🌍My world needs U🌍
Mental Health |Depression|Suicide|Help|
This Month is mental health awareness month and in the words of the Phenomenal Nina Simone as a creative I feel I should “reflect the times”
Depression and Suicide are scary, uncomfortable words but that was the reality of the kids I show in the this Video. They were hurting internally and they took their own lives.
Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for people 15-24 and depression can stem from childhood as young as 8 years old.
My heart breaks when this stories cross my timeline.
As a creative in the dance industry I am no stranger to disappointment but I know where my strength comes from God and I am no stranger to therapy when needed. Dance is my my voice and I want to speak out.
As a believer I constantly go to God in prayer and ask that he continue to strengthen our world and those in it.
Be gentle with people, no matter the age. Be there for those when you can and be open enough to ask for help when you need. Seek help with the many resources available and remember no weapon formed against you shall prosper. 🎥: @keemztr
Song: My world needs you
TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF🌸🌹🌺🌼
We let people define us by their opinions on us, by relationships, weight, height, color.. Its very difficult to not allow the words of someone else to affect ur day. But the truth is those words do not define you or who u re or what ur worth is . You need to realize whats important for you and your growth as a person.
Making yourself a priority in life is the best gift you could give urself. It allows you to grow on your own terms without someone else telling you how to and by doing this you become the person YOU want to be rather than the person you’re told to be. -
Here's a reminder:
Today is the last day of #mentalhealthawarenessweek. At the end of the month, it will also be the end of #mentalhealthawarenessmonth. And suddenly, you will stop seeing so many posts about mental health. It will be spoken about less again.
However, people with mental illnesses will continue to suffer.
I've made very open and honest posts about my struggles recently. It's as if the fact that it is mental health awareness week has given me almost a justification to talk about my struggles because everyone else is as well. I've talked about really personal things I didn't think I would ever openly talk about like self harm and suicidal thoughts. But even though mental health awareness week/month is coming to an end, we should not stop speaking out about mental health. We should be able to tell others when we are struggling, we should be able to open up to others without feeling judged. Mental illness needs to start being spoken about in schools. CAMHS and other mental health services need to be properly funded. People who are unwell should not be put on waiting lists of over 8 months, allowing their mental health to further deteriorate. We need to stop telling men, who are make up approximately three-quarters of all suicides in the UK, to "man up". We need to stop telling people who are struggling that their illness or symptoms is "all in their head". We need to break the stigma and help people who struggle. Because we don't only struggle now, we struggle every day.
What the the mountains taught me... People think bipolar disorder is a lot like looking out at the world from the top of a mountain. When you’re at your highest, you feel so powerful. But you also know that if you take one wrong step, you can fall far to the very bottom, shattering every bone & thread of hope you had when you could see for miles. That’s a sort of black-and-white idea of bipolar disorder and that’s not so good because the whole point of managing the illness is finding gray area and staying balanced.
Managing bipolar disorder is a lot like backpacking up a mountain. It’s making sure that you have enough water; that you’re surrounded by people who have your back; that you have enough energy & motivation to get through the day; that you have all your tools to get through your venture. It’s knowing what you need to do to survive. If you race to the top you’re just going to tire out and fall backwards, so you might as well take it step by step, moment by moment, and stay balanced. If you backpack up the mountain this way, you will feel a natural high of satisfaction for taking care of yourself on your venture; it will not be a manic and sensationalized high of being on top of the world.
To me, mountains do not represent manic highs. Mountains represent life. For folks struggling with bipolar disorder, the speed at which we climb this mountain dictates everything. Take your time climbing life and most importantly, stay balanced.
Please share this message and help change the way we talk & think about bipolar disorder.
Everyone probs already knows it’s mental health awareness week/ month so I thought I would speak out about my own experience of this. I am a very confident person on the outside however I have used this to mask insecurity struggling with depression and anxiety. I just want people to know it’s so fine to not be ok and we need to break the stigma of talking out about it or being embarrassed to speak out/ because so many people will at some point face a mental battle or struggle with mental health. Watching my friends and family, go through similar things I urge people to talk about it as I honestly feel it helps. I am in such a better place in my life than I was a year ago, or the teenager being bullied at school. I am happy in my own skin and happiness and health is the most important thing above all/ focusing on this has helped me realise there’s so much more to life than waking up every morning feeling like I couldn’t even get out of bed or what’s the point? Now I wake up Early most mornings go to the gym feeling both strong and blessed to be alive. Talking to people you love and being open and honest in my opinion is the best way to deal and help your mind- love you all, always know you can message me if you ever need me as I would love to be able to help people going through this in some form or another/ or are even experiencing the same thing, sending out a lot of love and positivity💗💛💝 #mentalhealthawarenessweek#mentalhealthawarenessmonth
Nothings easy, you will struggle at times, you’ll be outside your comfort zone BUT if you stay focused and stay determined you will get what you want!
