Processing trauma has helped me to grow in ways I never knew were possible

Random things I’ve learned about myself while I’ve been home in Kansas: ⁣⁣It's really hard watching your parents struggle with their health as they grow older⁣I’m more patient than I  knew⁣I’m longing for my Egyptian roots like I never have before⁣Things don't bother me like they used to ⁣I’m more in tune with myself, on a deeper level that I never knew existed⁣I’ve finally found my voice, and I’m not afraid to use it like I was for so many decades⁣I’m becoming more comfortable with not knowing what’s next ⁣⁣Over the past two years, I’ve been working really hard, processing my past trauma so I can move forward. I can really feel the growth I've experienced during my time here. ⁣⁣I will share more when my schedule is back to normal, but please know that you are not alone. If you're struggling with your mental health, help is out there. It's truly life-changing how having the right tools can improve your coping skills, help you grow, and move forward in ways you may not even know were possible.⁣⁣A good first step is to get a mental health screening from my partner, @mentalhealthamerica. It’s a quick and easy way to determine whether you’re experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition. It’s free, confidential, and anonymous. To get started, go to the link in my bio and click on the Mental Health America button.

Random things I’ve learned about myself while I’ve been home in Kansas:

  • ⁣⁣It’s really hard watching your parents struggle with their health as they grow older
  • ⁣I’m more patient than I knew
  • ⁣I’m longing for my Egyptian roots like I never have before⁣
  • Things don’t bother me like they used to
  • ⁣I’m more in tune with myself, on a deeper level that I never knew existed
  • ⁣I’ve finally found my voice, and I’m not afraid to use it like I was for so many decades
  • ⁣I’m becoming more comfortable with not knowing what’s next ⁣⁣

Over the past two years, I’ve been working really hard, processing my past trauma so I can move forward. I can really feel the growth I’ve experienced during my time here.

⁣⁣I will share more when my schedule is back to normal, but please know that you are not alone. If you’re struggling with your mental health, help is out there. It’s truly life-changing how having the right tools can improve your coping skills, help you grow, and move forward in ways you may not even know were possible.

⁣⁣A good first step is to get a mental health screening from my partner, Mental Health America. It’s a quick and easy way to determine whether you’re experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition. It’s free, confidential, and anonymous. Get started here.

Mental Health Month: 7 ways to fully accept your reality

When life throws you a situation that you can't change, do you fight it with all your might? Or fully accept your reality? I've been working on the latter over the past couple of years, and man, is it hard!⁣⁣But... I've learned that accepting reality doesn’t mean you approve of the situation, you're giving up, or that it isn’t painful. You're still allowed to feel however you feel. The thing about accepting what's happening is you give the problem less power over you and you can begin to move forward.⁣⁣As part of #MentalHealthMonth, swipe to see 7 tips on accepting reality from my partner, @mentalhealthamerica.

When life throws you a situation that you can’t change, do you fight it with all your might? Or fully accept your reality? I’ve been working on the latter over the past couple of years, and man, is it hard!⁣⁣

But… I’ve learned that accepting reality doesn’t mean you approve of the situation, you’re giving up, or that it isn’t painful. You’re still allowed to feel however you feel. The thing about accepting what’s happening is you give the problem less power over you and you can begin to move forward.⁣⁣

As part of Mental Health Month, here are seven tips on accepting reality from my partner, Mental Health America (MHA):

  • Notice when you’re fighting against reality. The first step in accepting reality is being aware when you’re resisting it. A few subtle ways you might be pushing back against reality include, feeling bitter or resentful, wishing things were different, or thinking about how life isn’t fair.
  • Remind yourself that you can’t change what has already happened. Before you can make peace with reality, you must acknowledge that there’s no going back to the way things were. This may be challenging and painful, but by identifying what you can and can’t control, you can turn your energy towards coping with the things you can’t change.
  • Embrace your feelings. It’s okay if you’re angry, scared, overwhelmed, or lonely. Accepting reality includes everything that you’re feeling, too. When you accept these feelings and let yourself experience them without any judgement, you can work through them in a healthy way.
  • Pretend that you’re accepting reality. Even if you’re still struggling to fully accept reality, think about what it would look like if you did. How would you act if you simply accepted things as they are? What would your next step be? Changing your behaviors and actions to reflect “pretend acceptance” can help you to actually shift your thoughts.
  • Relax your body. If you’re pushing against the reality of your situation, there’s a good chance your body is tense. This is often associated with resistance and keeps your mind on high alert. Physically relaxing your body can help you feel more ready to accept things as they are. Try yoga, taking a hot bath or shower, deep breathing exercises, or getting a massage to help you relax.
  • Use coping statements. These are sentences that remind you that it’s possible to think in different, healthier ways. Repeating them can help you get through difficult moments – you can focus on just one or make a long list of your own. Some examples are: I can’t change what has already happened. I can accept things the way they are. I can only control my own actions and reactions.
  • Know that it takes practice. Radical acceptance is a great tool to cope with hard situations that we can’t control, but it can take a while before it comes easily. A good way to start is by trying it out in smaller situations, like when you’re stuck in traffic or your internet is acting up during a call. By practicing radical acceptance on a daily basis, it’ll be easier to use as a coping tool when tougher challenges come your way.

You can find more info about radical acceptance, plus a worksheet, by downloading the free Tools2Thrive toolkit from MHA here.

Mental Health Month: How to process big changes in your life

When big changes we aren’t prepared for happen in our lives (like the pandemic), knowing how to move forward can be really difficult. As part of #MentalHealthMonth, let's look at some tools that can help us process change and adapt more easily.⁣⁣️Focus on what you can control. During times of change, it can be comforting to know there are still things you have control over, like how you react to situations and how you start each day.⁣⁣️Write out your feelings on paper. One of the best ways to release the overwhelming thoughts in your head is to start a journal to jot down your thoughts and feelings. ⁣⁣️Practice self-care where you can. Your routine may have changed completely, but incorporating small, familiar self-care habits - even it’s something simple, like showering or taking a walk after dinner - can give you the mental clarity to process the big changes.⁣⁣️Find support. Try talking to friends or family, joining an online support group, or opening up to a mental health professional. Having someone who can listen and provide support can help you through any transition you’re working through.⁣⁣️Tune into the good. There is most likely some grief that comes with processing change. Let yourself grieve, but try not to get stuck spiraling into the fear, anguish, and negativity that those changes may bring. Instead, retrain your brain to think of the positives in your life by doing things like practicing gratitude, focusing on the small things that bring you joy (like #ichoosebeauty), or reframing challenges as opportunities.⁣⁣️Make plans. You don’t have to stick to your plan perfectly. Just starting small with what your day or week is going to look like can help get rid of that uncertainty that comes with change.⁣⁣️Remind yourself that you are strong and capable and can make it through whatever challenges you’re facing (and that you’ve made it through some tough changes in the past). Maybe even say it out loud to yourself to really let it sink in. ⁣⁣You can find more info about processing big changes, plus a worksheet, by downloading the free #Tools2Thrive toolkit from my partner, @mentalhealthamerica. Just go to mhanational.org/may.

