You don’t have to be mentally ill to experience mental illness.

I have been dealing with depression for most of my life. Lately I have been having some low days and it has been hard to get out of bed, let alone get any work done. But, even just lying inbred my mind has broken down things that help me get out of a funk, and I decided it was worth sharing.

If you have depression or feel like you do remember these things:

You are not alone. Many people suffer from this or things like it, and it can range from mild to serious. Yes, many people out there will not understand – they may say that you just need to smile, stop being negative, and you are being over dramatic – but just because you can’t see or “quantify” the disease does not mean that you are not sick. You know you, and that is what matters and you are more than your mental illness anyway.

Yes, it is a disease. The brain is an organ, it is more complex than many of your other organs, but it still makes and uses chemicals and is an integral part of your working system. AND like any organ, it can get sick. Like a lot of diseases, keeping a healthy lifestyle, I.e. good food, regular exercise, and plenty of fresh air and sunshine, can help turn it around…. However – Continue reading

Travel safe

It is travel season, those who want to start the new year off with some relaxation, students travelling back to school, or business trips (they never end do they).

Well, with that in mind, I decided to do a post on an article I read.

Have you ever sat next to someone on a flight that won’t turn his/her phone, tablet, gaming device, etc off? Does it make you uncomfortable? Have you ever yelled at them feeling it is your duty or called one of the flight attendants to bring it to their attention?

Why? Well, because we don’t want the plane to be in jeopardy, right? We’ve been told over and over that those things need to be turned off for take-off and landing. Well, what would you think if I told you that on my recent flight back to the UK, we were told that we were not allowed to wear headphone on take-off or landing either?

Well, for both situations I have to ask, where is the proof? Have they done enough tests to be sure that these items are dangerous? Or are they only dangerous because people disobey and other passengers get angry, freak out, and occasionally hurt someone? There are instances of such occurrences.

The problem is that when you fly, you are in a huge and heavy metal bird fighting the laws of gravity, going immensely fast and at a great altitude. That is enough to make anyone nervous about flying to begin with. So, if they are unsure of the problems caused by electronic devices or other things, why put the extra stress in the air?

Anyone see that episode of House on the flight where only 1 person was really sick but everyone else started to feel symptoms because of mass hysteria? We don’t need that kind of stress in the daily/regular flight.

Now, this is not to say that I want someone to TEST THE THEORYon my flight, but shouldn’t this be something pursued in scientific testing? If they want to make our flights more comfortable, well, they can start with that!

For more information (I.e. the original article) – check it out here