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.

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. ️⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

Take the #ichoosebeauty Covid Challenge to lift your spirits

How are you feeling, friend?⁠⁠If you're looking for something to help lift your spirits right now, the #ichoosebeauty Covid Challenge may be just what you need. It's free, and you can get started right away!⁠⁠The 10-day Instagram challenge will help you find one good thing each day, even in the midst of the coronavirus chaos. Noticing the beauty in your world has been scientifically proven to help you find joy and meaning in everyday life. And we could all use some of that right now.⁠⁠Every day for 10 days, I'll send you an email telling you what beauty to photograph and share here using the hashtag #ichoosebeauty. It's the perfect virtual support system to help us connect, share life's beauty with each other, and uplift our community as we navigate through the pandemic. ⁠⁠I'm looking forward to seeing the beauty in your world!   The link to sign up is in my bio.⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠#lifeinthetimeofcorona #covid #coronaviruspandemic #coronaviruschallenge #coronachallenge #coronavirus #lookforthelight #seethegood #seethebeauty #findthegood #findthebeauty #lifeslittlemoments #littlethingsmatter #littlethingsthatmakemehappy #littlethingsmakemehappy #beautyinlife #noticethelittlethings #itsthelittlethings #simplethings #itsthelittlethingsinlife #simplethingsinlife #beautyeverywhere #beautyiseverywhere #lookaround #simplethingsmadebeautiful #seeksimplicity #seekthesimplicity

How are you feeling, friend?

⁠⁠If you’re looking for something to help lift your spirits right now, the #ichoosebeauty Covid Challenge may be just what you need. It’s free, and you can get started right away!⁠⁠

The 10-day Instagram challenge will help you find one good thing each day, even in the midst of the coronavirus chaos. Noticing the beauty in your world has been scientifically proven to help you find joy and meaning in everyday life. And we could all use some of that right now.

⁠⁠Every day for 10 days, I’ll send you an email telling you what beauty to photograph and share on Instagram using the hashtag #ichoosebeauty. It’s the perfect virtual support system to help us connect, share life’s beauty with each other, and uplift our community as we navigate through the pandemic. ⁠⁠

I’m looking forward to seeing the beauty in your world! Sign up for the challenge here.

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.

Look for the opportunity in the Covid crisis

I've posted this one before, but it speaks to everything going on in our world right now, so I wanted to reshare it.⁠⁠When we look for some kind of opportunity during difficult times, it can help us get through them.⁠⁠Maybe the challenges of 2020 have given you the opportunity to spend more time with family that you didn't have before, or a chance to try a new skill, or a much-needed reset.⁠⁠I'm not trying to minimize the hardships of this unprecedented time - many of us are struggling right now. But it can help to challenge your thinking, and to search for what may be an unexpected opportunity.⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠#ichoosebeauty #covid2020 #covidlife #lifeinthetimeofcorona #pandemic2020 #coronaviruspandemic #coronapandemic #coronavirus2020 #lookforthegood #lookforthelight #healingtools #healingyourself #inspiringwords #inspiringquote #inspiringthoughts #inspirationalquotestoliveby #inspirationalmessage #inspirationalsayings #inspirationalthought #mentalhealthsupport #mentalhealthisimportant #mentalhealthtips #mentalhealthhelp #mentalhealthjourney #mentalhealthcare #mentalhealthadvice #mentalhealthcommunity #mentalwellness

I’ve posted this one before, but it speaks to everything going on in our world right now, so I wanted to reshare it.⁠⁠

When we look for some kind of opportunity during difficult times, it can help us get through them.⁠⁠

Maybe the challenges of 2020 have given you the opportunity to spend more time with family that you didn’t have before, or a chance to try a new skill, or a much-needed reset.⁠⁠

I’m not trying to minimize the hardships of this unprecedented time – many of us are struggling right now. But it can help to challenge your thinking, and to search for what may be an unexpected opportunity.⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

⁠⁠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.

