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  • 2,361 43 21 April, 2019
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  • 2,814 35 19 April, 2019
  • Today I give up. My cpn decided to tell me I have no mental health issues and threatened if I don’t get my act together I’ll end up in hospital and won’t be out for a while. She completely disregarded my emotions and feelings towards this and twisted my violent outbursts to make me feel like a bad person. Today I am angry that I trusted my cpn and told her things I haven’t opened up about before. I am tired of people turning on me and calling me out to be a liar. Today I am hurt that me and my family are the only people willing to fight for me. My cpn wants to discharge me as there is “nothing” wrong with me mentally and therefore cannot help me. I am hurt that she called me out for being quiet whilst she told me this. I’m hurt because of the confusion she caused me. I am hurt because now I have no idea who’s will stand by me and who won’t. I am terrified of my future and I’m angry she patronised me for leaving my session. Today I am astounded that she thinks I lie about hearing voices making threats about hurting me and my family, about seeing bugs crawl all over me until I’m trying to rip apart at my skin. Today I am let down by a professional who claimed to be able to help and has done nothing but hurt me. Today was just another day. I feel like I’m fighting a battle I am destined to lose and I’m so tired. She doesn’t see how bad things get daily, if she had to walk in my shoes, she wouldn’t be walking at the end of the day.  #actuallybpd #anxietyrecovery #bpdawareness #sadquotespage #borderlinepersonalitydisorderawareness #borderlinepersonalitydisorder #borderline #borderlinepersonality #bpdrecovery #bpdwarrior #bpdlife #mentalhealthawareness #mentalillness #mentalbreakdown #mentallyill #mentalhealthblogger #sad #sadquotespage #depressionkills
  • Today I give up. My cpn decided to tell me I have no mental health issues and threatened if I don’t get my act together I’ll end up in hospital and won’t be out for a while. She completely disregarded my emotions and feelings towards this and twisted my violent outbursts to make me feel like a bad person. Today I am angry that I trusted my cpn and told her things I haven’t opened up about before. I am tired of people turning on me and calling me out to be a liar. Today I am hurt that me and my family are the only people willing to fight for me. My cpn wants to discharge me as there is “nothing” wrong with me mentally and therefore cannot help me. I am hurt that she called me out for being quiet whilst she told me this. I’m hurt because of the confusion she caused me. I am hurt because now I have no idea who’s will stand by me and who won’t. I am terrified of my future and I’m angry she patronised me for leaving my session. Today I am astounded that she thinks I lie about hearing voices making threats about hurting me and my family, about seeing bugs crawl all over me until I’m trying to rip apart at my skin. Today I am let down by a professional who claimed to be able to help and has done nothing but hurt me. Today was just another day. I feel like I’m fighting a battle I am destined to lose and I’m so tired. She doesn’t see how bad things get daily, if she had to walk in my shoes, she wouldn’t be walking at the end of the day. #actuallybpd #anxietyrecovery #bpdawareness #sadquotespage #borderlinepersonalitydisorderawareness #borderlinepersonalitydisorder #borderline #borderlinepersonality #bpdrecovery #bpdwarrior #bpdlife #mentalhealthawareness #mentalillness #mentalbreakdown #mentallyill #mentalhealthblogger #sad #sadquotespage #depressionkills
  • 1,670 43 18 April, 2019

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  • 6 1 16 minutes ago
  • Can you tell that this photo was taken moments after my second panic attack on the course? Can you tell that just a few kilometres earlier I was bawling on the phone to my parents standing at the finish line, crying that I’d never finish the ride? Can you tell that Harley spent the entirety of our 10km ride on ESA duty (my first panic attack hit approximately 0.5km in), straining to get out of her backpack and closer to my face to calm me and check in? ✨
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In this photo? Probably not... but isn’t that rather symbolic of mental illness in itself? It’s often there through life’s moments big and small, but hardly ever noticeable to the outside eye. ✨
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One of the things that I love about this photo snapped by @cmhacalgary is the rainbow we appear to be riding through at the finish line. I always say, rainbows are part of the storm... you must push through the storm to get to the rainbow - so how perfectly fitting this particular rainbow is. 🌈✨
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Harley and I are *very* excited to be once again participating with Canadians across the country in the @cmhanational #RideDontHide for mental health awareness. Hopefully this year will be less eventful than the last as I have a year of growth, coping, and healing from my PTSD under my belt, but even if it isn’t that’s okay. I will make it through. Last year it was with the help of wonderful friends and family encouraging me along the route, my sass monster doing all she could to ward off the panic and keep me grounded in the present moment, and the strength I drudged up from deep inside to just make it through... and I did. I made it. ✨
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So if today, you’re on kilometre 0.5, you’re struggling to breathe, and feeling like the world is caving in, know that you’re not alone. You can do this. You have survived every difficult day up until now. Keep inching ahead. Let loved ones help guide you along the way. Accept help. Be patient. Be gentle with yourself. It’s not a race, it’s a journey. ✨
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To join in or donate to the @cmhanational Ride Don’t Hide, head to the link in @dancingwithdarkness_ bio. Please help raise funds for mental health awareness and programming in Canada. Harley & I would love your support in our ride. ✨
  • Can you tell that this photo was taken moments after my second panic attack on the course? Can you tell that just a few kilometres earlier I was bawling on the phone to my parents standing at the finish line, crying that I’d never finish the ride? Can you tell that Harley spent the entirety of our 10km ride on ESA duty (my first panic attack hit approximately 0.5km in), straining to get out of her backpack and closer to my face to calm me and check in? ✨
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    In this photo? Probably not... but isn’t that rather symbolic of mental illness in itself? It’s often there through life’s moments big and small, but hardly ever noticeable to the outside eye. ✨
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    One of the things that I love about this photo snapped by @cmhacalgary is the rainbow we appear to be riding through at the finish line. I always say, rainbows are part of the storm... you must push through the storm to get to the rainbow - so how perfectly fitting this particular rainbow is. 🌈✨
    .
