T O D A Y
Feeling a lot of different energies around me today, feeling grateful for the connections I've made on my life that have gone the distance, confused at my direction in this day/week/life - but content in knowing regardless of my path I'll be in the company I was meant to have. It's ok to not be ok, and it's ok to not know what the fuck you're up to ~as long as you're trying: nourishing your soul, caring for your relationships and asking for help when you need it. Sometimes it csn be that simple
Help end the stigma and support a great cause. You can either donate or come out and hike on a beautiful fall morning. Link below!! #hikeforhappiness#mentalhealth. https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/family-service-thames-valley/p2p/hikeforhappiness2019/team/canada-life-hikes-for-happiness/member/join-the-fight-to-end-the-stigma/
10 Habits That Can Improve Mental Health, According to Psychology
The quality of your mental health determines how well you cope with stress, overcome adversity, and achieve your goals. #mentalhealth
“Like wildflowers; You must allow yourself to grow in all the places people thought you never would."⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Are you struggling to feel like yourself? You may be feeling lost and confused. Do you experience symptoms of anxiety or depression? Do you notice an impact on your relationships, work, school, family, or daily life and basic functioning? Perhaps you struggle with food, eating, or body image? Do you lack motivation or interest in life or hobbies? You want to understand why you're feeling this way, and how you can create a deeper understanding of yourself and what makes you who you are. Maybe you've experienced a significant life event, or maybe you haven't, but regardless, you're struggling to make sense of where you're at in life. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Alexa Yarnell, MS, LCPC, NBCC, has particular experience treating eating disorders, in addition to mood and anxiety disorders, with interest in women's issues including pregnancy, miscarriage, and abortion. She utilizes psychodynamic theory, incorporating ISTDP, mindfulness, and ACT interventions. Through weekly sessions at your pace, we will collaborate to help you feel better.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
When we're struggling, it is easy to isolate and avoid help. What you're feeling is normal, however you don't have to go at it alone. Her ability to help comes from your inherent capacity to heal yourself. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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“My mental health affects me daily, whether I’m aware of it or not, both physically and mentally.
I just had a gallery opening that was beautiful and more than I could have daydreamed for. What you didn’t see was the mini meltdown getting dressed prior when the original outfit didn’t go as planned as it had in my head and once we were home after the lovely reception, I immediately vomited. All my nerves get so wound up, I can end up getting sick, or I can get completely get derailed because that shoe and trousers combo blows and you’re in a foregin country and only have one other pair of shoes in your suitcase and it’s your big art show and I wanted to look like Patti Smith and I just don’t look the way I feel thought process. Not cool, bro.
Touring so much can create chaos in the sense that daily routine is the same but the setting is revolving and that can grade on liking to be in control. Touring is good for learning that however much you think you are dealing with someone else, they’re dealing with just as much with you.
It’s taken me a very long time to come to that self awareness, as well as the patience and support of loved ones. I need to nourish myself frequently. Drink lots of water and watch that coffee. Get proper sleep. Move my body. Write lists. Get outside myself. Call someone I love, ask them how they are, and really listen. Spend time quietly, preferably in water. Be creative.
These small tools can sometimes feel like they add up to a full time job on an already full day. I still struggle with balance and being gentle with myself. But every night I go to sleep excited to try again tomorrow.” - Vanessa Jean Speckman @vanessajeanspeckman September 2019 #ididntwanttotellyouseries
Your clue is:-"It's on a stump overgrown by a tree. I left a dragonfly made by me."
We love this recent article written by @colette_theyogadoc
Link in bio or visit https://www.colettetheyogadoc.com/blog
TRAUMA SENSITIVE YOGA
Recently I was lucky enough to spend time in Italy with the very incredible @yogaimpactcharity on trauma sensitive yoga teacher training.
So what is trauma sensitive yoga?