We can achieve anything if we put our minds to it and no matter what you may be going through, no matter how stressed you are or what problems are causing you to feel deflated, stay postive, because a postive mindset is everything!!!
Set a goal, set your intentions, give it 110% and Never give up (I mean you wouldn’t buy a box of 12 doughnuts and leave 1 would you 😜)
Happy Sundays 😘
An anecdote for #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth
Sometimes my brain works against me, and it’s immensely frustrating. With the same intensity and passion that my brain writes dances and creates art, it also convinces me that I’m the least smart least interesting and least worthy in the room. With the same concentration that my brain uses to excel in work, it also obsessively circles around depressing thought patterns. Anxiety can be unreasonable and relentless, feeding ones mind with negativity, fear, and insecurity where they do not organically occur. And sometimes what is equally painful as these treacherous thoughts is trying to hide them from the people close to you. Or worse, trying to explain them and feeling misunderstood. It’s a cycle of isolation in a world where human connection is the only thing that matters.
But, despite everything, this month my message to my brain is: I forgive you. And I accept you, with all the irrationality and feels that come with you. Rather than fight fire with fire, I've begun to treat myself with compassion and vulnerability and let myself feel everything I feel, so that I can let it go. Even at my most nonsensical. Self-love can’t fix everything but it’s a big step in the right direction. It takes will power and patience to be kind to yourself when it’s so easy to give in to self-hatred, but nothing worth having comes easy.
Other self care practices I’ve picked up include: being honest with others about how I feel but simultaneously not expecting them to understand. Going to therapy. Holding ice in my hands when feeling an anxiety/panic attack arise bc it brings me back to reality and out of my head (thanks iris!) Listening to the “Anxiety Relief” album on Apple Music and putting a pillow over my head. Drinking night tea or taking melatonin when I have sleeping issues. Writing about anything and everything I spend more than 24 hours thinking about bc that is my release - it gets things out of my head and into the real world where they are far less threatening.
If you have any other helpful advice for controlling your thoughts or otherwise loving yourself, be amazing and share below!
The power struggle of being addicted to drugs or alcohol is by far the hardest thing someone with mental health issues can go through. You got a couple days in being sober and you start to feel amazing again, full of energy, extremely happy and content, finally smiling. You feel so good that you just want to get high or drunk again because you feel like you can tolerate the come down and won’t be as bad as the last one because your happy and in a great mode. So you do it, you just get high or drunk again. 8 hours in you still feel amazing, but here comes that 12th hour, that terrible aggy, depressing feeling starts to creep back in. You literally sleep two days straight. Now your back to feeling like crap, and your just wishing and regretting that you relapsed. Your depressed and just regretting knowing the next three days you won’t be back to 100%. Then finally on that third day you feel amazing again. You constantly live through this struggle of right vs wrong, good vs evil. We know one day we will get it right. Just take it day by day. Don’t beat yourself up. Relapse is apart of recovery. #mentalhealthawarenessmonth#mentalillness#mentalhealth#bipolar#bipolar1#bipolar2#anxiety#schizophrenia#mooddisorders#borderlinepersonalitydisorder#recovery#relapse#selflove#selfcare
I’m grateful I am alive because last week, I didn’t think I see this day. No matter how challenging it was this morning, I am here. I am present and I am amazing. *
I am grateful for my employment
I am grateful for positive people in my life , who continue to keep uplifting me.
