My Benefits of a Weighted Blanket

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I heard about weighted blankets a long time ago because a friend of mine had purchased one. She said she absolutely loved it and after that I completely forgot about them until recently. I don’t remember exactly how(probably an online ad) but I started becoming interested in them. I read reviews and posts about them and how life changing they were for some people. I also came across an article that someone wrote about their child who has AD/HD and how beneficial the weighted blanket was for them.

In my post about my mental health, I mentioned that a lot of changes have been happening in my life the last few months. I’ve been switching between a few medications and had a new diagnosis that I was trying to work through. Just recently I had another doctor appointment where they are questioning another diagnosis for me and the potential for another medication switch. Basically there’s still a lot going on for me and my health and I’ve been doing my best to find my coping mechanisms.

And now we get to the weighted blanket! After reading several articles about how they’re very beneficial for people with mental illnesses I was hooked on wanting one. There are many different kinds out there but the one I have is The Calming Comfort Weighted Blanket. From their website, here is how they explain how the blanket works: The Calming Comfort™ Weighted Blanket applies an even amount of pressure over your body to help the production of serotonin and melatonin (the body’s primary sleep hormones), simulating Deep Touch Pressure Stimulation. It feels like a warm hug, immediately sending you into a state of comfort and relaxation.

Knowing this and the information I found from the articles, I was very eager to get one. I have a few mental illnesses and I also have a hard time sleeping. The sleeping part I always struggled with, even as a baby! It always takes me a long time to fall asleep and when I do, I constantly wake up throughout the night.

Okay, fast forward to actually getting the blanket. *This is not an exaggeration* It literally feels like heaven. I immediately snuggled up with it on the couch and having all that weight on me felt so good. Not to mention it’s extremely soft too! My first night sleeping with the blanket was one of the best sleeps I had had in a long time. I woke up feeling refreshed and actually well rested. Now I know you’re probably thinking, ‘Well Kait, how do you REALLY know that it was working?’. One night I went to bed without the blanket. I had it nearby but was just too lazy to grab it. Nothing changed during my day or in my normal routine. I did everything as I normally would have, took the same medications, and had my same bedtime routine. I had also been using the weighted blanket for about a week every night already as well. That night I felt SO distressed! I couldn’t get comfortable and when I finally fell asleep I was awake maybe 30 minutes later. This went on for a few hours. I eventually grabbed my weighted blanket and fell asleep shortly after – and stayed asleep.

Ever since then I have used my blanket every night and the occasional cuddle on the couch. I have been falling asleep faster and staying asleep the entire night. I wake up feeling well rested and comfortable. It’s been very rare that I wake up without anxiety anymore! I highly recommend you give the weighted blanket a try. If you struggle with anxiety, depression, or AD/HD then this blanket is truly a great gift. It’s also helpful for those that have an issue being touched by other people. Some of my friends, myself included, don’t necessarily prefer to be touched when we’re having an anxiety or panic attack. Some don’t like to be touched in general. For them it’s not a great way to get them to calm down; it only amps up their anxiety. This blanket could be an option for them as it will stimulate the pressure stimulation without having to feel another person on them.

Check out their website and find more testimonials about the blanket!

New Year’s Resolutions!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

We have officially reached 2019. Another year has come and gone and now it’s time to start it all over again. Resolutions have always been hard for me. I try to go above and beyond and start out really well but then burn out a month or two in. The goals I try to do now are pretty simple and I try to have them benefit my mental health as much as possible. One year, I wrote down on a slip of paper everything that made me happy. All the slips would go in a jar. On New Year’s Eve, I opened the jar and read about all the happy moments I had in the year. There were a lot of emotions: some made me cry, some made me happy, and some made me mad. Overall I rather enjoyed it as it was a nice reminder of all the good things in life.

blog post_ NY Resolutions

  • Start and finish school
    • School has never been my first choice. I tried a few classes here and there after high school but was more focused on my career. A few months ago I made the decision to go back. I didn’t want to take any time off work so I looked into online programs. I am now enrolled at University of Phoenix with a certificate program. This allows me to be done in about 6 months. I start my first class middle of January and while I’m looking forward to it, I’m also terrified!
  • Create a daily routine for myself and stick with it
    • There’s so much going on in my life that it’s hard to keep myself disciplined with certain things. Now that I’m adding school to my hectic schedule, I created 2 daily routines for myself: one for when I do work and one for when I don’t. I’ve created a basic outline for both of what I imagine will work best but I plan to make adjustments once I actually start school.
  • Continue therapy
    • It’s hard asking for help. It’s taken me a long time to ask for help, even with my own friends. I constantly feel like such a burden to everyone in my life and I don’t want to think that way anymore. I’m tired of letting my mental health take over so many areas of my life. I’ve started taking medication again as I know I truly need it. With therapy, I hope to overcome some issues and to learn how to live with my anxiety in a more positive way rather than negative.
  • Create a budget
    • I budget my bills pretty well. I always pay on time and make sure I have enough for everything. This year I’m making a new goal for myself with my budget. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I still live with my mom. Living in California is expensive enough with roommates and can be near impossible by yourself. With this budget I want to go into as much detail as possible in every aspect of my life so I can see where I can save more and spend less.
  • Learn to be more assertive
    • I am not an assertive person. I feel like there are times that I am but generally I’m a pushover. It’s hard for me to say no to people(especially authoritative figures) and if I feel like I’ve been wronged or my feelings are hurt, I won’t address them with the person. I continue to let myself be “used and abused” over and over again until I start to break. This year I want to push myself to be more assertive. I don’t want to continue putting myself in uncomfortable situations just because I feel like I should. If something bothers me with a friend or relative, I want to be up front about it so they understand their actions and how it affects me.

