How my Dog Has Effected My mental Health!

by Chelsey Zumpano

A close-up picture of a black and white husky with blue eyes. The picture is taken from the side and her nose is pointed to the right and her ears are up.(Picture of Hazel and picture credit goes to Chelsey Zumpano).

If you’d been following me on YouTube; you’d know that I got a puppy back in December and I’m training her to hopefully be my service dog. She does take up a lot or all my time somedays. She gives me something to do and that keeps my mind busy. She’s helped me to realize that I want to be a dog trainer.

She can be really hyper and have to find ways to keep her busy. I let her run around in the back yard, play fetch, tug of war, I take her on walks, give her bones, and puzzle toys. It took me awhile to figure those were the things that helped her. But before then she was kind of overwhelming and now she’s better. Giving Hazel a job has helped.

Some ways Hazel has helped me with my anxiety!

1 She will lay on my legs at night and that helps if I’m having a bad anxiety day.

2 She’s helped me to learn more about dogs.

3 She gives me more of a reason to go on a walk.

4 She’s helped me to not be so anxious about going to the vet.

If you want to see some more of my new coping skills; please go watch the video below.

If you have a dog tell me a funny story about him/her in the coments. If you would like to be interviewed by me or otherwise contribute to my Blog and YouTube; please send me an email to the following address. viblindresources@gmail.com

What Is Normal?

by Chelsey Zumpano

I hate the word normal! It implies you have to be a certain way or there’s something wrong with you! I use average because it’s a spectrum. If I’m going to say somethings “normal,” I’ll usually say it’s “my normal” because that thing or situation is my experience. Another reason I don’t say “normal” is because it generalizes a situation or group of people.

Much like lables “being normal” puts pressure on us. My advice to anyone who’s struggling right now is to be yourself and be kind to others, try to understand what others are going through. Being kind to others is hard for some people to do and that’s not okay! The same going for understanding what people are going through! My personal opinion is that as long as no one is hurting anyone, then just let them live their life and give them some respect.

If you would like to be interviewed or otherwise contribute to this blog or YouTube send an email to:

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Happy Thanks Giving and What I’m Thankful For Part 3

by Chelsey Zumpano

I’m writing this while the delicious smell of turkey fills my house. Here’s another list of what I’m thankful for.

1 I’m surrounded by a loving family. My family is all healthy and happy.

2 My animals may drive us all crazy sometimes, but I love them anyway.

4 That I have a ruth over my head and food to eat.

5 I’m thankful for this Blog and YouTube and that I’m able to educate and help people with every new post.

6 I’m thankful for every new follower, like, subscriber, comment, and share.

7 I’m thankful for my vision and the fact that being legally blind means I get to help others in our community.

8 My cane helps me get around and for people to recognize me as blind.

9 My coping skills for my anxiety is something I’m extremely grateful for.

10 The fact I will be applying for a guide dog very soon.

Tell me what your thankful for in the comments.

If you would like to be interviewed or otherwise contribute to this blog or YouTube send an email to:

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Preparing For Thanks Giving and Some Blind Shopping Tips

by Chelsey Zumpano

Thanks Giving is tomorrow and so I have a few things to prepare. I have to figure out what dessert I’m making. I used my Amazon Alexa to tell me a crackle cookie recipe. I also found a simple chocolate pie recipe. All I have to do is get a graham cracker crust, (already made) and some chocolate pudding that I have to whisk together. I don’t even have to bake it. Then I’m going to help make mash potatos.

Some tips for when your feeling overwhelmed with people.

1 Wait in a quiet room until everyone else gets there.

2 Eat in a room with less people.

3 Enjoy yourself and have things to help calm yourself down.

here are some tips for you brave souls going out on Black Friday.

1 Take pictures of the things you are looking for and save them in your notes with what the thing is written above it.

2 Take a friend with you, it works best if they are tall so they can reach over heads to grab things.

3 Don’t be afraid to use your cane to make people move out of your way!

4 Bring a backpack to put all your items in.

5 Have your wallet already out as your in line to pay.

6 You can also ask Alexa for shopping deals and just have them delivered to you.

7 You can also look on Cyber Monday, which is on the Monday after Thanks Giving. This is only online and so you can shop from home.

