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  • “Work on being in love with the person in the mirror who has been through so much, but is still standing.” 🌸
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This was a tough lesson in life for me...I hated myself for so many years...that started the day my stepfather first abused me and kept quiet for years after...loving myself was very difficult and seemed like a totally out to lunch concept!! 😳
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Of course I didn’t 𝓇𝑒𝒶𝓁𝒾𝓏𝑒 I hated myself...only in truly looking in the mirror one day and being 𝒷𝓇𝓊𝓉𝒶𝓁𝓁𝓎 honest with myself made me realize I was a self-sabotager. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I had been through hell and back and survived...from childhood through my early adult years...yet I felt weaker then ever even when the ‘threats’ were gone...and everyday that I told myself how useless I was...I just became more 🆄🆂🅴🅻🅴🆂🆂!!! (I need to reprogram my brain!!) 🧠 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I had to 𝓁𝑒𝒶𝓇𝓃 𝒽𝑜𝓌 to love myself while I was 𝒾𝓃 my lowest of lows...I had to 𝑒𝓍𝒸𝑒𝓅𝓉 my horrible past...I had own up to mistakes I also had made due to bad decisions and insecurities ...I had to learn some tough ass lessons and 𝓇𝑒𝓈𝑒𝓉 🅼🆈 life!!! I only have 𝑜𝓃𝑒...
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I used to think I was so 𝒹𝒾𝒻𝒻𝑒𝓇𝑒𝓃𝓉 so 𝒷𝓇𝑜𝓀𝑒𝓃...then honestly...I realized 𝓂𝑜𝓈𝓉 people have felt that way 𝒶𝓉 𝓈𝑜𝓂𝑒 𝓅𝑜𝒾𝓃𝓉 in their life. They might not have had it as difficult as me...or they might have had it 𝓌𝑜𝓇𝓈𝑒! Either way many people have experienced feeling this way. Which is truly unfortunate. 😔
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It’s literally the 𝓇𝑒𝒶𝓈𝑜𝓃 I now openly share my adversities...’🅱🅴🅲🅰🆄🆂🅴 🅸 🅰🅲🆃🆄🅰🅻🅻🆈 🅲🅰🅼🅴 🅾🆄🆃 🆃🅷🅴 🅾🆃🅷🅴🆁 🆂🅸🅳🅴...ⓗⓐⓟⓟⓨ🥰
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I’ve realized I 𝒹𝑒𝓈𝑒𝓇𝓋𝑒 happiness, and I hope 𝓎𝑜𝓊 believe that to be true for yourself as well. Because if we all did that, we would all treat 𝑒𝒶𝒸𝒽 𝑜𝓉𝒽𝑒𝓇 better too...then the whole world be a happier place. 🌎 .
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How do you show yourself the love you deserve? 👇🏻
  • “Work on being in love with the person in the mirror who has been through so much, but is still standing.” 🌸
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    This was a tough lesson in life for me...I hated myself for so many years...that started the day my stepfather first abused me and kept quiet for years after...loving myself was very difficult and seemed like a totally out to lunch concept!! 😳
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    Of course I didn’t 𝓇𝑒𝒶𝓁𝒾𝓏𝑒 I hated myself...only in truly looking in the mirror one day and being 𝒷𝓇𝓊𝓉𝒶𝓁𝓁𝓎 honest with myself made me realize I was a self-sabotager. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
    I had been through hell and back and survived...from childhood through my early adult years...yet I felt weaker then ever even when the ‘threats’ were gone...and everyday that I told myself how useless I was...I just became more 🆄🆂🅴🅻🅴🆂🆂!!! (I need to reprogram my brain!!) 🧠 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
    I had to 𝓁𝑒𝒶𝓇𝓃 𝒽𝑜𝓌 to love myself while I was 𝒾𝓃 my lowest of lows...I had to 𝑒𝓍𝒸𝑒𝓅𝓉 my horrible past...I had own up to mistakes I also had made due to bad decisions and insecurities ...I had to learn some tough ass lessons and 𝓇𝑒𝓈𝑒𝓉 🅼🆈 life!!! I only have 𝑜𝓃𝑒...
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    I used to think I was so 𝒹𝒾𝒻𝒻𝑒𝓇𝑒𝓃𝓉 so 𝒷𝓇𝑜𝓀𝑒𝓃...then honestly...I realized 𝓂𝑜𝓈𝓉 people have felt that way 𝒶𝓉 𝓈𝑜𝓂𝑒 𝓅𝑜𝒾𝓃𝓉 in their life. They might not have had it as difficult as me...or they might have had it 𝓌𝑜𝓇𝓈𝑒! Either way many people have experienced feeling this way. Which is truly unfortunate. 😔
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    It’s literally the 𝓇𝑒𝒶𝓈𝑜𝓃 I now openly share my adversities...’🅱🅴🅲🅰🆄🆂🅴 🅸 🅰🅲🆃🆄🅰🅻🅻🆈 🅲🅰🅼🅴 🅾🆄🆃 🆃🅷🅴 🅾🆃🅷🅴🆁 🆂🅸🅳🅴...ⓗⓐⓟⓟⓨ🥰
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    I’ve realized I 𝒹𝑒𝓈𝑒𝓇𝓋𝑒 happiness, and I hope 𝓎𝑜𝓊 believe that to be true for yourself as well. Because if we all did that, we would all treat 𝑒𝒶𝒸𝒽 𝑜𝓉𝒽𝑒𝓇 better too...then the whole world be a happier place. 🌎 .
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    How do you show yourself the love you deserve? 👇🏻
  • 1,317 84 22 April, 2019
  • Sometimes you just need to start over and that’s okay. 
#startover
  • Sometimes you just need to start over and that’s okay.
    #startover
  • 2,265 27 22 January, 2019
  • Any therapists relate? 🙋🏼‍♀️⁣
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Today I did my least favorite thing in the world, which is trying to talk to an actual person with an insurance company I’ve been working with around some denied claims for a client who needs mental health care. Two hours on the phone listening to the same hold music and I am 🤬.⁣
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As much as I’d like to say I kept my cool and modeled appropriate social interactions, after so much time being bounced around to different people who keep giving me unhelpful information... I didn’t keep my cool.⁣
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Therapists are people. We get mad, we say things we regret, we can’t manage our frustration sometimes. This is a part of BEING HUMAN. Anger and frustration are human emotions. If we didn’t feel them, we wouldn’t be able to relate to you the way we do.⁣
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#moderntherapist
  • Any therapists relate? 🙋🏼‍♀️⁣

    Today I did my least favorite thing in the world, which is trying to talk to an actual person with an insurance company I’ve been working with around some denied claims for a client who needs mental health care. Two hours on the phone listening to the same hold music and I am 🤬.⁣

    As much as I’d like to say I kept my cool and modeled appropriate social interactions, after so much time being bounced around to different people who keep giving me unhelpful information... I didn’t keep my cool.⁣

    Therapists are people. We get mad, we say things we regret, we can’t manage our frustration sometimes. This is a part of BEING HUMAN. Anger and frustration are human emotions. If we didn’t feel them, we wouldn’t be able to relate to you the way we do.⁣

    #moderntherapist
  • 103 28 10 hours ago
  • So simple but sometimes you need to be reminded!!!! #bemindfulofyourmentalhealth 
#Repost @heyamberrae
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Anyone else trying to do all the things and please all the people?🙋🏻‍♀️🙈
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Noticing this yesterday, I judged myself thinking, “You’ve worked through this already. Why is this coming up for you again?! WTH?” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I gently reminded myself this is a new season with new learnings, and sometimes I will step back to step forward. ⠀⠀
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The nudges above helped me lovingly shift my attention and intention, so I wanted to share in case we’re riding similar waves. 🌊🏄🏻‍♀️
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Here’s to a powerful month of honoring what’s true.❤️
  • So simple but sometimes you need to be reminded!!!! #bemindfulofyourmentalhealth
    #Repost @heyamberrae
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    Anyone else trying to do all the things and please all the people?🙋🏻‍♀️🙈
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    Noticing this yesterday, I judged myself thinking, “You’ve worked through this already. Why is this coming up for you again?! WTH?” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
    I gently reminded myself this is a new season with new learnings, and sometimes I will step back to step forward. ⠀⠀
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    The nudges above helped me lovingly shift my attention and intention, so I wanted to share in case we’re riding similar waves. 🌊🏄🏻‍♀️
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    Here’s to a powerful month of honoring what’s true.❤️
  • 645 10 17 April, 2019

