⭐️motivation for tat is to just keep pushing and going for the things that my anxiety tells me I will never achieve ⭐️
1 hour ago
What do you mean you have no more cookies mom?
Asher is currently lizard hunting as always. And I’m getting ready to tackle all the cleaning I’ve been procrastinating. 😂
Maybe I’ll hunt down some ingredients to make more cookies so I don’t get this side eye. But let’s be real. Asher makes this face daily.
What’s everyone up to today?
Boosting YOUR own Confidence 🔥
Let me tell you a story… 🙂
There was once a time where I had hardly any confidence in myself…. 😐
I used to be so introverted...☹️
I used to lack confidence in so many different situations...😔
I knew that deep down I had to do the internal work to boost my mindset and become confident in my own abilities.😊
So what did I do?💭
I pushed myself to do the uncomfortable things.
What do I mean by that?🙃
The things I didn’t want to do, I forced myself to just go and do them. I knew that by showing up every day, doing things that made me uncomfortable would eventually pay off. 👏👏👏
This then built up my inner confidence and day by day, things were getting better.👊
I remember saying to myself….
“Why should I let life pass me by not doing the things I want to do…” 🙌🙌🙌
I got to work and opportunities started to arise.😀
It took time…. and PATIENCE! 😌
My motivation lies in having zero regrets in life. 🙂
I don’t want to look back in 5-10 years and saying “I wish I had done this or that.👊
If you can relate to this, let me know in the comments….
Would love to hear your thoughts💭
#personalchange #confidence#publicspeaking#mentalhealthawareness#mentalhealtmatters#ckfitness#mood#selfcare#positivemindset #mentalhealthtips #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthcounseling #mentalhealthcare #mentalhealthquotes #mentalhealthisimportant #mentalhealthsupport #mentalhealthwarrior #mentalhealthrecovery #mentalwellness #mentalhealthblogger#mentalhealthisimportant
FEW TYPOS BUT the MESSAGE remains the same. 🧠🤦🏼♀️Here is a crash course of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey (In the video I mention Sean Covey (which happens to be his son)- who was inspired to write “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens.” What habit do you need to work on? Mine is communication and developing compassion for self.👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼
2 hours ago
I've long believed that mental health is the ability to keep our expectations close to our reality. When that gap grows -- between what IS and what we EXPECT -- that's when we suffer. Restlessness. Anxiety. Depression. Addiction.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
But that gap can also show us the way to radical growth. Lining up our expectations with our reality is strangely liberating. We don't have to pretend anymore to be something we're not or to prop up some version of ourselves that we think other people need. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
When we can no longer bend reality to our expectations, we can work on bending ourselves. That's the invitation to personal growth that this time can be. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Here's what solitude and stillness is helping me take a long, hard look at:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
1. Dislodging from the idea that setting boundaries means I don't care. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
2. Playing with the idea that intimate, one-on-one, authentic conversations may be the most sacred work I'll ever do. And there's no way to scale that. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
3. Doing nothing does not mean I am nothing. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
What is Covid-19 challenging you to consider about yourself right now?
1 hour ago
𝓐 𝓼𝓶𝓲𝓵𝓮 𝓬𝓪𝓷 𝓱𝓲𝓭𝓮 𝓪𝓷𝔂𝓽𝓱𝓲𝓷𝓰... .
Be sure to check up on your friends and family during this stressful time! They may be struggling and need someone to talk to! .
Mental health is such an important topic that I still don’t think is talked about enough! It affects a lot of us and with everything being on lockdown we can’t see anyone to talk about how we’re feeling. .
My mental health is improving BUT how I see myself and my body is becoming toxic again. My disordered eating thoughts are starting to become harder to push aside and my self confidence isn’t as positive as it used to be. .
I’m trying to stick with the I’m beautiful at any size thoughts and way of life but it’s not working properly and I’m already wanting to change my eating habits 😓 luckily my husband has clicked on pretty quick and is making sure I’m eating enough! .
