Words cannot express how much it meant this morning when a pupil stayed behind after the lesson to say they felt inspired after a short talk I gave yesterday on how yoga and, more recently, mindfulness have helped me to finally be able to cope with a lifetime of anxiety. It seems that no matter how much scientific evidence you share about their benefits, ultimately it is our shared humanity and experiences that connect us. As teachers we have to be able to practice what we preach - if we want to encourage our pupils to talk about mental health we have to be willing to do so as well. The truth is, I went home yesterday after the talk full of anxiety, worried as to what they would think of me and questioning whether I had done the right thing. It was so hard talking to a large group of pupils, most of whom I didn't know, and to open up about my own struggles around my mental health, having grown up at a time when there was, shamefully, still a lot of stigma around it. But hearing those words this morning, even if only that one pupil took anything away from the talk, made me realise it was all worth it and absolutely not only the right thing to do but that it is fundamentally critical that we as teachers do talk.
#mindfulness #yoga #inspiration #mentalhealth #kindness #compassion #selflove #justbe #breathe #mentalhealthawareness
#mindfulnessinschoolsproject #bemindful #mindful #bepresent #presentmoment #yogi #MiSP
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While it’s important to get to know our clients, we need to understand there are boundaries that shouldn’t be crossed. I’m an open book to my clients because I want to be relatable and be transparent. It allows for people to open up and be heard. However, when we talk about trauma, we must tread lightly.
It’s no secret trainers are “sudo-therapists” much like hair dressers or bar tenders. What we CANNOT do is play therapist digging into people’s traumatic pasts causing harm. I admit I recognize I have done this at times as well. We are consultants for their bodies, not their minds. Everyone has their story and it’s up to them to tell it.
Focusing on how great it is to take the step to meeting you and building a foundation to their recovery or continuation of it is a better approach. Get to know a local therapist and keep them in your network.
Like physical therapists, chiropractors, and doctors, always refer to the right professional to handle the appropriate situations. You’ll show you’ve been listening and clients will thank you for it. 🤙🏾
#StayInYourLane #ReferOut #BetterCoaching #mindset #PersonalTraining #Fitfam #Trauma #MentalHealth
"This momma needs some help"
I reached out and I received the help I was needing but too afraid to say anything about before. I have had a struggle for a lifetime but over the last 6 months it became over the top.
Severe anxiety. Spacing out, yelling, stressing. For months I tried to handle it on my own and realized I was making it worse. This past week has been peaceful and I am hoping to continue working on myself through the next few months. ♥️ .
#mentalhealth #twins #momlife #twinning #doublecute #doingmybest
I think I've been more reflective on this birthday than any of the recent others
though gratitude has been big on my mind and big in my posts, I couldn't help but to ask how authentic I was being
especially in the passed few months, I have not been very grateful to life
I let a very small sector of disappoinment corrupt a large portion of my life. I allowed my body, mind and mentality to get to a very low place
but today is a different day. I realize that life is bigger than a disappointment or a bad moment. Everyone doesn't make it to 27! Everyone didn't make it past last night
Gratitude for life is making sure that any and all of our actions serve to maximize our positive progress... dealing with the lows and using them as momentum propellors to new highs
life is bigger than one scenario. And although life is bigger than just our personal lives, but not being grateful to and for life is among the most selfish and purpose killing things we can do
Stay grateful. Stay growing. #findinggoodtimes
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Don’t let waiting for everything to be “perfect” stop you from starting! It’s okay to be messy- it’s better to put out what you have now than nothing at all!
No one started out perfect- just trust your gut💗
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“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”
- Shakespeare, Hamlet.
🤔 I never read Hamlet but I heard this quote this year and it has stuck with me.
There’s so much in the world that is outside our control, and when things happen that we didn’t want, the only thing you can control is how you react. I wish I could say that I’m a very chill person and I keep my cool when things get tough, but I can get easily stressed out when things seem to be going wrong.