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  • #TheGreaterFolk: Hi, I'm Jess Sharp, a Designer and Writer and I’m coloured with #Depression and #Anxiety.
#🌼 What was your lowest point and what was your positive takeaway from it?
Around 5 years ago my Depression and Anxiety got so bad that I had to stop working on my creative business all together. Shortly after this time, whilst still struggling, I got a job working full time. The hope was that the job would help me get back into a routine, allow me to socialize and begin to get my life back. Unfortunately this wasn’t the case. 
My manager was not at all supportive or empathetic towards my mental health struggles or needs. I was bullied out of the job and signed off sick for months. 
Although this was a really dark time for me, this was the point where I began going to therapy. I still believe therapy was the turning point of my recovery and it was also whilst attending my sessions that I began to jot down, draw and write all of what I do now. 
So if it wasn’t for that horrible dark period of time, I strongly believe I wouldn’t be doing what I do now and growing a small business that I love.
#🌼 Your go-to self care activity?
Sleep! Lots of it! My Anxiety gets so much worse when I’m tired, so I've learnt sleep is very important for me. I also try and listen to what my mind and body is telling me. Self care for me is sometimes staying at home when I’ve been invited out, because I know going out will make things worse. My more exciting self care is a nice long bath or spending some quality time with my family.
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#GreaterThan65 #MentalHealth #MentalHealthAwareness #MentalHealthMatters #MentalHealthCommunity #MentalHealthSoldier #MentalHealthAdvocate #MentalHealthBlogger #OCD #BPD #SelfLove #SelfCare #🧠
  • #TheGreaterFolk : Hi, I'm Jess Sharp, a Designer and Writer and I’m coloured with #Depression and #Anxiety .
    #🌼 What was your lowest point and what was your positive takeaway from it?
    Around 5 years ago my Depression and Anxiety got so bad that I had to stop working on my creative business all together. Shortly after this time, whilst still struggling, I got a job working full time. The hope was that the job would help me get back into a routine, allow me to socialize and begin to get my life back. Unfortunately this wasn’t the case.
    My manager was not at all supportive or empathetic towards my mental health struggles or needs. I was bullied out of the job and signed off sick for months.
    Although this was a really dark time for me, this was the point where I began going to therapy. I still believe therapy was the turning point of my recovery and it was also whilst attending my sessions that I began to jot down, draw and write all of what I do now.
    So if it wasn’t for that horrible dark period of time, I strongly believe I wouldn’t be doing what I do now and growing a small business that I love.
    #🌼 Your go-to self care activity?
    Sleep! Lots of it! My Anxiety gets so much worse when I’m tired, so I've learnt sleep is very important for me. I also try and listen to what my mind and body is telling me. Self care for me is sometimes staying at home when I’ve been invited out, because I know going out will make things worse. My more exciting self care is a nice long bath or spending some quality time with my family.
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    #GreaterThan65 #MentalHealth #MentalHealthAwareness #MentalHealthMatters #MentalHealthCommunity #MentalHealthSoldier #MentalHealthAdvocate #MentalHealthBlogger #OCD #BPD #SelfLove #SelfCare #🧠
  • 39 1 1 hour ago
  • we’re doing great so far. 💪🖤
  • we’re doing great so far. 💪🖤
  • 17 1 2 hours ago
  • Still I Rise
BY MAYA ANGELOU
You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
’Cause I walk like I've got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I'll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops,
Weakened by my soulful cries?

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don't you take it awful hard
’Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own backyard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I've got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise. - she worded it perfectly🖤 
Also big thanks to @genncoco your mind and creativity never ceases to surprise me. You are one of God’s greatest creations and I appreciate your friendship. 
Also this looks like an @standupecclesia Album cover, I don’t sing though lol.
  • Still I Rise
    BY MAYA ANGELOU
    You may write me down in history
    With your bitter, twisted lies,
    You may trod me in the very dirt
    But still, like dust, I'll rise.

    Does my sassiness upset you?
    Why are you beset with gloom?
    ’Cause I walk like I've got oil wells
    Pumping in my living room.

    Just like moons and like suns,
    With the certainty of tides,
    Just like hopes springing high,
    Still I'll rise.

    Did you want to see me broken?
    Bowed head and lowered eyes?
    Shoulders falling down like teardrops,
    Weakened by my soulful cries?

    Does my haughtiness offend you?
    Don't you take it awful hard
    ’Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines
    Diggin’ in my own backyard.

    You may shoot me with your words,
    You may cut me with your eyes,
    You may kill me with your hatefulness,
    But still, like air, I’ll rise.

    Does my sexiness upset you?
    Does it come as a surprise
    That I dance like I've got diamonds
    At the meeting of my thighs?

    Out of the huts of history’s shame
    I rise
    Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
    I rise
    I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,
    Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

    Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
    I rise
    Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
    I rise
    Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
    I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
    I rise
    I rise
    I rise. - she worded it perfectly🖤
    Also big thanks to @genncoco your mind and creativity never ceases to surprise me. You are one of God’s greatest creations and I appreciate your friendship.
    Also this looks like an @standupecclesia Album cover, I don’t sing though lol.
  • 56 13 2 hours ago
  • 👀👀 lemme check my diary for the exact dates, MF.
  • 👀👀 lemme check my diary for the exact dates, MF.
  • 118 5 2 hours ago
  • Tomorrow is the Armenian Genocide Rememberance Day and it's observed by Armenians and others worldwide to commemorate the 1.5 million victims of the Armenian Genocide in 1915. 
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The denial of the Armenian Genocide by present day-Turkey continues more than 104 years later.
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The impact of the Armenian Genocide can impact generations and whole communities decades after through intergenerational trauma.
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When trauma is untreated, it can be transmitted through generations through the attachment bond, and often the receiver/child holds those messages about themselves, the world, their safety, and danger through the family line. (This is recognized by the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies)
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Intergenerational trauma impacts
1. Mental health 
2. Beliefs about the world/life
3. Attachment/emotional bond with children
4. Personality traits
5. Physical health 
6. Beliefs about safety 
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What's important to note is that family history provides insight into our genetic predispositions however it does not define us. Trauma involves both our psychology and our biology. It's possible to heal from trauma and transgenerational trauma.
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Understand that
1. Intergenerational trauma includes loss of safety emotionally, psychologically, physically, and financially.
2. Intergenerational trauma can sometimes be the elephant in the room, so it's important to discuss with your therapist.
3. Intergenerational trauma can feel like a profound loss even if you didn't experience the trauma directly.
4. You CAN heal your thoughts and feelings related to intergenerational trauma.
5. Intergenerational chaos CAN end with you
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#armeniangenocide #armeniangenocide1915 #Rememberance #losangelestherapist #losangelessocialworkers #losangelescounseling #mentalhealthcommunity #mentalhealthfeelings #messagesoflove #traumarecovery #traumaresilience #emdrtherapy #intergenerationaltrauma
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📷: @shamiramdance
  • Tomorrow is the Armenian Genocide Rememberance Day and it's observed by Armenians and others worldwide to commemorate the 1.5 million victims of the Armenian Genocide in 1915.
    ___________________________________
    The denial of the Armenian Genocide by present day-Turkey continues more than 104 years later.
    ___________________________________
    The impact of the Armenian Genocide can impact generations and whole communities decades after through intergenerational trauma.
    ___________________________________
    When trauma is untreated, it can be transmitted through generations through the attachment bond, and often the receiver/child holds those messages about themselves, the world, their safety, and danger through the family line. (This is recognized by the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies)
    ___________________________________
    Intergenerational trauma impacts
    1. Mental health
    2. Beliefs about the world/life
    3. Attachment/emotional bond with children
    4. Personality traits
    5. Physical health
    6. Beliefs about safety
    ___________________________________
    What's important to note is that family history provides insight into our genetic predispositions however it does not define us. Trauma involves both our psychology and our biology. It's possible to heal from trauma and transgenerational trauma.
    ____________________________________
    Understand that
    1. Intergenerational trauma includes loss of safety emotionally, psychologically, physically, and financially.
    2. Intergenerational trauma can sometimes be the elephant in the room, so it's important to discuss with your therapist.
    3. Intergenerational trauma can feel like a profound loss even if you didn't experience the trauma directly.
    4. You CAN heal your thoughts and feelings related to intergenerational trauma.
    5. Intergenerational chaos CAN end with you
    _____________________________________
    #armeniangenocide #armeniangenocide1915 #Rememberance #losangelestherapist #losangelessocialworkers #losangelescounseling #mentalhealthcommunity #mentalhealthfeelings #messagesoflove #traumarecovery #traumaresilience #emdrtherapy #intergenerationaltrauma
    ____________________________________
    📷: @shamiramdance
  • 23 3 2 hours ago
  • Meet Martina Min, our VP of Outreach!

