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  • There are certain things in life that as adults we convince ourselves are ‘not ok’, even though they are things that as humans we all need, feel or do. 
Please remember that:
🌼It’s ok to let yourself cry (whether your a man or a woman, a grown up or a child).
🌼It’s ok to ask for help when you can’t manage something by yourself.
🌼It’s ok to feel a whole range of emotions.
🌼It’s ok to make mistakes, to fail and to try again (it’s a learning process).
🌼It’s ok to have good days and bad days and days that are a bit of everything.
🌼And it’s ok to not have all the answers, to not have everything figured out and to not have a plan.
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You are valid, your feelings are valid and everything is going to be... OK ✨
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#itsok #itsokay #itsokaynottobeokay #itsoktonotbeok #youwillbeok #everythingwillbeok #itsoktocry #itsoktohavebaddays #lifelessons #growingup #adulting #laurajaneillustrations #thingstoremember
  • There are certain things in life that as adults we convince ourselves are ‘not ok’, even though they are things that as humans we all need, feel or do.
    Please remember that:
    🌼It’s ok to let yourself cry (whether your a man or a woman, a grown up or a child).
    🌼It’s ok to ask for help when you can’t manage something by yourself.
    🌼It’s ok to feel a whole range of emotions.
    🌼It’s ok to make mistakes, to fail and to try again (it’s a learning process).
    🌼It’s ok to have good days and bad days and days that are a bit of everything.
    🌼And it’s ok to not have all the answers, to not have everything figured out and to not have a plan.
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    You are valid, your feelings are valid and everything is going to be... OK ✨
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    #itsok #itsokay #itsokaynottobeokay #itsoktonotbeok #youwillbeok #everythingwillbeok #itsoktocry #itsoktohavebaddays #lifelessons #growingup #adulting #laurajaneillustrations #thingstoremember
  • 1,338 29 19 March, 2019
  • Little Sunday reminder ❤️
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Image by @crystaldrawsstuff 🙏🏼❤️
  • Little Sunday reminder ❤️
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    Image by @crystaldrawsstuff 🙏🏼❤️
  • 3,634 66 17 March, 2019
  • It’s okay to not be okay. Everyday we are battling with our inner demons. What can we do to help each other? We can talk about it. We can end the stigma around mental illness. Everyone is silently struggling and that’s something we can hopefully change. I’m here today - extremely vulnerable- telling you #itsoktonotbeok ❤️ you have a support system, reach out. .
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My friend who owns @exhale.therapy has been trying to break down the walls for me around mental illness. This challenge that she has started has really helped me in a way of letting these demons go. After I was done completing it I stared at it and cried. It was almost cleansing. I challenge you guys to complete this challenge. Even if you don’t share - just to share to yourself. You’re so much stronger then you know. It’s time you stood up to yourself and let these negative thoughts go. 🙌🏻
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#selflove #mentalhealthawareness #bekindtooneanother
  • It’s okay to not be okay. Everyday we are battling with our inner demons. What can we do to help each other? We can talk about it. We can end the stigma around mental illness. Everyone is silently struggling and that’s something we can hopefully change. I’m here today - extremely vulnerable- telling you #itsoktonotbeok ❤️ you have a support system, reach out. .
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    My friend who owns @exhale.therapy has been trying to break down the walls for me around mental illness. This challenge that she has started has really helped me in a way of letting these demons go. After I was done completing it I stared at it and cried. It was almost cleansing. I challenge you guys to complete this challenge. Even if you don’t share - just to share to yourself. You’re so much stronger then you know. It’s time you stood up to yourself and let these negative thoughts go. 🙌🏻
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    #selflove #mentalhealthawareness #bekindtooneanother
  • 828 65 21 hours ago
  • One of the most common fears we hear from people who are wanting to show up more in their relationships is “i don’t know what to say/do” when a loved one is having a hard time. Often when we’re not sure what’s needed from us, we feel compelled to try to make things better. After all, it’s painful and uncomfortable to see those we care about hurting! 
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Toxic Positivity (appreciating this new-to-us term btw!) is often well-intended, but can end up making our loved ones feel missed or invalidated. It can also inadvertently send the message that “there’s something wrong with me” if i feel challenged to “just think positive thoughts” or “just get over it.”
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Additionally, affirmations of positivity neglect to consider one’s environmental/cultural context and ignore systemic oppressions that can’t be changed with positive thinking. To tell a person of marginalized intersectional identities to “just be happy” or “see the good in everything” is reinforcing systems of oppression and completely minimizing and invalidating their VERY VALID experience. 
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Thanks @sitwithwhit for providing some alternative versions that help to offer support and affirm one’s experience. Your feelings are valid! Your experience is valid! .
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#validation #itsoktonotbeok #affirmations #wellnesswednesday #support #friends #empath #emotions #listen #emotionalwellbeing #justlisten #saturdayvibes #therapy #therapist #vibes #hope #supporter #positivity #anxiety #depression
  • One of the most common fears we hear from people who are wanting to show up more in their relationships is “i don’t know what to say/do” when a loved one is having a hard time. Often when we’re not sure what’s needed from us, we feel compelled to try to make things better. After all, it’s painful and uncomfortable to see those we care about hurting!
    _________________________
    Toxic Positivity (appreciating this new-to-us term btw!) is often well-intended, but can end up making our loved ones feel missed or invalidated. It can also inadvertently send the message that “there’s something wrong with me” if i feel challenged to “just think positive thoughts” or “just get over it.”
    _________________________
    Additionally, affirmations of positivity neglect to consider one’s environmental/cultural context and ignore systemic oppressions that can’t be changed with positive thinking. To tell a person of marginalized intersectional identities to “just be happy” or “see the good in everything” is reinforcing systems of oppression and completely minimizing and invalidating their VERY VALID experience.
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    Thanks @sitwithwhit for providing some alternative versions that help to offer support and affirm one’s experience. Your feelings are valid! Your experience is valid! .
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    #validation #itsoktonotbeok #affirmations #wellnesswednesday #support #friends #empath #emotions #listen #emotionalwellbeing #justlisten #saturdayvibes #therapy #therapist #vibes #hope #supporter #positivity #anxiety #depression
  • 4,097 82 2 February, 2019
  • I’m talking to YOU, depression. To you, anxiety. And to you, self-doubt. ⁣
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You can’t park here in my heart. Sorry, I won’t allow it any longer. I’ve come to accept that there will be hard days, I won’t always be okay, I won’t always be happy, I won’t always feel like Leah. But I have hope that there will be more good days than bad days, more happiness than sadness. ⁣
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I’m ready for Sunday, y’all. I love going to church plus I get my babies back from the grandparents’ house and I’m ready. They drive me insane sometimes but they’re also my most happy place. They fill my bucket 🗑⁣
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Some things I want to implement to help with my own mental health starting with this week only {because I get overwhelmed thinking too far ahead}:⁣
1. Taking a social media break. Can I get an amen!? I think even a few hours at a time will make such a difference. ⁣
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2. Move. At this point there’s no time minimum, no specifics on what I want to do. I just know that I want to move. If that’s walking to the park with the kiddos, going to the gym...whatever!⁣
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3. Get alone with Jesus. This is so hard for me, admittedly. I don’t find the Bible interesting and only turn to it when I need something but I am BEYOND needing to be closer to Him. ⁣
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#depressionandanxiety #indianapolisblogger #mentalhealthblogger #itsoktonotbeok #depressionhelp
  • I’m talking to YOU, depression. To you, anxiety. And to you, self-doubt. ⁣

