While checking emails one day I came across Mr. Wilson’s, a sweet man who has helped numerous people through many issues both technical and life hardships. Including a former teammate who fell ill to cancer. I was granted the opportunity to share this powerful story with MCH’S readers. I am excited to share this lovely story as it is a beautiful reminder of how a small act of kindness can change someone’s world and even spark miracles. You can find this beautifully inspiring story by following the link below.

https://garyawilsonstories.wordpress.com/jacquies-story/

Mr. Wilson also has a list of inspiring heartfelt posts that help you realize it’s the small things in life that go a long way. Whether it be helping another through a difficult time or sharing a kind word to a stranger. I will link his directory so you can look through his posts. If you would like to view Mr. Wilsons list of writings, you can find them in the link below.

https://garyawilsonstories.wordpress.com/ 

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If you have an inspiring story you would like to share on MCH please email us at [email protected] In the subject line write “Interested in Guest Posting” We look forward to reading and publishing the amazing stories sent. Thank you for taking the time to read this post.

 

Hey there! It’s time for another Saturday Trivia. This week is another music trivia, Who Sings: Country Edition. Come test your knowledge on these country songs and maybe find an old song you once loved but long forgot or a new favorite! Music is good for the soul and can be an excellent form of therapy. I hope you enjoy this weeks trivia.

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Thank you to all who participates. If you liked this one you should check out the previous weeks Saturday Trivia. I hope you have an amazing week full of love, laughter, and great memories. Next week will be R&B.

Hi there! I am so excited to share with you, Maybe Crazy Help has been nominated for a second Sunshine blogger award! This time MCH was nominated by the very talented blogger Skelly Lou from thefabricthatmademe.com. Once you’re done reading this be sure to check out her blog, there is a lot of great content.

I apologize for the late post. Big things are coming to MCH, it’s been a bit hectic getting everything in order. I also wanted to say your pup is sooooooooo cute! Thank you once more for the nomination.

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award

The Sunshine Blogger Award is an award passed down from blogger to blogger as a way to show appreciation. The blogs that create inspirational content, shows great creativity, and positivity is selected by a previous nominee. It’s a pretty neat award system!

This helps newer blogs get discovered, grows your network, and can also help you make beautiful friendships with like-minded people. While you are encouraged to participate, you don’t have to. It’s okay if you decide not to, blogging is hard work and nominees definitely deserve the shoutout.

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My Answered Questions

Do you make money off your blog? What purpose do you think your blog serves?

I do not make money off of my blog as of now, however, I am in the process of making a few passive incomes from my blog so I am able to make my passion of helping others through my blog into a career. I am in the process of creating an Etsy shop to sell my original quotes, artwork, eBooks, and more. I will also be making videos for YouTube to connect to people and make a small revenue through YouTube to help keep my blog up and running for years to come.

The purpose of Maybe Crazy Help is to help others through life hardships through real-life experiences. To let others know they are not alone and it is possible to overcome the emotions that we experience when life becomes rocky. It is a personal belief that the hardships one experiences in life can be a guide of survival for another in the future who may be experiencing the same hardship you went through in the past.

Having the courage to stand up and say hey. I know it sucks right now and letting people in to see they are not alone is what Maybe Crazy Help is all about. As well as giving advice and tools on how to overcome certain hardships.

Scary movies, comedy, or action?

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Out of the three given, I would have to go with a good ol’ scary movie. I don’t know, there’s just something exciting and relaxing when it comes to wrapping up in a warm blanket with your favorite beverage and snack while watching a movie that keeps you on the edge of your seat.

 

 

Favorite season and why?

My favorite season would have to be the Fall. The leaves changing colors make the landscapes look like a beautiful portrait. It’s also perfect weather for cozy hoodies and walking in the park. Not to mention Halloween, which is beyond a shadow of a doubt my favorite holiday. Which has me even more excited now that my little one is more aware of whats going on.

A life-changing moment that changed your direction in life.

My life-changing moment was giving birth to my son. We both almost died and it made a huge impact on how I thought and where I wanted to be in life. Having a child made me realize I needed to change my ways not just for myself but for the little eyes that were watching my every movement. The little eyes that look to me for direction. I did not want to lead him down a dark path so I started working on myself. I am not perfect and I have a long way to go, but I will always continue to be better than I was the day before. Children learn by example. I want my son to know to always move forward, even when it feels like the world is against you and to always be true to himself.

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Salty foods or sweet?

Honestly, it depends on my mood. Most of the time it would be sweets, though I prefer natural sweets like fruit.

