Not In A Grateful Mood

There are going to be a lot of tips, suggestions and survival posts about dealing with mental health problems the holidays. I don't normally do it because everyday to me is a struggle. 

Some days it is very minor. Other days, it is a big deal.

And then there is navigating life problems during a time of enforced hypocritical joy and happiness.

The episode is about acknowledging the feelings. It is looking at what we can do even if there isn't anything we can do about the triggering situation. 

Yes, I have "issues."

Here is the thing. They are my issues. I get to say to myself, "I am not feeling well. I don't like this. Corrections need to be made."

Long time listeners know that I have dental phobia. I have to go to the dentist. No choice. No wiggle room or discussion. That makes me more anxious.

I have to make decisions on how I need to do this that is safe for me. I have to let go of that which I cannot control. 

I can control who does the treatment. Knowing my options. Is it right for me? If so, make that appointment. If not, keep looking.

I can be anxious and still reclaim my power.

So, yeah. This episode is about doing what you can to reclaim your power. Even when you feel sad, depressed or anxious. 

If you need support contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 741-741.

Resources Mentioned: 

From NAMI, a post on Surviving Painful Holiday Emotions

Dental Phobia Resources

Tips from Mouth Healthy, from the American Dental Association.

Dental Fear Central is an international non-profit organization for those that have dental fear and phobia. There is information, testimonials and a forum for asking questions. It is also a resource for dental professionals who would like to know more about how their patients feel about entering their office.


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