    Harley and I are *very* excited to be once again participating with Canadians across the country in the @cmhanational #RideDontHide for mental health awareness. Hopefully this year will be less eventful than the last as I have a year of growth, coping, and healing from my PTSD under my belt, but even if it isn’t that’s okay. I will make it through. Last year it was with the help of wonderful friends and family encouraging me along the route, my sass monster doing all she could to ward off the panic and keep me grounded in the present moment, and the strength I drudged up from deep inside to just make it through... and I did. I made it. ✨
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    So if today, you’re on kilometre 0.5, you’re struggling to breathe, and feeling like the world is caving in, know that you’re not alone. You can do this. You have survived every difficult day up until now. Keep inching ahead. Let loved ones help guide you along the way. Accept help. Be patient. Be gentle with yourself. It’s not a race, it’s a journey. ✨
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    To join in or donate to the @cmhanational Ride Don’t Hide, head to the link in @dancingwithdarkness_ bio. Please help raise funds for mental health awareness and programming in Canada. Harley & I would love your support in our ride. ✨
  • 6 1 20 minutes ago
  • Meet @borderlineandbaby
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Too all you beautiful mofos out there that get up every single day and breathe through it!
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You open your eyes, you blink take a breath and let your body do its thing. That is bloody brave. 
Truly truly fing brave 🌼
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I am inspired daily by the stories I read on insta and it takes my breath away just how strong you all are. I always thought I was a lone. Different. Odd. Dare I say it “the mad one.” You’ve all shown me different and I am forever thankful to you all.
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There’s 4 years between these pictures. 4 inpatient admissions,
2 diagnosis, countless medication trials, best days of my life and the worst.
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I’ve struggled since I was a teenager but it wasn’t until I had my son my true devils came knocking.
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I have chosen recovery more times than I can count. But I keep going. Some days I’ll do anything to stay in bed and some I will do a 2 hour gym sesh. That’s ok.
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It’s all ok.
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Keep breathing.
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I care. I promise whoever is reading.
I care.
  • Meet @borderlineandbaby
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    Too all you beautiful mofos out there that get up every single day and breathe through it!
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    You open your eyes, you blink take a breath and let your body do its thing. That is bloody brave.
    Truly truly fing brave 🌼
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    I am inspired daily by the stories I read on insta and it takes my breath away just how strong you all are. I always thought I was a lone. Different. Odd. Dare I say it “the mad one.” You’ve all shown me different and I am forever thankful to you all.
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    There’s 4 years between these pictures. 4 inpatient admissions,
    2 diagnosis, countless medication trials, best days of my life and the worst.
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    I’ve struggled since I was a teenager but it wasn’t until I had my son my true devils came knocking.
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    I have chosen recovery more times than I can count. But I keep going. Some days I’ll do anything to stay in bed and some I will do a 2 hour gym sesh. That’s ok.
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    It’s all ok.
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    Keep breathing.
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    I care. I promise whoever is reading.
    I care.
  • 36 3 1 hour ago
  • Practice our #MeditationMondays on our #IGTV or follow along below.
————————————————————🎨 of @sheetalyogee //
🎨 & ✏️ by @cusicoyllurmusic ————————————————————
It can become a pattern to seek validation from someone else that your feelings are real or worthy of being felt at all. This is talked about often from the lens of sad or difficult emotions, but it happens with happy ones too. Have you ever been super excited and happy about something that just happened, and called a friend to tell them right away? Maybe that friend didn't respond to your news in an as thrilled and congratulatory way that you'd hoped, and that brought down your mood immediately. Or maybe you've noticed that you feel a sense of emptiness or incompletion if you do not share your amazing life update with an important person in your life. This idea of the need to share every good thing that happens to us can possibly be correlated to our social media culture of enjoying receiving likes and comments on each photo we share. 
Regardless of the reason, today's #MeditationMondays is on practicing holding on and experiencing your excitement and happiness by yourself, and feeling content and satisfied with it.

This meditation is not to be practiced today, but instead, to be practiced in the next instance that you feel excitement or happiness, and an itch to tell someone about it immediately. 
When the next moment arises, instead of texting someone, calling someone, sharing a post on social media about it, or telling someone in person about it, pause with the feeling. Maybe sit in your car for awhile, and stare at the sky or road in front of you. You can stack one hand on top of the other on your heart, and notice every sensation in your body starting from the crown of your head, all the way down to your toes. Bask in this warmth, and give it a color. Bask in this love, and thank it. Thank each feeling you have in that moment, and breathe in the nutrients from it. Pause here in this bath of happiness for 3 to 5 minutes. Then you may repeat this affirmation "I am so happy for me. I deserve this happiness. I will remember this happiness." CONTINUED IN COMMENTS
  • Practice our #MeditationMondays on our #IGTV or follow along below.
