Art therapy

The image for this week is a mixture of colours, possibly paint with shades of yellow, green, blue, grey and white on a black background. The image is cropped so that the drop appears as a semi-circle on the right of the image.


The spring equinox has always been a time of renewal for all life, and I especially enjoy the moderate temperatures and the colorful array of flowers that delight my sight whenever I go out.

I set up my easel and placing a blank canvas, proceed to mix colors, all the while my mind is busy in introspection on the meaning of life.

The swirling blues and greens help me meditate, awakening reflections that calm my agitated mind and peace replaces where there was chaos before.

My therapist is happy with my efforts and praises me for sticking to my art therapy.


introspection | reflection | equinox | awakening | renewal

Written for Greg 4 line fiction

Also included Greg’s five weekly words





Stream Of Consciousnesses Saturday – Puzzle

Linda is the host of Stream Of Consciousnesses Saturday

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “puzzle.”Use it any way you’d like!


I love solving puzzles, both digital and mental. When there weren’t any smartphones, I loved to do crossword puzzles in the daily newspaper, sudoku and also tried my hand at the jigsaw puzzles.

With the advent of smart technology, I have lots of brain teasers on my phone. In fact, I have an old Samsung phone just to play games on. I have sudoku, jigsaw puzzle, tile connect, tangle master….. just a few of the names I recall.

I do this on the advice of my older brother who is a surgeon in England. He told me to keep on using my brain to solve tricky puzzles as it’s going to keep it sharp.

So that’s why I spend a couple of hours daily solving puzzles. The fact that I still forgot small details, that’s another matter altogether!




MLMM- Photo Challenge # 376

Weejars is our host for Photo Challenge this week.

black and white ceramic figurine

Adrian Swancar on Unsplash

Use above image as inspiration for a poem or short story.



How many times I have to say it so that you’ll believe me?

Henry was shaking his head so vehemently that it appeared like a blur. Jennifer tried to calm him down by taking away the plate of food she was offering to him. His constant denial of any nourishment was beginning to alarm his sister. After the passing away of their parents, she felt responsible for her younger brother.

She didn’t want to admit it to herself, but it was time she sought help for him. She thought that only young girls suffered from anorexia, but it seemed that teenage boys did too.

She went away to her room to look up the helpline number provided by her university. She hoped that with proper counseling they can help him out of this and the depression that had taken hold of him when their parents had died.




Working on us # 26- Codependency and it’s psychological effects

Beckie is the host of Working On Us

Hello, All! Welcome back to “Working on Us” – A series that represents people with mental health illnesses/disorders. 

Help Break The Stigma Surrounding Mental Health


This week on, “Working on Us”,  We’re going to explore the psychological effects of codependency.  The definition of codependency is excessive emotional or psychological reliance on a partner, typically one who requires support on account of an illness or addiction. 

Note: The definition refers to “Partner”, this is not necessarily the case.  Family members and friends alike can be affected by codependency too.


After reading this long list of signs of co-dependency, I have realized that I suffered from this condition for most of my adult life. I always thought that it was my personality type but now I realize that it was due to the trauma of losing my mom at a young age.

I was trying to please the grown-ups in my life, would take any critical opinion as a personal insult, would sacrifice my own needs for those of others and generally behave like a doormat. I also suffered from low self-esteem and was afraid of offending others by stating my views and opinions about anything. This went on for a long time even after I was married and not living under the oppressive circumstances that prevailed while living with my stepmother. The reason I think was that I had conditioned my thinking to be codependent.

I eventually broke out of this mold I had created for myself. It was a gradual transition, not an overnight change. I think what brought me out of this way of thinking and existing was that I grew in confidence. I realized my self-worth through the encouragement of my husband and family. I was made to feel that I mattered, my opinion mattered and that I was knowledgeable. These were empowering feelings and resulted in gradually cracking the walls that I had built around my emotions and needs.

Codependency is a very dangerous thing as the person themselves chooses this way of thinking and acting. They often undermine their own interests and are punishing themselves for the crimes they never committed. Taking responsibility for the mistakes of others and trying to please everyone are few of the onerous responsibilities they burden themselves with.

