There is a stigma on anxiety & depression. There are many things said about mental illness and Christians who suffer from them. I felt ashamed for having anxiety & depression because I thought people will think I’m not a good Christian. But there are stories & scriptures about anxiety & depression in the Bible. There is a reason for that. Just because we are followers of Christ does not mean we are untouchable and protected from any suffering. It rains on the just & the unjust. The Bible is a guide to help us through life here on earth and God knew his people would suffer from mental illness thus the stories & scripture that address this issue. I’m going to work on memorizing the scripture that addresses it so I can recite it to myself when I’m feeling anxious & overwhelmed. This will also help fight off the enemy because I truly believe that he feeds off of our weaknesses and attacks that much harder but God’s Word is the most powerful weapon. I encourage you to do that same.
One of the hardest “pills” to swallow is the idea that you can build yourself to the highest level possible but you don’t need to tear down other people as you build. We can all build together. ❤️
You can, doesn’t mean everyone else has to be torn down.
Whoops - shared on FB earlier but not IG 🤷♀️ #mombrain
Day 9 of 21: Upper Body 🏋️♀️ One of our bootcampers posted in our group today that these 30 minute at-home workouts are a "single mom life saver!" At first, I was like YASSS 👏👏👏 And then it hit me. I am a single mom - again. But its NOTHING like before. Because I got over myself and tried something new, I am a HEALTHY mom. Physically and mentally. ⏪Last time, I was recovering from a 5 year verbally abusive relationship. I was recovering from a (noncancerous) brain tumor that caused weight gain and lethargy. I was so insecure in myself I wouldn't even go to a gas station without a full face of makeup and full outfit. I was chasing any and every "quick fix" weight loss trick I could find. ⏩This time, I am fueling my body with good food, I am working out daily from home, setting a better example for my daughter, I am leaning into my fitfam community when times get hard (because single parenting IS HARD), and I am showing up to life EVERY DAY.
The only way for life to get better is for YOU to get better. I have ALL the ❤ for my single mamas and my heart EXPLODES for the ones joining me as a community to care for ourselves in order to be our best for our babes.
Drop a ❤💙💚💜 if you are a single mama or tag a single mama who needs a reminder what shes capable of!
#transformationtuesday #fitnessjourney #weightlossjourney #weightloss #selflove #selflovejourney #singlemom #singlemomlife #singlemum #motherdaughter #motherdaughterlove #justthetwoofus #mindset #mentalhealthwarrior #mentalhealthrecovery #lifeafterdivorce #faithnotfear #stigmafighter
I realized at some point that I often became “bored” with projects and activities that weren’t quick wins.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
More reflection helped me realize that, in fact, “boredom” was really viewing obstacles as insurmountable signs that the project could never work.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I realized, that for some things, perhaps the things I wanted most, I was often too scared to push through obstacles. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Almost as if to say, “Better to quit now”.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Fear of failure or fear of success? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Who knows? 🤷🏽♀️⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
But, I’ve realized that obstacles are actually clear, helpful road signs that offer the secrets to success! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
They whisper, “Fix me and you’ll be one step closer!”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
So push through!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
It’s a sure way to make it to the winner’s circle 💫🧡👊🏽💪🏽
So this one time, I shaved almost half my hair off. Still one of. The. Best. Hair related decisions I've ever made. 😅😆😍
(I cant post mich right now. My mind is in a pretty bad place, and I'm having trouble explaining myself. For now I might just post old photos to say hi now and again, until I feel well enough to write a proper post. I just wont even take a photo of myself right now. Which is why I'll just be uploading old ones in the meantime until I feel better. I hope you all are doing well right now. If not, then don't lose hope. Recovery isn't a smoothe straight path, sometimes you trip up, or detour, or go backwards before you can move forwards again 💜. So yeah, I'll be back. I'm just on a rocky and slippery part of my recovery path right now, if that makes sense. But I'm holding on tight until I make it through it because I know that once it's over I'll be okay again and everything will be easier again for a while 💜.)
#mentalillnessrecovery #mentalhealthrecovery #anorexiarecovery #mentalhealthwarrior #edwarrior #anorexia #bipolar #ADHD #ADD #anxiety #deppression #ednos #bulimia #substanceabuse #alcoholrecovery #prorecovery #chooselife #redhair #halfshavedhair
Just because an experience is trying or painful, does not mean it is not for your best interests in the long run. Keep your eyes on the growth that is occurring!❤️
For the last 6 years, every single time I’ve moved (this might be 9 or 10 now) I have extreme anxiety.