    You can’t park here in my heart. Sorry, I won’t allow it any longer. I’ve come to accept that there will be hard days, I won’t always be okay, I won’t always be happy, I won’t always feel like Leah. But I have hope that there will be more good days than bad days, more happiness than sadness. ⁣

    I’m ready for Sunday, y’all. I love going to church plus I get my babies back from the grandparents’ house and I’m ready. They drive me insane sometimes but they’re also my most happy place. They fill my bucket 🗑⁣

    Some things I want to implement to help with my own mental health starting with this week only {because I get overwhelmed thinking too far ahead}:⁣
    1. Taking a social media break. Can I get an amen!? I think even a few hours at a time will make such a difference. ⁣

    2. Move. At this point there’s no time minimum, no specifics on what I want to do. I just know that I want to move. If that’s walking to the park with the kiddos, going to the gym...whatever!⁣

    3. Get alone with Jesus. This is so hard for me, admittedly. I don’t find the Bible interesting and only turn to it when I need something but I am BEYOND needing to be closer to Him. ⁣

    #depressionandanxiety #indianapolisblogger #mentalhealthblogger #itsoktonotbeok #depressionhelp
  • 1,376 19 14 April, 2019
  • WHAT DOES DEPRESSION LOOK LIKE?
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It looks like Keith Flint, running a 5k fun-run in a personal best time just days before taking his own life. It looks like men who’ve spent years making us laugh: Robin Williams, Jim Carrey, Matthew Perry, and Owen Wilson. It looks like hugely creative women: Lady Gaga, J K Rowling, and Kate Spade. It looks like me: uploading smiling photos on an almost daily basis.
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Depression can be all consuming, but that doesn’t mean that it can always be seen. I just wanted to take a moment today to remind you all to check in on your friends and loved ones - when they tell you they’re “fine” ask them again if they’re sure or if they want to talk - and always, always be kind. Despite what you may see, you never know what someone is going through. 💭💗 #timetotalk #mentalhealthawareness
  • WHAT DOES DEPRESSION LOOK LIKE?
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    It looks like Keith Flint, running a 5k fun-run in a personal best time just days before taking his own life. It looks like men who’ve spent years making us laugh: Robin Williams, Jim Carrey, Matthew Perry, and Owen Wilson. It looks like hugely creative women: Lady Gaga, J K Rowling, and Kate Spade. It looks like me: uploading smiling photos on an almost daily basis.
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    Depression can be all consuming, but that doesn’t mean that it can always be seen. I just wanted to take a moment today to remind you all to check in on your friends and loved ones - when they tell you they’re “fine” ask them again if they’re sure or if they want to talk - and always, always be kind. Despite what you may see, you never know what someone is going through. 💭💗 #timetotalk #mentalhealthawareness
  • 1,905 211 11 March, 2019
  • Whispering about mental illness isn’t protecting the person you’re talking about. It perpetuates the idea that it’s not ok... to not be ok. ❤️ .
We do not need to talk in muffled tones when we hear someone has depression or anxiety or any other mental illness. I’m guilty of doing this but now I’m practicing speaking about mental health the same way I do physical health. .

Eg. Jen has IBS and John has depression. Neither of them chose to get sick and neither could have prevented it. It’s not their fault. .

No, someone with anxiety or depression (or other mental illness) can’t just ‘snap out of it’... just like you can’t snap out of asthma. They wish they could, but they can’t. .

If you’re struggling right now... maybe you’re feeling like it’s all too hard - or it all feels pointless. Maybe you just want to shut yourself out from the world because it feels so hard... please know that you’re not alone and things will get better. .

It’s not weak to speak to someone - it’s incredibly strong. It takes a lot of courage to say: “I shouldn’t have to feel like this. I’m not ok”. ❤️ You go to the gym to keep your body strong, why not speak to a psychologist and counsellor to keep your mind strong? .

Let’s not bury ourselves in our doona, but rather practice asking for help. And let’s not whisper about mental health or avoid the topic 💕

Contact the legends at Lifeline (131114) or go have a chat with your doctor if you’ve been struggling with your mental health. Or find a counsellor or psychologist who gets you. .
Life doesn’t have to feel so hard 🙌 .
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#mentalhealth #itsoktonotbeok #bellletstalk
  • Whispering about mental illness isn’t protecting the person you’re talking about. It perpetuates the idea that it’s not ok... to not be ok. ❤️ .
    We do not need to talk in muffled tones when we hear someone has depression or anxiety or any other mental illness. I’m guilty of doing this but now I’m practicing speaking about mental health the same way I do physical health. .

    Eg. Jen has IBS and John has depression. Neither of them chose to get sick and neither could have prevented it. It’s not their fault. .

    No, someone with anxiety or depression (or other mental illness) can’t just ‘snap out of it’... just like you can’t snap out of asthma. They wish they could, but they can’t. .

