Remember play time as a kid? The joyous sense of carefree abandonment, the total disregard for time, the lack of self-consciousness...
Where does that go? At what point do we lose the inclination to play spontaneously & instead relegate unsubscripted fun to the sidelines? The answer, of course, lies in the responsibilities & reality of adult life. Play can seem frivolous amidst work-life balance, a full social calendar, & so much heartache in the world.
Yet reconnecting with out inner child & allowing ourselves to enjoy uninhibited fun & laughter can work wonders for physical & psychological wellbeing. It can also rekindle the sense of awe that so often diminishes as the years go by. Seeing the leaves change colour in autumn, the stars twinkling in a busy night sky or a raindrop falling gently on a windowsill; imagine feeling your inner child’s astonishment again.
Even though the world’s events often incite an air of melancholy, there is still much to inspire, delight & be optimistic about.
Everyday is a beautiful new adventure. Breath and make time for yourself!
- Emilee x
🙏🏽✨Inspiring words written by Madi @breathemagazine_australia
Strength is strange.
Like muscles and resilience.
Like the way you can be strong for someone you love fiercely but can barely pull your life together
Like the strength you find in yourself when you desperately cry for it
Or when you notice it’s abandoned you.
Like sometimes when you climb with your soul and it makes all the difference
And others times, everything is scattered.
Please little heart.
Be strong when I can’t.
#prayer ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ -jd ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
📷 by @geoff_coombs #strength#climbing#mentalhealth#brucepeninsula
Words of wisdom from one of my Sifus (martial arts master) @lenatoritch. -
In a world in which we are taught (falsely) that focusing on negatives is healthy and promotes growth, Sifu Lena offers a simple alternative... -
Since the future doesn't ACTUALLY exist, when we focus on possible POSITIVE outcomes (instead of negative ones) we can free up our thoughts and decrease that heavy hopelessness so many of us carry around.
~ This week would’ve been his 68th birthday. A gentle reminder to reach out. If you need something, if you need someone, if you think someone you know needs something or someone, don’t hesitate. Our most valuable possession is the time we have to give to others and the love and compassion we can show. Send that message. We’re all here for you. RIP Robin ~
"Be like a turtle- comfortable in your own shell" 🐢
My body is the only place I have to live, so I've got to learn to love and appreciate all it does for me. I have had the most incredible week away in Croatia with my mum 🇭🇷Our bond is closer than ever and the focus was on fun and relaxation, not food. I started the week mostly covered up, not wanting to be noticed. But it was so hot that by the end, I wore shorts and I felt awkward and ugly at times, but it was so freeing to wear what I actually wanted! Lots of exploring, reading and I ticked jet skiing off my bucket list ✅🏖
TW- My intake has slightly suffered over this past week, but tomorrow is a new day and I will be sure to hit my goals.
#dinner tonight was potatoes, @lindamccartneyfoods sausages and loads of veg. Exactly what I was craving after a week of pretty make shift meals.
🌟 Create a Routine 🌟
When we hear the word routine many of us think, boring. But, routine is actually a component of mental health. Creating a mindful rhythm with routine in your day helps give stability and security. And, finding that balance between routine and spontaneity facilitates mental well-being. Ask yourself, what is one activity that would improve your life and go about creating your own unique routines that speak to you! #mindfulyouwellness
The brilliant @the_dad_author shared this last week. I’ve just purchased his book ‘The Magical Wood’ to share with her three children having lost their Dad and Grandad within four days of each other. I don’t even know how you begin to process that when you are under 11. I bought the book, for the mum to read with them, to talk about these amazing men together and begin to process their grief together. It is a beautiful story, aimed at helping children understand their feelings of grief and loss. It centres around the strongest tree in the wood and the help that the woodland creatures give to the other trees. It has some pages for reflection and drawing and some great links to fabulous children bereavement charities, including @winstonswish .
Sometimes adults need a reminder that it’s okay to feel sad. We can be tricked into believing that happy is the only emotion that we are allowed to feel - but sadness is just that, an emotion that we feel and something that we have to learn to deal with. It is not something you move on from, or something that should be buried and ignored. Just like death. It is a topic that we don’t like to talk about, especially with our children, but if we don’t talk about, how will they understand what it means? The finality of it. It is something that we discuss openly on our house as I lost my dad when I was a teenager. I let them see that it still makes me sad at times - anniversaries, birthdays, Christmas, the birth of my boys - and I also let them know that grief and loss aren’t things that you get over, but things that you learn to live with. But, it is still there. Grief is in you and things can happen that take you right back to that first day of grief, that first day of disbelief. But also, that I am okay as it’s okay to feel sad sometimes.
for the first time in years I feel like I can breathe deeply, like I can actually honestly say I’m okay. Ive still felt anxious and low for no clear reasons, but no longer suffocated by it. I had a feeling this time on my own, in the city I love most, meeting new people, would be good for me. And it has been. Feeling so present. — Barcelona, te quiero🌺
A Viking Madness for you to slay in your next training session!
4 exercises in a row. As many sets as you can do in 15 min!
Jumpy Kicks x14
Downward Dog Tri Press Upward Dog x12
Roll Back to Tuck Jump x10
Valhalla Burpees x8 (count every forward worm jump and every backwards worm jump)
It is a killer.
It’s okay to make mistakes.
It’s okay to not be perfect.
It’s okay to do something you wish you hadn’t done.
It’s okay to fail.
It’s okay to scared and to have fears.
It’s okay to not have the answer yet.
It’s okay not to be okay.
