| Sleep (or lack of) is one of those things that can make or break our #mentalwellness . It not only affects our moods, it affects our performance, our health, our perception, our focus, how we interact with others and our sense of self and yet, most of us know this but still aren’t getting enough sleep on a regular basis🙈. Up on the blog are 5 practical tips for more restful sleep. 🌙 [Link in bio] or at reitajohnston.com/blog |
Mental progress will ALWAYS be better than physical progress.
Why I say this? Because if the former is on point, the latter will follow by itself.
MEDTALK 💊~ I made this post to announce that I have been FREE of taking antidepressants for 2 consecutive months now. Sadly enough, I can conclude that it’s still a taboo to talk about mental health and medication openly. 90-95% of the comments on ‘transformation’ pictures solely focus on the PHYSICAL aspect – while so many things ought to have happened in the mind before it has eventually shown on the body. Next to that there is a lot of judgement from ignorant people. This results into people feeling misunderstood. Yes: it is a very hard, complex topic to talk about. It’s invisible – we cannot SEE how someone feels from the inside. But why is it completely normal to share and celebrate these kinds of transformation photos only and is the mental part completely overlooked?
This is not me saying that a person who takes medication to get better is weak. No – you fight to get better like never before. A person who is assigned to this type of medication, lacks serotonin in the brain: a neurotransmitter that – among other things - controls your mood. When a person is depressed, the body is not able to make adequate amounts by itself. If I would have gone without this med back then, I’m not sure if I would’ve made it. Antidepressants can be just that vital tool to help you get going again, to work to a brighter future. A last-resort. You might be needing them for a few months, sometimes years, depending on what type of depression you have, or how severe it is. You can only consider quitting them when you feel ready and with professional guidance. And for me personally, the withdrawal symptoms I experienced were no joke. But once the matter completely left my system, I felt . I can label myself healthy, at last. And not because of the weight I lost or the muscle I gained, but because of the balance I have found within myself. I will accept whatever body covers my bones, whatever fat % I have – as long as I FEEL healthy.
Today, I am celebrating my MENTAL progression, and that of anyone else. You are all warriors. 💪🏼
Life has been insane lately, and my saving grace has been the good ol #ymca . Last night, we arrived to our Y just like we always do, walk inside the child watch drop off, only to have my oldest kid break down into a full blown panic attack. This is not the first time this has happened. The first time, it was about 3 months ago, and completely threw me off guard. He is almost 5, and up until maybe a year ago, he had never had any “social” issues. In fact, he has always been gregarious, playful and curious. He is slowly becoming more sheltered and timid. At first I was angry, how dare he throw a fit that evening and make me turn around and take him all the way home, not allow his sister to play with the kids, and make me miss my vinyasa class. 😤He was super excited until we walked through the door. When it hit me that this seemed deeper than one of his “tantrums” I remembered about the other two times he had done the same thing. I have NO idea what is triggering these episodes, and still don’t know if it were more of a tantrum than a full blown panic attack, but it’s enough to get a mom’s panties in a bunch to say the least. There is no “What to do when my kid ________’s” manual, and clearly will never be one specific to your families needs. Now, like the other few times this has happened, I need to wait it out. Not take him back to the Y for awhile till he mellows. This puts a damper in my OWN techniques and strategies to keep my OWN mental health happy and content. Mix a good stomach bug into the mix, and another glorious week it is! 😩I am still not sure what to think about his episodes, and probably never will, but hope that soon he will be able to express how he is feeling, and I will be able to help him adapt and cope....Heart crushing.💔IN THE MEAN TIME, here I am, not as “zen” without my evening yoga class, just trying to SURVIVE! I took this picture today to remind me to laugh and smile. My shirt matched my booch-of-the-day, and I never wear purple. 💜I also am wearing my new lava stone earrings, and have been diffusing bergamot and lavender to help keep my cool. (Doterra all the way) Things are crazy and it’s so hard to let your own needs slip away.
