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Self-care for the Mentally Ill

I’ve seen so many misguided tweets about mental illness and self care/healthy lifestyle that I’ve lost count, but I find this one particularly revolting because this person is a “fitness coach” who obviously has something to gain from people who are struggling to exercise. He literally plugged his fitness coaching consultation and podcast following the thread. Sleep, exercise, nutrition, hydration and social life are of course all very important to mental health. In fact, any mental health care expert will recommend these things to their patients. What these people don’t understand is that lack of sleep, proper meals, physical activity, and social interactions are all symptoms of mental illness rather than the initial cause. Of course not sleeping or eating well exacerbates your mental illness. But not doing those things are not the reason why you have mental illness in the first place; mental illness is likely the reason you stopped doing them to begin with. People don’t just stop sleeping out of nowhere. They also don’t understand how incapacitating mental illnesses can be. At one point I was too depressed to watch television. Something that requires the least amount of effort. Most people would turn on the TV if…

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My Amazing Trip to Ubud in Bali, Indonesia

I just came back from a trip to Bali, Indonesia with my family. We went to Ubud area of Bali. Bali was a beautiful island. We stayed two nights at Suci Sari Villas, and then two nights at Visesa Resort. We had private pool villas at both places and both were amazing, though Visesa was more fancy. We had amazing experiences and saw lots of cool things and ate great food.

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My Favourite Black Mirror Episode: San Junipero

San Junipero is a simulated reality. People can visit while they’re alive, and their consciousness can be uploaded to it permanently after their death. It is like a digital afterlife. Yorkie was paralyzed in a car wreck at 21 after her parents reacted negatively to her coming out as a lesbian. She hopes to get married so that her spouse can authorize her physician-assisted suicide, so she can move on to San Junipero. Kelly lost her daughter at a young age. She visits San Junipero but she doesn’t want to stay because her daughter died before she could go to San Junipero, and her husband chose to die without it as well. [spoiler alert] They fall in love, get married and live out their life in San Junipero.

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