The Characteristics of Good Mental Health

…Being able to think, and decide, for ourselves. Not allowing others to define who we are.

Don't Lose Hope

What does it mean to function well in life? What does it mean to have good mental health? It means we exhibit the following traits:

  1. Feeling good about ourselves; accepting that we have both strengths and weaknesses. Understanding that change takes time, and being patient with ourselves.
  2. Being able to effectively manage our emotions so we’re not controlled or overwhelmed by them (Feelings of anxiety, fear, anger, rage, bitterness, hatred, jealousy, and so on).
  3. Being able to form and enjoy stable, healthy, boundaried and meaningful relationships.
  4. Feeling at ease in the company of others.
  5. Not taking life too seriously; being able to laugh at ourselves.
  6. Respecting ourself, our values, beliefs, attitudes, choices and decisions. Also, respecting others and their right to think, choose, decide and act for themselves.
  7. Being able to accept, and to cope with, disappointment. This includes being able to adapt and compromise when this is healthy and…

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The art of Surrender 5/5

‘For me all it is…is the awareness in the moment that I am trying to control the uncontrollable. ‘

The daily addict

The other day a lovely person asked me a question in regards to surrendering. She asked if I actually say the words “I surrender.”

I thought this was a great question and it prompted me to take a look at what it actually means to me.

You hear ALL THE TIME in recovery – “Let it go!” “Turn it over!” “Surrender it!” “Give it to God.”

I explained that I do not say the actual words “I surrender.”

For me all it is…is the awareness in the moment that I am trying to control the uncontrollable. How do I know I am doing that….my physical body and mind tell me so. I feel angst and stress about whatever the situation is I am trying to control.

When I have had enough stress and angst in my body…I let the thing go. How do I do that….I switch my focus…

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Amazon’s ‘Tales from the Loop’: Season 1 Full Recap ☆☆☆☆☆

This TV show is brilliant and the best I’ve seen in a while.

I love all the 1950’s references and 50’s props and clothes. It’s available on Amazon Prime.

Pasadena Art & Science Beat

“Tales from the Loop” are a melancholy examination of the many aspects of love taking place between dimensions in a place where the science fiction of happenstance takes different people outside of the normal life in small town Mercer, Ohio.

“Tales of the Loop” are based on Swedish artist Simon Stålenhag’s 2014 eponymous book of futuristic digital images. Transferring the action to the fictional Midwestern town of Mercer, the timeline flashes between the 1950s. At the center is the discovery of a sphere called the Eclipse and the landscape is littered with decades of experiments linked to the particle accelerator at Mercer Center for Experimental Physics which breaks up time and can open portals to parallel universes. This isn’t the physics of the real universe, but the “fringe physics” of science fiction and imagination.

Similar to the American classic play, “Our Town,” each episode has a person step forward to tell their…

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26th April Chernobyl – 1986

One of my favorite stories about the Chernobyl disaster is the one about Morrissey and his song ‘Panic’.

He was listening to the radio on the day of the disaster.

The radio DJ had the news flash about the worst nuclear disaster know to man…then proceeded to play Wham: Freedom !!!

Morrissey was really annoyed with he radio DJ, and proceeded to write the song.

The radio DJ had no conscience or idea about the magnitude of the disaster.

hang the DJ !!!