Bad. Body. Image. Days.
This journey sometimes has BIG FAT curve balls that are thrown straight at us. They can make for bad mental health days, the kind that leave you ripping apart every bit of yourself. From the top of our heads to the tip of our toes, we find things wrong with every piece. These day are rough, but real.
Yesterday and today I’ve had that kind of day. I purposefully took pictures to look at and use to dissect myself. I was pointing out every wrong thing I could find. My stomach and my back fat... two major insecurities that get picked at anytime I’m feeling this way. •
Instead, I need to think of everything this body has been through. All of the ups and downs, the pain, the growth, the love, the three beautiful babies it’s carried, the strength it’s built, the heart that still beats, the legs that still walk, the brain that still works. This body is amazing. My process. My progress. My path.
#tomorrowisanewday #bodyimage #badbodyimage #roughdays #flipthatnegativeselftalk #myprocess #myprogress #mypath #selflove #stomach #backfat #thankful #progressnotperfection #slowlybutsurely #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #mentalillness #selftalk #negative #positivity #thisbody #thisbodyisbeautiful
Today is my Sunday. Winding down getting ready for my work week. Stress free is my choice of blend today. Some eucalyptus benefits: decongestant, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory. Some peppermint benefits: respiratory relief, aids in upset stomach relief. Anytime I smell eucalyptus it reminds me of a spa and relaxation. 💆🏽♀️🧖🏽♀️ #mentalhealthawareness #selfcare #holistichealing #essentialoilrecipes
The remembering hurts. It brings us back to places that remind us of what was missing then, it’s a reminder of what we needed. So here’s the thing, now that you know, you get to show up for yourself in that way if you choose. You can be what was missing. So many times when we experience trauma we treat ourselves similarly to how we were treated. What if you said, “no more?” There’s a different way. We can be the nurturer we needed. #selfparenting
Fostering positive thinking is more important than we may often realize. Like anything that blooms in nature, positive thinking needs to be nourished. We may be born more or less positive than others, but this does not determine our fate. Through nourishment, anyone may learn to see life through positively tinted lenses.
This week was awful (see the stress acne on my chin for reference 😅), but I got through it. My son, family, and wonderful boyfriend help me so much when there are days that I don’t think I can walk through life anymore. They give me their shoulders to lean on and wipe the tears I shed along the way. They are the listening ears when all I want to do is whine and complain, but still tell me the things I don’t want to, but need to, hear. Everyone around me give me so much life and the reason why I haven’t succumb to the horrible narrative I fight in my head daily. If you are one of those people reading this right now: I love you so much and I owe my life to you. I couldn’t be any luckier in my situation. #love #loveyourself #life #family #support #friends #mentalhealthawareness #mentalillness #depression #anxiety #recovery #beautiful
as i was just scrolling i stumbled upon this and i felt it so hard. the amount of times in my life i have used the excuse that i’m sick instead of telling the truth is crazy. i felt like i needed to cover up and say i wasn’t feeling well when in reality i was just feeling anxious. i feel for those who still keep these feelings inside. it’s frustrating. mostly frustrating because there are a lot of people out there who don’t understand what “i’m feeling depressed today” means. but if you say “i’m feeling sick today”, that’s acceptable.
since i have recently become so open about mental health, i have no problem saying no to plans and explaining the reason is because i’m feeling anxious. my friends and family respect that because i have educated them on it. it feels amazing to be able to tell the truth.
mental health is not a choice. getting sick is not a choice. mental health = physical health. so saying you are feeling sick or depressed should be equally as important. don’t be afraid to share your truth.
#mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthquotes #mentalhealth #depression #anxiety
Yes!!! Today was a good reminder of that, for me. I was able to focus on getting all my resources for my research ☺️ AND took a bath AND read AND CLEANED like what? Lately, I've been ON A ROLLLLL between starting yoga, reading & getting my skin care routine back up to speed!!! BUT
Obviously, there are times throughout the day where it's like a slap in the face. I have no motivation, I don't feel good enough to even try, I don't think I'll amount to anything anyways, etc. All these thoughts circle my head all the time.
It's the pushing through those thoughts, & if you can try and do something that makes you happy, even if it's listening to an old favourite song, painting your nails or warming up yummy leftovers. It's DEFINITELY not easy. Althoug to me, that little feeling of satisfaction in knowing you did something good for yourself is rewarding. 🙌
if you've read all this U A CHAMP THANK U
You ARE stronger than your depression/mental illness!!
You are mentally ill, with good and bad days, or good and bad moments. It's part of who you are! The key is to not let it rule your life.
#depression #mdd #majordepressivedisorder #depressionsupport #strong #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthquotes #mentalhealthmatters #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalillness #motivation #inspiration #recovery
Are you struggling? It's ok to not be ok. I'm here to remind you you're not alone.
This week alone, three friends reached out for support and prayer.
One broke out in tears at work, feeling the waves of depression washing over them unexpectedly.
Another struggles to name what they are experiencing. Some of it has to do with feeling disconnected, like they don't belong anywhere.
Yet another never allows weakness to show on the outside. They asked for prayer navigating a difficult road.
I don't share their stories to betray their secrets. I share them because they are my stories too.
One apologized for "dumping" their burden on me.
Please know that you are not a burden. (And if someone ever makes you feels like you are, that is *their* issue, not yours.)
Please know that you don't need to struggle alone.
If you need some encouragement (which is one of my superpowers), or if you just need someone to listen and sit with you in the hard places, please reach out.
My DM box is open with a listening ear, and a heart that's ready to pray.
I may have missed Bell Let's Talk Mental Health Day, but in my books, every day is a day to tend to the wellbeing of our minds and hearts.