Have you ever broken your parent’s heart?

Unfortunately, I have broken my parent’s heart many times by being selfish with self-harming when I was younger. All the broken promises to stop cutting was like a knife in their hearts and I try my best every day to show them I am a changed woman. Not the teen I once was.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a veterinarian for bigger animals when I was younger. However, the heartbreak of having to possibly put an animal to sleep is what turned me away from going down that path. The death of an animal breaks my heart into a thousand pieces. I am more in tune with animals than I am with people. While human deaths do hurt me emotionally, for some reason, the death of an animal hurts more.

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Are you someone who likes to try new things or stick to what you know?

I love trying new things and learning from them. I crave knowledge and often research things out of boredom and/or curiosity. Doing new things gives me the opportunity to expand my knowledge. Something I am grateful for, especially after losing the majority of my memory in 2014 for about 6-9 months.

How many states have you lived in?

I have lived in 3 states. Alabama, Georgia, and Indiana.

Do you like to drink tea or coffee?

I love both but I prefer tea, even though I probably drink coffee more ha-ha.

What’s your favorite book, blog, tv show, podcast, or youtube channel at the moment?

I thought it would be fun to do one of each 😊

My favorite book right now is The Castaway Kid. It is a story about a boy who grew up with a mom who had many mental health problems, had to live in a home, went through life being bullied and mistreated, etc.. I am halfway through the book and have cried many times at the things this little boy had to experience growing up.

My favorite blog right now is…. honestly, I have no clue. I read so many and have been inspired time and time again from so many amazing kindhearted bloggers it’s impossible to choose just one.

My favorite tv show right now is Once Upon a Time. I am a huge Disney fan and I love how they created a show with so many twists and turns. You never know what’s going to happen next!

My favorite podcast is Darren’s podcast from Problogger. He has amazing advice for new and old bloggers alike. I believe any blogger can benefit from his posts, podcasts, videos, etc.

My favorite Youtube channel is Shonetta’s Divine Tarot. Her energy and positivity is amazing, as well as her tarot readings. They are shockingly spot on every time. Honestly, I was skeptical at first when a friend told me to watch her channel, but now I watch every new video she posts.

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MCH Nominates:

http://kloydecaday.wordpress.com/
http://susibocks.wordpress.com/
https://baesakhi.home.blog/
https://healthergy.wordpress.com/
https://drandreadinardo.com/
http://wolffpoetry.com/
https://whenwomeninspire.com/
https://selfloveiscare.wordpress.com/
https://bettyoucan.fitness/
https://gutsyfeeling.com/
https://jessierenea.com/

To the amazing blogs and websites nominated

Your blogs and websites are wonderfully put together and have amazing content that provides others with guidance. You do not have to participate in this award post, though it does help generate backlinks and provides other amazing bloggers the opportunity to get discovered. Your efforts deserve to be recognized whether you participate or not. The thoughtfulness and heartfelt posts are throughout each website. Thank you for taking the time to create such helpful posts!

Thank you once more, Skelly Lou for nominating Maybe Crazy Help for this lovely award. Congratulations on your nomination as well!

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My 11 Questions for the Nominees

  1. What do you enjoy doing outside of blogging?
  2. Where is your favorite place to go with friends and family?
  3. What is your favorite way to relax after a long day?
  4. Do you prefer video games on a console, games on a phone, or board games?
  5. Do you like theme parks or nature parks?
  6. What is your favorite show or movie you can watch over and over again and never get tired of?
  7. Do you have any pets?
  8. What place would you like to visit?
  9. What is your favorite meal?
  10. How do you feel about littering?
  11. Do you prefer hot or cold weather?

 

Rules:

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  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you
  2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive this award
  4. Write 11 new questions for the nominated bloggers
  5. List the rules and display them on the Sunshine
  6. Blogger Award in your post
  7. Notify the nominees about the nomination by commenting on one of their blog posts

For those who may be wondering what a depressed person goes through and some of the difficulties we face, this post was written to help you understand depression. Maybe you have a loved one who experiences depression and can’t figure out how to help them because you don’t understand what they are going through. My hopes with this post are to help others understand depression and find ways to help their loved ones when they are experiencing a depressive episode.

Here are 7 things people with depression have trouble with that make it hard to function normally in everyday life.

