What is the first thing you see when you see this picture?
What do you see when you look at this picture as a whole?
What emotion can you identify in yourself when you stare at this picture?
What memory comes to mind as you view this image?
This is an incredibly important excercise to practice. ❤
First: It makes us more aware.
In the world of constant stimulation we see so many things, but we do not really look at or notice them.
It also makes us aware of our many, many blessings we have been given. 💙
Second: It is a mental growth excercise.
It helps us identify our brain patterns. Where our tendencies are. What we see, what path does our brain easily follow? What thought patterns can we work to improve?
Third: It is vital to have emotional maturity. To identify emotions. Do this regularly so it isn't so difficult to verbalize! Grow your emotional muscles. 💜
Fourth: It is imperative to understand positive and negative memory triggers. What memories you associate with current circumstances or visuals. This aids in creating more positivity in your life as well as identifying those emotional landmines that all of us have. 💛
It can greatly improve your relationships! It can aid in making you a better coworker! Better friend!
You can practice this excercise with any picture, even with books, people, places, conversations, almost anything.
It's a fun and very healthy conversation starter as well!
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For their IB CAS project, two Grade 11 students, Ava and Aimee, are hosting an art show about self-love and mental-health awareness called Carnelian. Carnelian is a crystal that symbolizes self-love and confidence. Students and staff are encouraged to submit art of any media (photography, painting, etc.) on what self-love means to them. To submit the art, leave a comment below and we will arrange a meeting space to collect your art.
The art show will be held on February 12, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Denford Hall Foyer and everyone is invited to come out to see the art display. Admission is by donation and all proceeds will go to the Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division. #mygns#community#casproject#mentalhealthawareness
My motivation for lifting weights has always been driven by wanting to look good but over the past few months I have learned it is about so much more than just looking good. Exercising is also a great way to strengthen your mental health. It is the only time i can completely shut my mind off and just let go of any anxiety, stress, or negativity in my head. I am so exciting for the changes I am seeing not just physically but also mentally. #strongisbeautiful#mentalhealthawareness
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It's been my life's mission to preach this!
I come from a culture where the word for patient is literally "sick", and so many people believe that therapy is only for people who are "sick" or "crazy" - words used for severely mentally ill. The fear comes from not really knowing what therapy is or how it works.
I've noticed that when I break it down and explain the concept of empathy and support that a therapist can offer and explain that therapists help people see different sides of an issue to help break through negative patterns, I can sometimes see the switch turn on and immediately see the change in the way they understand therapy.
What has been your experience with combating #mentalhealthstigma?
This little mouse turns 1 on friday. This first year of his life has been a real eye opener and a massive struggle. Some days are still hell but they are getting fewer thankfully. I never thought being a mum of three would be so difficult. I've cried so much over the past year for various reasons and I've been lower than low in the mental health department. But I'm glad to say I feel like I've gotten a little better. And on Friday I get my golden boobies award. 1 whole year of breastfeeding, I never thought I'd get this far and I'm proud to have achieved it. I'm a cloth bumming, breastfeeding babywearing mama and I'm proud of my personal achievement
Authenticity is what attracts me to someones brand, it’s what I hope people attracts themselves to me. I’ve said in the past that I don’t like the term motivational speaker and I don’t resonate with them because we always see the finished, polished product, we don’t see the help & support that they receive, it just for me feels contrived. Now I’m not saying you gotta post every single detail of your life, but your rawness, realness on the things that you do share, thats art, thats authenticity, thats how I personally learn & expand my thoughts, thank you to those who do! You definitely inspire me to keep going 🙏🏽 Sharing stories from my life authentically, helps with my anxiety, but I also hope that it helps others in so many ways, most importantly to let you know that you aren’t alone.
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Don’t think I’ve ever posted a selfie to this account lol, but here ya go, because after a weirdly emotional day, I feel comfy and cute and yeah. Selfies are fun.
Okay so I’m sure you get the point by now but I’m obsessed with how much I enjoy therapy and talking and working on my shit there every week. It’s enlightening. As, I think, I should be.
