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

⁠⁠What’s in my mental health toolbox?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Give yourself permission to rest

#MentalHealthMonday⁣⁠⁣⁠Me, the past several days since I threw out my back last week. 🤬⁣⁠⁣⁠I’m still having painful muscle spasms, despite my meds, ice cream, and kitty cuddles. 😑 I haven’t been able to do much, and of course, I keep thinking about all the things I need to do.⁣⁠⁣⁠But I’m pretty sure this was one of those signs from the universe forcing me to slow down. Again. Because apparently, I still need to work on that whole letting-myself- rest-before-it’s-too-late thing.⁣⁠⁣⁠So this is a reminder to you... to let yourself rest when you need to, and to give yourself grace. Learn from me and my painful lessons. 🙄⁣⁠⁣⁠And please take care of your mental health, now more than ever. This year has been so draining mentally, which can take its toll physically. ⁣⁠⁣⁠If you need support right now, my partner @mentalhealthamerica 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. Just go to the link in my bio and click on the Mental Health America button.⁣⁠⁣⁠Take good care, friends. ️️⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠#mentalhealthtips #mentalhealthisimportant #mentalhealthcare #mentalhealthissues #mentalhealthadvice #mentalhealthjourney #mentalhealthisreal #mentalhealthwarriors⁣⁠#mentalwellness #mentalhealthawareness ⁣⁠#therapyiscool #selflovejourney #feelingdown #feelinglow #worrying #seekhelp #mentallydrained #youareimportant #ichoosebeauty

Me, the past several days since I threw out my back last week.

I’m still having painful muscle spasms, despite my meds, ice cream, and kitty cuddles. I haven’t been able to do much, and of course, I keep thinking about all the things I need to do.⁣⁠⁣⁠

But I’m pretty sure this was one of those signs from the universe forcing me to slow down. Again. Because apparently, I still need to work on that whole letting-myself- rest-before-it’s-too-late thing.⁣⁠⁣⁠

So this is a reminder to you… to let yourself rest when you need to, and to give yourself grace. Learn from me and my painful lessons.

And please take care of your mental health, now more than ever. This year has been so draining mentally, which can take its toll physically.

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

Take good care, friends.

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