Getting out of bed in the morning

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If you are not a morning person, you can kinda put yourself in the shoes of a depressed person not wanting to get out of bed, though not entirely. People who don’t like mornings usually feel better after they wake up and get going. With depression, there is no feeling better after you drag yourself out of bed. When someone is going through depression, sleep is a way to escape their thoughts and feelings. Having to wake up and deal with life can feel like a burden. It’s like not being a morning person times 100.

Staying motivated

One of the hardest things for myself when I am depressed is staying motivated. Motivation helps us get things done and stay on task. When motivation starts to disappear it can feel like the days drag on, finding direction can be exhausting, and doing things you once loved becomes a chore. Sounds draining, right?

Unfortunately, a lot of the time regaining motivation is draining and feels like it’s not worth it. Remind your loved one to keep trying and ask them what they would like to do. Let them know, gently, if they don’t try to reclaim their lost motivation they will continue to feel down in the dumps.

If you would like to read more about getting motivated once more the article Weight loss, Motivation, and More: You Can Achieve Anything! Might interest you.

Appetite changes

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One of the symptoms associated with depression is appetite changes. Some people may not want to eat because they are too upset to eat. While others may overeat to comfort themselves. This can cause a lot of physical and mental problems.

Physically, you can become over or underweight rapidly, you can develop stomach problems, and sometimes your hair can start falling out because you’re not getting the proper nutrients to help maintain your body.

Mentally you can become overly tired, irritated, and have deeper depression. Appetite changes are a major sign of depression. Try to gently remind your loved one to eat a normal amount of food every day. They may or may not listen, but at least you are thinking of them and are trying to be there for them. They will see the effort within time, just don’t become demanding and angry. This can turn them away from you even if you mean well.

If you have a loved one who may be experiencing an eating disorder the article Come Test Your Knowledge on Eating Disorders: My Own Journey Included may interest you, as it gives what to look for.

Foggy Mind

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People with depression often feel foggy minded. Depression can feel like an emotional weight dragging you down. Sometimes it can feel like a numbness that you can’t explain or deep sadness that won’t go away no matter what you try. It’s mentally exhausting and can cause a foggy mind.

You can try helping by doing small things like picking up around the house, cooking, and being there for them to help lessen the load of everyday things. People with depression often are too mentally drained to keep up with the small every day things like chores and making meals. This helps so much and can help motivate them to help you while you are helping them.

Withdrawing and Isolating

More often than not, people with depression will isolate themselves and withdraw from friends, family, and activities. We don’t like to burden people with how we are feeling and can become a bit of a hermit. Unfortunately, this can cause a deeper depression that lasts longer.

You can help your loved one by continuing to be there and letting them know it is okay to talk to you about what is bothering them. Let them open up in their own time, just keep checking on them and being there.

Feeling Alone

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People who experience depression often feel alone, even in a room full of people. It’s hard to accept and understand we are not alone in our thoughts and feelings, especially if we revert to isolating ourselves from others. The best thing you can do is to keep reassuring your loved one you that you are there and will do what you can to help them through their depression.

Unhealthy Thinking Patterns

I am not sure about others, but I know I personally have unhealthy thinking patterns when I am depressed. Some of my thought patterns look like this:

  • I don’t matter.
  • My feelings do not matter.
  • Why should I care, they don’t care.
  • Everything is pointless, so why bother?
  • I mess up so much that there is no hope for me.
  • This is not going to get better.
  • Why would anyone want to be friends with me? I’m so down all the time.

If your loved one is saying some of these they could be developing an unhealthy thinking pattern. Try to reassure them they are overthinking and they are loved, valued, and cared about. It can become frustrating, but you might have to repeat this to them a lot. Sometimes all we need is a little reassurance to help stop the rushing thoughts.

If you would like to read more about negative thinking and ways to stop unhealthy thinking patterns the article Changing Negative Thinking for a Better Life might interest you. It also has ways to help others with their own negative thinking patterns.

Conclusion

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There you have it, 7 things that people with depression have a difficult time with. Depression is more than feeling sad all the time. There are many things that contribute to depression. Hopefully, this post was able to help someone understand depression a little more than they already did. If your loved one is experiencing depression, hug them tight and let them know you are there and they are loved.

The suggestions to help may or may not work. Everyone is different and responds to different things. These are some of the things that my friends and family helped me with. I thought it could be beneficial to others who want to be there and help their loved ones through their own depression.

A Friendly Reminder

Maybe Crazy Help is still collecting letters and cards of hope to be delivered to shelter type homes during Christmas to spread more cheer and hope. The last day to send a letter or card is December 10, 2019. We will be delivering them on December 17th before Christmas. If you are interested in sending a letter or card you can find all the information in the post What Can a Letter Do? We have collected 495 cards so far and are very thankful to those who sent a letter and/or card.

