PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) Mental health awarenesss

Welcome back bloggers to another mental health Thursday post! I hope all of you have been enjoying my mental health Thursday post, raising awareness on mental health and making it less of an omen & giving understanding. I am not sure if any of you have heard of PTSD, but if you have, you probably have commonly heard war veterans speak on it — but it isn’t exclusively happening to just war veterans but also the general population as well. I know someone personally who has PTSD, hell, I probably know more than a couple of people and each of them handle it differently and have different reasons as to why they have it. I won’t discuss their stories because that is private information but if anyone wants to leave in the comments or email me their own experience, that is fine, otherwise I don’t expect people to be as open about their experiences because it becomes really personal. 

 

Now keep in mind, all my information about PTSD does NOT mean that it is the same for everyone, everyone is an individual case so treat my answers as such. If you know someone who has PTSD, I am either hoping this will help give you insight, possible understanding and perhaps help you have a better handle on things because I dated someone who allegedly had PTSD (wasn’t brought to my attention until the break up) and the way they explained it, they couldn’t but I could tell something wasn’t right at the time with this person and while they never did get a diagnosis; they figured they did enough research to narrow it down to PTSD — I wish I could have known sooner because maybe it wouldn’t have been too late to look into handling a relationship with someone with possible PTSD but with that being said, many spouses who live with someone with this condition, it can sometimes be stressful and very exhausting if you don’t understand or if you are feeling abandoned, it is never easy to put your foot into someone else’s shoes if you have never experienced what they have experienced and while we sympathize with them, it doesn’t mean we have a hold on the issue at hand – because sometimes we don’t, sometimes we find ourselves thinking we ‘got it’ just to find out we we’re way wrong, and that’s okay because we are only human. 

 

What is PTSD?

 
  • Failure to recover after experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event 

Not everyone with PTSD has gone through a painful event – losing a loved one can also cause this to happen. 

Symptoms

  • Flashbacks/reliving the event (nightmares, etc)
  • scary thoughts
  • Avoiding places, or situations that remind you of the event
  • Might have more negative beliefs or feelings
  • hyperarousal
  • feelings of hopelessness, shame or dispair
  • possible drinking or drug issues
  • employment issues may occur
  • relationship issues may occur
  • depression 
  • anxiety
  • many of the symptoms depending on the severity could lead to suicide.. 

Children with PTSD

  • Might experience bed wetting habits
  • Forgetting how to or being unable to talk
  • Acting out the event during playtime
  • Could be unusually clingy to a parent or other adult
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Act out the event through drawings 
  • Could become more irritable or aggressive
  • Might have problems with friends, or school work
  • might try to avoid going to school
  • depression as they get older
  • anxiety
  • withdrawal or possible reckless behavior as they get older

Risk Factors

PTSD can happen at any age! 

  • war veterans
  • sexual abuse
  • physical abuse
  • loss of a loved one
  • witnessing a dangerous event happen to a loved one
  • childhood trauma
  • having a history of mental illness
  • having little to no social support after the event
  • Stress after the event can make PTSD more likely

With this being said, PTSD can occur soon after the event or take months to years before it triggers & it can come and go. Again, everyone is different. 

 

Treatment:

  • Psychotherapy for PTSD
  • Medications

The ONE thing is for sure, we always want to push people to ask for help, but sometimes that person doesn’t always realize they have an actual issue and some people live in denial. You can offer help, but doesn’t mean they will take it. I once told somebody: “getting help seems easy to do coming from people from the outside looking in, but for me, it is letting go of my pride, being vulnerable and accepting it and that’s just not easy to do” so take that how you will, but in knowing my own situation, my anxiety and how it hinders me sometimes – that’s how I feel about things, hints why I have never sought out help BUT don’t do as I do, do what works best for you, and your circumstances because help is important in order to better handle things sometimes. I will mention, my anxiety is A LOT better than where it used to be but it probably would have saved me a whole hell of lot more to seek help back when. It’s never too late to ask for help or seek a professional, so don’t give up on yourself. 

 

P.S I will always be honest with my readers about how I handled my own mental health issues and break downs, etc and I will be the FIRST person to say, I don’t seek professional help for things I go through, because I just deal with it & sometimes I pay a hell of a lot of consequences and sometimes I come out okay, but regardless, my pride and stubbornness gets the best of me,  and that’s why I am a bad example , lol 

 

Hope all of you have enjoyed this post, be sure to like, comment,share and follow!