Martina is currently a grade eleven student. She is an avid volunteer with the Youth Volunteer Corps program within Youth Central and an executive for her school’s Volunteer Club. As a member of the International Youth Advisory Board and a Co-Chair of the Mayor’s Youth Council and the Youth Volunteer Corps Steering Committee, she enjoys advocating for youth and encouraging youth leadership. Martina is passionate about mental health and raising awareness about the stigma surrounding the topic.
  • Meet Martina Min, our VP of Outreach!

    Martina is currently a grade eleven student. She is an avid volunteer with the Youth Volunteer Corps program within Youth Central and an executive for her school’s Volunteer Club. As a member of the International Youth Advisory Board and a Co-Chair of the Mayor’s Youth Council and the Youth Volunteer Corps Steering Committee, she enjoys advocating for youth and encouraging youth leadership. Martina is passionate about mental health and raising awareness about the stigma surrounding the topic.
  • 45 3 5 hours ago
  • #Repost @temanbaik_kamu with @repostapp
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Alhamdulillah, 
Kelas Berlatih Mindfulness adalah program dari divisi SEJATI @temanbaik_kamu bekerjasama dengan @ernawatiwidyaningsih salah seorang psikolog dari @charisma.consulting telah selesai dilaksanakan pada hari Minggu, 21 April 2019 di Sinergi.

Kami berterima kasih pada semua peserta yang telah mengikuti kegiatan ini. Semoga ilmu yang dibagikan dapat diterapkan di kehidupan sehari-hari teman-teman baik yang menjadi peserta untuk menunjang kesehatan mental.

Terima kasih sudah bergabung ❤️.
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Alhamdulillah 
A series of Mental Health events organized by @temanbaik_kamu has been done on Sunday 21st April 2019 at Sinergi CoWorking space. 
We would like to say thankyou to all participants in each session. 
There were 2 classes in a row at 11 a.m.

On 1st session SEJATI division launched  Mindfullness sharing session. This session presented by @ernawatiwidyaningsih from @charisma.consulting. 
She totally enjoyed deliver her mindfullness to us, because mindfullness is not about mind and full.

We hope it will be able to bring you a new insight and knowledges about mental health.

See you on our next event ❤️
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#mentalhealthcommunity #headstogether
  • #Repost @temanbaik_kamu with @repostapp
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    Alhamdulillah,
    Kelas Berlatih Mindfulness adalah program dari divisi SEJATI @temanbaik_kamu bekerjasama dengan @ernawatiwidyaningsih salah seorang psikolog dari @charisma.consulting telah selesai dilaksanakan pada hari Minggu, 21 April 2019 di Sinergi.

    Kami berterima kasih pada semua peserta yang telah mengikuti kegiatan ini. Semoga ilmu yang dibagikan dapat diterapkan di kehidupan sehari-hari teman-teman baik yang menjadi peserta untuk menunjang kesehatan mental.

    Terima kasih sudah bergabung ❤️.
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    Alhamdulillah
    A series of Mental Health events organized by @temanbaik_kamu has been done on Sunday 21st April 2019 at Sinergi CoWorking space.
    We would like to say thankyou to all participants in each session.
    There were 2 classes in a row at 11 a.m.

    On 1st session SEJATI division launched Mindfullness sharing session. This session presented by @ernawatiwidyaningsih from @charisma.consulting.
    She totally enjoyed deliver her mindfullness to us, because mindfullness is not about mind and full.

    We hope it will be able to bring you a new insight and knowledges about mental health.

    See you on our next event ❤️
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    #mentalhealthcommunity #headstogether
  • 33 0 6 hours ago
  • Escaped to my family in Denmark for a week for a few days filled with nature, endless dogs and fitness classes. Totally needed escape. The last few months haven't been great and I haven't been on here much as I've been finding it increasingly harder to see the point in pretty much anything.

A bunch of stuff has happened in and around my life, which has taken some processing, and I've been feeling stuck, knowing I want a change, but unsure what next. I've been paralysed by insecurity.

Do I want to go back to studying, change job, change career completely, do I even want a career? What do I want from life, why do I even care or worry when I know there's no point? And as always happens when my mood plummets and refuses to get better, that endless criticizing voice that tells me I should stop eating.

Eating disorder thoughts don't just go away when you're back to a healthy weight, or trying to get there. Sometimes they quieten down for days or weeks, sometimes they're a constant companion. The urge to stop eating has been constant the past 2 months. Part of me wants me to gradually fade away, like a ghost. Crumble into dust. Become nothing. It's a constant battle between myself and this illness. 
Sometimes recovery seems so out of reach. I question do I even want to get better, and is it even possible? I'm at a healthier weight than I've been in years, yet my mood is not good at all.

Just the way it is I guess! At times, in life, I suppose you have to just keep going and trust that one day it'll be better. And accept that life is made up of highs and lows, just some of us feel the extremes a bit more keenly.

Not very positive thoughts today, but life isn't always positive thinking and sunshine, and that's normal and ok. 
#naturetherapy #dogtherapy #dogtherapyday #animaltherapy #therapydog #anxietydisorder #depressionsupport #edrecoveryjourney #edrecovery #recoveryisnonlinear #mentalhealthcommunity #mentalhealthblog #mentalillnessawareness #mentalhealthadvocates #itsoktotalk #endstigma #baddayshappen #depressionrecovery #denmark🇩🇰 #dogsmakeeverythingbetter #dogsmakelifebetter
  • Escaped to my family in Denmark for a week for a few days filled with nature, endless dogs and fitness classes. Totally needed escape. The last few months haven't been great and I haven't been on here much as I've been finding it increasingly harder to see the point in pretty much anything.

    A bunch of stuff has happened in and around my life, which has taken some processing, and I've been feeling stuck, knowing I want a change, but unsure what next. I've been paralysed by insecurity.

    Do I want to go back to studying, change job, change career completely, do I even want a career? What do I want from life, why do I even care or worry when I know there's no point? And as always happens when my mood plummets and refuses to get better, that endless criticizing voice that tells me I should stop eating.

    Eating disorder thoughts don't just go away when you're back to a healthy weight, or trying to get there. Sometimes they quieten down for days or weeks, sometimes they're a constant companion. The urge to stop eating has been constant the past 2 months. Part of me wants me to gradually fade away, like a ghost. Crumble into dust. Become nothing. It's a constant battle between myself and this illness.
    Sometimes recovery seems so out of reach. I question do I even want to get better, and is it even possible? I'm at a healthier weight than I've been in years, yet my mood is not good at all.

    Just the way it is I guess! At times, in life, I suppose you have to just keep going and trust that one day it'll be better. And accept that life is made up of highs and lows, just some of us feel the extremes a bit more keenly.

