18percent's June Newsletter - How to be okay in a crisis, low energy recipes, get supportive messages from strangers
18percent Newsletter
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June 1, 2020 | Issue 8
Summer is upon us, but what should be a light and carefree time instead is heavy with the world's problems. In this issue we have resources for coping and taking care of ourselves in crisis. As always,18percent is here to act as a support resource for you, sign up or log in here.
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Thank you to 18percent members in the #resources channel for your suggestions!
Coronavirus is now the "new normal" and we simultaneously feel the days are slow and boring while the months zoom by. Here's a new way at looking at the boredom you feel.
 Jessica from How ADHD talks about setting realistic expectations for yourself in a crisis, how to recognize signs that you're not okay, and what to do about it.
 Text For Humanity allows you to send and receive messages anonymously from others offering your support. You can also text frontline health care workers and thank them! It will put a smile on your face.
For many Black people practicing social distancing, the need for virtual resources has never been more clear.  This list of resources includes wellness classes, inclusive therapy, and more specifically created to support the Black community.
Licensed therapist Kati Morton talks about the ways anxiety can be beneficial
This tumblr blog shares "low spoons" recipes - meals you can make when you don't feel your best. 
This two-part NPR Life Kit article/podcast gives tips on how to take care of your own needs first, and then learn how to support your loved ones.
18percent's own moderator Michelle Dickinson is running a series of online Zoom classes discussing mental health strategies for dealing with issues caused by the pandemic. The next one is June 3rd! 
The quarantine has left a lot of time for reading, so consider adding these helpful books to your list.
From Our Community 
18percent's community members have so much insight and kindness to share...here are some highlights.
A coping skill for anxiety
"Someone told me a while ago about a coping skill she uses when she's having anxiety about the situation she's in. She asks herself if what's going on is going to be a concern for her a minute from now. If it is she asks herself the same question for an hour from now. If it is then she moves it to a day, then a week, then a month, a year, a decade, 20 years, and so on. She finds when she does that she eventually can see a time in her life where it doesn't bother her at all and it makes a difference for her. I've tried that to and it helps me out. I hope it does the same for someone else. "
What to do if someone says something insensitive about mental illness
 "At first I was upset and heartbroken, and it is normal and okay to allow these emotions to sink in, feel them, and let them go. The truth is that anyone that did not go through this does not understand it, they cannot see what you think or how anything affects you, they also hadn't gone through what you went through. So sure you can forgive them, but also know that their comments mean nothing because you are the one who has the mental illness and the one who is recovering, so what gives anyone the right to negatively affect you if they have no idea what is up? Just continue to do what's best for you, and allow the negative comments pass by like the wind."
And lastly, some mental health humor...
I am this Kiwi....click on the image for more adorable inspirational drawings
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