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Happy Feast Day
Died the 7th century
Feast day: May 15
Patronage: mental disorders, neurological disorders, runaways, victims of incest
Saint Dymphna, the only daughter to a pagan king, took after her mother in faith and beauty, taking a vow of chastity at a young age. After the death of his wife, Dymphna’s father sought to marry his daughter, causing her to flee. After finding her and her continued refusals, Dymphna’s father cut off her head making her a martyr at the age of fifteen.
Clean in a way that makes you feel the comfort of dirty.
When you live in constant mess, it can actually feel bad or stressful to live without mess. So try to clean in a way that makes you feel comfortable.
- setting out lots of decoration that can be easily moved anywhere
- take off the door to your closet, or the cupboard doors so you can see the dishes
- have your clothes where you can see them
- don't hide your trash can
- have piles or boxes to hold things rather than hiding them in the furthest corner from your mind and body
Feel free to add more
Almost forgot that May is Mental Health Awareness Month
To keep it short, here's to seeing more normalizing of mental health difficulties in media, especially animation, because it will never not be relevant and will always generate incredible amounts of discussion. And I feel more seen by getting to connect with stories told onscreen, examples being:
easy and semi-healthy foods to eat when you cant get out of bed, are too sad to do anything, and the weight of the world feels like its crushing you
broth. be it bone broth, chicken broth, beef broth, veggie broth, or something else broth is good and relatively cheap. you can literally microwave it if the stove is too much. its pretty decent nutrient-wise, and tastes good imo. i also like it because if i cant bring myself to eat, i can trick myself into getting nutrients by just drinking it. my favorite is chicken broth with garlic and onion powder. add some paprika if youre feeling up to it.
ramen. same reasons as above, you can use whatever broth you want, and adds slurpy slurp of noodles. i like noodles. they make me happy.
pasta with butter and mozzarella. so long as im feeling up to using a stove, it’s ridiculously easy and genuinely filling. adding italian seasoning after cooking makes it taste like its from noodles and company (iykyk)
nutri-grain/fig bars (or anything similar). tasty, have carbs that u need. i like cherry flavor and apple cinnamon. you can keep them by your bed
granola clusters. good for fiber, less messy than loose granola, and again can be kept near your bed
celery with peanut butter. this requires a little mor effort, ie you need to go to the fridge for celery, and grab you peanut butter jar, but its good to get you out of your room. its refreshing too, provides some fiber in the celery, and protein in the pb.
babybell or string cheese. again, gotta go to the fridge, but they’re small, tasty, and a decent source of protein.
saltines with jelly. they’re just yummy, filling, and provide a bit of fruit. again, more effort than some other items on this list, but they work.
ive had a shittier mental health week than usual and this is what ive been eating. its kept me going, and i do get some genuine enjoyment and satisfaction from these, especially the first few.
all of these should be fairly cheap. everything is available at my local aldi and walmart. if you have your own easy to make and eat foods for when you just Cant anymore feel free to add.