 

Fitness WonderWoman,

Shay-lon xo

 
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I Did a GUEST POST: College & Fitness

https://designandscheme.com/2017/08/08/college-fitness/

Alright everyone, 

for those of you who didn’t know, I was asked to do a guest blog for a friend about college and fitness – preparing high school seniors for college and freshmen college students for what is to come. I share some nifty tips and advice and give you some real world examples of what temptations will lie in the way and share some personal experiences as well. I hope that not only will you support this blog post and share it among your peers, but that you will take the time to check out her blog as a whole because it is also speaks on time management skills. Thank you for your support! leave feedback in the comments!

Fitness Wonder Woman

Shay-lon xo

Take Care Of Yourself (YouTube Vlog)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=En2csp5mHZA – my YouTube vlog

Today’s vlog was about taking care of yourself – in all aspects. We tend to sometimes neglect certain things and work on other things thinking one can make up for the other, but in all honesty, balance is key. While listening to my video, be sure to leave a comment and let me know how you go about distressing, what tactics, hobbies or people help you to refocus your attention on positive outlooks. 

Your Fitness Blogger,

Shay-lon xoxo

I didn’t forget about you..

Hello Fellow Bloggers,

I apologize for some of my absence, I have not forgotten any of you and even though I may not always be online to chat with you, I do get notifications and will always get back with you when I can. I plan on playing some catch up Wednesday on the majority of your blogs and videos. I know it can seem like forever before you hear from me, but know I would never leave ya stranded. I try to make time everyday to post some blog post and to comment on others, but sometimes LIFE JUST HAPPENS. In my case, I have family that came down from Michigan and another who came up from Texas. This is all very exciting but it means I am online little less than the usual and occasional miss your blog post or replies. I know many of you bloggers can understand where I am coming from when it comes to getting behind in writing and responding- my stats are dwindling this month and it does sadden me but it makes sense as to why. Since starting YouTube along with this blog, I used to dedicate ALL my time to just this blog alone and now I have to split my time between my blog and YouTube and it has gotten to be somewhat overwhelming some days more than others and although it has its perks, it can have its downfalls I am noticing as well. 

 

I am learning to manage my time better and it will be a work in progress, so I appreciate all your understanding and patience with me as I develop into a more rounded writer, a better on screen entertainer and a much more focused individual. The summer will be hectic because that is the time for traveling and bbqs and bonfires, etc, so I might have weeks I am M.I.A for a long period of time but It doesn’t mean I stopped blogging or left ya’ll empty handed, just means I will be back ASAP because I love my blog friends and audience and I wouldn’t give any of you up UNLESS it was for a kitkat, jk 😀 I just wanted to make sure I gave you all my thanks and support and let every one of you know where I have been and what I have been up to. I will probably make a small blog post later this evening when I get back from my bbq perhaps and tomorrow, it will probably be another late post because I will be gone all day tomorrow as well. I know the late blog post suck, but I try to squeeze in my post whenever I can and no matter the time (even if it means staying up late to do so). 

 

Thank you for your continued support and positive vibes on my blog page, appreciated. I will continue to keep you in the loop as time progresses and will continue to rock out some great blog topics and YouTube videos!

 

Your Fitness Blogger,

Shay-lon xxoo

Monday Motivation YouTube Video: Nov. 28th

Too many of this, can create a whole lot of this.. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIooatdPbW8

monday-motivation-youtube-video

Sweet Potatoes!

Sweet Potato, Red Purple, Pile Up, Fruit

That is right! I don’t like sweet potatoes, never have and probably never will. Why? because they are gross. I don’t see how people can enjoy them so much, even most of my family love it, except for my two siblings. Another thing is, I see everyone all over social media who is into “eating healthy” and fitness sharing pictures of sweet potato dishes – I am over here like.. seriously.. -_- 

Part of me is jealous, because I wish I could stand to eat them, but then part of me is like.. hahahahahahhahaahhaha have your sweet potatoes; I will continue to eat my russet (even if isn’t the “best” choice). Anyways after seeing so many pictures, dishes, recipes dealing with sweet potatoes, I decided I would make a blog post about it (in a good way) and share with you the benefits of adding sweet potatoes in your diet and then maybe you can decide why it is such a popular choice for health experts. 