    If you’re struggling right now... maybe you’re feeling like it’s all too hard - or it all feels pointless. Maybe you just want to shut yourself out from the world because it feels so hard... please know that you’re not alone and things will get better. .

    It’s not weak to speak to someone - it’s incredibly strong. It takes a lot of courage to say: “I shouldn’t have to feel like this. I’m not ok”. ❤️ You go to the gym to keep your body strong, why not speak to a psychologist and counsellor to keep your mind strong? .

    Let’s not bury ourselves in our doona, but rather practice asking for help. And let’s not whisper about mental health or avoid the topic 💕

    Contact the legends at Lifeline (131114) or go have a chat with your doctor if you’ve been struggling with your mental health. Or find a counsellor or psychologist who gets you. .
    Life doesn’t have to feel so hard 🙌 .
    xxx
    #mentalhealth #itsoktonotbeok #bellletstalk
  • 4,219 100 31 January, 2019

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  • So I was going to take a little break from social media but then I checked my time hop and I had posted this last year. ⁣
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I needed this message today because I have been struggling big time with anxiety. I have been noticing it for the past few months but then this week has been super tough for me and today is a little better where I’m not being consumed by it. I’ve never experienced it this bad before but I just knew it wasn’t ok with how I was feeling.⁣
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I wanted to come on here and share because a lot of people don’t talk about stuff like this but the truth is that it’s real and so many people suffer from anxiety every single day! I’m learning that is it’s ok to not be ok and to talk about it and that you will be ok because this too shall pass! 
So even when you think you can’t.... YOU CAN 😘 Today I’m taking my own advice! ⁣
  • So I was going to take a little break from social media but then I checked my time hop and I had posted this last year. ⁣

    I needed this message today because I have been struggling big time with anxiety. I have been noticing it for the past few months but then this week has been super tough for me and today is a little better where I’m not being consumed by it. I’ve never experienced it this bad before but I just knew it wasn’t ok with how I was feeling.⁣

    I wanted to come on here and share because a lot of people don’t talk about stuff like this but the truth is that it’s real and so many people suffer from anxiety every single day! I’m learning that is it’s ok to not be ok and to talk about it and that you will be ok because this too shall pass!
    So even when you think you can’t.... YOU CAN 😘 Today I’m taking my own advice! ⁣
  • 6 1 18 minutes ago
  • Easter can be a difficult time for some people and it's important to acknowledge that if you're struggling or feeling low, it's OK to ask for help! NorPIP can be here to support you, so please get in touch! #ItsOkToNotBeOk #WeAreHereToHelp #MentalHealthMatters
  • Easter can be a difficult time for some people and it's important to acknowledge that if you're struggling or feeling low, it's OK to ask for help! NorPIP can be here to support you, so please get in touch! #ItsOkToNotBeOk #WeAreHereToHelp #MentalHealthMatters
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  • Living from the heart isn't always sunshine and rainbows. Sometimes it is painful, uncomfortable and requires us to have the courage to process difficult or tricky emotions. 
It's ok not to be ok. Acknowlege. Heal. Re-set. Repeat. Big love heartfelthustlers ❤

Your soul will thank you in the long term 💥💫❤ For full full video see here:

https://youtu.be/b197XOd9S7U 
#itsoktonotbeok #love #selflove #selfcare #anxiety #depression
  • Living from the heart isn't always sunshine and rainbows. Sometimes it is painful, uncomfortable and requires us to have the courage to process difficult or tricky emotions.
    It's ok not to be ok. Acknowlege. Heal. Re-set. Repeat. Big love heartfelthustlers ❤

    Your soul will thank you in the long term 💥💫❤ For full full video see here:

    https://youtu.be/b197XOd9S7U
    #itsoktonotbeok #love #selflove #selfcare #anxiety #depression
  • 0 0 5 hours ago
  • Mental illness is NOT a CHOICE. Just like physical illness, for example being born with diabetes or getting a broken leg after a car crash… mental health struggles are NOT a person’s fault! Some of us are born with mental illness or we can develop a mental illness after a difficult event in life. ..
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.. It does not reflect weakness or defeat. Instead let’s focus on the perseverance it takes to live through mental illness, to fight each day to complete daily tasks, while battling these mental health challenges. 💪🏾 ..
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.. Most people will struggle with their mental health at some point during life or for the majority of their life. Either way please remember, IT IS NOT A PERSONAL FAILURE, meaning it is NOT YOUR FAULT. It’s okay to not be okay and it’s a STRENGTH TO GET HELP! YOU deserve it! 🙋🏾‍♀️🙋🏼‍♂️ ..
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#mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #breakthestigma #selfhelp #strength #itsoktonotbeok
  • Mental illness is NOT a CHOICE. Just like physical illness, for example being born with diabetes or getting a broken leg after a car crash… mental health struggles are NOT a person’s fault! Some of us are born with mental illness or we can develop a mental illness after a difficult event in life. ..
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    .. It does not reflect weakness or defeat. Instead let’s focus on the perseverance it takes to live through mental illness, to fight each day to complete daily tasks, while battling these mental health challenges. 💪🏾 ..
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    .. Most people will struggle with their mental health at some point during life or for the majority of their life. Either way please remember, IT IS NOT A PERSONAL FAILURE, meaning it is NOT YOUR FAULT. It’s okay to not be okay and it’s a STRENGTH TO GET HELP! YOU deserve it! 🙋🏾‍♀️🙋🏼‍♂️ ..
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    #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #breakthestigma #selfhelp #strength #itsoktonotbeok
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  • Sometimes life can leave us questioning who we are, we can have blows to our confidence, we doubt ourselves, I have especially seen this in women though men definitely have their struggles too!  It’s ok to fall down, it’s ok, to have these moments because it makes you perfectly human, and these moments are opportunities to learn about your triggers and then begin to heal them! When you have these moment don’t suffer alone in the darkness, as scary as it can feel to reach out in your vulnerability it is these moments that connection is valuable, by having a listening ear or helping hand to support you in finding your way back to confidence and finding your way in life again! Remember who you are in your heart and soul, because you all are all amazing and magical beings with so much potential!! 💪🏼🔥💖 #womenoffire🔥🔥🔥 #coach #itsoktonotbeok #weareallconnected #neveralone #helpinghand #feminineleadership #healing #freespirit #mentalhealth #vulnerability #brave
  • Sometimes life can leave us questioning who we are, we can have blows to our confidence, we doubt ourselves, I have especially seen this in women though men definitely have their struggles too! It’s ok to fall down, it’s ok, to have these moments because it makes you perfectly human, and these moments are opportunities to learn about your triggers and then begin to heal them! When you have these moment don’t suffer alone in the darkness, as scary as it can feel to reach out in your vulnerability it is these moments that connection is valuable, by having a listening ear or helping hand to support you in finding your way back to confidence and finding your way in life again! Remember who you are in your heart and soul, because you all are all amazing and magical beings with so much potential!! 💪🏼🔥💖 #womenoffire 🔥🔥🔥 #coach #itsoktonotbeok #weareallconnected #neveralone #helpinghand #feminineleadership #healing #freespirit #mentalhealth #vulnerability #brave
  • 23 2 6 hours ago
  • #throwbackthursday to a high performing little girl with the weight of the world on her shoulders. She is courageous, determined, focused and has huge ambition. Yet she feels like she is never enough. Striving for perfection in mind, body and performance continually looking for approval from others.

