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Sarah  Sarah's journey to happiness 🌻 Body Positive πŸ’ž ED survivor πŸ’ͺ


HELL YES! πŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ Your mental health matters.
It's ok to prioritise it over other responsibilities.
It will help you in the long run.
Repost @beatingeatingdisorders

My body doesn't look like the current 'body ideal'. πŸ‚ My bum is small, my stomach sticks out, I don't have an hourglass figure with perfect abs or a tiny waist. πŸ‚ I used to believe that meant I wasn't beautiful, because society taught me to believe that only one body type is beautiful. πŸ‚ But that is so f***ing wrong!
Beauty is everywhere! It isn't just one thing. πŸ‚ Think about the most beautiful things you've ever seen. πŸ‚ I bet loads of different things start to come to mind? Landscapes, art, nature, performances, food, sunsets, animals, people? πŸ‚ Now try to compare them? Choose just one to claim the title of beautiful. Remove the idea that any of those other things could also be beautiful. πŸ‚ Hard right?
πŸ‚ Now ask someone else to do the same? πŸ‚ I bet their answer is different, right? πŸ‚ That's because there are so many varieties of beauty and each person's experience and viewpoint is going to be different.
So why do we believe that there is only one type of beauty when it comes to bodies?
πŸ‚ Because some money-grabbing diet company told us that's what beauty is? πŸ‚ That the only way to achieve this is by stripping away all that makes us unique? πŸ‚ That variety IS beauty! πŸ‚ Those differences, we've all been conditioned to believe are what stops us from being beautiful, are what make us beautiful!
So let's say a big F you to this screwed up society that pits us against each other for things that we can't even control. πŸ‚ So let's stop trying to change ourselves into someone else and start appreciating ourselves for all that we already are. πŸ‚ Let's stop pitting each other against each other like this world is some kind of screwed up hunger games scenario where only one can come out on top and embrace everybody!
πŸ‚ And let's start celebrating those things that make us different and learn from those who are different to us. πŸ‚ Let's start supporting each other instead of tearing each other down. πŸ‚ Let's stop looking at beauty as just one thing! πŸ‚ We're all beautiful individuals!
You don't have to look like the current 'body ideal' to feel that way. You just have to stop believing that there is only type of beautiful body!

I have hypermobility in my arms. This essentially means that my elbows bend more than most people. γ€°
As you can see from this picture, when I put weight on my arm, my elbow rotates so that the outside of my elbow faces inwards towards my waist. This isn't forced in anyway, it's just how my arms naturally sit when I put weight on them, it's actually more uncomfortable when I force them into a straight position. γ€°
Joint hypermobility aka hyperextension, double jointed or loose joints is defined as the extension of a bodily joint beyond the normal range of motion. γ€°
Joint hypermobility is very common, particularly in children and young people, with research suggesting it effects 1 in 5 people. γ€°
Joint hypermobility is often hereditary and is believed to be caused by genetically determined changes to collagen. γ€°
Most people with hypermobile joints won't experience any problems or require any medical treatment, with symptoms reducing with age as the joints become stiffer, however for those who do require treatment a combination of controlled exercise and physiotherapy is used.
In my experience most people's reaction to Joint Hypermobility is repulsion. I've had many negative reactions to my arms; I've been told that they're disgusting, gross, wrong and that I look like the exorcist. Not to mention A LOT of unsolicited health advice on how to 'fix' my arms, frequently being told just not to bend my arms like that because it will damage them. But it isn't a choice! This is how my arms naturally turn out and there's nothing wrong with that. When individuals react so negatively to someone's body it can seriously impact their self-esteem and cause body image issues. γ€°
So me and the wonderful @leenahlovesherself decided to create the hashtag #beautyinthebend to celebrate bendiness in all its glory and raise awareness to conditions such as Joint Hypermobility. Because there is nothing gross about how your body bends!
So let's get celebrating! Share your photos of your own beautiful bends and don't forget to use #beautyinthebend and tag us so we can see them and celebrate with you. γ€°
I can't wait to see your beautiful bendiness in all its glory.