    Not very positive thoughts today, but life isn't always positive thinking and sunshine, and that's normal and ok.
    #naturetherapy #dogtherapy #dogtherapyday #animaltherapy #therapydog #anxietydisorder #depressionsupport #edrecoveryjourney #edrecovery #recoveryisnonlinear #mentalhealthcommunity #mentalhealthblog #mentalillnessawareness #mentalhealthadvocates #itsoktotalk #endstigma #baddayshappen #depressionrecovery #denmark 🇩🇰 #dogsmakeeverythingbetter #dogsmakelifebetter
  • 23 1 7 hours ago
  • Toungue Twist Tuesdays👅
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So the 3 words suggested by you guys today were:
SUCCESS - ENVY - ARSENAL
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Here’s a short piece encompassing these. Thank you to everyone who made suggestions🙏🏼
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This piece is untitled at the minute, so please feel free to make some suggestions in the comments below 👇🏼
  • Toungue Twist Tuesdays👅
    ____
    So the 3 words suggested by you guys today were:
    SUCCESS - ENVY - ARSENAL
    ____
    Here’s a short piece encompassing these. Thank you to everyone who made suggestions🙏🏼
    ____
    This piece is untitled at the minute, so please feel free to make some suggestions in the comments below 👇🏼
  • 78 8 10 hours ago
  • Any therapists relate? 🙋🏼‍♀️⁣
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Today I did my least favorite thing in the world, which is trying to talk to an actual person with an insurance company I’ve been working with around some denied claims for a client who needs mental health care. Two hours on the phone listening to the same hold music and I am 🤬.⁣
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As much as I’d like to say I kept my cool and modeled appropriate social interactions, after so much time being bounced around to different people who keep giving me unhelpful information... I didn’t keep my cool.⁣
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Therapists are people. We get mad, we say things we regret, we can’t manage our frustration sometimes. This is a part of BEING HUMAN. Anger and frustration are human emotions. If we didn’t feel them, we wouldn’t be able to relate to you the way we do.⁣
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#moderntherapist
  • Any therapists relate? 🙋🏼‍♀️⁣

    Today I did my least favorite thing in the world, which is trying to talk to an actual person with an insurance company I’ve been working with around some denied claims for a client who needs mental health care. Two hours on the phone listening to the same hold music and I am 🤬.⁣

    As much as I’d like to say I kept my cool and modeled appropriate social interactions, after so much time being bounced around to different people who keep giving me unhelpful information... I didn’t keep my cool.⁣

    Therapists are people. We get mad, we say things we regret, we can’t manage our frustration sometimes. This is a part of BEING HUMAN. Anger and frustration are human emotions. If we didn’t feel them, we wouldn’t be able to relate to you the way we do.⁣

    #moderntherapist
  • 103 28 10 hours ago
  • Does anyone else love black and gold?!
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Pin links in bio.
  • Does anyone else love black and gold?!
    .
    Pin links in bio.
  • 67 3 10 hours ago
  • There's been a few changes!

One of them is this - a new landing page for Instagram. Instead of my bio linking to my homepage, there's a special page just for you!

I've changed the bio and my strategy here. I've mainly been giving updates, but that's not visual. That's not what you want to see.

Instead I'm going to giving tips and advice from the world of digital marketing and mental health. I'm a professional content creator, but mental health matters so much to me, so that's what I primarily blog and talk about.

I'll be sharing some of my fiction writing here, but I'm going for a healthy mix for content. It's not something for everyone but that's my new strategy here.

I go by your comments what content I make so get them down below.
  • There's been a few changes!

    One of them is this - a new landing page for Instagram. Instead of my bio linking to my homepage, there's a special page just for you!

    I've changed the bio and my strategy here. I've mainly been giving updates, but that's not visual. That's not what you want to see.

    Instead I'm going to giving tips and advice from the world of digital marketing and mental health. I'm a professional content creator, but mental health matters so much to me, so that's what I primarily blog and talk about.

    I'll be sharing some of my fiction writing here, but I'm going for a healthy mix for content. It's not something for everyone but that's my new strategy here.

    I go by your comments what content I make so get them down below.
  • 4 2 15 hours ago
  • Alhamdulillah, 
Rangkaian kegiatan promosi kesehatan mental bertajuk, “Sehat Mental, emang penting?” yang diadakan oleh @temanbaik_kamu bekerjasama dengan @annisappratiwi psikolog dari  @charismaconsulting dan @wirdatuing selaku moderator telah selesai dilaksanakan pada hari Minggu, 21 April 2019 di Sinergi.

Terima kasih untuk teman-teman baik yang sudah bergabung. Semoga ilmu yang dibagikan bisa bermanfaat dan mendapat ridha Allah Subhanahu wata’ala. Aamiin.

Sampai bertemu di kegiatan @temanbaik_kamu selanjutnya, Insyaa Allah ❤️.
—————————————
Alhamdulillah 
A series of Mental Health events organized by @temanbaik_kamu has been done on Sunday 21st April 2019 at Sinergi CoWorking space. 
We would like to say thankyou to all participants in each session. 
On 2nd session Teman Baik collaborating with @charisma.consulting whom launched "Self-Care & Mental Health" sharing session at 4p.m. @wirdatuing as a moderator and a calmness psychologist @annisappratiwi from Charisma presented the topic very completely usefull

We hope these sessions will bring you a new insight and knowledges about mental health.

See you on our next event 🥰
.
.
#mentalhealthcommunity #headstogether
  • Alhamdulillah,
    Rangkaian kegiatan promosi kesehatan mental bertajuk, “Sehat Mental, emang penting?” yang diadakan oleh @temanbaik_kamu bekerjasama dengan @annisappratiwi psikolog dari @charismaconsulting dan @wirdatuing selaku moderator telah selesai dilaksanakan pada hari Minggu, 21 April 2019 di Sinergi.

    Terima kasih untuk teman-teman baik yang sudah bergabung. Semoga ilmu yang dibagikan bisa bermanfaat dan mendapat ridha Allah Subhanahu wata’ala. Aamiin.

    Sampai bertemu di kegiatan @temanbaik_kamu selanjutnya, Insyaa Allah ❤️.
    —————————————
    Alhamdulillah
    A series of Mental Health events organized by @temanbaik_kamu has been done on Sunday 21st April 2019 at Sinergi CoWorking space.
    We would like to say thankyou to all participants in each session.
    On 2nd session Teman Baik collaborating with @charisma.consulting whom launched "Self-Care & Mental Health" sharing session at 4p.m. @wirdatuing as a moderator and a calmness psychologist @annisappratiwi from Charisma presented the topic very completely usefull

    We hope these sessions will bring you a new insight and knowledges about mental health.

    See you on our next event 🥰
    .
    .
    #mentalhealthcommunity #headstogether
  • 68 1 16 hours ago
  • Alhamdulillah, 
Kelas Berlatih Khusnudzon: Berprasangka Baik adalah program dari divisi DEKAT @temanbaik_kamu bekerjasama dengan @subekti_rahayu telah selesai dilaksanakan pada hari Minggu, 21 April 2019 di Sinergi.

Kami berterima kasih pada semua peserta yang telah mengikuti kegiatan ini. Semoga ilmu yang dibagikan dapat diterapkan di kehidupan sehari-hari teman-teman baik yang menjadi peserta untuk menunjang kesehatan mental.

Terima kasih sudah bergabung ❤️.
—–——————————
Alhamdulillah 
A series of Mental Health events organized by Teman Baik has been done on Sunday 21st April 2019 at Sinergi CoWorking space. 
We would like to say thankyou to all participants in each session. 
There were 2 classes in a row at 11 a.m.

On 1st session DEKAT division proudly presented  khuznudzon (Positive Thingking) sharing session. @subekti_rahayu as an expertly coach ensure that positivity is effortless.

We hope it will be able to bring you a new insight and knowledges about mental health.

See you on our next event ❤️
.
.
#mentalhealthcommunity #headstogether
  • Alhamdulillah,
    Kelas Berlatih Khusnudzon: Berprasangka Baik adalah program dari divisi DEKAT @temanbaik_kamu bekerjasama dengan @subekti_rahayu telah selesai dilaksanakan pada hari Minggu, 21 April 2019 di Sinergi.