I would love to give this little girl a hug, bring her in tight and tell her she is enough. You are enough just as you are. 
What would you say to your younger self?
  • #throwbackthursday to a high performing little girl with the weight of the world on her shoulders. She is courageous, determined, focused and has huge ambition. Yet she feels like she is never enough. Striving for perfection in mind, body and performance continually looking for approval from others.

    I would love to give this little girl a hug, bring her in tight and tell her she is enough. You are enough just as you are.
    What would you say to your younger self?
  • 77 10 6 hours ago
  • Are you raising a Snowplow child? 
Loving parents can become overly focused on their child’s future success by trying to remove all obstacles for their children.  What’s the problem?  They don’t have a chance to learn or even fail while still living with you.  Teaching our kids how to win is easy - it’s loss, failure, pain and wounding that need qualities like coping, resilience and problem solving to help your child, and future adult child, survive and thrive!
#snowplowparenting #helicopterparenting #resilience #parenting #itsoktonotbeok #trending
  • Are you raising a Snowplow child?
    Loving parents can become overly focused on their child’s future success by trying to remove all obstacles for their children. What’s the problem? They don’t have a chance to learn or even fail while still living with you. Teaching our kids how to win is easy - it’s loss, failure, pain and wounding that need qualities like coping, resilience and problem solving to help your child, and future adult child, survive and thrive!
    #snowplowparenting #helicopterparenting #resilience #parenting #itsoktonotbeok #trending
  • 2 0 7 hours ago
  • Are you raising a Snowplow child? 
Loving parents can become overly focused on their child’s future success by trying to remove all obstacles for their children.  What’s the problem?  They don’t have a chance to learn or even fail while still living with you.  Teaching our kids how to win is easy - it’s loss, failure, pain and wounding that need qualities like coping, resilience and problem solving to help your child, and future adult child, survive and thrive!
#snowplowparenting #helicopterparenting #resilience #parenting #itsoktonotbeok #trending
  • Are you raising a Snowplow child?
    Loving parents can become overly focused on their child’s future success by trying to remove all obstacles for their children. What’s the problem? They don’t have a chance to learn or even fail while still living with you. Teaching our kids how to win is easy - it’s loss, failure, pain and wounding that need qualities like coping, resilience and problem solving to help your child, and future adult child, survive and thrive!
    #snowplowparenting #helicopterparenting #resilience #parenting #itsoktonotbeok #trending
  • 1 0 7 hours ago
  • I listen to @daveramsey show podcast on my way to work religiously. The one this morning broke my heart. It’s this lady who was choosing between affording mental health services and maintaining her 4 walls. As a #psychnurse this resonated with me so deeply as I see the same struggle with my patients daily, questions of whether to pay for psych meds or gas for the car or weekly therapy. If you or someone you know are in the same boat, knowing your community resources may not alleviate all the cost but would help.
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Nationwide #nationalallianceonmentalillness NAMI.org is a wealth of resource for both people with mental illness and their families. In Los Angeles county; #didihirschmentalhealthservices #venicefamilyclinic and downtown mental health center are good places to start. For therapy, #talkspaceonlinetherapy offers a wide range of pay by sliding scale ( what you can afford base on income) therapist. If you need more info. Message me and I’d be happy to help best as I can. ❤️ #mentalhealthawareness #debtfreecommunity #debtfreejourney #itsoktonotbeok #depressionhelp #anxietyproblems
  • I listen to @daveramsey show podcast on my way to work religiously. The one this morning broke my heart. It’s this lady who was choosing between affording mental health services and maintaining her 4 walls. As a #psychnurse this resonated with me so deeply as I see the same struggle with my patients daily, questions of whether to pay for psych meds or gas for the car or weekly therapy. If you or someone you know are in the same boat, knowing your community resources may not alleviate all the cost but would help.
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    Nationwide #nationalallianceonmentalillness NAMI.org is a wealth of resource for both people with mental illness and their families. In Los Angeles county; #didihirschmentalhealthservices #venicefamilyclinic and downtown mental health center are good places to start. For therapy, #talkspaceonlinetherapy offers a wide range of pay by sliding scale ( what you can afford base on income) therapist. If you need more info. Message me and I’d be happy to help best as I can. ❤️ #mentalhealthawareness #debtfreecommunity #debtfreejourney #itsoktonotbeok #depressionhelp #anxietyproblems
  • 21 1 7 hours ago
  • Opening and unfolding in our own time in our own way. Each of us walks our own path. We journey to the places we need to go. We unpack and pack and repack along the way. We ask for clarity and insight. We pray for answers and we surrender it all the universe 💜🙏🏻💜
  • Opening and unfolding in our own time in our own way. Each of us walks our own path. We journey to the places we need to go. We unpack and pack and repack along the way. We ask for clarity and insight. We pray for answers and we surrender it all the universe 💜🙏🏻💜
  • 16 2 9 hours ago
  • In honor of national semicolon day, I wanted to honor the founder of project semicolon Amy Bluel.  Amy suffered from mental illness as early as the age of 9.  She had a hard life and dealt with so many things like bullying, rape, suicide, abuse and then in 2013 lost her own dad to suicide.  Amy wanted to honor her father and started project semicolon.  It was a way for her to help people to believe in a connection of the meaning of the word semicolon. “A semicolon is used when an author could have ended a sentence but chose not to.”⁣
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 I have one on my neck as a reminder that I will choose how my story will end, not my illness.  I get to choose to live through the pain, through the sadness, through the mania and the anxiety.  I’m grateful for my life.  I’m grateful that I was given a second chance.  I’m grateful I choose to love myself enough to know I’m capable to be loved. ⁣
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Always remember loving yourself starts with “you.” Learn how to embrace your struggles, your issues, your mood swings and know your not broken, your brain functions differently than others.  Look at all you have done up to this point and realize you fought your way here.  You felt every ounce of pain and you continued to move forward.  If that isn’t the definition of strength I don’t know what is. ⁣
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Remember this when you are at your lowest point and the voices in your head say you are not enough, and you can’t take the pain, hopelessness, and despair. ⁣
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Say to yourself I am not my anxiety, I am not my depression, I am not just bipolar.  Your mental illness is apart of you but is not all are that you are. ⁣
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You are loved regardless if you may feel that you are unloveable. You need to always know that you should be proud you have the courage to keep going.  You have the strength to keep fighting.  You are a warrior every day.⁣
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So let’s celebrate @projectsemicolon and Amy for starting such an important movement to share your story and ask for help and not to be ashamed of it.  We lost Amy to suicide in March 2017.  You will not be forgotten and I know I will wear my semicolon proudly because of you. 💕💕💚💚 #projectsemicolon #semicolonproject @projsemicolon
  • In honor of national semicolon day, I wanted to honor the founder of project semicolon Amy Bluel. Amy suffered from mental illness as early as the age of 9. She had a hard life and dealt with so many things like bullying, rape, suicide, abuse and then in 2013 lost her own dad to suicide. Amy wanted to honor her father and started project semicolon. It was a way for her to help people to believe in a connection of the meaning of the word semicolon. “A semicolon is used when an author could have ended a sentence but chose not to.”⁣

