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Anorexia survivor💪🏽 Psychology grad🎓 Living with GAD & OCD🧠 Providing support & raising awareness around mental health✨ Together we are stronger❤️

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FINALLY! 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽 . Patients with serious psychiatric conditions including anorexia and bulimia will be able to access up to 40 subsidised psychological services and 20 dietetic services each year from November 2019!!!!! . “Eating disorders have one of the highest mortality rates of any psychiatric illness, with suicide the leading cause of death among these patients. Anorexia is the deadliest mental health condition in Australia.” . So proud of our government for finally stepping up, recognising the severity of these life threatening diseases and taking steps to assist sufferers 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽
Beautiful self care day at the spa with one of the very best @racheljames__ 🧖🏽‍♀️💖
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Feelings are just visitors. They come and go and that’s okay. Remember that no matter how you terrible you may feel, this too shall pass 💛
Date night 🥀
Relevant 🌺🌻🌸🌼🌹🌷
To all those struggling with body image and body checking, please remember this! 💛 . YOUR BODY IS NOT SUPPOSED TO STAY THE SAME!!!! Your body is designed to naturally grow, change and fluctuate throughout your life. It is wiser than we give it credit for and certainly wiser than the bullshit that diet culture and the cosmetic industry force upon us (so that they can make us feel insecure and then make a profit from our struggle with ourselves). . Just because you were a certain size or shape in high school/uni/prior to having kids/whenever does not mean you have to or should “get back to” that. Your body is doing its thing, please allow it to change so that it can continue to serve you optimally. 🌟 . Next time you are having a ‘bad body image day’ please remember this 🌻 and perhaps question... who profits from me wanting to change myself? We are not born hating our bodies, it is conditioned and learnt over time. Let’s get back to that innate wisdom we are born with, that our bodies really are our best allies ✨
Stop scrolling. Take a deep breath. When your mind starts to wander remind yourself that you are in the here and now. Be present. Be grateful. Okay, now keep scrolling 💕
So lucky ❣️ when you come home to continue working and you’re greeted with this 😍
I remember looking at this exact quote when I was sick and wanting nothing more than to be able to eat normally as described ⬆️ but thinking “no way will I ever be able to do that”. I thought I was “too far gone” had been “too sick for too long” and was “beyond help”. That this way of life was attainable for everyone but me. Also my doctor told me (after 4 years of treatment) that it seemed as though all I was destined to be was a “professional anorexic”. . The point of me sharing my prior despondent thoughts is to prove that no matter where you are right now, no matter how sick or unable to be helped you believe yourself to be, YOU ARE CAPABLE OF FULL & COMPLETE RECOVERY! This quote is now exactly how I live! I honestly never thought I’d be able to say that I genuinely am a “normal eater”. . You can be a “normal eater” too! Be patient. Stick with treatment even when it feels awful and scary and frustrating and you hate everything. Surround yourself with people who want you to thrive and if you can’t find them, be your own best friend. You can get better! You are not inherently flawed or too far gone or broken or whatever other bullshit you tell yourself when you’re feeling down. You are stronger and more amazing than you know. You are capable and worthy of full recovery! You are destined for great things, you just need to keep fighting 💕
Our energy flows where our attention goes ❤️ . This relates to anything you don’t enjoy in your life. Most importantly, it assists when we want to stop listening to that negative voice in our head! When the negative voice arrives to provide its unhelpful input, remain calm and just say “thanks for reminding me, but I’m not going to engage with you right now” or “thanks for that feedback, but I don’t agree with your position”. . This may take practice and may feel a bit weird at first, but the more we calmly and rationally talk back to our negative voices, without attaching emotion or validity to what they are saying, the better and more empowered we will feel and the less power they will have. . Give it a go the next time you notice negative self talk. Happy Tuesday lovers 😘
🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽 DIETS DON’T WORK!!! Dieting is the biggest precursor to developing an eating disorder and/or disordered eating behaviours. So many of us may (even subconsciously) believe that being a certain size or shape will cause us to feel happier, more fulfilled, more worthy etc etc etc. but the truth is, how we look has nothing to do with eliciting these feelings! They come from working on what’s inside of us. At my smallest, I was the sickest I have ever been in my life and the most miserable. Being skinny did not make me happy. The false sense of control that restricting my intake gave me was just that, a FALSE sense of control. Ultimately, I had no control and was completely at the mercy of anorexia. Do not engage in dangerous restrictive behaviour, I promise, it does not work!
Yes!!! ‘OCD’ is not a synonym for being fussy, thorough, organised or liking things to be kept neat. OCD is a psychological disorder in which the sufferer is typically embarrassed of the rituals they are compelled to perform in order to relieve some of their overwhelming anxiety and irrational thoughts which are extremely distressing. Please don’t trivialise people’s experiences of this disease by saying things like “I’m so OCD”... no you’re not babe, your ignorant.
First day of summer is here, grateful for a beautiful day☀️🌻💛
When your mum is an absolute angel and greets you with pasta (inhaled before pictures), banana & Nutella bread and pb cookie dough bites ❤️ I am so lucky @amgam1 ... this is one of the many reasons why recovery is so worth it!!!
Me when people tell me about their latest unsustainable restrictive diet/“lifestyle”/clean eating bullshit (that doesn’t work and will inevitably lead to rebound weight gain and mental torment) 👍🏼 #yawn
Maya Hornbacher has such an amazing way with words. 🌀 This is the reality of an eating disorder. It’s crazy how something that initially lures you into thinking it’s your best friend is so manipulative and ultimately reveals that it’s only goal is to ruin your life and/or kill you. Fighting back against the ED voice is crucial. No matter how much it berates you and tries to wear you down, you are so much stronger than it. You are worthy. You matter. You are perfectly imperfect. You are not alone.
Bring your mind back to the here and now 💭
Yes!! So often I find that when we NEED something we are so concerned about how the person receiving the request will respond that we may not even reach out at all. I know personally, I frequently hear myself say “oh but I don’t want to be annoying”, “I don’t want to bother them”, “it’s not that big a deal” etc. If it is playing on your mind please reach out and make your needs heard. People are not mind readers. 9 times out of 10 I have found that when I reach out, the person I am asking is more than happy to assist and it is not a bother at all! Ahhh the joys of an irrational anxious mind which tries to convince us that we are burdensome. We are not! Asking for what you need is not selfish, it is a necessity! You are not overreacting, you are being authentic and honest with yourself and others and fulfilling your needs. This is crucial! 🌻
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