🌳🌻🌱 spending time outside in the nature: this is a hard one, folks. going outside is really hard when you feel like shit and when your inner voice is telling you what a weak and stupid and ugly person you are. but don't listen, cause first of all, you know it deep inside of you: it's NOT true. and second of all, nobody outside cares as much about you as you do! that's true. they are constantly fighting their own fights, maybe they had a hard time stepping outside too kr maybe they are just minding their own business. do it, belive me, spending time at a lake, under a tree, on a vineyard, on a flowerfield or just at the park will clear your mind. soak up the sun, apprecciate the wonderful colors outside, take a deep breath. even if it's just for 5 minutes. you will feel the difference, i promise.
🥕🥪🥛 eating & drinking: never forget that stress and anxiety takes a lot of your bodies energy. i have a hard time eating, when I'm in the middle of an depressive episode, but i learned, that my body NEEDS power, needs nutritons- please give it to him. when you are low on sugar and calories depression and anxiety gets even worst. try to eat A LITTLE bit. if it's just a banana or a small slice of bread in the beginning. you now need the energy more than ever. same with drinking water! when you are like me, you are sweating a lot during this episodes, give you body what he needs, he will thank you and clear your mind at least a bit 🥋🏸 exercise: this is a hard one (for me) too. as a child i loved doing yoga and few month ago i started doing it again. using your body in times you would love to spend the whole day in bed worrying, really helps to bring your attention to other things. and it helps you to focus on something else, it let yourself feel your body again. your body is made for moving! give him the opportunity to feel, move and breath. let your blood flow and your heart beat not cause of anxiety, but from excercise. you don't have to go to the gym (but do it, if you feel like doing it), it's enough to take a little walk or do some asanas. and another good thing about it, it makes it a loooot easier to sleep at night, when you worked out.
I asked you how you deal with your stress and got all your awesome answers.
But was is the difference between #anxietyattack and #stress ?
If your worry has some basis, but there is nothing you can do about it right now, then see if you can accept the worry and let it go. This can seem difficult for expert worriers, but try to say “There’s nothing I can do to change this right now, thinking about it will only make me more upset.
So you something to take your mind of the stress.
But if you are feeling anxious you might need more work than that.
The family of anxiety disorders include generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder and agoraphobia, social anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and post traumatic stress disorder. Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is the most common and is characterised by persistent, excessive worrying about everyday events and activities which the person finds difficult to control.
While most people worry about everyday things such as family, work pressures, health, or money, worrying about these kinds of things does not typically get in the way of everyday functioning. However, people with GAD find that their worry is excessive (they worry more about a situation or scenario than others do or “blow things out of proportion”), difficult to control, and pervasive (the worry begins about a specific event but then extends to all similar or related events). GAD often results in occupational, social, and physical impairment, as well as emotional distress.
HOW TO DEAL WITH ANXIETY
CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) , Medication Medidation, Exercise
We can go through each method one by one , also I collected some tips from my own experience and some friends to help you balance your stress and PhD life. #mentalhealth#mentalhealthawareness#positivevibes#positivethinking#anxiety#anxietyrelief#stress#calm#healthylifestyle#exersice#phdlife#phdstudent#gradschool#phddiaries
Social media, particularly Instagram, has such a bad reputation for causing unrealistic body image ideas due to the amount of people who completely edit and change the way the look each time the post 👀 (I say as I use a pic with a filter 🤔😂) BUT
Despite all the stigma surrounding the use of social media I still think it can be used as a great tool by people suffering, have suffered or know someone suffering from any form of mental illness.
Talking about these things “in real life” can really be very difficult because of the misunderstanding surrounding mental health but also because it’s hard to put into words. However I see more and more people are using instagram as a way to open up and be able to talk about things without having to actually speak and you have no idea how much this can truely help with recovering ☺️💓
Huge well done and THANK YOU to everyone at @virginmedia and @enterprise who took part in their fundraising football match for #Everglow ☀️ .
⚽️ENTERPRISE 7 - 2 VIRGIN MEDIA⚽️
TOTAL RAISED - £920.
