You know how when you're like "When I achieve this massive goal, I'll be happy" or "When I overcome my anxiety, I'll be happy"? Well FUCK THAT, fuck it in the face!! •
If you wait for things to be perfect to be happy, you'll never be fucking happy. Perfection isn't something that exists and trust me, when you get to your goal, you'll always want more and you'll always find ways to improve things. So stop putting off being happy and find happiness in the NOW. •
Find happiness in the small wins, like getting out of bed in the morning, like managing to leave the house when you were anxious as fuck. Like answering the phone when you REALLY didn't want to.
Find happiness in the progress. Like how you're trying to recover or how you're improving your health and be happy in the changes you have made so far.
Find happiness in the things you have ALREADY achieved, despite being faced with challenges. •
Most of all, remember, that happiness isn't a constant state, only gained by perfection, it's a feeling, an emotion and it's important to feel ALL of the emotions. Good and bad. 💕
Do you suffer from intrusive thoughts? How do you deal with them? Comment below.
My problems and mental disorders are no one else's burden but my own. Anxiety is something I have no control over. No matter what you can do, like take a medication, it can make it even worse. My problems in life have affected everyone around me. It's my problem and my struggle. I have a condition called raynauds and its affected my life in a bad way. I'm an artist, I need my hands, I need my life. My life has been art. Its caused me some issues. I'm slowly losing feelings in my hands now. It's the stress that it all brings that really bothers me, the longer stress lingers the more likely anxiety will develop. I fight this every single day of my life. I've lost friends due to my problems. I've been labeled as crazy, dramatic, petty and selfish through all of this now. I'm doing my best as a person to be someone better in life, every day. Even through God, I pray that I could rid this pain I feel in life. I have my regrets and my feelings as a human being. I'm only human and can only do so much in life. I feel, anger sadness and guilt. Sometimes my heart wants to escape and my mind goes blank. It's no one else burden but mine. Support is nice and all but it's not something to be shoved down everyone's throats. I am who I am and I have my own issues just like everyone. Whether that's financial, family, friends, school and life, we all have our downfalls each and every day.
Between 2008 and 2017 the numbers of children experiencing menral health in their life time went from 1 in 10 to 1 in 4, the adult figures remain the same 1 in 4.
So just asking, i am seeing incredble results with my dynamind coaching model with people with mental health, I am looking for opportunities to raise awareness and help adults and children who are struggling or don't understand.
If you know decision makers in a business, sports team, tv producer, school teacher, parenting group / mother and toddler, nhs, colleges, uni's or anywhere else where people would benefit about learning more about managin mental health, stress, depression or emotional overwhelm, I would be absolutely more than grateful for an introduction. Or if you want a chat i'm happy to share my journey with you.
Together we fight the stigma and help more people.
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Fear is one of the factors that prevent several individuals from achieving the things they are capable of. It stops many from achieving their dreams and, in extreme cases, prevents others from even dreaming. Yes, difficult moments will arise; nevertheless, there is no need to be afraid, for most of the things people fear never happen. To overcome fear, try these ten strategies:
Use a mantra
Unfortunately, some people do not believe in positive affirmation. Research proves that using a mantra has helped so many people. If you experience fear, use positive mental repetitions. You will start to reprogram your thinking patterns so that, over time, you will begin to think and act differently. There are several positive phrases, find the one you believe in and use it whenever fear arises. There are many resources out there to help you develop your OWN mantras. Here are a few examples:
•I wake up happy and excited every free day.
•Each day of my life is filled with joy and love.
•I am enthusiastic about every second of my life.
•Everything I do is fun, healthy and exciting.
•I am a beacon of love and compassion.
•Everyone sees how much joy and love I have for life.
•I crave new, healthy experiences.
•All of my relationships are positive and filled with love and compassion.
•I see others as good people who are trying their best.
•I find opportunities to be kind and caring everywhere I look.
Read the rest of the article, which includes 9 other ways to overcome fear, on Invisibleus.org. It’s super free!
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Let's talk about Anxiety; I'm not talking about the awkwardness with being around people. I'm not talking about being scared for no reason.
I'm talking about REAL Anxiety.
The one that tears your soul out of your body.
A constant battle with yourself, telling yourself "it's going to be ok". But your mind rambles on and on, constantly telling you "something is terribly wrong" , and you can't figure out what it is.
Pushing away people around you, that care about you and love you.