In the spirit of #talkaboutittuesday and mental health awareness, I will be the first to admit!! I am struggling harsh right now. I will choose to fight because I'm a warrior. I will not give up. That being said, I am deep in my anxiety and depression right now. I will push forward until it gets better and I will fight for happiness one day!! #mentalhealthawareness , #itsoktonotbeok , #iwillbeavoice
Nothing makes me feel prouder than seeing my younger sister finally feeling able to speak out about the illness that she's battled for the last year. Eating disorders are no laughing matter. We have watched the pain it's caused and almost lost her due to this illness. She makes me immensely proud and I just know she has what it takes to kick its ass! ❤️ #eatingdisorder#end#stigma#mentalhealth#mentalhealthawareness#staystrong
Real talk, the last month has been one of the most challenging of my life, when stress, grief and sleep deprivation hit it is a recipe for disaster. There has been a ton of talk on #mentalhealth & #mentalhealthawareness lately and I wanted to add to the conversation the importance of mental health awareness for entrepreneurs and artists. So often, as entrepreneurs, educators, artists and teachers we have to focus on the image for our business and brand and I'm afraid that so many business owners are not given the space to just be HUMAN. If that's you, I want YOU to know right now that is ok to share that you are burnt out, that you need rest, that you need time-away and that maybe you are scared or not sure exactly what to do. It's when you share your real story that you can be clear yourself and the world with where you need support and it opens the door to have people meet the authentic you, everybody wants fantasy but what we need right now is REALity. I remember one of my first business's in my 20's, to the outside world it looked like we were doing so well but in reality we were stressed out and hiding that was probably the hardest part. Entrepreneurs and artists face all kinds of anxiety and I too face depression in the face all the time. Something in me though, keeps me going, a sense of urgency not for me, but for easing the pain that is being suffered in the world. Yesterday's #metoo conversation really was eye opening and heart breaking and I'm determined to put an end to that any and every chance I get. I wake up everyday and ask how can I serve, how can I use my unique gifts to impact the world around me. When I come from this space the small day to day problems seem so minuscule and I am focused on what's real. What's real right now is that I am tired, I need rest and time away, and I have made plans to do just that, I hope you can look beyond your brand and be real with what you really need. Your business is here to serve you and the world, not the other way around. If you are in #edmonton I am offering my last #yogientrpreneur school for 2017, dates coming soon. DM me for details! Photo by @desilesphotography
"I recently came out of another severe depressive episode, where I was suicidal for months on end. It was unbearable and barely anything eased my pain. The connections I had to my best friends literally saved my life. Just like this book illustrates, community is vital at least for me. Whoever you are, whatever you're doing I bet you're doing great. Kick some fucking ass." - Carrie. -
I really hope this book helps people overcome the depression that this society incubates. - -
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I miss my pre-military-life hair! 💁 This was taken only a few weeks in; after 6 years of scraping my hair back in a bun most days it is certainly not in such good condition now! 😭 BUT anywho, something that is in much better condition than it was then is my mental health. The girl in this photo had zero self confidence, and it’s only recently that that’s even started to change. I never recognised any of my achievements, and never believed I had anything worthy to give in life. It’s a slow process but I finally see how sad it was to always think like that. You are enough, you are worthy and you have so many amazing qualities to give to the world too. Shoot down the negative thoughts and fill your brain with positivity, then let the positivity flow out to the rest of the world! 🤗🙏👏 lots of love to you all 💕
Maybe she truly was fine when she told you. But in the off chance that she wasn't, the chance that you'd awake to 4am sobbing of grieving parents and rushed hospital calls•••Ask again #mentalhealthawareness
This is a post directly to everyone who follows me! A lot of my newer followers don't know this, but I run an Amino app to help those who struggle with mental health and to just have a safe space for anyone to discuss the topic and to not feel alone. I have been a bit absent from the app, but now I have more time to really engage and do my best to help others. The community has grown a lot since I first made it and I'm so happy that it is able to help those who join. Mental Health awareness is very important to me and so is all of you. Even if you don't struggle with any mental disorders, it's still a great place to learn about people and maybe even learn about yourself. Swipe to learn how to join the community! 💚💚 #amino#mentalhealthawareness#mentalhealth#positive#positivity#selfhelp#mentalhealthsupport
To most, this is just a photo of a manicure & my long piano fingers. To me, this picture represents doing something that scares me. Today I went & got my nails done. The whole time I felt like I couldn't breathe, I looked for a way out of the salon multiple times and I was completely focused on trying not to pass out. Although many doctors say that it's unlikely to pass out during a panic attack, I'm one of the lucky few who actually does. I cried in the car when I left the salon. Getting a manicure is supposed to be relaxing, yet somehow my brain turns it into something scary. So what's the point of this post? We live in a world where everyone pretends to be perfect. But everyone has issues. This is one of mine. Despite dealing with panic & anxiety for 12 years, going to doctors, the hospital and therapy more times than I care to admit, I still struggle. I've missed out on a lot of opportunities because of this. Some days it gets really hard and I can't leave my house. If this is your issue too, I just want to say that you're not alone. #mentalhealth#anxiety#panicdisorder#derealization#mentalhealthawareness#strength
October has long been my favorite month, for all the reasons someone might call "basic" (a word which I wish would go away), but also because I usually feel my best this time of year. This year, however, it has felt equal parts tricks and treats. I've gone on a fantastic retreat where I made a few even more fantastic friends, just wrapped up the second month of my yoga teacher training, am going to a yoga show/fest on Friday with another cool new friend from my YTT, and to my favorite place in the UK - North Wales - next week. All amazing things which I am so grateful to experience. Yet I've been struggling mentally more consistently in this last month than I have in a very long time (which is abundantly obvious if you've read any of my other posts lately). The thing with mental health, you see, is that you can't see it when there's a problem. It doesn't matter if you look and feel fine one minute, because you can just as easily feel like you're in a black hole the next, and repeat that cycle 10 times in half a day alone. It's so easy to think you're going insane and doubt it yourself, let alone what anyone else might think. But unlike my yoga 'teacher' Mr Bones in this picture here, I still have expanding lungs and a beating heart and the hope of a better tomorrow. Ups and downs, peaks and troughs, rainbows and rain clouds. Hoping to write more about it - along with a recap of month two of my teacher training, which is definitely triggering a whole boat load of this jazz - on the blog tomorrow 💙
Xiishod means your words won’t be heard and neither will your challenges from mental health be understood. Therefore, silence is the loudest cry for help when you’re told to have xiishod.....follow @xiishod #mentalhealthawareness#mentalhealth
i sat and tried to put pen to paper to make sense of what happened only to realise all the poetry in the world would never be able to change how it ended. - a poem from my debut book "All The Ways I'm A Nomad" available now on Amazon.com, link is in my bio!