‘NEW’ The Reps Series!

Start a new tale here
are you ready for this adventure?
scary as hell, but in our midst this be
the invasion of the RepPeople, out free!

Clues I will give you through
round them up to see
who is us and who they be.
Easy it will not be to seek,
at your own risk come you in
challenge, intrigue, to discover in the end!

Look like you and me
normal, simple and clean.
But at times, see you the real thing
when, where, know not we
but to prove be mighty uneasy.

Ritualistic they be
lusting for human blood,
for in it retain they their youth.
Hiding behind our human form
a snake in a sheep’s cloth!

Dominate they the world
but in their gene sit a fault
for them life be short,
so the need for blood increaseath
to lengthen their human form from a halt!

Commence next week shall we
take you into their lair I will,
where scary chants are heard
of these nasty shapeshifting nerds!

Sleep well for now
know that it might be true
that they lie next to you,
be it your husband, wife or shrew!

Show you signs I will
to protect and be safe,
I will tell you how!

For now just read right on!

+Image Building Step 4

« Self-reflection builds emotional self-awareness.
Ask yourself thought provoking questions.
Discover what makes and breaks you from the inside out! »

Chriselda Barretto

Step 4

Welcome back !

So now you have a better understanding of the most common mental health issues. It goes without saying that you might experience a combination of different symptoms.

Please know that there is lots of help out there and you are not alone in this.

Research on the subject is easy to find online, if you need to know more about how you feel and what method would work best for you.

As I said before, recognising you have a problem is the first step, now we will try to cope/deal with the problem and eradicate it from your life.

This step is important towards the building of your positive self-image!
So let’s get started…..

Reaching the core

One thing that both Freud and Maslow (and most psychologists) agreed about was that, self – knowledge is key to good mental health.

« Self-exploration is a pre-requisite to maximise happiness and personal image/power. »

Freud discovered that a lot of psychological illness was related to the fear of knowledge of oneself — of one’s emotions, impulses, memories, capacities, potentialities and ultimately their destiny.

(Abraham Maslow, Toward a Psychology of Being, 1960,)

Bringing it forth

Ways to Self – Exploration !

1. Get into the right frame of mind – Try to calm yourself and reach your inner voice, your inner observer ! Try to look at incidents or situations occuring neutrally. Do not get emotionally involved. Be non-judgemental!

2. Focus on the situation at hand. Try to find sequences or patterns in these situations.

Ask yourself questions like :

What is causing you stress ?
Why do you feel like this ?
When did you first start experiencing this feeling ?
Which situations make you feel worse/better ?
Who is supportive/not supportive ?
Where was the first time you felt like this ?
How do you feel ?

3. The strongest emotions might lead to the deeper issues and parts of yourself.

-Identify the types and intensity of emotions involved. You can also observe which sensations, thoughts, or actions precede or follow an emotion.

Don’t confuse emotions with sensations, intuition, or thoughts. People often confuse other internal events with emotions. They use the word “feel” to mean many things besides emotions.

As it feels bad to focus on unpleasant emotions, most people have learned to avoid negative emotions. So pursuing them might be a challenge!

“Self-exploration is the opposite of avoiding the issue”

The more heated the emotion, the more closer you are to the source of the fire.
“Remember that if you can stand the heat, you can control the fire.”

4. Identify connections with emotions
– Focus on words, images, or ideas that create the strongest emotional responses
– Identify thoughts that regularly precede the target emotion

The 3 main negative emotions are: Anxiety, Anger and Depression

Anxiety includes subcategories of fear, guilt, stress, confusion, nervousness.

Anger includes resentment, irritation, frustration, and rage.

Depression includes boredom, loneliness, apathy, tiredness, sadness, and grief.

– Ask yourself, “What am I MOST afraid of?” / “What is the WORST thing that could happen?

These questions can help you unlock mysteries that may have haunted you for years.

These are just some ways to self-exploration.

Try finding your own unique technique of digging into your mind!

Nobody knows you better than ‘YOU’.

« Your ultimate goal should be a fearless you. »

Take care and till next week…

Bon Voyage !

+Image Building Step 3

« Build on your strengths. Vanquish your weaknesses. »

Chriselda Barretto

Step 3

In order to project positivity, we first need to heal internally! Let’s delve a bit deeper, to be able to recognise possible inhibitors to good mental health and growth.

 

A) Mind Healing and Growth

To be able to start mental healing or cleansing, we need to understand what it is about. The possibility exists that we might suffer some sort of issue but are living unawares with this problem. Therefore to rule it out completely, we need to understand the problems most commomly faced and if you identify with any, then that in itself is the beginning of the cure towards it.