This Thursday, August 23rd, if you're in northern NJ, please consider attending the free Open Mic For Mental Health Awareness Event happening @ Eleven Clinton located in Newark, NJ. Come for great food, networking and to support #mentalhealthawareness . #northnewjersey#nj
i woke up today dizzy and sleepy but without depressive and bad feelings 👐 hands up for that 👐
so here is a little list of stuff i did the last two days to keep me sane and that helped me through the darkness:
📚 my forever ever favourite books, the harry potter series. i'm in the middle of the 4.book now, so you can see I did spend an big amout of my awake time reading (the second and third book i each read in a day). when depression is hard i can't focus on new stuff and new books, but thats ok. HP gives me laughs amd comfort and goog memories and thats all that counts in moments like this. (for you, it's maybe a movie or something else. to something that you really love and that takes your full attention) 👩👧👧👩👧👦❤️ friends & family: on days like this, i'm mostly not capable (or in the mood) of meeting them in person, but i got a lot of nice messages from my friends and phonecalls from my parents and sisters and that helped a lot! just to know, that they still love me, even if i'm not quite myself and hearing some other stories, than the dark ones in my head, is really helpful. BUT, guys, the thing is: you need to open up about your feelings, the mental (or physical) state that you're in. cause, they need to know, how you are really feeling, and that you are struggling at the moment. depression, most of the time is an invisible illness. other people can't help you, if they don't know whats going on. I know it's hard, but try to be honest. 🐱 thomasthekater: animal friends help me a lot in times like these. cause my cat doesn't care how i look, that i have swollen eyes and look and feel like shit. they just want you love and passion. and they do care about your personality! spending time with my cat really helped a lot. when i was playing with him, for a moment i forgot about the dark cloudes.
So, today was a good day - was able to breathe and didn't have a breakdown. Praise the Lord.
At times, when I try to do or think something helpful, it's so hard to access and draw fruit from it... because it's like #analogytime : trying to make a good omelette.. when there's 11 rotten eggs in it, and no matter how many good, helpful eggs you add, it still feels hella messed up.
I just start questioning and judging everything I do and my intentions.. it becomes very exhausting. I think of things seemingly relevant but not really, my head fills with lies that dominate my mind, from 0 to 100 almost instantaneously, then I shut down. It feels hopeless anyway.
In moments like this, nothing in the bible makes sense, but I can't convict myself on my own. It's a scary place to be in, with yourself... I can only pray.
Recovery is a process. It's okay to not get it right sometimes. One day.
Had an amazing conversation with @_boomerp about all things @_1aweek 🌟🌟
Boomer has set up this amazing group and has totally inspired me. His mission is to inspire as many people across the globe to do 1 act of kindness every week for someone they don’t know, then share it using #1aweek @_1aweek
We all probably do lots of acts of kindness daily, however the difference with this one, is that it’s to be something over and above your usual day, and with someone you don’t necessarily know. 💕
I LOVE THIS IDEA of reaching out and connecting with new people.
Boomer set this up, because he heard a Mental Health statistic on the radio that some people who had attempted to take their own life had said that even if 1 person smiled at them or showed them an act of kindness that day, they may not have felt so alone, and may have not tried to take their life.
It just shows you that although we can’t always stop suicide, we can be kind, show acts of kindness and open our hearts to strangers with something as simple as a smile.
I’d love to you to start sharing your acts of kindness.
Please get sharing, and remember your #1aweek and tag myself and @_boomerp In too! What’s stopping you? We got this people 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
Have a great and inspiring day!! #bekind#mentalhealthawareness#mentalhealth#1aweek#love#openyourhearts#openyoureyes#openyourmind#act
Letting your rationalisation decide the depth and intensity of your emotions not only makes you more neutral but also deprives you of the excitement and zest you’ve had all this while for the dreams you’ve worked extremely hard to achieve. Not every moment you feel elated during needs to be defined in terms of its causes or future consequences. Some moments are just meant to be felt right in your bones.#zariyaaa#excitement#mentalhealth#mentalhealthawareness#mentalhealthmatters#wecarewelove#emotion
One day it just clicks. You realise what’s important and what isn’t. You learn to care less what others think and more about what you think of yourself. You realise how far you have come and you remember when things were such a mess that you thought you would never recover. And you smile. You smile because you are truely proud of yourself and the person you fought to become ✨