Trying My Best to Stay Positive

“No matter what you’re going through, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel and it may seem hard to get to it but you can do it and just keep working towards it and you’ll find the positive side of things.” Demi Lovato

My best friend made a comment to me , “I am amazed at how well you are handling things”, that made me feel good.

I picture my brain as several filing cabinet drawers. Being someone who in high school took mainly business oriented subjects, filing seems natural to me. I organize my files on the computer into large and mini files. Even how I keep important papers, such as Tax Returns, etc., they are arranged in files in a filing cabinet.

I do my utmost best to keep my life in a filing system, that way I can concentrate on the task I am doing at that moment. I wasn’t always this way, I was the world’s best worrier on the planet. There were times that I would be such a scatter brain, always running full tilt trying to get things done. The one thing I could manage was arriving at appointments early, never late.

Maybe there is a name for a person who treats his mind as a filing cabinet, it wouldn’t surprise me…lol. When I am working on writing a post I can tune out the background noise, although I work best in the quiet of the evening. It assures me there will be few interruptions, like the phone.

My situation of my hip I am trying not to constantly dwelling on it. For some strange reason I am not overly concerned about the actual surgery, even though I have never had any surgery in my life. Yes, the pain stops me from doing many things, but lately meds are keeping the pain at a lower level. I get my sleep thanks to a sleeping pill, a pain killer, and two Tylenol 4’s.

Then I like to watch different shows with my best friend. We both like baseball and curling. At the moment he is teaching me about hockey. I don’t understand much about the game, but it is a distraction from everything happening around me.

Of course there is my dog, Natalie, and she can make me laugh with some of her crazy antics. I love it when she hops up onto the couch while I sit at the other end watching tv or reading a book.

So dear reader, do you have ways handling situations of stress, pain, and mental health issues? I would love to hear them!

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  1. Stacey Lynn

    Oh, how I wish I had a filing system, lol. I am flighty, sometimes obsessed with details, and I have to keep alarms set on my phone to remind me to do things that aren’t right in front of my face! I also find that I work better in the evenings. As a professional freelance writer, I stay busy and sometimes work until 7 am or so. Glad my kiddos are grown 🙂 But when it comes to staying positive… balancing the craziness of life… I find a lot of respite in what others might call an escapist mentality. I do not watch television, I do not read newspapers, and I do not subscribe to any such “news” format as would beat me down with headlines that aren’t good for my mental disposition. I feel like I am fairly strong, but even the best get beaten to shreds with constant, constant, constant, bombardment. At least, in my opinion. I find I learn just as much through conversations that begin with, “Did you hear about…” Lol, then if it’s something I want more information on, I go and look it up on my own time, when I feel I’m ready to.

    But I’ll be perfectly honest with you. I had some things that I went through about 7-8 years ago, and I find myself still shook by them. They are no longer ongoing. They are not a threat. They aren’t looming, ready to come back. It’s just they constantly slip in, especially when the night gets quiet and I’m trying to go to sleep. I am an insomniac 99% of the time and I often wonder if it’s not because maybe subconsciously, I’m trying to stay out of that tiny little nook where these demons flood my mind most of all? I never have figured that out!

    Prayers for your upcoming surgery, and that you are able to gain everything from it that you need to!

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    1. rts – Facing the Challenges of Mental Health

      Thank you for sharing and your prayer!

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  2. @valsisms

    For me, usually music helps. 🙂

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    1. rts – Facing the Challenges of Mental Health

      I agree about music. I play piano and organ. At the moment I am unable to play my organ here at home.

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  3. ashleyleia

    A Canadian who doesn’t know about hockey—who knew they existed? I’m not interested in it anymore, but I was a huge Canucks fan when I was younger.

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    1. rts – Facing the Challenges of Mental Health

      Yeah Ashley, I may be one of a kind…lol. I just never had any interest in the sports.

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  4. Chel Owens

    Ah. I used to have all my email organized, my computer files sub-foldered, etc. I love having control over the things I can, like files or dishes.

    In terms of handling stressful things like a debilitating injury to my hip, I tend to go through the stages of grief and get stuck somewhere around numbing and self-pity. As I’ve gotten older, however, I do reach an optimistic acceptance like you’ve described. (That means you’re more mature than I am.)

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    1. rts – Facing the Challenges of Mental Health

      Chelsea, not sure about the mature part. I have to give credit to strong pain killer.
      However, I have suffered with pain most of my life, thanks to being foolish when I was younger.

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  5. Angie

    I’ve been feeling stressed lately and my eyes keep wandering to my piano. I don’t get to play very often but it’s by far one of the best things to do when I’m feeling like my life is spinning out of control. It allows me to slow down and feel the healing power of music (although not perfectly played). I just love to let the sounds move through me. It’s hypnotizing and relaxing and comforting. Growing up I could spend 4-5 hours straight playing the piano.
    I wish I had better ways to ease pain. The piano helps somewhat because my mind is so focused on something else for a time but as soon as I stop, that pain comes back.
    I also tend to busy myself to a degree of burning myself out. I can blank out for months and not really have a clue what’s going on. Not the best but it’s how my mind deals short term.

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    1. rts – Facing the Challenges of Mental Health

      My piano was always my way to escape. It allowed me to find peace and solace.
      Managing pain is not easy and it can be a rocky road trying to find a regiment that works for you.

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