@runr_uk@UKRunChat Last run of 5 miles towards Miles for Mind Challenge. Loved every minute of it. Target of miles exceeded, comfortably. I look forward to next year when hopefully things may be a bit more normal! #mentalhealthmatters#milesformind#runr #ukrunchatpic.twitter.com/Xn2wZBFlc9
in for a long long time!
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While we use so so many defense mechanisms to protect ourselves from anxiety, using them in excess can lead to an opposite effect, and becomes detrimental to our mental health instead. It’s important we are aware of these defenses so we can identify them in ourselves and move towards a more healthier way of addressing our issues.
George Eman Vaillant, a psychiatrist, introduced a four-level classification of defense mechanisms. This classification can help us where we are and where we want to be.
Level 1: Pathological. The mechanisms rearrange our external experiences so that we don’t have to deal with the external reality, and they are severely pathological. Using these, we seem insane or irrational and if used in excess we can form psychosis. These defenses are found in children as they are the earlier defenses we automatically use.
Level 2: Immature. These defenses reduce distress and anxiety produced by threatening people or by an uncomfortable reality. They are immature because they are socially undesirable, difficult to deal with and can seriously out of touch with reality. We see these defenses in people with depression and personality disorders.
Level 3: Neurotic. Neurosis is a relatively mild mental illness which causes distress which are out of proportion to the circumstances of our lives. It differs from psychosis as it doesn’t involve hallucinations and delusions. These mechanisms help us in the short run but if used in the long run it can hamper our relationships, our work as we don’t address the underlying issues.
Level 4: Mature. These are the defenses that allow us to protect ourselves while at the same time address the issues. Ideally, we want to move into this quadrant, as these are emotionally healthy. They are conscious which means we are able to be in control of ourselves.
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Because inspiring stories are needed right now! My first set of interviews with guests on the @sober.vibes podcast were amazing. Thank you to these five incredible souls for speaking their truths to the world. That’s right, the world!! The podcast has charted on iTunes in Australia, Canada and the United States in the top 250 podcasts. Your stories have impacted someone in other countries...FUCK YES! In the lastest episode Stephanie shares about codependency and her truth about being married to an alcoholic. I left that conversation feeling empowered by her and her strength. I leave all these conversations feeling like a fuck yeah to hearing what people have overcome. I hope you do! Link in bio to listen or listen to the show on all podcast apps. Have a beautiful Sunday and feel free to share the show with a friend. You never know who is suffering in silence. 💜💯🦋
Atlanta has been my home in the past, so what’s happening does affect me. However, my cousin shows just how we can communicate effectively with a positive message.👊🏽
The Journey... Repost from @sirjpmoore using @RepostRegramApp - Despite what the media says, LOVE is here! This happened today in Atlanta’s Centennial Park. We will recover with love. Thank you mayor @keishabottoms @cityofatlantaga. ❤️ #georgefloyd#loveallyoucanwhileyoucan #atlantastrong
A day out amongst the trees and water very relaxing for the mind.
#MentalHealthMatters #mentalheath#nature #photographypic.twitter.com/5BQuxPs6WE
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Only you can make yourself believe that you are totally enough🌸
Only two days left to join our mental health Journaling series. Hop onto my stories to see what all I have to offer❤️🌸
Sending so much love to everyone out there❤️ #mentalhealthquotes #mentalhealthpoetry#mentalhealthrecovery #mentalhealthmatters#poetsofinstagram #poetryislife
#personalgrowth #growthquotes #poetryofinsta#selfhelpquotes #selflove#selflovequotes#selfcarequotes#emotionalhealth#mentalhealthawareness#depressionawareness#positiveaffirmations#positiveaffirmation #poetry #mentalhealthadvocate #viva_la_poema
Happy Birthday, Brother....
You were our best man back in 2000 and set to walk together with us through life..... Now you live in the hearts of so many who never knew you are a beacon of hope for shift of the dialogue around mental health.
