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.⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

Let’s talk about therapy

#MentalHealthMonday⁠⁠Let's talk about therapy.⁠⁠I'll start by saying that therapy has saved my life... more than once.⁠⁠It takes an extraordinary amount of deep work, but it's so worth it. ⁠⁠It's painful peeling back all those layers to get to the core and get in touch with your inner self. That's when you can really start to heal. There's so much rawness, truth, and navigating through past and current feelings and experiences. It can be both terrifying and enlightening. ⁠⁠What's incredible about therapy is that when you do the work and come out on the other side, you'll have learned more than you thought possible about your existence, your journey, yourself. For me, being that tuned in has been key to having a healthier relationship with myself and with others.⁠⁠Personally, I've done a few different types of therapy: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and long-term psychotherapy. All have had a place for me during different seasons of my life. ⁠⁠How to get started⁠⁠If you've never been to therapy before, your first task is to find a mental health professional who's a good fit for you; someone you feel comfortable with so that you can be open and honest. You may have to try more than one therapist - I've definitely had to do that a few times.⁠⁠Where to learn more⁠⁠My partner, @mentalhealthamerica has a great section on its website about the different types of therapy and mental health care available. To get to it, just click on the link in my bio and go to the Mental Health America button.⁣⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣ ⁠⁠As always, reach out if you have questions. xx⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠#ichoosebeauty #cbt #emdr #cognitivebehavioraltherapy #therapyworks #therapyiscool #psychotherapy #healingjourney #healingtools #healingyourself #healingfromwithin #healingpower #mentalhealthtips #mentalhealthhelp #mentalhealthjourney #mentalhealthishealth #mentalhealthcommunity #mentalhealthadvice #mentalhealthisreal #mentalwellness⁠

I’ll start by saying that therapy has saved my life… more than once.⁠⁠

It takes an extraordinary amount of deep work, but it’s so worth it. ⁠⁠

It’s painful peeling back all those layers to get to the core and get in touch with your inner self. That’s when you can really start to heal. There’s so much rawness, truth, and navigating through past and current feelings and experiences. It can be both terrifying and enlightening. ⁠⁠

What’s incredible about therapy is that when you do the work and come out on the other side, you’ll have learned more than you thought possible about your existence, your journey, yourself. For me, being that tuned in has been key to having a healthier relationship with myself and with others.⁠⁠

Personally, I’ve done a few different types of therapy: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and long-term psychotherapy. All have had a place for me during different seasons of my life. ⁠⁠

How to get started⁠⁠

If you’ve never been to therapy before, your first task is to find a mental health professional who’s a good fit for you; someone you feel comfortable with so that you can be open and honest. You may have to try more than one therapist – I’ve definitely had to do that a few times.⁠⁠

Where to learn more⁠⁠

My partner, Mental Health America, has a great section on its website about the different types of therapy and mental health care available. Get it here.⁣⁣⁣

⁠⁠As always, reach out if you have questions. xx⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

How are you showing up for yourself this year?⁣⁣⁠

The big lessons I learned in 2019 were all about looking inward – knowing when to take more down time, really tuning in to both my mind and body, and paying more attention to my needs. ⁣⁣⁠

Trust me, these were difficult adjustments for me to make. After resisting for months, I finally surrendered. ⁣⁣⁠⁣⁠

Here are a few things I’ve been working on lately that are helping me get back to my true self. I hope they do the same for you: ⁣⁣⁠

  • Forgive yourself. You must do this to be able to let go and move forward.⁣⁣⁠
  • Pay closer attention to what you need, and give yourself more of that.
  • Stop worrying about what other people think. I still have to repeat this to myself almost daily.⁣⁣⁠
  • Let go of unbalanced relationships. I believe in giving people the benefit of the doubt… but if you’re constantly the one reaching out to someone, showing up for them and they’re not reciprocating, it may be time to rethink that relationship.⁣⁣⁠

I’m still working on all of these, and some need more effort than the rest. But I’m already noticing a difference. I’m finally more tuned in to my body and to what I need emotionally.

I hope this is helpful to you! And if you need other ideas on how to be mentally healthy, my partner, Mental Health America can help. Just click here to get started.

Why God brought my journey to Maui

"Why have you brought me here?" ⁣⁠⁣⁠I've asked God this question countless times over the past three and a half years since we moved to Maui.⁣⁠⁣⁠This island is beautiful, there's no doubt about it. My journey here, though, has been filled with triggers, trauma, and loneliness.⁣⁠⁣⁠But I've finally figured out why I'm here.⁣⁠⁣⁠To heal.⁣⁠⁣⁠From old and new distress. From physical illnesses I've been carrying for decades.⁣⁠⁣⁠And the aching loneliness? That's a gift. To make me sit in silence and deeply connect to my heart, my mind, my body.⁣⁠⁣⁠I believe that our move to Maui has been filled with endless chaos on purpose.⁣⁠⁣⁠It's forcing me to work through old trauma I'd buried down deep for decades. New hurt is teaching me to let go. And the physical pain is showing me how connected healing the body and mind really are. ⁣⁠⁣⁠I saw a quote the day I began my treatment for Meniere's disease, and think it speaks to my overall journey here:⁣⁠⁣⁠"This place where you are right now, God circled on a map for you." ~ Hafiz⁣⁠⁣⁠Thank you, Maui. I've tried to push you away, but now know how much I've needed you.⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠#ichoosebeauty #MentalHealthMonday #healingjourney #healingtools #healingtrauma #healinglight #healingyourself #healingfromwithin #healingpower #hearthealing #trustyourjourney #trusttheuniverse #trustgodsplan #trusttheprocess #chronicpainlife #menieresdisease #recoveryjourney #injuryrecovery #mentalhealthtips #mentalhealthisimportant #mentalhealthadvice #mentalhealthjourney #mentalwellness #mentaltraining #wordsofencouragement #mauihawaii #mauilove

