Mental Health Awareness Month Fay 22….💚

#mentalhealthawarenessmonth💚

Positive body image is important to establish, especially early on in life, so the psychological stressors of negative body image cannot take their toll.

We either think we’re too fat, too skinny, or we’re just confused all together.

I myself have felt for a long time that I didn’t like my body only because I compared my body to women I saw on social media….yeah right crazy 😝

Here I was about 3 years ago so upset about my weight but wasn’t doing anything about it. Yes, you think only teenage girls fall victim to feeling this way, but in reality it’s just as common in older women as well.

Being negative about your body can cause you to have low esteem. We have to learn how to be positive about our bodies.

Being positive about the way you look is great, but just not enough; learning to be positive about your appearance, health and well-being is what should define body positivity.

Take care of your body from the inside then out, having a different body won’t change your mindset. Having a better body won’t change what’s aching in your heart.

So have you looked in the mirror lately?

What do you see? How do you feel about your body?

Don’t let your mental health fool you into thinking that you have to look like what society says you do.

Remember God created you the way you are, so take care of your body by watching what you put into it!

It is critical to love yourself at every stage in life and establish this before any type of transformation occurs.

“My body is perfect the way that it is and I honor it in this state.”

“I am comfortable in my own skin”

You are beautifully and wonderfully made my dear💋

𝓛𝓪𝓭𝔂 ‘𝓞’💚

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Mental Health Awareness 💚

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It’s ok to say NO to people, including your friends, toxic family members, co-workers, or relationships!

Why is it difficult to say No?

•We are people pleasers. I want them to be happy. I want to be the one to make them happy.

•We are afraid of confrontation. If I say no there is going to be conflict.

•We feel guilty. If I don’t agree to do this thing for this person I love I’m a terrible person.

•There could be ramifications. My boss asked me to do this extra work for them when I have a full plate already and John over there has nothing but time. I can’t say no because it will look like I’m not part of the team or doing my job well.

•Fear of rejection. If I don’t do this for them, they just may not like me anymore.

•Feeling of responsibility. If I don’t do this, who will?

Look your mental health is your first priority, people will be ok, bosses will be ok, family/friends will be ok if you just say NO.

Remember you owe no explanation to anybody period…..🤷‍♀️🏽

Need a swift kick in the butt to teach you how to set boundaries and learn how to say NO without feeling guiltily…let’s chat 💭

𝓞𝓵𝓲𝓿𝓲𝓪 𝓑. 𝓢𝓱𝓮𝓹𝓱𝓮𝓻𝓭

{Life Empowerment Mentor}

https://calendly.com/ashestobeauty

Mental Health Awareness…learn how to control your thoughts!

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Overthinking can be a BIG problem for most of us, we usually think on things we can’t control the most! Here are 5 tips to help control those thoughts:

#1– CONTROL YOUR THOUGHTS

“We can’t control our thoughts”

Yes you can by not thinking on everything that pops in your head. When the negative thoughts pop up, ask yourself “will this thought drain my energy”, how can I think on something better or different?

Most of the time those thoughts are unimportant and stress you out more.

Yes we have things we have to think about, but it’s how you react to them.

The goal isn’t to stop 🛑 thinking negative thoughts all together but learning how we react to them.

#2 – DON’T BELIEVE YOUR BRAIN

“Just because you think it, doesn’t make it true”

Really enough said about this, stop believing everything you think period…🤷🏽‍♀️

#3– BRING YOURSELF TO THE PRESENT

Mindfulness is so important, stop dwelling on the past, last week, and yesterday. Life is too short keep thinking about what would have happened.

When you bring yourself to the present, you move forward from the past.

Our past doesn’t define our future, so why should it ruin our thoughts?

#4– ACTION STOPS FEAR

Thoughts that are based on anxiety or worrying about a future event. It hasn’t happened so why the hell are you worrying now🤷🏽‍♀️

When we are feeling anxious, we are often fearing or dreading something that is coming up in the future. This could be a big event, a job interview or more abstract things like paying the bills, finding purpose in life etc.

Let it go girl….worrying doesn’t keep things from happening, but learn how to get through the situation. I promise it isn’t as bad as we usually think.

#5– CONTROL PLAN

A control plan is a list of things that you either can or cannot control.

CAN CONTROL:

•Hairstyle

•Makeup

•Clothes you put on

•Relationships

•Diet and Exercise

CANNOT CONTROL:

•Facial structure

•Body structure, God made you

•Height

•Others opinions of you

You get it right???? Try making a list of your own and see how this can help control those unwanted thoughts!

Need little extra help, let’s chat 💭

𝓞𝓵𝓲𝓿𝓲𝓪 𝓑. 𝓢𝓱𝓮𝓹𝓱𝓮𝓻𝓭

{Life Empowerment Mentor}

https://calendly.com/ashestobeauty

Coping With Negative Emotions, Dealing With Anxiety & Depression, & Overcoming Fear | Gretchen Hydo | YourTango

We all feel negative emotions, and find ourselves dealing with anxiety and depression, and overcoming fear but there are 4 steps to take if you want to overcome them all.
— Read on www.yourtango.com/experts/gretchen-hydo/coping-with-negative-emotions-dealing-with-anxiety-and-depression-and-overcoming-fear

Great article 😊

Mental Health Awareness…💚

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You are constantly talking to yourself, having an inner monologue with yourself this is called self-talk.

Most of the time we have so many negative things to say, but no more sister….let’s practice some positive self talk by reciting positive affirmations!!

I’ll go first, then I want you to list at least 2 for yourself…..💓

💚 I embrace success. The words “I can’t” are not in my vocabulary. I refuse to believe my own excuses. I am unstoppable!

