25 ‘Hyperfixation’ Habits People Use to Cope With Mental Illness | The Mighty

Members of The Mighty’s mental health community share “hyperfixation” habits they use to cope with mental illness.
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Tips For Anxiety Relief…

Sleeping has become one of my greatest struggles. I’ve spent countless nights, tossing and turning, staring at the ceiling with a million thoughts rushing through my head.

Regardless of how tired I was that day, I still find it so difficult to close my eyes and get rid of all those thoughts – my anxiety is just eating me alive.

Is this you? How do you deal with anxiety right before bed???😔

Here are a couple of tips👇🏾

▪️UPLUG: This should be something we all do, I usually put my phone on the charger and turn my back. If you love tv try turning it off and make the room completely dark, this gives you time to relax and get your brain ready to mellow out.!

NO email 💌 checking

NO social media surfing

NO talking to toxic folk before bedtime period…..

▪️LIMIT YOUR NEGATIVE EXPOSURE:

Don’t have an argument with your spouse, children, co-worker, or drama filled friend right before bed. This puts your anxiety on level 10 and sends your blood pressure sky high! Ask yourself can this toxic conversation wait until tomorrow? 🤔Ask yourself is the conversation even worth having right before you get ready to relax…so politely decline their call…believe me their drama will be there tomorrow 🤷‍♀️🏽

▪️LISTEN TO INSPIRATIONAL PODCAST OR READ SOMETHING INSPIRATIONAL:

Find the right podcast for you, I lean more towards spiritual podcast but you can choose what you like. I’m not much of a reader as my eyes are getting bad, but find a good book to curl up with. I like trashy books because it takes my mind far away from here…

▪️WRITE YOUR WORRIES DOWN AND TUCK THEM AWAY:

Y’all know how I feel about journaling, but if you don’t like to write 📝 please try it! Write down everything you know that comes to your mind right before bed, tuck it away in your Bible or desk drawer and leave it there. Now, focus on whatever you want to, I love focusing on my future life…that brings me joy!! I think about my sweet grandbabies and how funny 😄 they are, anything that calms my mind. Those worries will be there tomorrow so enjoy your rest my dear….

I know that anxiety is hard to get rid of and most times it happens right before bed, but you are going to have to figure out how to calm all those anxious thoughts.

Please note that we all have different coping mechanisms, so some of these tips may not work for you but don’t give up.

Sleep 🌙 well my loves….💋

𝓛𝓪𝓭𝔂 ‘𝓞’

Wellness Wednesday..Serotonin

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▫️What is serotonin?

Serotonin acts as a neurotransmitter, a type of chemical that helps relay signals from one area of the brain to another. Although serotonin is manufactured in the brain, where it performs its primary functions, some 90% of our serotonin supply is found in the digestive tract and in blood platelets.

▫️What is the link between serotonin and depression?

There are many researchers who believe that an imbalance in serotonin levels may influence mood in a way that leads to depression. Possible problems include low brain cell production of serotonin, a lack of receptor sites able to receive the serotonin that is made, inability of serotonin to reach the receptor sites, or a shortage in tryptophan, the chemical from which serotonin is made. If any of these biochemical glitches occur, researchers believe it can lead to depression, as well as obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, panic, and even excess anger.

Wellness Wednesday…Habits of Anxiety

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There isn’t anyone in this world who does not engage in some sort of “habit”…and often on a daily basis. Some people walk fast, while others twist their hair, for example. While most of these are actually benign behaviors, you should know that there are some habits that actually could be a sign that you suffer from anxiety.

Below are ten of the most common behaviors that people often erroneously refer to as “habits, without realizing that they may be attempting to compensate for feeling anxious:

1. Smoking – So many people smoke now…although many are learning that it can cause great harm to their health. There are many smoking cessation programs available which one can access. Note that smoking is often a telltale sign of anxiety.

2. Nail Biting – Thousands of people bite their nails every day. This ordinarily does not do much harm to people, except that it may lead to infection around the nail. Pay attention to the fact that you may be engaging in “nail biting” because you feel nervous and stressed.

3. Hair Pulling – This is more common than people think. Some people pull hair out from various regions of the body (eyelashes, eyebrows, scalp, etc…) when they feel anxious about something. Often this is done unconsciously. If done regularly and in excess, it can lead to hair-loss, and may be a sign of a more serious disorder known as “trichotillomania” (a close relative of a disorder known as OCD-Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). Just note that this could indicate that you have anxiety.