“Why have you brought me here?” ⁣⁠
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I’ve asked God this question countless times over the past three and a half years since we moved to Maui.⁣⁠
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This island is beautiful, there’s no doubt about it. My journey here, though, has been filled with triggers, trauma, and loneliness.⁣⁠
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But I’ve finally figured out why I’m here.⁣⁠
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To heal.⁣⁠
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From old and new distress. From physical illnesses I’ve been carrying for decades.⁣⁠
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And the aching loneliness? That’s a gift. To make me sit in silence and deeply connect to my heart, my mind, my body.⁣⁠
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I believe that our move to Maui has been filled with endless chaos on purpose.⁣⁠
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It’s forcing me to work through old trauma I’d buried down deep for decades. New hurt is teaching me to let go. And the physical pain is showing me how connected healing the body and mind really are. ⁣⁠
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I saw a quote the day I began my treatment for Meniere’s disease, and think it speaks to my overall journey here:⁣⁠
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“This place where you are right now, God circled on a map for you.” ~ Hafiz⁣⁠
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Thank you, Maui. I’ve tried to push you away, but now know how much I’ve needed you.⁣⁠

Let’s talk about self care

#MentalHealthMonday ⁣⁣⁠⁣⁣⁠Let's talk about self care. You may have noticed, I didn't do my usual Monday post last week. Truth is, I didn't have the energy to eke it out.⁣⁣⁠⁣⁣⁠I've been exhausted over the past few months as my body continues to heal from my upper cervical misalignment. It's forcing me to take time off, even as I'm still really struggling with feeling like I'm so behind on everything. BUT here's the thing. Every time I push myself to get things done, I overdo it and I end up paying for it with days in bed. ⁣⁣⁠⁣⁣⁠So learn from my mistakes, you guys.  ⁣⁣⁠⁣⁣⁠Self care is so important. And it's important to do it consistently, not just when your body is screaming at you, like I've been doing. You've got to learn to listen when it's whispering. ⁣⁣⁠⁣⁣⁠Like REALLY LISTEN to your body, be kind to yourself, and find that balance. Take a nap, workout, do nothing. Whatever you need.⁣⁣⁠⁣⁣⁠Because self care is non-negotiable. It's not a luxury. It's absolutely necessary, and something we all must do for our health. ⁣⁠⁣⁠Clearly, I needed this reminder too!⁣ 😬⁠⁣⁣⁠If you need other ideas on how to stay mentally healthy, my partner @mentalhealthamerica can help. Just click on the link in my bio and go to the Mental Health America button.⁣⁠⁣⁣⁠⁣⁣⁠⁣⁣⁠⁣⁣⁠⁣⁣⁠⁣⁣⁠⁣⁣⁠⁣⁣⁠⁣⁣⁠⁣⁣⁠⁣⁣⁠⁣⁣⁠#ichoosebeauty #chronicillnesslife #chronicillnessfighter #chronicpainwarrior #chronicpainsucks #chronicpainawareness #chronicpainlife #menieresdisease #recoveryjourney #injuryrecovery #mentalhealthtips #mentalhealthisimportant #mentalhealthcare #mentalhealthissues #mentalhealthadvice #mentalhealthjourney #mentalhealthisreal #mentalhealthwarriors #mentalwellness #mentalstrength #mentaltraining #mentalfitness⁣⁠ #wordsofencouragement #inspirationalmessage #inspirationalthoughts

Let’s talk about self care.

You may have noticed, I didn’t do my usual Monday post last week. Truth is, I didn’t have the energy to eke it out.⁣⁣⁠
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I’ve been exhausted over the past few months as my body continues to heal from my upper cervical misalignment. It’s forcing me to take time off, even as I’m still really struggling with feeling like I’m so behind on everything. BUT here’s the thing. Every time I push myself to get things done, I overdo it and I end up paying for it with days in bed. ⁣⁣⁠
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So learn from my mistakes, you guys. 😉 ⁣⁣⁠
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Self care is so important. And it’s important to do it consistently, not just when your body is screaming at you, like I’ve been doing. You’ve got to learn to listen when it’s whispering. ⁣⁣⁠
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Like REALLY LISTEN to your body, be kind to yourself, and find that balance. Take a nap, workout, do nothing. Whatever you need.⁣⁣⁠
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Because self care is non-negotiable. It’s not a luxury. It’s absolutely necessary, and something we all must do for our health. ⁣⁠
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Clearly, I needed this reminder too!⁣ 😬⁠
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If you need other ideas on how to stay mentally healthy, my partner Mental Health America has lots of information that can help here.
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A funny thing happened in therapy recently…