When big changes we aren’t prepared for happen in our lives (like the pandemic), knowing how to move forward can be really difficult. As part of Mental Health Month, let’s look at some tools that can help us process change and adapt more easily.⁣⁣️

  • Focus on what you can control. During times of change, it can be comforting to know there are still things you have control over, like how you react to situations and how you start each day.⁣⁣️
  • Write out your feelings on paper. One of the best ways to release the overwhelming thoughts in your head is to start a journal to jot down your thoughts and feelings.
  • Practice self-care where you can. Your routine may have changed completely, but incorporating small, familiar self-care habits – even it’s something simple, like showering or taking a walk after dinner – can give you the mental clarity to process the big changes.⁣⁣️
  • Find support. Try talking to friends or family, joining an online support group, or opening up to a mental health professional. Having someone who can listen and provide support can help you through any transition you’re working through.⁣⁣️
  • Tune into the good. There is most likely some grief that comes with processing change. Let yourself grieve, but try not to get stuck spiraling into the fear, anguish, and negativity that those changes may bring. Instead, retrain your brain to think of the positives in your life by doing things like practicing gratitude, focusing on the small things that bring you joy (like #ichoosebeauty), or reframing challenges as opportunities.⁣⁣️
  • Make plans. You don’t have to stick to your plan perfectly. Just starting small with what your day or week is going to look like can help get rid of that uncertainty that comes with change.⁣⁣️
  • Remind yourself that you are strong and capable and can make it through whatever challenges you’re facing (and that you’ve made it through some tough changes in the past). Maybe even say it out loud to yourself to really let it sink in. ⁣⁣

You can find more info about processing big changes, plus a worksheet, by downloading the free Tools2Thrive toolkit from my partner, Mental Health America here.

Mental Health Month: free toolkit 2021

As we kick off #MentalHealthMonth, it's important to note the profound impact COVID-19 has had on our mental health... before we get to some tools that can help you.⁠⁠In November 2020, the CDC reported that 44% of us were dealing with either depression or anxiety. 44%! Young people are bearing the brunt of the pandemic, but the numbers cross all generations. Now more than ever, it's critical to reduce the stigma around mental health struggles that keeps too many people from getting the care they need. ⁠⁠This month is all about our mental health and well-being. In the coming weeks, I'll be sharing valuable information to help us develop resiliency, and shine some light as we continue to push through the challenges of the past year. ⁠⁠I recommend you start by downloading the free #Tools2Thrive toolkit from my partner, @mentalhealthamerica. It comes with several worksheets on things like coping with big changes, recognizing trauma, and dealing with anger and frustration. Just go to mhanational.org/may or head to the link in my bio, and click on the Mental Health America button. ⁠⁠I'm an open book about mental health, and hope that by continuing to share my journey, it helps someone who maybe hasn't been able to speak out or doesn't know what they're actually going through (that was me at one time). It has always been my goal to let you know that you are not alone, that you can feel better, and that there's nothing wrong with getting help. ⁠⁠Cheers to Mental Health Month! Please reach out if you have any questions. xx Sahar⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠#ichoosebeauty #mentalhealthtips #mentalhealthisimportant #mentalhealthcare #mentalhealthissues #mentalhealthadvice #mentalhealthjourney #mentalhealthisreal #mentalhealthwarriors #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthishealth #mentalhealthstigma #mentalhealthhelp #mentalhealthadvocacy #mentalhealthcommunity #mentalhealthwellness #mentalhealtheducation #mentalhealthresources #mentalhealthresource #mentalhealthrecovery #mentalwellbeing #mentalwellness  #mentalwellnessmatters #b4stage4

As we kick off Mental Health Month, it’s important to note the profound impact COVID-19 has had on our mental health… before we get to some tools that can help you.⁠⁠

In November 2020, the CDC reported that 44% of us were dealing with either depression or anxiety. 44%! Young people are bearing the brunt of the pandemic, but the numbers cross all generations. Now more than ever, it’s critical to reduce the stigma around mental health struggles that keeps too many people from getting the care they need. ⁠⁠

This month is all about our mental health and well-being. In the coming weeks, I’ll be sharing valuable information to help us develop resiliency, and shine some light as we continue to push through the challenges of the past year. ⁠⁠

I recommend you start by downloading the free Tools2Thrive toolkit from my partner, Mental Health America. It comes with several worksheets on things like coping with big changes, recognizing trauma, and dealing with anger and frustration. Download it here.

I’m an open book about mental health, and hope that by continuing to share my journey, it helps someone who maybe hasn’t been able to speak out or doesn’t know what they’re actually going through (that was me at one time). It has always been my goal to let you know that you are not alone, that you can feel better, and that there’s nothing wrong with getting help. ⁠⁠

Cheers to Mental Health Month! Please reach out if you have any questions. xx Sahar⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

Upper cervical adjustments done, #ichoosebeauty Day 2716

Done! After nearly two years of upper cervical adjustments (with some gaps because of covid), I only have to go to my chiropractor on an as-needed basis! My neck has been holding the adjustments well the past few months... finally!⁣⁣It’s been a long road with many tough lessons. I wanted to quit so many times, I strongly resisted resting until I had no choice, and I learned to surrender to truly give my body what it needed. ⁣⁣No vertigo in two years, I regained my hearing loss (due to Meniere’s disease), and my neck feels stable. I’m so proud that I made it to the other side. #ichoosebeauty Day 2716

Done! After nearly two years of upper cervical adjustments (with some gaps because of covid) due to an old injury, I only have to go to my chiropractor on an as-needed basis! My neck has been holding the adjustments well the past few months… finally!⁣⁣

It’s been a long road with many tough lessons. I wanted to quit so many times, I strongly resisted resting until I had no choice, and I learned to surrender to truly give my body what it needed. ⁣⁣

No vertigo in two years, I regained my hearing loss (due to Meniere’s disease), and my neck feels stable. I’m so proud that I made it to the other side.

Losing a friend to suicide, and the mental health work ahead

I lost a friend to suicide last week.⁣⁣I am heartbroken. ⁣⁣Beyond the grief, I’m also even more aware that there’s still so much mental health work to do. ⁣⁣Depression has an end stage, just like cancer, heart disease, and other serious illnesses do. We need to think about it the same way, and reach people before there’s a crisis. ⁣⁣We must make it the norm to talk about mental health. To stress prevention and the need to get help as early as possible, just as we do with cancer and heart disease.⁣⁣According to my partner, @mentalhealthamerica, if we ignore the early signs of mental illness, it typically takes 10 years from the time they first appear until someone gets a correct diagnosis and proper treatment. Ten years!⁣⁣If you’re struggling right now, please know that you are not alone. There is help. And there is light, even though all you can see is darkness. The light will come.⁣⁣I understand what it's like to be deep down that dark hole of depression when everything is too much to bear. You desperately want that pain to stop. ⁣⁣My climb out was long and excruciating. I still slip from time to time, but I don't slide nearly as far down. And I now have so many tools to help me stay out longer, and get my footing quicker should I fall. Therapy and the right meds have literally saved my life. More than once. ⁣⁣If you don’t know much about mental health, I hope you will take some time to learn more. You can find lots of information on risk factors, symptoms, screenings, and where to get help at the link in my bio. Just click on the Mental Health America button. #B4Stage4⁣⁣Sending peace and light. xx ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣#mentalhealthmonday #mentalhealthisimportant #mentalhealthcare #mentalhealthissues #mentalhealthjourney #mentalhealthisreal #mentalhealthwarriors ⁣#mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthishealth #mentalhealthstigma #mentalhealthhelp #mentalhealthadvocacy #mentalhealthcommunity #mentalhealthwellness #mentalhealtheducation #mentalhealthresources #mentalhealthresource #mentalhealthrecovery ⁣#mentalwellbeing #mentalwellness #mentalwellnessmatters ⁣#therapyiscool #selflovejourney #seekhelp #ichoosebeauty ⁣⁣

I lost a friend to suicide last week.⁣⁣

I am heartbroken. ⁣⁣

Beyond the grief, I’m also even more aware that there’s still so much mental health work to do. ⁣⁣

Depression has an end stage, just like cancer, heart disease, and other serious illnesses do. We need to think about it the same way, and reach people before there’s a crisis. ⁣⁣

We must make it the norm to talk about mental health. To stress prevention and the need to get help as early as possible, just as we do with cancer and heart disease.⁣⁣

According to my partner, Mental Health America, if we ignore the early signs of mental illness, it typically takes 10 years from the time they first appear until someone gets a correct diagnosis and proper treatment. Ten years!⁣⁣

If you’re struggling right now, please know that you are not alone. There is help. And there is light, even though all you can see is darkness. The light will come.