This month as I saw your smiling face in so many place I know you would be proud of all those working in your name to make mental health a priority.
Right from childhood we have been conditioned to live our lives according to expectations of others. Be it society, parents or even our friends. And this leads us to seek validation from others in everything that we think or do. While it is important to be socially acceptable in usual circumstances but ‘over-emphasising others' reactions to what we do hampers the development of an independent thought process. So believe in yourself, have faith in yourself, and never forget that you’re WORTHY NO MATTER WHAT
Know that we are always there if you want to share your feelings.
(2/6) of the #STEPPINGSTONE series💫
“Hi, I’m Daf and I’m from Malaysia ☺️
Growing up in a culture so submerged in not talking about your own issues, I’ve definitely found it hard to speak about my anxiety to others. I use to keep everything bottled inside, as I was so use to doing this growing up, and it would really affect me (I still have this habit but make a mental note to try and be more open). But what I’ve realised is that talking about it does help in more ways than I know.
The other day, I just had this heavy feeling on my chest, making me feel like something bad is going to happen and it made me overthink and have self-depreciating thoughts.
I guess it was pretty obvious that I was down because everytime my boyfriend would ask me what’s wrong, I would just say nothings wrong. I didn’t really understand the emotions I was feeling and I didn’t understand WHY I was feeling this way; I just felt like I wouldn’t be able to talk about it if I don’t understand my feelings.
But after a whole day of avoiding it, he asked again and pushed a little more and I finally just explained how I was feeling. It didn’t matter why I was feeling that way or that I didn’t understand it; once I communicated and described how I felt, the weight lifted off a little and I felt a little better.
So now I try and make it a habit of trying to articulate my feelings. If it’s journaling or if it’s talking to someone about it when I feel anxious and have self-depreciating thoughts. There will be days where I feel like talking won’t help but for the days that they do and I speak to someone on my own initiative, it’s a huge step for me. But not everyone can speak about their issues so easily so it’s completely understandable if this might not be as easy said than done 💜”
Thank you @thoughtswithdaf for sharing a part of your healing journey with us♥️
Thank you for reading, stay tuned for more💕✨
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That’s it 🙌 150miles run for May challenge #milesformind is complete ✅
@runr_uk have raised over £93,000 for #milesformind through this challenge, I’ve enjoyed being part of this, it’s such an important cause 💚 #mentalhealthmatters
SOCIAL ANXIETY: Heart racing, worrying and overthinking. It causes you to miss out on meeting new people, having fun, and speaking up for yourself. It’ll leave you frustrated 😤But, it’s easier to overcome than you think. Here’s some tips on how to stop giving a fuck, and just be positively confident 💯:
1. Put your attention on the positive. If you want to say hi to someone, focus on how POSITIVE that is, then JUST DO IT. The result will be positive! They will appreciate that you actually said hi 😄
Or, talk yourself out of it with the classic “What if I look stupid”. There goes another missed opportunity 🤦🏽♂️ And by the way even if someone doesn’t want to talk, that is a better result than you not speaking up at all
2. Like yourself first. You know that uncomfortable feeling you get when a beggar asks you for money? If you need someone else to like you, you are doing the same thing with energy instead of money 💡Learn to like yourself, instead of hoping for others to like you.
Then when you approach someone you’re not looking for their approval 🤷🏽♂️They will feel your good energy and trust me they will enjoy speaking with you 👌🏽
3 Understand that NOBODY IS BETTER THAN YOU. Stop putting people on a pedestal. You are just as valuable as anyone else - your voice is as important as anyone else’s.
If you focus on that, you will speak with confidence. Others will enjoy chatting to you and will respect you. But if you focus on “What if…”, you are producing negative energy. Would you want to hang out with someone who comes up to you in a negative state?
Comment below 👇🏽what thoughts stop you from speaking up?