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Hey there! It’s time for another Saturday Trivia. This week is another music trivia, Who Sings: Rock Edition. Come test your knowledge on these rock songs and maybe find an old song you once loved but long forgot!

This form does not collect emails, it is just for fun.

 

 

Thank you to all who participates, if you enjoyed this weeks trivia be sure to check out the past Saturday trivia posts 🙂

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Having an emergency mental health first aid kit can help you in many unexpected ways when you are having a particularly hard day. While this tactic might not work 100% of the time, it can still help in some way. Life can get bumpy, and for those who experience a mental health-related problem, making an emergency kit can help with coping with bad days.

Your favorite chocolate bar or snack

It is a well-known fact, chocolate increases “the happy” chemical in the brain, serotonin. Having a yummy treat that helps boost happiness is a win-win! If chocolate is not your thing you can always replace it with your favorite treat.

A self-help workbook

There are a ton of self-help workbooks online. You can find free ones or search for them on Amazon. I will link my top 3 favorite self-help workbooks I’ve used to help overcome certain areas in my life. If you have no idea where to start these books can help you out.

Having a self-help workbook in your mental health first aid kit can help you by getting your mind focused on more positive things while working on certain areas in your life.

Here are 3 self-help workbooks I currently use to help me:

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**The links above are affiliate links. If you choose to click on a link and buy a product I do get a small commission at no extra cost to you. I use affiliate links on MCH to keep my blog up and running. I am an Amazon Affiliate and the links above are from Amazon.

A list of mental health-related numbers and websites.

You can use these when there are days where it feels like nothing is working. Sometimes reaching out and talking to someone can help ease your mind. Here is a list I made a while back.

Coloring books, markers, crayons, paint, etc..

Sometimes being creative can help lessen depression, anxiety, stress, etc. Having something creative to get your mind off of the painful thoughts can help relax your mind and calm you down.

A written letter to yourself from a time when you were happy

Write a letter to yourself on a particularly good day reminding yourself these emotions are temporary and you will feel happiness again. Be heartfelt, compassionate, and kind to yourself in the letter. Pull it out and read it on the dreary days.

Pictures of people, places, things, animals, etc, you love and would like to go see.

Sometimes we just need a small reminder it’s the small things in life that mean the most. We live in a fast-paced world and can become easily overwhelmed. Pictures can be a great reminder to take a moment and reflect on what means the most.

Favorite candle, wax cubes, incense, perfume, cologne, etc…

Did you know certain smells can help relax the mind? I personally love using lavender to calm my nerves. Having your favorite smell in your emergency kit can help you relax.

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Bubble Bath, Candle, Lighter

Sometimes a nice relaxing bubble bath can help you ease your mind and wash away the worries of tomorrow. I know everyone does not have a bathtub or prefer showers, what I enjoy doing when I want to enjoy a relaxing shower is putting on music, taking my wax burner into the bathroom, and lighting candles then getting into the shower.

Favorite comedy

Remember the saying laughter is the best medication? Having your favorite movie on hand can help brighten your day. You can change it up each time. If you are more inclined to watch streaming services you can write a list of your favorite comedies to choose from.

Crystals

Crystals are known to have healing properties. If you think about it everything we have comes from the Earth, it’s not too far fetched to use crystals as a healing technique. This is my own personal belief if you don’t believe they can have healing properties, that is okay. We are all different and have different opinions and views about the world around us.

Hopefully, this list gives you an idea to what to put into your own mental health first aid kit to pull out on rough days. Remember, this may or may not work for you and are just suggestions to help you along the way on your mental health journey.

Thank you for taking the time out of your day to read this post, if you like what you read be sure to subscribe to get the latest updates, posts, and more. Soon we will be doing a free giveaway!

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Down below is a list of questions I have gotten into the habit of asking myself when I start to feel overwhelmed. This helps me pinpoint and reevaluate where I am in life, what I may need to do different, and if the situation is controllable or not. Maybe this tactic could help someone else become more self-aware and see if a change is needed somewhere in their life.

  1. What is the cause of my unhappiness right now?
  2. Can I change this circumstance?
  3. Do I need to let go of anything or anyone to move forward in life?
  4. Am I making myself unhappy? If so how?
  5. Is there anything I can do differently to help me feel better?
  6. What do I need to do differently next time?
  7. Do I understand feelings are normal and a part of life? It is the action behind the emotion that needs to be controlled and evaluated from time to time.

