To everyone holding on. What incredible grip we have. ❤
Posted at: 2019-06-06 04:26:10
Who can relate and who else loves this movie and book? 👇🏼
It’s okay to be both.
Ps - if you haven’t read this book or watched the movie I highly recommend! Lots on mental health in there.
Artwork by me and inspired by my favorite artist @ameyasrealm
It’s with great pride that I have been inducted onto the board of Odyssey House Victoria. With both my head and my heart I’ll use this position to continue fighting for the fair treatment of those who suffer from addiction. People like my sister Skye, and the thousands of others like her who are stigmatised for drug addiction, but who have often lived through horrific life experiences deserve not our judgement but our compassion. @odysseyhousevictoria#endstigma#endshame#missyouskye#alwayswithme#alwayswithyou
Posted at: 2019-06-01 23:44:43
How to combat the misinformation spread about OCD? Education and advocating (two of my favorite things 🙋🏼♀️)
Let me break this down. OCD is not a choice. It’s a biological disorder brought on largely due to genetics. OCD is not an adjective or cute personality quirk. It’s a debilitating illness that comes with a high suicide rate. You are not “so OCD.” You have it or you don’t. OCD is not a flaw in someone’s character. Those suffering have intrusive thoughts that are absolutely horrifying and so opposite to their values. They didn’t choose them and they can’t simply stop thinking them. And guess what? People without OCD have such thoughts too..they just don’t get stuck. OCD is not all about organizing and cleaning. If you love to organize your pantry according to color or brands (hi, @khloekardashian) you just like to organize. That’s not OCD. Liking your thoughts and behaviors is not OCD. If thoughts and behaviors are in alignment with your values, that’s not OCD.
OCD is torturous for the sufferer, also known as WARRIOR, and if they could choose to they would not have it. Who wants to have intrusive thoughts and images that are so opposite to their values ABOUT what they value?
I could go on for days, but I have my whole life to be on this journey with the OCD community..my warriors. Sending love ❤️
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Everyone has mental health, just as everyone has physical health.
Our mental health is just as important as our physical health and it’s vital that we treat it that way.
But sadly, you might still experience stigma in health in social care when seeking help for your mental health.
If you find that you are experiencing stigma or discrimination at the first hurdle there are some things you can do.
Speak to another GP in the practice.
Ask to be referred to a different professional such as a Community Psychiatric Nurse (CPN).
Speak to an advocate.
Ask a friend or family member to attend an appointment with you.
Write down what you want to say.
Ask what other alternatives there are (e.g medication, counselling). Remember, it's okay not to be okay and to ask for help. Speak to someone you trust, and if you don’t find the right person straight away, ask again, it is hard, but you aren’t alone and you deserve help.
Have you heard of our annual event? The Paddle to Battle Depression will be held on October 12 at the Kookaburra Park Boat Ramp. Help us raise much needed funds, and have a fun time while you're at it! Visit our Facebook event for more details!
Another one done! Before moving up to the half marathon distance, I was really worried about the "steady" and "tempo" runs, for the only reason that the runs were non-stop. My training this far had consisted of 10 minutes of running with a 1 minute walking break before running again. Repeat until I crossed the finish line or reached my target distance.
Now, being the summer months here in Toronto, the humidity adds a whole new layer to the challenge. Not what I was looking forward to. However, what i discovered was that it was a mental block for me. Not seeing myself run continuously over those distances (even the 4km this evening). I started to change my mindset shortly after the Tamarack 10k in Ottawa when I went 6km continuously.
I've become more confident in my running and now dont see any issues with the "non-stop" running. Still got 15 weeks to go of this clinic so who knows where I'll be at the end of this journey!
Learn to trust yourself and know you are capable of much more than you think!
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Real talk for a minute:
One of the hardest things to cope with after getting diagnosed with a chronic mental health disorder is dealing with the chronic part of it.
You end up going through all these up and down moments in your life. The down moments don’t necessarily mean you are sad or depressed every day; but, it’s does mean those days are harder.
Through an unfortunate series of events, my meds ran out and my doctors appointment has been pushed back twice now, so I am almost a full month off medications. It is harder than I was anticipating honestly.
It is all about taking it day by day at this point, and I can’t wait to get that damn orange bottle from CVS. Medication doesn’t fix you, but it makes the days easier to handle.
My point to posting this is...if you are struggling every day, just to make it through the day, you don’t have to. Reach out to a professional and see if they can help you. Believe me, the struggle is real. There is no shame in taking medications for a chronic illness, and that’s what mental health disorders are.
If you are in a down point, you are supported and you can do it. But remember, ask for help.
Anyways...here’s a photo from when meds were filled and days were easier 😂
Posted at: 2019-07-18 23:18:21
Fuck you bipolar you fucking prick.
I’ve had such a lovely night out with my friends. Why? Why is it that I’m crying? Explain it?
Fucking hate this illness so much.