    ————————————————————🎨 of @sheetalyogee //
    🎨 & ✏️ by @cusicoyllurmusic ————————————————————
    It can become a pattern to seek validation from someone else that your feelings are real or worthy of being felt at all. This is talked about often from the lens of sad or difficult emotions, but it happens with happy ones too. Have you ever been super excited and happy about something that just happened, and called a friend to tell them right away? Maybe that friend didn't respond to your news in an as thrilled and congratulatory way that you'd hoped, and that brought down your mood immediately. Or maybe you've noticed that you feel a sense of emptiness or incompletion if you do not share your amazing life update with an important person in your life. This idea of the need to share every good thing that happens to us can possibly be correlated to our social media culture of enjoying receiving likes and comments on each photo we share.
    Regardless of the reason, today's #MeditationMondays is on practicing holding on and experiencing your excitement and happiness by yourself, and feeling content and satisfied with it.

    This meditation is not to be practiced today, but instead, to be practiced in the next instance that you feel excitement or happiness, and an itch to tell someone about it immediately.
    When the next moment arises, instead of texting someone, calling someone, sharing a post on social media about it, or telling someone in person about it, pause with the feeling. Maybe sit in your car for awhile, and stare at the sky or road in front of you. You can stack one hand on top of the other on your heart, and notice every sensation in your body starting from the crown of your head, all the way down to your toes. Bask in this warmth, and give it a color. Bask in this love, and thank it. Thank each feeling you have in that moment, and breathe in the nutrients from it. Pause here in this bath of happiness for 3 to 5 minutes. Then you may repeat this affirmation "I am so happy for me. I deserve this happiness. I will remember this happiness." CONTINUED IN COMMENTS
  • 52 1 1 hour ago
  • This is a slice of bread with vegan paté, and with salted butter and dark chocolate sprinkles. Together with a handful of brazil nuts, a banana, and two big glasses of fresh orange juice 🍊, this was my first meal of today. Is it fancy? Is it so called a really ‘healthy meal’? Is it ‘instaworthy’? Is it going to help me do ‘X’ (weight loss, muscle gain, etc.)? The answer to all of that is; probably not. And that’s cool. Because everyone may eat intuitively without feeling pressure to eat a certain way, do certain things, be this or that. You be you, eat whatever you feel like per moment, live freely and trust the flow of life 🌊. 🧡
  • This is a slice of bread with vegan paté, and with salted butter and dark chocolate sprinkles. Together with a handful of brazil nuts, a banana, and two big glasses of fresh orange juice 🍊, this was my first meal of today. Is it fancy? Is it so called a really ‘healthy meal’? Is it ‘instaworthy’? Is it going to help me do ‘X’ (weight loss, muscle gain, etc.)? The answer to all of that is; probably not. And that’s cool. Because everyone may eat intuitively without feeling pressure to eat a certain way, do certain things, be this or that. You be you, eat whatever you feel like per moment, live freely and trust the flow of life 🌊. 🧡
  • 21 1 2 hours ago
  • Day 22/30 of #napowrimo (let’s pretend I posted this before midnight)
Today was rough. Her birthday always opens old wounds and brings back painful memories of things that happened. Also, I’m always uncomfy when people call me a “survivor” of sexual assault and abuse because I don’t feel like I’ve survived yet. Also it bugs me when people try to force that label on me, because like, would you tell a robbery victim that they’re a robbery survivor? Probably not. Society is so quick to minimize the pain of abuse victims. I am allowed to be angry. I am allowed to call myself a victim, I was victimized.
  • Day 22/30 of #napowrimo (let’s pretend I posted this before midnight)
    Today was rough. Her birthday always opens old wounds and brings back painful memories of things that happened. Also, I’m always uncomfy when people call me a “survivor” of sexual assault and abuse because I don’t feel like I’ve survived yet. Also it bugs me when people try to force that label on me, because like, would you tell a robbery victim that they’re a robbery survivor? Probably not. Society is so quick to minimize the pain of abuse victims. I am allowed to be angry. I am allowed to call myself a victim, I was victimized.