These questions may or may not help you, remember this is a tactic I use when I become overwhelmed with emotions.

An Example Where You Cannot Control the Situation

Situation: The factory you were working at gets shut down, forcing you to find a new job. Weeks and weeks go by and you are unsuccessful at obtaining a job and bills are getting closer to being due.

The overwhelming stress starts to pack on and you feel yourself about to break. You throw the stack of applications off your desk in complete frustration. (I’m going to use the questions above to show you how these questions can help with recollecting your thoughts)

  1. What is the cause of my unhappiness right now?

    Obviously having to find a new job due to the factory shutting down is what is causing this unhappiness.

  2. Can I change this circumstance?

    I cannot change having to find a new job, but I CAN change my outlook to this whole jumbled mess. Maybe this will lead me into a better job where I get paid more or have more time to spend with my family and friends. What’s done is done, I can’t change their decision. Only my own thoughts.

  3. Do I need to let go of anything or anyone to move forward in my life?

    I need to let go of the pint up anger from the factory shutting down. I know it was beyond anyone’s control and these things in life happen. It would be really helpful and beneficial if I were to find ways to get rid of this anger, frustration, and hurt.

  4. Am I making myself unhappy?

    Right now, yes, I am making myself unhappy by dwelling on something I can not control.

  5. Is there anything I can do to help me feel better?

    I can focus on looking for jobs and not dwelling on the factory and the what-ifs. I can go for a drive, a walk, bicycle ride, etc to look for a new job while admiring the scenery.

  6. What can I do differently next time?

    Hopefully, there will not be a next time. However, if there is I can try doing a small passive income like selling digital arts, writing an eBook, or reselling items so I can supplement my income while looking for another job.

  7. Do I understand this feeling is a normal part of life? It is the action behind the emotion that needs to be controlled and evaluated from time to time.

    Yes, I understand this feeling is normal. It is normal to be upset over losing a job, especially when it had nothing to do with myself. Becoming upset and slinging my applications off my desk was not an appropriate action to my frustration. Next time I will try to handle my actions a little better. That is all I can do.

 

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An Example Where You Can Control the Situation

Situation: You just got into a bad argument with your partner about them flirting with another person in front of you. They call you hurtful names and hurt you emotionally with things they know bother you. You become depressed and decide to go to sleep.

You wake up to a text from your partner saying how sorry they were and how they shouldn’t have treated you like that.  You respond it’s fine, I overreacted. The next text you get says they are going out with friends and won’t be back until late.

This happens often and causes you to become worried, depressed, and stressed. Looking at yourself in the bathroom mirror you burst out into tears from hurt and anger.

  1. What is the cause of my unhappiness right now?

    The reason for my unhappiness right now is because I am being wrongfully treated by someone I deeply care about.

  2. Can I change this circumstance?

    I can stay and hope for my partner to change or I can leave. If they truly loved me they would not hurt me like this.

  3. Do I need to let go of anything or anyone to move forward in life?

    I might need to leave my partner and focus on myself and my happiness. I should not have to feel this way. If we are meant to be then we will find our way back to one another, if not then that is okay. I deserve to be valued, treated with respect, and love.

  4. Am I making myself unhappy? If so how?

    Yes, I am making myself unhappy by staying in this situation.

  5. Is there anything I can do differently to help me feel better?

    I can talk to someone and prepare myself to leave. It will hurt, but I value myself enough to know and understand I deserve to be treated right.

  6. What do I need to do differently next time?

    I can work on myself and then get into a relationship when I am ready. Next time I will watch for the warning signs. It’s okay to have standards and boundaries. I am worth so much more than this.

  7. Do I understand feelings are normal and a part of life? It is the action behind the emotion that needs to be controlled and evaluated from time to time.

    Yes, I understand it is normal for me to be hurt and upset about being wrongfully treated by my partner. Instead of staying in disrespect I can choose to leave to give myself a better chance at happiness in relationships. My actions of me continuing to stay, even though it’s getting progressively worse, are what need to be evaluated. I am worth so much more.

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You probably noticed positivity is the key when calming the mind and asking these questions to yourself. By telling yourself it’s okay, things will get better, you are worth more, etc, you are showing yourself self-compassion. Life happens, people can be hurtful, things don’t always go as planned, it’s just the way life is.

Having a positive mindset helps navigate through life’s hardship a lot smoother. If you were to look at everything negatively, then more than likely you would feel down and upset often.

