How has it already been 10 weeks since you arrived! I feel like time is running so much faster this time around. Is it because I’m now sharing my time between two boys, one husband, bottle feeding, nappy changing, cleaning, washing, cooking, ect, ect, ect. 😂 time to myself is limited at the moment, but I have no regrets. These little moments are far more important and fill my heart full of love ♥️ Meanwhile....the washing and folding pile continues to grow 😂 #Mumlife #itwillstillbethere #chorescanwait #makingmemories
🖤🖤 Happy Wednesday everyone!
••• Lets talk about the effects of anxiety/anti depressants•••
I began my journey of recovery by resorting to an anxiety medication and an anti depressant that I was on for 3 years. During this time I noticed significant changes in my sleep patterns, changes in my appetite, skin, weight, and etc. After trying multiple types of medications to only get different side effects to each some as bad as getting sick, I gave up on medication. Midway I had started my journey of psycho therapy with my therapist, which I still undergo and has changed my life. After my horrid experience with anxiety medications and anti depressants I have become “anti medication”. Although I encourage people to do what’s best for them, there are plenty of health factors in taking medication. 5 months ago I was diagnosed with thyroid disease. I had been on a train to NYC when I could feel a large lump in my neck. Ever since then I have to get ultrasounds every 2 months on my neck to make sure there is no extra growth or tumors, I have to have endless amounts of blood work done every year to check my levels, and some days I am so tired and defeated. My doctors came to the conclusion that my medications had caused my thyroid to flare up. This is the reason for my weight gain and the random patch of hair loss as pictured in the second picture. Along with a thyroid problem I also was diagnosed about a year ago with gastritis and 3 peptic stomach ulcers due to anxiety attacks. My attacks wouldn’t make me shake or stop breathing, they would make me get sick. People don’t understand that mental illness is not only emotional.. it’s physical. No matter how much weight I lose, how much exercise I do, how healthy I eat, how I regulate my sleep... this is something I will live with for the rest of my life and will take medication for, forever. So please, when you are judging someone based upon their weight or anything... please take a second and step back and understand that you should never judge someone because you never know what they are going through. I used to stress about this so much in the past, but now I embrace it, create awareness, and work hard to move forward and make myself healthy💞
Turns out a year-old gingerbread house kit is hard to decorate with (forgot about it last year!) so ours turned into a snow-capped house 😆but the girls had fun putting the candy on 🍬🎄
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Fear. We either run from it or freeze, hoping it leaves. What we never do is run toward the fear. This picture makes me tear up not just because of his silly hair or the fact that what he wrote came as a surprise, but because he understands that it is GOD that makes him unafraid. Not mommy or daddy or nightlights. God.
I tend to camp out in my fear. As a person with anxiety, I live in a perpetual state of hypothetical worst case scenarios. I am no stranger to fear. When I teach my children about the spirit of fear I am really teaching myself. Over and over and over. “God does not give us a spirit of fear...” I am learning that we don’t have to run toward the fear. God does that for us! We just need to give the fear to Him and watch how His light destroys the Darkness.
Nothing looks better than CONFIDENCE FEELS. I was so lost after I had my kids, thought I would never be happy with my body or ever feel SELF LOVE again. I remember scrolling IG and being so envious of what I was seeing- I also remember going shopping and feeling like I was always going to have to wear baggy clothes “mom clothes” i called them. But after finding these Beachbody programs my entire life did a 360- I felt alive!! I felt good in my skin - FINALLY! These programs taught me about simplicity, sustainability and it works with my busy lifestyle. Guys, the pain of staying the same MUST be greater than the pain of changing. ⠀
If I could do it then ASK YOURSELF WHY NOT YOU?????🤔
It is one thing to be told your father has a mental illness, it is confusing and unsettling to discover he has many, it is down right scary and heart breaking to learn that he has been ill for half of his life though undiagnosed and therefore untreated, but nothing, nothing at all can prepare you for the news that diagnosis after diagnosis is inaccurate and yet another doctor has put yet another illness on the table which is not one of the others! Confused??? Me too! But this roller coaster ride we are on with my brave dad continues, his brain is possibly one of the biggest mysteries his doctors have dealt with but what is fantastic about that is we have ended up with a doctor who is up for the challenge! She is eager to learn all there is to know about his history, our childhood, his life, the shifts, the confusion, the mental illness that took over our family. Thank you universe, I’m so glad she has joined the team and so keen to work with her 💕 #mentalillnessawarenes
Anxiety is the resulting storm between the protective parts of your mind and deep inner pain that wants to be seen and heard. These protective parts have all kinds of strategies from covering up and distracting you from this inner pain. One of these tactics is through intrusive thoughts.
#intrusivethoughts #ifstherapy #innerpain
This time two years ago, I still hadn’t made plans for Christmas Day.
I remember someone asking me what I was doing on Christmas Day and I burst into tears. The season that was supposed to be filled with happiness and joy had left me isolated, lonely, and feeling a bit sick in my stomach.
Now, don’t get me wrong.
I received plenty of invitations to Christmas Day from the loving souls around me (and as it was, I ended up having the best day ever!) and I’m fortunate to have so many people around me who treat me like family.
But my anxiety was at a peak at that time, and I believed I’d be intruding on family days so was reluctant to commit.
Last year, understanding more than ever what it’s like to wake up on your own on Christmas morning, I spent the morning connecting with people in the Anxiety Buddy group.
People who were spending their first year away from their grown-up kids.
Those who were going through their first Christmas after a separation.
And those who were grieving and couldn’t bear the thought of the empty seat their loved ones should be sitting in at the Christmas table.
Every day, I count my lucky stars that I have a good network of people who care around me, but that doesn’t change the fact that anxiety lies.