#MentalHealthMonday: A funny thing happened in therapy recently...⁣⁣I thought I had mastered the message on my shirt: "Once you stop chasing happiness, you find it." ⁣⁣It was a tough one for me to get through my stubborn head, but I finally did it during therapy a few years ago in Ohio. I totally believed it, and have lived it ever since. ⁣⁣I'd learned what I'm always telling you: Stop thinking you’ll only be happy once this, that, or the other happens (new job/house/boyfriend/weight loss etc.). How will you ever have happiness in your life right now if you believe it’s somewhere else?⁣⁠⁣⁣But I never thought it applied to my now 7-month-long Meniere's disease healing process until my current therapist mentioned it.⁣⁣I had been telling her how frustrated I was with this long healing process; how I had so many plans for the year that had to be put on hold; and how I have wayyyy too much to do to just allow myself to rest and heal.⁣⁣"You have to accept where you are now in the process" she told me. "You have to invite the healing, release resistance, and stop thinking you can only be happy once you're well."⁣⁣I was like, wait... that sounds familiar... I know all this. And yet, I had missed it somehow.⁣⁣I'd been thinking once I heal, then I can do this and that and get back on track with my original plans.⁣⁣BUT. I got her message (my message re-learned) loud and clear, and I'm working on applying it to my healing journey. Which, by the way, has taught me so much, but I'll save those lessons for another post.⁣⁣For now, just remember to stop chasing happiness because it really is right in front of you. ⁣⁣And if you need other ideas on how to stay mentally healthy, my partner @mentalhealthamerica can help. Just click on the link in my bio and go to the Mental Health America button.⁣⁠⁣⁣⁠⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣#ichoosebeauty #chronicillnesslife #chronicillnessfighter #chronicpainwarrior #chronicpainsucks #chronicpainawareness #chronicpainlife #menieresdisease #recoveryjourney #injuryrecovery #mentalhealthtips #mentalhealthisimportant #mentalhealthadvice #mentalhealthjourney  #mentalwellness #mentaltraining #wordsofencouragement

⁣⁣I thought I had mastered the message on my shirt: “Once you stop chasing happiness, you find it.”

⁣⁣It was a tough one for me to get through my stubborn head, but I finally did it during therapy a few years ago in Ohio. I totally believed it, and have lived it ever since. ⁣⁣

I’d learned what I’m always telling you: Stop thinking you’ll only be happy once this, that, or the other happens (new job/house/boyfriend/weight loss etc.). How will you ever have happiness in your life right now if you believe it’s somewhere else?⁣⁠⁣⁣

But I never thought it applied to my now 7-month-long Meniere’s disease healing process until my current therapist mentioned it.⁣⁣

I had been telling her how frustrated I was with this long healing process; how I had so many plans for the year that had to be put on hold; and how I have wayyyy too much to do to just allow myself to rest and heal.⁣⁣

“You have to accept where you are now in the process” she told me. “You have to invite the healing, release resistance, and stop thinking you can only be happy once you’re well.”

⁣⁣I was like, wait… that sounds familiar… I know all this. And yet, I had missed it somehow.⁣⁣

I’d been thinking once I heal, then I can do this and that and get back on track with my original plans.⁣⁣

BUT. I got her message (my message re-learned) loud and clear, and I’m working on applying it to my healing journey. Which, by the way, has taught me so much, but I’ll save those lessons for another post.⁣⁣

For now, just remember to stop chasing happiness because it really is right in front of you. ⁣⁣

And if you need other ideas on how to stay mentally healthy, find help here from my partner, Mental Health America.⁣⁠⁣⁣⁠⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

To my fellow chronic illness warriors:

#MentalHealthMonday⁣⁠⁣⁠To all my chronic illness warriors: I see you, I stand with you, I am you.⁣⁠⁣⁠I know how this burden can take its toll on you, physically and emotionally.⁣⁠⁣⁠If you're having a bad day, take extra care. ⁣⁠⁣⁠If you're having a good day, celebrate it.⁣⁠⁣⁠Remember, you are not alone. Your pain is real. Listen to your body, and adjust your priorities. ⁣⁠⁣⁠The connection between chronic pain and our mental health is a strong one, and learning about it really helped me to better understand what was going on with me. If you want to know more, go to the link in my bio and click on the Mental Health America button for some good information from my partner, @mentalhealthamerica⁣⁠ ⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠#ichoosebeauty #chronicillnesslife #chronicillnessfighter #chronicpainwarrior #chronicpainsucks #chronicpainawareness #chronicpainlife #menieresdisease  #recoveryjourney #injuryrecovery #endometriosiswarrior #endometriosisawareness ⁣⁠#mentalhealthtips #mentalhealthisimportant #mentalhealthcare #mentalhealthissues #mentalhealthadvice #mentalhealthjourney #mentalhealthisreal #mentalhealthwarriors #mentalwellness #mentalstrength #mentaltraining #mentalfitness⁣⁠ #wordsofencouragement #inspirationalmessage #inspirationalthoughts

I see you, I stand with you, I am you.

⁣⁠⁣⁠I know how this burden can take its toll on you, physically and emotionally.⁣⁠⁣⁠

If you’re having a bad day, take extra care.

⁣⁠⁣⁠If you’re having a good day, celebrate it.⁣⁠⁣⁠

Remember, you are not alone. Your pain is real. Listen to your body, and adjust your priorities. ⁣⁠⁣⁠

The connection between chronic pain and our mental health is a strong one, and learning about it really helped me to better understand what was going on with me. If you want to know more, my partner, Mental Health America has some good information here.

How to help prevent a suicide

I remember waking up a few years ago feeling like I was curled up at the bottom of a deep dark hole where I could barely breathe, wondering what happened. Wondering how I got there. And not really caring if I ever saw light again. I felt like the only way to stop hurting was to sleep so deeply that I wouldn’t wake up. ⁣⁣
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I finally found the strength to get help. It was a long tough climb for me out of that dark hole. Therapy saved my life and gave me critical tools to keep going.⁣⁣⁣
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I believe we must talk openly about mental health and suicide so that those who are struggling know it’s okay to get the help they need.⁣⁣⁣
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You can help, too. In honor of Suicide Prevention Month, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and my partner, Mental Health America want you to #BeThe1Toknow the 5 steps to help someone in suicidal crisis:⁣⁣⁣
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ASK
When somebody you know is in emotional pain, ask them the tough question directly, “Are you thinking about killing yourself?”⁣⁣⁣
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KEEP THEM SAFE⁣⁣⁣
Is your friend thinking about suicide? Ask if they’ve thought about how they would do it and separate them from anything they could use to hurt themselves.⁣⁣⁣
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BE THERE⁣⁣⁣
Listen to your friend’s reasons for feeling hopeless and in pain. Listen with compassion and empathy, without dismissing or judging.⁣⁣⁣
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HELP THEM CONNECT
Help your friend find a support system, whether it’s 800-273-TALK, family, friends, clergy, coaches, co-workers or therapists, so they have a network to reach out to for help.⁣⁣⁣
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FOLLOW UP
Check in on a regular basis. Making contact during the days and weeks after a crisis can make a difference in keeping them alive.⁣⁣⁣
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WANT TO KNOW MORE?
Go to #BeThe1To for lots of valuable information. ⁣You might help save a life.⁣ ❤️

