Reposting @holisticallygrace: ... “There’s a BIG difference! . Behind the need for perfection is almost always a childhood and system rooted in praise for achievement and performance. In time, these expectations are internalized and we create a belief system where accomplishments and pleasing others become a source of worth. If we are perfect, we are then deserving of love and kindness. . The thing is, perfection is rooted in fear: fear of failure, fear of disappointing others, fear of not being extraordinary enough. . Cultivating excellence on the other hand, is rooted in growth and improvement. It is that natural human desire to excel for the sake of inner satisfaction. It is full hearted living. . Do not confuse the two! If we find ourselves achieving for others, afraid of disappointing without a care for our own needs and preferences, we will always be in the passenger’s seat, living to avoid punishment rather than to approach a reward. Unfortunately leaving us in a constant state of “never enough.” . I’m sure we can agree that there is always room for improvement (while simultaneously accepting ourselves wherever we may be) but the source of motivation and mentality behind it is important. Quite simply, we can ask ourselves: am I doing this for personal growth or for acceptance and praise? If the second one is the norm, it may be something worth addressing, especially as it might be showing up in various areas of our lives.. ⁉️ What do you feel you have to be perfect at? I’ll go first-I’m definitely on team perfect therapist 🙋♀️Spoiler alert, it’s not a thing.”
Very often we have no idea how to be supportive to a friend or family member who is going through a depression. It’s very important to know what to say when interacting with someone who is struggling with depression. . . . . https://paintedbrain.org/editorial/what-not-to-say-to-someone-living-with-depression/ . #depression#support#peersupport#depressionrecovery#mentalhealthmatters
Social media is not all bad. It can be good for you, just by adding a few proactive steps. Curate your social media feed so it benefits your mental health!☝🏽 We take in a lot, and it’s important to take control of what we view! Smarter use means less screen time needed to get the same job done 👀 #mentalwellness#lessismore
"Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom." - Viktor Frankl
Being anchored to a clear sense of purpose in life provides greater resilience and greater capacity to creatively face problems, persevere through adversity, and make mindful choices along the way; to take you ultimately to where you want to go. Or what is most purposeful for you.
“Stop comparing where you’re at with where everyone else is. It doesn’t move you farther ahead, improve your situation, or help you find peace. It just feeds your shame, fuels your feelings of inadequacy, and ultimately, it keeps you stuck. The reality is that there is no one correct path in life. Everyone has their own unique journey. A path that’s right for someone else won’t necessarily be a path that’s right for you. And that’s okay. Your journey isn’t right or wrong, or good or bad. It’s just different. Your life isn’t meant to look like anyone else’s because you aren’t like anyone else. You’re a person all your own with a unique set of goals, obstacles, dreams, and needs. So stop comparing, and start living.” — Daniell Koepke #transformyourthinking#mentalhealth#armenian#armenianmentalhealth#mentalhealthawareness#mentalillness#paintedbrainarmenia image via @indg0
That doesn't mean mental illness makes people oppressive. Hate makes people oppressive. It means to check your bias and harmful beliefs before offering care to others. Otherwise you may do a lot more harm than good. [Image description: An illustration of a BIPoC face, eyes closed, among flowers. Text reads "Oppression is a mental health issue. You can't provide emotional support without checking your own bias. Art by @agua_diente.] Thanks @qtpocmentalhealth for sharing!
☝️ Did you know "Play" is good - AND not only for mental wellness❓. ♦️ #endorphin-powered workplace makes teams more productive, employees more engaged, and reduces stress-related costs. ♦️10-15 minutes of #laughter burns approximately 10-40 #calories per day, which is roughly 4 pounds a year. ♦️ You can #aerobicexercise without going to the gym. Recall the last time you worked out and how relaxed your body felt afterward. It’s a similar feeling after a good belly laugh, and it continues for almost an hour.
The Painted Brain podcast has been our dream for many years, and it’s gaining steam. Special thanks to Sharon Vincuilla, Tom Fox, Ashley Payne, Tristan Scremin, Naomi Barrett for taking the lead on this and getting it started. We just shot the very first episode of our upcoming show. Stay tuned for official release! 🙌🙌🙌