The world is experiencing a lot of pain right now. What we are living through is traumatic and something I believe we should all be invested in and actively addressing. We all deserve to heal and feel peace and stability in any capacity. We all deserve to fight for justice-and at the same time for our health. This post isn’t about me, it’s about each of us. I’m just saying it loudly in case someone out there in the world needs a push to find help.
May is mental health awareness month, so I didn’t want it to pass by without sharing my own journey with this community. And by “this community” I mean every single human being. Regardless if you have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder or not, each of us needs to care for ourselves and our mental health. Because you are important -this is important.
I’ve written about my mental health journey before but I don’t really shout it from the rooftops. But this year I *do* feel like shouting from the rooftops. I feel strongly about this topic and about addressing our health is all it’s forms.
In 2012 I was formally diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder and soon after, chronic depression as well. But when I think back, even to my childhood-I can identify the symptoms that I couldn’t name back then and I know this has been going on my entire life. For me personally, my anxiety has always held a deeper and more constant place in my life, but over the years I have found it much harder to cope with my depression.
The short version of what has been a very complex journey over the past few years-thing were hard. Healing is hard. Changing false beliefs and working on the parts of you that you can’t even see is hard. But I’m thankful for it all. I’m thankful I’m still here. I’m thankful I kept getting up every time I was down. Just deciding to give therapy a shot instead of resisting it turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life. By talking to someone who deeply understands mental health, someone who can listen without bias, someone who is able to provide coping strategies, support, and accountability....was such a life changing thing. I still go to this day. (Cont in comments...)
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Making a change is not just your behavior. Everyone can work towards purifying their thoughts. You will notice your behavior automatically transition. #telehealth; #telepsychology; #telemedicine; #teleplay; #teleplaytherapy; #teletherapist; #nutritionformentalhealth; #veganhealth; #ayurveda ; #ayurvedaforhealth #yoga; #yogatrauma; #traumasensitiveyoga; #octavesmethod; #multiculturalservices07; #monadogtherapy; #anxiety; #anxietyrelief; #anxietyawareness; #anxietyquote; #anxietydisorders; #anxiousmind; #anxietysupport; #mentalhealth; #mentalhealthawareness; #mentalhealthmatters; #mentalhealthrecovery; #mentalhealthadvocate; #depression; #teendepression
So important to know the signs! June is PTSD Awareness Month 🙌 and I’m taking requests! Comment below with the type of content that will be most helpful to you, and I’ll do my best to post about it. #PTSDawarenessmonth
These are very hard times but you are not alone. You are never alone. There are many hotlines out there that are more than willing to help you at all hours of the day! Here is a list https://www.pleaselive.org/hotlines/ Please stay safe everyone!
This bracelet is going to be apart of our big jewelry release on June 6th. All of the jewelry will be released by noon that day. Please DM us or leave a comment if you have any suggestions to questions.
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today i am choosing happiness:)
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(1/6) of the #STEPPINGSTONE series💫
“I have struggled with low mood and anorexia for 2-3 years and was once in a really dark and scary place. After so many efforts of treatment, during my final hospital stay something clicked in me and was motivated to recover, and ever since then I’ve been getting my life back. Things really do get better. I’m still struggling of course, but I have healthy ways to cope now and a reason to keep going 💓”
Thank you @emilias.recovery for sharing a part of your healing journey with us♥️
Eating disorders are not a choice, they are a serious illness, which affect people of all gender, race, age, body shape and weight. A full recovery is possible, but the affected person is usually unable to make the first step on their own. They are the most fatal form of addiction, and the most difficult one to spot. So it’s important that you make sure to look out for yourself and your loved ones <3 .
Thank you for reading, stay tuned for more💕✨
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It’s the little things 💛 share one small thing that brought you joy this weekend 👇🏻
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Closing out the month... #MentalHealthMatters . It’s never easy , it isn’t fun, it isn’t convenient . It’s the struggle you can’t always see , the struggle you may not be aware of. Don’t abandon your brothers and sisters in need . Answer the message , answer the call. #SaveALife
We are all involved in systems, and we are each directly affected by the systems in which we operate.