Always celebrate your small wins

We all have goals. Financial goals, health goals, personal goals. Sometimes, they're pretty big goals. While we're reaching for them, they can seem so far off, and it's easy to feel like we're getting nowhere fast. ⁠⁠A couple of years ago, I started keeping track of my small wins in this notebook. It makes such a huge difference in how I feel about myself. Too often, I’m so focused on my end-game that I don't even recognize the small gains I've made that are helping me to get there.⁠⁠Those little victories matter a lot. I find that writing them down once a week really helps me see that I'm moving forward. It's concrete evidence in a simple notebook. ⁠⁠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, check out some ideas that can help you feel more hopeful from my partner, @MentalHealthAmerica. Just click on the link in my bio and go to the "Mental Health America" button.⁣⁠⁣⁠As always, reach out to me anytime. xxoo⁣ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠#ichoosebeauty #smallwins #smallsteps #goalsetter #seethegood #seethebeauty #findthegood #findthelight #findthebeauty #findthejoy #mentalwellness #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthmatters #mentalhealthsupport #mentalhealthrecovery #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthblog #mentalhealthblogger #mondayinspiration #lifelessons #inspirationquote #inspirationalthoughts #inspirationalwords #inspirationforyou #wordstoliveby #quotesaboutlife #quotesforlife #wordsofencouragement

We all have goals. Financial goals, health goals, personal goals. Sometimes, they’re pretty big goals. While we’re reaching for them, they can seem so far off, and it’s easy to feel like we’re getting nowhere fast.

⁠⁠A couple of years ago, I started keeping track of my small wins in this notebook. It makes such a huge difference in how I feel about myself. Too often, I’m so focused on my end-game that I don’t even recognize the small gains I’ve made that are helping me to get there.⁠⁠

Those little victories matter a lot. I find that writing them down once a week really helps me see that I’m moving forward. It’s concrete evidence in a simple notebook. ⁠⁠

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, check out some ideas that can help you feel more hopeful from my partner, Mental Health America.⁣⁠⁣⁠

As always, reach out to me anytime. xxoo⁣

In the midst of the bad, there’s always something good

#MentalHealthMonday⁣⁣"When I recall where I was, I’m so grateful that I found a way out of it. I still have dark days, but #IChooseBeauty helps me remember that even in the midst of a lot of bad, there’s always something good."⁣⁣That was my quote in @experiencelifemag a couple of years ago, and it's still meaningful today. ⁣⁣Remember to look for the good, my friends.⁣⁣And if you want to learn other ways to be mentally healthy, check out some ideas that can help you feel more hopeful from my partner, @MentalHealthAmerica. Just click on the link in my bio and go to the "Mental Health America" button.⁣⁣As always, reach out to me anytime. xxoo⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣#ichoosebeauty #seethegood #seethebeauty #findthegood #findthelight #findthebeauty #findthejoy #mentalwellness #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthmatters #mentalhealthsupport #mentalhealthrecovery #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthblog #mentalhealthblogger #mondayinspiration #lifelessons #inspirationquote #inspirationalthoughts #inspirationalwords #inspirationforyou #wordstoliveby #quotesaboutlife #quotesforlife #wordsofencouragement

“When I recall where I was, I’m so grateful that I found a way out of it. I still have dark days, but #IChooseBeauty helps me remember that even in the midst of a lot of bad, there’s always something good.”

Sahar Aker

⁣⁣That was my quote in Experience Life Magazine a couple of years ago, and it’s still meaningful today. ⁣⁣

Remember to look for the good, my friends.⁣⁣

And if you want to learn other ways to be mentally healthy, check out some ideas that can help you feel more hopeful from my partner, Mental Health America, here. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

Gut-brain connection

#MentalHealthMonday [GUT-BRAIN CONNECTION].Over the last three years, I've been reading more about the gut-brain connection, and the role it plays in our mental health. I find this newish research fascinating..You know how you sometimes feel like you have to "go with your gut" or you feel "butterflies" in your stomach when you're nervous? Scientists say that happens when we get signals from our gut, our so-called "second brain." This connection is helping them understand the links between our digestion, mood, autoimmune disorders, and even the way we think..The research has been looking at the trillions of bacteria and microorganisms that live in the intestine, and how keeping them healthy can keep us healthy mentally and physically..So how do we keep our gut healthy? Eating a balanced and nutritious diet is the most important thing you can do. You should also makes sure to incorporate prebiotics and probiotics in your diet. High-fiber foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are good sources of prebiotics; probiotics are found in many fermented foods like yogurt, sauerkraut, and kombucha. You can also take a probiotic supplement to help grow that good gut bacteria..I do pretty well with prebiotics in my diet, and I've been taking a probiotic for the past three years, but... I definitely need to work on eating more foods with probiotics. How about you - do you pay attention to the prebiotics and probiotics in your diet?.If you want to learn more about the gut-brain connection, check out the info from my partner @MentalHealthAmerica. Just click on the link in my bio and go to the "Mental Health America" button...........#ichoosebeauty #mentalwellness #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthmatters #mentalhealthsupport #mentalhealthrecovery #mentalhealthadvocate #mondayinspiration #lifelessons #mindbodyconnection #mindbody #mindbodyandsoul #gutbrainconnection #brainfood #probiotic #prebiotic #mindfood #gowithyourgut #gutcheck #microbiome

Over the last three years, I’ve been reading more about the gut-brain connection, and the role it plays in our mental health. I find this newish research fascinating.

