Self-care to get through this political unrest

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

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

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

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

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

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

Take good care. xx

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

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

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

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

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

Anyone else?⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please take good care. xx⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

Election eve mental health

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

News detox

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mental Illness Awareness Week 2020

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

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

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

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

⁠⁠The 7 conditions we’ll be focusing on:

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

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

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

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

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

Believe simpler times will return

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

⁠⁠Simpler times will return. We have to keep believing. ⁠⁠

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

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

Covid’s toll on our mental health

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

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

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

From the CDC report:⁠⁠

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

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

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

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

Please take good care, friends.

⁠My inner child work journey

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The healing journey I never knew I needed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How are you feeling today?

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

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

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

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

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

Take good care, friends.

Have you noticed how everything seems sweeter this year?⁠⁠

Have you noticed?⁠⁠

That all the little things in life seem sweeter this year?

⁠⁠Have you noticed?⁠⁠

Flowers are more fragrant, tea is more comforting, music lifts you up and soothes your soul like never before?

⁠⁠Have you noticed?⁠⁠

Texts make your day, conversations are more meaningful, hugs are longer and tighter?⁠⁠

Have you noticed?⁠⁠

You can’t get enough fresh air, you smile when you look up at the clouds, you can’t wait for those video calls with friends and family you haven’t seen in months?

⁠⁠Have you noticed?

⁠⁠All the beauty around you is more special?

⁠⁠I have. ⁠⁠

As I’ve continued my daily #ichoosebeauty practice over these challenging months, I’ve noticed the difference in all of it. And I’ve never been more grateful for the beauty in life’s little things.⁠⁠

How about you? Have you noticed?⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

Fighting racism as an empath

#MentalHealthMonday⁠⁠My heart is so heavy for all my Black family members, friends, and community. ⁠⁠The racism in this country is disgusting, but you know what shook me even more over the past few days? Seeing so many vile comments filled with hatred in places I never dreamed they’d be. I was flabbergasted, and my heart sank even more. But at least this brought racists out to the surface, right? So I know who I don't want in my life. ⁠⁠Like I learned years ago in therapy... we must have darkness to see the light. And this week, I can see that light in the unity, in the protests still going strong, and in the changes starting to happen.⁠⁠As an empath, I’m trying to find the balance between keeping up with what’s going on, using my energy to speak out and act, and resting so that I’m not completely depleted. ⁠⁠We must keep fighting against racism and police brutality. There's obviously a lot of work to do, and it's going to take all of us to make real change happen. But we must also take care of our mental health. ⁠⁠This is hard. This is heavy. It’s going to be a long road, and we can’t quit. So know that it's okay to take a break when you need one. I always find that when I do that, I come back even stronger. ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠#ichoosebeauty #blacklivesmatter #protests #protesters #endracism #nomoreracism #changeiscoming #changeispossible #historyinthemaking #mentalhealthsupport #mentalhealthtips #mentalhealthisimportant #mentalhealthcare #mentalhealthissues #mentalhealthadvice #mentalhealthjourney #mentalhealthisreal #mentalhealthwarriors #mentalwellness #mentalhealthawareness ⁣⁠ #mentalhealthhelp #mentalhealthcommunity⁠

⁠⁠My heart is so heavy for all my Black family members, friends, and community. ⁠⁠

The racism in this country is disgusting, but you know what shook me even more over the past few days? Seeing so many vile comments filled with hatred in places I never dreamed they’d be. I was flabbergasted, and my heart sank even more. But at least this brought racists out to the surface, right? So I know who I don’t want in my life. ⁠⁠

Like I learned years ago in therapy… we must have darkness to see the light. And this week, I can see that light in the unity, in the protests still going strong, and in the changes starting to happen.⁠⁠

As an empath, I’m trying to find the balance between keeping up with what’s going on, using my energy to speak out and act, and resting so that I’m not completely depleted.

⁠⁠We must keep fighting against racism and police brutality. There’s obviously a lot of work to do, and it’s going to take all of us to make real change happen. But we must also take care of our mental health. ⁠⁠

This is hard. This is heavy. It’s going to be a long road, and we can’t quit. So know that it’s okay to take a break when you need one. I always find that when I do that, I come back even stronger. ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

Make time to rest

#MentalHealthMonday⁣⁠⁣⁠I've been following doctor's orders and resting my neck a lot over the past few days, even though I have SO. MUCH. TO DO. But I know resting it will speed up the healing process as my body adjusts to getting back in alignment.⁣⁠⁣⁠Remember, our physical health and mental health are connected, so take care of both. Rest when you need it. And always, ALWAYS listen to your body... before it starts screaming at you.⁣ 😬⁠⁣⁠You can learn more about how chronic illness affects your mental health from my partner, @MentalHealthAmerica. Click on the link in my bio and go to the "Mental Health America" button. ⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠#ichoosebeauty #spinehealth #chiropractichealth #chronicillnesslife #chronicillnessfighter #menieresdisease #vertigo #tinnitus #neckpain #recoveryjourney #injuryrecovery #mentalwellness #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthmatters #mentalhealthsupport #mentalhealthrecovery #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthblog #mentalhealthblogger

⁣⁠⁣⁠I’ve been following doctor’s orders and resting my neck a lot over the past few days, even though I have SO. MUCH. TO DO. But I know resting it will speed up the healing process as my body adjusts to getting back in alignment.

⁣⁠⁣⁠Remember, our physical health and mental health are connected, so take care of both. Rest when you need it. And always, ALWAYS listen to your body… before it starts screaming at you.⁣ 😬⁠⁣⁠

You can learn more about how chronic illness affects your mental health from my partner, Mental Health America here.

Big Moods mental health stickers (#IChooseBeauty Day 1946)

How awesome are these @shopmoods mental health stickers?! They're so creative, inspirational, and have such a great vibe to them! And... with every purchase, a portion of the profit is donated to @active_minds - an organization that focuses on mental health awareness campaigns, advocacy, and outreach for college students..I'm doing an affiliate collaboration with @shopmoods to help spread the word about these stickers and how important it is to keep talking openly about mental health. BONUS? You guys can get 20% off with code: Sahar20 (The link to shop is in my bio)..The stickers in this first pic all come in the "Mental Health 10 Pack"... but you can also pick them out individually, as well as choose a few other designs, too. Swipe to see some of my favorites! #mentalhealthawareness #fightintheopen #ichoosebeauty Day 1946

How awesome are these Big Moods mental health stickers?! They’re so creative, inspirational, and have such a great vibe to them! And… with every purchase, a portion of the profit is donated to Active Minds – an organization that focuses on mental health awareness campaigns, advocacy, and outreach for college students.

I’m doing an affiliate collaboration with Big Moods to help spread the word about these empowering stickers and how important it is to keep talking openly about mental health. BONUS? You guys can get 20% off with code: Sahar20.

The stickers in this pic all come in the “Mental Health 10 Pack”… but you can also order them individually, and choose from a few other designs, too.

As you know, I’m always talking about how important it is to get help if your mental health seems off. Therapy saved my life, and I will keep sharing my story so that you know you are not alone.

Big Moods also wants to lend its support. Besides the donations from the stickers, it has a page on its website dedicated to resources for mental health. Make sure you stop by: Mental Health Coping Techniques and Skills for College Students. And remember, it’s absolutely okay to get help.

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