Resources For Introverts; Introvert, Dear

Introvert, Dear is a website focusing on..you guessed it, the INTROVERT! It has awesome categories, even a different subsections of the introverted MBTI personality types, which is freaking awesome, in my opinion. You gotta check it out!

A Few Cool Articles:

Why Do Introverts Love Being Alone? Here’s The Science
If You Relate To These 21 Signs, You’re Probably An Introvert
16 Signs You’re An INFJ, The World’s Rarest Personality Type
Why Is It Hard For Introverts To Share A Home With Others?

 

Mindfulness Resources For Beginners

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A Few Links To Start:

A Beginner’s Guide To Being Mindful AF

How to Start a Meditation Practice: A Guide for Beginners

Psychology Today: Mindfulness for Beginners

The Important Health-Related Reason You Should Have More Hobbies, According to a Psychologist

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Whether you pick up knitting or join a book club, hobbies are a fun way to wind down and tap into your creative side. They could also, it turns out, make you a happier person.

We recently checked in with Barbara Nosal, Ph.D., chief clinical officer at Newport Academy, for her tips on combatting seasonal affective disorder (which, per the American Psychiatric Association, affects roughly 5 percent of U.S. adults). One of her suggestions? Spend time doing things you love.

This seems like a no-brainer, but, especially in the depths of winter, it can be really tempting to veg out 24/7. Don’t cave into the temptation: Spending time with friends or keeping up with hobbies, according to Dr. Nosal, fills “an intellectual, creative or social need, as well as builds self-esteem and self-confidence—bolstering against or lowering the intensity of SAD symptoms.” So basically, resist the overwhelming urge to hibernate until spring and instead spend time reading or cooking or learning pretty much anything.

5 Morning Habits That Help You Wake Up In A Good Mood

Preparing The Night Before*

See Habits Here (source: powerofpositivity)

You are the architect of your owner destiny; you are the master of your own fate; you are behind the steering wheel of your life. There are no limitations to what you can do, have, or be. Accept the limitations you place on yourself by your own thinking.

Positive Psychology Exercises Increase Happiness In People Recovering From Substance Use

“’Addiction scientists are increasingly moving beyond the traditional focus on reducing or eliminating substance use by advocating treatment protocols that encompass quality of life. Yet orchestrated positive experiences are rarely incorporated into treatment for those with substance use disorders,’ said Bettina B. Hoeppner, lead author of the study.

As part of the study, the authors noted that effectiveness of positive psychology exercises may be promising tools for bolstering happiness during treatment and may help support long-term recovery.”

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30 Adorable Alpacas That’ll Make Your Day Happier

ALPACAS!
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Hey llama, get off my property!

Yawn

Kisses for everyone!

Alpaca photobomb level: Amateur

Alpaca photobomb level: Master

30 Adorable Alpacas That Made Our Day Happier
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Meet Simona.

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Selfie Level Over 9000

I knew it…

30 Adorable Alpacas That Made Our Day Happier
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“Photoshoot for our last St, Paddy’s Day in London.”

30 Adorable Alpacas That Made Our Day Happier

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Proud mamma

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Take a closer look at this family photo.

Soon to be in the spotlight.

“Alpaca love.”

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Wait for me!

Chill bro, I’m coming.

What are YOU doing?

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Anyone there? I can’t see a thing…

Fluffy Headed Alpaca

“My mom met an alpaca at the zoo today.”

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She was very cooperative.

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When you’re the crazy person at the party:

Life as an Alpaca can be hard. Take my advice, relax.

Found my doppelgänger.

30 Adorable Alpacas That Made Our Day Happier
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What did you order? Are You Gonna Eat The Rest of It?

Santa’s helpers: Andean edition

30 Adorable Alpacas That Made Our Day Happier
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— You two make a very cute couple, you know? — We know.

“I came here to chew cud, and I’m all out of cud.”

One of the cutest baby alpacas in the world

Want to take us home?

30 Adorable Alpacas That Made Our Day Happier
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Three cool alpacas just hanging out.

30 Adorable Alpacas That Made Our Day Happier
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Long live the queen.

We Now Have an App for Detecting Opioid Overdoses

“And that could save thousands of lives since over 130 people die every day due to opioid overdoses, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.”
See App Article HERE

My area of focus when studying Clinical Neuropsychology was Substance Use Disorders, & I’ve gotten some hands-on experience in clinics specializing in Vivitrol and Naltrexone treatments to maintain a clean lifestyle for many people on the road to recovery from addiction.

There always seems to be a new types of technology that are designed to help the modern-day addict who happened to may have overdosed ….again. The last pretty innovative gadget was then device picture below. A pocket-size Narcan dispenser that is user friendly to almost any age group that can follow simple spoken directions.

The “The app, called Second Chance, was created by researchers at the University of Washington. By using sonar to monitor a person’s breathing rate – one of the main indicators of an overdose – the app can determine whether a person is overdosing from up to three feet away. And if the phone owner is using opioids all by themselves, the phone could save their lives by automatically reaching out for help.

“The idea is that people can use the app during opioid use so that if they overdose, the phone can potentially connect them to a friend or emergency services to provide naloxone,” said co-corresponding author Shyam Gollakota. “Here we show that we have created an algorithm for a smartphone that is capable of detecting overdoses by monitoring how someone’s breathing changes before and after opioid use.”

And that could save thousands of lives since over 130 people die every day due to opioid overdoses, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

On top of monitoring sound waves, the app as well as monitoring the person’s movement to see if they have lost consciousness. For now, it can’t interact with phone owners, but this is something the creators will look toward in the future.

“When the app detects decreased or absent breathing, we’d like it to send an alarm asking the person to interact with it,” Gollakota said. “Then if the person fails to interact with it, that’s when we say: ‘OK this is a stage where we need to alert someone,’ and the phone can contact someone with naloxone.”

So the smartphone could become the tool that health officials have been desperately seeking to combat the opioid epidemic. ”

-The Website

❆ Snowboarding & Self Care Series: Introduction

Everything seemed to fall into place and snowboarding was at the center. I hadn’t experienced genuine bliss in f$%^ knows how long. The complete road block I was experiencing when it came to identifying and planning out goals cleared itself when I was on that mountain, and that is where I have decided to place my focus on self-care while recovering from depression.

Where I live in Oregon, you can go snowboarding or skiing YEAR.FREAKING.ROUND. & I live less than an hour and a half away from the closest of the THREE lodges on Mt. Hood. I have no excuse other than laziness… or.. laziness, to not make it up there at least somewhat frequently

The tickets area more than affordable for a lift ticket & I don’t mind going alone, half the time I prefer it. There shouldn’t be anything hindering my new life plan.

This series will be about how snowboarding is helping me get over depression, a failed suicide attempt, and the journey that I HOPE TO FUCK I actually stick with. I know that if I am able to carve out time and maintain motivation, I’ll be on that mountain.

The rest will be left to see…