You know how you sometimes feel like you have to “go with your gut” or you feel “butterflies” in your stomach when you’re nervous? Scientists say that happens when we get signals from our gut, our so-called “second brain.” This connection is helping them understand the links between our digestion, mood, autoimmune disorders, and even the way we think. The research has been looking at the trillions of bacteria and microorganisms that live in the intestine, and how keeping them healthy can keep us healthy mentally and physically.

So, how do we keep our gut healthy? Eating a balanced and nutritious diet is the most important thing you can do. You should also makes sure to incorporate prebiotics and probiotics in your diet. High-fiber foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are good sources of prebiotics; probiotics are found in many fermented foods like yogurt, sauerkraut, and kombucha. You can also take a probiotic supplement to help grow that good gut bacteria.

I do pretty well with prebiotics in my diet, and I’ve been taking a probiotic for the past three years, but… I definitely need to work on eating more foods with probiotics. How about you – do you pay attention to the prebiotics and probiotics in your diet?

If you want to learn more about the gut-brain connection, check out the info from my partner, Mental Health America.

Becoming as healthy as “healthy” can be for me

#MentalHealthMonday:.In my family, I'm jokingly (or maybe they're serious? 🤷🏽‍♀️) known as the food police. I'm pretty picky about all things food - not just what I eat, but what everyone else eats. 🤣JK. Kind of. 🤔I also know all the rules about how long certain foods should sit out etc., and try to enforce them every chance I get. ‍♀️.All joking aside, the reason I'm so cautious is because I've always had a weak immune system. I seem to get sick when most people in the exact same situation don't, and end up in that small percentage of people who get the rare side effects from medicine..I've also spent 30+ years living with chronic health conditions - endometriosis,  arrhythmia, scoliosis, and lichen planus, to name a few..The truth is, my health problems have played a huge role in my depression. And vice versa. So I'm always trying to do what's in my power to be as healthy as "healthy" can be for me. That definition keeps changing..For years, I only focused on diet and exercise. Then when I finally learned the strong connection between our mental health and physical health, I took a lot of action to work on healing my mind..Then... a couple of years ago, I was flabbergasted to find out about all the environmental toxins we're exposed to, and how they affect our health. I had no idea. I'm still shocked..Then... just when I thought I knew it all ... bam! Meniere's disease. And with it, even more education about everything that makes up our overall health. This time, I've really had to learn how to listen to my body and not stress it..I have a feeling more learning will come. As it does, I will continue to tweak my lifestyle, trying to find the right balance for my mind and body so I can be as healthy as "healthy" can be for me. .If you want more information on how to be healthier mentally and physically, my partner @MentalHealthAmerica has lots of helpful ideas. Just click on the link in my bio and go to the "Mental Health America" button.⁣.

In my family, I’m jokingly (or maybe they’re serious? 🤷🏽‍♀️) known as the food police. I’m pretty picky about all things food – not just what I eat, but what everyone else eats. 🤣JK. Kind of. 🤔I also know all the rules about how long certain foods should sit out etc., and try to enforce them every chance I get. ‍♀️

All joking aside, the reason I’m so cautious is because I’ve always had a weak immune system. I seem to get sick when most people in the exact same situation don’t, and end up in that small percentage of people who get the rare side effects from medicine.

I’ve also spent 30+ years living with chronic health conditions – endometriosis, arrhythmia, scoliosis, and lichen planus, to name a few.

The truth is, my health problems have played a huge role in my depression. And vice versa. So I’m always trying to do what’s in my power to be as healthy as “healthy” can be for me. That definition keeps changing.

For years, I only focused on diet and exercise. Then when I finally learned the strong connection between our mental health and physical health, I took a lot of action to work on healing my mind.

Then… a couple of years ago, I was flabbergasted to find out about all the environmental toxins we’re exposed to, and how they affect our health. I had no idea. I’m still shocked.

Then… just when I thought I knew it all … bam! Meniere’s disease. And with it, even more education about everything that makes up our overall health. This time, I’ve really had to learn how to listen to my body and not stress it.

I have a feeling more learning will come. As it does, I will continue to tweak my lifestyle, trying to find the right balance for my mind and body so I can be as healthy as “healthy” can be for me.

If you want more information on how to be healthier mentally and physically, go to my partner, Mental Health America for lots of helpful ideas.

