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This photo is super blurry and almost a year old, but I love how confident I look in it, no longer burdened with the pain and insecurity that was constantly behind my smiles when I was a teenager. I know I'm not smiling, but I genuinely look like I'm feelin' myself in this photo, and my goal is to one day look this confident every day.
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#ocdrecovery #bopo #bopowarrior #bodypositive #bodypositivity #mentalillnessrecovery #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthadvocacy #depressionrecovery #depression #anxiety #bpd #confidence #selflovewarrior


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Self love or self obsession... there is a difference


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A year ago I sought out help for my mental illness which was quickly developing into a crisis. Like many times before, I was sent home disappointed by Nova Scotia’s mental health care and the poor choice of words that were said to me that evening. I once again was treated like I was a burden and I felt like it more than ever. .
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Today, I notice those challenges I was able to overcome a year ago. I notice how the system failed me, but my family and friends did not. I notice that I am not surviving, but thriving. I also notice that although I am well, I understand that there are many people out there who are facing the same challenges with the mental health care system as I did a year ago.
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I hear you. I am sorry that this is happening to you. How can I best help you? Two sentences, followed by a question that I think everyone struggling needs to hear and have asked. Some words I wish that were said to me in my time of crisis. .
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I notice this post is vulnerable and long, but I think it needs to be here. .
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So to anyone who is struggling right now: I hear you. I am sorry this is happening to you. How can I best help you?
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#mentalhealth #letstalkaboutit #changethesystem #mentalillness #recovery #overcomingmentalillness #novascotiamentalhealthcare #mentalhealthadvocacy #dogtherapy #mentalwellness


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How many times have you gone into something thinning “this is gonna suuuuck” ? 🤦‍♀️ “A self-fulfilling prophecy is a prediction that directly or indirectly causes itself to become true, by the very terms of the prophecy itself, due to positive feedback between belief and behavior”...um, wut?

Here’s an example - If you wake up in the morning and immediately think, for whatever reason or for no reason at all, “today is going to be a bad day”, your attitude might make your prediction come true. We can unconsciously work to affirm our belief by ignoring the positive, amplifying the negative, and behaving in ways that are likely to contribute to an unenjoyable day.

My clients got me thinking about this and wound up spending the entire hour talking about how easy it is to focus on all the negative crap. Pay attention to those thoughts you’re having because they can have a lot of power. YOU have a lot of power 💪

#anxietyproblems #anxietyfighter #anxietyprobs #anxietyanddepression #depressionsurvivor #depressionfighter #mentalhealthwarriors #mentalhealthadvice #mentalhealthcounseling #mentalhealthadvocacy #mentalhealthsupport #selfactualization #makingbabystepstogether


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"If you can't make your own neurotransmitters, store-bought is fine." #mentalhealth #endthestigma #endthestigmaofmentalhealth #mentalhealthadvocacy #mentalhealthadvocate #lifeistooshorttobeunhappy


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LINK IN BIO. Friends, I posted a new article on my blog!! It’s been a while since I’ve published there. This one’s an intimate look at my experience getting electroconvulsive therapy, including learning that I’m allergic to anesthesia, yay! Let me know what you think 💙


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Some good vibes heading into the weekend 🙌Comment below something you are looking forward to over the next couple of days @all_things_wellness23 with @get_repost
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#1aweek @nami.wilmington ・・・
here are some things to be HAPPY✨ about this weekend! what makes YOU happy? Let’s make it a great weekend! credit: @positivelypresent! #NAMI #NAMIwilmington #StigmaFree #StigmaFreeILM #mentalhealth #mentalhealthadvocacy #mentalhealthmatters #mentalhealthwarriors #mentalhealthawareness #happiness #recovery #recoverywarrior #recoveryispossible #wilmingtonNC #ILM #selfcare #selfcarematters #mentalillness #mentalillnessawareness #mentalillnessrecovery #mentalillessisreal #mentalillnesssupport


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Keep up the good work Dosaroso , from Igi (Indonesia)
#visitingkebumen
#ISCP2018
#raisementalhealthawareness
#mentalhealthadvocacy


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After having a really bad few days with my MH, I'm sat filling out the worksheets from my book, ready to start working hard at getting through this 👌 I'm totally fed up of letting my mental roadblocks stop me from enjoying things and I'm tired of not wanting to face the world, just because I'm not in a brilliant place right now.