    Kami berterima kasih pada semua peserta yang telah mengikuti kegiatan ini. Semoga ilmu yang dibagikan dapat diterapkan di kehidupan sehari-hari teman-teman baik yang menjadi peserta untuk menunjang kesehatan mental.

    Terima kasih sudah bergabung ❤️.
    —–——————————
    Alhamdulillah
    A series of Mental Health events organized by Teman Baik has been done on Sunday 21st April 2019 at Sinergi CoWorking space.
    We would like to say thankyou to all participants in each session.
    There were 2 classes in a row at 11 a.m.

    On 1st session DEKAT division proudly presented khuznudzon (Positive Thingking) sharing session. @subekti_rahayu as an expertly coach ensure that positivity is effortless.

    We hope it will be able to bring you a new insight and knowledges about mental health.

    See you on our next event ❤️
    .
    .
    #mentalhealthcommunity #headstogether
  • 56 0 16 hours ago
  • Alhamdulillah, 
Kelas Berlatih Mindfulness adalah program dari divisi SEJATI @temanbaik_kamu bekerjasama dengan @ernawatiwidyaningsih salah seorang psikolog dari @charisma.consulting telah selesai dilaksanakan pada hari Minggu, 21 April 2019 di Sinergi.

Kami berterima kasih pada semua peserta yang telah mengikuti kegiatan ini. Semoga ilmu yang dibagikan dapat diterapkan di kehidupan sehari-hari teman-teman baik yang menjadi peserta untuk menunjang kesehatan mental.

Terima kasih sudah bergabung ❤️.
—–——————————
Alhamdulillah 
A series of Mental Health events organized by @temanbaik_kamu has been done on Sunday 21st April 2019 at Sinergi CoWorking space. 
We would like to say thankyou to all participants in each session. 
There were 2 classes in a row at 11 a.m.

On 1st session SEJATI division launched  Mindfullness sharing session. This session presented by @ernawatiwidyaningsih from @charisma.consulting. 
She totally enjoyed deliver her mindfullness to us, because mindfullness is not about mind and full.

We hope it will be able to bring you a new insight and knowledges about mental health.

See you on our next event ❤️
.
.
#mentalhealthcommunity #headstogether
  • Alhamdulillah,
    Kelas Berlatih Mindfulness adalah program dari divisi SEJATI @temanbaik_kamu bekerjasama dengan @ernawatiwidyaningsih salah seorang psikolog dari @charisma.consulting telah selesai dilaksanakan pada hari Minggu, 21 April 2019 di Sinergi.

    Kami berterima kasih pada semua peserta yang telah mengikuti kegiatan ini. Semoga ilmu yang dibagikan dapat diterapkan di kehidupan sehari-hari teman-teman baik yang menjadi peserta untuk menunjang kesehatan mental.

    Terima kasih sudah bergabung ❤️.
    —–——————————
    Alhamdulillah
    A series of Mental Health events organized by @temanbaik_kamu has been done on Sunday 21st April 2019 at Sinergi CoWorking space.
    We would like to say thankyou to all participants in each session.
    There were 2 classes in a row at 11 a.m.

    On 1st session SEJATI division launched Mindfullness sharing session. This session presented by @ernawatiwidyaningsih from @charisma.consulting.
    She totally enjoyed deliver her mindfullness to us, because mindfullness is not about mind and full.

    We hope it will be able to bring you a new insight and knowledges about mental health.

    See you on our next event ❤️
    .
    .
    #mentalhealthcommunity #headstogether
  • 81 0 16 hours ago
  • Be a man ✏️
  • Be a man ✏️
  • 64 10 17 hours ago
  • There is like a lot of summer outfits in my story 💡

And this ☝🏻 let me just leave it here.
  • There is like a lot of summer outfits in my story 💡

    And this ☝🏻 let me just leave it here.
  • 20 3 18 hours ago
  • THE PARADOX OF PAIN

Most people are introduced to therapy because they’re dealing with an aspect of pain. Pain afflicts us all and our earnest pursuit is to find ways to avoid or appease it.

We love pleasure but I’ve never met anyone share how they enjoy pain. The old adage goes “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”. How depressing does that sound?

Have you ever watched a movie with a hero who goes “I’m so glad you’re shooting at me right now. If I don’t die I’ll be much stronger”. It’s laughable but that’s the idea!

But let’s be honest. If Tom Cruise hadn’t stayed under water for more than four minutes he would never have known it was possible to survive and pursue the bad guy in Mission Impossible.
PAIN IS AN UNNECESSARY NECESSITY. Because you don’t know how far your muscles can stretch until they snap. The challenges of life create a unique opportunity to discover what we are really made of. A ballerina who decides to dance en pointe will never know how far her foot can extend without the excruciating pain. And then we behold a beautiful performance never knowing the pain of sacrifice he/she had to endure.

Just before you feel your mind about to snap seek help, speak to a counsellor but by all means look forward to the amazing tapestry of life your story is creating.
  • THE PARADOX OF PAIN

    Most people are introduced to therapy because they’re dealing with an aspect of pain. Pain afflicts us all and our earnest pursuit is to find ways to avoid or appease it.

    We love pleasure but I’ve never met anyone share how they enjoy pain. The old adage goes “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”. How depressing does that sound?

    Have you ever watched a movie with a hero who goes “I’m so glad you’re shooting at me right now. If I don’t die I’ll be much stronger”. It’s laughable but that’s the idea!

    But let’s be honest. If Tom Cruise hadn’t stayed under water for more than four minutes he would never have known it was possible to survive and pursue the bad guy in Mission Impossible.
    PAIN IS AN UNNECESSARY NECESSITY. Because you don’t know how far your muscles can stretch until they snap. The challenges of life create a unique opportunity to discover what we are really made of. A ballerina who decides to dance en pointe will never know how far her foot can extend without the excruciating pain. And then we behold a beautiful performance never knowing the pain of sacrifice he/she had to endure.

    Just before you feel your mind about to snap seek help, speak to a counsellor but by all means look forward to the amazing tapestry of life your story is creating.
  • 28 5 19 hours ago
  • That’s how you build your true character ☝🏼
  • That’s how you build your true character ☝🏼
  • 218 4 20 hours ago
  • and somehow it still feels like you’re right here and everywhere else, omnipresent. not like a god, not like an angel, and not like a guardian. like a plague or famine. destruction and death. but i still survived you, therefore i can survive anything.
  • and somehow it still feels like you’re right here and everywhere else, omnipresent. not like a god, not like an angel, and not like a guardian. like a plague or famine. destruction and death. but i still survived you, therefore i can survive anything.
  • 28 2 21 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 💖 ***ALSO NEW USERNAME ALERT*** i will always be surviving recovery 💪 but this seemed a bit more personal 😊
  • 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 💖 ***ALSO NEW USERNAME ALERT*** i will always be surviving recovery 💪 but this seemed a bit more personal 😊
  • 52 1 23 April, 2019
  • Spotlight on Sunflowers

Where you at?! According to the spruce, sunflowers display a trait known as heliotropism
 This is a trait in which the bud of the flower faces the sun all day. 
No matter what situation you're in, keep your eye on the sun. It will shine a light on every dark situation you face.

We love our flowers and our spotlight flower the sunflowers! You are all so beautiful and put together, we make a glorious bouquet 🌷🌺🌹🌸🌻❤ #420 #florals #flowers #sunflowers #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthcommunity #mentalillness positivity #goodvibes
  • Spotlight on Sunflowers

    Where you at?! According to the spruce, sunflowers display a trait known as heliotropism
    This is a trait in which the bud of the flower faces the sun all day.
    No matter what situation you're in, keep your eye on the sun. It will shine a light on every dark situation you face.