Meniere’s disease and the mind-body connection

#MentalHealthMonday:⁣.⁣Never have I been more convinced about the mind-body connection than I am right now. As I mentioned last week, I was recently diagnosed with Meniere's disease... but what I didn't share is what was going on with me right before the diagnosis.⁣.⁣I've been super stressed out for much of the three years we've been here on Maui, and having a lot of anxiety since the beginning of this year. In March, the anxiety was at an all-time high and crescendoed into a full-blown panic attack one night. The next day was when my vertigo and dizziness symptoms started.⁣.⁣I found out that sure enough, stress and anxiety can be triggers of a Meniere's disease episode. My body was screaming at me to take better care of it. Message received loud and clear.⁣.⁣I've known about the link between our mental health and physical health, and talk about it quite a bit here. I thought I was doing a good job taking care of myself, but in hindsight, I was so overwhelmed with stress that I let things slip.⁣.⁣What I've learned from all this is that I need to be more intentional in managing my stress. I need to stay on top of it before I get hit with something so intense again. There is no cure for Meniere's disease, so it's likely I will have episodes going forward. I just need to do what's in my control to make sure they're less severe.⁣.⁣Mental illness and chronic conditions often go hand-in-hand, and my health has always played a big role in my depression. Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing tools from my partner, @mentalhealthamerica that can help improve both your mental and physical health if you live with a chronic illness or care for someone who does. It's the focus of this year's Mental Health Month which begins this Wednesday, May 1. The timing couldn't be better. ️#4Mind4Body #mentalhealthmonth⁣.⁣.⁣.⁣.⁣.⁣.⁣.⁣.⁣.⁣.⁣#ichoosebeauty #Mondayinspiration #motivationmonday #mentalwellness #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthmatters #mentalhealthsupport #mentalhealthrecovery #depressionrecovery #mentalhealthadvocate #takecareofyou #takecareofyourself #chronicillness #mindbody #menieresdisease #wordsofwisdom #lifelesson⁣⁣⁣

⁣Never have I been more convinced about the mind-body connection than I am right now. As I mentioned last week, I was recently diagnosed with Meniere’s disease… but what I didn’t share is what was going on with me right before the diagnosis.⁣.

I’ve been super stressed out for much of the three years we’ve been here on Maui, and having a lot of anxiety since the beginning of this year. In March, the anxiety was at an all-time high and crescendoed into a full-blown panic attack one night. The next day was when my vertigo and dizziness symptoms started.⁣

⁣I found out that sure enough, stress and anxiety can be triggers of a Meniere’s disease episode. My body was screaming at me to take better care of it. Message received loud and clear.⁣

⁣I’ve known about the link between our mental health and physical health, and talk about it quite a bit here. I thought I was doing a good job taking care of myself, but in hindsight, I was so overwhelmed with stress that I let things slip.

⁣What I’ve learned from all this is that I need to be more intentional in managing my stress. I need to stay on top of it before I get hit with something so intense again. There is no cure for Meniere’s disease, so it’s likely I will have episodes going forward. I just need to do what’s in my control to make sure they’re less severe.⁣.

Mental illness and chronic conditions often go hand-in-hand, and my health has always played a big role in my depression. Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing tools from my partner, Mental Health America, that can help improve both your mental and physical health if you live with a chronic illness or care for someone who does. It’s the focus of this year’s Mental Health Month which begins this Wednesday, May 1. The timing couldn’t be better. ️

When you’re depleted, don’t feel bad for taking the time to recharge

#MentalHealthMonday:⁣.⁣Even with coping tools, therapy, and meds... sometimes depression can still take me down hard. I'm currently depleted, and trying to figure out what I need to differently to feel better, to recharge. Don’t feel bad if you need to do the same. ⁣.⁣If your mental health is feeling off, please get help. My partner, @MentalHealthAmerica, has screenings you can take to find out if you're having symptoms of a mental health condition. Just click on the link in my bio and go to the "Mental Health America" button.⁣ ⁣.⁣.⁣.⁣.⁣.⁣.⁣.⁣.⁣.⁣.⁣.⁣#ichoosebeauty #mentalhealth #mentalillness #mentalwellness #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthmatters #mentalhealthsupport #depressionrecovery #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthblog #mentalhealthblogger #mentalhealthrecovery #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthwarrior #fightintheopen #mentalhealthamerica ⁣ #fightintheopen #b4stage4⁣#mondaymood #mondayquotes #mondaymantra #mondayinspiration #mondaythoughts #mondayfeels

Even with coping tools, therapy, and meds… sometimes depression can still take me down hard. I’m currently depleted, and trying to figure out what I need to differently to feel better, to recharge. Don’t feel bad if you need to do the same. ⁣

⁣If your mental health is feeling off, please get help. My partner, Mental Health America, has screenings you can take to find out if you’re having symptoms of a mental health condition.

How to reframe negative thinking

#MentalHealthMonday:⁣.⁣One of the most important things I learned during Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is how to reframe negative thinking. The first step is to become aware of the thoughts you're having throughout the day. Once you're in tune with the noise in your head, you can better control it. How empowering is it to know that we can control our thoughts?!⁣.⁣Here's an example: When you notice yourself thinking, "Nobody ever listens to me," challenge yourself to look at the facts... and reframe the statement to something like: "Even though this person doesn't like my idea, other people do." You'll realize that it's simply NOT TRUE that NOBODY listens to you; that it was just an incident with one person that may have upset you.⁣.⁣It definitely takes practice, but once you get in the habit, you'll be amazed at all the thoughts you notice, and can then change them to help you feel better. I've become very aware of my thinking since CBT, but I admit sometimes it's much easier to reframe the negative thoughts than other times. It's still something I work on constantly!⁣.⁣CBT is just one of many types of therapy that can help you feel better mentally. You can learn about other options from my partner @MentalHealthAmerica, and see what to expect from each one. Just click on the link in my bio and go to the "Mental Health America" button.⁣ ⁣.⁣As always, reach out to me anytime. I'm happy to share my journey with you.⁣.⁣.⁣.⁣.⁣.⁣.⁣.⁣.⁣.⁣.⁣⁣#ichoosebeauty #mentalhealth #mentalillness #mentalwellness #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthmatters #mentalhealthsupport #depressionrecovery #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthblog #mentalhealthblogger #mentalhealthrecovery #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthwarrior #fightintheopen #mentalhealthamerica⁣ #fightintheopen #b4stage4⁣#mondaymood #mondayquotes #mondaymantra #mondayinspiration #mondaythoughts #mondayfeels⁣