I’ve been listening to The Obstacle is the Way (audiobook) by @ryanholiday
this week and I’m like 🙌 hallelujah this book is life and I need to incorporate the stoic way of thinking into my life.
When life throws things at you, how are you going to respond? By a. freaking out, crying, feeling stressed, complaining, etc? Or b. by looking at it as another crazy challenge from the world that you’re going to conquer and get stronger from? You may as well go to option b. straight away because that’s what’s going to happen in the end anyway, you’re just wasting time living through option a. first! 🤷🏼♀️
It’s easy to say and think these things when life is going fairly well, it’s when things push you to your limits that it’s important to remember this idea. I’m here writing this caption like “ffs you better remember this next time instead of stress-crying” 🙈
I definitely recommend the book if you feel like you get yourself into a state when things are a bit stressful! Happy hump-day errbody! 🐪
✨pssst look at my socks I can’t cope 😭
Seeing the results of your work is so rewarding. Since I decided to refocus my goals, etc about a week ago, I have trained happy, tired, mad, sad, CONSISTENTLY. You and only you are responsible for yourself, your happiness, your life, your success, your failures. I'm happy with where I am, not satisfied, but happy and proud. So, even if you have to drag yourself to the gym, slowly warm up and talk yourself in to every rep, every set, DO IT. Happy #humpday
friends! Many blessings to you and yours and as always #onelove
#progress #proud #happy #neversettle #grow #learn #athlete #goals #muscles #veins #strong #mentalhealth #fitness #lifestyle #health #fitchick #fitfam #instafit #picoftheday #girlswholift #tattoos #npcbikini #powerlifting #dedication #motivation #results #momlife #theyarewatching
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Huge congratulations to two of our clients who both won awards at last night’s Guernsey Community Foundation Awards... Guernsey Mind received the ’Charity of the Year’ and The Pollinator Project received the ‘Innovation Award’... both very well deserved! 👏🏻🏆 #congratulations #guernsey #charity #winners #mentalhealth #pollinators
A few of you asked to share more about my journey with my autoimmune disease. Sooo being that I just received these results, I thought I would share.
This is what your "basic" lab tests will look like if your doctor suspects you have a thyroid condition. With Hashimoto, as you can see, the thyroid is functioning normally. However, my TPO (peroxidase antibodies) is continually increasing. Antibodies are what attacks the thyroid; thinking its an intruder within your own body. A normal range of antibodies should be anywhere between 0-34 and I have a small, but growing army (fighting against me, of course). Regardless of the fact that the thyroid is functioning normally, those with Hashimoto are very likely to experience a surplus of symptoms; some even becoming debilitating.
There are further and various lab tests that can be done in order to dive deeper, if your doctor (or yourself) deems it necessary.
In the future, I will be trying to post some tips and tricks regarding what helps me during flare-ups or difficult symptoms. Remember, Hashimoto may be the most common autoimmune disease, however, it affects EVERYONE differently.
Meditation, yoga, tarot, crystals, manifesting, positivity, time in nature, self-help books, regular sleep, a well-rounded diet, socializing, walking, and any other form of self-care are all great and important and helpful. We each have various tools and practices that support us in our wellbeing. And…
We must learn not only how to feel *better*, but also how to feel *now* – and *now* means feeling what is, including pain.
No matter how many tools we provide for ourselves, we cannot self-care our way out of pain. We cannot self-care our way out of hardship. And we cannot use these tools to bypass the more difficult stuff.
It’s so important to have our own emotional toolkit in order to support and nourish ourselves, *and* I truly believe the most important and transformative practice we can learn is how to be with our pain. We often use these tools to resist pain, or to numb pain, or to avoid pain, or to try and distance ourselves from it (because it's scary + it hurts + it's hard)… but it will show up, no matter how much we want to push it away. And, even trickier is that when we push it away, it tends to intensify and show up in ways we can’t control, making it even MORE painful.