    We love our flowers and our spotlight flower the sunflowers! You are all so beautiful and put together, we make a glorious bouquet 🌷🌺🌹🌸🌻❤ #420 #florals #flowers #sunflowers #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthcommunity #mentalillness positivity #goodvibes
  • 13 1 22 April, 2019
  • 50 2 22 April, 2019
  • 🌈💚🌺✨
  • 🌈💚🌺✨
  • 20 2 22 April, 2019
  • Mental health is important to @bvandahlen's daughter Grace, guest on this week's episode of #InnerSpace. Like if it matters to you as well.✨
  • Mental health is important to @bvandahlen's daughter Grace, guest on this week's episode of #InnerSpace . Like if it matters to you as well.✨
  • 43 3 22 April, 2019
  • The only thing that psychologists are unanimous on is that spending time with others is a direct predictor of wellbeing & that loneliness can be physically and mentally harmful. We are wired to be social beings and are supposed to be around others (think “no man is an island”). So many times my anxiety has made me want to isolate myself and so many times I have isolated myself, but I have found that I ALWAYS feel better if I push through and force myself to be around others, even just for an hour. .

Hanging out with others can provide a sense of support and community. By forcing yourself to be social even when you don’t feel like it, you are interrupting those neural pathways which are in full force when we isolate and which typically make us feel worse. Feelings of depression and despair can subside and we are distracted from our negative or anxious thinking. .

Vincent Van Gogh wrote, “Nothing awakens us to the reality of life so much as… love.” Recovery is a process of leaving isolation behind and seeking the path to being fully connected and awakened. My tip would be to surround yourself with positive people who make you feel good & are there for you. Remember to be kind & also be there for them when you can, relationships are a two way street & should bring mutual satisfaction. Having meaningful relationships and giving time to others can also make us feel better about ourselves and can increase self esteem. Sometimes we get caught up in other aspects of life and forget that those around us may also need somebody to talk to. If you can, take a step back and really listen, you are not only making yourself happier but you are helping someone else too! .

You do not need to be a social butterfly to connect with others. Some tips to form connections or be around others include:
🦋Connect with communities online.
🦋 Get out of the house – go shopping, exercise, visit your local library, join a club or enroll to study.
🦋Volunteer.
🦋 Get a pet (I have discussed the benefits of interacting with animals in other posts, but this one can assist in connecting with others too).
  • The only thing that psychologists are unanimous on is that spending time with others is a direct predictor of wellbeing & that loneliness can be physically and mentally harmful. We are wired to be social beings and are supposed to be around others (think “no man is an island”). So many times my anxiety has made me want to isolate myself and so many times I have isolated myself, but I have found that I ALWAYS feel better if I push through and force myself to be around others, even just for an hour. .

    Hanging out with others can provide a sense of support and community. By forcing yourself to be social even when you don’t feel like it, you are interrupting those neural pathways which are in full force when we isolate and which typically make us feel worse. Feelings of depression and despair can subside and we are distracted from our negative or anxious thinking. .

    Vincent Van Gogh wrote, “Nothing awakens us to the reality of life so much as… love.” Recovery is a process of leaving isolation behind and seeking the path to being fully connected and awakened. My tip would be to surround yourself with positive people who make you feel good & are there for you. Remember to be kind & also be there for them when you can, relationships are a two way street & should bring mutual satisfaction. Having meaningful relationships and giving time to others can also make us feel better about ourselves and can increase self esteem. Sometimes we get caught up in other aspects of life and forget that those around us may also need somebody to talk to. If you can, take a step back and really listen, you are not only making yourself happier but you are helping someone else too! .