 

Why, Oh why, The Sweet Potato?

 
  1. They are inexpensive
  2. available all year long in most places
  3. High in vitamin B6
  4. Vitamin C
  5. Vitamin D
  6. Have Iron and promote a healthy immune system
  7. Good source of magnesium
  8. Potassium
  9. Do not cause blood sugar spikes
  10. Anti-inflammatory nutrients
  11. Antioxidant nutrients
  12. promote healthy skin and hair
  13. good for stress because of the magnesium
  14. good source of dietary fiber
  15. Have said in studies to help prevent cancer – and protect against the effects of aging

Also, Yams and sweet potatoes are two different things that look a lot alike and many people do not know this, YAMS are rarely sold in most stores in the U.S and as said before sweet potatoes are widely available. 

So for these reasons, I wish I could eat sweet potatoes and enjoy it, hell I wish I liked YAMS too, but I don’t. Do any of you not like sweet potatoes? do any of you love them? share your thoughts on sweet potatoes in the common section and don’t forget to share this post on social media so people you know can be informed about this lovely food!

 

Your Fitness blogger,

Shay-lon xxx

How do you manage your stress?

Hello bloggers!

Today’s problems that we can and cannot control can sometimes give us the most stress, the financial burdens, our relationships, our work load, if you have children or pets, sometimes our neighbors or bosses, the weather, the town or environment we live in, death, our past we hold onto, school, struggling to self- identify, our religions, not meeting a goal, our anxieties, fears, sleep deprived, illnesses, sexual desires not being met, lack of self esteem and confidence, struggling between what is right and what is wrong, sports, family members, holidays, birthdays, moving from one place to another, being homeless, losing your job, not having transportation, not understanding, anger, confusion, negativity, handicaps, losing, comparing, health, being a hero, struggling, etc. I could name so many things that could bring on stress on a daily basis for each and every one of us. I named just a few that I know are fairly common reasons for why people are stressful.  As a matter of fact, I am sure one of you reading this might be feeling somewhat stressed for one or more of these reasons and not even realize it. I know I have stresses, I was just stressing the other day and I am in a grumpy not yet stressful mood now (just woke up in pain and have a lot on my mind).  So, even myself has stress, more stress than I actually want in my life and sometimes more than I can handle.  The problem isn’t that we ALL stress at some point in our lives, the problem is HOW we handle the stress when it comes knocking at our doors.  I can share with all of you ways some people handle it: alcohol, drugs, violence, hate, greed, addictions, obsessions, emotionally disconnecting, running from it, bottling their feelings/thoughts, taking over the counter medications, suicide, etc. I realize this list isn’t the list we want to come to terms with, but more than likely someone has handled stress in one of those ways and not saying what they did was WRONG, because we cannot preach something if we have no idea how that person is feeling or what they went through, but there are BETTER ways to manage stress, more productive ways that prevent us from going down a road that is dark and lonely. 

I am hoping this list of ways to manage stress will come of use to those of you and myself when we run into a stressful situation and need something to help us get by. “Sometimes we think we have it bad, but bad only exist when we allow it to conquer who we are as a person” -Shay-lon Moss

How do you manage stress: 

  1. Ask yourself what can you do about the sources of stress (what is causing your stress)
  2. Keep a positive, realistic attitude (hard to do, but only you can do it for you)
  3. Learn and practice relaxation techniques (some may find this helpful and others will not)
  4. Exercise (cliche because I workout, but exercise is said to help)
  5. Eat healthier (take care of your health)
  6. Manage your time wisely (set goals, to do list, plan, etc) 
  7. Say no when necessary to things that add more stress in your life
  8. Make more time for hobbies and interest (this is important)
  9. Get enough sleep (this is also very important and for some hard to do)
  10. Don’t rely on alcohol, drugs or food in order to ease your mind, it will be short term and will only be more stressful down the road.
  11. Spend more time with people you love being around (people who are doing well, people who love and support you, people that make you laugh or smile)
  12. Talk with a professional or look into taking a stress management class 
  13. Listening to music has said to help with getting your mind of the stressful situation

Sometimes it isn’t about coping, it is about allowing everything to come to surface.  I always tell myself and others when they are enduring stressful situations to allow tears and madness out, because keeping it in, fucks with your mind. 