Thanks to @jjosuephotography
for this shot which for me captures the times I want to avert my eyes from you and put on a surfacey smile because I don't want you to see what's I'm really struggling with inside.
#mentalhealth #mentalwellness #bellletstalk #mentalhealthmatters #girlboss #socialpreneur #theimperfectboss #imperfectbosses #brenebrown #vulnerability #youarenotalone #youarenotaburden #encouragement #wisewords #needafriend #reachout #letstalkaboutit #itsoktonotbeok #mentalhealthawareness #beagoodfriend #whoneedsafriend #meaningfulconnections #createconnections #createsafespaces #emotionalhealth
Thank you so much to each and every person who called, text, emailed , Facebook posts and etc. a birthday shout out to me.
I have been enjoying celebrating turning 32!
I have been showered with such love, yummy foods, and gifts.
The gift I'm most thankful for is genuinely being happy to be alive.
I woke up Thursday and cried tears of joy , knowing for the 1st time in my life I'm living my most authentic, joyful, and healthiest life.
A year ago I was in the darkest of places. I didn't know if I wanted to be here anymore. I hit the lowest of lows , I battled my anxiety disorder with a side order of depression added to it. Those close to me know I had decided my life wasn't worth living anymore.
I was only existing and it wasn't one filled with much light.
I'm so glad I reached out and got help. I found courage in knowing there is no shame in saying " I'm not ok!" I learned I had the power to choose what I wanted to have happen in my life. I chose to fight for my well being and stop letting anxiety rule my existence.
I chose to live !
So I'm celebrating what I feel is a rebirth of my life. Not just this birthday week, every day I am blessed to wake up.
I'm so glad I'm here. I'm so thankful to be alive.
I'm not 100 % where I'm supposed to be, but I'm nowhere near where I once was.
Here's to making 32 a year of more wins, triumphs, and cheers!
Just a boy and his dog helping him sleep. Brick is almost (hopefully) a service dog. Brick has learned all his tasks and making good progress. Hopefully he can pass the public access test in about 2 months. #mentalhealthawareness #servicedog #poodle
I think it’s important for us to be real. I haven’t posted a whole lot lately. Plate is full. I’m stretched thin. In the midst of the balancing act my #bdd
(Body Dysmorphia Disorder) & #bed
(Binge Eating Disorder) has reared it’s ugly head quite frequently within the last few weeks. I was diagnosed with eating disorders at a young age. I started with Anorexia at 14 years old which after a terrible counselor swung into full force into Bulimia, polar opposites. I hated the purging but I still needed to feel that control to which we discovered I had a Binge Eating Disorder. I was then later officially diagnosed with Body Dysmorphia as well. Eating disorders are not about the food, rarely, it’s about the control & it’s different than emotional eating. There are triggers. Sometimes it feels out of body. When the control & the high wears off the self hatred begins. The intense regret of what you’ve just done to your body. On top of dealing with #bed
my brain doesn’t see my body the way others do. Modeling sometimes calms my brain. In my case it does but in others pictures are completely avoided. I see the pictures & think, “I look good there. That looks good. I’m ok. I looked ok that day.” It’s the moments when I walk by the mirror & I see something that’s never been there: a bump, a vein, a mole, a pudge. I see areas widen or become bulky. I become fixated. What you see & I see are completely different. I can’t see what you see. It wouldn’t matter how thin or muscular or whatever in my mind that day I want I will never be “it”. It will never be good enough. It’s not curable. It’s not controllable. It’s only manageable. I just have to recognize when I’m in the struggle. I’m in that struggle. Right now I don’t have control over other aspects of my life so I mentally revert to the control of my food & body. It’ll get better. It comes & goes. I recognize it. I write this in the midst of my regret phase after a binge session. If you’re battling you’re not alone. Speak up. Seek help. I’m here too. We can survive ourselves. ❤️ #speakup #survivalmode #eatingdisorders #picoftheday #mentalhealthawareness #mentalillness #bodypositivity #itsokaynottobeokay #strength #bereal #tbh
Daily reminder that therapy is for everyone and there's nothing to be ashamed of if you need it. If you need help and are hesitant to make the jump, don't over think it and jump! It will be one of the best things you ever do.
Me after watching the Sixth Sense and sobbing, stuck in my head: "Do you think we're all dead already and we're ghosts and that's why we're so miserable and in pain?" I have this real neat problem where I literally can't get myself to believe anyone likes me. And it eats me alive pretty much every day and if it's true, I'm not sure what the point of going through the pain of living is. I carry everyone's sadness with me and am also fixated on my own and it's really bad. I want to believe someone genuinely enjoys my company and misses me when I'm not there. But it's my own fault I'm like this. #depression #anxiety #mentalhealthawareness #mentalillness #sad
“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.” - Carl Jung
Image shot for Mind Australia
😂Fun fact about this photo, I had s root canal done SEVEN hours before this picture was taken. My right (left in this photo) side was swollen and I was in so much pain, but I was so excited for this collab and took the photo anyway 😂
Do you have any weird stories from taking pictures?
When you believe in you as much as you want others to believe in you, success finds YOU! .
Never ever underestimate the power of YOU! .
Your effort... Your gifts... Your Results! 🙏❤️🔥
Dissss ya girrr B.Jack checking in. This is the day that The Lord has made and HE HAS MADE ME GLAD In it, Know what I’m talmbout?! SHOWING THE DEVIL ALL DEEZ TEETH CAUSE I KNOW I AINT SUPPOSED TO STILL BE HERE. NOT AFTER ALL OF THIS!!!! Holla if ya hear me!