Let me know what your plans are for Thanks Giving in the comments.

If you would like to be interviewed or otherwise contribute to this blog or YouTube send an email to:

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A Clean Room: A Clear Mind

by Chelsey Zumpano

I just got through cleaning my room and it feels nice to have everything in it’s place and a place for everything. Having a clean room makes me feel less stressed. Knowing where all my art supplies is means I can make more art. It also means that my desk is less cluttered.

I feel like I can focus better on projects and now I have cool stuff displayed on my cabinet, which will look cool in videos. I just have to get a new curtain and it’ll look even greater.

Cleaning my room will help me sleep better, work on more videos, do art projects like I said, find my clothes better because my closet was getting unorganized, and just hanging out in my room. It’s like when my room was messy and unorganized: my brain was messy and unorganized too. My brain would jump from one thing to the next and now I’ll be able to focus.

Let me know what helps you focus in the comments.

If you have anymore ideas for me or want to share some of your own hobbies, tell me in the comments. If you would like to be interviewed or otherwise contribute to this blog or YouTube send an email to:

viblindresources

Blogging vs YouTube

by Chelsey Zumpano

I’m writing this while I drink hot chocolate and cudle with audrey. I’m going to tell yall some of the things I like about YouTube and Blogging.

YouTube is easier when I just want to say something real quick and I don’t have to worry about writing for the moment. It’s easier to show you certain things in a video, like how I edit videos or how I take out and clean my fake eye, (by the way, let me know if you’d be interested in seeing a video on that)? I’m a lot more spontaneous with videos because I over think my writing. Making videos have help me to be more confident with talking.

When I’m blogging it takes longer because I’m constantly spell checking and worrying about how things sound. I can write anywhere! In a crowd of loud people, in the car, when I’m jamming out to music, and in a dark room. I feel like sometimes I can be freer with my writing, but at the same time I have to have a plan of what I’m writing. I can stay in my PJs all day and curl up with my animals. I don’t have to worry about what I’m wearing or what my hair looks like. My eyes get to take a brake.

Editing for both is a pain! I get so annoyed hearing my own voice sometimes that I have to stop for awhile. When I’m editing a blog it’s a little easier because I can ask my Alexa how to spell things. Writing these past 15 days, (Yay, I’m doing great), has taught me better spelling and that writing is easier to do when I’m feeling overwhelmed and don’t feel like being on camera.

Let me know what you think of YouTube and Blogging in the comments. If you would like to be interviewed or otherwise contribute to this blog or YouTube send an email to:

viblindresources@gmail.com

Find What Works For Your Anxiety!

by Chelsey Zumpano

I have anxiety and here is a list of coping skills that help me and might help you.

1 Fidget Toys give me something else to focus on.

2 YouTube has given me an outlet for some of my feelings and has helped me to become more confident.

3 Writing and that’s whether I’m writing on this blog, fanfiction, original books, or in my journal.

4 My animals help me to feel calm and safe.

5 Talking to friends and family.

6 Yoga and I do this with the ‘Eyes Free Fitness’ app that is completely accessible!

7 Taking deep breaths when I start to feel panicky.

8 Knowing your triggers and coming up with coping skills to help with them.

9 Having friends who get it!

10 having a book to fall into!

IF you want to learn more about some of my coping skills watch my mental Health playlist.

If you would like to be interviewed or otherwise contribute to this blog or YouTube send an email to:

viblindresources@gmail.com

Let me know what coping skills help you!

Books Bring Joy!

by Chelsey Zumpano

Everyone knows I’m a major bookworm, but did you know that November is Family literacy Month! In addition to reading us stories my mom told us stories like ‘Hansel and Gretel,’ but with us as the characters. I was so into stories that I use to talk to myself about what I did that day to help myself fall asleep.