#mentalhealthawarenessmonth#positiveaffirmations “ If you have time to feel like shit, complain & check social media, then you time to mediate, write in your journal 📓, create a list of goals, make a list of things you’re grateful for & better yourself “ -
To be extremely honest I was very hesitant to post this but this is me being 100% transparent. I started my fitness journey until mid last year when I began to have problems with asthma due to being overweight, I knew I wanted to better myself mentally and physically and as the months past I made a lot of progress, but then earlier this year stress/ anxiety got the best of me and all the progress I made went out the window. I guess the main reason I’m posting this is to let you know that if anyone else feels like there is no point in trying let me just say that there is although I’m disappointed at where I am today I want everyone to know that there is no such thing as “Too late” or “What’s the point” because everyday we have a choice to do better and be better than the day before. #startingfresh#dontgiveup#myfitnesspaljourney#mentalhealthawarenessmonth#physicalhealth#start
Being a coach and being part of this coaching business has really instilled the importance of my own self care, and how if I put myself first and fill up my cup with positivity and love then I can fully share out of my own cup without getting down on myself.
This weekend, I had a huge win. I said no to something so that I could take some self care time and take a breath of fresh air. Even though I was asked a couple times to attend this event with an initial reply of yes, I took the last minute decision to say no. Things have been extremely hectic and I was stretching myself way too thin. It’s been a whirl wind of emotions this week, with me feeling some what suffocated and wanting to scream my frustration from the top of a mountain. So instead of going to this thing and being there just physically, and not mentally or emotionally...I took the step and just said no.
So message me, ask me questions, and let’s figure out together how we can help fill up your cup with more positivity and love so that you too can radiate that awesome energy we know you have in you 😊
🧡Mental Health Awareness Week 🧡
I'm a bit late with this one, but better late than never! Arghhh dance. It's literally the cure for everything (at least in my book). I'd go as far as to say it should be part of mental health awareness week that people all over the globe have a bit of a jig. So, give it a go. If you're angry, sad, depressed or even happy, have a bit of a jump around. You never know where it may take you 😉💃
Photo taken of the solo 'Hallelujah' at the fabulous Absinthe and Lace show
Photography: the lovely @neal.rylatt
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Hey, hi, hello! Mae here (of course). I have been rather MIA lately and I'd like to tell you why: I have been swamped at this new job during the day and just absolutely wiped out post-work hours. I've struggled with maintaining a positive work-life balance and I'm also asking myself some big questions like: is this what I want? Or need? What's next? What now? Etc., etc. So yeah, basically I have been busy -- as most of us are -- but also not prioritizing time with my community or even time alone. So please keep me accountable to 1. Taking a breath and 2. Accepting Insta-grace for not posting as much/fostering community. Thanks for your eyes and ears, lovely friends of mine. Have a great week!!
May is Mental Health Awareness Month!
From less stress to a boost in self-esteem, exercise is as great for your brain as it is for your body. According to Walden University, these psychological benefits of physical activity below will have you lacing up your shoes and heading out!
👉🏽 Helps depression and anxiety.
Physical activity ramps up your endorphin levels, our body’s famous “feel good” chemical produced by the brain and spinal cord that produces feelings of happiness and euphoria. Even just moderate exercise throughout the week can improve depression and anxiety.
👉🏽 Decreases stress.
Increasing your heart rate can actually reverse stress-induced brain damage by stimulating the production of neurohormones like norepinephrine, which not only improve cognition and mood but improve thinking clouded by stressful events. Exercise also forces the body’s central and sympathetic nervous systems to communicate with one another, improving the body’s overall ability to respond to stress.
👉🏽 Boosts your brain.
Studies show cardiovascular exercise creates new brain cells—a process called neurogenesis—and improves overall brain performance. It also prevents cognitive decline and memory loss by strengthening your hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for memory and learning. Physical activity boosts creativity and mental energy. So if you’re in need of inspiration, your big idea could be just a walk or jog away!
👉🏽 Increases your self-esteem and self-confidence.
Regular exercise improves your endurance, helps you lose weight and increases muscle tone - physical achievements that can all add up to a big boost of your self-esteem—and the confidence that comes with it.
👉🏽 You get better sleep.
If you have trouble getting a good night’s sleep, exercise can help you. Physical activity increases your body’s temperature, which can have calming effects on your mind, leading to more sleep. Exercise regulates your circadian rhythm, our bodies’ built-in alarm clock that controls when we feel tired and when we feel alert.
Please take good care of your health - body and mind!
I’ve been debating on whether or not to post about this, but decided it was a good time to do so. For the last 6 months I’ve been taking anti-depressants. My mental health got really bad towards the end of last year and I decided to be proactive about it. These pills do not define who I am as a person, but simply are an aide for a mental imbalance. #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth
TRANSITIONS// Ease back into whatever you want to do and ease out of the things you don't want to do. ☺️Simple right? No. Transitions are hard but what makes them easier to handle is knowing that this too shall pass. What also helps is taking time to reflect on your thoughts, actions, and feelings about the transition. There is nothing more helpful than talking through it with someone. Lean on your friends, drink tea, write, sing if that's what you do, and meditate on the fact that it might be a wild up and down feeling now but it will get better.
