awareness to Earth Day.  This raising awareness of the deterioration of the environment, and to spur the government action to support a healthier and more sustainable world we live in.

By the end of that year, the following ACTS were in place:  The US Environmental Protection Agency set passage of the Clean Air & Water, as well as the Endangered Species Act.

Tips and ideas encourage a better environment. This poster can be displayed in the classroom all year round.

US household water use is on the decline, approaching levels that haven’t been seen since the mid 90’s.

Many nations are committed to addressing the effects of Global Warming and greenhouse effects.

The rate of wildlife extinction is at its worse since the dinosaurs died out 65 million years ago.


Do something today to make a difference tomorrow in order to save our planet.

That is so beautiful. I'm going to learn it, memorize it, and everyday at school, recite it under my breath to the pledge.


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