I have been reflecting on my relationship with this girl for the past three days. I've had a lot of realisations that I have been avoiding for a long time but it turns out once I allowed myself to have them, everything was fine. If you're having problems with your relationship I don't doubt that today's video journal would be helpful.
Never a boring day here in the Gracepoint Foundation office! We spent the day at @thecentreclub with our Board and Senior Staff brainstorming and strategizing for the next year. We were lucky to have @whereisweatherby join us to take photographs of the Board for upcoming campaigns. Check out some behind the scenes shots!
It’s funny. I’m sitting here under a yellow sky as Ophelia creates an apocalyptic setting, getting ready to explore safe places
You may have heard me talking about safe places a lot. It’s something that makes total sense to me in terms of healing and self care with what is going on with politics, world leadership, the environment and my feeling that the light is cracking and breaking through to the truth #matrixtalk ✨
Meditation has been one of my main tools for creating safe places. Under my anxiety, depression and self-harm has been a need to feel safe. Safe in my surroundings, my history, myself and my emotions ✨ My first meditation mantra was “I am safe” and I used it for many years. I started meditating in my safest place (my bedroom) with a view of my beautiful tree. Eventually that feeling of safety moved inside me and I could take it wherever I went and enter it whenever I meditated ✨
It wasn’t until my house was burgled and I felt unsafe in it that I realised this transformation had take place ✨
My meditation practice is now revealing much deeper insights about my fears, beliefs and anxiety. How some of them are not necessarily mine but ingrained in my psyche from history, whether it be witch-hunts, the patriarchy or societal conditioning. As more is revealed, more is healed. I am being given a power and gift that I can use in my life and my work. I can have voice
Many of us are finding the world feels very unsafe at the moment. I would like to offer you a safe place where you can come and be, meditate, breathe, pray or just sit still with me ✨
I will host this safe place daily for the next week over FB Live from my page and Instagram Live ✨
It won’t be a guided meditation or a meditation challenge, but I will be with you to offer guidance around creating a safe place for you and meditating, if you wish too
Join me and lets co-create safety in ourselves and our world
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Love and sunshine
I have Borderline Personality Disorder........10 months ago I made the decision to come off of my medication and learn to cope alone. It has been a rollercoaster of emotions. I have had some major ups and major downs. I have had pick me ups and serious set backs. The last couple of months have been the easiest to deal. I'm learning to become aware of my irrational thoughts as opposed to my rational ones. I have spent days where I thought no one cared, where I couldn't explain to anyone how I was feeling. I felt so alone.
The last few days have been increasingly hard, I have had a major setback, but I know I'm not alone. No one is truly alone. We can fight this.
You can do this. 💜💜 #mentalhealth#mentalhealthawareness#mentalhealthstigma#endthestigma#bpd#bordeline#borderlinepersonality#unmedicated#youcandothis#yourenotalone#1in5
Our first-ever Annual Campaign is nearing its end and we are almost to our goal! It has been exciting over the past several weeks to share our Foundation's leaders passion for our mission. We hope the momentum continues to speak up and #endstigma .
Link to give in our bio.
Day 26: some days you eat healthy and work out and sometimes you eat fast food. It is all about balance. Living with anxiety is all about balance too. Some days you push yourself and some days you don’t. I definitely pushed myself today and I am thankful I did. Feeling accomplished and ahead of my to-do list!
Sometimes I get really disheartened that I'm not further ahead in life, that I'm not where I want to be, that I haven't done enough. It gets worse when I compare my accomplishments to others. But I don't know what's going on for them and I know what's going on for me. I know I have had my mental illness knock me around and I haven't been lucky not to worry about that. I'm doing pretty ok given my unhealthy thought patterns and I'm trying when my own mind is against me. It's also super hard and it makes sense that I relapse pretty bad when I have to move forward but also rebuild an unsteady foundation. Got to keep trying and being easy on myself. #trying#hope#keeponkeepingon 👊 #mentalhealth#mentalhealthawareness#mentalhealthissues#mentalhealthstigma#life#getwrecked#memes#anxiety#negativethoughts
People don't want to necessarily die they want to stop the pain. And they do that in whatever way is feasible to them. Running, putting extra sugar in their tea, painting, being with loved ones, touching themselves etc. When one thing doesn't do it for them anymore you move on to the next thing, books, travel, careers, creating etc. You keep going bc it works for you and it gets you to the next day. But when you start running low on options and bc of that you're not as functional anymore you get desperate and you do sad bad dumb things bc this problem is immediate and you're getting cornered you're getting more and more afraid of something without a clear face all the while your entire world is running and no ones waiting for you to tie your laces. Numb terrified apathetic agitated bitter lethargic unwashed broke emotional hungry burning out. I never have this look in my eyes anymore (I'm not crying just a regular schmegular) and I look back at so many memories and pictures and I wish I wasn't so convinced my shit wasn't legitimate bc you live half of a life. You have desire but nothing to show for it. Don't wait until medication is not optional to get help to help yourself because pills are expensive, it takes time to find the right one (s) for you, side effects, shitty doctors, shitty nurses, and bc you're probly on a really uneven cliff that could go any which way depending on the smallest interactions by the time you're considering medication. Medication stabilizes your hormones bc since you've been underproducing certain hormones it gives them back to you so you can sleep eat go to work and be there for people and be present as best you can. Some people take them all their lives some people don't everyone's brain is different everyone is different. If medicine is a crutch then a crutch for someone w a broken foot is a crutch. Yeah that person doesn't n e e d it, they could hop around and still do shit but the crutch fucking helps doesn't it #depression#mentalhealth#mentalillness#mentalhealthstigma#mentalhealthsupport#boobs
I’m tired. Like All. The. Time. I’m tired because my sweet little baby doesn’t sleep well at night. And none of my 3 kiddos really understand that mommy is tired. They want to run and play and that’s always amazing and fun, but then there’s cleaning to do, food to cook, preschool drop off and pick up, and dishes, and laundry...never ending laundry! .
