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Anxiety Support  The "Me too" you've been looking for. An honest and safe community for those seeking comfort and support. May is Mental Health Awareness MonthπŸ’š

Day 27 of #mentalhealthawarenessmonth πŸ’š

Listening to @yoga_girl 's latest podcast I related so much to her when she said Instagram has become like a public diary for her- a place to be raw, open, and truthful. This resonated with me because I too have learned over the years how healing exposure can be.
I get on here and share my darkest moments because that's me moving through it. Some people go to the gym, others pour a glass of wine- I write. I know I share my struggles more than my "good days" on here because in so many ways it's healing. It's healing for me to place myself in this vulnerable space because there's an overwhelming beauty in transparency and it looks and feels a lot like love. It feels human. I don't mind shamelessly putting it out there because I get something beautiful back every.single.time. And what I get back is understanding.
I also share the dark and dusty corners more because let's be real, this is a mental illness support account and if you want to see people's highlight reel then you can follow their personal Instagram. But here, this is a place of connectedness through achievements but also the really really hard stuff. Here, we sit through the shit together, too. It's real. It's heavy. It's life.
It's so fucking beautiful to watch this account breathe- to see the commonalities in our journeys and feel, maybe for the first time for some
of us, that we relate to someone. That's what I want for all of you- that if only for a moment you can think, "someone out there gets it." Thank you for being a part of this community. I am so grateful for each and every one of you. And thank you for being the "Me too" myself and others have needed.
Happy Day 26 of #mentalhealthawarenessmonth πŸ’š #metoo

Prayers for Manchester ❀️

I've practiced yoga a total of maybe 10 times in my life. I wanted so badly to like it. Everyone was always ranting and raving about it but I could never get into it. There were moments when I felt like I was "in it" but then I would get wrapped up in my own thoughts and judgments. I'm easily the most inflexible person I know. I found the postures and poses to be so damn hard! I spent the majority of the time getting angry with myself because I had zero flow and everyone else always seemed to be so much more advanced than me. Everything felt foreign and unnatural and I spent the better half of the class asking myself "Am I even doing this right?" And then for my own personal reasons, I started to associate yoga with someone that really hurt me so I walked off the mat completely and never went back.
Well, two years later I've decided to roll it out again. Not because I feel like I have to but because I truly want to. I've been lacking a physical connection with myself and haven't found my wellness niche in a long time. I listened to @yoga_girl 's latest podcast recently (if you haven't listened to her podcast I highly suggest it) and I was so inspired to start my own practice free from any negative associations and self-judgement. I know I need to be patient. It's not like I'm going walk out of there on my hands after the first class. I know I shouldn't be comparing myself to those who are far more advanced in their practice or more flexible than myself. I also know that yoga is far more than how long I can hold a pose for or if I can even do it all. From what I'm learning it's about the breathing, the oneness and the connectedness. I crave that. I've learned to connect with my mind and now I'm excited to connect with my body. So i'm going to a studio tomorrow πŸ™‚ I can already feel the strain on the backs of my thighs from struggling to touch my toes. Any yogis out there with any advice for a beginner?!

(Or woman) πŸ’š

What I would tell you.
I'd tell you that you're doing it right- the kid thing. Keep giggling, befriending, living by your imagination, and smiling at all differences. You're 8 in this photo and things are still and safe but soon they won't be. I'd tell you that nothing lasts forever and it's the most painful and beautiful thing.
I'd tell you that you'll go to college and you'll embark on the 3 greatest years of your life thus far. You'll think you know what you want to do but you'll actually have no idea and you'll change your major 3 times and it'll freak you the fuck out that you just don't know. Be patient with that one.

I'd tell you that you're going to meet someone at school and you'll think he's it. And just when you think you couldn't be happier your life will turn grey and you're going to lose everything. I'd tell you that an anxiety disorder will come through your life like a gust of wind and knock over every single thing that's precious to you. It will break you down until you're stripped of every identity you spent your whole life acquiring and you'll become so afraid of simply existing. And then he will leave and that heartbreak will break you. You're going to feel depths of pain you didn't know existed. I'd tell you that one day you'll do the unthinkable to yourself because you were that hopeless. I'd tell you that you'll forgive yourself for it.
I'd also tell you that this discomfort won't be your life coming to an end but the rearrangement of your new beginning and what was always going to be. I'd tell you that the struggle will carry you over into a new way of life; a profound, mindful, appreciative and meaningful life. A happy life. You'll one day tell the story of how shit got really bad and for a really long time and you got through it. I'd tell you you've been blessed with the greatest family and friends who loved you through it all. I'd tell you that you're going to meet the love of your life when you least expect it.
But the truth is I wouldn't tell you a thing. No warnings, precursors, or disclaimers. Let's learn what I know the organic way. Just keep doing the kid thing. Everything will be okay, but I won't tell you that either.

Happy Day 11 of #mentalhealthawarenessmonth What are you exhaling?

Day 10 of #mentalhealthawarenessmonth! Check in with yourself right now. Are you being present? Are you just coasting mindlessly? Now is a good time to recenter. Snap back in. Using two words only describe you, as is, in this moment right now. This is you checking in with yourself! It could be a feeling, adjective, verb, etc. I'll go first- productive and present. Your turnπŸ‘‡πŸΌπŸ‘‡πŸΌ

One more this morning by @planetprudence because she is amazing πŸ™ŒπŸ»

Day 9 of #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth! Tag that friend/s who could use a hug todayπŸ’š

So here I sit on a Monday, hopeful for a better week. I'm not in a good headspace, though. I feel like I mentally got my ass kicked five times over. I'm anxious because of the arguments with Andrew even though we have since smoothed things over. But I still feel unstable. Actually I just feel down. And tired. But I am reminding myself over and over, "It was just a bad week, it's not a bad life." I am going to spend the day with my mom and see my therapist in the afternoon and hold my dog and I will take baby steps because I am not perfect and sometimes my delicate mind will wonder off course and I know I have it in me to bring it back. So right now I will breathe and I will write and I will inhale the good and exhale the bullshit because it's Mental Health Awareness Month and what better Month to show my illness what I've learned? I will release any and all expectations that I should have all the answers and do it all right. I will release any guilt for being human last week and crumbling beneath the rubble of challenges I was faced with. I will forgive myself for things I said in moments of pain. I will not beat myself up for struggling. I will let go. I will breathe. Happy Day 8 of #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth.

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