    I have one on my neck as a reminder that I will choose how my story will end, not my illness. I get to choose to live through the pain, through the sadness, through the mania and the anxiety. I’m grateful for my life. I’m grateful that I was given a second chance. I’m grateful I choose to love myself enough to know I’m capable to be loved. ⁣

    Always remember loving yourself starts with “you.” Learn how to embrace your struggles, your issues, your mood swings and know your not broken, your brain functions differently than others. Look at all you have done up to this point and realize you fought your way here. You felt every ounce of pain and you continued to move forward. If that isn’t the definition of strength I don’t know what is. ⁣

    Remember this when you are at your lowest point and the voices in your head say you are not enough, and you can’t take the pain, hopelessness, and despair. ⁣

    Say to yourself I am not my anxiety, I am not my depression, I am not just bipolar. Your mental illness is apart of you but is not all are that you are. ⁣

    You are loved regardless if you may feel that you are unloveable. You need to always know that you should be proud you have the courage to keep going. You have the strength to keep fighting. You are a warrior every day.⁣

    So let’s celebrate @projectsemicolon and Amy for starting such an important movement to share your story and ask for help and not to be ashamed of it. We lost Amy to suicide in March 2017. You will not be forgotten and I know I will wear my semicolon proudly because of you. 💕💕💚💚 #projectsemicolon #semicolonproject @projsemicolon
  • 39 9 9 hours ago
  • This little beauty is not a whistle. It’s a handy little device to help regulate your breathing when you’re feeling a little too extra.
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I have been meditating daily for over two years and I highly recommend the Calm app. It’s my favorite. But sometimes you can’t close your eyes to meditate - like when you’re driving.
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I came across the @komusodesign necklace in my feed awhile back and thought why not give it a try? It’s designed to slow your exhale which is super important when you’re trying to minimize anxiety and panic. Centering yourself with your breath while acknowledging your body and where you’re at in the current moment is helpful to a more peaceful state of being.
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So far, I like it - it’s functional, pretty, and really well made. Plus it has a little K on it with a Japanese inscription for the word “calm.”
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If you haven’t tried the Calm app or meditating before, and you’re interested - let me know! I can send you a free month to check it out through the CalmHealth program! 🙌🏽
  • This little beauty is not a whistle. It’s a handy little device to help regulate your breathing when you’re feeling a little too extra.
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    I have been meditating daily for over two years and I highly recommend the Calm app. It’s my favorite. But sometimes you can’t close your eyes to meditate - like when you’re driving.
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    I came across the @komusodesign necklace in my feed awhile back and thought why not give it a try? It’s designed to slow your exhale which is super important when you’re trying to minimize anxiety and panic. Centering yourself with your breath while acknowledging your body and where you’re at in the current moment is helpful to a more peaceful state of being.
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    So far, I like it - it’s functional, pretty, and really well made. Plus it has a little K on it with a Japanese inscription for the word “calm.”
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    If you haven’t tried the Calm app or meditating before, and you’re interested - let me know! I can send you a free month to check it out through the CalmHealth program! 🙌🏽
  • 33 4 11 hours ago
  • To be honest, I’m not always optimistic. Some days, I cry in despair at how humans carelessly destroy our planet and hurt the animals, plants, and ecosystems we share our home with.
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Sometimes, I feel utterly betrayed by past generations for leaving us this massive mess to cleanup. I feel lost in a culture that is so obsessed with consumption and convenience. I wonder how a society can ignore its own values, and steal from its own future, just for short-term pleasure.
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Climate change is now here, and in the decades we have known it was coming, we have not taken the action we needed to turn it around.
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So, like many other people alive in this time, I find myself at the crossroads of despair and hope: equally distraught at what humans are doing to our planet and equally inspired by the opportunities we have to solve these great problems.
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Most days, though, I feel strong. I know we can re-connect to our values and to nature, and I trust the power of humanity to turn this all around. But I think it’s important to feel and express our sadness, anger, and grief, because they all prove how much we love our planet, and how much it is worth fighting for. 😭✊🏽💓🌎
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#climatechange #allhandsondeck #weareallinthistogether #plasticpollution #marinedebris #makapuu #itsoktonotbeok #hawaii
  • To be honest, I’m not always optimistic. Some days, I cry in despair at how humans carelessly destroy our planet and hurt the animals, plants, and ecosystems we share our home with.