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Agenda The 2nd International Short Course on Psychology sudah berlangsung dengan sangat lancar dari tanggal 2 hingga 13 Juli 2018.

Terima kasih atas partisipasi dan kerja sama semua pihak dalam mendukung terlaksananya acara ini, mulai dari keluarga besar @psikologiugm, Kantor Urusan Internasional UGM, Pemerintah Kabupaten Kebumen, Keluarga Besar Dosaraso, para pembicara yang kami hormati -baik nasional maupun internasional-, para peserta yang kami sayangi yang sudah bersemangat untuk hadir, media partner, commitee yang sudah mempersiapkan agenda ini sejak tahun lalu, dan semua pihak yang tidak bisa kami sebutkan satu per satu.

Semoga semua yang sudah didapat tidak berhenti bersama dengan berakhirnya acara, namun bisa dilanjutkan menjadi advokasi kesehatan jiwa di daerah dan ranah masing-masing. "Because mental health is everyone's business"

#iscp #iscp2018 #pmhw #pmhw2018 #mentalhealthadvocacy #mentalhealth


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The side effects and long term withdrawal effects of common medications for depression, anxiety, and ADHD are often not discussed. Pharmaceutical companies don’t want that. Instead people are left to feel completely alone when they experience these symptoms. You are not alone. .
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I am a strong supporter of talk-therapy over any medications. Psycho-pharmaceuticals are capitalism at its finest, taking advantage of vulnerable people and not providing long term solutions. Do your research, message me about options, your mental health is important. .
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Many People Taking Antidepressants Discover They Cannot Quit https://nyti.ms/2GK795C?smid=nytcore-ios-share
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@nytimes #mentalhealth #advocacy #mentalhealthadvocacy #mentalhealthawareness #drugs #pharmaceutical #psychiatry #psikiyatri #doyourresearch #depression #anxiety #adhd #staypositive #❤️


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PSA: FOOD HAS NO MORAL VALUE!
Eating disorders and diet culture convince us otherwise; tell us that there are “good” foods and that there are “bad” foods. But it doesn’t stop there. The extension of that is that if you eat “good” foods you are a good person and if you eat “bad” foods you are a bad person. This leads to us punishing ourselves when we eat “bad” foods through either binging, purging or restricting intake. I’m here to tell you to eat the goddamn cheezels and not feel guilty about it! ———————————————————————-
I know what you’re thinking, “but Jess you can’t deny that some foods are healthier than others?!” Of course not, that’s not what I’m trying to do. I’m trying to dissect the lie that eating some foods is morally more virtuous that eating others. The problem with “good” and “bad” food is that there is no natural end point. You can classify anything as “bad” and then stop eating it or feel guilty for eating it. In the depths of my eating disorder almost every food was “bad” food except crackers. And even then I couldn’t have them with dip because dip was “bad”. ————————————————————————
This rigidity of thinking deeply impairs our ability to enjoy our lives. When “good” and “bad” foods exist it incredibly difficult to shop for food, to go out with friends, to cook. Thinking of foods as “good” and “bad” is very different to thinking of them as “healthy” or “less healthy”. In this paradigm “less healthy” foods can be enjoyed in moderation. But when you think of food as “bad” you’re never going to enjoy eating it and it’s only going to start a vicious cycle within yourself.


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Here is a small highlight of this weeks video. In this video I show how you can reduce some of your anxiety or even ALL of it with this very powerful method if used well! If you want to see the full version of the video and get the most out of it then head on over to my channel which can be found in my Instagram profile. Video title is "How to Fight Anxiety Naturally". Your support on the videos is so greatly appreciated warriors! Hope to hear from you!