⁣⁣I understand what it’s like to be deep down that dark hole of depression when everything is too much to bear. You desperately want that pain to stop. ⁣⁣

My climb out was long and excruciating. I still slip from time to time, but I don’t slide nearly as far down. And I now have so many tools to help me stay out longer, and get my footing quicker should I fall. Therapy and the right meds have literally saved my life. More than once.

⁣⁣If you don’t know much about mental health, I hope you will take some time to learn more. You can find lots of information on risk factors, symptoms, screenings, and where to get from Mental Health America’s #B4Stage4⁣⁣ project here.

Sending peace and light. xx ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣

Do you feel your feelings? Or bury them down deep?

Do you shove your feelings down? Bury them deep? Keep them from coming up and out?⁣⁣It may seem like it’s easier to ignore feelings of hurt, anger, and sadness. But if you don’t acknowledge them, they can really wear on you mentally and physically, and you might not even know it. ⁣⁣Instead, try doing this:⁣When painful feelings bubble up, let them surface, even though your instinct may be to swallow them.⁣Work through them.⁣Release them.⁣⁣I’ve been working on this process over the past couple of years, and it’s helped me become more conscious of what I do when uncomfortable feelings come up. I didn’t even realize I was shoving mine down until I really started paying attention. ⁣⁣It can be challenging, and take a lot of practice... but once you get in the habit of working through and letting go of those painful feelings, you’ll feel a weight lifted, and your health will be better for it. ⁣⁣Want more ideas on how to take care of your mental health? My partner @mentalhealthamerica has lots of helpful info on its website. Just go to the link in my bio and click on the Mental Health America button.⁣⁠ #mentalhealthmonday⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣#ichoosebeauty #feelyourfeelings #hurtfeelings #truefeelings #deepfeelings #letgo #letgoandgrow #mentalhealthrecovery #mentalwellbeing #mentalstrength #mentalfitness #mentaltraining #mentalawareness #mentalclarity⁣⁠#mentalhealthtips #mentalhealthisimportant #mentalhealthcare #mentalhealthissues #mentalhealthadvice #mentalhealthjourney #mentalhealthisreal #mentalhealthwarriors⁣⁠⁣ #mentalwellness #mentalhealthawareness

Do you shove your feelings down? Bury them deep? Keep them from coming up and out?

⁣⁣It may seem like it’s easier to ignore feelings of hurt, anger, and sadness. But if you don’t acknowledge them, they can really wear on you mentally and physically, and you might not even know it. ⁣⁣

Instead, try doing this:⁣

  • When painful feelings bubble up, let them surface, even though your instinct may be to swallow them.⁣
  • Work through them.⁣
  • Release them.⁣⁣

I’ve been working on this process over the past couple of years, and it’s helped me become more conscious of what I do when uncomfortable feelings come up. I didn’t even realize I was shoving mine down until I really started paying attention.

⁣⁣It can be challenging, and take a lot of practice… but once you get in the habit of working through and letting go of those painful feelings, you’ll feel a weight lifted, and your health will be better for it. ⁣⁣

Want more ideas on how to take care of your mental health? My partner Mental Health America has lots of helpful info on its website here.⁣⁠

Digging deeper to find the cause of my chronic illnesses

#MentalHealthMonday⁣⁣It’s been about a year since this pandemic marathon started. How are you doing? ⁣⁣Up and down? Sick of it all? Hanging in there?⁣⁣I wanted to share a bit about my last three months, in case it helps you in some way. ⁣⁣The combination of another health challenge (shingles), pandemic stress, anxiety over our divided country... plus burnout from working my businesses extra hard during the holiday shopping season while I was sick absolutely kicked my butt. Some days, I could only get out of bed for 2-3 hours before crashing.⁣⁣I considered quitting my businesses... because how can I possibly run them if I'm sick so much? ⁣⁣I cried. I rested. I questioned everything in my life. ⁣⁣I felt hopeless. Got angry at my body. Blamed myself. ⁣⁣Then I dug deeper. ⁣⁣I've lived with various chronic illnesses for decades, since I was a kid. I believe they’re tied to some unresolved childhood trauma that I'm finally working through in therapy. ⁣⁣I believe they’re my body's way of telling me to listen to it, take care of it, and slow down. Illness is how it expresses the internal anxiety that I just recently discovered has been humming in the background my whole life. ⁣⁣I'm still not at 100% and I'm still desperately trying to find that balance between getting things done and resting without feeling guilty. ⁣⁣I know we are ALL going through stuff with this pandemic. And I see how life’s "usual" hard times are magnified during this season. ⁣Please know that you are not alone, take good care of yourself, and get help if you need it.⁣⁣If you are in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) or text MHA to 741-741.⁠⁣⁠⁣If you are not in crisis, but need to talk to someone, my partner, @mentalhealthamerica can help you find a warmline. Warmlines connect you with trained support staff to help address your current situation. Go to mhanational.org/warmlines to find a warmline near you. ⁠⁣xx ️⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣#ichoosebeauty #mentalhealthisimportant #mentalhealthcare #mentalhealthissues #mentalhealthjourney #mentalhealthawareness #selflovejourney #healingtrauma #mentalhealthsupport

It’s been about a year since this pandemic marathon started. How are you doing? ⁣⁣

Up and down? Sick of it all? Hanging in there?

⁣⁣I wanted to share a bit about my last three months, in case it helps you in some way. ⁣⁣

The combination of another health challenge (shingles), pandemic stress, anxiety over our divided country… plus burnout from working my businesses extra hard during the holiday shopping season while I was sick absolutely kicked my butt. Some days, I could only get out of bed for 2-3 hours before crashing.⁣⁣

I considered quitting my businesses… because how can I possibly run them if I’m sick so much?

⁣⁣I cried. I rested. I questioned everything in my life. ⁣⁣

I felt hopeless. Got angry at my body. Blamed myself. ⁣⁣

Then I dug deeper. ⁣⁣

I’ve lived with various chronic illnesses for decades, since I was a kid. I believe they’re tied to some unresolved childhood trauma that I’m finally working through in therapy. ⁣⁣

I believe they’re my body’s way of telling me to listen to it, take care of it, and slow down. Illness is how it expresses the internal anxiety that I just recently discovered has been humming in the background my whole life.

⁣⁣I’m still not at 100% and I’m still desperately trying to find that balance between getting things done and resting without feeling guilty. ⁣⁣

I know we are ALL going through stuff with this pandemic. And I see how life’s “usual” hard times are magnified during this season. ⁣Please know that you are not alone, take good care of yourself, and get help if you need it.