Some are corrupt or dysfunctional systems. These act in ways to oppress a proportion of those within it to make sure the system preserves itself and maintains the status quo. These systems do not risk facilitating openness and empowerment, and do not promote individual freedoms and mutual respect, and instead favour insularity and defensiveness.
They often use scapegoating and gaslighting techniques to keep people trapped, in a position of struggle and retraumatisation.
We see this in institutions.
We see this in governments.
We see this in families.
We see this in social groups.
We see this in religious groups.
We see this in systemic racism.
We see this in systemic sexism.
We see this in systemic sexual prejudice.
We see this in systemic ableism.
The harm done is not always immediately apparent, and surfaces after the ‘powerless’ within the system have endured the effects of this treatment for some time. Usually, when they have kept silent for too long.
The problem does not lie with the people that experience harm, but in the systems themselves.
Let’s be clear: systems can cause mental health issues - some of which are long-enduring and devastating. This is the point at which therapy/mental health/politics/social-activism cross paths.
I love what I do and I care deeply about people’s wellness. This is why I am passionate about spreading this awareness.
Take some time to ask yourself today:
▪️ “What systems am I involved with?”
▪️ “Who might the system act in favour of, and who might it harm?”
▪️ “Am I acting in ways to preserve the system, or to change it?”
▪️ “How do I/will I know the difference?”
If you are seeing this, follow @cbpsychotherapy for more! 💭🌱
'There is something so powerful about the kindness that comes from a person you have never met. Someone who knows nothing about you, about your struggles or your pain. It's that unexpected kindness from a stranger that gives hope for humanity.' Tuwailly
I wanted in line, in my nurses uniform for an hour and a half to get into Halfords to get a bulb for my new car. When a lovely stranger gave me £20 to spend in Halfords today. He helped me put faith back in humanity. Who ever you are thank you!
Hi 👋🏻 I’m Lindsay!
I am a Counselor in Idaho. I work with individuals addressing trauma, anxiety and barriers preventing joy + peace.
A focus of my practice is EMDR and integration of faith. I am passionate about helping others live out of a place of worth + value (I truly believe it’s life changing and have gotten a front row seat to the freedom found).
I have a deep love for golden retrievers, Trader Joe’s and all things with hearts ♥️
It is my absolute honor to hold and create a safe space to simply, be. Hoping to carve out a corner in this Instagram world for insight, reflection and hope.
I’m so happy you’re here and would love to hear from you. So first, do you share my love for Trader Joe’s?👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻
(3/6) of the #STEPPINGSTONE series💫
“My name is Disha Kadakia, a Mental health professional working in the field since a decade. I work with special needs children & adults.
I have personally had a very hard school life. I have faced difficulties in studies and had poor social skills. The time I was in school there was very little awareness or understanding about LEARNING DISABILITY, SLOW LEARNER, ADHD, etc. Children would be labelled as lazy, stubborn, dumb and would also become victims of bullying. They would be picked upon by the class teacher and be insulted in front of the entire class. So confidence and self-esteem was poor.
To my luck I had a very kind primary section coordinator who had allowed me to step into her room whenever I needed to or wanted to feel safe. She would sit with me after school and play games with me (like origami-paper art and some basic academic concepts)
I use to love it then. Now as a professional I know, what she did and why she did it.
Since my childhood I was very fond of kids. I could easily relate to children with similar difficulties. I can never forget how she helped me turn my life around and I always wanted to be 'HER' in someone else's life. This made me choose the field I am in”.
Thank you @mentaldots for sharing a part of your journey with us♥️
@mentaldots is an initiative that helps one cope with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. Please feel free to DM her regarding any concerns or queries. .
Thank you for reading, stay tuned for more💕✨
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May is Mental Health Awareness Month!
With so much going on in the world have you taken stock of your mental health?
Self Care Sunday
#mentalhealthmatters #mentalhealthrecovery #mindfullness