Discussing about mental health opens our support network and it allows others to learn about mental illness. Our most powerful tool to change the world is our story.
Discutir sobre salud mental abre nuestra red de apoyo y permite a otros aprender sobre enfermedades mentales.nuestra historia puede cambiar el mundo.
I was trying to get in the captures to get this shot and I did but for some reason I wanted to post this one. Two months ago I had a panic attack on Moro Rock (heights terrify me) but yesterday I had the courage to climb up on this boulder (while hiking alone) and look out at the view. With one slip, I would have been gone. My fear is still there but I'm trying to conquer it with every step I take when I hike. This moment is one to be proud of. 💪🏾
An Inspirational Story, written by our inspirational J member, Kim:
I always wanted to learn to swim but never had the courage to try it out until now. I was determined that I would try to conquer my fears this year, so I signed up for a class at the MJCC. I was nervous my first class and was not sure what to expect. This would be my first time attempting to swim so I was scared. Swim instructor, Nicki King was patient with me and I was determined to learn. She assured me that she would not let anything happen to me. She told me I was safe and she would be right there in the water with me as she challenged me to try something new. With reluctance, I was ready for the lesson. By the end of that first class, I was excited and sensed that this experience would be worthwhile. Every week I relaxed a little more as my confidence was building. I celebrated the small accomplishments and Nicki was there cheering me on.
As an adult learning how to swim, I have enjoyed this process. Each week, Nicki challenges me to trust myself and what I know. Each lesson, I am building my confidence and my skills and am learning something new about myself. Swimming has taught me some powerful lessons about overcoming fear. Fear can block us from experiencing some amazing things. The things we fear are not as scary as they often appear. If we push past our own thoughts and get out of our heads, we can learn to enjoy what we are experiencing at any given time. Who knew learning to swim would be such an amazing life-giving experience? I did not! But when one comes to the pool with an open mind, a willing heart, and an amazing instructor, one cannot help but have wonderful results. This is my story! When I think about how far I have come in a short period of time, I cannot help but smile and be proud of my accomplishments!!! If you are considering learning to swim and looking for an instructor who is encouraging, loves the water, and has years of experience, please contact Nicki! You will not be disappointed!! .
I was so scared snorkeling for the first time! 😩 I hate deep water and I can’t swim, but I did it. Little did I know I’de be getting thrown off a banana boat shortly after in even deeper water and enjoying every second of it 😂♥️ #conqueringfears#bitchesloveteal
There is still a culture of silence surrounding mental health and mental illness. We need to change that because we all need to have a support system and a community to belong to.
We need to destigmatise mental illness by talking about our feelings and struggles. It may not be easy but it is possible. .
Todavía hay una cultura de silencio en torno a la salud mental y las enfermedades mentales. Necesitamos cambiar eso porque todos necesitamos tener un sistema de apoyo y una comunidad a la que pertenecer.
Necesitamos desestigmatizar las enfermedades mentales hablando de nuestros sentimientos y luchas. Puede que no sea fácil pero es posible.
I led my first ever sport climb yesterday!!! It was only a 5.0 but stilllll. 😄 A good first route to learn on and try as I had only ever top roped before. Many thanks to @staticnomadic for the A++ instruction and guidance. Bonus- I learned how to rappel and how to set up two types of anchors! Definitely need to practice all these newfound skills but I’m stoked to keep learning 🤙🏻
It’s so crazy to think about this journey I’m about to go on!
I’m a certified PIYO instructor!!
And to think....
2 years ago, before I started this coaching thing, I NEVER would have had the courage to do this!!
The transformation that I have made blows my mind!
When I tell you guys that this journey is about much more than just weight loss I genuinely mean that!! This is so much more about the inside, your mindset, than it is about anything else?
I freaking mean it!
Weight-loss, Gains.....that’s just a side effect!
The gains that really count is the gained self confidence, that gained self love, those solid boundaries that I’ve gained.
The self care routine that I’ve gained...
Well that’s the real transformation I was looking for ALL along.
You ready to stop F’ing around and make your own gains...
Or losses, which ever way you wan to look at it.
Important thing is that it’s YOUR journey...
You’ve got to OWN that shit.
I just lock arms with you and help keep you accountable to YOUR goals!
So let’s go girlfriend!
Working on my fear of cooking. My absolutely amazing girlfriend @cmillardxo has agreed to help me cook something new every Sunday. This was the first dish I cooked, a creamy garlic chicken pasta. It was apparently so delicious that Dax wanted in on it. #conqueringfears#sheisthebest#loveher#bestdishwasher
Today I knocked one off the bucket list with @kayleighcottam. We officially obtained our qualification as Open Water Divers and we did it in the most incredible surroundings of El Nido. A huge thanks to @palawandivers and the awesome Airen for helping us every step of the way. And a shout out to @fisheyeunderwaterproductions for the awesome photos! I’m so proud of my badass wife for overcoming her fear of the water to do this, she’s a true inspiration. #swimwiththefishes#palawandivers#elnido#conqueringfears#scubaadventures#OWC#Padi#OpenWater#somanyfish !
Conquering fear, taking names, and celebrating with milkshakes in 30* weather. All part of life with my amazing 7 year old. First time off the diving board and you better believe we will celebrate. Who said summer is over?! #conqueringfears#leapoffaith#celebratelife#milestones
Growing up I never had a fear of heights, until I did a zipline in Spain with a dodgy harness and was flung across mountains without an explanation above a bunch of animal enclosures... From that point onwards I would freak out and tremble at anything to do with heights... Last year I read a psychology book and it said the only way to get rid of a fear or phobia is to confront it until you do not/ can not feel anxious about it any longer. 📖
So, sure enough last year I made a pledge to get rid of my fear of heights. I told all my family and friends and they all helped me to do so! 💕
My first experience was the tallest slide in Europe with my primary school bestie, followed by climbing the o2 with my beautiful school girlies, followed by parasailing with my friend in Tenerife, followed by flying in a plane over the blue hole with my travel bestie in Belize, followed by zip lining alone in Costa Rica, followed by floating in a hot air balloon with my uncle and now - finally, what I thought would be the most terrifying - a helicopter ride with my all time bestie over London! By the time I had got to the ziplining part of my journey (and got that over with) I really didn't feel scared anymore and today I didn't feel at all how I would have felt s year ago about getting into a helicopter. 🚁♥
I have an indoor skydive planned next week and if I like it, I am going to book the real thing. That'll be the true test, but I have a strong feeling it will be absolutely fine. ☺
Yeah, so, the moral of the story is; the book was right, if you're scared of something, you need to face it until you are scared no more. Overcoming fear is important for me, fear goes hand in hand with control. Love and freedom are on the other side. I choose the latter. ♥
The sky is the limit my friends! ☺