  • ⁣⁣If you are in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) or text MHA to 741-741.⁠⁣⁠⁣
  • If you are not in crisis, but need to talk to someone, my partner, @mentalhealthamerica can help you find a warmline. Warmlines connect you with trained support staff to help address your current situation. Go to mhanational.org/warmlines to find a warmline near you. ⁠

Self-care to get through this political unrest

#mentalhealthmonday⁣⁣Whatever self-care you need to get through this time of overwhelming political unrest, do that. ⁣⁣Get out in nature, take a nap, listen to music that makes you feel good, light some candles, read a book, meditate, exercise, diffuse your favorite essential oils, savor your favorite food, watch a movie, take lots of deep breaths... whatever you need. Just take care of you. ⁣⁣This is all very heavy. And comes on the heels of the hardships we already endured in 2020.⁣⁣So please, if you need support right now, reach out:⁣⁣If you are in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) or text MHA to 741-741.⁠⁣⁠⁣If you are not in crisis, but need to talk to someone, my partner, @mentalhealthamerica can help you find a warmline. Warmlines connect you with trained support staff who understand what it's like to struggle with mental health problems, and can help you address your current situation. Go to mhanational.org/warmlines to find a warmline near you. ⁠⁣⁣Take good care. xx⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣#ichoosebeauty #b4stage4 #mentalhealthtips #mentalhealthisimportant #mentalhealthcare #mentalhealthissues #mentalhealthadvice #mentalhealthjourney #mentalhealthisreal #mentalhealthwarriors #mentalwellness #mentalhealthawareness #therapyiscool #selflovejourney #seekhelp #youareimportant #healingtools #healingtrauma #mentalhealthsupport #mentalhealthhelp #mentalhealthcommunity

Whatever self-care you need to get through this time of overwhelming political unrest, do that.

⁣⁣Get out in nature, take a nap, listen to music that makes you feel good, light some candles, read a book, meditate, exercise, diffuse your favorite essential oils, savor your favorite food, watch a movie, take lots of deep breaths… whatever you need. Just take care of you. ⁣⁣

This is all very heavy. And comes on the heels of the hardships we already endured in 2020.⁣⁣

So please, if you need support right now, reach out:⁣⁣

  • If you are in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) or text MHA to 741-741.⁠⁣⁠⁣
  • If you are not in crisis, but need to talk to someone, my partner, Mental Health America, can help you find a warmline. Warmlines connect you with trained support staff who understand what it’s like to struggle with mental health problems, and can help you address your current situation. Go to mhanational.org/warmlines to find a warmline near you. ⁠⁣⁣⁣

Take good care. xx

⁣⁠⁣⁠It doesn’t feel like a new year to me…

#mentalhealthmonday⁣⁠⁣⁠It doesn’t feel like a new year to me. ⁣⁠⁣⁠I’m looking ahead, starting new projects, setting new goals... but something just feels off.⁣⁠⁣⁠I can’t quite put my finger on it, but it doesn’t feel like a fresh start, clean slate, hit the ground running kind of thing... like it usually does at the beginning of a new year.⁠⁣⁠Don’t get me wrong, I’m beyond thrilled to put 2020 behind me. But I’m more about easing my way into 2021, rather than going all in. I have hope in my heart, yet I’m also filled with a strange sense of caution. ⁣⁠⁣⁠Anyone else?⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠#ichoosebeauty #b4stage4 #mentalhealthtips #mentalhealthisimportant #mentalhealthcare #mentalhealthissues #mentalhealthadvice #mentalhealthjourney #mentalhealthisreal #mentalhealthwarriors #mentalwellness #mentalhealthawareness #therapyiscool #selflovejourney #seekhelp #youareimportant #healingtools #healingtrauma #mentalhealthsupport #mentalhealthhelp #mentalhealthcommunity

⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠I’m looking ahead, starting new projects, setting new goals… but something just feels off.⁣⁠⁣⁠

I can’t quite put my finger on it, but it doesn’t feel like a fresh start, clean slate, hit the ground running kind of thing… like it usually does at the beginning of a new year.⁠⁣⁠

Don’t get me wrong, I’m beyond thrilled to put 2020 behind me. But I’m more about easing my way into 2021, rather than going all in. I have hope in my heart, yet I’m also filled with a strange sense of caution. ⁣⁠⁣⁠

Anyone else?⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

Shine your light when you can; rest when you need to

#MentalHealthMonday⁠⁠Shine your light when you can; rest when you need to. That's been my motto for the past couple of years, as I've learned to be better in tune with my body and what it needs to heal (cat cuddles always help).⁠⁠I've been in bed a ton over the past several weeks. Because SHINGLES, you guys!  Right in the middle of the busiest time in e-commerce and my businesses. Are you kidding me?!?! ⁠⁠I realize we're ALL exhausted this year, so I wanted to remind you to give yourself permission to rest. If that's hard for you to do, I get it. I'm still working on it myself, but I'm definitely getting sooooo much better at it.⁠⁠Also, a reminder that if you're struggling with your mental health, please get help. It's truly life-changing how having the right tools can improve your coping skills, and help you grow. ⁠⁠My partner, @mentalhealthamerica has lots of resources on how to live a mentally healthier life. Just go to the link in my bio and click on the Mental Health America button.⁣⁠ ⁠⁠Please take good care. xx⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠#ichoosebeauty #b4stage4 #mentalhealthtips #mentalhealthisimportant #mentalhealthcare #mentalhealthissues #mentalhealthadvice #mentalhealthjourney #mentalhealthisreal #mentalhealthwarriors #mentalwellness #mentalhealthawareness #therapyiscool #selflovejourney #seekhelp #youareimportant #healingtools #healingtrauma #mentalhealthsupport #mentalhealthhelp #mentalhealthcommunity

That’s been my motto for the past couple of years, as I’ve learned to be better in tune with my body and what it needs to heal (cat cuddles always help).

⁠⁠I’ve been in bed a ton over the past several weeks. Because SHINGLES, you guys! Right in the middle of the busiest time in e-commerce and my businesses. Are you kidding me?!?!

⁠⁠I realize we’re ALL exhausted this year, so I wanted to remind you to give yourself permission to rest. If that’s hard for you to do, I get it. I’m still working on it myself, but I’m definitely getting sooooo much better at it.⁠⁠

Also, a reminder that if you’re struggling with your mental health, please get help. It’s truly life-changing how having the right tools can improve your coping skills, and help you grow. ⁠⁠

My partner, Mental Health America, has lots of resources on how to live a mentally healthier life here.

Please take good care. xx⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

Thanksgiving 2020 amidst covid

#MentalHealthMonday⁠⁠Thanksgiving may look different this year for so many of us, and it's hard. ⁠⁠I'm focusing on all that I'm grateful for right now, which definitely helps. But I'm not ignoring my sadness. It's important to allow ourselves to feel our feelings - anger, frustration, disappointment - all are valid. Feel them and process them. I sure have been. ⁠⁠Please take good care of yourself. And if you're really hurting this week, get help.⁠⁠If you are in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) or text MHA to 741-741.⁠⁠If you are not in crisis, but need to talk to someone, my partner, @mentalhealthamerica can help you find a warmline. Warmlines connect you with trained support staff who understand what it's like to struggle with mental health problems, and can help you address your current situation. Go to mhanational.org/warmlines to find a warmline near you. ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠#ichoosebeauty #b4stage4 #mentalhealthtips #mentalhealthisimportant #mentalhealthcare #mentalhealthissues #mentalhealthadvice #mentalhealthjourney #mentalhealthisreal #mentalhealthwarriors #mentalwellness #mentalhealthawareness #therapyiscool #selflovejourney #seekhelp #youareimportant #healingtools #healingtrauma #mentalhealthsupport #mentalhealthhelp #mentalhealthcommunity #covid2020 #covid19news #coronaviruspandemic #coronavirusnews #lifeinthetimeofcornona ⁠

Thanksgiving may look different this year for so many of us, and it’s hard.

⁠⁠I’m focusing on all that I’m grateful for right now, which definitely helps. But I’m not ignoring my sadness. It’s important to allow ourselves to feel our feelings – anger, frustration, disappointment – all are valid. Feel them and process them. I sure have been. ⁠⁠

Please take good care of yourself. And if you’re really hurting this week, get help.⁠⁠

If you are in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) or text MHA to 741-741.⁠⁠

If you are not in crisis, but need to talk to someone, my partner, Mental Health America can help you find a warmline. Warmlines connect you with trained support staff who understand what it’s like to struggle with mental health problems, and can help you address your current situation. Go to mhanational.org/warmlines to find a warmline near you.