4. Leg Bouncing – This can’t do any harm to you…except to drive other people nuts watching you bounce your leg! However, it could be a sign to you that you need to relax more and are suffering from anxiety.

5. Foot Tapping – This can’t cause any problems, other than to annoy others who are watching you tap your feet! Although…your feet might get tired! Bear in mind that “foot tapping” may be more than just a habit…it may indicate that you are stressed out.

6. Overeating – Most of us love to eat! But if done in excess, it could cause significant weight gain and lead to a variety of health problems. Comfort foods, such as brownies, cookies, fast food, and other high-sugar/high-fat snacks can cause obesity. Keep in mind that your “habit” of overeating may be a clear sign of anxiety.

7. Undereating – This could create a problem in that you may not get adequate nutrition and you could lose significant amounts of weight, which is referred to as “anorexia” in the medical world. It is essential to get the proper vitamins and minerals in order to stay healthy. Please note that undereating could be a sign that you have anxiety.

8. Oversleeping – This is known in the medical world as “hypersomnia”. It can’t do any harm to you, but if you are oversleeping you may be depressed. Depression is a close relative of anxiety, so be aware that you may have “hypersomnia” because you suffer from anxiety.

9. Undersleeping – This is known in the medical world as “insomnia” and can effect what’s known as cortisol levels. Cortisol is a hormone that is effected when sleep is inadequate. Balanced cortisol levels are highly essential to having proper sleep, and thus keeping anxiety at a minimum. If you have “insomnia”, then this may be a clear indicator that you have anxiety.

10. Skin Picking – This “habit” can cause harm to you, in that it may create scarring or infection to the area that is being picked. Note that sometimes people who engage in this “habit” are doing it to relieve stress or anxiety.

There are four easy steps to help you to better understand your “habit” and its cause:

Step 1. Pay attention to your own behavior, and notice your “habits.”

Step 2. Ask others what habits they see you engaging in, of which you may be unaware.

Step 3. Document in a journal what these habits are, and when you engage in them. (e.g. “I seem to pace just before a big exam in school.”)

Step 4. Over time, you can establish a pattern of when you engage in a particular habit, and thus pinpoint the cause.

If these problems persist please seek professional help…

𝓛𝓪𝓭𝔂 ‘𝓞’🔅

”Empowering Recovery One Life at a Time”

Law of Attraction…Tuesday Tips…

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Do any of you believe law of attraction works with healing depression?

The knowledge about the Law of Attraction has become the focus point of many conversations. Many people feel a positive influence in their life because of the power of the Law of Attraction and how one can make it work in the right direction.

Learning about this cosmic law has helped countless persons to make deliberate decisions when it comes to improve their health.

A person that is suffering from depression often feels that there is no hope of getting better. The quality of life is often at an all time low. If this has been your experience you may want to read on and find out what you can do.

Going to a doctor may be of some help but according to some statistics almost half of the people who are on medication for depression did not need the medication to get well.

When you use the power of the Law of Attraction you can take the first steps to feel better yourself. You are not dependent on any external help because you can use the power of the Law of Attraction anytime you want to. You can choose the live that you want to live. It is you who creates what you want when you know about the Law of Attraction. You can be a deliberate creator of your own life experience.

Here are 3 simple steps that can help you along the way when using the power of the cosmic laws:

▫️Meditations are important they will help you to relax and to connect to source energy. You can meditate daily and in a quiet place without distractions. One session should last for about 15 minutes or more. When you are doing your meditation sessions try to turn off any noise if possible. Radio, TV and telephones should be turn off. There are instructions available of how to do your meditation and how to get the most out of it.

▫️The Law of Attraction responds to your vibrations and emotions. What ever kind of vibration and emotion you have the Law of Attraction will bring more of that back to you. Here is the key to a happier life. You now can deliberately create a happier life with the Law of Attraction. Look at funny movies or movies with a happy ending, avoid watching violent or sad movies. Try to avoid people that may make you feel down. Create pleasant and peaceful surroundings. Listen to soothing back ground music while taking a relaxing bath. Enjoy an afternoon with a warm cup of coffee while reading a good book. Whatever will make you feel better do it!