To any of my UK followers, today is the general election!
This election is incredibly important so PLEASE VOTE! πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§
We have a chance, as public of the UK, to vote for real change in so many vital areas after an incredibly turbulent time so, now it's time stand up and VOTE. πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§
I don't care who you vote for but please VOTE! Have your say and vote for what you believe in. πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§
If you don't want to vote for any of the candidates then slash your ballot so that your opinion is still registered. πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§
I personally will be voting for labour. πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§
There are many reasons why I have come to this decision but one of the most important reasons is to save the NHS. πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§
As someone who has both worked for and been a patient of the NHS I have seen first hand what the Tory cuts have done to the NHS and ultimately to the people who need its help. Without a dramatic change to the policies and funding the current government have placed on the NHS it will be forced to dismantle.
The NHS is such a brilliant and vital service that we must fight to save. If we do not you will find yourself having to choose between paying your doctors bills or your rent. πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§
Labour were the creators of the NHS and maintain it at the forefront of their policies. πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§

πŸ‘™ Normally when I post photos of myself in swimwear/underwear it acts as a sort of exposure therapy.
πŸ‘™ I find it very difficult to gage what I actually look like and whether the image in my head is depictive of what my body actually looks like. πŸ‘™ By taking photos like these I am able to see what my body actually looks like, in a variety of angles, and counteract the discrepancies between what I think and what is real. πŸ‘™ This isn't an easy process though. Although I have come a long way with my body image it is still my natural reaction to instantly start tearing into the body parts I don't like. Most of the time, I can now dismiss these thoughts and counteract them by seeking out the parts I do like. πŸ‘™ However when I saw this photo I didn't see any of those 'negatives', only positives. I saw my smile. I saw how happy and comfortable I look. I saw my body for what it actually is ... A body. πŸ‘™ Not a 'good' one or a 'bad' one because there's no such thing as good and bad bodies, just bodies. I didn't see a combination of body parts I like and don't like because they are all part of one body, mine. πŸ‘™ I love this photo and not because I think it's flattering or because I look particularly attractive but because of the genuine happiness that is being emitted. πŸ‘™ That happiness is far more important than how it looks and by seeing myself looking so happy and comfortable with myself it only inspires more happiness in me.
πŸ‘™ Because hating yourself will only ever inspire more hate whereas loving yourself can inspire so much more. πŸ‘™ So let's stop tearing ourselves apart and start brings ourselves up instead!
πŸ‘™ I bet you it will bring you a lot more happiness than hating yourself ever did.

I will forever be thankful that I never gave up when I wanted to. πŸ„ 5 years a go was shortly before my second suicide attempt. It was one of the lowest points of my life. I hated myself, my body and my life so much and for so long that I believed it would never get better. That nothing could ever change but I was wrong! πŸ„ Fast forward 5 years and I am the happiest I've ever been. I've experienced so many amazing things all because I kept going. I've graduated university, travelled half way across the world, got a great job, in a great relationship, have brilliant family and friends and I publicly share the message of self-love and body positivity. I can actually say that I like myself and mean it and I am the closest to recovery I've ever been. πŸ„ Every day I am thankful for another chance. A chance for things to change, a chance to learn, a chance to develop, a chance to live this crazy life. πŸ„ So much has changed over these past 5 years and I never would have had a chance to experience any of it if I had given up when I wanted to. πŸ„ So to anyone out there who is struggling:
⭐️ DON'T GIVE UP! ⭐️ IT WILL GET BETTER! ⭐️ NOTHING STAYS THE SAME FOREVER! ⭐️YOU CAN BE HAPPY! ⭐️YOU WILL GET THROUGH THIS! πŸ„ You just have to keep going and don't be afraid to ask for help when you need it! πŸ„ You've already survived every single bad day you've ever had. You can survive this one too!
Image repost @beatingeatingdisorders

#Repost the amazing @selfloveliv who beautifully describes what happens after a suicide attempt. I had very similar experiences to liv and it shows the importance of breaking down the stigma that surrounds suicidal feelings. No one should have to go through such a painful experience alone. And if you are struggling please reach out for help now! You deserve to recover. ~
"The first time I attempted I told no one. I did what I did, and when I woke up the next morning, I went to work as normal.
No one knew. I didn't tell a soul, or go to hospital, I simply got up, and went to work.
I went to work feeling confused, alone and incredibly depressed.
For me, there was no 'congratulations for surviving!' card or flowers, it was a case of getting up and getting on with it.
You have a weird sense of 'I shouldn't be here', and everything you do for the next few days is plagued by the reminder that you tried to end your life.
My most recent attempt I went to A&E. They talked to me for a bit and then sent me home. I spent the night again confused, alone and depressed.
Every hospital should have mental health workers able to help those after a suicide attempt.
You are not alone.
If you are in the UK and are feeling or having suicidal thoughts, contact the Samaritans on 116 123 and they are open 24/7. Talk to them.
If you are in the USA and are feeling or having suicidal thoughts, contact the National Suicide Prevention Helpline on 1-800-799-4889
If you need any other numbers for any other countries, don't hesitate to contact me.
You are not alone, you never have and you never will be.
Suicide only passes your pain to someone else. It is a heartbreaking, painful, loss with questions you'll never be able to answer.
I survived. Many don't.
Look after yourselves. Take your meds, talk to someone, open up and allow the help you deserve.
You. Are. Loved. Don't forget that."

