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    World Sleep Day

    World Sleep Day was first published at International Bipolar Foundation National Sleep Awareness Week is March 10-16, 2019 this year! I love to sleep. Unfortunately, I have battled all of my life to sleep normally. My mental illnesses make it really hard for me to sleep like an average person. I have insomnia. When I’m depressed, I will have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. When I do finally fall asleep, I will sleep 12+ hours a day. When I am manic, I have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep and I sleep less than 8 hours a day. When I have a euthymic or “baseline” mood, I still struggle…

  • Reasonable Accommodations: How To Get The Help You Need At Work
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    Reasonable Accommodations: Getting The Help You Need At Work

    Americans with Disabilities Act What do you do when your mental illness is affecting your work? There are two laws that can help you: Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA).  Let’s say you think your well enough to work but you need a little help. The ADA including reasonable accommodations are just what you need to keep working.  If you’re at the point that you are too sick to work or you need short periods of time off over say a year, then FMLA can help. If you need reasonable accommodations, you will need to disclose your mental illness to your manager. I wrote about…

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    4 Steps To Successful Recovery

    #1 Process Recovery is a process to improve health and wellness, have a self-directed life, and working to reach full potential.   Hope and positive thinking is the foundation of recovery.  Hope is the belief that challenges can be overcome. This process is going to look different for me than it is for you. This includes treatment, medications, faith-based approaches, peer support, family support, self-care, and more.  Ongoing growth and improvement in health and wellness is an important part of the process.  This includes setbacks which is a normal part of life. Resilience is coping with challenges and adapting to change.  When I am resilient, I learn and adapt to mental health challenges…

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  • Lifelines
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    Lifelines

    When I was 19, I had been in therapy for 4 years.  I was living with my mom and her boyfriend.  When they went on vacation, I fell into a deep depression.  I didn’t get up off the couch except to go to the bathroom.  I couldn’t speak.  I saved all my energy to get to my counselor in another town.  She quickly realized I needed inpatient treatment and I was voluntarily hospitalized.  I don’t remember anything from that first day including driving down there. I was that bad.  Now if I had a list of lifelines I could have easily gotten help.  It was such a confusing difficult time and it…

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  • 8 Tips To Get Thru Thee Work Day
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    8 Tips To Get Through The Work Day

    Although this post is about 8 tips to get through the workday, let’s face it sometimes we can’t even get out of bed. That’s why I made the last 4 tips about what to do when you can’t go to work. I don’t think there is one tip here that I haven’t used myself. Give them a try to see what you think. Crisis Plan #1 Set up a Crisis Plan in advance. Chores #2 Lighten your load. So set anything aside you don’t absolutely have to do today like most chores. Self-Care #3 Basic self-care such as showering, clean clothes, eating, prayer/mindfulness exercises, relaxing activities. As we all know,…

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