Yall, I just tried the VitalBiome and I LOVEEE ITTT!! Talk about feeling calm!! I’m going to be telling everyone about this new “chill pill”. 💊
It’s so exciting to be able to share and offer hope to friends who suffer from feelings of anxiety, stress, and sadness. Get off those harmful prescription meds and heal your gut!
Research shows us that “ONE in SIX Americans take some kind of psychiatric drugs- mostly antidepressants.” If you’ve been on antidepressants/anti anxiety medications, you know they come with side effects. Sometimes even causing you to be on MORE medications! So doesn’t it make much more sense to heal the gut, the root of the issue?
This stuff WORKS. 🙌🏼 Link in the comments!
I think that over the years, I have developed a deeper understanding of what it means to be happy.
I've learned that you can't count on one person to be your source of happiness. You can't expect to wake up one day and be infinitely happy. You can't buy happiness, nor is it something found.
Happiness must be made and created. We each define happiness differently, based on different things, places, hobbies, etc. For so long I spent my time looking for happiness, but I have now started to create my own happiness. And let me tell you, this is FAR more effective than waiting around to be happy.
...there will be those days when you fight with chronic illness, depression or anxiety things just feel dark. You could be doing absolutely everything right and the dark wall can hit making everything good feel upside down.
Below are some ideas that help me when that happens.
September Self Care Challenge Day 18:
1. Be gentle with yourself, the last thing you need is beating yourself up for “being in this place again”. Affirm with yourself that you are proud of yourself for all you do, especially in days like today.
2. Listen to your body. Often days of darkness come when I in days previous I have pushed too hard or ignore warning signs. Check in with yourself to see if there is a need that is not being met such as sleep, nutrition, fun or connection.
3. Reach out. This is such a hard, but important one for me. Have a few understanding people that you trust that you can reach out to. Seriously, have a list, in your phone, on a post-it...doesn’t matter, just pick 3-5 people who are your support. Reach out through a text, a phone call or a visit. If you need to, reach out to a professional or crises hotline. That’s what they are their for!!! .
4. Be proactive in a simple way. Darkness seems to suck out energy. Try to keep things as calm and simple as possible, but try to do something proactive. My best friend gave me some of the best advice I’ve received. She said, on particularly dark days, make a goal to accomplish one thing that day and feel fulfillment in accomplishing it. Some ideas are; listen to a song you love, meditate, watch a funny movie clip, open the curtains, write in your journal, watch a movie, read, weed for 10 minutes, write a letter, do the dishes, call a friend or go for a drive.
5. Love yourself. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. YOU ARE NOT THE DARKNESS that seems to engulf your everything. You are still you and even if you don’t feel it today, you will again soon. Hang on, you’ve got this. We’ve got this!! ❤️❤️❤️
I can feel it... change is coming!! 🤗
All summer I’ve been depressed, anxious and frankly a hot mess. You’ve probably noticed. Or not. 🤷🏽♀️ Either way, I felt off but also like everything was happening at the same time and as though I wouldn’t be able to figure things out or juggle it all. But things have been happening, little by little, one mini thing at a time and now suddenly I’m feeling a shift and like change is occurring.
It starts with a new home (closing is on Friday)! And from there, fresh new possibilities are on the horizon. I can hardly wait 🙃
"Here’s a self-care tip you can take on immediately. While social media can be a great tool to connect with like-minded individuals, it can also work against you by setting unrealistic expectations... Be mindful of both who you’re following & the message you’re allowing yourself to receive. If they’re constantly making you feel like you’re not good enough, its time to take action & find more positive influences.."
Mental health advocacy is one of the most important things that have gained awareness as of late. But of course, it's not just about clinicians, but how everyday people act that can make the difference. People like IG: @hina_khnx , a criminology student from Wakefield have long battled their own demons - and conquered them. Today, Hina talks about her struggles dealing with mental health in a South-Asian culture where mental health is often ignored.
Learn more about her experiences and more in her full interview on tonight's blog!
Okay y’all, eight week’s are done and here are my results!!! Needless to say the biggest thing I lost was my tan 😭 but I did also lose another TWO INCHES just off my waist. We are saying GOOD BYE to this Elder belly that I have struggled with my whole life! Four days a week is still gonna get you results!!! Let’s get you going, next round starts October 1st!!
I often get caught up in stories about why my life is so hard. I think about all the challenges and grief and heartache I’ve had in my life over the past several years and it puts me in a mindset that I am here in this place because of this hardship. I start to think I can’t move forward or do x, y, or z because of what life put me through. It’s harder for me, I tell myself.
Grief is hard. Depression is hard. Motherhood is hard. Marriage is hard. Life is hard. AND there are SO MANY things about my life that are NOT hard.
Everyone has their challenges. Yours might feel bigger than those you see around you (like mine do lately), but I don’t really think there are many folks walking around out there thinking, ‘Gosh, my life is so easy and breezy.’
Life is hard for everyone. Not just for me. Not just for you. For everyone. We all have our tolerances and worldviews and life experiences that led us to where we are today. We all have our perceptions of what is easy and what is a blessing and what feels like life took a 💩 all over us.
I’ve been a bit stuck lately. Feeling aimless and drifting and lost. I find myself using my ‘hard life’ as an excuse.
Today I realized this. Everyone out there accomplishing goals I wish I could accomplish or tackling challenges I wish I could tackle – THEIR LIVES ARE HARD TOO. We all have to work at it.
So, I can sit here and keep wallowing and complaining about how I wish my son had grandparents or whatever sad story I want to tell today, OR I can deal with it and move forward anyway.
Feel your feelings. Feel that it isn’t fair and it’s hard and it sucks – because that’s TRUE and you’re allowed to feel however you feel. And then you have to decide what to do with it. Nobody is coming to rescue you. This life is hard. But it’s still yours to live.
Recovery hard. That's something people don't tell you. You have to wake up every day and put one foot in front of the other until you make it. It's especially hard to be open and vulnerable about your journey and the struggles that come with it. I decided to use this page for just that. A place to be open and vulnerable about what recovery from depression, anxiety and an ED looks like. I relapsed recently in a lot more areas then one. The stress of where I was career wise (in my last post) was the catalyst but I'm taking the steps to get to where I need to be. I've failed some people, hurt some people but I mostly hurt myself and I want to use this page to spread some rawness of what healing looks like. .
So here's to Day 1 of recovery and to the many other days that follow.