What hasn’t been ideal for my is the psychiatry point of everything. AKA, whyyy was I on one shitty medication for ten years even though I was cycling and crazy and uncomfortable with how I was feeling and what i was experiencing. So basically. Today I tried to “break up” with my psychiatrist and he didn’t take it well? Like. I won’t get into details bc I don’t this IG is the place for that. I was upset and texted my therapist and we messaged back and forth a bit and then she called me. Lol. And it just confirmed that I was right to seek out what I need (a new meds provider) and that it’s like, OKAY to do that. Plus, he’s hella expensive and not covered by my insurance, and like. I kinda need somethingggg for anxiety and that’s never been given to me and it’s just a very real issue. Idk
We talk about my guilt and people pleasing a lot. In therapy, I mean. So it was just ironic that my psychiatrist made me feel guilty, and...I’m not articulating this all correctly, but I hope my point is somewhat clear??
Anyways. That’s my update ✌🏻
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❓Did you know Human Trafficking is one of the largest crime industries in the world❓
❓Did you know that every day Human Trafficking plagues our communities in Hagerstown and Frederick, Maryland along with every other state across the country❓
. . .
🗣‼️This is not just an international issue‼️🗣 . . .
Trafficking victims range from all ages and genders but 80% of those trafficked are females typically between the ages of 12-14 yrs old.
. . .
January is National Human Trafficking and Slavery Prevention month. This month and every month, Excel Youth supports efforts to prevent these crimes in hopes that children will no longer fall victim to sexual abuse and slave labor. 💚 #excelyouth#btstservices#humantraffickingawareness#stophumantrafficking#youthmatter#mentalhealthawareness
Even though I am tired and exhausted and feel like I don't have the answers I won't give up.. there are days where I don't feel I can go on or I don't have anymore fight in me but then I find a little particle of strength and it grows Everytime I look into your eyes. And when you hug me so tight with so much love I know somehow we will get through this❤️ #zanderjay#zanderstrong#motherson#autismmama#mentalhealthawareness#justiceforzander#hugs
dear luv ~
while healing from abuse, it is super tempting, and even normal to hole up at home, and isolate from the world. however, if you stay "there" too long, you will actually delay the healing process.
how do I know?
well, besides guiding hundreds (if not thousands) of abuse survivors through recovery, I have also been through the process myself. and I can say with 110% certainty that the longer you "wallow" in the trauma, the longer it takes to overcome what they did to you.
so, as soon as you're ready... or maybe even before, start to push yourself to do new and FUN things that remind you life is meant to be enjoyed. ~ xx M
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You know I’m all about colour and print usually, but sometimes you can’t beat a bit of black ♣️ and this maxi dress and velvet duster jacket combo is easy to wear and chic (both long sold out I’m afraid!). • • •
Wore it to the M&S press day today (check out my story for highlights) were I got to see what they’ve got coming for SS19, and catch up with some lovelies I haven’t seen in a while.
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A little update - January has been rough. I haven’t felt strong enough to post about it. I’ve escaped to my Instagram to post other, more shiny bits of content. But mostly it’s been me and the black dog. I’ve not left the house much. I’ve not been able to socialise, and seeing too many people (or some days anyone) for an extended period is totally overwhelming right now. Especially if I have to make any sort of socially acceptable effort to make small talk (why is small talk so bloody hard when you’re miserable / anxious? Anyone else experience this?) So today it was good to get out of the house. To manage the journey. To escape my thoughts. To have one of my besties there to hold my hand when it felt tough. (Sometimes just the presence of someone you trust is all you need) But it was also enough. Enough for now. I start my counselling properly in 10 days or so, and I know I’m going to have to build my strength for that. But the promise of treatment, of getting well, no matter how hard it is, is my shiny little ray of hope right now. The little glimmer that’s getting me through. ✨
Grateful for you all, and for your messages and comments 🖤 They make me smile and feel like company x
Follow the hashtag for inspiring, uplifting, and recovery-focused content.