This is what could happen if you don’t manage your stress: 
 
It can wear down the body’s natural defenses and cause symptoms: 
  1. Dizziness (being out of it)
  2. General aches and pains
  3. Grinding your teeth
  4. headaches 
  5. indigestion
  6. increase or loss of appetite
  7. muscle tension in neck, face or shoulders
  8. Problems sleeping
  9. Racing heart
  10. Cold and sweaty palms
  11. Tiredness and exhaustion
  12. Shaking 
  13. Weight gain or loss
  14. Upset stomach and/or diarrhea
  15. Sexual issues
  16. Being irritable, impatient or forgetful
“Stress is something we want to avoid, but avoiding it becomes more stressful” -Shay-lon Moss
Your Fitness blogger,
Shay-lon xoxo

The Health Apps

Top 50 apps for health and fitness

Itunes Apps– health and fitness list

“trying something new , challenges you for change” -Shay-lon Moss

I don’t want to keep track of my calorie intake, my water consumption, the amount of activity I partake in, the type of exercise, the maintenance of my body (weight/height), the types of food I indulge in, and make myself feel worse when I go over the goal for today because I probably don’t want to face my fear and find out what I am doing wrong because that means I’ll have to change it & what If I fail? What if I can’t afford a healthier me? What if life happens and I forget to keep track? What if I find out I am overweight/underweight? What ifs aren’t good, because they go nowhere and keep you from everything. Instead try this “I am”, “I can” & “I will”.  

All of sudden you don’t need a pen and paper, now you can use your handy tablet, phone, computer and it will help make life easier on you.  I say this because keeping track of your health seems tedious when you think about what all goes into it, and quite frankly it seems a bit scary at first.  Most people don’t realize, it doesn’t have to be scary and it doesn’t have to be done alone. 

Today I noticed how my new phone came with a “S health” app for my phone (Samsung Note 4) & previous to using this app, I was on “Myfitnesspal” & “Mapmyfitness” apps, I liked them both and used them everyday.  Today I am going to talk to everyone about how to use these apps and which ones are recommended, although all of them probably work the same way or have some of the same properties.  I will talk to you about why it’s important to keep track of what you do with your day to day, give you advice on how to keep track properly, how to stay on track, how to remember to track, the benefits of each thing and I’ll even go into great depths about certain apps that I have used or am using currently.  If for some reason you do not own any form of technology I can go over ways to still keep track with paper and pen. I’ll also try to share some quick tips, share my own personal usage, and hopefully everyone will find what works for them! To start, I just want to mention this is not a post pushing people to conform to technology, this post is to help people gain experience and know what is available to them. 

To begin, some of the apps I will list below are either for Iphone, android or both so pay particular attention to the () beside them so you are downloading the appropriate app for your technology.  

  • MapMyFitness (Android & iOS; free)
  • MyFitnessPal (Android & iOS; free)
  • FitStar Personal trainer (iOS; free)
  • Nike+ Training Club (Android & iOS; free)
  • HealthyOut (Android & iOS; free)
  • ShopWell (Android & iOS; free)
  • Fitbit (Android & iOS; free) – you need the fitbit accessory
  • Weight Watchers (android; free)
  • MapMyride (Android & iOS; free)
  • Nike Running (Android & iOS; free)
  • “S Health” (Android; free; certain phones)

Now of course there are tons more, and I did not mention all of them because I have yet to try every single one of them and honestly I probably won’t (some of them on the list I have yet to use).  If you have something that is not on the list feel free to add it in the comments or try one of these out. To answer the question of why should we track, I believe that keeping track of your health makes you accountable and gives you a sense of responsibility. With tracking your health, you are able to see your mistakes, your achievements, goals, and share this with support groups on the app and or friends and family & even share it on your social media account. I believe the fun happens when you make the most mistakes using the app, because you are learning and trying to figure everything out all at once which means you are interested, anxious and ready to get started!  Now not everyone will go along with this idea and that is quite alright.  I have spoken to a variety of people whom have mentioned why they don’t like tracking their health and for the most part it’s because they say its “time consuming”, tedious, and repetitive.  I will agree, to a certain extent.  The reason this happens is because people have a mindset of having to use it long-term, which is fine but, it shouldn’t be used for the rest of your life unless you choose to make it a part of your routine.  If you are someone who has an issue with making it a part of your everyday lifestyle then this most likely won’t work out for the long term and by long term I mean more than a year. 