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Today is all about small victories 👍 A quote from Arnold Schwarzenegger: “Look for small victories and build on that. Each small victory, even if it is just getting up five minutes earlier, gives you confidence. You realize that these little victories make you feel great, and you keep going. You realize that being paralyzed by fear of failure is worse than failure.”
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#tbt Back in Beijing, this man used to smack my head with a swimming board whenever I wasn’t fast enough. I was the ONLY girl he would hit at our pool.
(Not saying it’s okay that it was normal for boys, but it added an extra aspect of isolation.)
Hmm, wonder why I’ve always had trouble taking instruction from authoritative men? 🧐


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OKKKKUURRRRR!
Repost @theycalledmecrazykerry ...it took a while, but she got there - as can anyone. @theycalledmecrazykerry shifted herself from a life of black&white to streaming color.


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"I was sitting in my car, and I knew the gas was coming when I had an image of my mother finding me. She sacrificed so much for her children, and to end my life would be an incredibly selfish thing to do. It was all about a relationship. My sense of worth was so low.” #MentallyHealthyCo
#MentalHealth #MentalHealthAwareness #MentalHealthMatters #MentalHealthSupport #MentalHealthAdvocate #MentalHealthIsReal #MentalHealthCommunity #MentalHealthAdvocacy
#MentallyHealthy #EndTheStigma #BreakTheStigma #ItsOkayNotToBeOkay #YouAreNotAlone #SelfLove #YouAreWorthIt #HalleBerry


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“I felt like a zombie. I couldn’t access my heart. I couldn’t access my emotions. I couldn’t connect. I thought postpartum depression meant you were sobbing every single day and incapable of looking after a child,” she explains. “But there are different shades of it and depths of it, which is why I think it’s so important for women to talk about it. It was a trying time. I felt like a failure.” #MentallyHealthyCo
#MentalHealth #MentalHealthAwareness #MentalHealthMatters #MentalHealthSupport #MentalHealthAdvocate #MentalHealthIsReal #MentalHealthCommunity #MentalHealthAdvocacy
#MentallyHealthy #EndTheStigma #BreakTheStigma #ItsOkayNotToBeOkay #YouAreNotAlone #SelfLove #YouAreWorthIt #GwynethPaltrow


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"I say that publicly because I think it's really important to take the stigma away from mental health. My brain and my heart are really important to me. I don't know why I wouldn't seek help to have those things be as healthy as my teeth. I go to the dentist. So why wouldn't I go to a shrink?" #MentallyHealthyCo
#MentalHealth #MentalHealthAwareness #MentalHealthMatters #MentalHealthSupport #MentalHealthAdvocate #MentalHealthIsReal #MentalHealthCommunity #MentalHealthAdvocacy
#MentallyHealthy #EndTheStigma #BreakTheStigma #ItsOkayNotToBeOkay #YouAreNotAlone #SelfLove #YouAreWorthIt #KerryWashington


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"I was so ashamed of how I felt because I had such a privileged upbringing. I'm very lucky. But I had depression. I had moments where I didn't want to carry on living. But then the guilt of feeling that way and not being able to tell anyone because I shouldn't feel that way just left me feeling blame and guilt." #MentallyHealthyCo
#MentalHealth #MentalHealthAwareness #MentalHealthMatters #MentalHealthSupport #MentalHealthAdvocate #MentalHealthIsReal #MentalHealthCommunity #MentalHealthAdvocacy
#MentallyHealthy #EndTheStigma #BreakTheStigma #ItsOkayNotToBeOkay #YouAreNotAlone #SelfLove #YouAreWorthIt #CaraDelevingne


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It may be feeling dark 🌃 in your life right now but it's going to get better.⁣ 🌞

Social anxiety is not going to condemn you to forever unhappiness. ⁣😫

Focus on the light 🕯️ at the end of the tunnel and keep taking baby steps to get there. ⁣

Stay consistent and put in the effort and anything is possible! 💯
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#Socialanxiety #socialanxietydisorder #socialanxietyquotes #socialanxietyprobs #socialanxietyproblems


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As mentioned in my last post, adults need ‘timeouts’ too. Why? 🎥 Check out what happens to our brains when we get angry.