Having mood swings to the point where your arguing with the person, over nothing.
Wanting to be alone, but also wanting presence.
These are some of example that people with anxiety deal with on a daily basis. It's not a fun road to go down on. It's hard to keep yourself grounded , it's hard to keep yourself in control of your own emotions. You can't choose when Anxiety hits. You just got to be prepared for it.
So next time you say "oh I have anxiety". Think about the people who truly struggle with anxiety every single day. It's not a word we use to grab attention. It's an actual illness that we have no control of.
We are trying , one day at a time. We are doing our best to cope with it. We are Definitely trying to be apart of a normal society without this interfering with our lives. #wearetrying #mentallyexhausted #mentalillness #mentalhealthawareness #anxiety #issues #struggles #story #storytime #doubletap #like #love #lashes #nomakeup #instagramers #lovelife #anxietysupport #support #supporthandmade
Have you ever had a panic attack?
I feel you, love.
Panic attacks are the body’s physical reaction to going into survival mode.
Does this sound familiar...
You are 100% sure you are going to die.
You’ve lost control of your limbs.
You can’t take a deep breathe.
You can’t think about anything other than the fact that you are probably dying.
As much as you tell yourself you’re fine, you still feel like, in fact, yes, I am dying.
That feeling is all too familiar.
But here’s what I’ve learned about panic attacks: They aren’t some cruel form of torture from the universe (however, that thought did cross my mind in the past).
Instead, they are a signal from your body. We can use this signal to heal and train your nervous system so that it doesn’t revert to survival mode.
I turned my pain attacks into a gateway. Rather than fearing them, I realized that they were an opportunity to have a dialogue with myself.
What I learned is that by rewiring my brain, discovering limiting beliefs, and releasing emotional pain that was stuck in my body I was able to take a deep breath again. I was able to get the eff out of survival mode and start to live my life with more ease.
If you’re curious about healing on an energetic level I’m opening up 5 spots for my 1:1 bioenergetic scans. We will scan your entire body for what might be causing panic (or anything other physical symptoms) and go through my customized process to balance energetic distortions. This experience is not like anything else you’ve tried in your healing. If you’re feeling called to try something different, shoot me a DM. Limited space available. 🔥✌🏼
No one else is going to give you permission to take a break, you just gave to give it to yourself 😌
Next July, join us 😘 We share the common love of SHORT workouts 💪, healthyish living, yummy shakes 🍫 and a community of rockstars 🤩. Our goal is to fill more hotel rooms of hardworking peeps for next years celebrations and obviously pizza 🍕 and wine party. Dance likely to occur. We are all SO different but share BIG dreams of being better people and helping others along the way. Can’t wait to see you again Indy 😘 ⠀
Big shout out to my coaches 💕💕 thanks for trusting me. Enjoy the ride ✌️⠀
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Type "Yes!" if you've been spending more time working on yourself lately 💪
I don’t know about you, but I have done this.
I have been excited about an idea, a plan, etc. These were dreams I have always wanted to turn into reality. Some were small things, but positive. And people came in and slowly built a wall around me. I started to feel bad, they came in with valid opinions and I let it continue and let it define my path. As each wall was being built, I felt less and less excited about my plans and my ideas. Before I knew it, I was filled with anxiety and depression, laying in bed staring at the ceiling. See I allowed people to put me in a box. I allowed them to influence me. My sky became the same ceiling.
I eventually realized it and became embodied by anger, self-doubt, and sadness. I spent months and years thinking about what they did. But you know where that got me? NOWHERE!! So I started to take all the time spent on wasted negative energy and the past and started to break down the walls and the ceiling. Little by little, I saw the confidence rise as the negativity was falling. It’s a journey, and it’s taking time. But I can see all the stars in the sky again🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟#dontgiveup #lookforthestars #holdontohope #godsplan #faithoverfear #believe
#glassceiling #followyourdreams #dontallowanyonetodefineyou #implementaplan #keepmovingforward #dosomethingsmalltoday
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Taking control of the way you think can completely change your mindset. If you let negative thoughts take over you it can take over your life. Don’t believe everything you think 💛
Something that many have a difficult time talking about is PTSD and how it has affected their life. Never thought I'd have a diagnosis of small 't' PTSD. Small ‘t’ traumas are events that exceed our capacity to cope and cause a disruption in emotional functioning.