#ichoosebeauty Covid Challenge on Instagram

If you missed the new #ichoosebeauty COVID Challenge when it launched a few weeks ago, no worries. It's now available to start anytime you want!⁠⁠The 10-day Instagram challenge will help you find one good thing each day, even in the midst of the coronavirus crisis. Noticing the beauty in your world has been scientifically proven to help you find joy and meaning in everyday life. And we could all use some of that right now.⁠⁠Every day for 10 days, I'll send you an email telling you what beauty to photograph and share here using the hashtag #ichoosebeauty. It's the perfect virtual support system to help us connect, share life's beauty with each other, and uplift our community as we navigate through the pandemic. ⁠⁠I'm looking forward to seeing the beauty in your world!   The link to sign up is in my bio. ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠#covid #covid19 #coronaviruspandemic #coronaviruschallenge #coronavirus #lookforthelight #seethegood #seethebeauty #findthegood #findthebeauty #lifeslittlemoments #littlethingsmatter #littlethingsthatmakemehappy #littlethingsmakemehappy #beautyinlife #noticethelittlethings #itsthelittlethings #simplethings #itsthelittlethingsinlife #simplethingsinlife #beautyeverywhere #beautyiseverywhere #lookaround #simplethingsmadebeautiful #seeksimplicity #seekthesimplicity

If you missed the new #ichoosebeauty COVID Challenge when it launched a few weeks ago, no worries. It’s now available to start anytime you want!

⁠⁠The 10-day Instagram challenge will help you find one good thing each day, even in the midst of the coronavirus crisis. Noticing the beauty in your world has been scientifically proven to help you find joy and meaning in everyday life. And we could all use some of that right now.

⁠⁠Every day for 10 days, I’ll send you an email telling you what beauty to photograph and share on Instagram using the hashtag #ichoosebeauty. It’s the perfect virtual support system to help us connect, share life’s beauty with each other, and uplift our community as we navigate through the pandemic.

⁠⁠I’m looking forward to seeing the beauty in your world! Sign up for the challenge here.

Connecting during the Covid quarantine

#MentalHealthMonday⁠⁠Through the ups and downs of the quarantine/isolation.... interestingly, connection can be both an "up" and a "down." It's obviously hard not being together in-person like we're used to, but let's look at how we CAN connect right now.⁠⁠I feel so blessed that we live in a time where technology makes it so easy to communicate with each other, even while we're forced to be apart: email, text, social media, video chats, virtual meetings, emojis, memes, GIFS, etc. I can’t imagine going through this crisis without all of these things (and more) at my fingertips. 🦄⁠⁠I've been able to connect with all of you here, with my friends and family who aren't on social media, with everyone who helps me keep my website running smoothly, with my Beautycounter team, with my therapist... and more!⁠⁠I'm not saying we don't need that in-person connection - we most definitely DO! But during a time where we can't have it, I'm so grateful these other forms of communication exist. ⁠⁠‍‍‍How about you? What connections are you grateful for right now?  Share them in the comments below! ️⁠⁠Remember, whatever you’re feeling during this time is valid. But... if you're really struggling with your mental health, please get help: ⁠⁠My partner, @mentalhealthamerica has a Crisis Text Line with Crisis Counselors ready to help you cope. Text MHA to 741741.⁠⁠MHA also has a new website with lots of resources and information to help during the pandemic. Just click on the link in my bio and go to the "Mental Health America COVID-19 Support" button.⁠⁠Take good care. xx⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠#ichoosebeauty #coronaviruspandemic #coronaviruschallenge #coronapandemic #pandemic2020 #feelyourfeelings #anxietysupport #anxietymanagement #anxietyisreal #lookforthelight #healingjourney #healingtools #healingyourself #healingfromwithin #healingpower #mentalhealthsupport #mentalhealthisimportant #mentalhealthtips #mentalhealthhelp #mentalhealthjourney #mentalhealthcare #mentalhealthadvice #mentalhealthisreal #mentalhealthcommunity #mentalwellness #mentalhealthishealth⁠

Through the ups and downs of the quarantine/isolation…. interestingly, connection can be both an “up” and a “down.” It’s obviously hard not being together in-person like we’re used to, but let’s look at how we CAN connect right now.