“Being able to recognise our shortcomings, helps us to work progressively at finding a way out of it.”

Understanding Mental Health

4 most commonly faced mental health issues are: Depression, Anxiety, Substance abuse Anti-social problems

According to the ‘National Alliance on Mental Illness’, some 1 in 5 American adults will experience a mental illness during his or her lifetime, but men and women are prone to different disorders. In a study published in the American Psychological Association’s Journal of Abnormal Psychology, researchers found that men are more likely to develop substance abuse and antisocial problems, while women lean more toward anxiety and depression, among other mental health issues.

To be able to recognise these mental health issues means to be able to first recognise the symptoms.
Listed below are the related symptoms.
Read on :

Symptoms of Depression

o Emotional – Prolonged sadness, loss of interest, feeling overwhelmed/hopeless, trouble concentrating, inability to make simple decisions, thoughts of death/suicide
o Fatigue – Feeling tired or fatigued nearly every day
o Sleep – Sleeping too much or not enough
o Weight – A weight change of more than 5% (up or down) in a month when you haven’t been trying to gain or lose weight
o Unexplained body aches and pains
o Difficulty in thinking, concentrating, or making decisions

Symptoms of Anxiety

o Panic, fear, and uneasiness
o Sleep problems
o Not being able to stay calm and still
o Cold, sweaty, numb or tingling hands/feet
o Shortness of breath
o Heart palpitations
o Dry mouth
o Nausea
o Tense muscles
o Dizziness

Symptoms of Substance Abuse

o The need to use the drug regularly — daily or even several times a day
o Having intense urges for the drug that block out any other thoughts
o Needing more of the drug to get the same effect
o Making certain that a supply of the drug is maintained
o Spending money on the drug, even if they can’t afford it
o Not meeting obligations and work responsibilities, or cutting back on social or recreational activities
o Continuing to use the drug, even though it causes problems or causes physical or psychological harm
o Doing things to get the drug that they normally wouldn’t do, eg ; stealing
o Driving or doing other risky activities when under the influence of the drug
o Spending a good deal of time getting the drug, using it or recovering from the effects of it
o Failing in attempts to stop using the drug
o Experience withdrawal symptoms when attempting to stop taking the drug

Symptoms of Anti-social problems

o Failure to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behaviors as indicated by repeatedly performing acts that are grounds for arrest
o Deceitfulness, as indicated by repeated lying, use of aliases, or conning others for personal profit or pleasure
o Impulsivity or failure to plan ahead
o Irritability and aggressiveness, as indicated by repeated physical fights or assaults
o Reckless disregard for safety of self or others
o Consistent irresponsibility, as indicated by repeated failure to sustain consistent work behavior or honor financial obligations
o Lack of remorse, as indicated by being indifferent to or rationalizing having hurt, mistreated, or stolen from another

 

Please remember:

« You can afford to lose everything…but your mind and common sense! »

Take care and till next week…

Bon Voyage!

+Image Building Step 2

“High time to go inwards!”

Chriselda Barretto

Hello friends,

Thank you for taking this next step forward!

Let’s get started….

 

Step 2

Our external world focuses mainly on superficial things. These outward shows give us temporary pleasure, until we try reaching for the next one thing. But there comes a point where we have all felt like something is missing no matter how rich, well-paid, well educated, or professionally well defined !… that’s when we need to go inwards.

“Soul searching they call it!”

Finding your inner voice/soul/conscience has never been taught to us but it is a pseudo science that is very much existent. It is evident all around us if we only took a moment free, to reflect on a deeper level.

We all get so consumed with living our daily life that we sometimes forget our basic needs and ideals as human beings. Being kind, compassionate, caring are basic key ideals all of us possess but we often forget their presence!

“Helping discover you!”

To find oneness with your core being, you must become more aware of your own strengths and weaknesses. What you will realise is that you had the answers all along. A little bit of digging and you will discover that all you need to shine, is simply just learning you better.

“Finding your balance will help re-centre your life and truly LIVE instead of just exist.”

We will take a step by step process of understanding, why we are the way we are…our reactions, thought patterns…realising our nature and ultimately adapting ourselves to better enrich our lives with more peace and happiness.

«Knowledge and Awareness are key»

Knowledge of you and awareness of your hindrances will be key to your journey.

At the end of it I hope you come out stronger.. a ‘leader’ ready for the attack, with all your armour on.

“One step at a time is all it takes to reach the goal/(s) you will set!”

 

PS: Homework for next week!

Think about or jot down:

3 of your biggest strengths and 3 of your biggest weaknesses..

Bon Voyage!