Social media is only a tool, neither good nor bad. How we use it, who/what we follow, and the time we allow for it can make it a positive or negative resource.
I recall (years before Facebook or Instagram etc) spending HOURS on the internet, looking for pro-ana sites and chatrooms, pouring over the content, unable to see how damaging the constant barrage of thinspiration images and messaging was to my mental health. Fast forward, and there are plenty of pro-recovery, body positive sites, hashtags, influencers online, if you know where to find them.
I challenge you to look at what you are allowing into your life on social media. If any of it makes you feel bad, DELETE IT. Use the tool as something positive, supportive, and educational.
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Just went to a healthcare seminar on Mental health Illnesses i learned a lot men and women and even children suffer from this and different types as well i always knew of mental illness. I work in Healthcare. But it runs deeper than anyone can ever really know if you haven't experienced it or know someone. That has I've know people that have suffered from this, i knew someone that took their life. Yes it gets that deep. Its all sorts. But im glad i get the chance to explore this deeper. And get a better understanding of it. It just makes me wanna help! Mental health awareness is a Start.
I know I’ve been absent from all my usual ranting posts, truth is, I don’t feel like I have anything important to say. 🤔People have been asking why I stopped talking about my mental health journey and the honest answer is I’ve got back to a level of normality that I’m happy with so I sort of feel I don’t have anything productive to contribute.😳🙈
I know that mental illness is full of peaks, troughs and flat lines, for me, I’m just trundling along with minimal symptoms at present which is great! Don’t get me wrong, life is throwing me some pretty fucking epic challenges but I’m managing them all pretty well at the minute!
I promise I’ll get back to posting!
In the mean time, I’m going to hang out in childs pose and then doing some yoga nidra which is fucking amazing by the way 🙌🏼 #yoga#namaste#yogaeverydamnday#yoganidra#meditation#yogicsleep#mentalhealth#mentalillness#mentalhealthawareness#childspose
Do ya trust me?! Ok good!! I've got a little homework assignment for you and you're totally gonna love it 💕
I want ya to pick a day before the month is over, grab your favorite comfies, hop in bed, get cozy and legit sit in it 👏👏👏 We need to detox from December. Lots of holiday stress, pressure, the credit card bill from Christmas came, the emotional hangover isn't totally cleared ... We've gotta flush 🚽 but first, ya gotta sit in your shit.
10 mins of homework earns you a day of detox 👏 write out everything stressful in your life on a piece of paper. Task, emotion, anything. Write it down. When you're all done say out loud "l choose to immediately release anything on this list not serving 2019 me, I forgive myself for all of this, and I forgive everyone else on this list too. I know holding onto it doesn't serve 2019 me, and I deserve a clean slate. I get use this list as a roadmap now going forward, and I get to start crushing it tomorrow"
Emotionally let go of anything you haven't done yet, anything you've been holding on to. Release.
Now I want you to eat your favorite takeout, binge watch your favorite show or binge read your favorite books, totally unplug from your phone (no social, no email, no texting) for at least four hours straight. I learned the hard way babe, we gotta take care ❤
Detox yourself 👉Empower yourself
Will you take my #selfcare challenge!?! Tell me! 👇
one last post to thank everyone who's taken time out if their day to watch and support my video, sending beautiful comments and messages - my heart is so full
I was originally massively sceptical about posting, but I am now so relived and so appreciative for everyone's kindness💛
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if i had a nickel for every time i've google searched "can puppies eat ______?" haha
this rise in awareness
is beating a stigma that no longer scares us
but for sake of discussion
in spirit of fairness
could we give this some room for a new point of view?
and, could it be true that some could be tempted to use this mistake as a form of aggression?
a form of succession?
a form of a weapon?
thinking "i'll teach them"
well, i'm refusing the lesson.
it won't resonate in our minds.
i'm not disrespecting what was left behind
just pleading that /it/ does not get glorified;
maybe we swap out what it is we hold high
find your grandparents or someone of age
pay some respects for the path that they paved
to life they were dedicated.
now /that/ should be celebrated. - @twentyonepilots
thank you for your dedication to the beautiful life you are blessed to call your own. wishing you all the best xoxo
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Have you ever struggled to remove certain thoughts?? ME TOO, it’s okay!