At the end of the day, I could totally sit and kill an entire bag of Oreos or bottle of wine and not give a crap about it...except there’s something that pushes me to do better, to BE better. .
My kick A** Team. .
A year ago I would have murdered those Oreos or had that bottle of wine. But now, even after a day of crazy kids and laundry and dishes, I don’t eat the cookies. Instead I try to push play MOST days (because I’m human and life happens) and get in a great workout. I prepare amazing, nutritious meals for my family provided by a registered dietician hired by my team, and I work in a business that is ALL about helping people become who they’re meant to be. .
It’s because of my amazing team that I’ve been able to find meaningful work outside of being a stay-at-home mommy. With these rock-stars on my team I have been able to achieve several of the fitness goals I have set for myself. .
So what are you waiting for? Stop telling yourself that you CAN’T find time and/or that you CAN’T afford it. You can find time and you can afford it if you just make it a higher priority than that Starbucks drink you get every day. 😉Also, stop letting people tell you that you CAN’T make fitness a priority or that you can’t make money in this business. You just have to put in the effort and you will get as much as you put in. I truly dislike the word CAN’T because Yes the F*ck you can. .
Are you ready to feel as good as I do, help other women feel as good as I do, and start making some money? Join up with my team and I can show you how! Comment below “I’m in!”
#repost This show ( @myfavoritemurder ) went crazy over the last year with so many new fans. It hits on the darker side of mental health while always encouraging those who are in pain to go out and get the support they need. The world is a dark place sometimes but there is always someone you can turn to. “My Favorite Murder is, on the surface, a podcast for true-crime fans. The hosts, comedy writer Kilgariff and Cooking Channel personality Georgia Hardstark, take turns retelling and editorializing about history’s most gruesome killings—and the occasional near-killing— while the other reacts with shock, outrage, and witty deadpan commentary. They also talk openly about their own struggles with anxiety, depression, alcoholism, and drug use. “We’re both oversharers, so opening up about ourselves happened naturally for us,” Hardstark said in an email.
On Facebook, a community of more than 100,000 fans—largely female—not only nurture each other’s enthusiasm for the taboo topic of serial killers, they follow the examples of their hosts and openly discuss their own mental-health issues. Some share how the podcast has offered the inspiration they need to seek help. In part, this is thanks to two charismatic hosts who aren’t afraid to talk about tough topics.” (Hardstark and Kilgariff regularly get messages from people thanking them for talking about therapy and asking where they can find therapists of their own. They usually recommend the directory on Psychology Today’s website.) #breakingtaboo#KillSilence#MyFavoriteMurder#SSDGM#GeorgiaHardstark#KarenKilgariff#StaySexyDontGetMurdered#MentalHealth#Therapy#NotAlone#Murderinos#Depression#Anxiety#mentalhealthstigma#gethelp#callsomeone#youareloved#podcast
http://ow.ly/qoW630fATQE : @breakingtaboo
"I remember going to camp as a seventh grader and walking outside of the cabin door and finding a drawing of an overweight girl with my name above it posted outside the door. The bullying was bad, but the isolation was worse. It's one thing to not like yourself, it's another to feel like you're going through that completely alone. I don't know when my breaking point was, I just remember crouching on the bathroom floor my freshman year of high school, sobbing while I threw up... Bulimia is still a struggle for me. Anxiety is still a struggle for me. Striving for unattainable perfection is still a struggle for me, but I'm stronger now that I know I'm not alone. The thing about invisible illnesses is that we can't just cure them like a lot of other things. We relapse and we progress and we relapse again and that's okay. The important thing is that we try, we don't give up, we give ourselves grace, and we remember that we are worthy and we are not alone."
To read Merilee's full story, click the link in our bio.