Let me know if this brings anything to mind too! I would love to listen and support as a kinder human. You’ll be okay.🐝☺️💕 #mentalhealth#mentalhealthawareness#mentalhealthawarenessmonth#move#change#grow#itsokay#imhereforyou
A portrait of a girl who is trying to stress a little bit less about the things she can’t control✨
In honor of #mentalhealthawarenessmonth I want to remind you of the things you do have control over.
🌟what you eat
🌟when you ask for help
🌟your sleep routine
🌟how you speak to yourself
🌟the boundaries you set
🌟who you follow
I’m walking into the new week in my pink lemonade @barco.uniforms and new balance shoes from @shoesforcrews . They are cute, supportive, AND slip resistant! When you look good, you FEEL GOOD😀
✨Either fear will run you or you will run fear off! Fear is as strong or weak as you allow it to be in your life. You choose! 💪🏽 As for me, fear doesn’t stand a chance against my faith & the power I possess. 🙌🏽 2 Timothy 1:7 #email@example.com
Always finding ways to become the best version of myself.
Always praying for my loved ones.
Always super grateful.
God I will forever be in debt. Thank you for this blessing we get to call life, every single day.🌍 -
Ps. Ramadan, you have been a hell of a challenge. I have a love hate relationship with doing solo in Canada.
Family is everything. And only do these moments show me how no matter who you are, without a family, or people that make up a collective greater spirit - you really have nothing.
Love you guys,
📸 @ziad_mekky 🔥
OK GUYS. WOW. THIS TRANSFORMATION.
The picture on the left is me ONE year ago today. This transformation post is more than just a weight loss post. This post is about my mental health transformation! A year ago I was in a deep state of depression, I thought I’d never make it out of. I had always been a very happy woman, very confident and sure of myself. I lost all of that, I lost myself, my self love, my drive, my sense of fashion, all of me. I was not Cynthia. A year ago if you would have told me “you’ll be ok!” I wouldn’t have believed you. Seeing this comparison, literally brings me to tears! I am very proud of myself for never giving up! My confidence and self love has been restored! To anyone else feeling this way I hope this post will encourage you to keep pushing! You are worthy, you are beautiful and you are loved.❤️ Never give up on yourself. Take control of your life again, you can do it! The real Cynthia is back and I’m better than I’ve ever been. LIFE IS GOOD, THANK YOU GOD!❤️ #Transformation#MentalHealthAwarenessMonth#SelfLove#BelieveInYourself
May is such an important month for me for 2 reasons:⠀
1. It’s mental health awareness month; and⠀
2. it’s fibromyalgia awareness month! ⠀
I honestly couldn’t have found a better time to embark on this journey since May symbolizes so much of what I have planned for Fabulous and Fatigued. I hope you can learn a little something through my experiences and help me make a difference in someone’s life by carrying these conversations forward. ⠀
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Very Warmly welcomed when I joined this group. I always wanted to join crossfit. 6 sessions later and Im feeling the benefits of regular exercise mentally and physically. The members are soo encouraging, non judgmental and we have a laugh every session. Eve the BOSS LADY is the loveliest little coach ever! And to think anxiety almost stopped me starting this great journey!? I mean silly fleeting thoughts that turn into a physical stress can cause us all to miss sooo many good things in life! Many times i’ve lost the battle but gradually I’ve got better at beating that little anxiety shit face by doing what I really want even tho I feel a little stressed or scared about it. Lesson to myself for the next time I want to do something and shit face turns up............Fuck the fear! Fuck the fear it can’t hurt to give it a go and 9 times outta 10 once you do that something you wanted to weather its go to the shop, say hello to an old friend or bungee jump ‘whatever’ when your heart palpitates or your tummy flips because anxiety lingers think ‘fuck the fear’ I wanted to do this and when Im done I will have over come the little shit face for that day...at least :) #fuckthefear#anxiety#panicattack#stress#trynewthings#onestepatatime#overcomingobstacles#crossfitcoleraine#crossfituk#exercise#mentalhealthawareness#mentalhealth#laugh#support#lifelessons#nibloggerscene