As I have grown older, I am able to cope in a much better way and have a better understanding of why I react to certain moments the way I have, and thus able to be conscious of how I should deal with something rather than react.
• • • • •
Traumatic events—such as an accident, assault, military combat or natural disaster—can have lasting effects on a person’s mental health. While many people will have short term responses to life-threatening events, some will develop longer term symptoms that can lead to a diagnosis of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD symptoms often co-exist with other conditions such as substance use disorders, depression and anxiety. A comprehensive medical evaluation resulting in an individualized treatment plan is optimal.
PTSD affects 3.5% of the U.S. adult population—about 8 million Americans. About 37% of those diagnosed with PTSD are classified as having severe symptoms. And women have higher rates than men.
A diagnosis of PTSD requires a discussion with a trained professional. Symptoms of PTSD generally fall into these broad categories:
Re-experiencing type symptoms, such as recurring, involuntary and intrusive distressing memories, which can include flashbacks of the trauma, bad dreams and intrusive thoughts.
Avoidance, which can include staying away from certain places or objects that are reminders of the traumatic event. A person might actively avoid a place or person that might activate overwhelming symptoms.
Cognitive and mood symptoms, which can include trouble recalling the event, negative thoughts about one’s self. A person may also feel numb, guilty, worried or depressed and have difficulty remembering the traumatic event. Cognitive symptoms can in some instances extend to include out-of-body experiences or feeling that the world is "not real" (derealization).
Arousal symptoms, such as hypervigilance.
We all partake in negative self-talk from time to time. It happens. But, partaking in negative-self talk over & over again can lead to perceptions that can ruin our lives.
We can find ourselves stuck in a vicious loop of self-hate that we will, as time goes on, struggle excessively to get out of.
An easy tactic to stop negative self-talk is to remember to talk to yourself like your friend would. Could you imagine your friend talking to you or berating you the way you talk to yourself? Even if you’ve had a fight, would your friend ever use the words you’ve used against yourself?
I am pretty sure he/she doesn’t. And that’s the message - talk to yourself the way your friend would.
When you’re stuck in a negative loop and can’t get out, get a picture of your friend out on your phone and ask yourself “what would she tell me right now?” And then over time, your brain will learn to reach for more constructive forms of criticism, than pure destruction.
I’ve known this crazy creature for 23 years and she would never talk to me (but has set me straight so many times) the way I do to myself🙋🏽♀️ #BestFriendsForcedToDoBattle
Let’s talk about IMPROMPTU rest days because that’s exactly what Friday was for me! 🙆🏼♀️ Packing, errands, work, etc. in preparation for our VACATION up at the lake with my famjam! 🤗 There is just a casual 15 hour drive to get there, haha.
When I first started my journey, I had this idea that if I missed ONE workout I would ruin ALL my progress.
I know now that is 100% not the case but I still struggle with those thoughts every now and then.
My mind starts going in a LOOP; missing a workout means ruining progress, ruining progress means I’m no longer improving myself, no longer improving myself means going back to bad habits, and bad habits means that I’ll go back to my heavier and unhappier self...💭
It’s a vicious cycle when I get in that loop BUT this is what I remind myself: your journey takes T I M E and just like it took time to get to where I am now, it would also take T I M E to reverse all the changes I’ve made. This means that a couple days off and heck, even a few bad eating days will NOT ruin your progress or set you back! ☝🏻
I need to STOP being so hard on myself some days. Can you relate?! 💭
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Always look forward, never back 🚫🔙
Do people around you say things like:
"Try to think positive."
During my recovery, I heard these things all the time.
They don’t help much, do they? 😕
To me, it was like I had the flu and they were saying "try not to have a fever." 😂
I realized I was missing something important: The support of people who understand what it's like to live with health anxiety 💚
I found (and joined) several online support groups and forums - but everyone was there to talk about symptoms, diagnoses and treatments, in seek of reassurance and relief. 🤒
Always looking back, never forward - and always looking out, never in, for answers 👀
It's not surprising that some members had been posting for years - with little to no signs of progress. The thought of still struggling years from now was terrifying. 😱
I don't want that for you, either.
You want to belong to a community that lifts you up, shares positive ideas, encourages you, holds you accountable, and helps you work through the setbacks, don't you? 👏🏼
That's exactly why I created the world's #1
most growth-oriented health anxiety support group 🗣
It's called Health Anxiety Heroes and you can learn how to join at:
👉🏼👉🏼👉🏼 HealthAnxiety.coach/community 👈🏼👈🏼👈🏼
Join your community, and get SUPPORT from people who get YOU 💚
See you on the inside... 👋🏼
anxiety is probably my worst mental illness.