Why does this happen!? I’ve had the best night, so many lovely people came out tonight for Jazz on the Pantiles, yet I’m sat here crying for no reason at all. Triggered by nothing. Gone from hypomanic to depression in seconds.
This illness is exhausting.
Online Dating 💓
Why do people ghost?
There is nothing you could do to have someone abruptly end all communication with you, yet linger around. It’s not about you and it’s totally about them.
People may ghost due to fearing conflict and confrontation. Instead of saying “Hey, I like spending time with you and I think you are awesome but I’m just not ready for a romance. Can we be friends?”, they disappear. Having that vulnerable conversation and being uncertain of the other person’s reaction might be too much for them to handle. Conflict is present in all relationships that last. Conflict can help relationships bloom, and without it Relationships die.
People may be looking for attention and validation with no intention of anything long-term. Yet, they are not clear about their intentions. When they’ve got their fix, they are ready to go. This is rooted in low self -worth.
They are disconnected from their emotions and the emotions of others. They might feel uncomfortable when they witness someone else’s emotions. They might not know how to regulate their own. So they become overwhelmed and ghost. This is also tied to avoiding conflict.
They might have attachment wounds they have not identified or resolved. They might be recreating unhealthy patterns they witnessed or experienced in childhood. They might be insecure about their ability to sustain a long term relationship, therefore, they self-sabotage.
They lack healthy boundaries in their lives both with themselves and others. Their boundaries might be very lose.
There is no valid reason to not give someone feedback, yet continue to watch their stories and streaks. It’s an act of emotional maturity to let the other person know your intentions and where you stand.
OCD is crippling and chronic. It's a real disease. More research has been done attempting to uncover what is the exact cause and how it effects the brain.
Several theories have surfaced some involving auto immune disorders or childhood strep infections being the cause.
OCD onset typically occurs in childhood and left untreated can lead to a lifetime of struggles.
Awareness is key to getting treatment and diagnosis early.
OCD is not an adjective for neat and organized people, it is a real disease!
Donate to the International OCD Foundation and get a free wristband to spread awareness! Every little bit helps!
Continuing on the last post about healing, I feel like this is one of the most common struggles people face.
They have gotten over the hump of knowing there is brighter future than what happened in the past, except the past still remains in their head and occasionally holds them back. Whether it’s they still get pulled back into the negative feelings or a piece of them still wants the past to come back, whatever the case may be, that struggle is still there.
That is why healing should not be thought of as a completely upward journey. It is up, down, backwards, sideways, but ultimately you know you are going in the right direction. Putting full trust in knowing you will eventually reach the destination you are looking for is the hard part.
Never get mad at yourself for feeling like you took a few steps backwards in your healing process. It is a completely natural and normal.
We operate within a large network of systems and require human connection to thrive. I truly believe in the power of community healing. We can’t heal ourselves without healing our communities.
The wellness industry would like you believe that the only reason you’re not thriving is because of you and you only. We all know it’s so much more complicated than that.
Healing communities take both self healing and community healing into consideration. They know you have the power within you AND that we are stronger when we heal together.
These communities are loving, supportive, and inclusive. They make space for all people and always strive for knowledge rather than judgment.
They provide social supports like community programming, financial assistance, faith based organizations, health care, or access to jobs and education.
Healing communities promote public policy that will help people connect and transform. They invite all people to the table when making decisions and listen to those who have experienced the issue at hand.
They provide both informal and formal networks of support where people can meet and share. They promote togetherness and attempt to avoid isolation.
Healing communities facilitate growth. They push us to accept what we have control over as individuals and as a community. They promote acceptance.
These communities are also flexible. They allow us to learn from one another and adopt new language. Healing communities recognize that we can change our minds and sometimes we get it wrong.
Here’s to creating more healing communities in the world. What else would you add? From @sitwithwit
PRIDE is in the air and does it ever smell good!
I had this beautiful idea: imagine if at every party this year everyone partied SAFE?! No, this post isn’t me trying to tell you what you should and shouldn’t do at a party or in your spare time (that wouldn’t be fair now, would it? I’m pretty sure we’ve all graduated from the D.A.R.E. Program in grade school anyways). But what if WE could take as much control over OUR health and wellness as possible?! We can! It starts with Harm Reduction!
Join @halifix902 at @halifaxpride on Saturday, July 20 from 3pm-6pm at Garrison Grounds Health & Wellness Area to get get information on health promotion and harms reduction! Learn about fentanyl test strips and take some home with you! We will also have a couple take home Naloxone kits (limited supplies, but remember these life saving kits are available for FREE at your pharmacies). Happy Pride, friends! See you there & party safe, like the true rockstars you are!
I’ve had this absurd fear, since I was a teen, that I was wasting my life away. That I wasn’t doing enough and that somehow in someway I was falling behind. So when my birthday would come around, I’d get very reflective and sad. I love my birthday, in fact I love the entire month, so a lot of conflicting feelings would come up.