⁠⁠I feel so blessed that we live in a time where technology makes it so easy to communicate with each other, even while we’re forced to be apart: email, text, social media, video chats, virtual meetings, emojis, memes, GIFS, etc. I can’t imagine going through this crisis without all of these things (and more) at my fingertips. 🦄

⁠⁠I’ve been able to connect with all of you here, with my friends and family who aren’t on social media, with everyone who helps me keep my website running smoothly, with my Beautycounter team, with my therapist… and more!⁠⁠

I’m not saying we don’t need that in-person connection – we most definitely DO! But during a time where we can’t have it, I’m so grateful these other forms of communication exist. ⁠⁠‍‍‍

How about you? What connections are you grateful for right now? Share them in the comments over on this Instagram post! ️⁠⁠

Remember, whatever you’re feeling during this time is valid. But… if you’re really struggling with your mental health, please get help:

  • ⁠⁠My partner, Mental Health America (MHA) has a Crisis Text Line with Crisis Counselors ready to help you cope. Text MHA to 741741.⁠⁠
  • MHA also has a new website with lots of resources and information to help during the pandemic here.⁠⁠

Take good care,⁠⁠

Mental health phases of the pandemic

#MentalHealthMonday⁠⁠Every week into this pandemic feels like another beginning of a new phase to me. Not necessarily a cut and dry phase... more like what you feel after experiencing trauma and grief - you have various feelings that will continue to come and go in waves over time.⁠⁠I was able to manage my anxiety better last week, and felt myself surrender to the situation and the changes it brought. But I still felt paralyzed and overwhelmed about how to move forward after losing significant income, etc.⁠⁠This week, I see more clearly, at least today I do. I can envision the beginning of a new plan, and have a little more hope, a little more confidence, a little more faith.⁠⁠If I were to use 3 emojis to describe my current feelings, they would be these: 🏽⁠⁠🏽How about you? Which 3 emojis best sum up how you’re feeling today? Drop them in the comments below! 🏽⁠⁠Remember, whatever you’re feeling during this time is normal. But... if you're really struggling with your mental health, please get help: ⁠⁠My partner, @mentalhealthamerica has a Crisis Text Line with Crisis Counselors ready to help you cope. Text MHA to 741741. ⁠⁠MHA also has a new website with lots of resources and information to help during the pandemic. Just click on the link in my bio and go to the "Mental Health America COVID-19 Support" button.⁠⁠Take good care. xx⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠#ichoosebeauty #coronaviruspandemic #coronaviruschallenge #coronapandemic #pandemic2020 #feelyourfeelings #anxietysupport #anxietymanagement #anxietyisreal #lookforthelight #healingjourney #healingtools #healingyourself #healingfromwithin #healingpower #mentalhealthsupport #mentalhealthisimportant #mentalhealthtips #mentalhealthhelp #mentalhealthjourney #mentalhealthcare #mentalhealthadvice #mentalhealthisreal #mentalhealthcommunity #mentalwellness #mentalhealthishealth⁠

⁠⁠Every week into this pandemic feels like another beginning of a new phase to me. Not necessarily a cut and dry phase… more like what you feel after experiencing trauma and grief – you have various feelings that will continue to come and go in waves over time.

⁠⁠I was able to manage my anxiety better last week, and felt myself surrender to the situation and the changes it brought. But I still felt paralyzed and overwhelmed about how to move forward after losing significant income, etc.⁠⁠

This week, I see more clearly, at least today I do. I can envision the beginning of a new plan, and have a little more hope, a little more confidence, a little more faith.⁠⁠

If I were to use 3 emojis to describe my current feelings, they would be these: 🙏💪🏽😫⁠

How about you? Which 3 emojis best sum up how you’re feeling today? Drop them in the comments over on Instagram here.