Because, without these experiences you would not grow and become the person you are meant to be. Everything always happens for a reason. And the secret to life: you will be okay, even when everything seems to be going wrong. Continue your journey and trust the process.
What consumes your mind, controls your life. || this is a quote that will definitely stick in my head because it is very true. I noticed how I go on my phone way too much and I realized it is very unhealthy because I tend to overthink, or question things in my life when I just want to live in the moment; so it is very important to have a positive mindset by doing things I enjoy and spend less time on my phone (even though we live in this technology era). I will definitely still text and go on my instagram here everyday because I really enjoy art/photography and I want to challenge myself to do more of that.
Anyways, I like this quote and thought it would be important to share with everyone— have a good day💕
Today last year, I was bustled into transport I didn’t want to go into, at 8am, from the acute ward that I’d spent months on, and was shunted 200 miles away to a rehab ward. After a month, my section was lifted and I discharged myself. I don’t regret that decision because it wasn’t the right place for me, and all I need to do is compare how I felt then to where I am now, and I feel really proud of that. Even though the last year has not been linear, I have proved the consultants, nurses, doctors who said “you can’t cope in the community” wrong.
Over the last year, I have peaked and troughed and plateaued and lost hope again, but I made it through and I think I’ve grown a bit too. I’ve achieved things that professionals scoffed at. They thought that if I stayed in the community, I would rapidly relapse into old behaviours, end up in another near fatal or fatal crisis, and I would leave behind me a trail of chaos and broken relationships, but that isn’t what happened, because I made the choice to not let that happen.
The left photo is an uncomfortable reminder of the dark and lonely place I found myself in, but it’s also the self-acknowledgement that I sometimes need.
Left photo: I was underweight at 45kg. Scared to eat over 1600calories.
Exercising nearly everyday with maybe the odd rest day every other week.
Physically I was exhausted.
Mentally I was miserable.
I was consumed by the fear of food and eating things that aren’t “good for me” and terrified of even eating 1601 calories because I thought I would gain a ton of weight from that extra calorie. .
Right photo: I’m at a healthy weight at 53kg.
Eating over 2200 calories sometimes 2600.
Exercising 4-5 days a week.
Listening to my body.
I’m no longer scared of food. Even some days I think about eating something and get scared of going over calories and then I realised I’m not tracking anymore and it doesn’t matter as long as I’m listening to my body, I finally felt relaxed and relieved like the fear was no longer consuming me and it feels great!!!!
The photos put together don’t look like much different but on the right I have gained muscle from eating more. I finally have a booty. I feel happier in myself. I have more energy. My whole life isn’t consumed by fitness. Yes I still have a way to go until I’m completely relaxed about missing a workout etc.... but I have come so so far and would never want to go back to where I was. If I can do it so can you💪🏼
As of late, I have seen a lot of people taking time off social media and I agree that it is such a cleansing act to do. ❤️
Many of us tend to get overwhelmed by feeling the need to post constantly, getting hate from other people, being in the public eye, or simply just having too much on our plate. ❤️
Peace is a word that means so much to me. I believe that in the midst of any chaos we should always strive for peace within ourselves and with things around us. We are only human and it’s okay to fall down, feel down, or want to take time alone.
Our health whether it be physical, mental, or emotional should always come first!
If you feel that meditation isn't for you because your mind is constantly running, and that you can't imagine quieting it for a few minutes a day, then you are the exact person who would most benefit from meditation. #meditation
I think I'm dumb
Or maybe just happy
Think I'm just happy
My heart is broke
But I have some glue
Help me inhale
And mend it with you
We'll float around
And hang out on clouds
Then we'll come down
And have a hangover, have a hangover
We either know somebody or of someone who has took there own life through depression! I went through a horrible stage of depression early last year and lost a hell of a lot of weight as you can see on the left and looked incredibly ill !! Fortunately I had a lot of really good friends and family you know who you are , they guided me through what I so wanted to end ! WOW and now I’m here the happiest I have ever been for a long time and found new friends ... the reason I post these two photos is to show how quick someone can change with the right people and the right help ! If you need to speak to someone in order to take them steps ! I urge anybody if they feel any self-doubt to just speak to someone ❤️❤️❤️
Mental health is such a stigmatized concept. It’s easy to forget that each and every individual experiences struggles and challenges unique to their situation, circumstances and life. Although it’s often the case that people attempt to portray renditions of their “best” life, we are all struggling or suffering from something.
I’ve personally been battling with depression and anxiety issues for the last 4 years and have almost never had the courage to talk about it with friends or family. People who are suffering from mental health issues almost always think that they’d just be burdening others or that by exposing their vulnerability they are portraying themselves as weak individuals. However, this is precisely the stigma we need to change. Kindness is not weakness. Being vulnerable and honest with your flaws, short-comings and struggles is an act of strength and courage. Having the awareness to recognize where you need to improve or calling for help and asking for assistance are all acts of improvement.
So I encourage all of you to breakthrough your cognitive prisons. Reach out to a friend, a family member or even someone you’ve just met. Bare yourself, flaws and all, let them see who you truly are. If they stick around, you know you’ve found a friend for life and if they don’t? Well screw them.
It’s not easy being vulnerably honest, in fact, I’ve written out this message many times and deleted it because I wasn’t sure what people would think or what they’d say about me. I decided to let go of that fear of judgement and be honest with you all today.
If you’ve made it this far, I thank you for reading. Remember, if you don’t have any one else you believe you can speak to, message me. I’d be happy to take the time to talk to you. #mentalhealthovereverydamnthing