 

This year I want to focus on me. I never put myself first in any situation and now is the time to. It’s time for me to break out of my comfort zone and explore endless possibilities for myself!

 

Tell me about your resolutions in the comments!

 

Anxiety and Depression 2018

It’s taken me about 10 tries to try and write something up about this because I don’t really know where to start. This won’t necessarily be a “blog post” either. This is me reaching out and addressing my anxiety and depression. I hope that it can be helpful for some of you and give you hope for yourselves.

2018 has been a whirlwind year for me. My health has been a major issue -mental and physical. I’ve had so many doctor visits, tests done, and medication switches that I don’t remember who I really am anymore. I recently had something happen in my life that really made me realize that I need help. I’ve been struggling with my mental health for a long time and let it take over a lot of areas in my life. I decided to go back to therapy and try antidepressants again. I used to be really against medication but because of everything going on and my hormones being imbalanced, I know that this is the best option for me right now.

It’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Right now it feels like I’m 50 feet below dirt and drowning in water at the same time. It’s hard to focus on a future when I can’t focus on what’s happening in my current day. I try to stay positive as much as I can but I’m not in a place where I can do it by myself and feel okay about it. Not yet, anyway.

2019 I’m trying to stay hopeful for myself. I’m taking steps to take care of myself and to put my needs in front of others. I’ve always struggled with that and I think that’s why I’m now in the position that I’m in.

For anyone that is also struggling with mental health, you are NOT alone. Make yourself heard. Talk about your anxiety and depression with your friends, family, and peers. I was never comfortable with it until recently. I’ve found that it actually helps a lot when people are aware of your triggers and symptoms. Everyone handles their anxiety differently and one thing may work for one person but not the other. Help them understand what you need and help educate them about mental health.

I’ve provided some numbers if you need to reach out to someone. I’ve called the Suicide Prevention Line before and there’s no shame in it. They are there to help YOU. YOU are the priority. Never forget that, even when it seems like you’re the last person in the world that deserves anything.

I love each and every one of you and wish you all a positive new year.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

Crisis Call Center: 1-800-273-8255

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Helpline: 1-800-950-NAMI (6264)

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

Ten Songs for Anxiety

I’ve mentioned it before that I have anxiety and depression. It’s taken me many years to understand and find ways to cope with them.

Music was the only thing that kept me going when I was majorly depressed a few years ago. I got into new and different music and drowned myself in it. It forced me to meet new people and make a life for myself that wasn’t controlled by anxiety and depression.

So today I want to share with you some favorite songs of mine that I listen to when I just need to calm down and relax. Note: These are not listed in any particular order.

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  • “Hayling” – FC Kahuna. I love this song so much because it’s extremely relaxing and chill. There’s very little lyrics as well which I find helpful if i’m working on something. I’m able to concentrate more easily.
  • “A Moment Apart” – ODESZA. Honestly any Odesza song works for calming me down but this one especially. It’s calm but very upbeat and just makes my mood a whole lot better by listening to it. It brings so many happy and positive vibes that sometimes I’ll have it on repeat a few times!
  • “breathin” – Ariana Grande. This song is off Ariana’s new album Sweetener and I love it! The song itself focuses on Ariana’s own anxiety and it’s totally relatable. With Ariana’s voice, the upbeat vibe, and understanding lyrics, it’s hard to stay in a bad mood when you’re jamming along.
  • “Intro” – The xx. A popular one among my friends, I highly recommend this one when trying to fall asleep. The whole album is fantastic but this song especially will work wonders on your brain.
  • “Cherry Pie Jam” – Hollow Clouds. I found this song when I was getting my nails done and needed a relaxing station to listen to. I loved it so much that I kept it on repeat the whole hour! The song brings only positive vibes – I mean, look at the title!
  • “Let it Be” – Blackmill (feat Veela). Here’s another great calm song to put you in a relaxed mood. Literally, it makes you feel like you’re sleeping on clouds. Even the lyrics bring a calm, positive presence.
  • “Rosemary” – Deftones. Moving onto something a little bit heavier. Deftones is a perfect band when you’re looking for something chill to listen to but need to satisfy your heavy music craving. I promise you that this song does not disappoint.
  • “Kansas” – The Devil Wears Prada. Another one to feed your metal self. A completely instrumental song, I guarantee that it will hit you in your feels. I have to play this song at least twice in a row because it’s that amazing.
  • “Mr. Sandman” – SYML. A friend of mine showed me this cover and it’s amazing! I like listening to it when I’m feeling cozy at home with my cats or reading a book.
  • “The Calm” – Of Mice & Men. Another completely instrumental song that’s perfect to literally keep you calm and stress free. It’s also another one on my sleep time playlist!

And there ya have it! My top 10 songs to listen to when I’m having anxiety, need sleep, or some calm vibes.

Let’s keep the discussion rolling! What are some of your favorite songs to listen to when you have anxiety or need some chill vibes in your life?