⁠⁠Remember, whatever you’re feeling during this time is normal. But… if you’re really struggling with your mental health, please get help: ⁠⁠

  • My partner, Mental Health America (MHA) has a Crisis Text Line with Crisis Counselors ready to help you cope. Text MHA to 741741. ⁠⁠
  • MHA also has a new website with lots of resources and information to help during the pandemic here.

Take good care,

Finding Hope: Strength, peace, and light during the covid pandemic

When I was creating the new "Finding Hope" four-week digital journal, I wanted it to be a mental health tool to help you get through these challenging times.⁣⁠⁣⁠Think of it as your personal space to really tune in to your heart and mind, and to reflect on all the good in your life in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. The idea is to help lift your spirits and bring you some peace right now.⁣⁠⁣⁠There's an activity to do every morning, and one to finish every night... and they only take about 10 minutes each. The combination of the two exercises will help train your brain to be more positive during these difficult days.⁣⁠⁣⁠"Finding Hope: Strength, peace, and light during the covid pandemic" features 40 pages that include:⁣⁠⁣⁠Four weeks (28 days) of morning and evening prompts⁣⁠Blank pages for taking notes⁣⁠Mental health resources⁣⁠Empowering quotes throughout⁣⁠⁣⁠The journal is $14.95, and is designed to be used on your computer or tablet. You can also print it out if that's more your style. :)⁣⁠⁣⁠The exercises have personally helped me to better manage the anxiety from the stress of the pandemic. ⁣ So, if a little peace and hope sounds good right now, I've got you.⁣⁠⁣⁠Link to shop is in my bio. As always, 5% of net proceeds goes to @MentalHealthAmerica.⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠#ichoosebeauty #lookforthelight #coronaviruspandemic #coronaviruschallenge #pandemic2020 #coronapandemic #mentalhealthtips #mentalhealthisimportant #mentalhealthcare #mentalhealthjourney #mentalhealthisreal #mentalwellness #findyourhappiness #findhappiness #createyourownhappiness #happinesstherapy #innerhappiness #happinessisallaround #happinessmatters #happinessisastateofmind #happinessisaninsidejob

When I was creating the new “Finding Hope” four-week digital journal, I wanted it to be a mental health tool to help you get through these challenging times.

⁣⁠⁣⁠Think of it as your personal space to really tune in to your heart and mind, and to reflect on all the good in your life in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. The idea is to help lift your spirits and bring you some peace right now.⁣⁠⁣⁠

There’s an activity to do every morning, and one to finish every night… and they only take about 10 minutes each. The combination of the two exercises will help train your brain to be more positive during these difficult days.⁣⁠⁣⁠

“Finding Hope: Strength, peace, and light during the covid pandemic” features 40 pages that include:⁣⁠⁣⁠

  • Four weeks (28 days) of morning and evening prompts
  • ⁣⁠Blank pages for taking notes⁣⁠
  • Mental health resources⁣⁠
  • Empowering quotes throughout⁣⁠⁣⁠

The journal is $14.95, and is designed to be used on your computer or tablet. You can also print it out if that’s more your style. 🙂

⁣⁠⁣⁠The exercises have personally helped me to better manage the anxiety from the stress of the pandemic. ⁣ So, if a little peace and hope sounds good right now, I’ve got you. Order your copy here.

⁣⁠⁣⁠As always, 5% of net proceeds goes to Mental Health America.⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