  • 29 1 2 hours ago
  • Part 2: How do we then become a well-informed consumer of the media? It can be helpful to remind ourselves that most of what is displayed is unrealistic and often not based in reality. And although we do not have control over what is shown online or in advertisements, we DO have the power to manage who/what we follow on our own social media. Perhaps unfollow unhelpful people that no longer serve you or support the path towards acceptance and self-love.  Trying to attain a distorted version of beauty and reality will never land you near acceptance🙏🏼🙌🏼🙏🏼 #mentalhealthawareness #tiuteam #wellnessblogger #bodypositivity #mentalhealthblogger #acceptance #loveyourbody
  • Part 2: How do we then become a well-informed consumer of the media? It can be helpful to remind ourselves that most of what is displayed is unrealistic and often not based in reality. And although we do not have control over what is shown online or in advertisements, we DO have the power to manage who/what we follow on our own social media. Perhaps unfollow unhelpful people that no longer serve you or support the path towards acceptance and self-love. Trying to attain a distorted version of beauty and reality will never land you near acceptance🙏🏼🙌🏼🙏🏼 #mentalhealthawareness #tiuteam #wellnessblogger #bodypositivity #mentalhealthblogger #acceptance #loveyourbody
  • 6 1 2 hours ago
  • Beauty in the Media: How to become a well-informed consumer.  The media is ever present in our daily lives. We are constantly surrounded by it – TV, billboards, movies, and social media platforms such as Instagram and Twitter. Although media is not a bad thing, it can often bombard us with this idea of what is excepted as beautiful. Take a moment and reflect on what is promoted in our society as beautiful – typically thin, perfect hair and skin, etc. Although this may appear pleasing to the eyes of some, we do not always know what goes on behind the scenes. Models and movie stars are often revered for their perfect bodies and we may not always be cognizant of the pressure they feel to look that way. Further, some of these women silently suffer from disordered eating behaviors and other maladaptive coping skills that become reinforced. Not only that, but this unhealthy ideal is then re-touched and perfected so the already unattainable becomes unrealistic. This can leave many, especially women and girls, with the belief that they’re not good enough, acceptable, or beautiful.  Are these unhealthy means of reaching towards the distorted thinness/beauty ideal worth it for the soul?Think of all the moments this ideal can steal from us – from not going to the beach with friends or sitting at the beach covered in clothes sweating because you do not have the summer body you meant to attain. Saying no to the things or not enjoying life fully because of what you look like is sad because enjoying the moments and what you look like actually have nothing to do with one another. Yet we somehow attach the two to become mutually exclusive.  Take a moment to reflect on these moments and ask yourself if you would say this to a friend, or think that they shouldn’t go out because they don’t look thin or pretty enough? Hopefully, the answer to those questions is no. Which leads to a great moment of reflection: why must you live to a higher standard that does not apply to others?  #mentalhealthawareness #tiuteam #wellnessblogger #mentalhealthblogger #acceptance #redefinebeauty #mentalhealth
  • Beauty in the Media: How to become a well-informed consumer. The media is ever present in our daily lives. We are constantly surrounded by it – TV, billboards, movies, and social media platforms such as Instagram and Twitter. Although media is not a bad thing, it can often bombard us with this idea of what is excepted as beautiful. Take a moment and reflect on what is promoted in our society as beautiful – typically thin, perfect hair and skin, etc. Although this may appear pleasing to the eyes of some, we do not always know what goes on behind the scenes. Models and movie stars are often revered for their perfect bodies and we may not always be cognizant of the pressure they feel to look that way. Further, some of these women silently suffer from disordered eating behaviors and other maladaptive coping skills that become reinforced. Not only that, but this unhealthy ideal is then re-touched and perfected so the already unattainable becomes unrealistic. This can leave many, especially women and girls, with the belief that they’re not good enough, acceptable, or beautiful. Are these unhealthy means of reaching towards the distorted thinness/beauty ideal worth it for the soul?Think of all the moments this ideal can steal from us – from not going to the beach with friends or sitting at the beach covered in clothes sweating because you do not have the summer body you meant to attain. Saying no to the things or not enjoying life fully because of what you look like is sad because enjoying the moments and what you look like actually have nothing to do with one another. Yet we somehow attach the two to become mutually exclusive. Take a moment to reflect on these moments and ask yourself if you would say this to a friend, or think that they shouldn’t go out because they don’t look thin or pretty enough? Hopefully, the answer to those questions is no. Which leads to a great moment of reflection: why must you live to a higher standard that does not apply to others? #mentalhealthawareness #tiuteam #wellnessblogger #mentalhealthblogger #acceptance #redefinebeauty #mentalhealth
  • 5 0 2 hours ago
  • There’s no better feeling than being high off sweat & endorphins. There’s no better feeling than finding your flow and moving to the beat of the music. There’s no better feeling than releasing your stress on the bag. We all have our inner fighter in us, find it and let it go 🥊🚀
  • There’s no better feeling than being high off sweat & endorphins. There’s no better feeling than finding your flow and moving to the beat of the music. There’s no better feeling than releasing your stress on the bag. We all have our inner fighter in us, find it and let it go 🥊🚀
  • 342 21 2 hours ago
  • Want to know a secret? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Putting pen to paper can create a miracle in your life. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
And not some earthshaking type miracle— though it can be that too. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
But a miracle as a shift in perception. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
When we actively turn onwards and connect with the spirit within we can heal/transform/growth/quantum leap in a matter of minutes. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
By journaling were able to:
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1. Cognitively identity issues and situations in our lives that are causing us stress or discomfort. 
2. Vent it out and experience the emotional release that we all crave. 
3. We become a spiritual channel. Which means we’re able to receive divine downloads (think ah-ha moments, when inspiration and epiphanies come out of thin air). 4. Co-create with our intuition a new future we’d like to experience. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
If you’re an American woman who has access to be reading this right now you are more fortunate than half of the worlds population. We tend to forget that. So it’s incredibly important to honor that privilege and live well so we can help improve the lives of others. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Your life has such great meaning. 
You’re capable of making a bigger impact than you think. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Heal yourself. 
Make yourself happy. 
Find a mission. 
Receive a miracle. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Then go out and change the world. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
You were born to do great things. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
(PS- if the greatest thing you do today is love your family- that would be enough 💗) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#livewithpurpose #livewell #maycausemiracles #behappy
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  • Want to know a secret? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
    Putting pen to paper can create a miracle in your life. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
    And not some earthshaking type miracle— though it can be that too. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
    But a miracle as a shift in perception. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
    When we actively turn onwards and connect with the spirit within we can heal/transform/growth/quantum leap in a matter of minutes. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
    By journaling were able to:
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    1. Cognitively identity issues and situations in our lives that are causing us stress or discomfort.
    2. Vent it out and experience the emotional release that we all crave.
    3. We become a spiritual channel. Which means we’re able to receive divine downloads (think ah-ha moments, when inspiration and epiphanies come out of thin air). 4. Co-create with our intuition a new future we’d like to experience. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
    If you’re an American woman who has access to be reading this right now you are more fortunate than half of the worlds population. We tend to forget that. So it’s incredibly important to honor that privilege and live well so we can help improve the lives of others. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
    Your life has such great meaning.