    You do not need to be a social butterfly to connect with others. Some tips to form connections or be around others include:
    🦋Connect with communities online.
    🦋 Get out of the house – go shopping, exercise, visit your local library, join a club or enroll to study.
    🦋Volunteer.
    🦋 Get a pet (I have discussed the benefits of interacting with animals in other posts, but this one can assist in connecting with others too).
  • 32 3 22 April, 2019
  • It’s Maternal Mental Health Monday and I am way behind on this noon post because I’ve had an extremely busy day and went live with @ribbon_wrapped_life (go to her page to catch the saved chat in the next 24 hours!)
This past Sunday I went live with @miindfulmama and one of the things I talked with her about is how much I projected postpartum on my social media.
On this picture I posted something like ‘she’s so sleepy and cute today!’ I captioned everything with what I wished my life really felt like at that time and did not. I remember being petrified to tell anyone I was having intrusive thoughts-even my husband. 
When this picture was taken I was smiling and holding my baby and pretending for just a minute that I really was living the dream I’d waited for my whole life.
Really though, I was five months removed from a traumatic birth experience, had not gone back to my physical check up, was dealing with ocd and cptsd and ptsd from birth. I was a wreck. I was afraid to hold her or do anything normal moms did. I was broken and breaking and desperate for someone to just guess it and help me because I was too scared to help myself.
Of course, that was completely unrealistic and unfair to others in my life but I really wasn’t okay enough to fully realize that. I remember the nurse handing her to me and thinking that she’d take her away if she knew I was battling intrusive thoughts. 
I put a lot of pressure on myself because women I knew back home had babies almost non stop and just rolled with it. I heard a lot about their births but none of them ever once mentioned feeling like I did during pregnancy or postpartum. So I felt like I needed to hide and keep going as best I could. 
Through google I learned there were other moms like me but that was google. Sure, there were other moms like me but they might as well be on another planet. Everything felt detached and removed from me because I didn’t have a personal voice of a mom I could physically see in at least a photo saying ‘I went through this too’.
So here I am telling you, I went through it and I’m still going through the tail end of it and I’m still healing and still recovering but-there is light, I promise.
  • It’s Maternal Mental Health Monday and I am way behind on this noon post because I’ve had an extremely busy day and went live with @ribbon_wrapped_life (go to her page to catch the saved chat in the next 24 hours!)
    This past Sunday I went live with @miindfulmama and one of the things I talked with her about is how much I projected postpartum on my social media.
    On this picture I posted something like ‘she’s so sleepy and cute today!’ I captioned everything with what I wished my life really felt like at that time and did not. I remember being petrified to tell anyone I was having intrusive thoughts-even my husband.
    When this picture was taken I was smiling and holding my baby and pretending for just a minute that I really was living the dream I’d waited for my whole life.
    Really though, I was five months removed from a traumatic birth experience, had not gone back to my physical check up, was dealing with ocd and cptsd and ptsd from birth. I was a wreck. I was afraid to hold her or do anything normal moms did. I was broken and breaking and desperate for someone to just guess it and help me because I was too scared to help myself.
    Of course, that was completely unrealistic and unfair to others in my life but I really wasn’t okay enough to fully realize that. I remember the nurse handing her to me and thinking that she’d take her away if she knew I was battling intrusive thoughts.
    I put a lot of pressure on myself because women I knew back home had babies almost non stop and just rolled with it. I heard a lot about their births but none of them ever once mentioned feeling like I did during pregnancy or postpartum. So I felt like I needed to hide and keep going as best I could.
    Through google I learned there were other moms like me but that was google. Sure, there were other moms like me but they might as well be on another planet. Everything felt detached and removed from me because I didn’t have a personal voice of a mom I could physically see in at least a photo saying ‘I went through this too’.
    So here I am telling you, I went through it and I’m still going through the tail end of it and I’m still healing and still recovering but-there is light, I promise.
  • 64 7 22 April, 2019
  • Monday post and reflections
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I had a wonderful conversation with another therapist the other day about burnout. Burnout is real. And burnout sucks. As I'm working to expand my professional repertoire, I notice exhaustion within me. 
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As I look back, I've hustled the last 5 years through graduate school, and during my associate years, and now as a licensed clinician... I feel tired...
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Through my discussion, I've learned that part of this exhaustion has to do with fighting our mental health system and society's perceptions about mental health. At times I feel like I fight everyday to prove my value as a clinical therapist. 
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We have to fight with insurance companies to get reimbursements and prove that our services are justified. We often have to work for free or for minimal salaries during our associate years. 
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The burnout is around the difficulty of our day to day and managing clients needs and paperwork. However the conversation is much bigger. Why is it still accepted in our society to work for free or minimal salaries to obtain our clinical hours? Why is it important in agencies and bureaucratic settings to push billing rather than push quality clinical care? Why is it that people are paying out of their pockets for quality mental health care when mental health care should be a right not a privilege. 
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I hope that we can all continue to have these conversations and really understand our worth and value as clinicians doing this work. 
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#clinicaltherapist #clinicalsocialwork #mentalhealthcommunity #mentalhealthfeelings #losangelestherapist #losangelessocialworkers #mondayreflections
  • Monday post and reflections
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    I had a wonderful conversation with another therapist the other day about burnout. Burnout is real. And burnout sucks. As I'm working to expand my professional repertoire, I notice exhaustion within me.
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    As I look back, I've hustled the last 5 years through graduate school, and during my associate years, and now as a licensed clinician... I feel tired...
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    Through my discussion, I've learned that part of this exhaustion has to do with fighting our mental health system and society's perceptions about mental health. At times I feel like I fight everyday to prove my value as a clinical therapist.
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    We have to fight with insurance companies to get reimbursements and prove that our services are justified. We often have to work for free or for minimal salaries during our associate years.
    __________________________________
    The burnout is around the difficulty of our day to day and managing clients needs and paperwork. However the conversation is much bigger. Why is it still accepted in our society to work for free or minimal salaries to obtain our clinical hours? Why is it important in agencies and bureaucratic settings to push billing rather than push quality clinical care? Why is it that people are paying out of their pockets for quality mental health care when mental health care should be a right not a privilege.
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    I hope that we can all continue to have these conversations and really understand our worth and value as clinicians doing this work.
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    #clinicaltherapist #clinicalsocialwork #mentalhealthcommunity #mentalhealthfeelings #losangelestherapist #losangelessocialworkers #mondayreflections
  • 35 4 22 April, 2019
  • If you are reading this thinking that it's bullshit then you are a part of your problem. I am no psychologist, but I do have experience of mental health problems myself and I am training to be a counsellor and with those things together it's become so clear to me that I don't believe in quick fixes to problems that originate in the mind. If it's a complex problem it's going to be a complex solution and a part of resolving it is being okay with that. Mental health is a constant, whether yours is excellent, awful, okay and anywhere in between - your self talk impacts it. 
It's so often dismissed that you can change your mental health because people expect to see results. You can x-ray your bone to see how fixed it is, you can check your infection levels to check the progress...mental health is not as measurable. Your broken bone doesn't heal and then break again four times within the space of a year, a month, a day, those infection levels don't come back generally clear with the odd spot of infection here and there depending on the weather. It shouldn't be so abnormal and rejected that you can improve mental health just because we don't have a true test. You shouldn't have to be suicidal before you can get mental health support. 
I look forward to more people feeling comfortable talking about 'recovery' openly because I genuinely believe shifting people's attitudes and aspirations can help advance our society as a whole. I knew my mental health was getting better first when I remembered to clean my teeth and then actually went and did it. I can recognise that my mental health can drop on one day and be okay the next, that's okay. Just think about it, talk more...if you don't believe your mind is able to get better then it won't, your body is relying on your mind for that. .
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Thanks for reading 💜 if you need support from this post please do DM. .
#mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthawareness #counselling #counsellingstudent #counsellingskills #anxietywarrior #mentalhealthcommunity #depressiontalk #depression #anxiety #matthaig #aidenhatfield #mentalhealthtalk #stigma #reducestigma #letstalk #depressionsupport
  • If you are reading this thinking that it's bullshit then you are a part of your problem. I am no psychologist, but I do have experience of mental health problems myself and I am training to be a counsellor and with those things together it's become so clear to me that I don't believe in quick fixes to problems that originate in the mind. If it's a complex problem it's going to be a complex solution and a part of resolving it is being okay with that. Mental health is a constant, whether yours is excellent, awful, okay and anywhere in between - your self talk impacts it.
    It's so often dismissed that you can change your mental health because people expect to see results. You can x-ray your bone to see how fixed it is, you can check your infection levels to check the progress...mental health is not as measurable. Your broken bone doesn't heal and then break again four times within the space of a year, a month, a day, those infection levels don't come back generally clear with the odd spot of infection here and there depending on the weather. It shouldn't be so abnormal and rejected that you can improve mental health just because we don't have a true test. You shouldn't have to be suicidal before you can get mental health support.
    I look forward to more people feeling comfortable talking about 'recovery' openly because I genuinely believe shifting people's attitudes and aspirations can help advance our society as a whole. I knew my mental health was getting better first when I remembered to clean my teeth and then actually went and did it. I can recognise that my mental health can drop on one day and be okay the next, that's okay. Just think about it, talk more...if you don't believe your mind is able to get better then it won't, your body is relying on your mind for that. .
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    Thanks for reading 💜 if you need support from this post please do DM. .
    #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthawareness #counselling #counsellingstudent #counsellingskills #anxietywarrior #mentalhealthcommunity #depressiontalk #depression #anxiety #matthaig #aidenhatfield #mentalhealthtalk #stigma #reducestigma #letstalk #depressionsupport
  • 23 1 22 April, 2019
  • My parents last night, with intentions full of love, said the following.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ “Can’t you just put @runtalkrun on the backburner for now?”
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ 
The backburner? The BACK burner?
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ 
Run Talk Run is my FIRE.
It’s what keeps me alive.
It’s what I believe in.
It’s something I genuinely think can change the way we approach our mental health maintenance and seek support.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ 
I will never stop fanning this fire of a mental health movement.
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A bit of vulnerability right now. I have rather a lot of other big stuff to concern myself with at the moment. I feel like I’ve let down my parents in a lot of ways (I’m now jobless and still without a plan for where I’m going to be moving to in a few weeks)... and I totally understand their disdain at why I won’t just go back into working full time somewhere comfy.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ 
But by the same coin, RTR is pretty much the reason I’m here still. RTR is the reason my mental health has even stayed afloat the last 6 months.

It’s so so so so hard to communicate to others what YOUR FIRE is. They won’t understand in the way that you do. But you’ve got to back yourself and keep that shit alight...whatever it is that gets you out of bed in the morning. Whatever it is that keeps your mental health in check.

There are things we do for our mental health that others cannot fathom... common ones being;
- not drinking 🍺
- a healthier lifestyle🥒
- spending less time with friends where your interests are no longer aligned...
Whatever it is you do for you, keep fucking doing it gang.

You really do owe it to yourself.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ 
#doitforyourself #fuelyourfire #keepyourfirelit #mentalhealthmaintenance #mentalhealthcommunity #whatisyourfire #mypassion #myeverything #runtalkrun #runandtalk #mentalhealthnetwork #runtogether #londonfitness #mentalhealthlondon #keepgoing #backyourself #dontstop #dontgiveup #keepmoving #relentlessforwardmotion #youarenotalone #mentalhealthmovement #mentalhealthadvocate #onedayatatime
  • My parents last night, with intentions full of love, said the following.
    ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ “Can’t you just put @runtalkrun on the backburner for now?”
    ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀
    The backburner? The BACK burner?
    ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀
    Run Talk Run is my FIRE.
    It’s what keeps me alive.
    It’s what I believe in.
    It’s something I genuinely think can change the way we approach our mental health maintenance and seek support.
    ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀
    I will never stop fanning this fire of a mental health movement.
    ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀
    A bit of vulnerability right now. I have rather a lot of other big stuff to concern myself with at the moment. I feel like I’ve let down my parents in a lot of ways (I’m now jobless and still without a plan for where I’m going to be moving to in a few weeks)... and I totally understand their disdain at why I won’t just go back into working full time somewhere comfy.
    ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀
    But by the same coin, RTR is pretty much the reason I’m here still. RTR is the reason my mental health has even stayed afloat the last 6 months.

    It’s so so so so hard to communicate to others what YOUR FIRE is. They won’t understand in the way that you do. But you’ve got to back yourself and keep that shit alight...whatever it is that gets you out of bed in the morning. Whatever it is that keeps your mental health in check.

