Tag Archives: pleasurable activities

Update 9/7/17

7 Sep

Things have been so -so the last week, before that it was chaos.  The back 2s (voices) came back for a go.  I was having flashback symptoms.  Bad dreams.  And mood swings like nothing.

I’m still having bad dreams but their not trans related more abandonment related and BPD stuff.  My mood has stabilized out and my case manager is probably right it was missing my hormones for 2 days (4 doses).  The flashbacks are less frequent but there still there.  The other night it was bad enough I had to take my bracelets and fitbit off.  The voices subsided, not sure why or what not but I’m just glad.

20 somethings friend is coming to visit in less than a week so I’m excited about that.  It turns out with my fall schedule I can still help babysit my nephew on Mondays like I’ve been doing this summer, so I’m excited about that.

GRE bootcamp has started and it’s a lot of work.  I’m now glad I have a 1/2 day tomorrow because I have an appointment with my case manager.  Next week I’ll be taking a friend from gender group to SF for an appt so I’ll do a 1/2 day or take the full day off, so looking forward to another break again.

30 Day Challenge: Day 20

22 Jan


Day 20: Concerts you have attended.  What I remember…

  • Everclear (7 times)
  • Soul Asylum
  • Fall Out Boy and Panic at the Disco
  • Gin Blossoms (twice)
  • Sugar Ray (twice)
  • Smash mouth (twice)
  • Match Box 20
  • Marcy Playground
  • Vertical Horizon
  • Lit
  • Eve 6 (twice)
  • 311
  • Spice Girls
  • Marilyn Manson

31 Days of Lists Challenge: Day 31

16 Oct

31 days of list challenge

Day 31: Highlights of this month.

Well I didn’t do it over a single month so I’m not sure.  I’ll just say the highlights are things I’m looking forward to and…

  • Mickey’s Halloween Party
  • Disneyland Happiest Haunts Tour
  • Gay Days Anaheim
  • Sacramento International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
  • Getting my conditional acceptance to UC Davis
  • Learning how to tolerate intense feelings regarding interpersonal relationships.

31 Days of Lists Challenge: Day 30

15 Oct

31 days of list challenge

Day 30: Things I’m looking forward to

  • My Halloween party (10/30)
  • Going to see Madea on da run (10/16)
  • Scrapbook Expo (10/17)
  • High school friend’s husbands birthday (10/17)
  • Halloween (10/31)
  • Music festival with 20 somethings friend (10/24)
  • My birthday (11/12)
  • Everclear Concert  (11/20)
  • Christmas (12/25)

Love Me Challenge: Day 26

24 Aug


Day 26: What makes you feel beautiful?

Getting my hair done, curled or straightened

SMASH Journal- small cutesy

29 Jul

These are pics from one of my Smash journals. I talk about frequently. This style is cutesy but it is smaller than the standard books. I haven’t finished it yet. 


Ten times… Day 10

29 Jul


Day ten:  Ten ways to get yourself out of a rut. (To cheer yourself up)

  1. Plan a vacation
  2. Talk with a friend
  3. Have fun with a friend
  4. Smash* book
  5. Blog
  6. Candy Crush
  7. Look through wellness box/journal
  8. Swim/spa
  9. Drink a red bull
  10. Take a nap

Ten times… Day 2

6 Jul


Day 2: Ten places that make you feel positive, inspired, and happy.

  1. Disneyland- The happiest place on Earth
  2. My case manager’s office
  3. In any classroom structure
  4. 20 something’s friend’s house
  5. My swimming pool
  6. NAMI National Conference, where I’m at now
  7. 20 something’s group at Our local LGBT center
  8. My favorite restaurants- the servers are friendly and know my order and the food is awesome
  9. The internet- where I get a lot of support from blogging and my facebook page for my blog
  10. Mini golfing where I can act like a kid

DBT: Emotions

20 Jun

Emotions is an acronym about coping with and managing emotions effectively.  This falls under the category of emotional regulation.

Exposure to emotions. spending time with my emotions

  • My examples.  Not trying to avoid specific emotions like fear, sadness, or anger- but don’t hold on to them either.  Notice joy and keep up whatever is making me joyful.

Mindful of current emotions.  Build an awareness of what emotions I am feeling in the moment without having to act them out.

  • Being sad but not breaking down into tears.  Being insecure but not having to ask for reassurance.

Outline a plan to deal with emotions.  Figure out how to effectively deal with all of my different emotions.

  • When I’m sad go to my wellness box.  When I’m angry blog.  When I’m anxious (most times) do it anyways.

Take opposite action.  Be mindful of my emotion while engaging in the actions that bring the opposite emotion into my experience.

  • Looking at scrapbooks or SMASH books.

Increase positive experiences.  Do things that are enjoyable and fun.

  • Plan pleasurable activities like going out with a friend, treating yourself to something nice, swim.

Obstacles and plan to overcome them.  Determine the obstacles to effectively deal with my emotions and how to overcome them.

  • Sadness get lethargic want to stay in bed, drink a red bull then stay occupied.  Anger want to cut or tell people off, blog it out, vent to a friend, stay away from cutting places and rituals.

Notice what is going on.  Be aware of what is going on around me and inside me.

  • When anxious periodically check in with how I’m feeling inside and if it’s too much start making plans to leave.  If I notice things in the environment that will worsen my mood stay away, like interpersonal conflict.

Support system.  Connect with my support system to help me cope.

  • Case manager, therapist, my sister, 20 something’s friend, blogger friend

Some SMASH* Pages

20 Jun

Here is one thing I like to do as a distraction and also pleasurable activity.