Believe simpler times will return

⁠⁠Simpler times will return. We have to keep believing. ⁠⁠ That said… if you’re struggling with your mental health right now, know that help is available. My partner, Mental Health America, has plenty of resources on its website: everything from free and anonymous mental health screenings to DIY tools to information on affordable treatment if … Read more Believe simpler times will return

How to celebrate your small wins during Covid

⁠⁠In a year where we’ve faced so many challenges and have been forced to adjust our goals and plans over and over, it’s easy to feel like we’re getting nowhere fast. But that’s simply not true.⁠⁠ It may be hard to see the small wins in your life in the midst of all the chaos … Read more How to celebrate your small wins during Covid

⁠My inner child work journey

I’ve spent the past several months learning to love this sweet girl – little Sahar – realizing it’s the only path to the self love I’ve struggled to reach for so long. I’ve been talking to her, listening to her, squeezing her tight. It’s part of the inner child work I’ve been doing in therapy, … Read more ⁠My inner child work journey

The healing journey I never knew I needed

⁣⁣I’ve been on a healing journey the last two years that I never even knew I needed. ⁣⁣ Several triggers in my life forced the emotional trauma I’d buried decades ago to bubble up. Then overflow. I felt like I was drowning in pain. ⁣⁣It’s funny how you think you’ve already healed a part of … Read more The healing journey I never knew I needed

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

How are you feeling today? ⁠⁠This emotionally overwhelming 2020 marathon just keeps going. And in turn, we have to figure out how to keep going, as well.⁠⁠ It has helped me to focus on being present and just taking it day by day. But I’ll admit, the past two weeks have been extra challenging for … Read more If you’re struggling with your mental health, know that it’s okay to get help

The unexpected magic of 2020

⁠⁠⁠Remember when we were all enthralled by what would be 2020?! A new year, a new decade, a seemingly magical number… 20-20… Oh, the hopes and dreams we had!⁠⁠ And then… it felt like a train wreck real fast.⁠⁠ Things were unbearable when Covid hit. And escalated with everything going on with the racism in … Read more The unexpected magic of 2020

Mental Health Month: Creating Healthy Routines

My usual routines for exercising, eating healthy, and being consistent with my sleep have definitely fallen by the wayside lately… understandably. I’ve been giving myself grace, but I’m also trying to get back to some semblance of a routine – even if it looks different than it used to pre-pandemic – because I know how … Read more Mental Health Month: Creating Healthy Routines

Mental Health Month: Owning your feelings

⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠The pandemic has brought up so many different emotions for all of us: fear, sadness, loneliness, etc. No matter what you’ve experienced over the past few weeks, owning those feelings will help you work through them… and feel better.⁠⁣⁠⁠⁣⁠ To help you process those feelings, I want to share a worksheet with you from my … Read more Mental Health Month: Owning your feelings

Mental Health Month: Finding the positive after loss

We’ve all lost things during the Covid pandemic: whether it’s being with loved ones, our usual routines, income, school, big events, etc. So how do we find the positive after loss? All month long, I’ll share free worksheets from my partner, Mental Health America as part of Mental Health Month’s #Tools2Thrive theme – tools to … Read more Mental Health Month: Finding the positive after loss

Mental Health Month: Free screenings

As we kick off Mental Health Month today, all I can think is how the entire world needs this right now. With all of us facing some kind of distress from the coronavirus pandemic, a month to focus on our mental health couldn’t come at a better time.⁠⁠ Throughout May, I’ll be sharing lots of … Read more Mental Health Month: Free screenings

Connecting during the Covid quarantine

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 … Read more Connecting during the Covid quarantine

Mental health phases of the pandemic

⁠⁠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 … Read more Mental health phases of the pandemic

2 things that helped reduce my pandemic anxiety

⁠⁠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 … Read more 2 things that helped reduce my pandemic anxiety

Focus on what you can control

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 … Read more Focus on what you can control

Let’s lift each other up during the coronavirus pandemic

️Like many of you, I’ve been fluctuating lately between anxiety, grief, fear… and hope, love, and looking for the lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic.⁠⁠ Today, let’s focus on the hope, love, and lessons to help lift each others’ spirits. ⁠⁠ Will you share in the comments on this Instagram post ONE GOOD THING that the … Read more Let’s lift each other up during the coronavirus pandemic

COVID-19 Mental Health Resources

⁠⁠As COVID-19 changes life as we know it, it can easily create a lot of stress, anxiety, and overwhelm.⁠⁠ Whether the pandemic has you concerned about your health, your loved ones’ health, your finances, schools closing, cancelled trips and plans, and everything else that keeps changing several times a day… please remember that your feelings … Read more COVID-19 Mental Health Resources

Noticing beauty does not mean life is perfect

You know I always keep things real on social media, so I just wanted to remind you that what you see in my feed is one good thing I notice and photograph each day. It does not mean that every day is rainbows and butterflies and perfection. So please don’t think that, and don’t think … Read more Noticing beauty does not mean life is perfect

The self-love struggle

Anyone else struggle with self-love?⁠⁠ It’s something I’ve been working on a lot in therapy over the past several months. ⁠⁠It’s easy to be hard on ourselves when we mess up, when something doesn’t go the way we think it should, or when we’re sick. ⁠⁠I wasn’t able to do much physically for most of … Read more The self-love struggle

Let’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. … Read more Let’s talk about therapy

Your thoughts determine how you feel

⁠⁠What we say to ourselves determines, in large part, our mood and feelings. So why do we continue to say crappy things to ourselves? Is it because we want to feel crappy on purpose? ⁠⁠Of course not.⁠⁠ Negative self-talk can be so automatic that you don’t even notice it. What you notice instead is your … Read more Your thoughts determine how you feel

Mental Health crisis resources

⁠⁠There’s been so much sadness around the world this month, including yesterday’s Kobe and GiGi Bryant tragedy. ⁠⁠Whether the news is too much to bear or you’re struggling with something personally, know that you’re not alone. ⁠⁠I wanted to post this list of resources from my partner, Mental Health America so that you have it … Read more Mental Health crisis resources

Fill your cup first

I’ve been spending the last few days filling my cup back up. Please remember to do the same. ⁣⁠⁣⁣⁠⁣ You simply cannot pour from an empty cup.⁣⁠⁣⁣⁠⁣ Self care is such an important part of being mentally healthy. If you need ideas on how to take good care of yourself, my partner Mental Health America … Read more Fill your cup first

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. ⁣⁣⁠⁣⁠ … Read more How are you showing up for yourself this year?⁣⁣⁠

New Year doesn’t have to mean New You

If your new year isn’t starting off with a bang, I feel you. And I want to remind you that it’s completely okay.⁣⁣⁣⁣ A couple of weeks ago I was feeling SO GOOD – my upper cervical pain was minimal and my energy was the best it’s been in months. It was like a sign … Read more New Year doesn’t have to mean New You

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