Happy Saturday, friends. I hope you have something nice planned for the weekend? Sometimes when we're under stress it can be hard to remember what brings us happiness, but keep trying; don't give up! Joy is good for your mental and physical health!
Rewatch a movie that always makes you laugh, or listen to a song that gives you the good kind of chills. Play a game with friends -- or alone, as you prefer. Or maybe there's some kind of light work that soothes you: garden work, folding laundry. Take a bath with candles lit.
Just promise me you'll do at least one thing this weekend that's a real treat for yourself, no matter what else is going on. If there's someone else in your life willing to treat you, even better! You can do something for them in exchange (that might make you happy, too).
Managing emotions isn't just about calming the negative ones; it's learning how to create the positive ones. It's about noticing when something in life makes you feel good and remembering it as a thing you can call on when you need a boost.
If you want, let me know what you do to treat yourself this weekend. I always love hearing these things (and sometimes it gives me ideas!).

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16 Oct
Hello friends! Let's talk about anger a little bit, because we're all going to be dealing with that for the next little while. Anger is not bad, in and of itself, any more than rocket fuel is bad.
There are some things that require a huge burst of adrenaline, energy, and pain tolerance. Anger is why you don't really feel the hits in a bar fight until it's over. Getting angry can sometimes get you to the end of a tough workout, run, or other physical challenge.
But just as rocket fuel is incredibly powerful when burned toward a specific end, but very dangerous to take a bath in, anger can do a real number on your internal organs when you just sit in it for long periods of time.
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15 Oct
A lot of people on here probably have good advice about what to do in various political scenarios, practically speaking. If anyone is telling you to "fight" Supreme Court nominations, you can safely ignore them. But there are many elected offices you can in theory "fight" for.
I'm not the best person to give you advice on that count other than, you know, vote, and get other people to vote. So mostly what I'm here to do is advise you on what goes on *internally.* That's where I have knowledge and experience.
The types of out-of-control emotions you're going to be living with as the Republican party continues to steer this country toward hereditary authoritarian rule are the types of emotions that borderline personality disorder has forced me to live with my entire life.
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14 Oct
I don't have much new to say in the "reassuring" vein, so I'll just reiterate that while you can't control everything going on in the world that will have a huge impact on your life, you do have control over SOME things, and exercising that control can help make life bearable.
Sometimes life is just about being light enough on your feet that calamities don't hit you square on out of the blue. Having a plan to minimize damage is a combination of staying informed and thinking creatively.
And in order to do either of those things, you need to be in pretty good mental shape, and in good enough physical shape that you have reasonable energy reserves and manageable levels of pain. So take care of yourself; do all the little stuff. It does matter for the big stuff.
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6 Oct
Today's thread is about managing overwhelming emotions. This is obviously in addition to any medications your doctor has prescribed. Meds do not remove your ability to REACT to things (if they do, talk to your doctor, b/c that could kill you). This is about managing REACTIONS.
I'm going to address everyone reading this thread as I would address someone with BPD. Why? Because BPD is a disease that makes a person, under normal circumstances, have approximately the same emotional experience many NT people are having now.
As in, you think you're fine, then you open up Twitter or have one (1) conversation with another human, and one thing is said or tweeted that knocks you flat on your ass with despair or sends you into a panic spiral.
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5 Oct
Okay, more false contradiction crap. It is entirely possible for someone you love to have contracted COVID without being at fault, and ALSO for members the GOP leadership to be at fault for becoming sick. I understand your emotional gut response, but no.
If I cross the street on a Walk light and someone comes barreling around a corner and runs me over, it is not my fault I was hit by a car. If I see a car coming and step in front of it, it is my fault I was hit by that car. My pain is still real, but it's 100% my fault.
Also we do not have to choose between "your pain is real" and "you 100% brought this pain on yourself." There are times when one or the other is more important. For a doctor, the pain is more important. For people making policy etc., causality is more important.
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Okay, I told at least 2 people that I'd do a thread today and I take that crap seriously, so here I go. But here's the thing; I'm not really in a good headspace for it. Letting you know that going in, in case I uh, fail to inspire. Let's talk about Days When You Just Cannot.
I've been doing all these THIS IS YOUR LIFE threads, all this YOU ARE CHEATING ONLY YOURSELF IF YOU GIVE INTO RAGE AND DESPAIR stuff, and like, I still believe that's true. remember my thread about how things aren't either/or anywhere near half the time we think they are?
But some days, you eat the bear and some days the bear eats you, or whatever the saying is, I dunno, I've slept like 7 hours out of the last 72. Some days the horse grabs the bit between its teeth and goes charging through the yeah, let's use that metaphor, I like that one.
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