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Your guide to Breaking Someone

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Your Guide to Breaking Someone

A step by step guide to giving someone a mental illness

By: Angela Englander November 1, 2019

People have been doing a lot of talking about how to help people through mental illness. They’re talking about what it takes to heal, what is the best treatment, what pills to prescribe etc. They’re thinking too far ahead though, the trick is to begin at the beginning. Let’s start talking when the initial injury began so we can truly understand how to heal someone, instead of disguising the symptoms or undermining the experience.

1)The first step is to expose them to an incredibly overwhelming, confusing, shocking event. This event has to lead to at least a slight feeling of powerlessness. The results of this first step are enhanced when you add extra events. For best results expose them to weekly, or even daily traumatic events. Bonus points if some of the events began before puberty.

2) The second step is that everyone in their day to day life needs to act as if the events in the first step didn’t happen or don’t exist. People need to carry on as normal, do mundane activities like clean the house and take children to school, and act as seemingly “normal” as possible. The effects are enhanced if people closest to the person says “you’re over reaction” or “you’re just acting crazy” or otherwise minimizes the impact of the experience. Bonus points if you start creating distance from that person, acting as if they’re contagious or excluding them from social events.

3)The third step is to ensure people know that they cannot act in any way different from everyone else in society. Make sure this person knows that the larger group frowns upon any sort of social or behavioural change. To enhance the effects make jokes, humorous remarks and publicly humiliate people who act outside of what the larger collective has deemed as normal. Bonus points for creating derogatory terms for the experiences people are having as a result of the first two steps.

4) The fourth step is to create some sort of conditioned response. You’ve thoroughly laid the ground work in the first three steps. You’ve created the collective social expectations, ensured only a small group are exposed to the events, created internal duality as the person struggles to balance both the events and the results of those events with the normality of the world around them and threatened to punish them if they let on things aren’t quite what the larger collective wants them to be. You’re ready for one of the most critical, important things you can do. You need to have a stimuli and then you need to condition in some sort of emotional and behavioural response. If the stimuli involves more than one sense, even better. Some popular ones could include door slamming, a siren, a yell, flashing lights, a honk or a buzzer. Adding vibrations goes a long way also. Now to have the perfect response. An emotional and behavioural response will lead to the best results. The more intense the emotion, the better. Excitement and terror feel very similar to the body so these ones lead to the most long lasting results. Then for the behaviour, anything that involves running, rushing, or leaving the present location is perfect. Bonus points if there’s an environmental response also, such as multiple people rushing.

5) The final step is consistency. The longer the individual experiences these steps, the more dedication behind the steps and the more serious the impact, the more lasting the results. If you continue these steps for at least a year, many years if possible, or even someone’s entire lifetime, you can guarantee results!

There you are, your guide to breaking someone. Of course I don’t want people to actually follow these steps with in the attempt to break someone. Just a little awareness about what people in your family, life and community may be experiencing. Bring a little compassion in, after all, it really isn’t hard to break someone. It just takes five easy to follow steps.break someone

You can’t pour from an empty cup!

“YOU CAN’T POUR FROM AN EMPTY CUP”

By: Christine Hall  June 11, 2016

It can be easy for parents to spend so much time fretting about their children, that their own needs go unattended to. It is important to recognize that self-care is NOT selfish. Being good at taking care of others, means also being good to ourselves. Parents are children’s number one role models, and they will learn to take better care of themselves, form healthy boundaries with others, and implement better coping strategies if they witness their parents/caregivers doing the same.

 

WHAT CAN YOU AS A PARENT/CAREGIVER DO TO START PRACTICING SELF-CARE?

Take stock of where you are now. It is important to realistically recognize our strengths and weaknesses in relation to taking care of ourselves. To do this, it may help to ask ourselves a series of questions, which may include the following:

 

  • What are my current stress levels? (on a scale of 0-10; 0 being under-stressed, 10 being dangerously stressed)

 

 

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  • What shape am I in physically? (nutrition/fitness/sleep/weight)

 

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  • What shape am I in mentally, emotionally, spiritually?

 

 

 

 

  • What areas do I need to prioritize?

 

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  • What gets in the way of me taking care of myself? (attitudes, lack of supports, time, etc.)

 

 

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KNOW WHAT WORKS FOR YOU.

It is important to consider self-care strategies that address all the dimensions of self-care from our physical, emotional, social and intellectual, to our spiritual needs.

 

  • What helps me relax?

 

 

  • What physical activities can I engage in on a regular basis?

 

 

 

  • What helps my emotional needs?

 

 

 

  • What helps alleviate my stress/worries in a healthy way?

 

 

 

  • What activities do I (or used to) love doing?

 

 

 

  • How can I combine some of these activities with family time, and also find time for “me-time”?

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOME TRIED AND TRUE SELF-CARE STRATEGIES INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:

 

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: Research shows there is a positive relationship between exercise and mood. This needs to be brisk enough to raise your heart rate for at least 20 minutes, 3 times per week. The key is finding the right exercise for you and working it into your routine. This could include “incidental” exercise such as walking or cycling with the family to school or the shops. Dancing while vacuuming or watching TV works too!

RELAXATION: The relaxation response is important in helping to bring our heart rates down and restore a sense of calm. As little as five minutes per day, can reduce stress levels. Not all people need a block of time to be alone to relax effectively. Relaxation can happen in the middle of your daily life. Sit in the car after dropping the children off at school, and listen to your favorite radio station. Practice mindfulness (paying attention to the present moment) while eating your lunch. Allow yourself a cup of tea and five minutes to sit still in the middle of a hectic day. Find what works best for you.

EMOTIONAL / SOCIAL: Parenting is frequently a lesson in patience, and has the ability to raise strong reactions such as anxiety and anger. It is important for parents to recognize and process emotions. Regular intense emotions can cause chronic stress, affecting our overall wellbeing as well as hinder our capacity to think realistically and effectively problem-solve. Since everyone is different, it is important to recognize what your needs are for emotional and social support. Extroverted people tend to benefit from the energy of being around others, while more introverted individuals often seek alone time.

INTELLECTUAL: There is philosophical and psychological belief that humans need to a sense of meaning and purpose in their lives in order to experience happiness. This sense of meaningfulness often (but certainly not always), presents in the form of challenging oneself intellectually. This can happen by reading, engaging in discussions with others that challenge your own worldview and belief systems, learning something new such as carpentry, gardening, sewing, cooking, arts, etc.

SPIRITUAL:  This dimension is about connecting to something greater than oneself, or recognizing that we are all interconnected; spirituality is not necessarily defined as religion alone. For some, they feel a sense of spirituality being in nature, practicing yoga or meditation, engaging in creative pursuits or running.

 

TAKE ACTION

Now that you have assessed your stress levels and considered the dimensions of self-care, you are ready to include some aspects of personal wellness into your schedule. Time for ourselves does not need to take excessive amounts of time or come at someone else’s expense. It just takes a little commitment and planning. Many of the dimensions of wellness can be combined – e.g: A hike with a friend or loved one combines physical, social, and spiritual wellbeing.