🌅🙏 Here’s some advice that I wish someone would have told me sooner - You can stop allowing toxic behavior in your life by placing healthy boundaries. Unfortunately sometimes other people don’t respect our boundaries, but we can still practice setting firm (yet gentle) boundaries with ourselves - “I will love myself enough to forgive myself.” “I will love myself enough to believe that my feelings are valid.” “I will love myself enough to express myself.” “I will love myself enough to help myself” “I will love myself enough to walk away.” “I will love myself enough to stop...” fill in the blank! ❤️ Just some thoughts I had today. Hopefully it resonates with someone out there. #mentalhealth#positivity#healing#mentalillness#depression#anxiety#boundaries
Today was NOT a good day whatsoever for my mental health. I went with one of my friends for breakfast this morning, and she only got one thing whilst I got two, which completely triggered my ED thoughts. And it’s so frustrating because she shouldn’t feel bad for what my brain tells me! —- And so then in one of my classes, my teacher made the class eat two oreos for an experiment and I even told her no, but she made me do it. I felt so bad, because I know she didn’t realize why I was acting so rude. I ate one of the oreos then felt to ashamed to eat the other. And that honestly makes me even more mad at myself because I NEED the calories. I need to gain weight. Yet my brain keeps telling me NO! UGH! It’s so frustrating. —- Anyways, like I said, today was bad. Very bad. But tomorrow is a new day and that’s good. A fresh start. Another day down, more to go. Recovery is just beginning. —- #edrecovery#eatingdisorder#anorexiarecovery#eatingdisorderrecovery#anarecovery#mentalhealth
Life's too short to have bad friends, be selective about the people to choose to keep in your life. Remeber negativity is contagious, so we are big believers that genuinely great friendships are one of the first steps to self-care. -
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Isn’t it funny how we desperately strive for certain things?! Whether it be a new job, a new car, a dream vacation, six pack abs, biceps, etc., but when we finally get it we often don’t put as much value into it as we thought we would and we end up taking it for granted? I am totally guilty of this! .
This is my gentle reminder to both myself and to you - don’t do that to yourself! Don’t take for granted the roof you have over your head of the phone in your hand. Everything thing that we have that doesn’t seem like “enough” could be something someone else is dreaming about.
Your success should be celebrated, not pushed to the side! .
Today remind yourself to focus on the here and now and everything you have achieved. Keep striving and working, but celebrate all your accomplishments that got you to where you are today! You are worth it!
I go to bed when my mind treats me poorly. Fix your hands and wrists on the firm surface and let them break. Don’t do it. I try crying myself to sleep, but my eyes dry before I can close them. One day they will stay closed for a year and a bit more, but till this day comes, I’ll keep trying to cry myself to sleep.
The first time I ever recall hearing something about PPD was when Brooke Shields talked about it, if memory serves, it was on Oprah. People sometimes wonder why celebrities choose to reveal that they have or had a mental illness, and why anyone should care. While I can’t say for sure why they do it, they often state something along the lines of “if me speaking about it encourages someone else to get help or feel less alone it’s worth it”. As to why people care? Well for one it helps them to feel like they have a champion, that their disorder might be more understood, or it gives them encouragement and hope.
Trust me, I not a "Zen" person by any means. I always thought meditating was a waste of time...until I tried it. A 5-10 minute meditation will improve your daily productivity and prepare your mind to process emotions and information better. I've seen a greater ability to heal, as well as handle my three year old's tantrums in a much calmer and reasonable way. Rest your body, rest your mind. Mend with meditation:
🔹Find a quiet place.
🔹Set a gentle alarm.
🔹Get into a comfortable position. 🔹Breathe normally, and focus on how your body moves with every breath. 🔹Relax, and open your mind.
You'll thank me later.😉 #deadmanspose#meditation#openyourmindquaid#mentalhealth#healthydoesntsuck
When we crave connection to another human being and it is not easy available to us, we create connection to food.
Food creates a sense of safety net.
Food doesn't reject, it is always there like a friend.
If you crave closer connection to someone, speak up, create clear communication and heal that relationship.
If it is not a specific person who you long for, find other ways to connect with like minded people. Join hobbies groups, walking groups, go to classes.
Opportunities are endless.
“You become what you believe.” @oprah
I was introduced to the idea of writing down your goals as if they’d already happened earlier this year. For example, instead of writing I want to run a mile without stopping, you would write “I can run a mile without stopping.”
In looking through the notes on my phone today I found a note from the end of May where I’d written down 7 of these statements - goals for my career, health and spiritual growth.
It was really cool to realize that 4 of them are now true, and another one is really close! I really believe that this shift in mindset can help us get closer to achieving our goals. I guess it’s time for me to set some new goals!
How do you set goals? What’s something you’re proud of?
Because it's 100% in the moment. 💯There's nothing that can be carried over from yesterday - I can't procrastinate dishes or packing up my tent. I set a goal at the beginning of the day and whether that's 6 miles or 16 miles - it gets done and it's my single minded task for the day. At the end, I'm exhausted. With just enough time to connect and have a great conversation, watch the sunset/sunrise, nourish my hungry body with fuel for tomorrow, look up into the stars and be humbled - then sleep hard. 😴🏕Everyone has to do all of these things themselves, the emotion of guilt is eliminated - its training my mind not to default to guilt. It's constantly realizing how strong I am and how much I can do - and on days that I feel like I haven't done much I can look directly at the other days or the mountain I just summited and realize exactly how much I did do. Or even on a zero, there is so much respect for Self and respect for Body for everything it has done and will do. It's Orion always encouraging me along and never judging. It's the strength building in my confidence when I realize that I can be 100% self sufficient. It's seeing that you're all going through some suck but then you all get to see the AMAZING rewards of nature. 🐍 It's seeing a snake and having the sympathetic nervous system flip the switch and pump cortisol and adrenaline through the body then it's walking away from the snake, leaving it behind and letting it go. It's not carrying the snake with you for the week until you convince yourself you can be done with it. 🙅🏼It's stress how nature intended it. It's the reset to the nervous system. It's getting life back. 💫 It's un-plugging from the screen but plugging into our natural circadian rhythms. 🌄 It's waking up to the sunrise and not caring about the time. It's drinking coffee while watching natures morning news, instead of the craziness going on in another place. It's being 100% in the moment and enjoying each little moment. Because even the ones that suck will too pass & more amazingness will follow. The sun will ALWAYS rise- even when it's behind the clouds - it's still there SHINING on ☀️ It's shifting from PTSD ➡️ Post Traumatic Growth