People often ask why I am unable to work full time or even part time, why I am unable to complete a to do list of 10 things in a day, why I struggle with relationships with friends & partners. Anxiety can make simple tasks very very difficult. There are certain things that send my anxiety through the roof like a simple trip to the supermarket... that takes preparation & a whole lot of willpower. Keeping up with life can be extremely overwhelming sometimes so on occasion my body & mind will shut off which results in me having to cancel things or just lay in bed for a day. Anxiety is crippling & it takes courage to do normal day to day things. The reasons why we struggle with certain things is different for everyone but our reasons may seem irrational to someone without anxiety but to us it feels so real and we haven’t the ability to see it any other way so it’s refreshing when people are patient with those with anxiety, we don’t mean to be so anxious all the time. It’s a chemical imbalance & it really isn’t our fault. We are doing the best we can 💜#anxiety #anxietydisorder #anxietyawareness #anxietysupport #anxietywarrior #anxietyisreal #invisibleillness #mentalillness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthblogger #mentalhealthmatters #mentalhealthwarrior #mentalhealthawareness #blog #blogger #depression #ptsd #eupd #bpd #gad #warriors #raisingawareness
Got to love a quote that manifests food & mental health.
This is my best friend. Because I push everyone else away.
This is hard for me to admit, but my whole life I have pushed everyone away. I jumped from friend group to friend group in high school, I made no friends in college, and I isolated myself in my early 20s because of a shitty relationship and the depression that creeped in even as I entered a better relationship.
I’m an introvert that craves to be connected but is scared of rejection. I had neighborhood friends lie to me and say they can’t hang out. I was bullied in high school and college sports. If I got married tomorrow, I wouldn’t be able to fill my side of the wedding party. Not even close.
As much as no one likes to admit, I’ll admit it for us all... I’m desperate to be liked. So much so that I put up a front of “idgaf if you like me one bit” and I just scare and push people away... because it’s easier than making that connection and for that connection to later be broken.
So if you’re scared to connect, let’s connect. Let’s just talk. Let’s just be friends, even if we are just introverted internet friends that like each others pictures. This is scary for me to even post, because it’s a possibility that no one will read it, or even care. But if it helps anyone out there, or anyone can relate to it, then I will be glad that I was brave enough to share my story.
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A client I've been working with for about a year shared with me this artwork they created – a reminder of their unconditionally loving relationship with themself 💞(posting with permission). .
I'm telling ya, peeps, shifting our internal dialogue from one of threats and criticism to realistic expectations and unconditional love makes ALL the difference in mood, success, and resilience ✋🏻. Disappointment, rejection, anxiety, loneliness, shame, hurt – holding your own hand and being a ride-or-die to yourself through those shit moments is straight SOUL BALM 💫. .
Try it now, even. As you read this, consider putting a hand on your heart and saying, "I will always be here for you” 😌. It might feel foreign at first – even gross (that’s Shame doing that thing it does 🙄). But try to let just 4% of that love in – it DOES get easier. And then one day you forget how to abandon yourself, and the world opens up 😍💪🏻.
Double-tap if you’re down with being here for YOU, and tag or DM someone you want to know you’re there for – always. Happy weekend, Loves 😘. #inthistogether
Thanks to everyone who has participated in any of the first 3 group distance healings of the summer. I hope they’ve done good things for you 💓. There are 4 healings left in the series, and next week we’re closing out the month with a group distance healing for freedom of expression. If you feel like you could use some energetic support to help you feel more confident and claim more autonomy over how you express yourself, please visit thisissovereignty.com to sign up (link in bio). #thisissovereignty
Check out my YouTube channel to see how me and my awesome friend Joel cope with our inner children ☺️❤️ Link in bio ✨
My mind wants to tell me I should “fit in”, that I should do what others “my age” are doing...but what does that even mean!? Is there a set plan that we all must follow in order to be “good enough”? For what? For whom? Am I scared that I won’t be accepted? That I’ll miss my chance? What club am I inventing just so that I can feel LEFT OUT OF IT!?!? 😂
Check out my blog to hear more on these lies my mind is telling me ☺️❤️
I’m not sure why, but my heart is on fire. I’ve been going non-stop all day. I haven’t slept more than 5 hours a night all week. I’m photographing a girls rock concert later this evening. I’m working my ass off. I’m trying to stay busy but also giving my mind time to rest.