Hopefully, this post will be able to help someone unjumble their thoughts when things start to get rocky. We are all trying to figure out this life thing and sometimes we need help along the way and a reminder to think things through.

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Thank you for taking the time out of your day to read this post. I hope you were able to find value or inspiration while reading this. What are some of the ways you help get your mind back on track after becoming overwhelmed? Comment below.

Hi there! It’s Saturday morning once more and time for Maybe Crazy Help’s weekly Saturday trivia. This week is a music trivia, who sings: pop edition. The form does not collect emails or anything like that. It is just for fun and a way to relax the mind and maybe find old and new songs to listen to shortly!

Music is known to be one of the best forms of therapy for the soul. Come test your knowledge on this pop edition of who sings!

 

 

If you enjoyed this weeks trivia, be sure to check out the previous week’s trivia Saturday Trivia: How Much Do You Remember About Cartoon Network?

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Anxiety can be hard to deal with, especially in public situations, though anxiety can spike anywhere. Sitting at home alone watching your favorite movie, going for a walk through the park, even at the pet store surrounded by all those loving fur and non-fur babies! Anxiety can be a rollercoaster of emotions. I live with anxiety every day and have found various ways of coping with it when it pops up. Keep reading below if you would like to read my top 10 tips on coping with anxiety.

Tip One: Journaling

If you have read this blog before, you know I am very big on journaling. For a long time, I was skeptical and had a negative outlook on journaling. I told myself it wouldn’t help so it was pointless. That is until I started trying to journal when I became upset. I found that getting all the emotional baggage out and on paper, I felt a lot better. The emotions were still there, it was just easier to cope with.

Journaling when you become anxious can help focus your mind and calm your nerves. Here are some questions I answer when I am journaling on an anxious day:

  • What could be the cause of my anxiety spiking?
  • Is there anything I can do about this situation?
  • Have I tried talking to someone about this? If not, should I? Why?
  • Write down 5 things I can see, touch, feel, taste, and smell.
  • Have I tried a breathing exercise? Did it help? Why or why not?

While this may not work 100% of the time, I found it helped me to question the anxiety. By knowing the possible cause helped me focus on how I could be prepared for the next time that situation popped up.

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Tip 2: Creating a calming playlist

Music is usually my go-to. It helps calm my mind by focusing on the lyrics and/or instruments being played. Having an anti-anxiety playlist you can listen to when anxiety rears its ugly head can be very beneficial. There have been countless times where I have been in public and started panicking out of nowhere. Throwing in some earbuds and listening to the playlist I made for anxiety helps reduce my anxiety a ton.

Here are some of the songs I have downloaded to my anti-anxiety playlist:

  • Relaxing instrumental fantasy music (I like the nature and magical sound mix)
  • Classical music
  • Read All About It
  • A drop in the ocean
  • Silent Scream
  • Everybody Cries Sometimes
  • Dollhouse
  • Gasoline
  • She Don’t Want the world

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  • Fallen Angel
  • Your Guardian Angel
  • Head Above Water
  • Every Time the Rain Comes Down
  • Bad Things
  • Losin Control
  • Ride Slow
  • She Will Be Loved
  • Battle Scars
  • At My Best
  • Waiting for Superman
  • Stand

This is just a small sample of some of the songs I’ve put on my playlist. I like having a wide range of different genres. When creating a calming playlist try to stay away from angry and mood spiking songs. It could cause your anxiety to become worse. However, if you are someone who calms down to heavy metal and songs that pump you up then use them. If you notice you feel more anxious, try to throw some soothing songs into your playlist. Don’t get me wrong I love hype songs, they are just bad for my anxiety when I am having an attack. Same thing for depressing songs.

Tip 3: Finding a Creative Outlet

My creative outlet is art and making things from things I find around the house. Having a creative outlet can help you by getting your mind on something more productive than the constant worry that comes with anxiety. There are many creative outlets you can try! Furthermore, if you start making things that can be sold you can also make a small side income. Who doesn’t enjoy earning a little extra spending money?

Here are some creative outlets you can try:

  • Coloring
  • Drawing
  • Digital Art
  • Taking photos of nature and the world around you

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  • Writing
  • Poetry
  • Dancing
  • Sculpting
  • Pottery
  • Writing lyrics
  • Origami
  • Jewelry making
  • Mosaics

There are many more you could try. The ones above are from the top of my head. If one thing doesn’t work you can keep trying until you find something that resonates with you better and helps you relax. There are so many good things that can come from having a creative outlet.

