Sunday, 2 December 2018

October & November Favourites

With hope and love
Rainbow πŸŒ·πŸŒˆπŸŒ πŸ’–πŸŒ·

Saturday, 3 November 2018

Candy Clouds

πŸ’—πŸŒ₯️πŸ’™Up in candy clouds, listening to lullaby sounds, peacefully watching the carousel go round. Floating and flying so high in crystal clear blue skies while unicorn kitties play go hide amongst the pink and blue fluff and puff leaving behind mystical trails for humans to find. Never mind the expectations of below for one’s true self cannot be measured or bought up here or for a matter of fact down there no matter what they try to enforce, it’s all a monetary and power game of course. For worth is not earned or made less or more.... it simply exists because we do so we can tell ‘em all to get fucked while showing every single damn colour of our luck, cultivating awestruck and refusing to be shoved into a toxic small minded square box!. Oh and dare I say just ask the glowing golden fairy elves themselves what they’ve come to know for sure, how and why so? and they’ll chant authenticity, diversity and inclusivity is what really counts as chasing the lies you’ve been sold down below will only dig your soul into a hole not make you whole... for belonging comes from within not from trying to fit in!. Up in candy clouds where we’re all giggling and rolling to town hysterically, awkwardly and imperfectly, wild and free, owning and honing in our inner and outer freaks and geeks and being individually unique- yet treated with equity and equality and BOOM we’re all rocking some badass mentalities. It’s quite the affair must I say up here in the candy cloud land fare with its own eccentric flare with musical chairs and dares, hand claps, black jacks, potato sacks, tic toe tac, mouse trap, piggy back, tag, capture the flag, hopscotch and many more party games that are top notch playing out under scorching rays and above rainy days in which some instead choose to read books of poetry from another century full of intensity and mystery and others that are into fairy tales that have forest trails, nightingales and stories of betrayals and prevails. Along with each and every one of us being dressed to express with a whimsical finesse that will never rest and has assured to manifest all sorts of majestical quests that have lead us to the ultimate kind of being blessed. As you might of guessed the souls in this sphere that they call air are incredibly young and have never grown up yet are so old and have lived a fair few lifetimes or so... my gosh how that’s all I’ve ever known, who I am and exactly where I want to be...up in candy clouds, listening to lullaby sounds, floating and flying so high in crystal clear blue skies, wind running through my hair and imaginary friends everywhere living for adventure in just what’s up and in here. πŸ’™πŸŒ₯️πŸ’— With hope and love Rainbow πŸŒˆπŸŒ πŸ’–

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

The Spoon Theory

The other week a beautiful and lovely person explained "The Spoon Theory" to me and I thought it was fantastic and needed to be shared here...

➤Ask yourself how many spoons do you get in a day? (For the purpose of this piece here we all get 12 spoons every single day. 
➤What's the first thing you do in the day? (Actual first thing... getting out of bed? πŸ˜‰, then what? breakfast, shower, get dressed and organised?)… well for example your morning routine takes 2-3 spoons on a good day.
➤Work/study/school takes about 7 spoons on a good day.
➤Now that means after all of that we only have about 2-3 spoons left and we have to prioritise how we use those spoons. Certain activities we may not be able to do as they take too many spoons and we don't have enough left.

➤Physical/mental illness and/or stressful life events etc. means that it takes more spoons to do things. Instead of the 2-3 spoons it usually takes for your morning routine it may now take 4-6 spoons. This means again we have to prioritise our spoons.
➤Certain activities may take spoons like exercise in terms of physical energy but have a pay back of spoons in mental/spiritual energy.
➤Certain people and conversations may give you spoons in emotional energy and others may take spoons.
➤You can borrow spoons from the future aka the next day aka exert yourself however this can result in not having enough spoons for the next day. 
➤Learning about and applying spoon theory can give you greater awareness of what gives and takes energy from you, how you want to prioritise your spoons, where to set your boundaries and when self care is in deep order aka your spoons are in the dishwasher.
➤Explaining and applying spoon theory to your inner networks can help to have a deeper understanding of how everyone is going, if support is needed and to communicate in an easy to understand way when we or the people around us are drained and in need of self care or are currently prioritising our spoons aka when you want to pass on an event/catch up but don't know how to communicate it without feeling like your offending/letting people down.

This actually all came up due to being asked about my weekend at the time and talking about how I went on a day trip with flatmates and a couple of their friends. While I enjoyed it, about halfway through my social battery died (fellow introverts...I know you know this all too well!) and also a few triggers started coming up. Between both of those things I just wanted to go home or away from the world, curl up, cry if need be and be left alone to rejuvenate and work through the inner turmoil in my head. Such situations is when I can get rather anxious, quiet and/or snappy/shitty at others. I ended up just walking to the entrance to the beach, bought a peppermint tea, sat on a rock and dipped my feet in the water and spent some time hanging out by myself and people watching.

It however can be hard to explain to others who don't really have an awareness or depth of understanding of how introverts and/or triggers work. I do try to explain at times that us introverts get energy from being alone and from doing solitude like activities such as reading, writing, listening to music, art, being with animals etc., that we need a certain level of socialness (one on ones, close small amount of friendships (I often become more extroverted in my living environment) and that too much socialness and being around too many people drains us of energy aka those spoons are gone!) and ends up making us sad. I think this can still be a hard concept for some more extroverted kinds to understand, probably how we as introverts struggle to understand how they need to constantly spend time socialising to feel energised and happy πŸ˜–πŸ€’πŸ˜‚. Though "Spoon Theory" as I noted further above is an easier way to explain and use among peer groups, family/friends and in the case of varying reasons like physical or mental illness.

Spoon theory was created by Christine Miserandino in relation to explaining to a friend what having the autoimmune disease Lupus is like.

With hope and love
Rainbow πŸŒˆπŸŒ πŸ’–

P.S: Operation steal neighbours cat underway...
#HisnamesCotton 🌼🐾🐾🌼 #Hegivesmelotsofspoons πŸ₯„πŸ₯„πŸ₯„

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Mental Health Awareness Week NZ Day 7

"Each person with mental health and addiction experiences needs to define for themselves what living well means. The definition of recovery is purposefully broad, because the experience of recovery is different for everyone."
-Let's Get Real: Working With Service Users
Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui

With hope and love
Rainbow πŸ’›πŸ’™πŸ’›πŸ’™

Saturday, 13 October 2018

Friday, 12 October 2018

Mental Health Awareness Week NZ Day 5

The Self Harm Cycle: 
➡️Emotional suffering
➡️Emotional overload
➡️Temporary relief 

Mental Health Foundation UK: The Truth About Self Harm

With hope and love
Rainbow ❤πŸ’š❤πŸ’š