What Mental Health Statistics Can Tell Us

Read statistics on the many forms of mental health challenges.
— Read on health.usnews.com/conditions/mental-health/articles/what-mental-health-statistics-can-tell-us

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🙌🏾🙌🏾Proud Moment…Bloggerlife☺️

#sundayinspiration

3 years ago I was scared, feeling low, tired, suicidal, and angry when I started this blog! I didn’t know how to blog or write, hell still don’t but I did🤦🏽‍♀️😉it! I got on there set it up and went for it!

The first blog name was Blackgirldown, because that’s who I was. Down and out with no hope at all, I didn’t see things ever looking up for me, so I begin to write! The grammar was horrible, made tons of mistakes, but I got my point across.

Family and friends who read the blog complained but yet never comforted me, it was my outlet and mines alone.

Along the way I started to find my way and begin to understand the blogging world, now I’m celebrating my 3️⃣ year anniversary.🙌🏾💪🏾

I tell you this story because I know some of you fear starting something new and unfamiliar, unlike most of you, you have me!😉I had no one and went it alone! I’m proud of my new blog because it shows how I’ve grown and learned to start healing. It’s now called Olivia-b-Shepherd.blog after who I am, smart, fierce, recovering, and ready to begin life again!

You too can do this as well, yes you will be scared, yes you will make mistakes, hell yes there will be people are going to criticize you for doing the things they can’t, but do it anyway! 💪🏾

If you need help please reach out and we can do these hard things together, that’s what mentors are for!!!

I’m ready when you are girl…..💞

𝓛𝓪𝓭𝔂 ‘𝓞’

”Empowering Recovery One Life at a Time”

Sunday Inspiration…

Positive affirmations are positive statements which you repeatedly tell yourself. They can help develop a positive mindset, thereby improving your emotional and mental well-being and self-esteem.

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”Empowering Recovery One Life at a Time”

Daily Reminder….💞

Happy Sunday friends…this is you daily reminder to:

Take that vital first step in deciding to be a more positive person. Make a conscious choice to conquer the negativity around you and in you. No matter how dismal your life seems at the moment, choice to be more positive is 100% up to you.

Have an amazing Sunday😃

Thursday Thoughts….Positive Thinking☺️

#thursdaythoughts

To have positive results you have to have a positive attitude, there is no way that a negative person will achieve positive results. Acting positive gives you hope for a better outcome, you cannot underestimate the power of positive thinking.

Having a positive attitude eliminates all the feelings of self-pity that will cause you to stop trying in whatever thing you are trying to achieve. Acting positive whilst in competition with other people is an intimidation to your fellow competitors whether it is in school, in class or even just your local weight loss challenge in your neighborhood.

When you always act in a certain way for a long period of time that action starts to embed in your personality, what needed a lot of effort in doing will turn out to become a reflex action that comes naturally.

Always attempting to be positive may be difficult at first because that small internal voice will be telling you that you cannot do it but the more you stick to having a positive attitude and being positive even in negative circumstances it will get easier and it will eventually become part of your personality.

Most people mostly feel negative early in the morning as soon as they wake up and realize they have a long hectic day ahead of them, they automatically feel challenged and helpless that is the perfect moment to incorporate your positive attitude.

Each morning you wake and assure yourself that it will be a good day and that you have total control over your happiness. You might not have control over what happens throughout the day but you have control over your reaction to what will happen.

Although your day may not turn out to be what you had wished for instead of becoming annoyed or even angry with yourself and feeling like you failed you just relax and know that there is another opportunity to try again tomorrow, incorporating these positive changes in your life every day and controlling the way you react to every situation around you may at first be just an act of being positive but after sometime you will realize that you are not acting anymore but you actually always keep a positive attitude.