Not being able to see my family is breaking my heart. I miss them so much and yes we can video call but it’s not the same as a hug from your Nan and having a long conversation with your Mom next to you 😓
I’m trying to stay positive. I know this lockdown is for everyone’s benefit! But I’m still struggling and I don’t think that’s gonna change for a while 😞
So just make sure to check on your friends and family as they might be struggling but don’t know how to reach out 🖤
35 minutes ago
Be sure to be taking care of you and your loved ones. Be sure to let the sun shine in and take a deep breath.
Success has no meaning, if you aren't helping another fellow human being!
Let's be more interdependent!
1 hour ago
It's day 18 of the #30DaysofSpace of the @yoga_girl challenge 🌞🙏. Today's practice was one hour with @jenpastiloff to combat stress and anxiety. I loved it 💖. Today's theme was about challenging ourselves. I have put this task of for so long. I finally made a cover again of the song Let it be from the @thebeatles. It's a song we need to hear right now. I love it so much. I just need to sing more again. I love singing so much 😍🎶. I can't wait to learn to play guitar once 🎸 and piano 🎹 and write my own songs. I hope you will all enjoy this cover I made.
𝑾𝒉𝒆𝒏 𝑰 𝒇𝒊𝒏𝒅 𝒎𝒚𝒔𝒆𝒍𝒇 𝒊𝒏 𝒕𝒊𝒎𝒆𝒔 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒓𝒐𝒖𝒃𝒍𝒆, 𝑴𝒐𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝑴𝒂𝒓𝒚 𝒄𝒐𝒎𝒆𝒔 𝒕𝒐 𝒎𝒆
𝑺𝒑𝒆𝒂𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒅𝒔 𝒐𝒇 𝒘𝒊𝒔𝒅𝒐𝒎, 𝒍𝒆𝒕 𝒊𝒕 𝒃𝒆
𝑨𝒏𝒅 𝒊𝒏 𝒎𝒚 𝒉𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒐𝒇 𝒅𝒂𝒓𝒌𝒏𝒆𝒔𝒔 𝒔𝒉𝒆 𝒊𝒔 𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒏𝒅𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒓𝒊𝒈𝒉𝒕 𝒊𝒏 𝒇𝒓𝒐𝒏𝒕 𝒐𝒇 𝒎𝒆
𝑺𝒑𝒆𝒂𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒅𝒔 𝒐𝒇 𝒘𝒊𝒔𝒅𝒐𝒎, 𝒍𝒆𝒕 𝒊𝒕 𝒃𝒆
𝑳𝒆𝒕 𝒊𝒕 𝒃𝒆, 𝒍𝒆𝒕 𝒊𝒕 𝒃𝒆, 𝒍𝒆𝒕 𝒊𝒕 𝒃𝒆, 𝒍𝒆𝒕 𝒊𝒕 𝒃𝒆 💕🙏
𝑾𝒉𝒊𝒔𝒑𝒆𝒓 𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒅𝒔 𝒐𝒇 𝒘𝒊𝒔𝒅𝒐𝒎, 𝒍𝒆𝒕 𝒊𝒕 𝒃𝒆
How are you challenging yourself today? Let me know lovelies 💕 I love you all.
1 day ago
Things aren’t always picture perfect. I have flab, cellulite and bad skin. Elijah had spent twenty minutes screaming before this because he wanted to run of then after spent about ten minutes crying he wanted to see his grandparents. I’ve been suffering really bad with being stuck in. Sure I’m a stay at home but I don’t stay home we go out most days socialising and making memories. Now we’re stuck like prisoners indoors. Elijahs behaviour is becoming testing and more and more difficult to handle especially when you parent on your own mostly. Aswell as his behaviour there’s potty training too so even more aggravation to add to the mix. I’m struggling to want to get up everyday as finding everyday so repetitive and feeling guilty for sometimes getting annoyed at Elijahs behaviour which I know any parent would do. I am incredibly anxious going out and didn’t want to go for a walk just before going but went anyway. Elijah hasn’t left the house in a week so I felt guilty. We’ve always gone for walks this isn’t a new thing because there’s sunshine and followed government advice to a t. I wanted to come home the whole time we where out at the start and then relaxed and enjoyed ourselves. It’s getting so hard in this strange world but I guess I’m back on my anti depressants so maybe they’ll help or at least help me sleep. Oh how I’ve missed sleep when I lay uncomfortable with my anxious mind in bed. I’m staying in to save lives but the mental health of everyone being stuck inside is rather shitty...
