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Stress, High Cholesterol and Me

Stress, High Cholesterol and Me

Source: Mel Magazine

Right now my cholesterol is high. Not from eating junk food or eating out, but just mostly from stress. I’m only 32 and right now my total cholesterol is at 226. That is way above the recommended of 100-199 (mg/dL). Geez…if car accidents, diseases, cancer, being murdered, childbirth, or even being food poisoned won’t kill me, the stress will. Things have been hard on me for the past year from homelessness to family to worrying about paying for my rent, my cell phone bill, and loans, looking for a job and worrying about those things could actually kill me. That’s a scary thought. I don’t want to die because I was stressed out for not being able to pay my rent. I don’t want that on my tombstone. I don’t want to die young. It may not be now, but it could be in my late 30s/early 40s if this keeps up. I’ve got things to do, things to see and people who and will need me.

Ugh…stress. It doesn’t help I have generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), PTSD, and depression which I’m taking three types of medication for and then Atorvastatin (stantin) which I’m suppose to be taking (my mom would kill me if she found out I haven’t been taking them, but can you blame me? I’m already taking one medication for GAD, two medications for depression, and one medication to treat my fibroid). I just wanna reduce the stress, without medication you know? I’m really trying. Like putting on an aromatherapy candle I like so much (if you go to Bath and Body works, look for eucalyptus mint. It’s really good for stress), listening to podcasts, listening to audiobooks, reading, watching my favorite TV Show or movie, exercising, talking or text friends, and coloring in adult coloring book…blogging… But whatever it takes, I will try my very best to reduce my overall stress levels so I can reduce my cholesterol.

Readings on Stress and Heart Health

Heart Disease and Stress: What’s the Link?

How Stress Hurts

How Stress Hurts Your Heart

Stress and Your Health

Stress Management

Mental Health Screenings

Anxiety

Depression

PTSD

Stress

Therapy Quest

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“Choose Your Own Adventure” games are pretty new to me, especially when they are in the form of a book! And what a more cleaver way to combine RPG game style with mental health therapy! Dr. Janina Scarlet author of “Superhero Therapy” and “Harry Potter Therapy” writes “Therapy Quest: An Interactive Quest Through Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.” You’re spirited away to the magical land of “Here” and befriend the inhabitants of there and go on a quest to defeat the sorceress, Malena from destroying the world. With some spells, potions and a little help from your friends you go on the quest to stop her, but it up to you the hero to restore “Here” from Malena’s grasp.

I had a ton of fun with this book! There was always a suspense while reading because whatever decision I made, determined the outcome of the outlook of the quest. However inspite of the decision I made throughout the book, I’d be given ways to increase already existing good quality or trait or I’d be given ways to identify and better  handling of a negative quality. Each time you make a good decision, you recieved points. However if you made a poor decision you were deducted points. In the beginning of the book you are given 50 points start off with and the points are divided into three categories:

Courage   Inner Strength      Wisdom

The rules are simple…you gain more points you go on and gain more spells and potions. Lose points and you have start all over again. I’ve only done that once in the book at you see below:

Whenever you make a good decision you turn to a page where you learn a new spell or potion. These are in the forms of skills from ACT (Acceptence and Commitment Therapy)  which has been shown through research to help people overcome depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), chronic pain, addiction disorders and many other common problems. Here’s a short excerpt on the vulnerability spell:

One of the most magical, though the hardest, spells is the Vulnerability Spell. Vulernability is the willingness to be authentic with yourself and others. The Vulnerability Spell might feel bittersweet because you are opening yourself to other. Take the chance with a possibility that you might get hurt. For example, telling someone that you love is a vulnerable action. It involves taking a chance, risking rejection and hurt, because the possibility of love and connection is THAT important. Although poeple who drink the vulnerablility spell are more likely to get hurt compared to people who are unwilling to share themselves with others, they might experience more love and happiness.

She has awesome advice that you too can use in your own everyday adventures in your own life. In addition to skills you acquire in the book, you also develop connection with the characters throughout the quest and even they embody the everyday struggles that people go through such as an eating disorder and the loss of a loved one as well as learning to accept people physical appeariences, sexual orientation, and ethnicity. So it was kinda hard to leave the world of “Here” once I finished reading “Therapy Quest” , but I have to say I kinda grew there too.

“Therapy Quest” is now available now in the U.S. at your favorite bookshop.

About the Author:

Janina Scarlet, Ph.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, a scientist, and a full-time geek. A Ukrainian-born refugee, she survived Chernobyl radiation and persecution. She immigrated to the United States at the age of 12 with her family and later, inspired by the X-Men, developed Superhero Therapy to help patients with anxiety, depression, and PTSD. She has written multiple publications on this topic and has given talks domestically and internationally. She authored Superhero TherapyHarry Potter TherapyTherapy Quest, and has contributed to a number of pop culture psychology books, such as Star Wars PsychologyWonder Woman PsychologyGame of Thrones Psychology, and many others. Scarlet currently works as a clinical psychologist at the Center for Stress and Anxiety Management in San Diego, CA.

Reference:

Books.(2018) Superhero Therapy. Retrieved from: http://www.superhero-therapy.com/2017/12/therapy-quest/

For information on Dr. Janina Scarlet find her at her website at Superhero Therapy.

You can also find her on Twitter under the name @Shadow Quill and on Superhero Therapy Facebook Page.

I also wrote some posts about her and her podcast also named “Superhero Therapy” as shown below:

Podcast

Superhero Therapy: Harry Potter

Superhero Therapy: Jessica Jones

Superhero Theapy: Supernatural

Book

Harry Potter Therapy

                        It includes a link where you can download as a PDF, on your kindle or on any ebook.