Why as a doctor and yoga teacher do I feel so passionately that we need to re-evaluate how we treat patients who have experienced trauma and hence developed Post Traumatic Stress disorder (PTSD) - be that refugee/ex-military / or victim of rape or domestic abuse .
Trauma results in a profound rewiring of the way mind and brain manage perceptions. In other words , it changes the way we think, what we think and also our capacity to think.
When we are exposed to a traumatic event, our brain’s alarm system is switched on, automatically triggering pre-programmed physical escape plans in the oldest parts of the brain,. Our rational thinking brain partially shuts down as the fight/flight/freeze response comes into play.
If for some reason the “normal return to senses” response is blocked - ie : people are held down, trapped or feel unable to take preventative action ie: run - the brain keeps secreting stress chemicals long after the actual event has passed and the threat no longer exists.
PTSD sufferers are exposed to a never ending volley of stress chemicals, living in a state of persistent hyperarousal and agitation. .
The attempt to maintain control over unbearable physiological reactions can result in a whole range of physical symptoms; amongst these fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and other autoimmune diseases may ensue. .
Brain PET scanning in neuroscience has led to discovery that trauma effectively cuts us off from our language and rational thinking centres within the brain. .
The solution it seems requires finding ways to help people alter the “inner sensory landscape” of their bodies.
Dealing with borderline personality disorder I deal with containing and understanding my emotions all day to allow myself to grow and heal in time and it is a lot but rarely can I share so here I am to share.
I normally like to bury everything I'm feeling and thinking, but I'm trying to change that about myself (it's a change that's going to take a lot of time for someone who's been conditioned to distrust everyone).
I'm not usually one to air out personal issues on a public platform, but I see more and more people on social media opening up and getting inspired by each other's honesty–and that's beautiful to me.
I've struggled with Major Depression since I was a kid and Generalized Anxiety Disorder since college. Neither is a badge of honor.
No one wants to wake up in the morning feeling completely unmotivated or spend hours beating themselves up for something they said or didn't say earlier that day. No one wants to feel like they're suffocating when they try to say something in front of other people or be blind-sided by a racing heart, dizziness, and pure panic. No one wants to distance themselves from people they love and care about deeply simply because they have an illusion of feeling unwanted. No one wants unexplained sadness, mood swings, or anger.
No one wants any of this, but so many of us are dealing with it every single day. This was hard for me to post, but we have to end the stigma.
I'm trying to master this self care thing. I'm going back to the gym this week, I made a counseling appointment, and I'm thinking positive whenever I can. I'm planning to pamper myself with hair and (first!) tattoo appointments. I'm feeling good about the direction I'm heading in, even if some days are harder than others.
I will get through this, even if it's a battle I have to fight every day of my life. I will win. WE will win. Much love to everyone dealing with these diseases. 🥰 You have my unwavering support.
Yep feel this one big time. Spoiler alert I’m 36 and still feel this way. Trying to feel okay with the fact that I will likely never have a conventional life. Sometimes I’m okay with it other days it’s hard.
✨A BIG part of a healthy lifestyle is mental health! Finding yourself and being true to yourself is not something that just comes one day when you wake up. It is something that we are ALWAYS learning. Every day I learn something new about myself! The first step I took to find out who I am is changing my personal habits! I changed my eating, my fitness level, my mental toughness, and my positivity! I used to complain about literally everything and now I try to twist it and change my perspective on the situation good or bad! Mental toughness💪🏽 is HUGE in every aspect of your life! I use mental toughness in my workouts and even in trying to keep my sanity after a hard week. Being mentally strong is owning your mistakes and seeing the bad and converting it into good! Just trust in you and find your goals. Goals are something that pushes you and helps guide your mental toughness! Goals are also something that has helped me through my life/fitness journey! I could talk about this subject all day because I feel like many girls/guys my age concentrate on the wrong things sometimes when what they should be focusing on is themselves and how they can get better for themselves and their future! This is our time! Our time to find ourselves, make things happen, and build relationships! Work hard every day to better yourself for you! In the end, you always have yourself!