Anxiety will tell you you’re not wanted when you are.
Anxiety will tell you you deserve to be on your own when you don’t.
And anxiety will isolate you when human connection is what you need the most.
If you’re alone this Christmas and talking about next week makes you cry, take comfort from the fact that even though my anxiety lied to me and told me I was, I wasn’t alone.
Not on Christmas Day, not on any day.
And nor are you.
Accept the invitations and know that you’re loved. And if you don’t feel like socialising, there is always someone to talk to in the Anxiety Buddy online community.
- day 18
Inspired by a day that started with anxiety and was overcome from bravery❣
Brave is posting to my socials authentically when I know I may not get more than 35 likes🔮
Brave is holding back tears when I feel disconnected from my main ppl on the other side of the country💧
Brave is saving others in moments I desperately needed saving🌠
Brave is taking control of my projects knowing my project manager wont be returning after Christmas👠
Brave is running free groups for my clients when I see other coaches receive a weekly paycheck💌
Brave is getting up early to squeeze in a workout when I could be sleeping for an extra hour💪🏼
Brave is showing up everyday in some shape or form to support my friends in their daily adventures towards their own courageous lives👭🏽
Brave is asking for a raise at work to match my efforts, and getting it💎
Brave is knowing my life goals and big dreams and reminding myself daily that they will come true🌍
Brave is heading out of town on Christmas to be with Jason's family while leaving my family behind🎄🎅🏼
Brave is me. I am brave. Some days I am less brave than others, like today. But I wear brave on my skin like an invisible tattoo with infinite meaning💫
What does your brave look like?⤵️
I left work tired and worn. I initially did not want to work out after work, but if I don’t take time for me, who will?
I hear all the time “I don’t really have the time.” Girl you spend your days taking care of EVERYONE ELSE but not yourself?! Let’s change that ish. If you don’t make time for you, who will? ✨
Can you commit to 30 min a day?! What about 20? That’s only 1.3% of your day.
DM me or click the link in bio so we can chat about making that commitment to yourself. ❤️👊
Finally felt well enough to venture out of the house #cabinfever
. I took the boys to the local indoor playground thinking if I go early it should be okay. Well....little did I know I wasn’t the only Mum thinking this. School is out and indoor air conditioned playgrounds are in. 😂 We all left with no injuries....just a really sweaty toddler. 🤟🏻 #playground #fun #naptime
Reminder... Commit to soul care this silly season! If you’re extra busy it’s more important than ever to take the time to slow down, regroup and keep your mind in check 💕 #pamperyoursoul
Infuse your life with action.
Don't wait for it to happen.
Make it happen.
Make your own future.
Make your own hope.
Make your own love.
And whatever your beliefs, honor your creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen... Yourself, right now, right down here on Earth.😘
Person: “You look great”
Me: “Thank you”
Person: “I wish I could lose weight”
Me: “You can! I’ll help you”
Person: “What did you do”
Me: “I eat healthy and workout”
Person: “Oh! I can’t do that!” I can get you there but you gotta trust me! You gotta be ready to do it for you! You gotta be teachable!
The change has to be more important that staying the same! This is me putting in my resume to work with you!! Let’s make next year (see what I did😉) your BEST YEAR YET!! *
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# momswholift #nurseswholift #anxietysurvivor #postpartum #selflove #yourbestyou #mybestme
Thoughts are NOT facts!
✨ Most of our anxiety is influenced by our automatic negative thoughts when in a fearful situation.
✨ We begin to believe that our fearful thoughts are REAL, but most of time they are not.
✨ Bottom line is...we do have the ability to control how we think!
✨ Type YES if you agree!
✨Seeing success in action invigorates all of us and then reduces our belief that the ability to accomplishing something is impossible. ~Hal Elron ✨
It's Sunday night. Most of us are getting ready to head into another work week. Our feeling for our job probably ranges somewhere between "Can't bear to think of it any sooner than I have to" and "Can't wait to get there, I've been looking forward to this since Friday". Where do you fall? 🤔
This amazing lady allowed herself to dream that she could build a life that would allow her to jump off that hamster wheel, choose an opportunity that would give her that "Can't wait to get there" feeling, let her stay on permanent maternity leave with her sweet baby, all while sharing this with others wanting to make a change. And I can't thank her enough for dreaming big and showing us it's possible. 😘😘😘
He loves that I love Christmas 🎄 it really is a magical time of year, if you allow it to be. I mean if you learn anything from watching home alone, you know that being with family is the greatest gift of all. 🎁 #christmas #magic #merrychristmas #summer
🥺During the storm, you can’t even begin to imagine daylight again.
🙁I felt like this during the worst of my anxiety & constantly felt down about myself & how I felt.
😊When I look back on how low I have felt (not all are a distant memory yet) I realise how far I have come.
🔅I don’t wish my journey was easier or different, only that I had the belief that it would get better.
🔅I have made my hardships, my biggest triumphs & I want that for you too.
🔅Don’t let the storm make you forget that the sunshine will come.🔅
-Anything is possible.
-Everything can change.
-Your future can be whatever you choose it to be - & I say that from knowing what it takes to turn your life around & make the best of some horrible situations.
🔅😘Bottom line - the storm passes & the sun will shine again 😘🔅
However way you spend your Sunday, make sure that you spend it doing the things that you like doing, not the things that you don’t. Remember, Sundays are as special as you are.☀️
“So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life's a beautiful thing and there's so much to smile about.”—Marilyn Monroe
You wanna know what living life to the fullest actually is?
It’s waking up on a Monday with no complaints.
It’s knowing you always deserve to laugh.
It’s doing what feels right, no matter what.
It’s doing what you want to, no matter how stupid you look.
It’s about being yourself, because no one can tell you you’re doing it wrong.💫