    You’re capable of making a bigger impact than you think. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
    Heal yourself.
    Make yourself happy.
    Find a mission.
    Receive a miracle. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
    Then go out and change the world. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
    You were born to do great things. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
    (PS- if the greatest thing you do today is love your family- that would be enough 💗) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
    #livewithpurpose #livewell #maycausemiracles #behappy
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  • 27 2 3 hours ago
  • netflix and sleep is the way i’m surviving right now 😴 i have therapy tomorrow... thinking about it just makes me tired, it’s hard to talk that much when i’m exhausted and in pain. it’ll be nice to go out though... just gotta keep telling myself that 💖
  • netflix and sleep is the way i’m surviving right now 😴 i have therapy tomorrow... thinking about it just makes me tired, it’s hard to talk that much when i’m exhausted and in pain. it’ll be nice to go out though... just gotta keep telling myself that 💖
  • 27 1 3 hours ago
  • This weekend was one of those weekends where even this adorable puppy couldn’t make my mood lighter. I finally understand what people mean when they say their meds make them feel like they’re not themselves.
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I never really understood how people could feel like that, because I know that just one missed dosage of my medication could have serious negative repercussions. But this weekend, my psychiatrist bumped up one of my mood stabilizers so I would catch up on sleep, because that shit knocks me out. But the people around me validated me when I said I wasn’t feeling like myself. I felt like a shell of a human. And not in the same way I do when I’m severely depressed. It was more of in a medically-induced fog kind of way.
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Your needs change with time. And with that comes changing your medication. What doesn’t change? Advocating for yourself. I was willing to make this change, to take the highest dosage of this medication I’ve taken yet, to take a chance on getting better. But when my psychiatrist called tonight, I told him we simply weren’t doing that again. I have worked so hard to make sure I found myself instead of losing myself in this disorder. I have found medications that work, that allow me to live clearly and as myself. I’m not willing to throw that away, not even for a few extra hours of sleep.
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For those of you who have said you’re working on going off your meds completely and I’ve responding by not being able to wrap my head around that, I see you now. I understand why that’s the choice some people decide to make. But I think this newfound knowledge is two-fold: you can’t quit because the first dosage you tried didn’t work out. It takes some trial and error. But regardless of what path you choose, I’ll hug you like I’m hugging this puppy, cheering you on and telling you how cute you are the entire way. Cool? Cool.
  • This weekend was one of those weekends where even this adorable puppy couldn’t make my mood lighter. I finally understand what people mean when they say their meds make them feel like they’re not themselves.
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    I never really understood how people could feel like that, because I know that just one missed dosage of my medication could have serious negative repercussions. But this weekend, my psychiatrist bumped up one of my mood stabilizers so I would catch up on sleep, because that shit knocks me out. But the people around me validated me when I said I wasn’t feeling like myself. I felt like a shell of a human. And not in the same way I do when I’m severely depressed. It was more of in a medically-induced fog kind of way.
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    Your needs change with time. And with that comes changing your medication. What doesn’t change? Advocating for yourself. I was willing to make this change, to take the highest dosage of this medication I’ve taken yet, to take a chance on getting better. But when my psychiatrist called tonight, I told him we simply weren’t doing that again. I have worked so hard to make sure I found myself instead of losing myself in this disorder. I have found medications that work, that allow me to live clearly and as myself. I’m not willing to throw that away, not even for a few extra hours of sleep.
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    For those of you who have said you’re working on going off your meds completely and I’ve responding by not being able to wrap my head around that, I see you now. I understand why that’s the choice some people decide to make. But I think this newfound knowledge is two-fold: you can’t quit because the first dosage you tried didn’t work out. It takes some trial and error. But regardless of what path you choose, I’ll hug you like I’m hugging this puppy, cheering you on and telling you how cute you are the entire way. Cool? Cool.
  • 54 1 3 hours ago
  • All smiles.
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Not tonight, but it’s okay. I don’t have to be smiling all the time, that would be unhealthy. We are humans, complex being that feel hundreds of emotions.
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We shouldn’t smile when we are stressed, or overwhelmed, or anxious, or upset. Congruency is important. Our outward expression should match our inner feelings. This way we can accept our feelings, understand our feelings, and properly cope.
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Tonight, I am feeling low and uneasy. In 4 days Jordan leaves for 6 weeks. With a full time job, a decent commute, a business, a home renovation and my book coming out, Jordan has been my rock. He helps me stay grounded and is constantly cheering me on. It’s always hard when he leaves. I’m always a little sad every so often when he’s not doing life with me. Tonight, I am allowing myself to feel low and uneasy. I need this time to process, and problem solve my way through this!
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I just want you to know it’s okay to feel whatever you are feeling today not matter where that feeling falls on the spectrum of feelings.
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Mental health check in: how are you feeling after today? Be honest with yourself 👇🏼
  • All smiles.

    Not tonight, but it’s okay. I don’t have to be smiling all the time, that would be unhealthy. We are humans, complex being that feel hundreds of emotions.

    We shouldn’t smile when we are stressed, or overwhelmed, or anxious, or upset. Congruency is important. Our outward expression should match our inner feelings. This way we can accept our feelings, understand our feelings, and properly cope.

