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This is raw for me to post.
The reality of chronic mental and physical illness. The left is me on a day that I have more energy and the right is now.

Today I've been fatigued, not just tired but fatigued to my core. My limbs have been heavy, my mind has been clouded. Washing my face this morning seemed like a marathon.

Being chronically ill is hard enough but add mental illness and being a mother to a small child and you've got yourself a constant nearly impossible battle, a battle some days that is just too much for me.

I've battled through today with all my might and because of the little energy I had to spare it's all gone on keeping Eli content, warm, fed and clean. There's literally nothing left for anything else so the house is a mess, the pots are unwashed, I'm unwashed and smelly.

There's not always the chance to practise self care in the form of a nice bath, a nap etc and today my self care was allowing myself to feel pride over my little boys smiles and laughs. Despite being awfully poorly he's looked at me with nothing but pure love- my self care today is allowing that into my heart to carry me through until a brighter day comes.💛

It's okay not to be okay. It's okay, I promise.
You don't always 'got this' and that's okay.
We are valid, loved and powerful beyond measure 💛

Too often we feel like the good moments of our lives aren’t good enough. And this mindset of dissatisfaction and distraction, of reality never being enough for us , trickles into every facet of our lives. We are continuously thinking about what’s to come, as if it’s not enough to appreciate what we have right now. We sit down to relax for a moment and then immediately feel the urge to read something on our phones, check social media, or text someone, as if relaxing for a moment isn’t enough. We get annoyed with people when they fail to live up to our expectations, as if the reality of who they are isn’t enough for us. We resist changes in our lives, in our relationships, and in our careers, because the reality feels like it’s not enough. What if we accepted that this moment is slipping away right now, and saw the fleeting time we have within this moment as enough, without needing to alter it in any way. Realise that this is enough. This situation is enough. These people are enough. If you worry too much about what could be, and what might have been, you will ignore the beauty of what is. Right now is life. Don’t miss it. Let go of everything else, and just remind yourself how fortunate you are to be experiencing this moment right now. The more you appreciate it, the better it’ll be. Stop rushing and just Breathe. You’re where you’re supposed to be at this very moment. Every step and experience is necessary. Allow yourself to be a beginner. No one starts off being great. And no one is great all the time. Do the best you can until you know better. Once you know better, do better. Don’t compare your progress with that of others. We all need our own time to travel our own distance. Focus on your daily rituals. Focus on the step you are taking right now. Be present and that's enough!! ✨🐍🌙💀🔱👁🌷🕉🌀🌿📿🐚🔔🎨✨
#Om #Namaste #Inspiration #Meditation #Spirituality #Goodvibes #Illustration #Contemporaryart #omnamahshivaya #Yogainspiration

It's never just a sip. It's a taste of freedom. A step into something I was terrified to dip even just one toe into. One more day done in recovery. All this strength in a milkshake covered in Snickers and sprinkles 🎉

Priorities. Sad fact is most Politicians don't care and are so far removed they don't actually know/remember what it is to struggle.
Most of them have never even had a real job!

That being said, the US population is weak too. Rather than bucking up and making the sacrifices needed to fix systemic issues like this we pander to politicians with personal agendas.
The left and right are all the same. Start being accountable. Until then we will continue to have to see images like this.
And some of you will say, "maybe he's there on his own accord. Made bad decisions, etc" but then again maybe he's really been fucked by the @deptvetaffairs. He wouldn't be the first and won't be the last.

#realshit #change #veterans #sacrifice #homeless #suicide #life #struggle #hard #ptsd #mentalhealth #awareness #combat #war #help #America #priorities #sad #politics #truth #cold #noexcuses #selfish #greed #zeroismyfavoritenumber
#Repost @thesilentprofessionals

i wish
badly, sadly, madly
for them to see through
my mind

there are wounds
they don't bleed but hurt

as our classic
real illnesses — dear mental health // poetry 🌸 (this piece is dedicated to everyone who struggles to fight with this shapeless faceless problem that still isn't always considered a 'real& #39; thing in our society)

Feeling large and in charge lately and loving😍 the extra weight and strength that's coming along with it💪🏻😎 My abs are barely hanging on but my booty has made some improvements😈 I've been training legs twice a week for the past month or so and the changes are ah-happening🙃 That being said I'm off to go train gloots🍑 but wanted to document my outfit from yesterday hehe🙊 How are YOUR workouts going!? #MAKGOTYOURBACK