One of the most important things I learned during Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is how to reframe negative thinking. The first step is to become aware of the thoughts you’re having throughout the day. Once you’re in tune with the noise in your head, you can better control it. How empowering is it to know that we can control our thoughts?!⁣

⁣Here’s an example: When you notice yourself thinking, “Nobody ever listens to me,” challenge yourself to look at the facts… and reframe the statement to something like: “Even though this person doesn’t like my idea, other people do.” You’ll realize that it’s simply NOT TRUE that NOBODY listens to you; that it was just an incident with one person that may have upset you.⁣

⁣It definitely takes practice, but once you get in the habit, you’ll be amazed at all the thoughts you notice, and can then change them to help you feel better. I’ve become very aware of my thinking since CBT, but I admit sometimes it’s much easier to reframe the negative thoughts than other times. It’s still something I work on constantly!⁣

⁣CBT is just one of many types of therapy that can help you feel better mentally. You can learn about other options from my partner, Mental Health America, and see what to expect from each one.

⁣As always, reach out to me anytime. I’m happy to share my journey with you.⁣

Feeling good while you live with depression is a constant struggle

#MentalHealthMonday:.Feeling good while you live with depression is a constant struggle. And last week I could definitely feel the fight..While choosing to see beauty every day is a big part of what helps me with my depression, there are several other things I have to consistently do to help me feel good: I have to pay attention to my thoughts, what I eat, exercise, avoiding environmental toxins, and down time/self care..If one of these is off, so is my mood. Together, they’re powerful. But I have to make a conscious effort throughout the day - every day - to make them all happen. I usually don't notice that I've slipped up until I feel bad, then I look back and try to figure out why. This time, my exercise routine has been way off, as has my practice of journaling that helps me challenge my negative thinking. Plus I had to miss therapy last week. It all took its toll on my depression..I have to be careful, because I don't ever want to end up in that dark place I was in a few years ago. I'm beyond grateful for the tools I learned in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy - they help me so incredibly much - but I definitely still slip up. And when that happens, I've learned to just try to give myself some grace, rest (A LOT), and try again the next day..If you're feeling like something is "off" or think you're having symptoms of a mental health condition but aren't sure, my partner, @mentalhealthamerica has mental health screenings that can help you find out what's going on. Just click on the link in my bio and go to the "Mental Health America" button..As always, reach out to me anytime. xxoo..........#ichoosebeauty #mentalhealth #mentalillness #mentalwellness #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthmatters #mentalhealthsupport #depressionrecovery #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthblog #mentalhealthblogger #mentalhealthrecovery #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthwarrior #fightintheopen #mentalhealthamerica

Feeling good while you live with depression is a constant struggle. And last week I could definitely feel the fight.

While choosing to see beauty every day is a big part of what helps me with my depression, there are several other things I have to consistently do to help me feel good: I have to pay attention to my thoughts, what I eat, exercise, avoiding environmental toxins, and down time/self care.

If one of these is off, so is my mood. Together, they’re powerful. But I have to make a conscious effort throughout the day – every day – to make them all happen. I usually don’t notice that I’ve slipped up until I feel bad, then I look back and try to figure out why. This time, my exercise routine has been way off, as has my practice of journaling that helps me challenge my negative thinking. Plus I had to miss therapy last week. It all took its toll on my depression.

I have to be careful, because I don’t ever want to end up in that dark place I was in a few years ago. I’m beyond grateful for the tools I learned in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – they help me so incredibly much – but I definitely still slip up. And when that happens, I’ve learned to just try to give myself some grace, rest (A LOT), and try again the next day.

If you’re feeling like something is “off” or think you’re having symptoms of a mental health condition but aren’t sure, my partner, Mental Health America, has mental health screenings that can help you find out what’s going on.

As always, reach out to me anytime. xxoo

Check in with your friends and family

#MentalHealthMonday:.I want you to do something this week. Check in with three people you haven't talked to in awhile. Just text, message, or call them to see how they're doing..In this social media world we live in, it can feel like we know how everyone's doing by the pictures and posts we see. But the reality is, that's only a small part of their life..Something as simple as asking, “How are you doing today?” can mean so much to someone who’s going through a hard time. You may be just the support they need to get through their day... Support they're not always feeling strong enough to ask for themselves. Just knowing that someone cares can make such a huge difference..If you need more information on how to help someone who is having problems with his or her mental health, my partner, @mentalhealthamerica has lots of resources, no matter how much or how little help they need. Just click on the link in my bio and go to the "Mental Health America" button..As always, reach out to me anytime. xxoo.#ichoosebeauty #mentalhealth #mentalillness #mentalwellness #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthmatters #mentalhealthsupport #depressionrecovery #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthblog #mentalhealthblogger #mentalhealthrecovery #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthwarrior #fightintheopen #mentalhealthamerica #arttherapy #colortherapy #brightcolors #selfcarefirst #selfcarematters #moodbooster #feelgoodvibes

I want you to do something this week. Check in with three people you haven’t talked to in awhile. Just text, message, or call them to see how they’re doing.

In this social media world we live in, it can feel like we know how everyone’s doing by the pictures and posts we see. But the reality is, that’s only a small part of their life.

Something as simple as asking, “How are you doing today?” can mean so much to someone who’s going through a hard time. You may be just the support they need to get through their day… Support they’re not always feeling strong enough to ask for themselves. Just knowing that someone cares can make such a huge difference.

If you need more information on how to help someone who is having problems with his or her mental health, my partner, Mental Health America has lots of resources, no matter how much or how little help they need.