    Tonight, I am feeling low and uneasy. In 4 days Jordan leaves for 6 weeks. With a full time job, a decent commute, a business, a home renovation and my book coming out, Jordan has been my rock. He helps me stay grounded and is constantly cheering me on. It’s always hard when he leaves. I’m always a little sad every so often when he’s not doing life with me. Tonight, I am allowing myself to feel low and uneasy. I need this time to process, and problem solve my way through this!

    I just want you to know it’s okay to feel whatever you are feeling today not matter where that feeling falls on the spectrum of feelings.

    Mental health check in: how are you feeling after today? Be honest with yourself 👇🏼
  • 57 2 3 hours ago
  • The future exists in you.
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You are significant.
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Create yourself | Create the future.
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  • The future exists in you.
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    You are significant.
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    Create yourself | Create the future.
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  • 17 4 3 hours ago
  • I had this idea since Saturday and hey its Earth Day so what perfect timing. Finals are stressful, but it's nice to relax a bit and get out of the house to explore! Hiking is something that Ryan and I love doing and this blog is all about why. 
Let me know what you guys think and how you relax when life gets stressful! 
Link in Bio! 
#mentalhealthblogger #collegelife #finalsweek #earthday #hiking #blogger
  • I had this idea since Saturday and hey its Earth Day so what perfect timing. Finals are stressful, but it's nice to relax a bit and get out of the house to explore! Hiking is something that Ryan and I love doing and this blog is all about why.
    Let me know what you guys think and how you relax when life gets stressful!
    Link in Bio!
    #mentalhealthblogger #collegelife #finalsweek #earthday #hiking #blogger
  • 3 1 4 hours ago
  • 🎊Afro April Beautiful People 🎉
I just had an Awesome meeting tonight with our business partners across the United States..Epic!! I posted this picture to showcase, one of the benefits this lifestyle has to offer. I totally can’t make this up. This is my definition of expanding the Winning circle. This is next level and not for weak at heart. This is for those interested in taking control, of their lives on Every Possible Level. Let’s talk opportunity. I’m in the office eating Birthday cake...
#blogger #bloggerstyle #blogg #bloggers #bloggerlife #bloggersofinstagram #bloggerfashion #bloggermom #bloggersgetsocial #mentalhealthblogger
  • 🎊Afro April Beautiful People 🎉
    I just had an Awesome meeting tonight with our business partners across the United States..Epic!! I posted this picture to showcase, one of the benefits this lifestyle has to offer. I totally can’t make this up. This is my definition of expanding the Winning circle. This is next level and not for weak at heart. This is for those interested in taking control, of their lives on Every Possible Level. Let’s talk opportunity. I’m in the office eating Birthday cake...
    #blogger #bloggerstyle #blogg #bloggers #bloggerlife #bloggersofinstagram #bloggerfashion #bloggermom #bloggersgetsocial #mentalhealthblogger
  • 12 0 4 hours ago
  • My Anxiousness Calmer ✏️ Anxiety makes one believe the worst in all situations, regardless of whether or not the situation places an individual in a vulnerable position. When I first began seeing my psychologist, he suggested listing what I'm worried about and deciding if they are necessary to be anxious for. I placed my own little twist on being able to rate how anxious I am at the beginning of the reflection and then re-evaluating my rating. The exercise of writing down active worrying thoughts allows for the capability to comprehend and understand the thoughts more clearly. 
To download the My Anxiousness Calmer PDF, you can go to the link in my bio, or find it on the Printables page under Resources at demonsinsidemyhead.com.au
  • My Anxiousness Calmer ✏️ Anxiety makes one believe the worst in all situations, regardless of whether or not the situation places an individual in a vulnerable position. When I first began seeing my psychologist, he suggested listing what I'm worried about and deciding if they are necessary to be anxious for. I placed my own little twist on being able to rate how anxious I am at the beginning of the reflection and then re-evaluating my rating. The exercise of writing down active worrying thoughts allows for the capability to comprehend and understand the thoughts more clearly.
    To download the My Anxiousness Calmer PDF, you can go to the link in my bio, or find it on the Printables page under Resources at demonsinsidemyhead.com.au
  • 12 3 4 hours ago
  • God wants us to relieve suffering, pursue justice, facilitate reconciliation, and free the heart to love, but He desires for us to do so in a way that reveals His Character. It is not enough just to do well for others or to do things well. We must do well in our **unique** way in order to reveal the vast creativity of a God who loves to bring change through the most unlikely channels.
-Dan B. Allender
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This weekend we celebrated *so* many miracles. I have never, so clearly, seen God's hand moving and at work like it has been the past two weeks. On Friday, I got my acceptance letter to The Allender Center Cohort (starts in fall) that I have been trying to get in to now for two years. The Allender Center is part of The Seattle School of Psychology and Theology. This Cohort education is rooted in trauma-focused narrative (story) therapy, group therapy, and emboldening leaders to facilitate healing through engaging the core wounding and deep beauty of the heart with courage and compassion.
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I have prayed and pursued this door for so long so that I may be able to couple with yoga therapy and the work I want to do mentoring. In fact, SHE RISES was born after pursuing my own story narrative with The Allender Center last fall. It was there my calling became clear: to lift the voice of others through the power of the story given to them. We all have a story that needs to be told. In the shadows, in the parts we hold back out of fear and shame...it’s there we find redemption at work. It is there we find what each one of us needs more than anything: Hope and Belonging.
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So this is me currently: besides myself excited to learn, be challenged, and team up with such a beautiful establishment whose goal is to facilitate healing and freedom for everyone.