Like freak out, panic attack, break down anxiety. Why? We could be here for awhile, maybe its the idea that things aren’t in place or my space of comfort is out of order or some things are out of my control when I’m moving… 🤷🏼♀️ Today I decided anxiety would not overtake me. So I made this affirmation - to remind me of what really matters:
- my emotional safety - my physical safety - my friends and family
Beyond this, the material things don’t matter. I like them, they make life easier, but it is not the end of the world (for me) if these other things are all ok!
To anyone else that may have some moving related anxiety, give this affirmation a try, or listing off the things you value. My guess is they aren’t the things you’re stressing over ☺️ And for those wondering… the move went great today. Minimal anxiety, maximum sweat, and loads of excitement for this next chapter 🙌🏼
#anxietywarrior #mentalhealthwarrior #anxiety #panicattack #moving #affirmations #colorado #youcandothis
is important and vital. We’ve come a long way nevertheless, the way many of us see and understand #depression
is severely flawed. Depression isn’t just “sadness,” but more the inability to ever really BELIEVE in your happiness. Even in moments of joy and laughter, it creeps up like a parasite, slowly eating away at you, your soul, and your entire being. Often it’s people we would never really expect, who deal with depression on a daily basis. Largely this is due to the misconceptions we have about #MentalHealth
Actions to take: Learn to pay attention to each other, really pay attention. And if you’d don’t know what to say to someone who tells you they’re depressed, just listen, be there, and remind your person you’re there for them. Don’t dismiss it and don’t try to understand it, because often they don’t even understand it themselves. -
#depressionquotes #anxietyrelief #inspirationalquotes #anxietyhelp #mentalillness #mentalhealthwarrior #mindbattles #suicide #suicideawareness #suicideprevention #depressionmemes #depression #inspiration #hanginthere #hope #love #selfcare #selflove #instagood #support #mentalhealrhtoolkit #mentalhealthsupport #loney #alone #alonequotes
Take my hand and come with me,
I want to teach you about ADHD.
I need you to know, I want to explain,
I have a very different brain.
Sights, sounds, and thoughts collide.
What to do first? I can't decide.
Please understand I'm not to blame,
I just can't process things the same.
Take my hand and walk with me,
Let me show you about ADHD.
I try to behave, I want to be good,
But I sometimes forget to do as I should.
Walk with me and wear my shoes,
You'll see its not the way I'd choose.
I do know what I'm supposed to do,
But my brain is slow getting the message through.
Take my hand and talk with me,
I want to tell you about ADHD.
I rarely think before I talk,
I often run when I should walk.
It's hard to get my school work done,
My thoughts are outside having fun.
I never know just where to start,
I think with my feelings and see with my heart.
Take my hand and stand by me,
I need you to know about ADHD.
It's hard to explain but I want you to know,
I can't help letting my feelings show.
Sometimes I'm angry, jealous, or sad.
I feel overwhelmed, frustrated, and mad.
I can't concentrate and I lose all my stuff.
I try really hard but it's never enough.
Take my hand and learn with me,
We need to know more about ADHD.
I worry a lot about getting things wrong,
Everything I do takes twice as long.
Everyday is exhausting for me...
Looking through the fog of ADHD.
I'm often so misunderstood,
I would change in a heartbeat if I could.
Take my hand and listen to me,
I want to share a secret about ADHD.
I want you to know there is more to me.
I'm not defined by it, you see.
I'm sensitive, kind and lots of fun.
I'm blamed for things I haven't done.
I'm the loyalist friend you'll ever know,
I just need a chance to let it show.
Take my hand and look at me,
Just forget about the ADHD.
I have real feelings just like you.
The love in my heart is just as true.
I may have a brain that can never rest,
But please understand I'm trying my best.
I want you to know, I need you to see,
I'm more than the label, I am still me!!!! Author Unknown
Copy and paste this as your status if u know someone with A.D.H.D or know the struggle yourself. When people tell you it's an excuse just read..
This is the face of a girl who had a meltdown in therapy today. 😝
But instead of beating myself up for being human, I’m choosing to be proud that I showed up to do the work, even though it hurts. 💛
PS, you can too, okay? 😘
Arvo guys! While my pain is manageable today, I feel completely dead tired, which of course is the irony as I actually feel like I got decent sleep last night! Tired, down, its back and forth, not that its going to stop me. It might have taken my all morning to actually get myself up, but I did get up! I am up, and I have a bright lippie on, so, bring the rest of my day!
