I have been MIA for a few weeks now. I was faced with medical issues and a family crisis that I had to put first. It would have been selfish of me to not give my full attention to each matter. During these past few weeks I was able to address certain health issues that I had been keeping at bay by doing the bare minimum. I think I let myself over think each issue to the point I assumed it would all turn out negative. I put my big girl pants on and faced each problem head on. It wasn’t easy but I learned that not all issues have to end badly. In the end, I took the steps needed to better my overall health. I might not be able to cure some of my health issues like Type 1 diabetes, epilepsy, gastroparesis, or anxiety/depression/maniac bipolar, but I can follow my doctor’s orders, take my medicine, and stay positive. I learned my lesson and think I am overall better for it. Don’t let the negative thoughts overtake your thinking. If you start feel like your world is crashing, just take a moment and BREATH, then stay focused on positivity.
In these past few weeks I have had some ups and downs. My grandmother, who is 91, was struggling with back pain that the doctors couldn’t pinpoint what was causing it. The doctors finally realized what was causing her this immense amount of pain. She has a fractured vertebra that can only be healed overtime. Due to her age this was her only option. She is being made comfortable and looked after 24/7 where she stays. I am happy that the doctors where able to locate the problem and she is recovering one day at a time.
On the positive side, my son celebrated his birthday, April 2nd. He is now 14 and is such a kind, intelligent, and funny teenager. He is going through his growth spurt and keeps getting taller than me everyday. Some other things I have done over these past weeks were all happy times. I spent Easter with my family (mom & dad), my sister, niece, and son. It was a special time. I even did some dancing on the Wii, which was probably more funny than anything. My sister, niece (she is 6 yrs old), my son and myself went the local zoo. Since I come from a small family, I cherish every moment I have with everyone, it is even more special when I am not sick or in the hospital and can actually participate. I could go on and on but I will save it for another time.
The dust is now settling and I finally have the time to catch up with my emails, blog, and interviews. I don’t want you guys to think I left you hanging. I have an interview with a great blogger at https://insilencewesuffer.wordpress.com, that I plan to post this coming Friday.
I have so much to catch up on that if anyone wants to email me so I don’t miss a previous email then please do. Also, I still am looking for more bloggers to do interviews or guest posts. Never hesitate to email me at email@example.com. Just make sure to put something in the subject line so it stands out!
I wanted to share with everyone that I’ve been a bit behind on all my emails due to surgery on Thursday. I have some great bloggers I’m working with on doing interviews!
I may do the blog reviews but haven’t had much interest in them. Please never hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested in doing something with me on my blog or for your blog!
I don’t want to do interviews back to back so that each blogger has their day for their interview. I hope that is understandable.
I wanted to start doing blog reviews last month but didn’t get around to it. As long as I have the desire from other bloggers then I will start weekly blog reviews. I only want to do 3 blogs a week.
I am always looking for bloggers wanting to do an interview with me. I like to focus on the persons’ blog and then focus on questions about their blog or an interview focused on motivation along with the other categories on my blog.
If interested please comment below and contact me by email at email@example.com. Please include in the subject line which your interested in and a little something about what your interested in talking about (interview) or information about your blog (blog reviews).
If I don’t get enough interest then I will let everyone know. I hope you give either choice a consideration.
I talked about coloring the other day and found an app on my iPad to color pictures (so to say). I created this one below for all my readers/followers/bloggers community. It’s just the simple saying, “Thank you.”
I wanted to say to everyone how thankful I am to have such an amazing community and am grateful for the people I have met through my blog. I never thought I would meet so many wonderful bloggers that have not only read my posts but the inspiration I have found by reading all of your blogs.
I just did an interview with a wonderful blogger who goes by B.G. and is the author of the blog:
We did the interview by email so it’s kind of a Q and A type of interview. There is so much in store for all the readers/followers/and bloggers out there reading this. I am thrilled that B.G. agreed to do this interview with me because I have wanted to for a long time. Let’s start with a piece B.G. wrote about the blog.
“Hi. My name is B.G. and I created by blog, Getting Through Anxiety, a little over two years ago. I’ve struggled with anxiety for several years now and after my dad and therapist recommended that I write about my anxiety, I decided to do so. Through struggling with anxiety, I have learned how difficult it can be to deal with a mental health issue.
While I created this blog in hopes of helping myself with my anxiety, it has done that and so much more. In addition to being able to write down my feelings and experiences, I’ve been able to ‘meet’ others online who struggle with similar issues. Many of these individuals have become great friends and we’ve been able to share both our struggles and accomplishments with each other. I’ve found that when dealing with anxiety, support and education is key.