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Image by queen @laurenapelphoto
  • God wants us to relieve suffering, pursue justice, facilitate reconciliation, and free the heart to love, but He desires for us to do so in a way that reveals His Character. It is not enough just to do well for others or to do things well. We must do well in our **unique** way in order to reveal the vast creativity of a God who loves to bring change through the most unlikely channels.
    -Dan B. Allender
    ⠀⠀
    This weekend we celebrated *so* many miracles. I have never, so clearly, seen God's hand moving and at work like it has been the past two weeks. On Friday, I got my acceptance letter to The Allender Center Cohort (starts in fall) that I have been trying to get in to now for two years. The Allender Center is part of The Seattle School of Psychology and Theology. This Cohort education is rooted in trauma-focused narrative (story) therapy, group therapy, and emboldening leaders to facilitate healing through engaging the core wounding and deep beauty of the heart with courage and compassion.
    ⠀⠀
    I have prayed and pursued this door for so long so that I may be able to couple with yoga therapy and the work I want to do mentoring. In fact, SHE RISES was born after pursuing my own story narrative with The Allender Center last fall. It was there my calling became clear: to lift the voice of others through the power of the story given to them. We all have a story that needs to be told. In the shadows, in the parts we hold back out of fear and shame...it’s there we find redemption at work. It is there we find what each one of us needs more than anything: Hope and Belonging.
    ⠀⠀
    So this is me currently: besides myself excited to learn, be challenged, and team up with such a beautiful establishment whose goal is to facilitate healing and freedom for everyone.
    ⠀⠀
    Image by queen @laurenapelphoto
  • 191 38 4 hours ago
  • Never change for others...Just because they can't see the magic you can see. *

You are an amazing person that most people in the world would not be able to face what you face. Always see your worth.
  • Never change for others...Just because they can't see the magic you can see. *

    You are an amazing person that most people in the world would not be able to face what you face. Always see your worth.
  • 16 1 4 hours ago
  • Watch 16 year old Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg share her story of how Aspergers syndrome enabled her to start a Worldwide movement for tackling climate change to help save our planet 🙌🌏💚🌴⁣
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**To watch the full video YouTube: ‘How a 16-year-old is leading a global climate movement**⁣
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Please share so we can embrace how unique differences in individuals can create a global ripple affect 🌍#aspergerssyndrome #neurodiversity #itstartswithyou 🌈⁣
  • Watch 16 year old Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg share her story of how Aspergers syndrome enabled her to start a Worldwide movement for tackling climate change to help save our planet 🙌🌏💚🌴⁣

    **To watch the full video YouTube: ‘How a 16-year-old is leading a global climate movement**⁣

    Please share so we can embrace how unique differences in individuals can create a global ripple affect 🌍 #aspergerssyndrome #neurodiversity #itstartswithyou 🌈⁣
  • 37 1 4 hours ago
  • Did you know that the founding fathers powdered their wigs gray in order to appear older and wiser? Yes, being old was totally in! These days? Not so much!
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Wrinkles? You need a cream for that! Dark circles? A serum will do wonders! Thin lips? Here’s a plumping lip gloss! Grey hair? Dye it away! From creams to botox, to dyes, the race is on to remain forever young.
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The anti-aging industry is one of the fastest growing sectors and currently valued at 250 billion. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, that natural aging thing that we’re doing means BIG business!
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The thing is, it’s not just about the insane amount of products available, it’s about the insecurities they perpetuate and how they create a culture where we worship youth and devalue age.
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Furthermore, it reinforces the social gender stereotype whereby women are supposed to be pretty objects and ornaments.
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I don’t know about you, but I’m all for getting older. You know, that wine analogy where things get better with age, haha! I’m loving all the wisdom that I’ve gained in my 30s. I wonder if we reframed the whole experience from this wisdom perspective (changing the narrative) we’d be much less concerned with our aging physical appearance? Or if we remembered who profits from these insecurities? ⁉️
What are your thoughts on the anti-aging movement?
  • Did you know that the founding fathers powdered their wigs gray in order to appear older and wiser? Yes, being old was totally in! These days? Not so much!
    .
    Wrinkles? You need a cream for that! Dark circles? A serum will do wonders! Thin lips? Here’s a plumping lip gloss! Grey hair? Dye it away! From creams to botox, to dyes, the race is on to remain forever young.
    .
    The anti-aging industry is one of the fastest growing sectors and currently valued at 250 billion. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, that natural aging thing that we’re doing means BIG business!
    .
    The thing is, it’s not just about the insane amount of products available, it’s about the insecurities they perpetuate and how they create a culture where we worship youth and devalue age.
    .
    Furthermore, it reinforces the social gender stereotype whereby women are supposed to be pretty objects and ornaments.
    .
    I don’t know about you, but I’m all for getting older. You know, that wine analogy where things get better with age, haha! I’m loving all the wisdom that I’ve gained in my 30s. I wonder if we reframed the whole experience from this wisdom perspective (changing the narrative) we’d be much less concerned with our aging physical appearance? Or if we remembered who profits from these insecurities? ⁉️
    What are your thoughts on the anti-aging movement?
  • 220 6 4 hours ago
  • “Why don’t you just put a smile on your face” 
That’s just a taste of some of the ignorant and toxic advice I’ve received on how to manage my depression. I’m gonna tell you now, putting a smile on your face will not cure your depression. 
