Sleep

Thanks to Rachel Kelly


The role of sleep and one’s mental health

A goodnight’s sleep enables processing and consolidation of information from your day, and provides your body with time to rest and recuperate, so is vital for physical and mental well-being.

Worries/anxieties e.g. about health, money, family or work, may impact the quality and restfulness of sleep. Sleep can also be disrupted in a number of mental health problems including low mood/depression, psychosis, bipolar disorder, and in the context of dementia and head injury. Problems sleeping may be a sign of increased vulnerability to poor mental health.

On going to bed, lying in the quiet and darkness, trying to get to sleep, you may find your mind starts racing with thoughts and you are unable to switch off – every possible action and consequence is reviewed, along with the ‘what if …?s”. The perceived worry/problem is going round and round your head like a ball bouncing off a wall, and just won’t stop or go away.

When it’s time to get up, you feel unrefreshed and unrested because the problem is still there, and you may find yourself approaching the day in a negative mindset. This negative mindset may further impact your mood and energy levels. Grumpiness and lethargy are common, and possibly accompanied with muscle ache/weakness and stomach pains. The problem/worry is still consuming your thoughts, most likely escalating in severity, as you are constantly focusing on it – but perhaps you are building a mountain out of a molehill as the worry/problem weighs heavier on your mind

https://www.rachel-kelly.net/the-role-of-sleep-and-ones-mental-health/

Planning

I have been busy trying to organise things including myself. Starting with Websites. http://www.udeserverespect.com and http://www.humanrightsrangers.com both are up and running. I have also been busy starting a Global Peer Support Group for Mental Health

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Trying to Empower Mental Health Friend and also Recovery Friend

I have made some good friends but it is disappointing that I do not get to meet t hem all when they travel to Brisbane. Because I have been busy my own Mental Health has been good

I am trying to Colour my World with a group on Facebook. I use these beautiful pics to help with my mindfulness meditation

Just trying to do whatever I can to support groups in their battle for change

  • Abooriginal
  • Stand against Violence
  • Refugees just seeking truth

The webpages are up and running but not finalised. Will need to spend some money to set up some stationery.

Lots to do, and mant errors will be made.

To support some dear friends I am involved with Domestic Vioence on PNG and am learning lots re orceryRelated Violence.

Election is over here in Queensland. Hope means Politicians will tell truth. The election was the first with preferential voting and the vote count was hard to follow.

Australia won the first Ashes Test today. First time in 40 years that have not followed on ABC Radio. I get confusdd with commefcial rights just where to find sport in Qld

Classroom has official Opening in Buhanga, Uganda. Very exciting there and I am thrilled. Together We Learn. Thank you Merry and Kerry for your help and support

 

 

 

 

Sept Donations

This month I have made small donations to

  • Buhanga School
  • Indigenous Literacy Fund
  • ASRC
  • Soldier On
  • Sunshine Coast Fire
  • Barwon School

Feel comfortable with the above. Actions supporting my words and special people.

Judy Atkinson, Judy Williams, Marie Camporeale, Fiona McLennan, Tess Ryan, Meredith Newman Debens, Bec and Tom Guinane, Jamie and Rima Dalton, Margaret Hayes and Bronwyn Fredericks, Jane Skillcome, Vanessa Comiskey, have all been special to me this month.

Special mention to a couple of friends from Overseas,

Pamela Wood Mack, Jackie Mercer, Mary Vaughn Berthiaume, Charlene Sunkel.

A lady always on my mind and who keeps me behaving myself Thelma Phieffer

Wed 27th Sept

Wow a great weekend of sport results.

My AFL tean Richmond Tigers won through to Grand Final. Then Dustin Martin won the Brownlow Medal for best and fairest in the game. Huge day ahead this Saturday, playing Adelaide Crows who aee Favourites.

North Queensland Cowboys won through to the Rugby League Grand Final by beating the bully boys , Sydney Roosters. Another huge day this Sunday as they play the slick, Melbourne Storm who are big favourites.