🌟 I took a brief mental health break because sometimes real life has to take priority. 🌟 Recently I have been incredibly busy which left me feeling really stressed. 🌟 Whenever I'm stressed I catch myself falling back into disordered behaviours. 🌟 Recovery is a full time job but life still happens and sometimes that means you're not able to focus on recovery in the way that you should.
🌟 For me, this triggers my ED and results in me neglecting my recovery and falling into binge/restrict cycles. This isn't a conscious decision but has almost become habit; I feel bad and try to regulate my emotions with food which makes me feel worse, so I try to remove those feelings by restricting which only makes things worse again.
🌟 It's really difficult to focus on your recovery when the rest of your life demands so much attention. Disordered behaviours go unnoticed until they've become problematic and your recovery either becomes your priority or you relapse and your disorder becomes your only priority. 🌟 The only way to prevent this is to recognise the warning signs that you're neglecting recovery and falling into disordered behaviours. Be aware of your behaviours and how they effect you mentally.
🌟 If you know being busy or stressed is a trigger: make sure you're dedicating enough time to your recovery during those times, ensure that you aren't falling into negative behaviours, take the time to counteract any negative behaviours you may of engaged in and the thoughts attached to those behaviours, allow time for self-care and to destress because nothing is more important than your mental health.
🌟 You can't give 100% of yourself to any of those tasks that are keeping you so busy if you are only functioning at 50% mentally. 🌟 So do yourself a favour; recognise your triggers and prepare yourself on what to do when they happen. 🌟 Then listen to yourself, not your disorder, and do those things! Look after yourself, practice self-care, talk to someone, give yourself a break, anything! Just don't ignore it because it won't just go away. It will get worse.

Repost @tessholiday
Size discrimination has to stop.
All you can know about someone from their weight is what size they are.
Stop assuming and discriminating against people because of their size!
#effyourbeautystandards #fatphobia #allbodiesaregoodbodies @effyourbeautystandards

I heard a song today that I listened to a lot when I was struggling and it instantly brought everything flooding back.
It brought back the pain, the fear, the pressure, the utter despair with who I am and what that means.
It brought me back to those moments I'd been so paralysed by what was going on in my head, all I could do with cry. Too scared to reach out, to hurt another with my pain, that I hid it all instead.
It brought back the desperation to feel anything else. It brought back the memories of self-harm, suicide attempts, the nights spent huddled round a toilet.
It brought back every second and I felt sad for myself. I felt sad for the girl I had been. The one that missed out on so much because of the trap her mental illness had placed her in.
To the outside world I had no reason to struggle like I did. I experienced privilege everyday of my life. There was nothing wrong with my life and I hated myself for that. "How can I hate myself and my life this much when there's nothing wrong with my life?"
"How can I tell my parents that after all they have given me I'm still not happy, that I'm so unhappy I want my life to be over with?"
"How can I tell my friends when their problems are so much worse than mine?"
But the presence of someone else's problems doesn't remove your own. It doesn't matter if everything in your world should make you happy. If you're not, if you're in pain, then that's enough.
Your circumstances mean nothing if your suffering inside.
You deserve help, you deserve to speak up, you deserve support, you deserve everything you think should be given to someone else.
You don't need something bad to have happened, something bad is already happening.
Mental illness doesn't discriminate. It effects people from all walks of life and it will keep effecting you unless you reach out for help.
Don't compare your pain to that of others, you will always lose. There is always someone who you think has it harder than you but that doesn't invalidate your struggles. So speak up, seek help. I promise you it's out there.
Don't suffer another minute. Make yourself the main priority in your life.
Pants by @pineyandco ,link in bio.

My heart goes out to anyone who has been effected by the horrendous attack in Manchester today.
It is truly awful. No words can begin to touch upon the grief and pain that has been caused by today's events.
This was a cruel and senseless attack made by a deeply disturbed individual.
Please do not use it as an excuse to generalise or make assumptions about anyone else but the perpetrator.
This attack is not a representation of a religion or anything other than the despicable actions of one individual.
We must stop fighting hate with more hate. It only ever brings about destruction.
Image repost @the_free_lilly

To any of my UK followers, πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§
Today is your last chance to register to vote in the general election. ✌️
I cannot urge you more to register. πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§
This election is so important, the outcome will dictate so many crucial factors including the future of the nhs, mental health services, disability support, university fees and crucial negotiations following leaving the EU, among many other things. ✌️
Registering to vote only takes a few minutes so what are you waiting for? πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§
I registered and I'm on the other side of the world, so what's your excuse? ✌️
Register. Have your say. Do something!
This result could dramatically change the country. Would you rather stand up and fight for what is right or sit by and watch as things continue to decline? πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§
So much has happened politically over the last year and all of us now have the opportunity to change things so we must step up and take this opportunity to vote. ✌️
So register now at: www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

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