💚 I know that I was put on earth for a purpose. I choose to honor that purpose today & inspire others to walk their path. 💋

Positive self-talk is good for your mental well-being…..let’s go!!!☺️

𝓛𝓪𝓭𝔂 ‘𝓞’💚

Wellness Wednesday…practicing Self-Care 💓

#wellnesswednesday

PHYSICAL:👟

Sleep

Stretching

Walking

Physical Release

Healthy Foods

Rest

EMOTIONAL:😭

Stress Management

Forgiveness

Compassion

Emotional Maturity

Kindness

SOCIAL: 💬

Boundaries

Positive Social Media

Support Systems

Communication

Ask For Help

Spend Time Together

SPIRITUAL: 🌈

Time Alone

Meditation 🧘🏾‍♀️

Yoga

Journaling

Connections

Sacred Space

PERSONAL: ☕️

Hobbies

Knowing Yourself

Personal Identity

Honoring Your True Self

SPACE 🌎

Healthy Environment

Security and Stability

Organized Space

FINANCIAL: 💰

Saving

Budgeting

Money Management

Splurging

Paying Bills

WORK: 🖥

Time Management

Work Boundaries

Positive Work Environment

More Learning

Break Time

In each areas listed here are somethings you can do to create better self-care in your life! Take a moment and just go through the list and write out what you can do better…ex. Work Boundaries, you could write: don’t hang out with Susan at lunch because she’s a Debbie downer and sucks up my energy! You get it????

You can practice self-care in all aspects of your life, not only will this improve your life but your mental wellbeing as well!!!😊

𝓛𝓪𝓭𝔂 ‘𝓞’💓

“Self-care is a divine responsibility & I accept this responsibility with joy”

Mental Health Activity Sheets…✍️🏽

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Ya’ll know how much I like a printable 💗 to stick in my journal, so I created this Self-Love activity sheet and a Task sheet to help keep you stay sane throughout the day! Remember when in doubt don’t pout write and pray!

Self-Love Sheet: Learn how to write down good things about yourself and go back over them when you are feeling sad and being hard on yourself or just need a quick boost!☺️

Plan Of Action Sheet: Sometimes we get so overwhelmed and forget lots of things, those of us with mental illness find it hard to do simple tasks and need a constant reminder!

Download your PDF here:👇🏾

https://drive.google.com/file/d/16RkXc69aoTrtaVBkAnGlOORFpJc5bKsZ/view?usp=drivesdk

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1fiiV1KbbFBpqwzCiF3o5Qdi75O0ktLNl/view?usp=drivesdk

People with depression feel better after listening to sad music, research suggests – The Verge

People with depression listen to sad music because it makes them feel better, according to a small study that is one of the first to investigate why people turn to tearjerkers when they’re already down.
— Read on www.theverge.com/2019/5/4/18528349/depression-music-sad-emotion-psychology-health

Hmmm, do you agree ? Are you better when you listen to sad music?

Mental Heath Awareness….

#mentalhealthawareness💚

#meditation

You have the ability to create your own mind-set. Whether your attitude is positive or negative, is up to you. The ability to change your environment, circle of friends, and attitude, is within your control.🧘🏾‍♀️

Just like a computer absorbs raw data, so does your mind. Within your mind a culture, within itself, has grown. Many people feel like they have no control of their own mind, because this culture has become negative. The negativity is a result of past experiences, being in a negative environment, or being under the influence of unconstructive ideas.

Similar to a computer virus, you have to identify it quickly, to avoid letting it spread within your mind. You can also pass this virus of negative thinking to people around you. As a result you are spreading negative energy around, like “weeds in a field.”🧘🏾‍♀️

Much like a farmer, you cultivate too. The energy in your mind is the crop, and it is up to you, whether it is weeds or wheat. If you have a farm and let a field take care of itself; you will be lucky to have any kind of a crop, from it.

This is the same with the energy within your mind.🧘🏾‍♀️

You have to option to pick quality seeds: Information, in the form of books, eBooks, DVD’s, CD’s, lectures, courses, workshops, and seminars. This is learning, for the sake of self-improvement, and it results in a positive mind-set.🧘🏾‍♀️

However, your work is not finished, because you must still reinforce the lessons, and keep everything in a focused order. This might be compared to fertilizing, watering, and “weeding the mind.” You have to work at it continually or the weeds will grow back. This, my friend, is meditation, and one of the reasons why we meditate, in the first place.🧘🏾‍♀️

Meditation is controlled focus on an object, thought, or task without judgment.

This process makes it possible to look at all situations objectively. You can find solutions, turn negative situations into positive learning experiences, and create your own positive mindset. As a result of this you will make new friends, reach goals, handle problems easily, and develop an indomitable spirit.🧘🏾‍♀️

Remember the last time you made an accomplishment. That feeling, and that ability, are within all of us. It is a formula for success, but you have to take action. Action is something that the vast majority of people will never take.

Learn to separate yourself from “the pack,” through education, meditation, and action.🧘🏾‍♀️

𝓛𝓪𝓭𝔂 ‘𝓞’💚

Let’s Practice Mindfulness

#selfcare

#mindfulness

🧘🏾‍♀️Breath in and out, Feel the flow of your breath

🧘🏾‍♀️Forgive yourself for every negative thought

🧘🏾‍♀️Be Grateful, Say thank you to nature, people and your health

🧘🏾‍♀️Empty your mind, take a few minutes to be still

🧘🏾‍♀️Go easy on yourself, you will start to see the progress

Mindfulness: a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.

Mindfulness can be achieved wherever you are, give it a try when you are feeling overwhelmed and stressed!💚

𝓛𝓪𝓭𝔂 ‘𝓞’