When I started really getting into exercise I hadn’t anticipated the major mental health benefits that would come with the physical gains.
The endorphin high from a good cardio session and the peace that came from yoga was bliss, so I decided to dig a little deeper and, through yoga, I was first introduced to mindful meditation. I found it really recharged my batteries, decluttered my mind and allowed me to find more focus.
Ideally, you’re looking to focus on moment-by-moment experiences and be aware of the present in a non-judgemental manner. You don’t need to sit in lotus, humming for hours, or chanting on a woven mat in the middle of a field, promise! It can honestly just be five minutes, in fact, I’d really recommend starting with short sessions regularly.
There are some amazing apps out there like @headspace , @calm and @buddhifyapp that I’d DEFINITELY recommend trying as a starting point.
So, let me know if you practise, have any amazing tips or techniques to share or want to know any more about my routine! ☮💜 All my love x
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All that we are is a result of what we have thought.
not all disabilities are visible !! millions of people are living their lives with disabilities that cannot always be seen from the outside. when i was fourteen i was diagnosed with a learning disability called dyscalculia, the mathematical equivalent to dyslexia. i struggled immensely in school and many teachers i had either didn’t believe that dyscalculia was a real thing, or they thought i dramatized my symptoms and that i wasn’t trying hard enough. it made me feel like a failure, and to this day i struggle with feeling intellectually inferior to pretty much everyone i encounter. not having people validate your issues and not being believed really made my confidence suffer. years later i found myself in a depressive episode and i had to ask for sick leave off work for my bipolar disorder, and i was met with that same disbelief. “how bad is it?” my coworker asked, “you really can’t come in this week?” “that’s too bad, you look normal, you seem fine. but okay, if you say so.” it’s exhausting feeling like you have to somehow PROVE that you have a disability just because some people are misinformed, and always associate disability with wheelchairs, crutches, service animals, hearing aids, etc. you cannot tell what someone’s health is like just by looking at them. so be open minded and stop assuming things about people you don’t know !! not all disabilities are visible. 🎗🎗🎗 •
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🌻growth. 6 years in march 🌻 it’s been a long journey in my life as well as with my locs ❤️ can say I’m ok with every bit. little hiatus for a while 👋🏽
I didn't become a therapist because my life has been easy and I thought it was sweet to help people.
I didn't become a therapist because I think I can fix anyone.
I didn't become a therapist because I have somehow surpassed pain.
I became a therapist because of my own pain and my own stories and my own transformative experiences that happened in therapy, starting as a teen. I knew then that if I ever made it through, I wanted to support and let others know they aren't alone. I feel so distant from certain parts of my life but at the very same time, those experiences and years of my life still live within me somewhere. They are what molded me into the person I am now. The very parts of life we are told not to talk about are the parts of life that give me the gifts needed to sit with others in a genuine and authentic way. People often ask how I sit with the pain of others; the only reason I'm able to do so is because I learned how to sit with my own.
I remember talking with my therapist years ago about holding space for my clients in their own depths. She said to me, “Holding space for your own stories is what allows you to hold space for the stories of others.” As much as I want to distance myself from the pain I have felt and still feel in my life (don't we all?), it is in the holding space for it that I can use it for good. It is in the acknowledging of it that I can transform it into something more. It is in the honoring of it that I can connect to the pain of others – not in the hiding or denying of it.
We all have our own stories – our own painful experiences that either overtake us or propel us forward. Maybe even both, sometimes. When we make room for our stories to be felt and told and heard, we then create space to transform them into more – into something that might even help someone else. When we allow ourselves to rise from our history, it supports us instead of defining us. When we acknowledge our pain, it becomes a vehicle to something better. Thinking about this a lot today, and hoping your own stories can give you strength, too. Thank you for being here. 💛