This is the last installment of a two-part series, in the last blog post we reviewed some conflict resolution strategies. Hopefully you got a chance to try them out and hopefully they were effective.
There are many things we can’t control in life, who we live with is often one of them. Living in a dysfunctional environment can wear you down, make you doubt yourself, lower your self-esteem and much more.
**Trigger warning for sexual assault
I can’t remember a time when I didn’t feel depressed in my childhood. I feel I was just born that way. I grew up quiet and reserved and had difficulty making friends. I was an outsider.
I don’t know about you but for me to feel mentally stable and sound I need 4 key ingredients: 7-8 hours of sleep per night, some time alone everyday because I am an introvert and I need to recharge after I hang out with people, some daily exercise
It is important to be mindful of how events in the world and how we engage with them through media can affect our outlook and mental health.
Almost our entire lives are spent in a quest to gain control, security and comfort in our lives. Unfortunately, we never really get it, so we keep trying, relentlessly.
This is the main activity of our lives.
I open the recipe book and search for the ingredients for family.
The passed down pages, ear-marked and cherished; there it is:
The demon that consumed me.
Stronger than ever
It’s getting hard
To push him
He screams at me
It’s too hard to
Push him away
It’s not that easy.
If only they knew.
by Rebecca Laplante, age 24