In addition to writing about my experiences with anxiety, I also enjoy writing poetry and sharing some of my sketches. I have always enjoyed writing and I love to be able to help others through such a great medium.”
First and foremost I would like to thank B.G. for sharing with us a bit about the blog Getting Through Anxiety. I feel there is so much more to this blog than meets the eye. Let’s get started with some questions.
B.G., on your about page you talk about how your blog is a way for you to share your experiences with anxiety and offer any advice you think is helpful to those who struggle with similar issues. I myself struggle with anxiety and it can be difficult at times. What is something that you feel not only helps you with your anxiety but could also help others dealing with anxiety?
I think the most important thing when dealing with anxiety is to remember that different methods help different people. Not every method is guaranteed to help every single individual.
However, in my experience, I think the best way to deal with anxiety is to use exposure therapy; to expose yourself in small manageable steps to things that you find anxiety-inducing. For example, if standing in line makes you anxious, you could slowly stand in shorter lines for short periods of time and then slowly increase the amount of time you do so.
I also think that finding positive distractions to focus on is essential when conquering anxiety. I know for me, I worry about a lot of irrational things. If I’m not concentrating on my anxiety, I’m not feeling the symptoms.
Below is a picture with random words and a quote that you created yourself. On your blog you have a page for all your quotes, images, and drawings that you created yourself.
This is one of my favorite ones. What is your favorite quote and what made you create this particular picture?
My favorite quote that I made up is, “Fear is a liar. The best weapon against it is the truth.” This is my favorite because anxiety is always trying to convince me that I am unable to do things. I know though that this isn’t true.
I created the above picture and quote because I feel that as long as you’re working hard on a consistent basis to get through your obstacles, there is no reason to worry about the future. I know this can be a hard thing to do sometimes, but I really believe that if we work our hardest, we can get through our obstacles.
The top of the image includes all of the things that will lead to success, progress, etc. and the words on the bottom of the image illustrates the effects that working hard will have on us.
Next I would like to talk about the other blog, Battle of Mind. There is a page on your blog that links to this blog for everyone to read. The link is https://blog.battleofmind.com. One of my favorite posts on this blog is OVERTHINKING-How to break the cycle. Could you please share some of your points you made in this post that you find helpful?
While I didn’t create the blog, Battle of Mind, I have contributed some guest posts and did write that particular post.
I find thinking about something positive, doing something positive, realizing that negative thoughts make things worse, and reminding yourself that irrational thoughts are irrational important steps to overcoming overthinking. Overthinking is such an issue for anxiety sufferers and it can lead to so much unnecessary stress. By thinking and doing something positive, we are concentrating on something we enjoy instead of something that causes us anxiety. Doing something constructive with our time helps us to do something helpful instead of harmful.
Additionally, we need to realize that concentrating on our negative thoughts only makes us feel like they are real. So many of our thoughts are just that-thoughts. Sometimes we spend so much time thinking negatively that we actually bring anxiety upon ourselves. Something else that is really important is to remind ourselves that when we think irrational thoughts, they have no real substance. We need to keep reminding ourselves that we are stronger than our anxiety.
I love the post, “Ideas for tracking progress.” I love the positivity about this post. It reminds us to stay positive about dealing with anxiety and moving forward. You gave some great suggestions but one I would like to talk about is, Write daily progress reports. Someone dealing with anxiety or other mental health issue, how would you suggest someone do this with all that life has going on a daily basis? Since I deal with anxiety myself I love the idea of daily progress reports but not sure how to get started.
This is an excellent question. While I admit that it’s not always easy to keep up with, I find that an excellent idea is to set our phone alarms if we can to go off and remind us to practice facing our fears in some way. This can be by taking small steps to overcome our anxiety either by using exposure therapy or by doing helpful stretches and exercises.
Each time we take a step towards getting through our anxiety, we can write down the time and what we did. This way we can look back and see what progress we made. Also, if we didn’t do much one day, we can figure out what we should do the next day so that we can improve.
I am a big advocate for mental health awareness. What are your feelings or thoughts on this subject? What would you say to the non-believers?
I think that educating others on mental health is extremely important. There are so many individuals that struggle with mental health issues and who have family or friends who don’t understand. For any people out there who don’t believe their loved ones struggle, I ask that you please have an open mind and heart. Some people are really struggling and lending a helping hand might help that person immensely.
