23 Things to Do If You’re Fighting Self-Harm Urges Right Now | The Mighty

Members of The Mighty’s mental health community share the ways they distract themselves from self-harm urges.
— Read on themighty.com/2018/12/want-to-self-harm-cut-distractions/

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Tattoos People Look at When They’re Struggling With Suicidal Thoughts | The Mighty

The Mighty mental health community makes a list of tattoos they look at when they’re struggling with suicidal thoughts as a reminder to keep going.
— Read on themighty.com/2018/06/tattoo-reminder-to-keep-going-suicidal-thoughts/

Wednesday Wisdom👇🏾

Dear Friends,

When things go wrong

As they sometimes will,

When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,

When the funds are low and the debts are high,

And you want to smile but you have to sigh,

When care is pressing you down a bit…

Rest if you must — but don’t you quit.

Have an amazing Wednesday,

Olivia

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Just a little reminder 👇🏾🙏🏾

Psalm 119:114: “You are my refuge and my shield. I have put my hope in your Word.” God is in your corner despite the world falling apart around you. He will never leave your side because he is your protector. Trust in God to keep you safe and know that he will help you pick up the pieces in your life. Be hopeful in God and he will bring you the hope and ability to get through what may seem like the end. God is and always will be your light and hope.

Just in case someone needing reassuring tonight! You are not alone!

Olivia🙏🏾

Black Friday Mentoring Alert🚨 Work with Me☺️👇🏾

Joy to the world! ‘Tis the season to be jolly! Festive music fills the air; holiday cheer abounds . Everyone is happy at holiday time — right? Wrong.🤷🏽‍♀️

🤶🏽This time of the year isn’t filled with cheer for some

🤶🏽Holiday Depression is a ’thing’

🤶🏽I know for me I’m usually sad or little jealous because families are all getting together and mines is so spread apart, not because we live in different states, no because we are so damn dysfunctional 🤦🏽‍♀️

🤶🏽Can you relate

Do you feel like you can’t make it through another holiday feeling this way?

🤶🏽Well, let me help you!

🎄From December 7 December 28th, I’m offering to be your Holiday Mentor 🧚🏾‍♀️

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You will get:

🎁Unlimited messaging, phone, email support

🎁1 Skype or Zoom talk per week

🎁Unlimited text messaging inspiration to your cell phone daily

🎁Workbook, resources, and tools for support

🎁Be able to join my FB group for motivational live messages, encouragement and support

🎁I’m basically your virtual mentor / friend for the rest of the year!!!

🎁Sounds good then schedule your free 30-minute call or skype to see if we’re a fit!!!

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I owe more than great gratitude to Olivia B. Shepherd for helping me regain my freedom and my life back again. I’ve always worried very much but things got much worse with time and at my lowest point, I couldn’t stand large crowds and was afraid of driving alone. The only place I felt safe was around my family. My mom heard about Olivia from a friend and got me signed up. Everything has been a fairytale ever since. She has equipped me with techniques to deal with my depression and anxiety issues. Her love and support has helped cast worries and fear out of my life. I can’t put a price on the assistance I’ve got so far, you are a God send Olivia. Loads of thanks!

Pearl Andrews

A Little Wednesday Wisdom

It is within the nature of human existence to experience pain.
However, any sense of suffering that goes with it comes only from your internal resistance to the pain.
Why make your life harder than it needs to be?
Let go of your resistance.
Let the pain be.
Allow yourself to experience it fully for what it is.
Eventually you will be able to let it go, and your suffering will diminish accordingly.

Happy Wednesday,

Olivia

Do you find quitting too easy?

Do you find it hard to stick to a plan or purpose in life? Does quitting often seem too easy? What is the key to perseverance?

3 Quick Wise Keys To Perseverance

1. Self awareness: Notice when you look for excuses, rather than truth. Are you letting fear or laziness cause you to quit or procrastinate? If honestly watching yourself is difficult, explain your reasoning to a friend. Close friends may be more likely than you to know when you’re rationalizing. (Think about it from the other direction and you’ll see this can be true.)

2. Costs and benefits: To wisely persevere, you need to see the costs and benefits of what you are doing. If moving to Hollywood to become a star is going to cost you your business or family life, you have to see that clearly before you decide. An honest and good decision requires honest and good information.

3. Motivation: Once you’ve made a decision, and you’re sure you made it for the right reasons, you have to motivate yourself. In fact, perseverance requires that you regularly re-motivate yourself. Write goals down, do daily affirmations, and whatever else you have to do.

Habit is the most powerful secret of success. Practice watching yourself to make self-awareness a habit. Practice analyzing costs and benefits objectively, and practice motivating yourself. By the way, there are many good motivation techniques, so if what you’re doing doesn’t work – go read up on them and try something else. That’s perseverance.

Quitting isn’t an option,

Olivia

Wellness Wednesday: 3 Simple Ways to Get Sleep

🤔Picture this: It’s 5:27 PM. You’re hungry after a busy day at work, itching to get home to see your family, and now you’re stuck in traffic. Frustration sets in. But you’re used to it since this is an every day occurrence.

So you finally stroll into your house at 6:04 PM, your 2 young children are clamoring for your attention, and they’re hungry too. You pop some frozen dinners in the microwave knowing full well they’re not healthy, but also knowing that you just don’t have time to think, much less cook. After a quick dinner consisting of Salisbury Steak you’re day’s not even close to over.

Now it’s time to do laundry, read with the kids, and of course a day’s work left over from the office. When do you have time to rest? At night you keep telling yourself.

But every night it’s the same old story. You flop into bed past 1 AM and close your eyes. Your mind is still racing from the day that just passed and the busy day ahead. So you toss and turn, hoping that you’ll be able to get at least a little shut-eye before your 6:00 AM wake up call (an annoyingly loud alarm clock

you’ve had for 15 years).

And the next day it starts all over again. You’re tired at work, you don’t have time to eat, you’re stressed, and you can’t get out of the vicious cycle.

So what do you do?

First thing’s first: take a deep breath. You’re probably stressed out just reading this far.☺️

To get a more restful sleep tonight do the following:

😴1) Get a notebook and take 5 minutes right before laying down to free write. What you want to do is get every thought from the past, present, and future out of your head and on paper where it’s safe and secure. This will free the clutter from your head and allow you to rest easier.

😴2) Get a new alarm clock that wakes you up gradually with classical music. This will do absolute wonders for your morning routine. What you want to do is set the alarm to go off 15-20 minutes earlier than you usually wake up. It will turn on very quietly and slowly bring you out of your slumber.

😴3) Add a few very healthy snacks to your daily routine. One of my favorites is a 2 oz pre-packaged bag of baby carrots. They taste good, they’re good for you, and they take no prep-time. When you’re hungry at work or on the way home, munch on these. Another great snack is raw almonds. Eating healthier works

amazingly well to help you sleep better.

Please use these 3 simple tips to enjoy a more restful sleep tonight.

Not sure if they will help much since I’m up at 4 a.m. writing this, lol!

Sleep well,

Olivia

Olivia B. Shepherd

Founder of AshesToBeauty Mentoring & Outreach

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