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Get your hands dirty 🙌

Did you know that crafting: 🌟Lowers blood pressure
🌟Reduces depression and anxiety
🌟Slows the onset of dementia
🌟Eases chronic pain 🌟And is as relaxing as yoga

Grab the glitter, it’s time to get creative 💖


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40 per cent. This is a great start, but we’ve got a ways to go. Visit camh.ca/mentalhealthishealth to share the #MentalHealthIsHealth message.
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#camh #endstigma #BellLetsTalk #mentalhealth #mentalillness #mentalhealthawareness #advocacy #mentalhealthadvocacy


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Hygeine is super duper important
I know it can be hard to brush your teeth when even leaving bed is a task,
I know it can be hard to shower when we already feel like our lives are being poured on,
but taking care of ourselves should be our # 1 priority.
Set 10 minutes aside each day for basic self care tasks like brushing our teeth, hair, showering, or getting dressed, because even the smalles tasks can go an incredibily long way,
and if all you could do today was get up and change your clothes, that's perfectly ok, and I'm proud of you.
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#hygeine #selfcare #depression #depressionrecovery #mentalhealthadvocacy #mentalillnessrecovery #mentalhealthawareness #bodypositive #ocd #bpd #anxiety #bed #brushingteeth #selfcareisntselfish #selflovewarrior #bpdrecovery #ocdrecovery #recovery #recoveryinsta


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So a tiny bit of back ground.. I started this page as I wanted a place I felt that I could be myself. I've had a tricky few years finishing my degree raising a child and working full and part time I have often forgotten the 'self care' aspect of life.
I started this page after I fostered a love of interior design and spending a lot of time completing DIY projects around my little home that I wanted to share.
I hope everyone that visits this page finds something that they like or see something that makes them happy (probably Luna, she makes everyone happy) and I hope to see you again soon.
#Mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthmatters #mentalhealthday #mentalhealthrecovery #mentalhealthwarrior #mentalhealthsupport #mentalhealthawarness #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthawarenessweek #mentalhealthweek #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth #mentalhealthawarenessday #mentalhealthblogger #mentalhealthstigma #mentalhealthquotes #MentalHealthMonth #MentalHealthBlog #mentalhealthmemes #mentalhealthart #mentalhealthissues #mentalhealthisreal #mentalhealthwarriors #mentalhealthadvice #mentalhealthawarenes #mentalhealthcounseling #mentalhealthyoga #mentalhealthcommunity #MentalHealthAdvocacy #mentalhealthjourney


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Some people won’t want to see you succeed. They’ll be mean, they’ll be resentful, they’ll tear you down.

They’re going to be some of your best teachers because they’re going to push you to be better - If you choose to view them as leverage rather than let them drag you down.

Stay in your lane. Focus on the few that are cheering for you on the side lines and use the others as fuel to light your fire 🔥🔥🔥 Thank you for the words and insight @san_c_h_i_z_e I’m proud of who you are and everything you’re doing💪💪 #hatersgonnahate #byefalicia #anxietyproblems #anxietyfighter #anxietyprobs #anxietyanddepression #depressionsurvivor #depressionfighter #mentalhealthwarriors #mentalhealthadvice #mentalhealthcounseling #mentalhealthadvocacy #mentalhealthsupport #selfactualization #makingbabystepstogether