    There are things we do for our mental health that others cannot fathom... common ones being;
    - not drinking 🍺
    - a healthier lifestyle🥒
    - spending less time with friends where your interests are no longer aligned...
    Whatever it is you do for you, keep fucking doing it gang.

    You really do owe it to yourself.
    ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀
    #doitforyourself #fuelyourfire #keepyourfirelit #mentalhealthmaintenance #mentalhealthcommunity #whatisyourfire #mypassion #myeverything #runtalkrun #runandtalk #mentalhealthnetwork #runtogether #londonfitness #mentalhealthlondon #keepgoing #backyourself #dontstop #dontgiveup #keepmoving #relentlessforwardmotion #youarenotalone #mentalhealthmovement #mentalhealthadvocate #onedayatatime
  • 159 27 22 April, 2019
  • Yuk kita kenalan dengan salah satu istilah dalam psikologi, yaitu resiliensi.

Resiliensi diibaratkan sebagai bola yang jatuh, lalu bola tersebut memantul keatas kembali.

Di kehidupan sehari-hari, ketika kita lagi mengalami masalah yang membuat kita down, apakah kita berusaha untuk "bounce back" atau berlarut-larut dalam keterpurukan kita? Yuk kita belajar untuk menjadi pribadi yang resilien :) #resiliensi
#psikologi
#psychology
#mentalhealth
#mentalhealthcommunity
  • Yuk kita kenalan dengan salah satu istilah dalam psikologi, yaitu resiliensi.

    Resiliensi diibaratkan sebagai bola yang jatuh, lalu bola tersebut memantul keatas kembali.

    Di kehidupan sehari-hari, ketika kita lagi mengalami masalah yang membuat kita down, apakah kita berusaha untuk "bounce back" atau berlarut-larut dalam keterpurukan kita? Yuk kita belajar untuk menjadi pribadi yang resilien :) #resiliensi
    #psikologi
    #psychology
    #mentalhealth
    #mentalhealthcommunity
  • 20 0 22 April, 2019
  • Happy #mentalhealthmondays I was going to write a lengthy paragraph and I might still post in the comments or further down but I simply wanna say...
“Light to know, Grace to do”
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Lent is over but the application and execution continues. The sun has been providing warm light and energy. Absorb the radiation and get things done. Just because the 40 days is over doesn’t mean we stop. Continue to be kind, continue to eat healthy, continue to not cuss. Just make sure to apply and execute. Visit the grandparents, eat more fruit and exercise, communicate effectively and even learn a new word. 🏁
  • Happy #mentalhealthmondays I was going to write a lengthy paragraph and I might still post in the comments or further down but I simply wanna say...
    “Light to know, Grace to do”
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    📷: @bwphotography301 .
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    Lent is over but the application and execution continues. The sun has been providing warm light and energy. Absorb the radiation and get things done. Just because the 40 days is over doesn’t mean we stop. Continue to be kind, continue to eat healthy, continue to not cuss. Just make sure to apply and execute. Visit the grandparents, eat more fruit and exercise, communicate effectively and even learn a new word. 🏁
  • 331 9 22 April, 2019
  • It’s Maternal Mental Health Monday here!
Today I just wanted to say this.
Maternal Mental Health Monday’s are hard for me. I have not processed or healed from my birth trauma or my prenatal / postpartum story. It’s really hard to talk about still but I talk about it because I want to raise awareness and let you know if you are a mom out there struggling that you are NOT alone.
I try to say the things I wish I had seen or heard when I was postpartum and feeling incredibly isolated. Just connecting to one account that spoke truth and shed light on something not often talked about would’ve made me feel so much better.
You are not alone. Postpartum mood disorders are real, they aren’t just sadness / depression / not feeling a bond. For some, they are terror. They are panic attacks that feel like repeated heart attacks. They are doubting themselves and their ability. They are suicidal ideation and ptsd. They are intrusive dark horrible thoughts and rigid routines and lists and compulsions trying to feel a little in control of your life again. 
Not only does the stigma of PMADS need to end, the stigma of it JUST being depression needs to end. It’s several different disorders that can affect a mom postpartum and if they are feeling any way that they didn’t imagine postpartum they NEED to know they aren’t alone and it’s a normal illness postpartum.
They need to feel safe, they need to not be judged.
They need to speak about what they’re going through and not feel like people will think they’re an unfit mother.
My page is a safe place for all moms going through all disorders. You are free to speak your truth here, and there will be zero judgment.
You. Are. Not. Alone.

#cptsd #maternalmentalhealth #complexptsd #ocd #realocd #obsessivecompulsivedisorder #ocdcommumity #traumasurvivor #trauma #childhoodtrauma #birthtrauma #postpartum #postpartumsurvivor #postpartumocd #mentalhealth #mentalillness #mentalhealthcommunity #ppd #selflove #mentalhealthmatters #mentalhealthrecovery #anxiety #anxietyrecovery #breakthesilence #stigmafighter #breakthestigma #stopthestigma #takebackpostpartum #postpartumjourney #intrusivethoughts
  • It’s Maternal Mental Health Monday here!
    Today I just wanted to say this.
    Maternal Mental Health Monday’s are hard for me. I have not processed or healed from my birth trauma or my prenatal / postpartum story. It’s really hard to talk about still but I talk about it because I want to raise awareness and let you know if you are a mom out there struggling that you are NOT alone.
    I try to say the things I wish I had seen or heard when I was postpartum and feeling incredibly isolated. Just connecting to one account that spoke truth and shed light on something not often talked about would’ve made me feel so much better.
    You are not alone. Postpartum mood disorders are real, they aren’t just sadness / depression / not feeling a bond. For some, they are terror. They are panic attacks that feel like repeated heart attacks. They are doubting themselves and their ability. They are suicidal ideation and ptsd. They are intrusive dark horrible thoughts and rigid routines and lists and compulsions trying to feel a little in control of your life again.
    Not only does the stigma of PMADS need to end, the stigma of it JUST being depression needs to end. It’s several different disorders that can affect a mom postpartum and if they are feeling any way that they didn’t imagine postpartum they NEED to know they aren’t alone and it’s a normal illness postpartum.
    They need to feel safe, they need to not be judged.
    They need to speak about what they’re going through and not feel like people will think they’re an unfit mother.
    My page is a safe place for all moms going through all disorders. You are free to speak your truth here, and there will be zero judgment.
    You. Are. Not. Alone.

    #cptsd #maternalmentalhealth #complexptsd #ocd #realocd #obsessivecompulsivedisorder #ocdcommumity #traumasurvivor #trauma #childhoodtrauma #birthtrauma #postpartum #postpartumsurvivor #postpartumocd #mentalhealth #mentalillness #mentalhealthcommunity #ppd #selflove #mentalhealthmatters #mentalhealthrecovery #anxiety #anxietyrecovery #breakthesilence #stigmafighter #breakthestigma #stopthestigma #takebackpostpartum #postpartumjourney #intrusivethoughts
  • 109 17 22 April, 2019
  • It can be difficult to know exactly how to take care of your child's mental health while you are still trying to take care of yours.
Use these as suggestions to nurture the care of your children, yourself, and your family.
It can be difficult to understand your child's behavior and mental health when they do not have the words and experiences that we do.
Introduce feelings and talk about them. Schedule family time. Be consistent in everything you do with them.
What do you do to help nurture your child's mental health? Tell us below!

#AWhiteTherapyGroup #MentalHealth #mentalhealthcommunity #breakthestigma #children #therapy #atlanta #atlantatherapist #communityoutreach
  • It can be difficult to know exactly how to take care of your child's mental health while you are still trying to take care of yours.
    Use these as suggestions to nurture the care of your children, yourself, and your family.
    It can be difficult to understand your child's behavior and mental health when they do not have the words and experiences that we do.
    Introduce feelings and talk about them. Schedule family time. Be consistent in everything you do with them.
    What do you do to help nurture your child's mental health? Tell us below!

    #AWhiteTherapyGroup #MentalHealth #mentalhealthcommunity #breakthestigma #children #therapy #atlanta #atlantatherapist #communityoutreach
  • 36 1 22 April, 2019
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