I missed #TransformationTuesday so we'll do a #CoachAppreciation Wednesday 😉
•15 weeks with @jmihalyfit..
15 weeks of his training programs and following his meal plans. My favorite part about these two pictures is that I weigh 147lbs in both pictures... working with Justin, he has helped me put on a tremendous amount of muscle every single week while staying lean and eating foods I enjoy eating (sushi goes down every week 😛🍣). His programs aren't easy by any means & he is constantly pushing me harder than I push myself as well as all of his clients... but if it was easy everyone would do it right?!? Beyond excited for the next 20 weeks to come with him... I couldn't ask for a better Coach/Motivator/Influencer/Friend in my life 🙌🏼

Imagine being extremely strict on your diet, imagine sacrificing all tasty food you crave constantly, imagine being scared to eat because it could result in pain,
And picture this,
you train every day, as hard as you can, only to eat ANY RANDOM FOOD (today was zucchini) and have your body be in terrible sharp pain and bloatedness.
Welcome to a taste of what serious food intolerances are like. @emilyskyefit has always been my inspiration and I'll follow in her steps 💕 This illness, among anothers, has hit my body confidence hard. I've gone home from work in pain, am currently missing the gym and sat home and cried because I get so frustrated all the time that I have done everything right, and it takes one moment to destroy me?
Or does it ?
As you could imagine, it was extremely hard to post this, but since people have contacted me about being their inspiration, I feel it only responsible to let you know the good and the bad as I've tried to.
I struggle with this and severe mental health issues , but I found my strength this past year has been to help others in every way I can; career, advice or love, the worldbeing a better place became motivation and social media needs a reality check ❤ so just let it been known, whatever your struggle is today on hump day; FLAUNT IT PROUDLY.
As I so relevantly have tattooed on me 'be your own kind of beautiful' and your struggle is part of that ❤#happyhumpday .
#irritablebowelsyndrome #IBS #mentalhealth #realitycheck #gym #gymgear #fitness #health #fitspo #inspiration #motivation #reality #selfcare #selflove #illness


This one seems so powerful to me. I've dated 3 #manic-depressive individuals. #whatyoumean is definitely the #factual panel. #drastic #changes #cycles it's not easy, it's not funny, #mentalhealth #healthcare

This year, I have been really socially withdrawn. I can't remember the last time anyone invited me over to hangout. Today, however, for the first time, my friend asked me if I wanted to hangout with her and some other people some time. And it made me jump up and down, on the inside of course. It seems like such a little thing, but i constantly feel like people hate my presence. I'm afraid to ask people to hang out first because I generally get a vague answer and it doesn't end up happening. I wish I had to courage to ask someone. Maybe my social life would be very different. I don't know. But that was a good thing that happened to me today. Thanks for reading this whole thing. #thinkpositive
#anoreixa #ana #eatingdisorderrecovery #recovery #edfamily #mentalhealth #depression #anxiety #mentalillness #anarecovery #bulima #gad #anorexic #struggling #support #suicide #eatingdisorderrecovery #ed #edwarrior #edfight #eatingdisordersurvivor

The dress rehearsal is underway! Tickets for The Wonderful World of Dissocia 30th-31st March are on sale on the SU website #mentalhealth #dissocia #discovery #cardiffuni #cardiff #drama

Why am I so exhausted all the time? Why does nothing make me happy anymore? Why does nothing get through to me? So freaking numb. It's scary. It's uncomfortable. Concerning food the day went alright. Urges are manageable and it's day 16 without b/p. Concerning dissociation and depression the day was 👎. And it ends with a headache which hopefully won't become a migraine. Good night, lovely people! ✨🌙 #ptsd #anxiety #depression #mentalhealth #anorexia #bulimia #ednos #ed #recovery #recoveryproblems #edrecovery #ednosrecovery #bulimiarecovery #anorexiarecovery #edfam #edfighter #adultswitheds #eatingdisorder #eatingdisorderrecovery #realrecovery #prorecovery

