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Remember Today’s 5 Labor Day Weekend Tips To Avoid the Psychiatric Ward

I posted these 5 tips the other day, and I liked them so much I wanted to re-post them with some family photos.  This cartoon has nothing to do with anything… cause that’s how I roll.

Remember Today’s: Labor Day Weekend Tips To Avoid the Psychiatric Ward

  1. PLAN AHEAD – If you’re going to visit family, then make sure you check your vehicle for travel. Check windshield wipers, fluids, radiator and cooling system.  Also, map out your route.  Know your way both in the daylight and at night.  (Places look different at night so, know your exits!)
  2. Take YOUR meds!  Make sure you have your meds you will need for the weekend. And if you’re visiting family,  you’ll need your meds to deal with them.
  3. Don’t OVER DO IT! Labor day is not about working your butt off!!  It’s about resting and enjoying friends and good associations.  Remember, mixing medications and alcohol is never a good thing!!  It weakens the effects of the meds and can trigger an episode.  Last thing you want is to be streaking the party “al natural” screaming you’re Jesus or Elvis… not a good way to get invited back.
  4. Take A TIME OUT, if the stress of the day’s activities are getting to you, then take a rest.  Find a quiet room or place and do what James S. Gordon, MD, a world-renowned expert in using mind-body medicine says. “Practice:  Slow, deep breathing — in through the nose, out through the mouth, with the belly soft and relaxed and the eyes closed.“  Just don’t chant out loud.  This could make others uncomfortable, especially if your mantra is “PLEASE DON’T let ME kill these people, Please don’t let me kill these people!”… Believe me, this is not a good thing to say out loud… You can trust me on this one.
  5. Finally, enjoy a MENTAL HEALTH DAY OFF… Avoid talking about past problems, disorders, quirks or what ever.   Forget about the past, negativity or short comings you might have with a family member or friend and… just enjoy the day!!

How was your weekend?  Here are a few photos of our weekend.

Kids at the pool partyMy Kids at a friends Pool Party

My Girl Playing Pin the Tail on the Donkey.

See the 3 far right tails, those are my girls tails…lol

My girls can’t find the Tail, yet they have no problem playing pick the donkeys nose.

My youngest and her green bow at our convention.

The drive home.

Have a Safe Day.

Chato Stewart

Remember Today’s 5 Labor Day Weekend Tips To Avoid the Psychiatric Ward

Chato Stewart

Chato Stewart has a mission, to draw and use humor as a positive tool to live, to cope with the debilitating effects symptoms of mental illness. Chato Stewart is a Mental Health Hero and Advocate. Recovery Peer Specialist board-certified in Florida. Chato is the artist behind the cartoons series Mental Health Humor, Over-Medicated, and The Family Stew - seen here in his blog posts. The cartoons are drawn from his personal experience of living with bipolar disorder (and other labels). [email protected]

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Stewart, C. (2010). Remember Today’s 5 Labor Day Weekend Tips To Avoid the Psychiatric Ward. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 16, 2020, from


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