✨What to take from this:
~ believe in you
~ focus on you
~ find your goals
~ mental toughness ~ work hard because nothing is given to you!! • ❕PLEASE DM me if you ever need to talk to someone about this and need advice about anything concerning my page! If you know me personally you know that I would literally talk to anyone! 💞💓
I feel alot of you will be able to relate to this one.
Friends aren't people who are there for you when you are happy and absent when you have depression. They aren't people who unfollow you when you start posting about mental health issues. They aren't people you worry about upsetting or annoying when you have a problem that you need to talk about. Friends are people who stick together in the good times and the bad. Who cheer for you when you succeed and who support you in your times of need. They are people who are there when you're struggling with anxiety, depression, an eating disorder or any other form of mental illness. Everyone thinks they have friends, but until you get diagnosed with a mental illness, you never know just how many friends you ever have.
So this is just a post to reflect on the friends who have in your life and make sure they are the type of friends who are there for you no matter what. If they are, then amazing, you're a lucky person. And if they aren't, maybe it's time to ask yourself why your settling for people who don't deserve your friendship.
Stilbite is a millennial pink, feminine daydream. It’s the crystal to work with when you need to balance out your masculine energy, arrogance, workaholic nature, anger, and defensiveness.
Stilbite lets us lean into self-love a little bit more, pushing us to make ourselves a priority over everything else once in a while. If you are guilty of putting others first over yourself every time, Stilbite will help you see your needs with clarity.
Work with Stilbite during meditation to ease into a relaxed, trance-like state. You can also keep Stilbite in your bedroom to bring a loving vibe to your dreams and your relationships, especially your relationship to yourself.
Been trying to focus more on enjoying life and food lately 🤷🏻♀️ still trusting the process but it definitely feels good to not always be stressed about what my physique looks like during this off season! Don’t get me wrong I absolutely love the gym and the bodybuilding lifestyle but sometimes you need to give yourself a break both physically and mentally! Taking a step back can really help you reevaluate the things in your life and your next steps along your journey 💪🏽
❤️Since social media detoxing and really controlling my time on here, I feel less anxious and more rested. I have spent so much more quality time with my family. I feel less mentally cluttered and I am happier.
🛑I am struggling with filling my time, considering most of my free time was spent scrolling on IG.
🦋I’m focusing so much on connecting with my true self and letting my creative juices flow.
🌈I am back to the gym tomorrow for the first time in many months. I have been putting it off for far too long. I am a constant work in progress!
The only way out is through. You know this. It’s a Universal Truth. We all experience painful moments, just know that life is cyclical and the better times lay on the other side of this important life lesson.
Weeellllll happy Tuesday from me and my new favorite sweater! 🦄✨💕 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Last week was pretty jam packed going from LA to Denver to NorCal to Canada then back to my life this week at home. 😅 I can’t tell if it’s all the travel, but for the past 48 hours I’ve been feeling like I’m in a “funk” and I can’t really pinpoint why exactly. There are a few little things that I know are contributing to it, but overall I still don’t understand WHY I feel any sadness since I don’t have a real reason to. (Which also makes me feel upset and frustrated with myself!!) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I wish I had an answer to the “funk” or could leave you with some inspirational words, but I just wanted to put this out there in case you’ve also been feeling like me: happy but sad, energetic but tired, and wishing you could just be the good stuff all the time! ❤️ I’m going to do my best to accept my feelings for what they are, journal a little tonight to explore them, and hopefully wake up tomorrow feeling a little closer to the version of myself I want to be. 🙂 #RealPost
Two steps forward and one step back! So on Sunday, bub surprised us with blood in her nappy again. Once again, she had it yesterday as well. Luckily on Monday we saw our peadiatritian who is going to contact our other doctors to see what we can do. There was talk of a speech pathologist as well as bub has been refusing solids and bottle profusely as well. Thankfully though, she is gaining weight well enough.