Here are some other gems I’ve heard in terms of my depression. “Just go outside” “Why don’t you just workout?” “Get over it” “Depression isn’t real” “She’s so fucking slow”
“Nobody cares, go kill yourself” “It’s all in your head” “Just be happy” “People have it worse than you” “You SHOULD do this...this...this” “You look unattractive talking about depression” “I thought you were stronger than this” “You’re just having a bad day” “You’re dragging me down” “This is your own fault” “Ew you look awful” “I know what you mean, I was depressed for a day once” “You’re just sad” 
You wouldn’t say that to someone with a psychical illness, would you? Probably not. Why keep saying it to those with mental illnesses? 
Just because YOU can’t see what someone is going through, doesn’t mean it’s not happening. 
Your words can really hurt someone who is struggling. Please remember this. 
DEPRESSION IS REAL.
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#mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #mentalbreakdown #mentalhealthmonday #mentalhealthblogger #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthishealth #depressedmood #fuckdepression #depression #depressionhelp #depressionkills #depressed #depressedlife #depressionisreal #struggle #mentalhealthstruggle
  • “Why don’t you just put a smile on your face”
    That’s just a taste of some of the ignorant and toxic advice I’ve received on how to manage my depression. I’m gonna tell you now, putting a smile on your face will not cure your depression.
    Here are some other gems I’ve heard in terms of my depression. “Just go outside” “Why don’t you just workout?” “Get over it” “Depression isn’t real” “She’s so fucking slow”
    “Nobody cares, go kill yourself” “It’s all in your head” “Just be happy” “People have it worse than you” “You SHOULD do this...this...this” “You look unattractive talking about depression” “I thought you were stronger than this” “You’re just having a bad day” “You’re dragging me down” “This is your own fault” “Ew you look awful” “I know what you mean, I was depressed for a day once” “You’re just sad”
    You wouldn’t say that to someone with a psychical illness, would you? Probably not. Why keep saying it to those with mental illnesses?
    Just because YOU can’t see what someone is going through, doesn’t mean it’s not happening.
    Your words can really hurt someone who is struggling. Please remember this.
    DEPRESSION IS REAL.








    #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #mentalbreakdown #mentalhealthmonday #mentalhealthblogger #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthishealth #depressedmood #fuckdepression #depression #depressionhelp #depressionkills #depressed #depressedlife #depressionisreal #struggle #mentalhealthstruggle
  • 67 8 5 hours ago
  • Feeling emotions is part of being human, it is not selective to girls, nor does it mean that a boy is “girly” if he is emotional. In fact, empirical evidence shows boys are born more emotional than girls. In grad school, we learn the excruciating psychological and emotional processes by which social conditioning and certain approaches to parenting severs boys’ emotional connectivity, and it is a painfully slow emotional death with severe consequences should there be no compliance. This process is likened to the process by which a star becomes a black hole. The pressure becomes so great on a molecular level that the star begins to cave in on itself until not even light can pass in or out. When this happens emotionally to males, it is the pressures from society and/or the boy’s parents to cut off emotions that becomes so great, the boy’s emotional relationship with himself literally caves in on him so that no emotions can be received or emitted, except possibly anger and rage. As therapists (and parents), we are in a position of power and great influence, and therefore it is our responsibility to assist boys and men to reconnect their inner emotional world and heal from trauma... or better yet, prevent them from the loss of their emotional connection altogether. Sometimes, the patients I’m most proud of are the males I work with because sharing their emotional vulnerability is so hard for them, and the bravery into which they must tap is incredible, especially if shame (most likely) was used as one of the tools to cut their emotional wiring. 
#mentalhealthblogger #therapist #therapy #emotionalhealth #lmft #instalove #emotionaltrauma #psychotherapy #psychotherapist #emotionalabuse #instalike #instadaily #mentalhealthawareness #emotionalwellness #abuse #childabuse #children #parenting #parentinglife #blog #blogger #bloggermom #empathy #angry #anger #instablogger #instablog #instapic #instaquote #instaquotes
  • Feeling emotions is part of being human, it is not selective to girls, nor does it mean that a boy is “girly” if he is emotional. In fact, empirical evidence shows boys are born more emotional than girls. In grad school, we learn the excruciating psychological and emotional processes by which social conditioning and certain approaches to parenting severs boys’ emotional connectivity, and it is a painfully slow emotional death with severe consequences should there be no compliance. This process is likened to the process by which a star becomes a black hole. The pressure becomes so great on a molecular level that the star begins to cave in on itself until not even light can pass in or out. When this happens emotionally to males, it is the pressures from society and/or the boy’s parents to cut off emotions that becomes so great, the boy’s emotional relationship with himself literally caves in on him so that no emotions can be received or emitted, except possibly anger and rage. As therapists (and parents), we are in a position of power and great influence, and therefore it is our responsibility to assist boys and men to reconnect their inner emotional world and heal from trauma... or better yet, prevent them from the loss of their emotional connection altogether. Sometimes, the patients I’m most proud of are the males I work with because sharing their emotional vulnerability is so hard for them, and the bravery into which they must tap is incredible, especially if shame (most likely) was used as one of the tools to cut their emotional wiring.
    #mentalhealthblogger #therapist #therapy #emotionalhealth #lmft #instalove #emotionaltrauma #psychotherapy #psychotherapist #emotionalabuse #instalike #instadaily #mentalhealthawareness #emotionalwellness #abuse #childabuse #children #parenting #parentinglife #blog #blogger #bloggermom #empathy #angry #anger #instablogger #instablog #instapic #instaquote #instaquotes
  • 68 8 14 December, 2018