I wanted to touch on all the awards that you have received and the few you have created. First, congratulations. Some of the awards your blog (and you) have received are: Liebster award, Sunshine Blogger award, The Versatile blogger award, Dragon’s Loyalty award, The Epically Awesome award for EPIC AWESOMENESS, Blogger Recognition award, The Creative blogger award, The Shine and be Awesome award, The INFINITY DREAMS award, The SANDYCADEMY award, The Miranda sings award, and the Spirit Animal award. That is one heck of a list! What do you think contributes to getting nominated for these awards? What are some suggestions you have to all the readers (bloggers) for their blog?
First of all, thank you!
Honestly, I think that I get nominated for awards because people enjoy reading my blog and feel that they can connect with my experiences. I’ve said this before, but I never imagined I’d meet so many lovely people and that so many individuals struggle with mental health issues. However, I have learned that there are a great deal of people who are seeking help and who have a lot of wonderful advice and talents to share.
I think what makes a good blog is one that is written by someone who is honest and who genuinely cares about their readers and about the subject that they are writing about. I think good blogs and bloggers try to connect with their readers and offer kindness and understanding.
You have also created awards. They are: The Quotable Blogger award, The Kind blogger award, The Amazing Talented Bloggers award, and the B.G. Getting Through Anxiety Talent Blog challenge. What made you create these awards and challenge?
I started out creating awards because I thought they were a really cool way to show appreciation for other blogs and bloggers. I guess I just wanted to be a part of the creation process. Also, I started noticing that a lot of people don’t think that they’re talented, which is far from the truth. That’s why I created the B.G. Getting Through Anxiety Talent Challenge.
You nominated all your readers/followers/bloggers community for the Amazing Talented Bloggers award. What do your followers need to do to complete and accept this award?
Well, they don’t have to but the reason I nominated everyone is because I think that every blogger is creative. Creating a blog is a really amazing thing to do and I think it requires some creativity, especially to make it successful.
You also nominated everyone for the B.G. Getting Through Anxiety Talent Blog challenge. I have included the link to the post announcing this challenge. It will show readers what to do to participate. Here is the link: https://gettingthroughanxiety.wordpress.com/2016/03/10/introducing/
I know I plan on participating in both the challenge and award! Thank you for creating these. They are both great!
You’re very welcome!
I want to include something fun about you and your blog. What is your dream vacation?
I’d love to go to Italy! The artwork there is amazing and my grandma was Sicilian.
Lastly, the quote on your about page, “A world without goals is like life without water-DRY, STALE, and IMPOSSIBLE to LIVE WITHOUT.” Could you leave us with a goal(s) you have or goals we could all work on?
Well my main goal is to get through my anxiety and learn to manage it better. I also want to be a professional writer one day. I think everyone’s goal in life is just to be happy, healthy, and kind.
That ends this interview with B.G. the author of https://gettingthroughanxiety.wordpress.com blog. Thank you B.G. for taking your time to do this interview. I greatly appreciate it and hope all the readers enjoyed it as much as I did!
Thank you, Jen!
I wanted to let all my readers/followers/bloggers community know about my interview with B.G. author of the blog:
This is going to be a great interview with a great blogger! The interview will be about anxiety and mental illness, fun questions, information about the blog, and a look into the many awards B.G. has received and even created.
The interview will be posted today at 7:00 PM (eastern time). Make sure to check it out!
I am a big fan of coloring and painting. Really anything that has to do with DIY projects. When I’m in the hospital coloring it is the best thing to past the time. I remember the time when another patient (that was being discharged) brought me her coloring book with a sweet saying on the inside cover that made my day. It’s a wonder how the small things in life can bring you so much joy, happiness, and a smile to your face.
I didn’t learn about adult coloring books till back in November when I was hospitalized and called the gift shop for ideas and the lady told me about the adult theme coloring books. I bought one and was so happy to get it. As I started on one of the pages I remember how the nurses would come in and comment on how it was looking.
The other day my friend asked where she could get one and I told her Walmart had tons of them. We went to go find her one and I was amazed to see how many there were and the different themes. They even have ones that have a picture on one page and a place to write your feelings on the other page. Needless to say the adult coloring is definitely catching on! I am currently working on one that is poster sized. It will take easily 3-6 months to complete.
The main reason I wanted to write about this subject today is because I have found that doing projects like coloring can be very uplifting. It also can help with stress, anxiety, and more. When you finish it you feel happy, joy, and motivated to do more activities like it. At least I do.
What are your thoughts on this subject? Please share!