Tip 4: Learning How to Be Okay in the Unknown

I’m not sure about others, but I found a lot of my anxiety comes from being afraid of the unknown. I am terrified of not knowing the outcome of things

if I am going to mess up, if I am doing the right thing, etc. One of the biggest things I am learning currently is being okay in the unknown and uncomfortable.

I don’t have many tips for learning this skill as of now, but once I learn more I will be writing an in-depth article about it. Right now I am practicing through blogging. I have learned that by hitting publish, even when I am having self-doubts it’s helping me with accepting the unknown.

Tip 5: Reading and Learning About Anxiety

Trying to understand a problem at hand by learning and reading about it can help you find a solution a lot faster and more efficiently. The same thing goes for learning about anxiety. It helps with pinpointing possible causes, ways to overcome and cope with anxiety, etc. Just like you are doing now 😉

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Tip 6: Taking a break from social media, the news, and anything that may be media related

While it is good knowing what’s going on in the world around us, it can still cause anxiety at times. When you notice your anxiety starting to get bad again try unplugging from all social media. Social media sends so many mixed messages, you never know what article is real or just a biased report, and with the crazy events going on in today’s world it can cause anyone to become overwhelmed. Sometimes unplugging from all the hoopla can help anxiety-related problems in unexpected ways.

Tip 7: Talking to Someone

Whether it be a friend, family member, therapist, or someone online, talking about what you are going through and how you’re feeling can be a huge asset when it comes to improving your mood. I won’t lie. It will be uncomfortable and emotional, but it can help with releasing all the pent-up emotions. This helps with anxiety, depression, anger, etc. Holding in worry and stress can cause so many unwelcomed problems in your life. Here are some of the things I experienced by keeping everything locked inside my mind:

  • Stomach problems
  • Overthinking to the point of panic attacks

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  • Insomnia
  • Longer depressive and anxiety episodes

Sometimes getting all the mental gunk out in the open to someone else can help in unexpected ways. The person you open up to might be able to give you advice that helps you; advice you’d never think of because of the never-ending thoughts and/or worry.

Just always remember to be there for others as they are for you. Having a good support system can be very beneficial in life.

Tip 8: Asking myself these questions when I begin to feel anxious

With anxiety, often comes rushing thoughts. When I begin to feel anxious I ask myself these questions to help me focus my mind and calm down:

  • What is the possible reason for me feeling like this?
  • Is there anything I can do to fix how I am feeling right now?
  • Is this something I can or cannot control?
  • Is this feeling rational? Am I overthinking things?
  • Reminding myself I am okay and to take a moment to pause and recollect my thoughts

By questioning the situation at hand and evaluating the emotions, I am able to help myself come back to reality and not overthink everything.

Tip 9: Reading my favorite book

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Books are amazing. They help you escape your reality and into a whole new world of fun, adventure, and wonder. We live in an era where we can download all of our books to our phone, kindle, or tablet to take with us on the go.

I have a hard time with public transportation. A few years back I had to ride the bus often to get to places I needed to go. Having something to read while sitting on the bus helped ease my anxiety to almost a complete nothing!

I understand not everyone likes to read, however, we live in a generation where you can listen to your favorite book on your phone. Maybe this can be an option for those who do not like reading. If not, that’s okay these are just some of the things that personally help me that I wanted to share with others.

Tip 10: Facing my fears one step at a time

A lot of my anxiety comes from me being afraid of things like being in public, what others think, the unknown, etc. I have found that by working on my fears I am also working on my anxiety. Some of the steps I take when facing fear is:

  • Preparing myself before doing something that scares me by reading up on it
  • Having an anti-anxiety plan on hand for when my anxiety shows up
  • Reminding myself over and over again that I am okay
  • Meditation

These are my top 10 tips with coping with anxiety. Remember these may or may not work for you. We are all different and have different ways of handling things. I wanted to share some of the things that help me with the hopes of it helping someone who also experiences anxiety. Thank you so much for your time, I hope you were able to gain value from this post.

Remember, change takes time, patience, and practice. By overcoming self-limiting doubts and striving for ways to help yourself you are becoming the best version of yourself. It’s never too late to try to become the best you.

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Thank you for taking the time out of your day to read this blog post. I hope you were able to find value and usefulness within this post. If you would like, comment below some of the ways that help you cope with anxiety. By sharing our own ways of handline certain emotions we can potentially help someone else by giving them new insight and ideas they might have looked past.