Photo by: Jesse Volk
Our good friends in @officialsheworeflowers are doing some amazing things! Check it! 🤘🏼 #Repost @officialsheworeflowers (@get_repost)
Interested in our event and want to find out more information? •
Wanting to start a conversation around mental health in your school or workplace and don’t know where to start? •
The She Wore Flowers team has presented for a variety of individuals over the past few years! If you’d like to meet our team and have a conversation about mental health, let us know! •
You’ll find us at Seven Oaks Middle School on Monday talking about mental health and our upcoming event with their staff! •
Lets start talking to end the stigma revolving mental health, and start building a community. •
DM our account or any of the accounts tagged for more information! ☺️🌻
This show ( @myfavoritemurder ) went crazy over the last year with so many new fans. It hits on the darker side of mental health while always encouraging those who are in pain to go out and get the support they need. The world is a dark place sometimes but there is always someone you can turn to. “My Favorite Murder is, on the surface, a podcast for true-crime fans. The hosts, comedy writer Kilgariff and Cooking Channel personality Georgia Hardstark, take turns retelling and editorializing about history’s most gruesome killings—and the occasional near-killing— while the other reacts with shock, outrage, and witty deadpan commentary. They also talk openly about their own struggles with anxiety, depression, alcoholism, and drug use. “We’re both oversharers, so opening up about ourselves happened naturally for us,” Hardstark said in an email.
On Facebook, a community of more than 100,000 fans—largely female—not only nurture each other’s enthusiasm for the taboo topic of serial killers, they follow the examples of their hosts and openly discuss their own mental-health issues. Some share how the podcast has offered the inspiration they need to seek help. In part, this is thanks to two charismatic hosts who aren’t afraid to talk about tough topics.” (Hardstark and Kilgariff regularly get messages from people thanking them for talking about therapy and asking where they can find therapists of their own. They usually recommend the directory on @psych_today website.) #breakingtaboo#KillSilence#MyFavoriteMurder#SSDGM#GeorgiaHardstark#KarenKilgariff#StaySexyDontGetMurdered#MentalHealth#Therapy#NotAlone#Murderinos#Depression#Anxiety#mentalhealthstigma#gethelp#callsomeone#youareloved#podcast
http://ow.ly/qoW630fATQE : @breakingtaboo #bekind#bentnotbroken#mentalhealthawareness#MentalHealthMatters#invisiblewounds#iamwhole#depressionhurts
Look what came! @bloodynorapam 😍 Can't wait to try them on and strutting my stuff around campus on Monday 💝
At least when I go to lectures wearing the "too tired" no one can complain when I fall asleep 💤😂 But in all seriousness I am so happy that I get to spread body positivity awareness and mental health awareness on campus, even in the smallest way, I hope it empowers others to rethink how they treat others and themselves.💭 In addition, as a psychology student and as a member of the LGBTQ+ community 🌈, I take a keen interest in the social conception of gender. I believe that gender is not fixed, it is simply the expression of masculinity and femininity. Everyone has a degree of femininity and masculinity, but the degree to which we have them is interchangeable and varies from person to person.
However, society has been trained to minimise this to viewing that sex = gender. Which is such a primitive way of thinking. Sex refers to your biology, whereas gender refers to your self expression of masculinity and femininity. This is why we must validate people who identify as non-binary, as they feel like their gender is fluid and interchangeable and therefore believe that they can not simply identify as one sex (this is very generalistic and I do not try and speak for all those who are non-binary). To conclude, I am super excited that clothing like this is available because it provides a platform for me to speak about issues like the stigmatization of mental health issues, the restrictiveness of gender norms and the movement of self love and positivity 🤗💕
It's so fascinating watching how all different people react to the mental illness simulation. One beautiful lady was in tears because she was just thinking about all the kids she'd interacted with who may have been experiencing something similar. We're trying to build empathy so I'd count that as a mission success although I believe this particular human being already had a heart of gold and a massive amount of understanding and empathy for people suffering. She's not pictured. I couldn't bring myself to shoot her in her vulnerable moment although perhaps I should have. It's a tough call sometimes. High quality super dooper video that Emma and I shot on our fancy pants cameras up later today. 💓
This photo is also from the Mental Health Expo. Emma was surprised to see herself on the Lose Your Mind screen from the video we shot with Leanne. Evidence of our humble little community is popping up everywhere. Keep an eye out 🙊
I ❤️ and miss this woman right here!! I can't say that enough, if I only had one more moment with her I would give anything.. love the ones close to you. It's been extremely hard dealing with this, I woke up in tears today after a very vivid dream of packing up her home with my family... I can't believe your gone mom 😭😪 ... she sky dived every Birthday from 40-45 years! She was so brave, fearless, sensitive, a healer and my hero! 😢😰... this is difficult to even type this without sobbing into my morning breakfast but the message is treasure every moment and DO WHAT YOU LOVE. We're only guaranteed this moment and the next and that's it! Love you friends, family, acquaintances and followers ❤️. Peace, love and happiness 🤙🏾✌🏾#suicideprevention#mentalhealthmonth#suicideawareness