I hope that anyone who has this condition, should realize that they cannot carry the weight of pleasing everyone on their shoulders, and try to break out of this way of thinking.



Facts about Codependency #codependency #NewHealthTips


The route I’m choosing this week is to write a narrative if you or someone you know is codependent.  The reason behind me choosing the narrative is because there are so many facets and directions this particular topic covers.


Healing codependency | codependency recovery | relationship problems | codepende... - #codepende #codependency #healing #problems #Recovery #Relationship


See, I told you… Codependency is a long list of several different dimensions in which to go. When submitting your narrative please try to keep it to a 1500 word cap. I’d greatly appreciate it.




  • Write your own post and create a pingback to the original post here.
  • There are no right or wrong answers.  Write in any format you see fit.  (Answer’s, fiction, non-fiction, poetry, poem, short prose…anything, and/or narrative).
  • You can do one or all prompts.
  • You have from December 4th through December 10th to submit your entries.

  • Please reblog the original post in order to spread more awareness.
  • ( If you the blogger have a suggestion/question you want to ask in the future weeks, please submit them in the comment section of this post).
  • Let’s see if we can get some men involved in this week’s prompts, your viewpoint/feelings are validated here too!
  • Plus, as an added bonus, whoever responds to the following prompts will automatically be reblogged to promote your blog site and spread more awareness!


you don’t owe anyone a second (or third or forth) chance to keep hurting you. if they loved + valued you, they would act like it... I promise. ~ xx M #narcissisticabuse #narcissist #codependency #quote #divorce #narcissism #abuserecovery




Working on us # 24- Managing Your Mental health during Holidays

Beckie is hosting this series to create awareness about mental health,

Working On Us

Hello, All! Welcome back to “Working on Us” – A series that represents people with mental health illnesses/disorders. 

Topic: Managing Good Mental Health During The Holiday Season:

Question Prompt:

1. Do you have a stable relationship with your family and/or friends during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season?  If your answer is (YES), please give us an example of what the holidays are like with family and/or friends?  If you answered (NO), Please explain to us why not?

2. Do the holidays trigger certain memories of people, places, and things?

3. Do you have a favorite holiday, if so which one and why?  (Note: This does not have to be based on the current holidays coming up either).

4. If you stress out during the holidays, what is the best way that you handle stressors?

5. Do holidays tend to make you melancholy?  If so why? and how do you go about dealing with the depression that takes place?

6. This is a question that anyone can answer if they feel so inclined… Do you think that the holidays are shoved down our throats every year a little quicker with each passing year?  (Meaning, Halloween finished October 31st, and Christmas stuff was on the shelves October 15th), Does this trigger an emotion in you too early?

7. Does your family/friends show understanding and compassion during a moment that might be hard to handle on your own?

8. Do you even bother celebrating the holidays with family/friends?  If you answered this question (NO), what is it that you do during the holiday?  (If you answer, I try to sleep through it… It’s a fair answer).

9. Do you avoid holiday music and TV specials during this time?

Prompt #2

If you don’t feel comfortable answering these questions, you can write a narrative of your favorite holiday memory and the worse, but please explain why?


• Write your own post and create a pingback to the original post here.

• There are no right or wrong answers.  Write in any format you see fit.  (Answer’s, fiction, non-fiction, poetry, poem, short prose…anything, and/or narrative).

• You can do one or all prompts.


I really admire how Beckie is promoting mental health awareness and has opened up a discussion on many taboo subjects.

Holidays are always tough for most people, for those who are and those who aren’t suffering from any mental illness.

Holidays mean getting together of family.

Family members are often at odds with each other.

Family members who haven’t met each other for a long time.

And lastly, family members who have expectations from others, which are not likely to be met.

This is a recipe for stress if not outright disaster.