How a sea of emptiness turned into a journey to fill my soul

#MentalHealthMonday⁠⁠It's funny that what seemed like a sea of emptiness a few years ago was instead a journey to fill my soul in ways I never would have imagined.⁠⁠Let me explain...⁠⁠When we first moved to Maui almost five years ago, I left behind all my close friends and family. The loneliness was unbearable, and I kept asking God why life had brought me here. ⁠⁠Turns out, this is exactly where I was supposed to be. ⁠⁠I needed the silence, the unbusyness, the isolation, so that I could return home to myself. The self I'd run away from for decades.⁠⁠With the quiet enveloping me, I was forced to look inward. And to dig deep. Deeper than I knew was possible.⁠⁠The work I've done in therapy here has been harrowing, enlightening, and life-changing. ⁠⁠I'm figuring out:⁠⁠That I can heal from trauma (with a lot of excruciating work and professional guidance).⁠⁠How to let my feelings surface, really feel them, and process them... instead of shoving them down and burying them.⁠⁠How to find my voice, and speak my mind. ⁠⁠To learn to trust my intuition.⁠⁠How to finally stand up for myself. ⁠⁠I’m so proud of how far I’ve come, and how much I’ve learned and grown. I'm closer to myself than I've ever been before.⁠⁠Turns out, I was never alone after all.⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠#ichoosebeauty #b4stage4 #mentalhealthtips #mentalhealthisimportant #mentalhealthcare #mentalhealthissues #mentalhealthadvice #mentalhealthjourney #mentalhealthisreal #mentalhealthwarriors #mentalwellness #mentalhealthawareness #therapyiscool #selflovejourney #seekhelp #youareimportant #healingtools #healingtrauma #mentalhealthsupport #mentalhealthhelp #mentalhealthcommunity

⁠⁠It’s funny that what seemed like a sea of emptiness a few years ago was instead a journey to fill my soul in ways I never would have imagined.⁠⁠

Let me explain…⁠⁠

When we first moved to Maui almost five years ago, I left behind all my close friends and family. The loneliness was unbearable, and I kept asking God why life had brought me here. ⁠⁠

Turns out, this is exactly where I was supposed to be. ⁠⁠

I needed the silence, the unbusyness, the isolation, so that I could return home to myself. The self I’d run away from for decades.⁠⁠

With the quiet enveloping me, I was forced to look inward. And to dig deep. Deeper than I knew was possible.⁠⁠

The work I’ve done in therapy here has been harrowing, enlightening, and life-changing. ⁠⁠

I’m figuring out:⁠⁠

  • That I can heal from trauma (with a lot of excruciating work and professional guidance).⁠⁠
  • How to let my feelings surface, really feel them, and process them… instead of shoving them down and burying them.⁠⁠
  • How to find my voice, and speak my mind. ⁠⁠
  • To learn to trust my intuition.⁠⁠
  • How to finally stand up for myself. ⁠⁠

I’m so proud of how far I’ve come, and how much I’ve learned and grown. I’m closer to myself than I’ve ever been before.⁠⁠

Turns out, I was never alone after all.⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

Election eve mental health

#MentalHealthMonday⁠⁠It's election eve 2020. And I'm keeping myself calm by focusing on what I can control.⁠⁠I haven't watched, read, or listened to any news in more than two weeks. I stopped looking at the vile comments people somehow feel are okay to say to one another.⁠⁠It was all too much. My anxiety had reached nightmarish levels, quite literally.⁠⁠The months leading up to this election have been toxic like no other. And our mental health has suffered greatly because of it. ⁠⁠This is your reminder to take good care of yourself, avoid poisonous people, and focus on what you can control. ⁠⁠I will break my news-detox tomorrow to watch the election results. I pray we can once again come together as a country.⁠⁠If you are in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) or text MHA to 741-741.⁠⁠If you are not in crisis, but need to talk to someone, my partner, @mentalhealthamerica can help you find a warmline. Warmlines connect you with trained support staff who understand what it's like to struggle with mental health problems, and can help you address your current situation. Go to mhanational.org/warmlines to find a warmline near you. ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠#ichoosebeauty #b4stage4 #mentalhealthtips #mentalhealthisimportant #mentalhealthcare #mentalhealthissues #mentalhealthadvice #mentalhealthjourney #mentalhealthisreal #mentalhealthwarriors #mentalwellness #mentalhealthawareness #therapyiscool #selflovejourney #seekhelp #youareimportant #healingtools #healingtrauma #mentalhealthsupport #mentalhealthhelp #mentalhealthcommunity #covid2020 #covid19news #coronaviruspandemic #coronavirusnews #lifeinthetimeofcornona ⁠

⁠⁠It’s election eve 2020. And I’m keeping myself calm by focusing on what I can control.⁠⁠

I haven’t watched, read, or listened to any news in more than two weeks. I stopped looking at the vile comments people somehow feel are okay to say to one another.⁠⁠

It was all too much. My anxiety had reached nightmarish levels, quite literally.⁠⁠

The months leading up to this election have been toxic like no other. And our mental health has suffered greatly because of it. ⁠⁠

This is your reminder to take good care of yourself, avoid poisonous people, and focus on what you can control.

⁠⁠I will break my news-detox tomorrow to watch the election results. I pray we can once again come together as a country.⁠⁠

If you are in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) or text MHA to 741-741.⁠⁠

If you are not in crisis, but need to talk to someone, my partner, Mental Health America, can help you find a warmline. Warmlines connect you with trained support staff who understand what it’s like to struggle with mental health problems, and can help you address your current situation. Go to mhanational.org/warmlines to find a warmline near you. ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

News detox

#MentalHealthMonday⁠⁠I haven’t seen, read, or listened to any news since last Thursday. That’s like an eternity for this former journalist/news junkie.⁠⁠But as an empath and Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), it all got to be too much. To the point where I had three nightmares in one week, and woke up screaming at the top of my lungs each time. It was TERRIFYING. And left me jittery with anxiety, not able to sleep because I was afraid of it happening again. ⁠⁠So for now, I’m practicing a little ignorant bliss. And I’m okay with that. ⁠⁠As my therapist reminded me, everything we consume affects us - food, drinks, environmental toxins... and the news. So please adjust accordingly. Because your body is paying attention.⁠⁠If you’re struggling with your mental health right now, know that you are absolutely not alone. It's been a troublesome year.⁠⁠If you are in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) or text MHA to 741-741.⁠⁠If you are not in crisis, but need to talk to someone, call a warmline for support. Warmlines connect you with trained support staff who understand what it's like to struggle with mental health problems, and can help you address your current situation. Go to mhanational.org/warmlines to find a warmline near you. ️⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠#ichoosebeauty #b4stage4 #mentalhealthtips #mentalhealthisimportant #mentalhealthcare #mentalhealthissues #mentalhealthadvice #mentalhealthjourney #mentalhealthisreal #mentalhealthwarriors #mentalwellness #mentalhealthawareness #therapyiscool #selflovejourney #seekhelp #youareimportant #healingtools #healingtrauma #mentalhealthsupport #mentalhealthhelp #mentalhealthcommunity #covid2020 #covid19news #coronaviruspandemic #coronavirusnews #lifeinthetimeofcornona ⁠

⁠⁠I haven’t seen, read, or listened to any news since last Thursday. That’s like an eternity for this former journalist/news junkie.⁠⁠

But as an empath and Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), it all got to be too much. To the point where I had three nightmares in one week, and woke up screaming at the top of my lungs each time. It was TERRIFYING. And left me jittery with anxiety, not able to sleep because I was afraid of it happening again. ⁠⁠

So for now, I’m practicing a little ignorant bliss. And I’m okay with that. ⁠⁠As my therapist reminded me, everything we consume affects us – food, drinks, environmental toxins… and the news. So please adjust accordingly. Because your body is paying attention.⁠⁠

If you’re struggling with your mental health right now, know that you are absolutely not alone. It’s been a troublesome year.