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When was the last time you felt light, free, and joyful?
A week? A month or even years ago? 😧
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Some of us live with constant (low grade) anxiety and/or depression - and it’s tough!
If that’s you, that’s ok. I’m here to remind you of what it used to feel like BEFORE all the heavyness and dark feelings creeped over you.
Do you remember that time? Do you remember how old you were and what you used to love doing?
For me it always has been nature time and exploring and learning 🤓.
What was it for you?
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I encourage you to bring it back, and to remember that depression and anxiety don’t need to last a lifetime.
You don’t need to fight against your mind and body, let me show you another way to better health and joy!
You are capable of feeling alive again!
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Repost: @theclusterbhive 😂
CW: abuse, sexual abuse, sleep paralysis
People who have experienced trauma are significantly more likely to have sleep disorders. For my share, I get a double dosage of night terrors and sleep paralysis. As I’ve been going through trauma-focused therapy these have become less common but when they do happen it is terrifying beyond compare. ————————————————————————
Today I want to talk to you about sleep paralysis because it is so misunderstood. When we dream, our brain sends messages to our body to be perfectly still, so that we don’t act out our dreams. To put it simply, during sleep paralysis we wake up during this phase, where our body is paralysed but we are still exhibiting the brain waves of a dream state. This results in the feeling of being frozen in place, often accompanied by visual or auditory hallucinations. ————————————————————————
For me, sleep paralysis always means one thing: my abuser is in my bedroom once again. Sometimes I lay completely still, trying to scream, as he stands over me saying things I dare not repeat. Other times he strokes me arm menacingly. Other times he is on top of me, breathing into my ear. This experience only lasts for a minute or so before I am finally able to at last wiggle a toe and the evil spell is broken. But it feels like hours of unbridled agony.


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"After waiting for months for treatment, I started to realise that I didn’t want to be controlled by anorexia; I wanted my old life back." - @daisyyymayyy
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New blog post up on mentalhealthmugs.com (link in bio). Shoutout to the incredible Hannah Brown of @anearto_hear for creating this story-sharing blog series around mental illness recovery ❤️


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"For years I have dedicated myself to increasing awareness of mental health and empowering people to recognize when it’s time to seek help, support and guidance from those that love and care for you wellbeing." - Michelle Williams
#coloruscrazy #MinorityMentalHealthmonth #mentalhealthawareness #blackmentalhealth #prayerandtherapy #soleilsays #mentalhealthmatters #michellewilliams #destinyschild #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthadvocacy #godislove #jesusislord


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Replace scared and vulnerable with ANY emotions you may be feeling or that may seem difficult. Loving and accepting yourself goes far beyond any temporary feeling and doing so during hard times adds to your strength. Repeat this mantra again and again and again. You are sure to feel a sense of relief, resilience, and overall warmth. ✨


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Since being more open with my experience as someone struggling with mental illness, I’ve lost a grip of followers. Although the numbers on here mean absolutely nothing about a person, the content we decide is priority says EVERYTHING you need to know about someone. I’m no stranger to losing friends and being isolated for being THAT PERSON. So I see no point in shutting up any time soon. Today I found some throwbacks of me 3 years ago and in comparison to now, I am not where or who I want to be. I had always been uncomfortable with who I was. Years of conditioning by my family, peers, and the media made me feel like no matter what I did I would never be enough. I needed to be the perfect me. Ironically, stumbling across these photos and clips made me realize that I had been my ideal self 3 years ago. I didn’t care about what others thought of me and I worked in an industry that I was passionate about. I laughed a lot. I smiled more. I was social and glowing. It wasn’t until I had bounced job to job and couch to home to home to home that I lost myself. Too frightened by new environments and discouraged by drastic changes I gave up on myself. It’s a struggle to even care to brush my teeth or shower anymore. “Why? For what? I’m isolated and alone, I’m going nowhere, I’m no one of importance.” Everyday for the past year has been a countdown to the end of my story. I’ve just been waiting for it, whatever it is, to do me in so I can make room for someone who will make the most of their time on this planet. And then I see clips like these, photos of myself with friends, piled beneath stuffed animals, with all of the glitter and lashes and colourful tacky taste in the world. I remember that there was a time where I was okay. Nothing was perfect but I was happy, and nothing could stop me. I hope I can meet this gxrl again and we no longer look at each other as what is and what could’ve been but rather as best friends and the loves of our lives. .
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#mentalillnessisnotromantic
#anxiety
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#bpd
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#bipolar
#madd
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#mentalhealthpost
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Comment below if this is true about you⁣ 👇