I hate yoga.
I’ll say it’s because I’m impatient, but if you really think about it, you know that can’t be true. I meditated every day for 8 weeks and am training to become a meditation teacher. This is just an excuse I use, so I don’t have to tell people the real reason I hate yoga.
I didn’t always hate it. We did yoga once a week for a semester in my high school my class. I liked it then.
When I started doing psychedelic therapy, I opened up childhood sexual abuse wounds that made yoga difficult.
I go to a trauma-informed yoga class every week and I notice that I regress into my inner child. I become reserved and ashamed of my body. Whenever we sit cross-legged, I put my hands in front of myself as if people can see through my pants.
I didn’t understand why this was happening at first. Then I realized that yoga feels very sexual to me. There is a lot of opening of the body and I feel like people are always looking at my body (even though they probably don’t even notice me). I also feel very vulnerable any time I am lying down.
My therapist told me that he also had a flashback doing yoga and this made me feel better. I wasn’t alone in these feelings.
I decided to try a different yoga class this week to see if I had the same response. I said I would do it before my regular Monday yoga class. I’ve been procrastinating all weekend.
I guess I tell you this not for pity, but to show you that it’s sometimes the seemingly simple things that can be triggers. Even though I’ve done a lot of difficult things, I still have moments of fear. I still have times where I don’t want to do the work, but today I’m going to push through it again.
Is a massive part of everyones life and how great and healing it can be so I've decided to give it a few days even tho I class myself as a #mentalhealthblogger I want there to be some happy blogs ..in the meantime you can read previous blogs here
3 days ago
Today I went for a run to blow of some steam. I went to my spot in the middle of nowhere in the meadows near my house. I can’t tell you how much better I felt just stepping out and breathing in fresh air. As I ran I ran out my frustration and all emotions I’ve been feeling being stuck inside I felt like crying quite a lot and I didn’t really know why. I think for me running on my own has become something that is special to me and an emotional release. Just looking at the beauty in the sky, the plants and being by the water seems to help. I always come back feeling a bit better. Seeing all these lovely rainbows and posters in peoples windows are bringing so much joy to people out and about, it brought tears to my eyes to think we’re not alone in this and we’re all doing this for everyone else! I also saw some bears as they’ve started a bear hunt now by putting teddy’s in windows for children to find after the children’s book! So if you haven’t do try to get some fresh air when you feel up for it. I promise you’ll feel better for it.
There is always room for growth within the journey and exploration of loving yourself. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Don’t put blame on yourself for any past traumas or events. You are doing the best that you can and each step along the way is a victory to be celebrated. Trust your intuition. You know what your body and mind need. If that means saying no to certain events, say no. If that means taking a day to rest, please do so. If that means you have to cancel or reschedule plans, honor those needs.
We often are way too hard on ourselves and especially in times like these it's even easier to fall into this habit.
Use this time to practice being nicer to yourself. One step at a time. And know that whatever you have managed to do today is absolutely more than enough. You are doing you're best. 💖
I’ve honestly just been really fkn down the past couple of days and am currently lying in the middle of the floor contemplating life and feeling low. So here’s your Sunday reminder that it’s okay to not be okay all the time and if you need to just simply exist for a little bit that’s okay too.
1 hour ago
Reunited and it feels so good! I haven’t worn makeup in three weeks and it’s nice to feel human again. As much as I love looking like the crypt keeper or a member of the walking dead, it’s a nice change!
Now if I could just convince myself to ditch the mom bun and actually do my hair 😜
This is the first embroidery I’ve done since I was perhaps in high school textiles so probably 13 years ago! I’m quite proud of myself. It’s not perfect but I haven’t given up and it’s really taking my mind of things. Top tip stop when you get bored so it doesn’t feel like a chore and you’ll enjoy it more! #embroidery
Me every day right now. I’m off to pour myself a large drink and to get in a hot bubble bath à la Chandler in this pic. 🙌🏼 Look after yourself pals 💛
1 hour ago
Some Self Care Sunday Inspiration ✨✍️⠀
Whenever my mind gets cluttered with thoughts, worries or emotions - journaling is my go-to method.⠀
Wether it’s in a non-stop flow or organised lists, extracting thoughts to paper gives me a comforting overview.⠀
I often feel resistant, especially these days - but that’s usually when I need it the most. Therefore I created this carousel with some ideas, if you, like me, feel like the days melt into each other and you need some grounding tools. ⠀
Do you keep a journal? How do you journal? Let’s inspire each other!✨👇
Yesterday, in “stories,” I shared that @darrenrovell revealed, for the 1st time ever, his own #SameHere experience (from a past Olympic Games) - in the hopes of helping others during this Corona scare. Here is the actual “story” that gives some context:
In the middle of 2017, I took the leap of faith to share my own story of a mental health decline, stemming from past life experiences I hadn’t addressed (sicknesses & passings of friends & loved ones), that had built inside me.