    Sometimes, I feel utterly betrayed by past generations for leaving us this massive mess to cleanup. I feel lost in a culture that is so obsessed with consumption and convenience. I wonder how a society can ignore its own values, and steal from its own future, just for short-term pleasure.

    Climate change is now here, and in the decades we have known it was coming, we have not taken the action we needed to turn it around.

    So, like many other people alive in this time, I find myself at the crossroads of despair and hope: equally distraught at what humans are doing to our planet and equally inspired by the opportunities we have to solve these great problems.

    Most days, though, I feel strong. I know we can re-connect to our values and to nature, and I trust the power of humanity to turn this all around. But I think it’s important to feel and express our sadness, anger, and grief, because they all prove how much we love our planet, and how much it is worth fighting for. 😭✊🏽💓🌎

    #climatechange #allhandsondeck #weareallinthistogether #plasticpollution #marinedebris #makapuu #itsoktonotbeok #hawaii
  • 215 22 11 hours ago
  • Believe this 💙 Believe in yourself
  • Believe this 💙 Believe in yourself
  • 20 2 12 hours ago
  • Being me isn't as fun as I make it look, y'all. You guys see confidence and a healthy dose of IDGAF. "Fake it til you make it," that's my motto but, I can't fake it today, y'all. I'm overwhelmed. I'm insecure. I'm projecting. I'm personalizing. I am going through it. No toxic, optimistic perspective. No sugar coating my feelings. Sometimes, I believe, you just have to say, "Hey, this fucking sucks." Feel all the feelings that go along with it, then let it go. It's ok to 'not be okay.' It is ok; just remember to come back 💛
  • Being me isn't as fun as I make it look, y'all. You guys see confidence and a healthy dose of IDGAF. "Fake it til you make it," that's my motto but, I can't fake it today, y'all. I'm overwhelmed. I'm insecure. I'm projecting. I'm personalizing. I am going through it. No toxic, optimistic perspective. No sugar coating my feelings. Sometimes, I believe, you just have to say, "Hey, this fucking sucks." Feel all the feelings that go along with it, then let it go. It's ok to 'not be okay.' It is ok; just remember to come back 💛
  • 13 1 12 hours ago
  • The past couple days I have been sleeping and isolating myself in my room. Nothing brings me joy. When I look at those sunsets that once made me happy I am blank. I sit in the darkness because I’m in a deep hole and I can’t see the light from the other side. I’m lost so far into that labyrinth, I’m pretty sure that there’s no way to beat it. For two years I have been trapped inside the maze of my mind. In English we once learned about styles of conflict and in this situation it’s person versus self. All I feel is empty and I don’t know how to fill in those broken pieces. I look around and all I see is black.
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  • The past couple days I have been sleeping and isolating myself in my room. Nothing brings me joy. When I look at those sunsets that once made me happy I am blank. I sit in the darkness because I’m in a deep hole and I can’t see the light from the other side. I’m lost so far into that labyrinth, I’m pretty sure that there’s no way to beat it. For two years I have been trapped inside the maze of my mind. In English we once learned about styles of conflict and in this situation it’s person versus self. All I feel is empty and I don’t know how to fill in those broken pieces. I look around and all I see is black.



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  • 52 3 12 hours ago
  • Not going to lie… the past few weeks, shit has been tough. ⁣
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I’ve felt like the world is out to get me, I was in a pretty bad mood for like 4 days straight and probably wasn’t very fun to be around.⁣
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One thing that has forced me to see the good in each day, regardless of my mood, is my @fiveminutejournal. I recently picked this up from the new Indigo at @conestogamall l (how beautiful is that store though?!). ⁣
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It’s really interesting how something as little as writing a few things we are grateful for in the morning can impact our day. I’ve done gratitude lists before, but what I love most about this journal is that each night you are supposed to write 3 amazing things that happened that day. Some days this is harder than others, I’m not going to lie. But each day I can find at least 3 things, no matter how small that made my day brighter. ⁣
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So I’d like to hear from you, what are 3 awesome things that happened for you today? I don’t care how big or small these things are, write them in the comments below👇🏻
  • Not going to lie… the past few weeks, shit has been tough. ⁣

    I’ve felt like the world is out to get me, I was in a pretty bad mood for like 4 days straight and probably wasn’t very fun to be around.⁣

    One thing that has forced me to see the good in each day, regardless of my mood, is my @fiveminutejournal. I recently picked this up from the new Indigo at @conestogamall l (how beautiful is that store though?!). ⁣

    It’s really interesting how something as little as writing a few things we are grateful for in the morning can impact our day. I’ve done gratitude lists before, but what I love most about this journal is that each night you are supposed to write 3 amazing things that happened that day. Some days this is harder than others, I’m not going to lie. But each day I can find at least 3 things, no matter how small that made my day brighter. ⁣