And don’t forget positive affirmations:

7 Fascinating Things Anxiety Does To Your Brain, According To Experts

Anxiety is more common than you may think, and it can have interesting effects on your brain. About 20% of Americans suffer from the mental illness, according to the Anxiety And Depression Association of America. Impacting about 40 million…
— Read on www.bustle.com/p/7-fascinating-things-anxiety-does-to-your-brain-according-to-experts-17983939

Alcohol Detox…Wellness Wednesday!

#wellnesswednesday

Your body may be sending you signals that you need to take a break from alcohol. It may be time to detox alcohol from your body if you are feeling run down and tired, having digestive problems or experiencing achy muscles. If you drink and party regularly and have any of these symptoms, a simple alcohol detox may be for you.

With repeated or long term use, alcohol can cause liver and kidney problems, addiction and weight gain. While drinking and partying often seem harmless, ingesting alcohol on a regular basis can lead to the build up of toxins and sugars and eventually to alcoholism, or addiction to alcohol. Overuse and dependence on alcohol can have serious health risks as well.

However, most of you don’t have a serious problem; and use alcohol socially. Even so, what can we do to limit the long term effects of alcohol usage?

In its simplest form, an alcohol detoxification program simply involves abstaining from alcohol for a period of time and allowing the body to eliminate all traces of the substance from the tissues and blood stream.

Most healthcare professionals recommend at least one to four weeks of no alcohol. However, if you are a heavy drinker or suspect that you may be an alcoholic, cutting back or switching from hard liquor to wine for the first few days or a week may be easier for you to handle. Many people who have developed a dependence on alcohol will experience uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms like sweating, trembling and an almost overwhelming craving for alcohol.

Allowing your body a “vacation” from drinking may eventually lead to healthier habits, as you experience increased energy and vitality after your body begins to recover. During this period, take the chance to also do a colon, liver and kidney cleanse. Many report an increase in energy, sexual drive and function and a decrease of appetite after the detox period.

Allow your body to recover and rest. Take a break from alcohol for a month and you may be surprised at how great you feel!

SAMHSA HOTLINE:

1-800- 662-HELP (5357)

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”Empowering Recovery One Life at a Time”

Wellness Wednesday…Alcohol Abuse

#wellnesswednesday

Do you or do you know someone who suffers here are a couple of facts:

Alcohol is addictive. You will find many people who will argue with this statement, but alcohol fits all the definitions of a harmful and addictive drug;

1. You need to take more and more of it to get the same effect

2. Your body becomes physically dependent on alcohol.

3. People die from alcohol abuse

An alcoholic is someone who has become physically dependent on alcohol. Alcoholism is permanent, it can not be cured. An ex-alcoholic is simply one who has not had alcohol for a long time. If the “ex”-alcoholic has one drink they are hooked again and have to go through the whole drying out process again.

Alcoholism treatment centers allow the alcoholic to live in a supportive and alcohol free environment while giving up the drug. Psychological advice is available and group therapy sessions help many recovering alcoholics.

Alcoholics Anonymous are one group that holds support meetings for alcoholics. AA has groups in most towns and cities in most countries and many recovering alcoholics find the group sessions to be an essential part of STAYING a recovered alcoholic.

Given the toxic nature of alcohol, if the substance was discovered today, it would never be licensed as a drug or food. It is only the entrenched nature of the alcohol industry and the fact that so many jobs depend on it that make it politically unacceptable to ban alcohol. Alcohol kills many more people on a daily basis than die of drug-related crime or addiction.

It’s ok to seek help and there is nothing to be ashamed of, society is more accepting of alcohol than it is of drugs which makes some of us stay in denial about how much we abuse it!

If you or a loved one suffers, please encourage them to seek help:

SAMHAS

Substance Abuse And Mental Health Services Administration

1-800-662-HELP (4357)

Or find local churches in your area that offer weeknight AA meetings

𝓞𝓵𝓲𝓿𝓲𝓪 𝓑. 𝓢𝓱𝓮𝓹𝓱𝓮𝓻𝓭

”Empowering Recovery One Life at a Time”