It’s not having the desired effect. I’m crying a lot and I feel incredibly inadequate. At everything.
I want to rest. Not simply laying down and shutting my eyes. I want my brain to calm, at least a little. I want my heart to beat steadily. I want to be at ease. For a damn minute. Nothing I’m trying is working. Some of it I understand, most of it I don’t.
It’s all trial and error. And I’m going to keep trying until I find a way. •
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take a seat 🙇🏼♀️
i’m working really hard to get honest about the struggles about running your own business while battling mental illnesses. i had a conversation with a lot of inspirational women this past month (cc: @celestegiordani @jillsmith_ @lizraphael @delaney_mc @neatkaryn
& many others) about sharing (and over sharing) on social. i made the decision to talk about mental illness a few years ago after struggling alone for forever - and it feels really good. sometimes i worry that a potential client won’t like that they’re hiring an anxious, depressed, adhd suffering 22 year old. but if that’s how they feel, then they’re not the client for me. making that realization was hard (read: terrifying) but it has paid off big time. i have incredible clients who allow me to put my mental health first and it is inspiring and refreshing. (cc: @thinkmediaconsulting @datemyfriend @shiftbars @superbase.co @karriebrady
) ok back to work 🤳🏼
Day 15. Let the sun come out.
I already miss this. The sun was just bursting out of the clouds, breeze was very pleasant, and the water current was strong but somewhat calm (as if it was well synced with my inner state). It was nothing short of perfect, and believe me, I’m not even exaggerating.
Here, I was sitting by the riverside, just being in the moment. There have been times and places, I loved! But it’s not always that I feel nostalgic for a moment or a place before it’s even over. This right there, was one of the very few such instances. Maybe, it’s because I’m not sure if I’ll ever go back there, and I knew it. It’s one thing bidding someone, somewhere, or something a goodbye until next time, but it’s quite different when you know it might never happen again.
I had been planning on getting up early to witness a sunrise for ages, literally, needless to say I shamelessly failed. This, right there, was as spontaneous as it could get. Just a few hours ago, I had a breakdown, an ugly one. Maybe you know or maybe you don’t, having a breakdown is never fun... especially when you are supposed to be on a brief retreat, enjoying. I almost missed this because I was too ‘anxious’ and ‘depressed’ to have fun. I was about to sleep when I thought let’s go for just a little while. And I’m so happy that I did.
I know it’s never easy to get out of bed or talk to people when you least want to, and I know what I’m saying but that is also the high time when you need to do it. You must help yourself in helping yourself. Next time you don’t feel like it, give it a try anyway, and you might be surprised at how things turn out. xoxo
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1️⃣ is greater than 0️⃣ 💡
This week, I recorded my first video for IGTV (Instagram's slick new video feature).
It's about the #1
roadblock to health anxiety recovery I hear about from followers.
Hit the IGTV button in my bio to check it out and give it some 💚s!
But guess what? I almost didn't post it.
After recording, I was PUMPED because I said everything I want to say in one take. 😀
Technically it was two takes, but the first because it was a total false start - so I call mulligan. 😂
The next day, I opened my video editing app and got a major case of cold feet. 😰
“ I looked at my notes too many times!”
“I say ‘umm’ too many times!”
“It's too long!”
It's easy to think of 100 reasons why you shouldn't do something that makes you uncomfortable, isn't it?
The truth is: Sharing my life, including my thoughts and feelings on health anxiety, makes me vulnerable.
As I contemplated shutting the app and grabbing a snack instead, I recalled my favourite quote: "There's neither growth in your comfort zone, nor comfort in your growth zone." 💡
I don't know who said it, or if it's even verbatim - but that doesn't matter because it's entirely true. It reminded me of my mission to end health anxiety - and that achieving my goals requires me to be vulnerable, and get uncomfortable, at times.
To do that, I must let go of perfection in my pursuit of progress ✔️✔️✔️
I aim for a 🔟 in everything I do... but 1️⃣ is greater than 0️⃣ - and zero is how much progress I make by hiding safely in my comfort zone.
So I posted the video (then grabbed my snack), and now I'm sharing it with you. 🍒🍒🍒
Christian 1️⃣ - Comfort Zone 0️⃣ 🙌🏼