In the past, I would always invite my family and my husband’s family on holidays to have dinner together. But though I have an okay relationship with my brother and his family, the siblings of my husband were not so congenial. The dinner itself would be stressful but the gathering of so many people would invariably result in ruffled feathers of one or more people. There would be perceived slights to which either the older generation or their children would react. This went on until my father and my husband’s parents were alive. They expected us to host this dinner annually. After their passing away I gradually tapered off this tradition and now we just get together with our kids, with no pressure on them to come if they are busy elsewhere. Life has become so much easier this way!

The problem with family is that we expect too much. And too many people means too many egos. So I have fixed this problem by making the meal totally informal and just close family invited.

As for the commercialization of holidays and celebrations, this is such a sore point for me, as I am sure it is for a lot of us. They literally shove the days down our throats and want to make money by selling us stuff that we neither want nor need.

Someone, please make them stop!!!

I hope that in this narrative, I have answered most of the questions of prompt # 1.

Thanks, Beckie for another good topic.



Working on Us- Week# 23- Medication

Beckie is the host of this series on mental health– Working On Us

Hello, All! Welcome back to “Working on Us” – A series that represents people with mental health illnesses/disorders. 

Image result for pixabay medications


Help Break The Stigma Surrounding Mental Health

Question Prompt:

  1. When you first were diagnosed with your mental illness/disorder, did it take a while to get used to your medications that were prescribed to you?  If you answer the question, (YES), How did you feel initially?
  2. Depending on how long you have been on medication, how many times do you think it has been adjusted to make you feel stable?
  3. Have you ever had a bad reaction to medication?
  4. Have you ever suffered withdrawals from a certain type of medication, and if so… What type was it?
  5. Do you work closely with your doctor in regards to your medication intake?  (In other words, do you have a good relationship with your doctor?)
  6. Since your diagnosis, have you ever tried to not take medication and see if you can handle your symptoms of mental illness/disorders on your own?  If so, how did that work out for you?
  7. Tell us briefly how medication has affected your life?

Picture Prompt:

What do you see and how does it make you feel when you see this picture?


Image result for pixabay medications


 My response to the picture prompt;

Life hangs in limbo

A balance needs to be struck

These medications slow my mind

Makes it drowsy and it feels as if I am

Trudging through thick molasses when I try to think

Stopping the medications is not an option that I should consider

Learning to live with their various side-effects is where my well being lies

It is okay to feel a bit overwhelmed when starting the treatment because this is the way

To gain back the control that I need and want over my thoughts and reactions

It’s true that these prescriptions are digging a deep hole in my pocket

But nothing is more precious that my mental health, I know

So I bravely tackle both issues with steadfastness needed

Sticking with my regimen of medicines religiously

And not minding what it costs as long as I

Benefit and my health keeps on improving

My life is getting better because

I believe that it will



I have had episodes of depression like many people. I have never used any medications for it, but have friends and family members who are under medications for treating depression, anxiety and other mental issues, I have seen how it effects them and their thinking. Being steadfast in continuing the medications and believing in the therapy, brings positive results.



November 13, 2019 “Working on Us” Week #23 Mental Health Blogging Community-Mental Health Series, Topic: Medications — Beckie’s Mental Mess

Hello, All! Welcome back to “Working on Us” – A series that represents people with mental health illnesses/disorders. ~💚~ Before I begin Week #23, I’d like to share with you all the participants that had responded to Week #22, Topic: Rejection and Overcoming Rejection. Some stories that have been shared were very personal and I […]

via November 13, 2019 “Working on Us” Week #23 Mental Health Blogging Community-Mental Health Series, Topic: Medications — Beckie’s Mental Mess

Daily Prompts- Alzheimer’s disease

She wrinkled her forehead in an effort to remember.

Her failing memory had made the past foggy

To remember what words were germane

And to use the appropriate expression was her desire

But like a fading clip of an old movie

Things came into focus just to fade away

Despite her ardent desire to show she still

Was the boss in her own mind, she often floundered

It would be perfect if her mind would

Be clear so that her every action and speech

Would be brammer, fitting aptly to the occasion

Only if, the caged panther in the inside would

Find a way to express the emotions boiling

For a blessed release

May her words find a way to out.