😒 I used to be called shy ALL the time! It was so annoying.
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#shy #shyness #shynesstoconfidence #overcomeshyness #socialanxietykyle #beatanxiety #beatsocialanxiety


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If you’re passionate about mental health and ending the stigma check out #WearYourLabel !!! #thefutureisstigmafree #mentalhealthadvocacy


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Here’s another #mainstreammentalhealthmoment. Singer Katy Perry recently told Vogue Australia that she struggled with “situational depression” following the release of her 2017 album “Witness”. Perry stated "I have had bouts of situational depression and my heart was broken last year. Unknowingly, I put so much validity in the reaction of the public, and the public didn't react in the way I had expected to...which broke my heart." Indeed, it can be easy for us as social comparison beings to not only look to others for assurance that we have done well or are the right track but to take this a step further into experiencing shame and depression when we feel that we have fallen short of the expectations of others. In these moments, it becomes more important to remember that our intrinsic worth is just that, intrinsic: we are not merely what we do. We are so much more. Also, remembering to celebrate our victories, sharing thoughts and feelings with trusted others (because they are able to be generous with us and remind us of our worth), and allowing yourself time to feel your feelings can be actions that get us back to feeling better about ourselves.
Katy went on to say, "Music is my first love and I think it was the universe saying, 'Okay, you speak all of this language about self-love and authenticity, but we are going to put you through another test and take away any kind of validating 'blankie'. Then we'll see how much you do truly love yourself." So hard to accept and yet so true! If we let it, these moments that feel harsh can also be moments that develop us into beings that are more in tune with what we need and better able to give ourselves what we need. Hallelujah to the tests that bring us closer to ourselves.

Via @hellomaguk

#mentalhealthmoment #mentalhealthadvocacy #mentalhealth #mentalwellness


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A range of relational circumstances can trigger ANGER in us. When anger sets in, physiologically we are actually more ready to have a FIST FIGHT to than to talk through things logically. (More about Anger and the Brain in tomorrow’s video) “Cooling down” or giving yourself an ‘adult timeout’ is actually essential. However, it’s not an EXCUSE to avoid conflict either. ✅ What happens to you when you get angry or frustrated? What ways can you give yourself a ‘timeout’ to REGROUP and then REENGAGE to have a more productive conversation?


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I talk a lot on this account about mental illness, mostly because that's where my expertese and experience lies, but I think it's important - if not cruicial - to acknowledge that while not everyone has a mental illness, every single person has mental health.
Each and every one of us, whether we're suffering from an illness or not, has the ability to thrive, and the ability to struggle. Mental health is an important part of our overall health. Our mental health can impact our physical health and vice versa, and even before they begin impacting one another we need to work towards caring for both.
Our mental health requires self care, social supports, self-love and acceptance, compassion, and taking care of our bodies through eating and sleeping.
Take care of your mental health. Be there for yourself.
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#mentalhealthadvocacy #ocdrecovery #mentalillnessrecovery #mentalhealthawareness #bodypositive #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealth #mentalillness #depression #anxiety #ocd #bpd #ocdrecovery #bpdrecovery #depressionrecovery #anxietyrecovery #selfcare #selfcareisntselfish


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🙃Perspective🙂

There’s no manual to life and how to live a meaningful one so it’s our job to figure out what works for us through trial and error.

I struggle BIG time with this. I hold on to what i didn’t do well and then beat myself up for “screwing up” so I’m learning to flip the script in my head.

Is it really a failure if you’re learning from it? Give yourself a major pat on the back for putting yourself out there enough to even try!! What have you been working on lately?

