I've recently created a product that is very dear to my heart: temporary tattoos for mental wellness. I've managed anxiety, depression and fibromyalgia for many years, a couple of them all of my life. I've had ups and downs, highs and lows, and breakdowns and breakthroughs. I call it a roller coaster ride but it is anything but fun or enjoyable.
Sometimes noises (be it traffic, sirens, people, crowds, etc.) can be overwhelming, over-stimulating and triggering). I can be walking along, minding my own business and then I overhear a guy talking on his cell phone, saying, “I can’t believe she did that!” and boom!
Be less dependent on my family
Make better decisions
Spend more time with Mom
Cut down my smoking
Keep my doctor’s appointments
Be more in the present
Be less of a burden to my mom and brother
Find a job
Stop using drugs
Stay on my medications
Stay out of the hospital
This month #MYMTips will feature tips about deep #relaxation techniques.
Most people don’t choose to be infected with HIV. In fact, for many women, they only developed this life-threatening condition because their partner didn’t know (or didn’t tell them) that they were HIV-positive.
I did five storyboards for this stop motion video and finally landed on this version. "Helix" is about a girl trying to escape her problems or "monsters". Unwilling to confront them, she encounters even bigger problems. Eventually the shadow foxes of fear take over and the darkness becomes absolute. Will she find something within her to keep the monsters at bay?
Video submission by Indellable, age 15.
Stephen P. Lewis, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Guelph. His areas of expertise are self-injury and youth mental health.