The more pain I’m in, the more femme I dress…because if I have to go to work, I want to deflect comments about my limping or pain face. Even better, my crutch matches the outfit (Gwynnie Bee outfit).
Needed to double the carrying capacity for this weekend.
I’m pretending people are staring at my cute shoes rather than my cane.
well, you know. “kissing is cool!!”
chronic pain distractions: makeup and pure shameless vanity
Welcome to Wellness Wednesday
This week’s topic is Comfort Boxes.
-What is a comfort box?
A comfort box is a very easy form of at home therapy / self care that is pretty basic to put together. All you need is a box (or bag) and somethings that you love. The idea is that you have this wonderful things that make you happy gathered in one place and when you need it, it’s all right there for you.
-What do I put in a comfort box?
Anything that has a positive influence on the way you think! Ideas include, but are no means limited to,:
crayons and some coloring pages
a positive book, poem, comic, etc.
your favorite smell good items
a favorite CD
a sweet letter from a loved one or from yourself to yourself
things that remind you of your positive accomplishments
-Why is a comfort box is a good idea for mental health wellness?
Having an easy to reach group of items that make you happy is always a good idea. If you’re like me, you might get frustrated pretty easily and frustration might set in faster if you’re already experiencing an intense mood such as anxiety or depression, if I need one of these things that I know will help calm me down and for whatever reason I can’t find it, it’s only going to make the situation worse, having them in a safe place makes getting to my “happy place” that much easier.
When you’re experiencing an intense mood and you need to calm yourself, a distraction is the best place to start, for some of us, we turn to negative distractions, usually because they are the first to come to mind and easiest to access. Having a comfort box changes this, now your easiest distraction is full of positive options.
-What’s in your comfort box?
My comfort box itself just makes me happy because I love Marvel and I was so happy to find this empty Marvel shoe box. Inside the box are:
An 11th Doctor Hello Kitty that my Aunt made for me Christmas before Last.
A pack of Crayons
A rustic looking set of playing cards that I use to play solitaire or just shuffle and organize over again as a quick distraction.
"Bali Sunrise" soy candle from Target
Sinful Colors nail polish in “Midnight Blue” (when it’s on it’s TARDIS blue)
Solana Beach body cream from Hollister
And last but not least, the paper version of my license. Having my drivers license and being able to comfortably drive a car by myself is something I never thought I would achieve. Some of my worst anxiety driven fears involve cars. I was 21 before I had my license and it took three tries, but I keep that paper as a reminder that I am stronger than I know and my fears can be conquered.
Hopefully this post on comfort boxes encourages you to put together one of your own.
Much need, should do this when we have some free time.
I decided to cheer myself up by femmming it out and playing with my pup. Chronic illness and disability won’t hold this queerfemmethang back
Reblogging myself because I feel super cute here
Ring-like wearable device that can read aloud text as you guide it with your finger - video embedded below:
The FingerReader is a wearable device that assists in reading printed text. It is a tool both for visually impaired people that require help with accessing printed text, as well as an aid for language translation. Wearers scan a text line with their finger and receive an audio feedback of the words and a haptic feedback of the layout: start and end of line, new line, and other cues. The FingerReader algorithm knows to detect and give feedback when the user veers away from the baseline of the text, and helps them maintain a straight scanning motion within the line.
Developed by the Fluid Interfaces Group at MIT, you can find out more here
Hey, folks, I need your help.
I’m developing serious new symptoms, and I’m becoming less and less functional.
I have only three weeks until finals, and I’m working on my internship, so I don’t have time for this nonsense!
I stopped into the school clinic today, and they pretty much just rolled their eyes and told me to go to the hospital. I can’t afford to add to my stack of unpaid ER bills, and we all know the high quality of care I’d receive there…
Basically, I need to see my regular doctor.
I haven’t gone in nearly a year, because I am uninsured, and I can’t afford it.
It’s a $75 payment up front (not including labs), and right now rent is due on Tuesday, and I’ve received 48-hour shut off notices for our power, gas, and phone. So I cannot even afford to pay my basic necessity bills, let alone “splurge” on a doctor’s visit.
D is working a lot of odd jobs and tattooing to earn money on the side, but our little shop has taken a big dip in regular sales, so it’s just not enough to cover all our bases.
If you can help, there’s a donate button on the bottom right side of this blog, or you can visit my lovely little store here:
Please signal boost. I’m sick, I’m scared, I don’t know what to do…
Stacy is a fellow spoonie and a totally amazing individual. Like a lot of us she is uninsured and right now, desperately needs to see her Dr. But she needs your help! You should go buy some awesome stuff from her shop (seriously I have 2 spoonie necklaces from her and they’re FAB) and help her out if you can.
I know we’ve all been in this position (I know a lot of you are probably in it now too!) but if you can help out by supporting Stacy’s shop- you’ll get that warm fuzzy feeling… plus cool gear in the mail!