Today I'm back at work and so far bub hasn't taken the bottle for her grandma. I'm hoping and praying she changes her tune and decides to take it. All this backwards and forwards is really hard, I know we are doing what we can do, but something makes me feel like I'm not doing enough for my little girl. For now I'm going to focus on the positives and hope things get better...... Like always. 😭😭
For the sake of #ResilienTuesdays, I grit my teeth and openly share that I’ve finally caved and enrolled myself into psychotherapy services to focus on my mental/emotional health.
I’ve fought the uphill battle with not only my physical health, but primarily my mental health after sustaining a SCI. My journey of personal development had been consumed by regaining my physical independence that I neglected my mental and emotional health.
While I should be proud of my courage, I admit that vulnerability is not my strongest trait let alone trusting a stranger with the deepest darkest depths of my soul. I accept that healing requires me to step out of my comfort zone — and in this case, delving deep into my pain and trauma; childhood trauma, ptsd from my car accident, living with paralysis, relationships, friendships, depression, anxiety, self esteem etc.
I remember texting @jamiejp and hysterically crying after booking my appointment. I felt low, as if I’ve truly lost all my damn marbles. After many ditched appts due to anxiety/fear/shame, my first appointment yesterday made me realize now what a foolish thought that was... it was like walking into my first day of life for the first time in 29 years. I felt light... and absolutely 𝐀𝐋𝐈𝐕𝐄.
While this post was really difficult for me to share, I hope it motivates and inspires you to be proactive with self-care; emotionally, mentally, physically. It’s important to not feel deterred by societal stigma’s in regards to seeking help. 𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞’𝐬 𝐧𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐰𝐫𝐨𝐧𝐠 𝐰/ 𝐲𝐨𝐮. Seeking help is the first stepping stone to taking responsibility for you life.
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Hi guys! 👋🏼 I’m having technical difficulties with episodes 6 and 7. And by technical difficulties I mean I didn’t like them and have decided to re-record. Lol. Didn’t mean to take this long to publish the next one, but it’s a perfect opportunity for me to share a podcast I was featured on in August!!
Check out @mealwithavet and the amazing things Alex is doing for the veteran community! 🇺🇸 #mwav#healingwithizzy#usaf#veteransupport#vulnerability
Me. Today... 17th September.
#TransformationTuesday ...or maybe like @cooking_with_kim246 said: #TransitionTuesday.
I started my #fatlossjourney on the 24th of June this year... At 215 lbs.
Presently, I'm at 192.2 lbs... The lightest I've been on this journey. ...but not the leanest...and that's what this post is about: the scale, mindfucks, calories and food quality.
3 or so weeks back, I fell off my diet hard. #Depression led to stress eating. Bloat, which my mind perceived as fat gain, led to more stress eating. Stepping on the scale and seeing the number up 10 FUCKING pounds (of bloat), led to more stress eating.
Looking at the number on the scale now that I'm back on track and bloat mostly dissipated, technically I'm maintained linear #weightLoss.
However.. I was leaner whilst heavier a few weeks back. This tells me that I probably was hypocaloric (ie undereating) whilst subsiding on crap foods... And lost "weight", but my body composition (lean mass to fat mass) was unfavourably affected.
• Calories matter yes... But macronutrients matter too. Anyone who tells you otherwise is setting your ass up. 1000 calories of twinkies (or junk food period) will NOT have the same muscle retentive effects as 1000 calories of meat, veg, and tubers. And retention is what matters. Not *just* how much "weight" you lose. • I'm doing a lot better mentally right now. I may fall off again several times... But transparency lends to accountability. And my practice revolves around both of those things religiously. • The scale and your mind will try to fuck with you. reconcile yourself with the process. None of the body's processes are linear. We will have progress, plateaus, regression... And all that is fine. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise fam.
Episode 17 reminds Us to Dream 🤪🙏❤️
to Find our Purpose & See the Unseen ☀️
let’s Fly today...
We Love You ❤️🐾❤️