    So I’d like to hear from you, what are 3 awesome things that happened for you today? I don’t care how big or small these things are, write them in the comments below👇🏻
  • 111 27 12 hours ago
  • Feels. As my weight loss and fitness journey continues...My body continues to change in ways that are mostly really awesome.. some times I can see them.. and I try to use those times to feel good and praise myself for being consistent and working so hard.. but then some days all I see is where I started... how much work I have to do stilll.. sometimes all I see is my many flaws and have to fight so hard to feel and see that what I’m doing is working. This journey is much more than a physical one. The mental struggle is sometimes harder than anything else.  I try and stay positive  but today all I want to do is crawl into bed and hide in a giant sweatshirt. Today I fought that want hard. (This time when I feel like this  I no longer feel the need to binge when I feel like this.. which is a non scale victory in itself so that’s a win) But I ended up feeling really self critical and sad. This journey has its bad days, every journey does. So on days like today I try to stay away from the mirror, I do my workouts and use the feels to push even harder (because skipping a workout is not an option) and try some good tunes and some self care and read @shaunt t is for transformation and some quotes. It’s ok to feel bad or sad. It’s ok to not be ok. I’ll get there. I’m not stopping. I know I have tons more work to do but I won’t let my brain wreck this. Failure isn’t an option #weightlossjourney #weightloss #pcosweightloss #pcosweightlossjourney #fitfam #bodsquad #fitness #motivation #quotes #wordporn #remember #loveyourjourney #mentalhealth #somedaysarehard #partofthejoyrney #itsoktonotbeok #thestruggleisreal #learnto #needsomemotivation #blues #bodydysmorphia #mental #mentalhealth #everyoneneedsareminder
  • Feels. As my weight loss and fitness journey continues...My body continues to change in ways that are mostly really awesome.. some times I can see them.. and I try to use those times to feel good and praise myself for being consistent and working so hard.. but then some days all I see is where I started... how much work I have to do stilll.. sometimes all I see is my many flaws and have to fight so hard to feel and see that what I’m doing is working. This journey is much more than a physical one. The mental struggle is sometimes harder than anything else. I try and stay positive but today all I want to do is crawl into bed and hide in a giant sweatshirt. Today I fought that want hard. (This time when I feel like this I no longer feel the need to binge when I feel like this.. which is a non scale victory in itself so that’s a win) But I ended up feeling really self critical and sad. This journey has its bad days, every journey does. So on days like today I try to stay away from the mirror, I do my workouts and use the feels to push even harder (because skipping a workout is not an option) and try some good tunes and some self care and read @shaunt t is for transformation and some quotes. It’s ok to feel bad or sad. It’s ok to not be ok. I’ll get there. I’m not stopping. I know I have tons more work to do but I won’t let my brain wreck this. Failure isn’t an option #weightlossjourney #weightloss #pcosweightloss #pcosweightlossjourney #fitfam #bodsquad #fitness #motivation #quotes #wordporn #remember #loveyourjourney #mentalhealth #somedaysarehard #partofthejoyrney #itsoktonotbeok #thestruggleisreal #learnto #needsomemotivation #blues #bodydysmorphia #mental #mentalhealth #everyoneneedsareminder
  • 16 0 13 hours ago
  • #itsoktonotbeok small daily achievements are the key to staggering long term results...
  • #itsoktonotbeok small daily achievements are the key to staggering long term results...
  • 6 0 13 hours ago
  • Through prayer and speaking to several others I feel many  people feel as if they are walking in the wilderness right now, and are experiencing overwhelming pressure and anxiety. The enemy is really attacking a lot through deep anxiety. It is okay to not be okay some days. You are a child of God and nothing is going to change that you are His beloved. If you are feeling desperate, please know you are not alone. Reaching out, saying “I need help” is not being weak; but is takes strength. To be vulnerable and authentic takes courage. God didn’t create us to go through life alone. We need community! Celebrate Recovery is a community! The people God has placed in our lives can be community. Do you have community? Do you have a trusted pastor, counselor, mentor, sponsor, sister in faith, and/or family members who are safe? How long has it been since you went to a large group fellowship? The enemy wants to keep you isolated. Trust God and rely on Him for the strength to reach out if you are not in a good place. Pray that He directs your steps to the right people or that He places them in your path. They will walk beside you, lift you up and encourage. They will listen more than they talk, and pray even more after they listen. Please remember they can NOT fight the battle for you, but they can be a hand for you to hold and a shoulder for you to lean on. So beloved child of God, hold on just a little longer and see the breakthrough He has just for you! #dontgiveup #reachout #encourageoneanother #youarenotalone #beloved #itsoktonotbeok #prayer #community #support #celebraterecovery #gracesaved247
  • Through prayer and speaking to several others I feel many people feel as if they are walking in the wilderness right now, and are experiencing overwhelming pressure and anxiety. The enemy is really attacking a lot through deep anxiety. It is okay to not be okay some days. You are a child of God and nothing is going to change that you are His beloved. If you are feeling desperate, please know you are not alone. Reaching out, saying “I need help” is not being weak; but is takes strength. To be vulnerable and authentic takes courage. God didn’t create us to go through life alone. We need community! Celebrate Recovery is a community! The people God has placed in our lives can be community. Do you have community? Do you have a trusted pastor, counselor, mentor, sponsor, sister in faith, and/or family members who are safe? How long has it been since you went to a large group fellowship? The enemy wants to keep you isolated. Trust God and rely on Him for the strength to reach out if you are not in a good place. Pray that He directs your steps to the right people or that He places them in your path. They will walk beside you, lift you up and encourage. They will listen more than they talk, and pray even more after they listen. Please remember they can NOT fight the battle for you, but they can be a hand for you to hold and a shoulder for you to lean on. So beloved child of God, hold on just a little longer and see the breakthrough He has just for you! #dontgiveup #reachout #encourageoneanother #youarenotalone #beloved #itsoktonotbeok #prayer #community #support #celebraterecovery #gracesaved247
  • 8 0 13 hours ago
  • I want to get better at asking for help. I don’t know why I see that as a weakness. Maybe because of the vulnerability it requires. The admission that I can’t do it all. The crack in the facade. But who do I really think I’m fooling? Myself, clearly. I’m the only one still buying into the lie that it’s my job, and my job alone, to be everything for everyone all the time forever. It’s not. My job is to be the best ME I can be so I can show up for all the people who need ME. And sometimes I can’t be ME without a little help from those around me. My loving support system of friends and family who I constantly deny. “No, it’s fine, I’ve got it”. “No, I’m alright, I can get it myself”. “Nope, I’ll manage, don’t worry”. Smiling and shrugging off the help I so desperately need to impress the nagging voice in the back of my head screaming that I’m a failure. That I suck at this. That I’m losing. It’s about time I tell her to shut the fuck up and let me live my life. #askforhelp #accepthelp #itsoktonotbeok #momguilt
  • I want to get better at asking for help. I don’t know why I see that as a weakness. Maybe because of the vulnerability it requires. The admission that I can’t do it all. The crack in the facade. But who do I really think I’m fooling? Myself, clearly. I’m the only one still buying into the lie that it’s my job, and my job alone, to be everything for everyone all the time forever. It’s not. My job is to be the best ME I can be so I can show up for all the people who need ME. And sometimes I can’t be ME without a little help from those around me. My loving support system of friends and family who I constantly deny. “No, it’s fine, I’ve got it”. “No, I’m alright, I can get it myself”. “Nope, I’ll manage, don’t worry”. Smiling and shrugging off the help I so desperately need to impress the nagging voice in the back of my head screaming that I’m a failure. That I suck at this. That I’m losing. It’s about time I tell her to shut the fuck up and let me live my life. #askforhelp #accepthelp #itsoktonotbeok #momguilt
  • 13 1 13 hours ago
  • Reminder: It’s ok not to be ok, and you are NOT alone in your journey to wellness 💫 #itsoktonotbeok
  • Reminder: It’s ok not to be ok, and you are NOT alone in your journey to wellness 💫 #itsoktonotbeok
  • 38 3 14 hours ago
  • On this WellNitch Wednesday, we are pleased to welcome Jesse Bailey to the network! Jesse specializes in working with men, particularly on emotional health. He also focuses on helping clients who are overcoming addiction or suffering from trauma. Bringing a faith-based approach to his practice, he is a great fit for clients seeking to work with a Christian counselor who incorporates spirituality. Link to his profile in bio!
  • On this WellNitch Wednesday, we are pleased to welcome Jesse Bailey to the network! Jesse specializes in working with men, particularly on emotional health. He also focuses on helping clients who are overcoming addiction or suffering from trauma. Bringing a faith-based approach to his practice, he is a great fit for clients seeking to work with a Christian counselor who incorporates spirituality. Link to his profile in bio!
  • 30 2 14 hours ago
  • I saw this when I woke up today and haven’t been able to get my mind off it. This demonstration is part of an initiative called #sendsilencepacking - each backpack represents a college student who took their life this year.. and it really made me so so sad. I just wanted to share this to anyone who might need to hear it: 
Life is confusing. For everybody. We all don’t know what the fuck we’re doing here. Confusion leads to feeling lost. Feeling lost leads to feeling alone. And feeling alone is just the worst. I know. But it’s ok. It’s all ok. Young people need to be constantly reminded to realize just how young they are. Everything in life, good & bad , is just trial & error & part of the journey. There are no such thing as mistakes! It’s all perception and perspective. There’s no “right” way to do this. Life is a long , long journey w more twists & turns then u could ever know. It’s ok to feel lost.. its part of being human. If you are young and struggling just remember that being alive is such an incredible opportunity.. and life can be anything you want it to be. In 10 years from now you could be in a totally different place with totally different people doing things you never even knew existed. Just don’t give up. Everyone u know will never be the same after u leave, no matter what those stupid negative thoughts try tell u, I promise u they won’t. KEEPGOING
#itsoktonotbeok
  • I saw this when I woke up today and haven’t been able to get my mind off it. This demonstration is part of an initiative called #sendsilencepacking - each backpack represents a college student who took their life this year.. and it really made me so so sad. I just wanted to share this to anyone who might need to hear it:
    Life is confusing. For everybody. We all don’t know what the fuck we’re doing here. Confusion leads to feeling lost. Feeling lost leads to feeling alone. And feeling alone is just the worst. I know. But it’s ok. It’s all ok. Young people need to be constantly reminded to realize just how young they are. Everything in life, good & bad , is just trial & error & part of the journey. There are no such thing as mistakes! It’s all perception and perspective. There’s no “right” way to do this. Life is a long , long journey w more twists & turns then u could ever know. It’s ok to feel lost.. its part of being human. If you are young and struggling just remember that being alive is such an incredible opportunity.. and life can be anything you want it to be. In 10 years from now you could be in a totally different place with totally different people doing things you never even knew existed. Just don’t give up. Everyone u know will never be the same after u leave, no matter what those stupid negative thoughts try tell u, I promise u they won’t. KEEPGOING
    #itsoktonotbeok
  • 25 0 14 hours ago
  • “Depression is a liar. You have to hold on. My therapist in high school told me these things repeatedly. These words were found in the sessions that started with ‘how are things going?’ and ended with ‘do I need to be worried about letting you leave here?’. Things were so dark and so heavy and the lies were woven so deep. Whether it was for my family or myself or maybe just desperation, I decided to trust these words a little bit; to believe that the thoughts proclaiming that this darkness would never lift were lies, and that with time, I would be able to breathe again.