There will be times on this journey that you will need to assess the people in your circle.
Remove anyone that doesn't cheer for you, you don't need silent friends, the world is tough enough. "Changing the way you look at therapy"
#Truth #Confidence #Motivation #Success #Leadership #Recovery #Faith #Positivity #Goals #Hope #Entrepreneur #Relationships #Inspired #Depressed #Depression #Anxiety #Stress #Divorce #PTSD #Ana #Mia #Cat #Marriage #Suicide #Cutting #MentalHealth #RelationshipGoals #Fitness #Fitspo #DefiningMoments

The first time I posted my transformation photo (now deleted) I was not in a good place. I examined that before photo constantly, looking for differences and idolizing my most extreme features. My eating disorder loved transformation photos called "recovery photos"; they acted as a reminder that I had that body before, and I could get it again.
These sick photos are images that I hate because I want true recovery, for I don't want to give myself the opportunity to trigger myself in a moment of weakness. Holding onto these photos, even for a transformation picture, seems risky to me.

For others struggling with eating disorders, these images are also problematic. Eating disorders love to compare, and the proliferation of sick photos acts as a direct means of comparisons.
I remember looking at before photos of other individuals at my worst, critiquing myself and using them as a motivation to restrict more. These "recovery body" photos provide similar ammunition to eating disordered individuals that got the #proana and #promia tags reported.

Even though these photos will likely not act as a trigger to the general public, they do perpetuate the oversimplification of eating disorders in society. Eating disorders are mental illnesses and are rooted in issues beyond weight, but these transformation pictures only acknowledge the physical aspects of eating disorders that are already overemphasized in society. In addition, they suggest that weight restoration is the only requirement for eating disorder recovery, which we know is not true. Some may be struggling the most at a healthy weight, and others may not even have to undergo weight restoration in order to recover, but this does not make their struggle less valid.

#edrecovery #anarecovery #miarecovery #eatingdisorders #mentalhealth #mentalhealthcommunity #bpd #bpdrecovery #strongermind #beatingeatingdisorders #depression #stoptransformationpictures

Stress is a normal part of everyday life for children and adults. It helps to motivate us and adds a positive challenge to life. However, stress among children is estimated to have increased 45% over the past 30 years.
The good news is that building emotional health and resiliency can help children handle stress. Young children can learn practical strategies to relieve stress, and effective ways to respond to stressful situations. By learning to cope with life’s ups and downs, children develop healthy strategies that help them to adapt, self-regulate, be resourceful, feel competent and become more resilient.
Please join us in this unique initiative! Let’s Deal with Kids’ Stress Now! https://makeachamp.com/psychologyfoundationofcanada href="/tag/mentalhealth">#mentalhealth #psychfdnCA #kidshavestresstoo #helpingchildren #learning #healthystrategies

This is a graph of the steps I have taken each day for the month of March. What it also shows is the way my mental health is on a daily basis, on bad days I stay indoors and retreat into myself, on better days I walk around and do a lot more. Data can be interpreted in more than one way and it's always interesting to be shown something in a different form. Welcome to the madness that is my mind! #datavisualization #data #bipolardisorder #bipolar #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness

When you only have five minutes to meditate! I hung a blanket in the window of my car to improve my privacy :-). The car lineup at my child's elementary school is a challenge, but not impossible! Don't miss out on your chance to meditate! Five minutes is revitalizing! #dontletanyonedullyoursparkle #meditation #MeditateAllDayEveryDay #meditatorsofdicksontennessee #yoga #mentalhealth #mindfulness #selfcare #meditationteacher #yogateacherinspiration #namaste

Self discovery is a lonely path. It's a path that only you, can discover.
People are temporary, clubbing is temporary, sexual connections are temporary, alot in life is temporary. But not you. Not your dreams, imagination, passion, love nor feelings. Discover yourself, find yourself, there's a whole lot more to life than just this comfort zone we think life is. It's having the imagination, the mind set too see that life is not just ment for survival, it is ment for alot more, to live. -
#photography #photographer #naturephotography #nature #life #live #happiness #dépression #mentalhealth #connection #humanity #human #species #igersdublinstreets #igersdublin #instagramireland #instadublin #motivation #keepexploring #explorer #adventurephotography #adventure

You deserve it! 💙⭐️🐠

Join us for our 6th Annual Walk for Mental Wellness on May 5th! Register at http://www.mentalwellnesscenter.org
#sunsetwalkformentalwellness #community #santabarbara #mentalhealth #may5th

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