Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, March 21, 2023

  • I think I’m going to commit to making more mental health posts. When I was at my lowest, with thoughts of ending my life, instead of my wife standing by my side or even asking anyone for help, all she did was run away, from me and from her problems. I never felt more alone. The abandonment was more than I could bear. A lot of you start your day off with this little blog and maybe some of you need a little encouragement to get through a rough spot. I’m going to provide what I wish I had. And, don’t be afraid to call a crisis helpline. Sure, my ex and her family used it against me in court to keep our kids away from me, but most of you will never experience backstabbing like that. If you need some help, dial 988.
    • 988 is the easy-to-remember number that reaches what is commonly referred to as the Lifeline—a network of more than 200 state and local call centers funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Substance Abuse Administration and administered by Vibrant Emotional Health.
  • Interesting Reddit thread – What is a mental health tip that everybody should hear? Here are a handful of the top replies:
    • The thing you’re upset about is probably not the thing you’re upset by. You can handle a lot–when you reach your limit, there’s probably a big pile of upsetting things that got you there. The one you’re thinking about is just the one on top. The one you should be trying to fix is the biggest one, and it’s usually closer to the bottom of the pile than the top.
    • A tiny bit of progress is better than none at all. Healing and coping isn’t an all-or-nothing situation. If you’re too depressed to take a shower, but you can manage to brush your teeth, great! You don’t have to do the full program for it to be a success. Maybe tomorrow you’ll shower instead, or you’ll just freshen up at the sink. You can’t manage to do a full 45 min yoga flow, but you can do the 10 min of light stretching? Great! Any physical activity is better than none. Etc.
    • you should curate your “viewing diet”. what you spend your time watching online affects your mental health. you should avoid media you know is actively harming you
    • You aren’t responsible for others’ happiness. Always be there for your loved ones and support them however you can, but you can do everything right and still not be able to help/fix someone. If someone is drowning, throw them all the life preservers you can find, but don’t swim out and join them or you’ll soon find yourself drowning right alongside them.
  • ‘Dad jokes’ could be helping kids grow into healthy adults, experts say
    • Hye-Knudsen wrote that when dads embarrass their kids with corny jokes, it teaches them how to overcome awkward moments when they grow up.
  • New Mexico Game and Fish is now hiring ‘professional bear huggers’
    • Interested applicants “must have ability to hike in strenuous conditions, have the courage to crawl into a bear den, and have the trust in your coworkers to keep you safe during the process,” wrote the department.
  • Many in the tech industry aren’t happy with the way Google handled their layoffs.
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