It is that time of year that big things happen in the Australian World of Sport. Usually a heart breaking time for me, but I am already excited bu achievements for the year

This week I havw stuck my beak into a few issues

  • Vote Yes Same Sex Marriage
  • Suicide Prevention Advocating Self Care and also Connection Goals
  • Change in Indigenous Auustralia.
  • Funding for Universities
  • Oz support for PNG
  • Mental Health Stigma Globally
  • Climate Change and Mental Health

Thanks to the support of many, I am on the bounce in my personal Mental Health. How long it will last I am not sure but I am confident that I will contue to fight. Very keen to arrange chats with my facebook friends and perhaps a coffee.

Jealous of Deon who is in Northern Territory chasing big Barramundi. I can only dream

September is ending so am planning for October and checking how my yearly goals are going, as only a few months left to get things done

Tuesday 19th Sept

Post Psychiatrist Appointment.

No real surprises at Appt. Bascically confirmed that the actions I have taken. The challenge was to trust myself. My thoughts have been a challenge for years and I am winning the battle.

Discussed DBT therapy.

On way home called into GP to reconnect with him. No Appointments for a week. Frustrating. Thinking about new GP. Probably not though.

Thinking about how I could reconnect to the real world and real people. I am feeling positive which is unknown to me. Thinking of doing things away from where I live. I would like to attend some Forums or Facilitate Training. Thinking of volunteering at schools. Perhaps Typing course

Ideas about Painting and Writing, but these are isolating activies but do lead me to producing things. Be patient Cameron.

Looks like will be using Wheely Walker, am not sure will help but will see. I do need to adress the pain so eventually will talk to GP.

I really do hope that I can meet some Facebook Friends and enjoy their company and friendship. Today am going to a Classical Music Rehersal. Debussey I think, at QPAC.

Thank you to those who have put up with me.

And yes I would love to have a coffee

Yours in Kindness

Cameron

Sunday 17th September

Well, tomorrow is the day.

I stop being selfish and go to doctor.

Will I listen to them ?

I THINK I know what will be said. Take your pills and will help feel better. I will challenge them about things have to change. Why do I feel like this. Should I try hypnotherapy ?

I am lucky with the life I have. My daughter Bec and her husband Tom are great but all I can think about is getting out of their life before I stuff it up. I do not need to work so am lucky about that. I do know that have contributed to the world and can die knowing that I do not need to do more.

Have made serious mistakes in my life but fortunately only person hurt has been myself.

I just need to drop out of society and not disappoint anyone further. I struggle with conversation to anyone. I appreciate those that hace chatted online. Just feel so dumb. Good people in my online life. I let them down and feel unworthy of their friendship and their valuable time.

Politics in Australia causes me distress because people, young people, are being told BS being presented as fact.

All sides do similar and consistency of funding needs highlighting. The whole ‘ it was an Obama Policy so I will scrap it ‘ is poor. Legal protection is a must for all, so legal centres must have funding certainty. Domestic Violence refuges and safe houses must be funded.

The above distress me everyday, people in pain and struggling. The way we treat the poor is an indication of our society. Australia is woeful. We are a lucky country. We are.

I look around Globally, and the poor and opressed in PNG, Indonesia, Phillipines, Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, North Korea, Cambodia among others. Globalisation, Inequity, Politics needs to change so that the poor can change their personal circumstances and have hope in their own future. The war on drugs has also failed. Decriminalize Drugs and fund Recovery Beds.

Nothing new in the above. Fake News and Politics makes them all hard to find the truth. Life in this world has flushed out all hope from my existence.

I AM SAFE, but let me get off.

Yours in kindness

Cameron Harris

Xoxoxoxo

Fri 15th Sept

Mmmm hi all

Feel not well, But have asked for help.

Mostly cause I am confused and frustrated. Not thinking well.

Appt on Monday. I do have a safety plan. Where I live is causing distress. This why I isolate myself.

Feel i am letting people down. But did make promise to my daughter.

Might go to Beenleigh tomorrow to celebrate PNG Independence Day.

Lets go Broncos and Cowboys this weekend.

Yours in Kindness

Cameron