 

Using these fitness apps should be a start.  What I mean by this is, you should use these apps for quite some time; usually 6 months, maybe even a year or so. Then once you have gotten used to this way of life where you eat more healthy, exercise more often or stay active, sleep better, more aware of your everyday health overall where it comes natural to you without having to use the app. then you no longer need the app. The app is to help those of us who need a set of instructions on how to live a healthier life, it’s not there to restrict you.  The only restrictions you have by using some of these apps are the ones set when you input your weight, height, and ect on the app and it determines the amount of calories needed; outside of that, your free to explore.  

 
 
  1. Staying on track properly is important and one way to stay on track so that you keep doing well while using these apps is to have a support system going. I believe when you have friends and family doing this with you, it will help keep you positive and willing. If you do not have peers to do this with, use the apps forums or groups as a support system; they are usually very supportive people who share the same journey as you do. 
  2. Remembering to track can sometimes be a hassle, especially if you have a busy lifestyle or have family to take care of.. and honestly life just happens. I often forgot to track for days at a time because of how busy I was.  It’s not a crime to forget. Just make it easier on yourself to remember by writing it on your calendar, set up the app to notify you, have someone else help keep you accountable. 
  3. the benefits that come with using these apps are pretty simple: keep track of exercise (types of exercise, the amount, suggested exercises), sleep, water consumption, calories (food types, nutrients, minerals, proteins, fats, carbs, vitamins), steps (how many steps you have taken throughout the day), walking/running (GPS), blood pressure, heart rate, forums/support groups, cycling, hiking, sports, caffeine intake, weight, height, stress level, blood glucose, UV light, tips on staying healthy, recipes sometimes & blogs to read and create on your own. 

One of the apps I am using right now is “S health”; I never had it prior because my phone did not offer it, now my new phone does and it offers a way for me to keep track of my water consumption, walking, running, steps, blood glucose, heart rate, sleep, sports, food intake, calories, caffeine intake, weight, height, SpO2, stress level ( write a note explaining why its high or low), blood pressure, UV light, Tips, cycling, hiking. Today is my first time using it, so as I use it more often I will continue to update everyone on it.  If you use it currently, feel free to share with me your results and opinions of it. Prior to this app, I was using Myfitnesspal and Mapmyfitness app. These both were really decent apps, they tracked some of the same things but didn’t have as much; each of these were used mainly for blogging, exercise tracker and eating tracker. It’s basic & easy to use. I also made myself available on the forums and started random topics of conversation about health, people are good at responding and sharing their opinions and facts. While using this app, I found out you can add friends and family if you know their username, you can befriend other people and it sets it self up like facebook almost, where one can post to a wall and people can like your status. I had tons of support & if you are interested in befriending me, just ask! ha. I don’t use it much since I started this new app. 

 

Using Paper & Pen to track your health

 
  • dedicate a notebook/journal that is only used for this purpose.
  • Find a pen or pencil that works well
  • create a chart or simply use the lines on the paper to separate the different trackings.
  • Track food intake (calories/grams, type of food you have eaten, if you have a food label, track the important stuff; sugars, carbs, proteins and fats. You may choose to track vitamins if that is important to you), water consumption if you are someone who knows they do not drink enough water through the day, exercise should be tracked/activities (the miles, the amount of time, the type of activity or sport or exercise, the weight used if your lifting), your weight (especially if you want lose or gain weight or even maintain your weight this is kinda important to know where you stand on this journey). This is basically all you need to track unless you want to know more about your health then that is up to you as well.  I find that you should also make small notes or even make a journal on how your day was, if you ate too much then make note of it, if you didn’t eat at all the make note of it..  and ect. 
  • Keep this journal/notebook someplace easy to find and if possible everywhere where you are
  • Again find some supportive friends and all you can share some of your post you have written down and help one another stay on track

So as you can see, tracking health is easy. It’s a battle with yourself to take notice of what makes up your day & how well you keep yourself healthy.  It shouldn’t be something you need to use forever, just use it until you become confident enough where you can continue doing well on your own.  Nothing is made to be perfect, it has its rough patches but keep in mind that using these apps can be very beneficial.  Thank you for reading, please share, comment, like, follow.

 

Sincerely, 

Your Blogger Shay-lon