Day 19: Since I feel so tired, today's lippie is an irony, the last I earned last week, I bring you Well Rested by @doll_hospytal_cosmetics
worth a laugh am I right lol 😛
#liptemberchallenge #liptember #liptember2018 #lipstickchallenge #lipstickhoarder #lipstickobsessed #lipstickjunkie #mentalhealthwarrior #alwayskeepfighting #everyday #keepmegoing #makeup #dollhospytalcosmetics #wellrested
I am burned out. My baby treats me like a 24 hour Dairy Queen, I haven't had a full night of sleep in more than a year, and the list of things to do is seemingly endless. My stress level is high and my energy level is low. Something's gotta give.
I promised myself that I was going to make time for self-care this week. So this evening, I locked myself in my bedroom, read a book and wrote in my journal ALL BY MYSELF. Two hours of alone time doesn't solve all of my problems but it does give me a chance to recharge my battery a bit.
I'm still working on being a better me and that starts with not feeling guilty about taking care of my needs first. A work in progress...
Today I felt something I haven’t felt in a while: hope.
I started my day working a shift at SoulCycle, and I hopped onto a bike to sweat out my shit. My guy @keithwatsonsc
dropped some serious realness from the podium: “We aren’t crazy. We just know how to get it done.” Obviously my whole schtick is that crazy is a concept. But sometimes I need a reminder. The way I’m living my life right now is just what Keith said. I’m just getting it done. I’m starting over fresh day after day, because that’s all I can handle.
Then I got to do my other job, and I traveled to a 6th grade center to give my presentation to their entire teaching staff. One woman came up to me afterwards, pulled me aside, and told me she had bipolar disorder too, except none of her co-workers knew. She expressed that she had been holding back tears the whole time I was speaking, because she had experienced everything I was sharing. She went on to tell me how she’s managed to make a life for herself. She’s 35. She has a job she loves. She’s found medication that works. She’s married. She’s been to 30 countries. She’s living. She’s making it work. And that’s what I want my life to look like one day.
I’ve never seen a bipolar success story in my life. I’ve never seen someone who’s made it work for so long. But it made me less fearful about finding someone who will accept me and the bipolar disorder that comes with me. It made me excited about starting a career next year. It gave me peace of mind that, although this doesn’t go away, although it can’t be fixed, it is manageable. I can get married. I can be successful. I can be happy.
I don’t know this woman’s name. I doubt I’ll ever see her again. But in this trying time where I have to press the restart button each morning just to get through the day, I’m grateful that she was put into my life. She was a reminder to keep fighting. My reality may look different than the average 20-year-old’s, but that doesn’t mean I can’t have the same hopes, dreams, and aspirations. Life, I’m coming for you, no matter how shitty the circumstances may be some days.
Whenever my school work begins to set my anxiety off, leaving me feeling frantic and frazzled, I know I can step on my mat, play some worship music, and let it all go for a while. All my years of searching for a way to channel my anxiety into something healthy and fun, all my years of trying to force myself to sit and breathe but never succeeding, all my years of needing relief from the pain of this mental illness, and yoga and God have been the solution to it all. Although sometimes it is still bad, I don’t feel quite so unable to control the panic attacks and chest pains. I am more able to step away, calm down, and begin again. For those of you fighting, just know there is so much hope ❤️ Day 8 of #balancethatasana
is forward fold
#igyogacommunity #asanas #balance #anxiety #anxietyrelief #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthwarrior #aloyoga
Something I'm reminding myself constantly right now. My mental health is kicking my ass, my insomnia is really bad and my gallbladder is determined to drive me insane with testing how uncomfortable/in pain I can be in one day. I need to just relax and breathe. Take painkillers and keep on keeping on. But right now, to keep it 💯i feel like shit, its nearly 3am and so I'm going to sulk because I'm exhausted and sick of being in pain. 👎🏻👎🏻🖕🏻🖕🏻😠😭 #mentalhealthwarrior #fuckmygallbladder #insomniasucks #imtootiredtobeupbeat
Working and training in an industry that can be full of unrealistic expectation can were you down if you do not have a realistic expectation! That "perfect", highly-edited, media version of health comes with a whole load of pressure that we can all certainly do without.
Be aware of your Negative self talk and why you are doing that to yourself so you can make a change! What caused you to have those thoughts 💭 have you looked at or watched something/someone that has made you feel & think that way? Unfollowing the social media pages that instead of inspiring you, make you feel like you're never going to get there.
Shaming you into punishing your body with 'diets' and overwhelming training loads is not the way to a happy and sustainable health journey.
You've got to learn to love your body enough to consistently do what is right by your body - that simply means moving it and nourishing it!
It takes courage to be honestly you!
Perfection is boring & totally impossible
So let’s take a moment and be realistic...
Your only competition is yourself and to be the best version of you. 😆 👉🏽🙋🏼♀️💪🏽👟🐶👦🏻🥑🍓🍉🍊💦☀️✅💕