Laughing is my coping mechanism…

I will always recall when one of my therapists called me out on me laughing over everything. I never had someone tell me the truth in my face. Needless to say I ended that relationship. I quit therapy I felt so “offended”. What do they know about me? Who did they think they were anyway? 

After I quit therapy I could constantly hear their voice in the back of my head. “Now, if that’s not funny why are you laughing”? I have coped like that most of my life. If I was offended laugh as if it’s nothing, if I feel like crap say your fine, smile and move along. Why did I continue doing this to myself? I did use laughter to protect myself because I didn’t want to get into all the issues in my life. 


I would rather be happy or pretend to be happy because it was easier. I’m not saying that I always fake my happiness, I love to laugh, be social, live my life and have fun. I like to surround myself with people because yes, I hate being alone. When I’m alone my anxiety kicks in and the negative little voices begin bringing  me down.

Smiling through bad things makes me feel like I have control over my emotions, but the truth is I just don’t want to deal with them. It’s easier to stuff my problems behind a door and slamming it shut. I’ll come back to deal with all those emotions when I’m ready. WRONG!

Life doesn’t work that way.

I don’t like feeling emotional pain, I’d rather be physically hurt in all honesty. Physical pain goes away but not emotional, it’s always still there. I don’t like to hurt people so I know that if they see me smile they don’t have to worry. I guess I have learned this means to be “strong”. I now also know that is very unhealthy and can actually even cause you physical pain! 

I have to learn how to cope with my problems; talking, music,writing and having a personal relationship with god really help me. I have to learn it’s ok to not be “ok”. People actually respect that, they won’t get offended if you just explain you are not in the mood for talking or just have a lot going on. 


Try not isolate yourself I tend to do that as well. Talking and letting out your feelings really does help. You may even need medication because you are depressed, there is no shame to that. Only you know what you’re going through and you’re the one who has to deal with it. You deserve to live the happiest life you can achieve. Try to find a healthy way to express yourself through something you love. Try new things til you find your thing it WILL be worth it. Try to feel your feelings if you have to cry, then cry, if you want scream, then scream. It is better to let your emotions out, but don’t use that as an excuse to hurt those around you. The best advice I could give you is talk to someone. Even if you don’t think it helps it really does! Find someone you trust or if it’s easier a stranger, just letting out what you have inside will help I promise. 

I’m still laughing most things away, but I’m learning it’s ok to express my emotions and dealing with them. You can’t hide them in forever. So go take that first step and fight for your happiness.

 

P.s – Hope that picture above made you smile!

-Katye

Free your mind 💭

The past week was pretty stressful. My sister was admitted to the hospital and when that happens it’s usually a chaotic time for us as a family. A lot of people still don’t understand how sick we get, and the fact that when either of us are admitted, most of the time means life threatening but not always. I will not get into detail of what happened, but I did want to share some ideas to cope with stress.

I am not an expert, but I do know I am a hard person to distract. Maybe some of these things will work for you or not, but I wanted to share some things that I have done.

  • Coloring- I already had a coloring book that had bible verses and positive Quotes. Plus I bought a whole new set of colorful sharpies to color with. It doesn’t ALWAYS work for me but I do enjoy it. My favorite things to color are big flowers and coloring in hair or makeup. Teeny tiny details give me really bad anxiety!  
  • Tv/movies – One tv show I’m still currently obsessed with is BOBS BURGERS. They are so goofy and funny it is impossible for you not to laugh or get distracted by their crazy adventures. My favorite chatter by far is Louis Belcher.
  • Cleaning/Decluttering- getting organized can really help if you have a lot on your mind.
  • Writing things down- when life is over the top with stress most of the time your mind can’t keep up. Something simple like lists can help A lot.
  • Radio or podcasts- I have found radio shows that I’m really into. It’s great because you can just sit or lay down listen and relax. 
  • Music- That’s a big one, I don’t think I have ever met someone who doesn’t use music to cope. Just listen to what you are into maybe find new artists.
  • Pets- Ok, one of my favorites, just just snuggling with my doggy helps me out so much! It’s like they Really understand how you feel!
  • Comminication- I can not tell you how much me and my sister FaceTimed EVERYDAY while she was in the hospital. She wasn’t close we had to travel to get to her so sometimes I could not go, but we always saw each other! 

Hope you enjoyed some of my ideas, if you have any ways you cope with stress please tell me in the comments! Thank you for reading,

-Katye

Adulthood?My future? What’s happening?

Hey guys, I know I have not written anything for a while. As a spoonie (chronically Ill person) I have a lot of ups and downs. I didn’t even go to my treatment this week, which is a big deal-in my life. Lately I have been overly anxious about everything. I focus way to much on the things I can’t do, and the things I want to do. 

I then do the biggest mistake of all COMPARE myself to others! I know I shouldn’t but I do, then all of these things create a domino effect and just triggers my anxiety Really bad. I hate feeling like my hands are tied and I know I need help but it’s hard. Everyday is a guessing game, will I feel up to it? Is too cold to go out? Am I hurting somewhere?  Do I even wanna get dressed? Do I really wanna go out into the world and face the people I haven’t seen in a while ( and most of the time I mean years)? 

I have always been the type of person that just wants to be accepted and liked by others. I have really struggled ever since I was a kid. Most of the time I’d get picked at because of my weight. Which has made me extremely, EXTREMELY sensitive. I can’t even stand it when my mom calls me “gorda” as Spanish nickname which is saying like fat girl but in a nice way you know? Hope you’re still with me here.

My weigh has obviously been on my mind a lot and my future. Do I even have one? I’m 24 and feel as I’m a teenager still! Right after turning 19-22 i was constantly in the hospital I even had birthdays in there.I felt as if a huge chunk of my “fun” years were taken away, I feel pressured to be an adult and not even by my family just from myself and because I see everyone achieving things and “adulting”. My life completely changed after getting sick, I try to just smile through most things but it gets to you after a while. You wish you were right there with your friends achieving things. I’m over here fighting to stay alive, it sucks.

The news doesn’t help, I really understand why so many just stay away or completely block out current news from their life. It is depressing, sad and I try to stay out of it. Everyone is bombarded with so many things everyday. It is so stressful!  I really like to be creative so I do a couple things here and there which help me express myself. Do you guys have any advice for stress? What helps you calm down? Thank you for stayin with me til the end!❤  

-Katye