How the Brain and Personality Provide Protection Against Emotional Distress – Neuroscience News

A new study reports personality traits can help protect an individual’s brain against symptoms of emotional distress, such as anxiety and depression.
— Read on neurosciencenews.com/personality-brain-emotional-distress-9773/

Such a good read=)!!!!

10 of the best mental health apps for 2018

Life happens! When it does, these apps are here to assist us in regaining control of our thoughts, breathing, confidence, and self esteem. These handy apps are here if we’re looking for a peaceful little away scape, place to throw up some thoughts, and talk with a professional about a situation. At any moment, I hope any of these apps help you find your peace once again.

Whether you’re going through a rough patch, experiencing depression, anxiety, or stress, or having relationship issues, there is an app to help.
— Read on www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/320557.php

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Striking Out

So, here’s my goal list: {for this week}

🔘 Not texting a particular person

🔘 Practice more Patience with my girls

🔘 Read 10 mins a night, to them.

You ever have one of those weeks when life gets in your way of your goals? Yep, that’s me. It’s Tuesday evening, and Ive accomplished NONE of this yet:/ Oh, and to top off the list, Im 99% convinced my 2.5 year old has set free one of our pet 🐢:(!!! GUUUHHH!!!!! It’s so frustrating when weeks start like this; but, I can’t do anything about it. Bluh… Maybe my focus will join me at some point this week and I’ll actually accomplish something. Here’s hoping anyway~

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Art & Coffee ☕️

Photo Credit: Lilian Christo

This combination is magnificent! Both are platforms for strangers to become friends, artists to learn from one another, and life to feel more enriched! Whether it’s an art gallery in New York City, a small town Café, a display of Iron pieces on a Saturday afternoon , or a Sunday morning coffee date, these two elements add a sweetness to the cup of life:D

2AM Thoughts

When the last several days have taken every morsal of my strength, “relaxing” is a bit difficult to do. That’s me, right now… Two a.m. this Friday morning.

On Sunday, my world took a spin when my ball joint (aka CV Joint I learned) went out on the driver side of my SUV… While I was driving it…with my two girls in the vehicle. I had been hearing a friction sound, something like metal rubbing up against a surface as if not enough space to “clear” without damaging it. I, mistakenly, had written it off as low power-stearing fluid. *Mental Note* It’s way more serious and shouldn’t be ignored.

Thankfully, I literally just turned right and traveled a house or two down the road when the incident occurred. If this were to happen, close to home, barely driving 20mph is exactly how Id hope it would.

To my surprise, shortly after I got “stuck”, my neighbor (whom I’ve never spoken to), came out to check on us. She kept watch for traffic, offered to bring us drinks, and insisted I push her house doorbell should I need anything at all. I wondered why I hadn’t ever said hello to her in my 3 years in this neighborhood.

To be honest, and Im sure this is relateable, immediately following such an event… My brain was utterly useless. Flustered, anxious, embarrassed, angry… I was feeling too much to know what to do first. Her help was so thoughtful and kind. She didn’t make me look foolish or irresponsible. She didn’t judge me or make it seem I could have prevented this some how (although Im sure I could have). That’s moral support I needed exactly at that moment.

In addition to the one neighbor, I had a second one stop over and offer help. He knew someone who could put the car parts on for me, which really was the top priority. Sure, replacing them was going to be expensive, but that doesn’t cost much time if you have the money.

As Sunday turned into Monday, then Monday to Tuesday… My muscles tighten more and more. My stomach wouldn’t settle. I simply can’t eat when I’m an anxious mess. I knew depression was setting in when I woke Wednesday morning and didn’t even want to get out of bed.

One person messed up the new CV joint, that was the wrong one for my vehicle to begin with. It was late at night, and my driveway looked as if I was having a block party. The machanic was older and couldn’t see what he was doing. To rent One particular tool needed to do the job cost a couple hundred dollars. Meanwhile, my older daughter was trying to adjust to school, and my girls had their sleep schedule all kinds of off.

Though this week has been a hellish and stressful circus, I can already see the silver lining.

Life really does work itself out… And believe it or not, always in a way that’s best for us. I ended up with a not one but two major problems solved, two new pet turtles, a greater appreciation for my neighborhood, and still have some money in my pocket.