Never having had a prior personal relationship, national sports writer, Darren Rovell, reached out, asked if he could re-share my story on his twitter - - he told me he’d hug me if he was in the same room as me, & that he was happy I’m still here to tell my story.
Shortly after, he invited me to dinner & told me his own story. He wasn’t ready to share it with the world, publicly, but he was down to support our cause - to encourage people with platforms all over the world, to open up about their own #SameHere Stories, to show this is a topic for all of us, #5in5.
I told him that day, his time will come, he’ll be ready, & when he is, he’ll be helping thousands upon thousands of people - & more as he continues to share. Yesterday was that day. So proud of my good friend for what he shared, in the face of the Corona world we are living in, in the hopes of helping others relate, to know they’re not alone, & provide practical tips.
This was the dream from the beginning - to show the world that ALL of us have struggles at different times in our lives & that we can come together in a #SameHere Global Alliance - instead of having ppl w large platforms have their stories taken advantage of by the media, chewed up, spit out, waiting for the next “victim” as we, the public, see these stories as one-offs.
The idea was & is to have common thread, that shows - no matter one’s status, we’re hearing these stories, consistently, because we ALL go through challenges (Corona being case in point), where life can kick our ass, mentally, & that’s ok to admit, ok to ask for help, ok to work on. Thank you Darren for your candor! His article up again in “stories.”
Lockdown isn’t easy, it can and is having a huge impact on mental health. Yesterday my family and I decided to dress up a bit and have a dinner party which I really recommend to lift spirits. We loved it 🥳
🤷🏻♀️ Yes those are gym leggings
🥂 is AF by @scaviray
1 hour ago
Confidence is the new styling.
For all shades, shapes and parts.
Wear what makes you glow
In just your own eyes.
6 hours ago
Do you find yourself struggling with the constant trips to the kitchen and beating yourself up because of it?
Then this is the time to give yourself a real break. These are incredibly stressful, new and very uncertain time for all of us. The least we can do during this time is to cut ourselves and others some slack. You may be using food to soothe your nerves and get through this time and its okay. But if it’s not okay then you have a choice. A choice to create some boundaries, to get aware of your feelings, to get an additional emotional support or an option of getting professional help too. .
And, this is exactly why I recorded this video because truth to be told I’ve been there too. There have been days when I didn’t feel like eating because I felt overwhelmed and there were days when I craved for certain foods because of my disrupted sleep cycle. .
But, i’m slowly learning to be okay about it and trying to be more conscious of my feelings and emotions. I’m in a better place today and that’s why I thought of sharing this with you all too! .
Also, please please know that we are all humans in the end and we all are in this together!
I hope this video and my own personal reflection helps you and if anyone comes to mind that you sense needs to hear this right now, share it with them.
Lots of love.
A selfie from last week as I haven’t done my makeup in about 5 days 😂😭 My sleeping pattern is still messed up which means I’m taking my meds at random times, which is having a significant effect on my mood! 🙃 I really need to get into a routine, but when I have to stay at home my sleeping always goes to shit, and my care plan states that as soon as my sleeping is disorientated that’s when my mental health dwindles. It’s so hard to keep positive at a time like this but I know I have to keep myself busy and focus on my blog and uni! 💘 I’m SO glad I have my dogs during this time or idk what I’d do - anyone else feel the same way? 🤣 🐶How are you all? What is your lockdown routine looking like so far? ✨❤️
1 day ago
not much else to do but work, exercise, homework & post selfies ☁️☁️☁️