⁠⁠If you are in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) or text MHA to 741-741.⁠⁠

If you are not in crisis, but need to talk to someone, call a warmline for support. Warmlines connect you with trained support staff who understand what it’s like to struggle with mental health problems, and can help you address your current situation. Go to mhanational.org/warmlines to find a warmline near you. ️⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

Mental Illness Awareness Week 2020

#MentalIllnessAwarenessWeek⁠⁠There's no doubt that our collective mental health is hurting during this turbulent year (I've personally had plenty of days where I just want to hide from the world). Which makes Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) even more critical right now. ⁠⁠I'm all about sharing my journey and what I've learned along the way, in the hopes that it'll somehow help you. And I also want to empower you. This week, let's do both.⁠⁠For this year's MIAW theme - 7 Days, 7 Ways - we'll be talking about seven major mental health conditions, as well as seven things you can do to support mental health advocacy.⁠⁠I'll post most of the information up in my Stories, so make sure to stop by every day this week to check it out. ⁠⁠The 7 conditions we'll be focusing on: ⁠⁠Anxiety⁠Bipolar Disorder⁠Psychosis⁠Eating Disorders⁠Depression⁠PTSD⁠Addiction/Substance Use Disorder⁠⁠The 7 ways to get involved with mental health awareness and advocacy:⁠⁠Challenge your beliefs⁠Act on advocacy⁠Support others⁠Reset and engage in self-care⁠Get screened⁠Get mental health into the debates⁠Give⁠⁠My partner, @mentalhealthamerica has detailed info about all of the above, and more about Mental Illness Awareness Week on its website. Just go to the link in my bio, and click on the Mental Health America button.⁣⁠ ⁣⁠⁠Looking forward to having these important conversations with you, friends! xx⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠#ichoosebeauty #7Days7Ways #covid2020 #covid19news #coronaviruspandemic #coronavirusnews #lifeinthetimeofcornona #mentalhealthtips #mentalhealthisimportant #mentalhealthadvice #mentalhealthjourney #mentalwellness #mentaltraining #mentalhealthsupport #mentalhealthcare #mentalhealthissues #mentalhealthisreal #mentalhealthhelp #mentalhealthcommunity #healingtools #healingtrauma #b4stage4⁠⁠

There’s no doubt that our collective mental health is hurting during this turbulent year (I’ve personally had plenty of days where I just want to hide from the world). Which makes Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) even more critical right now. ⁠⁠

I’m all about sharing my journey and what I’ve learned along the way, in the hopes that it’ll somehow help you. And I also want to empower you. This week, let’s do both.

⁠⁠For this year’s MIAW theme – 7 Days, 7 Ways – we’ll be talking about seven major mental health conditions, as well as seven things you can do to support mental health advocacy.

⁠⁠The 7 conditions we’ll be focusing on:

  • ⁠⁠Anxiety⁠
  • Bipolar Disorder⁠
  • Psychosis
  • ⁠Eating Disorders⁠
  • Depression⁠
  • PTSD⁠
  • Addiction/Substance Use Disorder⁠⁠

The 7 ways to get involved with mental health awareness and advocacy:⁠⁠

  • Challenge your beliefs⁠
  • Act on advocacy⁠
  • Support others⁠
  • Reset and engage in self-care⁠
  • Get screened⁠
  • Get mental health into the debates
  • ⁠Give⁠⁠

My partner, Mental Health America, has detailed info about all of the above, and more about Mental Illness Awareness Week on its website here.

Looking forward to having these important conversations with you, friends!

⁠⁠What’s in my mental health toolbox?

#MentalHealthMonday⁠⁠What's in my mental health toolbox? ⁠⁠I wanted to share what I turn to when I'm struggling, in case it might help you during these overwhelming times.⁠⁠Most of the tools aren't actually in this giant box I'm holding , but rather things I've learned to do over the years that have been incredibly useful during the challenges of 2020.⁠⁠The first two are the most important, and are lifesaving for me: ⁠therapy and medsI will never stop saying this - Please don't be ashamed to get professional help! ⁠⁠Basic healthy lifestyle things: good sleep, a clean diet, exercise, and minimizing exposure to environmental toxins⁠⁠My daily #ichoosebeauty practice to notice the beauty in life's little things every day ⁠⁠Coping statements that you see me post here, like "focus on the good," "keep going," and "it's going to be okay"⁠⁠Reframing negative thoughts (a great resource for this is The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook - I've linked to it in my bio)⁠⁠Meditating (I use @InsightTimer)⁠⁠Journaling (I use the prompts in the Finding Hope journal I created, linked in my bio)⁠⁠Resting without feeling guilty (I'm getting better at this!)⁠⁠Keeping things around that make me feel good - inspirational card decks, music, anything lavender... ⁠⁠Do I still struggle? Of course, I do. Mental health is a constant battle with your brain. But these tools help me come out ahead most days. ⁠⁠Want more ideas? My partner @mentalhealthamerica has lots of helpful info on its website. Just go to the link in my bio and click on the Mental Health America button.⁣⁠ ⁣⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠#covid2020 #lifeinthetimeofcorona #youvegotthis #keepgoingon #keepgoingstrong #dontgiveupnow⁠#mentalhealthtips #mentalhealthisimportant #mentalhealthcare #mentalhealthissues #mentalhealthadvice #mentalhealthjourney #mentalhealthisreal #mentalhealthwarriors⁣⁠⁣ #mentalwellness #mentalhealthawareness

⁠⁠I wanted to share what I turn to when I’m struggling, in case it might help you during these overwhelming times.⁠⁠

Most of the tools aren’t actually in this giant box I’m holding , but rather things I’ve learned to do over the years that have been incredibly useful during the challenges of 2020.⁠⁠

The first two are the most important, and are lifesaving for me: ⁠therapy and medsI will never stop saying this – Please don’t be ashamed to get professional help! ⁠⁠

  • Basic healthy lifestyle things: good sleep, a clean diet, exercise, and minimizing exposure to environmental toxins⁠⁠
  • Coping statements that you see me post here, like “focus on the good,” “keep going,” and “it’s going to be okay”⁠⁠
  • Meditating (I use Insight Timer)
  • ⁠⁠Resting without feeling guilty (I’m getting better at this!)
  • ⁠⁠Keeping things around that make me feel good – inspirational card decks, music, anything lavender… ⁠⁠

Do I still struggle? Of course, I do. Mental health is a constant battle with your brain. But these tools help me come out ahead most days. ⁠⁠

Want more ideas? My partner, Mental Health America, has lots of helpful info on its website here.

Believe simpler times will return

#MentalHealthMonday⁠⁠Simpler times will return. We have to keep believing. ⁠⁠That said... if you're struggling with your mental health right now, know that help is available. My partner @mentalhealthamerica has plenty of resources on its website: everything from free and anonymous mental health screenings to DIY tools to information on affordable treatment if you don’t have insurance. Just go to the link in my bio and click on the Mental Health America button.⁣⁠⁠If you're in crisis, call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255 (TALK).⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠#ichoosebeauty #suicidepreventionmonth #suicidepreventionawareness #covid2020 #lifeinthetimeofcorona #youvegotthis #keepgoingon #keepgoingstrong #dontgiveupnow⁠#mentalhealthtips #mentalhealthisimportant #mentalhealthcare #mentalhealthissues #mentalhealthadvice #mentalhealthjourney #mentalhealthisreal #mentalhealthwarriors⁣⁠⁣ #mentalwellness #mentalhealthawareness

⁠⁠Simpler times will return. We have to keep believing. ⁠⁠

That said… if you’re struggling with your mental health right now, know that help is available. My partner, Mental Health America, has plenty of resources on its website: everything from free and anonymous mental health screenings to DIY tools to information on affordable treatment if you don’t have insurance. Click here to get started.