2 things that helped reduce my pandemic anxiety

#MentalHealthMonday⁠⁠How are you doing this week? Are you starting to adjust to the new strange "normal"?⁠⁠I feel like I'm finally surrendering to the situation, and had a little less anxiety last week. ⁠⁠Two changes I made:⁠⁠I let myself rest more. My body needed it, and I slept a lot. I gave myself grace, and put off a few things I needed to do that could wait. ⁠⁠I cut way back on the time I was spending consuming the news about the pandemic. When things were first coming to light, I was checking the news constantly throughout the day. That was not good for me! I'm now trying to check in just a couple of times a day... and avoiding reading anything about the pandemic when I'm about to go to bed. That was another bad idea. ⁠⁠I will keep sharing what's helping me during this time in case it helps you, too. ⁠⁠Now, tell me... what's been helping you? Please share in the comments so we can get ideas from each other. 🏽⁠⁠Please note: If you need extra support right now, my partner, @mentalhealthamerica has a Crisis Text Line with Crisis Counselors ready to help you cope. Text MHA to 741741. ⁠ ⁠⁠MHA also has a new website with lots of resources and information to help during the pandemic. Just click on the link in my bio and go to the "Mental Health America COVID-19 Support" button.⁠⁠Take good care. xx⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠#ichoosebeauty #covid19news #covid19usa #coronaviruspandemic #coronaviruschallenge #coronapandemic #pandemic2020 #anxietysupport #anxietymanagement #anxietyisreal #lookforthelight #healingjourney #healingtools #healingyourself #healingfromwithin #healingpower #mentalhealthsupport #mentalhealthisimportant #mentalhealthtips #mentalhealthhelp #mentalhealthjourney #mentalhealthcare #mentalhealthadvice #mentalhealthisreal #mentalhealthcommunity #mentalwellness #mentalhealthishealth

⁠⁠How are you doing this week? Are you starting to adjust to the new strange “normal”?⁠⁠

I feel like I’m finally surrendering to the situation, and had a little less anxiety last week. ⁠⁠

Two changes I made:

  • ⁠⁠I let myself rest more. My body needed it, and I slept a lot. I gave myself grace, and put off a few things I needed to do that could wait.
  • ⁠⁠I cut way back on the time I was spending consuming the news about the pandemic. When things were first coming to light, I was checking the news constantly throughout the day. That was not good for me! I’m now trying to check in just a couple of times a day… and avoiding reading anything about the pandemic when I’m about to go to bed. That was another bad idea.

⁠⁠I will keep sharing what’s helping me during this time in case it helps you, too.

⁠⁠Please note: If you need extra support right now, my partner, Mental Health America has a Crisis Text Line with Crisis Counselors ready to help you cope. Text MHA to 741741. ⁠ ⁠⁠

MHA also has a new website with lots of resources and information to help during the pandemic here.

⁠⁠Take good care.

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New “Finding Hope” digital journal

Introducing... the new "Finding Hope" four-week digital journal - I created this for you to help get through these challenging times.⁣⁣Think of it as your personal space to really tune in to your heart and mind, and to reflect on all the good in your life in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. The idea is to help lift your spirits and bring you some peace right now.⁣⁣There's an activity to do every morning, and one to finish every night. The combination of the two exercises will help train your brain to be more positive during these difficult days.⁣⁣Throughout the journal, you'll also find a few empowering quotes and my notes explaining the meaning behind them. These are all based on coping statements I learned in therapy for severe depression. I still rely on them to keep me going when things get tough, like they have been lately.⁣⁣"Finding Hope: Strength, peace, and light during the covid pandemic" features 40 pages that include:⁣⁣Four weeks (28 days) of morning and evening prompts⁣Blank pages for taking notes⁣Mental health resources⁣Empowering quotes throughout⁣⁣The journal is $14.95, and is designed to be used on your computer or tablet. You can also print it out if that's more your style. :)⁣⁣Lately, I've found myself relying on the coping tools that I learned in therapy years ago, and I want to share them with you as we face these unpredictable times. This journal is one of them, and it's really helped me to better manage the anxiety from the stress of the pandemic.⁣⁣So, if a little peace and hope sounds nice right now, I've got you.⁣⁣Link to shop is in my bio. As always, 5% of net proceeds goes to Mental Health America.

Introducing… the new “Finding Hope” four-week digital journal – I created this for you to help get through these challenging times.⁣⁣

Think of it as your personal space to really tune in to your heart and mind, and to reflect on all the good in your life in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. The idea is to help lift your spirits and bring you some peace right now.⁣⁣

There’s an activity to do every morning, and one to finish every night. The combination of the two exercises will help train your brain to be more positive during these difficult days.⁣⁣

Throughout the journal, you’ll also find a few empowering quotes and my notes explaining the meaning behind them. These are all based on coping statements I learned in therapy for severe depression. I still rely on them to keep me going when things get tough, like they have been lately.