#flipthescript #whatsyourperspective #yougotthisshit #anxietyproblems #anxietyfighter #anxietyprobs #anxietyanddepression #depressionsurvivor #depressionfighter #mentalhealthwarriors #mentalhealthadvice #mentalhealthcounseling #mentalhealthadvocacy #mentalhealthsupport #selfactualization #makingbabystepstogether


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To anyone who is struggling with a mental illness or suicidal thoughts, I just want to reach out and say that your life is so incredibly essential in this world. I can’t even begin to express how important of a human you are in society and how much you truly matter to those around you. You have such a remarkable story that deserves to be told each and everyday and no one can take away the purpose that you were created for. I know life may be difficult right now, and sometimes it’s a struggle to keep going. I just want to reach out and say that if you’re looking for a sign to keep on fighting your battle today, please let this post be that sign.
You are so valued, loved, seen, heard, and essential. The word can never replace you with anyone else, because you are the best you there can be! You are an incredible human with a remarkable story to tell.
Please continue to stay and fight for your story, so the next chapter of your life can begin. Let the world see you as a shimmer of hope in the darkest of clouds.
Thank you for your continuous fight❤️;
#mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthmatters #suicideprevention #suicideawareness #twloha #hope #love #selflove #depression #anxiety #invisiblewounds #brokenness #healing #recovery #recoveryispossible #recovering #inspiration #motivation #mentalhealthadvocacy #positivity #positivevibes #stay #keepfighting #fight


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LOOK AT THIS HAPPY FACE! 😆
I was so happy because this photo was taken after combining two of my great loves: talking about mental health and sport! Last night I spoke to a couple of junior footy teams (boys and girls!) about my experiences with mental illness and recovery. It was so great to bring two big parts of my world together. ————————————————————————
I have always believed, but my studies of sport psychology have confirmed for me, that sport can be a major vehicle for social change. Sport both reflects and constructs what happens in society. It can be a part of maintaining the status quo or sport can challenge it. I sincerely hope our presentation with @batyraus can help these young sports people #smashthestigma surrounding talking about mental health.


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• START WHERE YOU ARE •
Oftentimes if I feel stuck or feel like I’m not ready, I remind myself to start where I am and to even start before I’m ready. Waiting for the *perfect* time to start is not beneficial because in general there is no perfect time. Things will always come up and it’s easy to create excuses for why we can’t or shouldn’t start now. But by starting now, where we are, even before we think we’re ready, we’re on our way towards achieving our goals and dreams. Let the present moment and all it contains be your starting point. The gifts you feel you need to move forward are already within you. Bringing compassion to your present moment, where you are now, will help you grow spiritually and emotionally. Ultimately there is no destination, because we are always on the road to self-discovery and learning. The journey is what it’s all about.


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When your path is not clear...do this... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Too often we find ourselves muddling through our days / weeks like ants feeling their way towards and end goal one step at a time. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Then there are times of clarity and strength where we move forward with confidence ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Here are some thoughts on how to get through the former and experience more of the latter... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Step 1: Know, really know and think about how the path will clear up at some point. Sometimes it takes a while, but the clouds always eventually pass. ‘This too shall pass’ can get you through a lot ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Step 2: Tap into your support network. In ‘The EDGE Program’, we refer to this as your ‘Force Field’. It’s something worth building when you’re doing well so you can tap into it if you begin to struggle. By tap into it, we mean bounce ideas off and strategize, and less of seeking sympathy ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Step 3: Refocus on your wellness. Just like yogi’s call it a ‘yoga practice’, we believe we can all have a ‘wellness practice’. Instead of taking the easy path of social media, junk food (aka immediate gratification), make an effort in these times to fuel your body/brain with high quality food, some movement and solid rest. It’s amazing the difference it can make, even over the course of one day ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Step 4: Keep moving forward. Like a plane flying through a set of clouds, if you keep moving, you’ll come out the other side into clarity and strength. They say a good sailor isn’t made by sailing calm waters, so embrace the experience and keep moving forward with a growth mindset ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Final Thoughts: Clouds of confusion are normal and happen to all of us, which is why it’s important to have tools and strategies to come out the other side. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
We hope this helps and would love to hear your ideas on what you’d add to this list. Drop your thoughts in the comments with what you do when things get fogged up 👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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