So the lesson from this is, I may not always see the way out… But, I will get past what “this” is, every time… And so will you. Then, we’ll look back and wonder how. I’m not sure anyone but God knows the answer… But, the important part, we have so far… And we will continue:D

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#FF: Light Up the Water

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As the families began to gather, Joshua became ever more humbled. These individuals hardly knew him; but, they could never forget his little Noah. His son  bestowed a special love to everyone he met. Wether a smile or a tight squeeze of a hug, he loved his way into everyones’ hearts.

Twenty minuets later, there wasn’t standing room at the New York Harbor. Bittersweet moment. 

“Excuse me.” Joshua began.”If I could have your attention, I’d like to begin lighting the lanterns. Once they’re all lit, Noah’s mother Kristen would like to say a prayer in rememberance.” 

 In honor of: My grandma, grandpa, & former husband

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Disagreement Thereafter

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She looked at him. He looked at her. Their eyes spoke of places they’ve vacationed, laughs they’ve had, and challenges they’ve triumphed. With a smile, subtle but genuine, she mumbled, “Your hand I will always take. Your heart I will always trust. Your love I will always call home. No matter what disagreement may come. I will always stay in this world of “me & you”… it’s the only place that makes sense. It’s the only place where I am whole.” He kissed her forehead, and the love birds strolled down the beach, hand in hand,.. on that perfect summer evening.

The Red❣️White⚪️ & Blue🇺🇸

It’s not a national holiday. Nothing in particular triggered a need.

It’s something I just want to do, and it’s honestly something I should do more frequently…

🕊❣️💙🕊❣️💙Thank you American Soldiers🕊❣️💙 🕊❣️💙

This country is the best place on this planet. Our freedoms are priceless privileges granted to us at birth. I listen to friends talk of their Homeland,.. and the struggles they face simply because that’s “the way it is”. We are so extraordinarily lucky to live in this country. If we don’t like a law, we can change it. If we don’t wish to continue a Catholic, we can choose a different path. That gift was brought to you by the hundreds of thousands who have and are defending your freedoms.

🕊❣️💙I get Goosebumps when I was Toby Keith’s Courtesy of the Red, White, & Blue , American Soldier , and Made in America !!🕊❣️💙

The boys in the music videos, our boys burst with pride, standing twenty-five feet tall.. it’s breathtaking to watch their passion for what they’re doing. The patriotism, the courage to do what’s right, the solidarity of one Union…. The Land of the FREE. THEY all have my deepest gratitude, appreciation, and support. They deserve it. There’s more at stake when they’re on the enemy front that most of us take for granted. For years, America has been protected by brave men and women… And now service dogs. Today, I just want to take a moment to say thank you. You all are heroes… You all are appreciated, and you’re continuously covered in prayers💙❣️🕊❣️💙🕊❣️💙

The Circle Ends

So why do I say we’ve seemingly forgotten the concept of give and take?

Because humans decide to do what’s best for him/herself.

Because humans decide to be selfish and speak/act in such a way that suits his/her needs.

Now, read that correctly. I said humans.. not “all” humans.

SO HERE’s the catch:

Some humans mistreat others.

Some humans demonstrate ungratefulness and unkindness, violence, and self destruction.

Some humans speak with arrogance and ignorance.

And yet, they

Complain when they’re taken for granted, backstabbed, abused.

Wear the frown in their “dark and grey” world.

Are confronted with friction from others, difficulty when needing help, and unforeseen misfortune.

Possibly have bad health. God Forbid, May pass away too soon.

What we get is what we deserve. What we give is what will come back to us. Science, Religion, Evolution… every approach tells us this same thing. Our thoughts are real the moment they leave our lips. Our thoughts take life the moment we act on them. In these moments, our thoughts are OUR reality… (hence why reality is seen differently from one person to the next… and each one is correct) … and our reality becomes our life. It’s a choice… what you think… what you give… and in return… a gift or equally a consequence. The choice is ours.

We should GIVE what we deserve because it’s wholesome and good… and others deserve it too. In turn, we’re all looking out for each other… thus the cycle of our species remains fruitful and strong.