If you’re in crisis, call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255 (TALK).⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

Covid’s toll on our mental health

#MentalHealthMonday⁠⁠If the pandemic (and all the challenges that came with it) has been affecting your mental health, you're most definitely not alone. A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows just how much the stress of Covid is hurting us mentally.⁠⁠The results are based on a survey that was done in June. It finds depression symptoms were four times higher, and anxiety symptoms were three times higher between April and June 2020, compared to the same period in 2019. There was also a big increase in suicidal thoughts and substance abuse. ⁠⁠From the CDC report:⁠⁠40% of US adults reported struggling with mental health or substance use. Of them:⁠⁠31% had anxiety/depression symptoms⁠26% had trauma/stressor-related disorder symptoms⁠13% started or increased substance use ⁠11% seriously considered suicide⁠⁠Suicidal thoughts were significantly higher for respondents aged 18–24, Hispanics, Blacks, unpaid caregivers for adults, and essential workers.⁠⁠If you're struggling  with your mental health right now, please know there is help out there. ⁠⁠If you are in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text MHA to 741-741.⁠⁠If you are not in crisis, but need to talk to someone, call a warmline for support. Warmlines connect you with trained support staff who understand what it's like to struggle with mental health problems, and can help you address your current situation. Go to mhanational.org/warmlines to find a warmline near you. ⁠⁠Please take good care, friends. ️⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠#ichoosebeauty #covid2020 #covid19news #coronaviruspandemic #coronavirusnews #lifeinthetimeofcornona #mentalhealthtips #mentalhealthisimportant #mentalhealthadvice #mentalhealthjourney #mentalwellness #mentaltraining #mentalhealthsupport #mentalhealthcare #mentalhealthissues #mentalhealthisreal #mentalhealthhelp #mentalhealthcommunity #healingtools #healingtrauma⁠

If the pandemic (and all the challenges that came with it) has been affecting your mental health, you’re most definitely not alone. A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows just how much the stress of Covid is hurting us mentally.⁠⁠

The results are based on a survey that was done in June. It finds depression symptoms were four times higher, and anxiety symptoms were three times higher between April and June 2020, compared to the same period in 2019. There was also a big increase in suicidal thoughts and substance abuse. ⁠⁠

From the CDC report:⁠⁠

  • 40% of US adults reported struggling with mental health or substance use. Of them:
  • ⁠⁠31% had anxiety/depression symptoms⁠
  • 26% had trauma/stressor-related disorder symptoms
  • ⁠13% started or increased substance use ⁠
  • 11% seriously considered suicide⁠⁠

Suicidal thoughts were significantly higher for respondents aged 18–24, Hispanics, Blacks, unpaid caregivers for adults, and essential workers.⁠⁠

If you’re struggling with your mental health right now, please know there is help out there. ⁠⁠If you are in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text MHA to 741-741.⁠⁠

If you are not in crisis, but need to talk to someone, call a warmline for support. Warmlines connect you with trained support staff who understand what it’s like to struggle with mental health problems, and can help you address your current situation. Go to mhanational.org/warmlines to find a warmline near you. ⁠⁠

Please take good care, friends.

How to celebrate your small wins during Covid

#MentalHealthMonday⁠⁠In a year where we've faced so many challenges and have been forced to adjust our goals and plans over and over, it's easy to feel like we're getting nowhere fast. But that's simply not true.⁠⁠It may be hard to see the small wins in your life in the midst of all the chaos in the world right now, but writing them down helps so much. I keep track of mine in this simple notebook, and it's made such a difference in how I feel about myself. ⁠⁠It's proof that good things are happening and that you're making progress... maybe in a different way, or on a slightly different schedule than you planned... but you're still moving forward. ⁠⁠Any win counts. ⁠⁠Try this exercise and let me know if it helps you. Don’t wait until you hit your ultimate goal to feel accomplished. Always celebrate your small wins. ️⁠⁠And if you want to learn other ways to be mentally healthy, my partner @mentalhealthamerica has lots of helpful ideas on its website. Just go to the link in my bio and click on the Mental Health America button.⁣⁠ ⁣⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠#ichoosebeauty #changeyourthoughts #changeyourthoughtschangeyourlife #positivepsychology #healingjourney #healingtools #healinglight #healingyourself #healingpower #mentalhealthtips #mentalhealthisimportant #mentalhealthadvice #mentalhealthjourney #mentalwellness #mentaltraining #wordsofencouragement #covid2020 #lifeinthetimeofcorona #selflovejourney⁠

⁠⁠In a year where we’ve faced so many challenges and have been forced to adjust our goals and plans over and over, it’s easy to feel like we’re getting nowhere fast. But that’s simply not true.⁠⁠

It may be hard to see the small wins in your life in the midst of all the chaos in the world right now, but writing them down helps so much. I keep track of mine in this simple notebook, and it’s made such a difference in how I feel about myself. ⁠⁠

It’s proof that good things are happening and that you’re making progress… maybe in a different way, or on a slightly different schedule than you planned… but you’re still moving forward.

⁠⁠Any win counts. ⁠⁠

Try this exercise and let me know if it helps you. Don’t wait until you hit your ultimate goal to feel accomplished. Always celebrate your small wins. ️⁠⁠

And if you want to learn other ways to be mentally healthy, my partner, Mental Health America, has lots of helpful ideas on its website here.

⁠My inner child work journey

⁠#MentalHealthMondayI've spent the past several months learning to love this sweet girl - little Sahar - realizing it's the only path to the self love I’ve struggled to reach for so long.I’ve been talking to her, listening to her, squeezing her tight.It's part of the inner child work I've been doing in therapy, and quite honestly, it's as if I learned a new language. Inner child, unprocessed trauma, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) are just a few terms that were new to me, and are now a huge part of my healing journey.EMDR was how I started to discover a whole world inside me that I didn't know existed. Slowly, we peeled back the layers, finding memories I never knew I had. Months of processing those memories and feelings has been excruciating, but so worth it.Physically, my body had been holding on to the trauma and expressed it as illness. A severe panic attack last year, four months of subsequent vertigo, and the discovery of my upper cervical injury were the loud signs that my body was overwhelmed.At the time, I knew something was wrong - I knew I had been triggered and that I was hurting mentally and emotionally... I just had no idea about the physical connection. And I certainly had no clue that it would lead me on this path to healing that little girl. It's all been a huge reminder how critical it is to really listen to your body. If something seems off, know that it's okay to get help. A good place to start is with a mental health screening from my partner, @mentalhealthamerica. It’s a quick and easy way to determine whether you’re experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition. It’s free, confidential, and anonymous. Just go to the link in my bio and click on the Mental Health America button.xx, Sahar#ichoosebeauty ⁣#innerchild #innerchildhealing #innerchildwork #reparenting #generationaltrauma #emdr #emdrtherapy #mentalhealthtips #mentalhealthisimportant #mentalhealthcare #mentalhealthissues #mentalhealthadvice #mentalhealthjourney #mentalhealthisreal #mentalhealthwarriors⁣⁠⁣ #mentalwellness #mentalhealthawareness ⁣⁠⁣#therapyiscool #selflovejourney #feelingdown #worrying #seekhelp  #youareimportant

I’ve spent the past several months learning to love this sweet girl – little Sahar – realizing it’s the only path to the self love I’ve struggled to reach for so long.

I’ve been talking to her, listening to her, squeezing her tight.