Some books that stick out to me from when we were little are this one about to little cats who were expecting a little sibling and my mom read this to me and my twin brother before my sister was born. There were more like ‘If You Give A Mouse A Cookie,’ ‘If You Give A Pig A Pancake,’ ‘The Old Woman Who swallowed A Fly,’ ‘the Little Woman Who Lived In A Shoe,’ ‘Ramona Quinby,’ ‘Junie B Jones,’ and much more! One of the first ever Audio books I’ve read was ‘Sarah Plain and Tall’ and from there I was hooked on Audible! I grew to fall in love with reading and eventually I read ‘Harry Potter’ in braille. In seventh grade my mom read me ‘Twilight’ and I fell in love with Stephenie Meyer’s world. ‘Twilight’ helped me through my eye surgery I had that year by giving me a chance to get out of my head and into Bella’s for awhile.

After that I read ‘The House of Night series’ ‘percy Jackson and The Olympians,’ leading me to fall in love with the rest of Rick Riordan’s books.

Books have shaped me so much that I’ve written some of my own that you will hopefully see soon. So read to your kids and you’ll never know how it could shape their life.

If you would like to be interviewed or otherwise contribute to this blog or YouTube send an email to:

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An Idea To Help Us Blind and Others With Disabilities During Disasters! #LetsStartTheConversation

by Chelsey Zumpano

With all the fires going on here in California: there needs to be something to help us with disabilities! A lot of us with disabilities can’t drive and there for when something like these fires are going on we can get traped! We need a service that can come check on us during an emergency and make sure we have some way to get out, then if not they can provide a ride to a safe place.

This service can be provided if your on social security, (SSI and SSD), if you were recently released from the hospital after surgery or some other health problem that means it would make it hard to leave in a hurry, people that have a Dial-A-Ride card, people who are in a wheel chair, people who have a seeing-eye-cane, people who have a service dog or emotional support animal, and more.

You might be wondering, “but how is this going to work?” It would be a volunteer service and the volunteers would check on the clients during a voluntary evacuation and if the client wanted to leave then they’d take them to somewhere safe, (which could be the volunteers’ home). We’d spread the word about this service at all different organizations.

In the mean time here is a list of things you can pack in an emergency!

1 water

2 nonperishaple food

3 gummy candy/something sweet for low blood sugar

4 first aid kit

5 a pair of PJs

flashlight and batteries, (even if your blind because you can use it to get others attention).

7 extra food/water for your service dog

My prayers and thoughts go out to everyone who has been effected by the fires. I hope this is helpful and if anyone does want to help me with this project send an email to:

viblindresources@gmail.com

Twilight isn’t my favorite time of day!

by Chelsey Zumpano

The sky a mix of blue, purple, and Cotton candy pink.

(Picture credit goes to Chelsey Zumpano).

Twilight is one of my favorite book series, but it’s not my favorite time of day. It’s the safest time of day for our favorite sparkly vampires, but it’s the worsed time of day for my vision. It’s the time of day where the sky is a combination of purple and blue that makes the sky look like a bruise, when the last raies of the sun glint pink along the horizon. It’s then as Apollo drives his Sun Chariot one last time across the sky and his twin sister, (Artemis), prepares her Moon Chariot to replace her twin in the sky, that people start to look like silhouettes to me.

During twilight I can’t follow people, so I usually hold on to my mom’s shoulder or my sister’s arm, (just above her elbow). When we go into stores the lights are to bright at first and then my eyes adjust, but when we go outside my eyes take a long time to adjust to the dimness.

It would be better if it just skipped strate to night because my eyes try to focus on the blurry, indistinct people and objects. At night as Artemis begins her journey across the sky: there are no more deep shadows, no more straining my eyes, or hyperfocusing, (just the sky the darkest shade of blue and the street lights to light my way). The darkness is better because my eyes don’t have to constantly adjust to the changing light. The darkness is soft and not flitting from deeper and deeper purples and blues.

It hasn’t always been this way: when I was growing up twilight was just another time of day for me. After I had my eye surgery in seventh grade it changed. The first time it happend: it felt like a dream, like it wasn’t really happening to me, but at the same time the memory feels sharp and stuck in my brain. It was like everything went dim and fuzzy around the edges. It was tarifying, but my eye Doctor told me that this was my new normal and that reassured me. It was just something i’d have to adjust and get use to.

Over the years: I’ve gotten use to the new normal that twilight has become, but sometimes I still get hyper aware of it and that’s just my normal anxiety talking.

If you would like to be interviewed or otherwise contribute to this blog or YouTube send an email to:

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