I was wary of these words, scared to have hope, a little bitter too. However, I kept showing up. I didn’t always trust the process, and I didn’t always fully trust what clinicians were saying to me. I got angry and disappointed. I backtracked. I wanted to completely give up at times. Healing takes time. It’s hard work but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible or wrong. There is no perfect framework for healing and no perfect way to be a patient. It’s grueling. It can feel fake. Keep going. Keep fighting. Keep showing up. Be gentle with all the parts of yourself trying to unlearn and rework; to discover and trust.

My therapist was right by the way. I have a life full of so many wonderful things, something depression told me I would never have. Holding on has allowed some of the pain to end and the peace to begin. Forever grateful for the people who speak truth over me.”- Julia P. #pouryourheartout @julia_paxton
  • “Depression is a liar. You have to hold on. My therapist in high school told me these things repeatedly. These words were found in the sessions that started with ‘how are things going?’ and ended with ‘do I need to be worried about letting you leave here?’. Things were so dark and so heavy and the lies were woven so deep. Whether it was for my family or myself or maybe just desperation, I decided to trust these words a little bit; to believe that the thoughts proclaiming that this darkness would never lift were lies, and that with time, I would be able to breathe again.

    I was wary of these words, scared to have hope, a little bitter too. However, I kept showing up. I didn’t always trust the process, and I didn’t always fully trust what clinicians were saying to me. I got angry and disappointed. I backtracked. I wanted to completely give up at times. Healing takes time. It’s hard work but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible or wrong. There is no perfect framework for healing and no perfect way to be a patient. It’s grueling. It can feel fake. Keep going. Keep fighting. Keep showing up. Be gentle with all the parts of yourself trying to unlearn and rework; to discover and trust.

    My therapist was right by the way. I have a life full of so many wonderful things, something depression told me I would never have. Holding on has allowed some of the pain to end and the peace to begin. Forever grateful for the people who speak truth over me.”- Julia P. #pouryourheartout @julia_paxton
  • 20 2 15 hours ago