It’s part of the inner child work I’ve been doing in therapy, and quite honestly, it’s as if I learned a new language. Inner child, unprocessed trauma, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) are just a few terms that were new to me, and are now a huge part of my healing journey.

EMDR was how I started to discover a whole world inside me that I didn’t know existed. Slowly, we peeled back the layers, finding memories I never knew I had. Months of processing those memories and feelings has been excruciating, but so worth it.

Physically, my body had been holding on to the trauma and expressed it as illness. A severe panic attack last year, four months of subsequent vertigo, and the discovery of my upper cervical injury were the loud signs that my body was overwhelmed.

At the time, I knew something was wrong – I knew I had been triggered and that I was hurting mentally and emotionally… I just had no idea about the physical connection. And I certainly had no clue that it would lead me on this path to healing that little girl.

It’s all been a huge reminder how critical it is to really listen to your body. If something seems off, know that it’s okay to get help. A good place to start is with a mental health screening from my partner, Mental Health America. It’s a quick and easy way to determine whether you’re experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition. It’s free, confidential, and anonymous. Click here to get started.

The healing journey I never knew I needed

#MentalhealthMonday⁣⁣I’ve been on a healing journey the last two years that I never even knew I needed. ⁣⁣Several triggers in my life forced the emotional trauma I'd buried decades ago to bubble up. Then overflow. I felt like I was drowning in pain.⁣⁣It's funny how you think you've already healed a part of you then realize you're far from it. ⁣⁣I needed to go deeper. Much deeper. And I'm grateful for my therapist who's been there to help me through it all.⁣⁣The work has been excruciating, exhausting, enlightening. I go all in, process what I've uncovered, fall apart... then take time to rest. ⁣⁣Slowly, I’m discovering who I really I am. Gradually, I’m standing up for myself. Gently, I’m learning to love the me I've long disassociated with - the me I never knew I needed.⁣⁣I will share more about my journey in the coming weeks in the hope that it helps someone else. ⁣⁣Remember, if you’re struggling with your mental health, know that it's okay to get help. My partner @mentalhealthamerica has plenty of resources on its website: everything from free and anonymous mental health screenings to DIY tools to information on affordable treatment if you don’t have insurance. Just go to the link in my bio and click on the Mental Health America button.⁣⁠ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁠⁣#ichoosebeauty #covid2020 #lifeinthetimeofcorona #mentalhealthtips #mentalhealthisimportant #mentalhealthcare #mentalhealthissues #mentalhealthadvice #mentalhealthjourney #mentalhealthisreal #mentalhealthwarriors⁣⁠⁣#mentalwellness #mentalhealthawareness ⁣⁠⁣#therapyiscool #selflovejourney #feelingdown #feelinglow #worrying #seekhelp #mentallydrained #youareimportant ⁠

⁣⁣I’ve been on a healing journey the last two years that I never even knew I needed. ⁣⁣

Several triggers in my life forced the emotional trauma I’d buried decades ago to bubble up. Then overflow. I felt like I was drowning in pain.

⁣⁣It’s funny how you think you’ve already healed a part of you then realize you’re far from it. ⁣⁣

I needed to go deeper. Much deeper. And I’m grateful for my therapist who’s been there to help me through it all.⁣⁣

The work has been excruciating, exhausting, enlightening. I go all in, process what I’ve uncovered, fall apart… then take time to rest.

⁣⁣Slowly, I’m discovering who I really I am. Gradually, I’m standing up for myself. Gently, I’m learning to love the me I’ve long disassociated with – the me I never knew I needed.

⁣⁣I will share more about my journey in the coming weeks in the hope that it helps someone else. ⁣⁣

Remember, if you’re struggling with your mental health, know that it’s okay to get help. My partner, Mental Health America, has plenty of resources on its website: everything from free and anonymous mental health screenings to DIY tools to information on affordable treatment if you don’t have insurance. Click here to get started.

⁠⁠What are you doing to help you get through the hard days of 2020?

#MentalHealthMonday⁠⁠What are you doing to help you get through the hard days of 2020?⁠⁠I've definitely been leaning on my daily #ichoosebeauty practice of looking for life's little things every day. It's a nice reminder that beauty still exists despite the hardships we're all facing because of the pandemic and everything else going on in our country.⁠⁠Some of the other things that have been helping me over the last few months: going on walks, getting out in nature, watching funny shows to take my mind off things, naps, cooking, music, journaling, and therapy.⁠⁠How about you? What helps you on the hard days? Share in the comments below! 🏽⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠#covid2020 #lifeinthetimeofcorona #mentalhealthtips #mentalhealthisimportant #mentalhealthcare #mentalhealthissues #mentalhealthadvice #mentalhealthjourney #mentalhealthisreal #mentalhealthwarriors⁣⁠ #mentalwellness #mentalhealthawareness ⁣⁠#therapyiscool #selflovejourney #feelingdown #feelinglow #worrying #seekhelp #mentallydrained #youareimportant ⁠

⁠⁠What are you doing to help you get through the hard days of 2020?

⁠⁠I’ve definitely been leaning on my daily #ichoosebeauty practice of looking for life’s little things every day. It’s a nice reminder that beauty still exists despite the hardships we’re all facing because of the pandemic and everything else going on in our country.⁠⁠

Some of the other things that have been helping me over the last few months: going on walks, getting out in nature, watching funny shows to take my mind off things, naps, cooking, music, journaling, and therapy.⁠⁠

How about you? What helps you on the hard days? Share in the comments on this Instagram post.

If you’re struggling with your mental health, know that it’s okay to get help

#MentalHealthMonday⁠⁠How are you feeling today?⁠⁠This emotionally overwhelming 2020 marathon just keeps going. And in turn, we have to figure out how to keep going, as well.⁠⁠It has helped me to focus on being present and just taking it day by day. But I’ll admit, the past two weeks have been extra challenging for me. ⁠⁠I've been pulling out all the mental health tools I've gathered over the years to help me cope, and of course continuing to go to therapy.⁠⁠Unfortunately, it's going to be a long haul, friends. So please, if you’re struggling with your mental health, know that it's okay to get help.⁠⁠⁣⁠If you need support right now, my partner @mentalhealthamerica has plenty of resources on its website: everything from free and anonymous mental health screenings to DIY tools to information on affordable treatment if you don’t have insurance. Just go to the link in my bio and click on the Mental Health America button.⁣⁠⁣⁠Take good care, friends. ️️⁣⁠⁣⁠📸 @1387aker⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠#ichoosebeauty #covid2020 #lifeinthetimeofcorona #mentalhealthtips #mentalhealthisimportant #mentalhealthcare #mentalhealthissues #mentalhealthadvice #mentalhealthjourney #mentalhealthisreal #mentalhealthwarriors⁣⁠#mentalwellness #mentalhealthawareness ⁣⁠#therapyiscool #selflovejourney #feelingdown #feelinglow #worrying #seekhelp #mentallydrained #youareimportant ⁠

How are you feeling today?

⁠⁠This emotionally overwhelming 2020 marathon just keeps going. And in turn, we have to figure out how to keep going, as well.⁠⁠

It has helped me to focus on being present and just taking it day by day. But I’ll admit, the past two weeks have been extra challenging for me. ⁠⁠

I’ve been pulling out all the mental health tools I’ve gathered over the years to help me cope, and of course continuing to go to therapy.⁠⁠

Unfortunately, it’s going to be a long haul, friends. So please, if you’re struggling with your mental health, know that it’s okay to get help.⁠⁠⁣⁠

If you need support right now, my partner Mental Health America has plenty of resources on its website: everything from free and anonymous screenings to DIY tools to information on affordable treatment if you don’t have insurance. Click here to get started.⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠

Take good care, friends.

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