⁣⁣“Finding Hope: Strength, peace, and light during the covid pandemic” features 40 pages that include:⁣⁣

  • Four weeks (28 days) of morning and evening prompts⁣
  • Blank pages for taking notes⁣
  • Mental health resources
  • ⁣Empowering quotes throughout⁣⁣

The journal is $14.95, and is designed to be used on your computer or tablet. You can also print it out if that’s more your style. :)⁣⁣

Lately, I’ve found myself relying on the coping tools that I learned in therapy years ago, and I want to share them with you as we face these unpredictable times. This journal is one of them, and it’s really helped me to better manage the anxiety from the stress of the pandemic.⁣⁣

So, if a little peace and hope sounds nice right now, I’ve got you.⁣⁣ Order your copy here.

As always, 5% of net proceeds goes to Mental Health America.

Focus on what you can control

#MentalHealthMonday⁠⁠How are you doing today? ⁠⁠I'm right there with you, friends. This is unlike anything we've faced before, and it's hard.⁠⁠How we react to the pandemic is essential to our mental health. Right now, what seems to be helping me the most is when I focus on what I can control, but I have to constantly remind myself to do that!⁠⁠Some examples of what you can control include: how much time you spend absorbing the news, social distancing, good hand-washing, boosting your immune system, staying healthy with exercise and nutrition, and connecting with people so you don't feel as isolated. ⁠⁠When you focus on what you CAN do instead of what you can’t, it’ll help lessen some of the anxiety this unprecedented situation is bringing with it. ⁠⁠I definitely had WAY TOO MUCH news intake the last two weeks, and could feel it stressing me out and making my anxiety soar. This weekend, I tried to only check pandemic updates 1-2 times a day, and it helped so much. ⁠⁠Please note: If you need extra support right now, my partner, @mentalhealthamerica has a Crisis Text Line with Crisis Counselors ready to help you cope. Text MHA to 741741. ⁠ ⁠⁠MHA also has a new website with lots of resources and information to help during the pandemic. Just click on the link in my bio and go to the "Mental Health America COVID-19 Support" button.⁠⁠Take good care. xx⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠#ichoosebeauty #covid19news #covid19usa #coronaviruspandemic #coronaviruschallenge #coronapandemic #pandemic2020 #anxietysupport #anxietymanagement #anxietyisreal #lookforthelight #healingjourney #healingtools #healingyourself #healingfromwithin #healingpower #mentalhealthsupport #mentalhealthisimportant #mentalhealthtips #mentalhealthhelp #mentalhealthjourney #mentalhealthcare #mentalhealthadvice #mentalhealthisreal #mentalhealthcommunity #mentalwellness #mentalhealthishealth⁠

How are you doing today? ⁠⁠

I’m right there with you, friends. This is unlike anything we’ve faced before, and it’s hard.⁠⁠

How we react to the pandemic is essential to our mental health. Right now, what seems to be helping me the most is when I focus on what I can control, but I have to constantly remind myself to do that!⁠⁠

Some examples of what you can control include: how much time you spend absorbing the news, social distancing, good hand-washing, boosting your immune system, staying healthy with exercise and nutrition, and connecting with people so you don’t feel as isolated. ⁠⁠

When you focus on what you CAN do instead of what you can’t, it’ll help lessen some of the anxiety this unprecedented situation is bringing with it.

⁠⁠I definitely had WAY TOO MUCH news intake the last two weeks, and could feel it stressing me out and making my anxiety soar. This weekend, I tried to only check pandemic updates 1-2 times a day, and it helped so much. ⁠⁠

Please note: If you need extra support right now, my partner, Mental Health America has a Crisis Text Line with Crisis Counselors ready to help you cope. Text MHA to 741741. ⁠ ⁠⁠

MHA also has a new website with lots of resources and information to help during the pandemic. Just click on the link in my bio and go to the “Mental Health America COVID-19 Support” button.⁠⁠

Take good care. xx⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

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