In response to the following prompts;

Your daily word Prompt;







panther, suspender, boss

Word of the day Challenge;


Tuesday Writing Prompt

Failing memory







Working on Us Week #19- ADHD

Beckie of Beckie’s Mental Mess is the creator of Working on us.

Hello, All! Welcome back to “Working on Us” – A series that represents people with mental health illnesses/disorders. 

ADHD Memes | My Little Villagers


(ADHD) Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder is A chronic condition including attention difficulty, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness.  

People may experience:

Behavioral: aggression, excitability, fidgeting, hyperactivity, impulsivity, irritability, lack of restraint, or persistent repetition of words or actions
Cognitive: absent-mindedness, difficulty focusing, forgetfulness, problem paying attention, or short attention span
Mood: anger, anxiety, boredom, excitement, or mood swings
Also common: depression or learning disability
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a treatable, neurobehavioral disorder found in kids, teens, and adults.



Though I don’t suffer from attention deficit myself, I have seen how it disrupts the life of people who suffer from it. But there are treatments available which should be availed as it makes a great difference in the progress.

Most of the kids who suffer from it also suffer from learning disabilities too. The ADD or ADHD both leave the person affected by it with a lack of concentration on the topic at hand. The attention deficit also may produce aggressive behavior, lack of ability to fit in with the rest of the group and inability to follow directions.

Since this condition is usually first diagnosed in young children of school going age, special care needs to be taken to make the learning and school experience easy for them. There are medications available which lessen the impact on this on the child and with help of counseling, they mostly overcome this impediment towards learning.

Many famous people have been known to suffer from ADD and ADHD and have successful career and lives.

1. Britney Spears

The iconic pop star Britney Spears went public with her ADHD in 2012 while she was performing as a judge on “The X Factor.”

Spears, who was diagnosed with the condition as a child, needed to take regular breaks during filming to manage her symptoms.

2. Michael Jordan

Perhaps the most accomplished athlete in basketball history, Michael Jordan is known to deal with issues of ADHD.

In retirement, Jordan shifted his high-level energy to a myriad of business investments beyond just the millions of sneakers that bear his name.

3. Zooey Deschanel

Star of the hit show “New Girl,” Zooey Deschanelrevealed her ADHD diagnosis on her blog and said she turned to crafting to help her focus.

Along with her acting career, Deschanel uses her extra energy and creativity to tour and perform with her band, She & Him.

4. Michael Phelps

One way to manage symptoms of ADHD is to win more Olympic gold medals than anyone else in the history of the modern games, like swimmer Michael Phelps.

5. Liv Tyler

Liv Tyler, perhaps most well-known as the daughter to Aerosmith front-man Steve Tyler, but an accomplished actress in her own right, uses meditation to cope with the symptoms of her ADHD.

6. Justin Timberlake

Another pop icon, Justin Timberlake, who got his start on as a child on “The Mickey Mouse Club,” suffers from both OCD and ADHD.

7. John F. Kennedy

Revered President John F. Kennedy famously had difficulty with concentration and reading during his school years.

Though the term attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder wasn’t included in the third edition Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-III) until the 1980s, historians believe JFK would have been diagnosed with both ADHD and dyslexia.

8. Albert Einstein

Developing the theory of relativity isn’t something a person with difficulty concentrating would normally do, but Albert Einstein who was notoriously distracted did just that.

Along with ADHD, some scholars believe Einstein also suffered from Asperger’s syndrome.

9. Bill Gates

– With an estimated net worth of $92 billion and the creator and founder of Microsoft, Bill Gateshas admitted that he’s struggled with ADHD, saying that he always had trouble learning things.

( Source; InspireMalibu )

There is also a theory the people suffering from these disorders have unusual thinking patterns and are highly creative and imaginative.

With meditation, occupational therapy and conventional therapy these people can and do grow up to be exceptional adults with successful careers.


The aim to write this post was to provide some information regarding these conditions.



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