This past year has been the best one yet, for many many reasons. This is also the first year I’m not bullying myself and questioning how far I am in life. Of course, there’s things I wish I already had but I’m working towards them and I’m okay with that. No part of me is sad, but still very reflective. All I can feel is gratitude for the opportunities, challenges, new experiences, and people.
Both personally and professionally, people poured a lot of support into my life. They believed in me and saw a potential I did not yet see. They encouraged me when I wasn’t sure how to move forward. They helped me in a journey back to myself. Best trip I’ve been too, by the way. Never a dull moment on it!
This year has taught me that everything happens when it should, not a second before and not a second after. God’s timing is absolutely perfect. I’m beyond grateful and excited for this new trip around the sun! 🎂
Posted at: 2019-07-18 19:02:44
Finn thinks we should all bring our best to each day. The thing is that our "best" does NOT look the same on everyone... and it definitely changes each day. 🤔
Sometimes it looks like waking up and making your bed. Sometimes it looks like washing your face and responding to texts. Sometimes it looks like holding doors open or complimenting a stranger.
And other times it looks like just... existing how you need to for the day. That's totally cool. Want to lounge around in the sun? Do it. 😻☀️ Binge your favourite show. Write in your journal. Brush your teeth.
Bringing our best doesn't mean that 1) it's always for other people (a.k.a it can be for yourself) and 2) it's going to look the same every day. Maybe one day you can answer the phone and the other day you just want to crawl away.
You're doing a great job at what you need to do right now and that's awesome. You're awesome. Finn loves you and so do I! 🌈😊
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Posted at: 2019-07-18 18:19:07
First year at university is supposed to be the easiest one, yet I failed two units. Both are biochemistry, but I need to resit only one of them, as if the last year hasn't been stressful enough. I am not too surprised about my grade, and I'm still proud of those 33% that somehow I managed to get. However not everyone will agree with me - my grandparents will surely be disappointed, because 'I'm smart so how could I have failed it?'... Well, I had a difficult year, starting university, my anxiety and depression got much worse, I lost too much weight, and I had suicidal thoughts, but they don't understand it.
If you ever had a situation where someone was disappointed because of your grade(s), please remember that it's just a grade and not a value of your worth and it doesn't show your intelligence. You are smart, even if you can't do maths or don't understand science - we all have our own talents and things that we are great at. It took me a lot of time to realise that, and it cost me way too much health.
Do what you can do best ❤️❤️❤️ and remember that you are worthy, beautiful and smart, and that I am proud of you ❤️ Also, I would be grateful for any revision tips 😅😘 #depression#anxiety#mentalhealthblogger #mentalhealth#mentalhealthawareness #help#love#selflove#selfcare#stillhere#dailyreminder#nooneleftalone#endstigma#emotions#exams#revision#university
Welcome to #NavigatingMyCrazy
I am Shayla 👋🏽- a mom, wife, grandmother (GiGi🥰), Empowerment Coach, sister, ex-wife, suicide survivor, friend, and so much more.
I started the Navigating My Crazy Podcast 🎙to build a community for moms looking for inspiration as they daily navigate life, family, mental wellness, and purpose.
Our goal is to to create a forum to openly discuss the highs and lows of motherhood and end the stigma of mental health ❌and unrealistic societal expectations placed on being a mom❌
Our podcast has now reached thousands of listeners in a couple of different countries 🎉
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A few days ago, I made the mistake of saying to a friend that I thought Eden’s behaviour was better.
I was wrong.
Being honest, I’ve come home today and cried. I cried yesterday and I’ve cried twice today. For once, it’s only partially down to PMS. ▪️
Eden is at that age where she seems to be playing a constant game of opposites. Everything I ask her to do, she does the opposite. FOUR times today she has run away from me in public. She screamed all the way home on the bus. People stared. ▪️
It’s days like this when I think I can’t do it. That we must have done something dreadfully wrong for her to be acting this way. We didn’t teach her this stuff. ▪️
I remember how long we wished and hoped for her. I remember the heartbreak of infertility and loss. I remember the terrifying feeling that we might not ever have a child.
Then it’s days like the last two days when I think maybe my wonky ovaries were trying to tell me something.
I know it’s a phase. I know every single thing that a child does is a phase. I know that this too shall pass. But it doesn’t make it any easier to deal with in the now. ▪️
This too shall pass.
Did you know that July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month? Minorities often face some additional obstacles when it comes to mental illness, and this month helps shed some light on that.
I’ve been looking forward to talking about this for a while, but now that July is actually here, it feels like such a big task! It’s something I deeply care about, and I want to make sure I don’t give misinformation.
I’ve been reading into minority mental health and looking for a nonprofit that does good things for the community, so I suppose it’s still a #workinprogress.
Stay tuned for more info about minority mental health, what you can do to help others, and what you can do for yourself. Have a peaceful Thursday! 🌸