▫️Do your affirmations to program your subconscious mind. You can say these affirmations daily. Choose an affirmation for example like: �I am feeling good and I am happy. I love my life�. You can choose any affirmation that will help in the process of getting well. Affirmations are tools to work on your subconscious mind to achieve any goal that you have.

These are just a few tips to get you started to feel better and to improve your well being!☺️

Depending on how severe your depression may be you may still have to seek professional help. You may have to talk to a therapist to help with your condition. The Law of Attraction however will help you to make the first important steps. The daily exercise will speed up the recovery process and you may eventually live without having depression. Knowing how the Law of Attraction works will help you in this endeavor.

𝓛𝓪𝓭𝔂 ‘𝓞’💞

”Empowering Recovery One Life at a Time”

Mental Health Awareness Month💚

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Boundary setting is an important, albeit difficult, part of self-care when a loved one is living with a mental illness. This may be harder and more complex for some than others. By setting boundaries, you are taking responsibility for how others treat you and your own needs seriously.

TIPS FOR HEALTHY BOUNDARY SETTING:

▪️Know Your Limits:

Before becoming involved in a situation, know what’s acceptable to you, and what isn’t. It’s best to be as specific as possible, or you might be pulled into the trap of giving just a little bit more, over and over, until you’ve given far too much.

▪️Listen To Your Emotions:

If you notice feelings of discomfort or resentment, don’t bury them. Try to understand what your feelings are telling you. Resentment, for example, can often be traced to feelings of being taken advantage of.

▪️Have Self-Respect:

If you always give in to others, ask if you are showing as much respect to yourself as you show to others. Boundaries that are too open might be due to misguided attempts to be liked by elevating other people’s needs above one’s own.

▪️ Be Assertive:

When you know it’s time to set a boundary, don’t be shy. Say “no” respectfully, but without ambiguity. If you can make a compromise while respecting your own boundaries, try it. This is a good way to soften the “no”, while showing respect to everyone involved.

Boundary setting is not easy and doesn’t occur overnight.

Need extra help, I got you 😉

𝓞𝓵𝓲𝓿𝓲𝓪 𝓑. 𝓢𝓱𝓮𝓹𝓱𝓮𝓻𝓭

”Empowering Recovery One Life at a Time”

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Wednesday Wisdom

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5 ways to Invest in Yourself:

•Know your limits and respect them

No one can take advantage of you if you don’t let them.

•Make money on the side. A side hustle can make you extra money on the side of your day job. And maybe even one day you can quit to work for yourself!😃

•Find a Buisness/Life coach

Your path to investing in yourself doesn’t have to be a solo trip. Find yourself a business/life coach or mentor who can guide you when you get discouraged or feel lost. (i.e. Me😉)

•Give yourself a break

You already know the importance of self-care but how often do you actually make time for this in your daily life?

•Read books and blogs, Books give you the power to learn new things and bust through career slumps or life!

𝔒𝔩𝔦𝔳𝔦𝔞

”Empowering Recovery One Life at a Time”

Need help on your journey:

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Wednesday Wisdom

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As we close out the month of May I want you all to remember that your mental health is very important. There’s no way you can focus on life, relationships, business, kids, or work if your brain isn’t functioning.

I know life gets hectic and you have people to care for, but who will care for them when your 6️⃣ feet under?????🤷‍♀️🏽

I learned a long time ago to put my mental health first by letting go, settings boundaries, and saying NO to what and who no longer serves me.😲

People say I’m mean, nasty, and don’t have to be like that….I laugh 😅 they better thank God I sought help, take meds, and got saved😂😂😂

So ladies, I say all this to let you know that things will only get better when you do and the first step in Self-Care is seeking help if you need to! Please check the free services in your area if your insurance doesn’t cover behavioral health! You owe it to yourself and to the others you care about around you!👍🏾

If you need help seeking help or advice on tackling that part of your life, let me be there for you!!!💞

olivia@oliviabshepherd.org

Or feel free to call, text, or DM

𝓞𝓵𝓲𝓿𝓲𝓪 𝓑. 𝓢𝓱𝓮𝓹𝓱𝓮𝓻𝓭

{Life Empowerment Mentor}

”Empowering Recovery One Life at a Time”

No one should suffer alone…..💞