I share this as a reminder that learning to be with our pain is so deeply valuable, and we don’t often talk about how to do that. It’s why I believe so wholly in mindfulness and self-compassion… because they don’t take us around pain – they allow us to be with it and not get taken by it. They are inroads to BEING with our experiences instead of DOING our way out of them. We think our hardships make us less than, but they really just make us fully human. When we combine our practices and tools with leaning into pain instead of running from it, we can grow and transform and show up in ways that are truly life-changing.
Happy Wednesday, my friends. 🌻
Jake Tyler struggles with depression and has found a unique way to combat it - by walking 3,000 miles across the UK.
Find out more about his inspiring journey by watching his TEDx talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDPDEKtd2yM&t=
Yesterday I got sent home from work with sickness and also took the day off today. I don’t know what came over me, within minutes I felt so unwell, the colour completely drained from my face and I felt exhausted, I don’t know how I made it home. Today I feel..
2. Mentally and physically drained
3. My body hurts
4. My head is thumping
5. And my fatigue has hit an all time low
I’ve forgotten what it feels like to be ‘normal’ and do everyday things without feeling like crap. I could sleep for hours and still feel tired, I could go out for the whole day or stay at home and still feel worn out. I know my vitamin B12 and D being low is having an impact on this but I’m fed up, so fed up. I’m 27 and sometimes feel defeated and trapped inside my own body because I have no control over all the things that are happening. I’m all for taking the rough with the smooth but nothing seems to be running smoothly lately. I work full time and always have but I worry about my future and what life will be like further down the line and if I’ll still be able to have that full time independence and something I can call my own. Aside from that I’m trying my best to see past all this because things could always be worse and I’ll keep pushing myself to look on the bright side and keep hoping that things will improve because I know they will..slowly but surely they will and I need to keep believing that there’s a light at the end of this tunnel for me! 💡
#endometriosis #endometriosisawareness #endolife #endosister #endowarrior #endostrong #spoonie #fatigue #chronicfatigue #girlpower #fightlikeagirl #staystrong #anxiety #depression #mentalhealth #mentalillness #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthmatters #illness #chronicillness #invisibleillness #invisibleillnessawareness #butyoudontlooksick #1in10 #sickday #restday
that I had today. I don’t crave gummy bears or chips or other candy in general, it’s just chocolate that I want to eat in tons🧐 It’s probably because I didn’t have chocolate during the bad stages of my ed.
I probably won’t post dinner today because in some situations, for example when I eat with my family, I can’t take pictures of my food. So I won’t post everything I eat every day.
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Living life is the best part of life.
I’ve been having a bit of a break from social media for various reasons but mainly because it wasn’t making me feel good!
I found myself in the habit of picking up my phone and aimlessly scrolling, comparing myself to others and feeling a little anxious that I always needed to be ‘on’!
NOT a healthy or positive mindset to be in!!
Social media can be positively influential but also quite toxic if you become too consumed with it, which is easily done!
There is a life outside of your screen and it’s so important to remember that!
So I’ve had my little detox and now I’m somewhere in the middle of wanting to delete my account totally and knowing that I want to continue to spread a positive message around health and fitness that doesn’t involve detox teas and restriction!
There’s also a little bit going on for me health wise at the moment (which I will share with you soon) but as a result I have had to change up my training and approach to nutrition!
Just keeping it real! We all have our bumps in the road but that’s what keeps in interesting.
It’s a journey not a destination so wherever your heads at, keep going! You got this 💪🏻
Depression & anxiety have ‘No Boundaries’
🌻 Please stop romanizing mental illness. It is not cute or beautiful. It is confused friends, worried parents and being trapped in a maze that seems to have no way out. It is being devastated and not being capable to do something good your you. It is hating yourself and those around you who try to help you. It’s a life wasted, for an illness that no one deserves. Mental illnesses are not something pretty. 🌻