A Small Reminder

As Christmas draws near I would like to remind those who follow Maybe Crazy Help and let others who are unaware know we are collecting cards, letters, drawing, etc for people living in shelter type homes. We are doing this to provide hope when hope is lost. We will also be providing them with local places, numbers, and websites for them to get back on their feet if they choose to do so.

While helping my mother distribute lunches on Christmas a few years ago, I was able to meet so many inspiring people who became homeless due to situations out of their control. They had no idea where to go for help, who to call, what to do, etc.

My hopes with this card and letter drive are to spark the lost hope and to remind the people who are struggling they do matter and there are people out there who care. Sometimes all we need is a little reminder and a way to move forward.

This is why Maybe Crazy Help is collecting letters and cards for those living in homeless shelters, group homes, VA centers, extended stay hospitals, and women and children centers.

If you are interested in sending a letter or card to someone you can find all the information in the post What Can a Letter Do?

We have collected 447 cards so far and are hoping to collect more. Thank you to everyone who has sent or bought a card and/or letter. You are truly making a difference in someone’s life.

Cards and Letters of Hope

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Hi there! It’s Saturday morning, meaning it’s time for Saturday trivia once more. This week is Cartoon Network. I had a poll plugin I was trying out and it, unfortunately, did not work on my website. So, I decided to do Cartoon Network as the trivia category this week. I apologize if anyone voted last week and it did not go through. I will have three options after this quiz and have you guys comment on which one you would want to take next Saturday. The most votes will be the next category.  Thursday is the day I usually choose which category will be used. So, Thursday around 5pm will be the cut off time to vote.

Courage the Cowardly Dog

Before each trivia form, I like to give a small life lesson from one of the topics chosen for Saturday trivia. This week I have chosen to use Courage the Cowardly Dog from Cartoon Network.

If you have not seen or heard of this exciting show I will give a short intro to who Courage is. Courage is a dog that lives out in the middle of nowhere with his elderly owners. Eustance, the grumpy mean old man and Muriel, the sweet and loving old lady.

Courage is about as far from his name as one could get. He is terrified of everything. Though if it were me living in the middle of nowhere with creepy bazaar things constantly happening I would be a bit cowardly myself.

Each episode has something strange happen with monsters, ghost, aliens, mind control, and more. Poor Courage often has to be brave for his owners to get them out of all the crazy situations they end up in. It truly is an interesting show.

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A Cartoon Network Lesson With Courage the Cowardly Dog

Finding courage in frightening situations can be nerve-wracking. When someone becomes afraid, their fight or flight responses kick in. Personally, I take the flight route more than I would like to admit. Often, I let my fears overwhelm me into not trying or doing something I wanted. Here’s where a good lesson with Courage the Cowardly dog can come in.

Courage always manages to pull through his fears to save the ones he loves. Even when he is freaking out and panicking. His bravery is shown in each episode.

Finding your passion, what you love, and care about can help tremendously when it comes to facing fears. For example, my son is my world and one of the reasons I push myself to become the best version of me. From starting a business to simply going for a walk downtown, I face my irrational fear of people.

I do not want him to see me afraid of the world, so I push through and find my courage for him. Having things to fight for as well as believe in can help the most frightened person overcome what they thought was impossible.

The life lesson in all this is your passion can help you overcome fears and find courage in uncertainty. Can you think of a time you displayed bravery through fear?

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Cartoon Network Trivia

This form does not collect emails, it is just for fun.

Additional

Thank you for taking the time and reading this post. If you participated in the trivia form thank you and I hope you were able to learn something interesting about the old Cartoon Network. Also, thank you to those who support Maybe Crazy Helps mission to help others overcome darkness the mind can create by spreading light, love, hope, and reassurance. You guys are awesome!

A friendly reminder, we are still collecting letters, cards, drawings, etc, for those living in homeless shelters, group homes, veteran centers, extended stay hospitals, and women and children centers in time for Christmas.

We are trying to spread love, hope, and new motivation to people who don’t have a home to call their own. We will also be providing the homeless shelters, veteran centers, and women and children centers with numbers and places they can go to get help getting back on their feet if they choose to do so.

If you are interested in sending in a letter, card, drawing, etc, you can find all the information in the post What Can a Letter Do?

Cards and Letters of Hope

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Vote for Next Weeks Saturday Trivia

Disney Trivia
The 90s – 2000s Music Trivia
Comedy Trivia

Comment below, whichever gets the most votes will be used for next Saturday. Thursday, August 22 will be the last day to vote for next Saturday’s trivia. Last weeks trivia was 90s Nicktoons Trivia Come See How Much You Remember 

 

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