As always, reach out to me anytime. xxoo

How bright colors can help your mood

#MentalHealthMonday.Let's talk about how bright colors can help your mood. This picture was taken a few years ago during the winter when I was living in Ohio. It was dark and dreary and cold for months. I CRAVED color. So I made sure I surrounded myself with it, like when I went to a painting class and created this bright piece..I infused color everywhere I could - whether it was the calendar above my desk filled with blues and greens, a pop of red in my normally black and gray winter wardrobe, or a violet candle I lit every night at home. It's actually why my I Choose Beauty brand and products are filled with bright colors. They just make me feel good. .I've seen a few articles about the science of how seeing colorful objects triggers something in the brain that causes a sense of happiness. It makes sense to me. I know when I'm in a dark place, bright colors are like a burst of light washing over me..Have you noticed how color affects your mood? Tell me in the comments!.And if you want more information on how to be mentally healthy, check out some proven tools to help you feel more hopeful from my partner @MentalHealthAmerica. Just click on the link in my bio and go to the "Mental Health America" button. As always, reach out to me anytime. xxoo..........#ichoosebeauty #mentalhealth #mentalillness #mentalwellness #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthmatters #mentalhealthsupport #depressionrecovery #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthblog #mentalhealthblogger #mentalhealthrecovery #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthwarrior #fightintheopen #mentalhealthamerica #arttherapy #colortherapy #brightcolors #selfcarefirst #selfcarematters #moodbooster #feelgoodvibes

Let’s talk about how bright colors can help your mood. This picture was taken a few years ago during the winter when I was living in Ohio. It was dark and dreary and cold for months. I CRAVED color. So I made sure I surrounded myself with it, like when I went to a painting class and created this bright piece.

I infused color everywhere I could – whether it was the calendar above my desk filled with blues and greens, a pop of red in my normally black and gray winter wardrobe, or a violet candle I lit every night at home. It’s actually why my I Choose Beauty brand and products are filled with bright colors. They just make me feel good.

I’ve seen a few articles about the science of how seeing colorful objects triggers something in the brain that causes a sense of happiness. It makes sense to me. I know when I’m in a dark place, bright colors are like a burst of light washing over me. Have you noticed how color affects your mood?

If you want more information on how to be mentally healthy, check out some proven tools to help you feel more hopeful from my partner, Mental Health America. And as always, reach out to me anytime. xxoo

Notice your surroundings and moments in your day

#MentalHealthMonday:.As you go about your week, remember to take a minute to just notice your surroundings. Stop and look around you. You’ll probably see something you’ve passed by before without realizing it.. Really pay attention to the moments throughout your days instead of just being on auto-pilot. Whether it’s the clouds, a conversation with a good friend, maybe a cup of hot cocoa... All of these simple things are proof that happiness is right in front of you. You just have to choose to see it..And as a side effect, you'll feel better. Positive Psychology research shows that if you notice and appreciate beauty, you’re more likely to find joy and meaning in everyday life... even decrease your levels of depression. .If you want more information on how to be mentally healthy, check out some proven tools to help you feel more hopeful from my partner @MentalHealthAmerica. Just click on the link in my bio and go to the "Mental Health America" button. As always, reach out to me anytime. xxoo.#ichoosebeauty #mentalhealth #mentalillness #mentalwellness #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthmatters #mentalhealthsupport #depressionrecovery #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthblog #mentalhealthblogger #mentalhealthrecovery #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthwarrior #fightintheopen #mentalhealthamerica

As you go about your week, remember to take a minute to just notice your surroundings. Stop and look around you. You’ll probably see something you’ve passed by before without realizing it.

Really pay attention to the moments throughout your days instead of just being on auto-pilot. Whether it’s the clouds, a conversation with a good friend, maybe a cup of hot cocoa… All of these simple things are proof that happiness is right in front of you. You just have to choose to see it.

And as a side effect, you’ll feel better. Positive Psychology research shows that if you notice and appreciate beauty, you’re more likely to find joy and meaning in everyday life… even decrease your levels of depression.

If you want more information on how to be mentally healthy, check out some proven tools to help you feel more hopeful from my partner, Mental Health America. And as always, reach out to me anytime. xxoo

Morning affirmations to help you feel good about yourself

#MentalHealthMonday.Remind yourself every morning: "I AM... strong, beautiful, smart, capable, confident, worthy..." or whatever else YOU ARE that’s positive. Say it out loud, even though it may seem awkward. Keep saying it, even if you don’t believe it. Eventually, you will..Truth: I really struggle with this exercise, but I keep working on it! The most important thing is to be consistent with it, and that's where I need to improve..For more information on how to be mentally healthy, check out some proven tools to help you feel more hopeful from my partner @MentalHealthAmerica. Just click on the link in my bio and go to the "Mental Health America" button...........#ichoosebeauty #mentalhealth #mentalillness #mentalwellness #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthmatters #mentalhealthsupport #depressionrecovery #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthblog #mentalhealthblogger #mentalhealthrecovery #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthwarrior #fightintheopen #mentalhealthamerica

 

Remind yourself every morning: “I AM… strong, beautiful, smart, capable, confident, worthy…” or whatever else YOU ARE that’s positive. Say it out loud, even though it may seem awkward. Keep saying it, even if you don’t believe it. Eventually, you will.

Truth: I really struggle with this exercise, but I keep working on it! The most important thing is to be consistent with it, and that’s where I need to improve.

For more information on how to be mentally healthy, check out some proven tools to help you feel more hopeful from my partner, Mental Health America.

How therapy helped when I didn’t like anything about myself

Him: What do you like about yourself?

Me: *Awkward silence

*Him: There has to be something?

Me: *More silence and avoiding eye contact*

Him: You can’t think of just one thing?

Me: *Shaking my head no*

Him: Do you like your ears? Your hair? Your feet? Just tell me one thing.

Me: *Finally forcing myself to speak* –> I guess I like my fingernails. People always tell me I have great nails.

Him: Well, that’s a start…

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