Only a matters of hours until an exciting week begins 👌👌
It all starts Tommorow ...who’s excited????
‼️IMPORTANT‼️ - Tommorow marks the start of #successstoryweek !! I have many incredible stories told in the words of incredible people who have used fitness to overcome and aid their mental health problems!!! 💪💪💪 - You do not want to miss this...spread the word and let’s get these stories the recognition they deserve!!!!!!
#saturdaysuccessstory ..... OLIVIA MUNN - x-men actress Olivia Munn turned to hypnosis to conquer the struggles from her obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). ☝️ - She claimed that during one of her sessions her therapist hypnotised her to exercise regularly despite being an avid avoider of physical activity... ☝️☝️ - ‘During one of our sessions he hypnotised me, I’m not exaggerating: that was by Friday, by Monday I was working out every day by 6am’ she told @goodhousekeeping ...’I feel so much stronger’ ☝️☝️☝️ - (SOURCE📒:BBC)
MANIA? BIPOLAR? HYPOMANIA?
Feeling a little wild or excitable is not the same as feeling manic, especially when there is an underlying mental health issue.
Mania is extremely high mood and activity or agitation, racing thoughts, extreme creativity, reduced need for sleep and rapid speech. These changes in mood can last a week or more, and affect thoughts and behaviour. Sometimes, a person experiencing mania can have psychotic symptoms like delusions or hallucinations. Individuals that experience psychotic symptoms are more likely to need hospitalisation.
Hypomania means 'less than mania'. A hypomanic episode has the same symptoms as a manic episode but is less severe. It's still a distinct period (at least 4 consecutive days) of abnormally and persistently elevated or irritated mood and increased energy and activity.
People with bipolar disorder can have hypomania / mania and depression. These changes in mood can last a week or more, and affect thoughts and behaviour. Bipolar disorder needs long-term management, which may include medication and psychological therapies. Bipolar disorder affects how we are able to function in our everyday life. Untreated, it makes it hard to consistently cope at work, home, school or socially. It's very important to get help for someone you are concerned may have bipolar disorder or another mental health condition, or if you recognise the signs in yourself.
Extra reading: https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/clinical-resources/bipolar-disorder PHOTO: Lemur in Costa Rica
A wonderful costume from the World of wearable WOW art exhibit. One of my favourite art shows as the level of creativity is astonishing. The fashions are clever, yet can be quite intense, unusual and extreme. .
This leads to the topic for my post which is mania: extremely high mood and activity or agitation, racing thoughts, extreme creativity, little need for sleep and rapid speech. These changes in mood can last a week or more, and affect thoughts and behaviour. If you think you may be experiencing mania and/or bipolar disorder, here is a test that can be used to start a discussion with your Dr or Psychologist:
Tomorrow I have a celebrity success story lined up!!! Don’t miss it
Who’s doing what when!!!! Are you hitting the gym 💪, going for a Saturday morning park run 🏃🏾♂️ or even having a rest after the hard work you have put in this week 🙏. - Me personally, I have a football match tmro afternoon ⚽️ - One thing is for sure you won’t ever regret a workout 👌. EXERCISE MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD...
#factsonfriday ..... EARLY START ⏰⏰⏰ - Many people who suffer from mental health problems in later life have had it since childhood....why do we think this is?? 👣 - Childhood is when humans are at their most vulnerable and so early social trauma , like family issues, has been proven to link towards developing mental health problems later in life...👣👣 - There is also evidence that family history of mental illness can leave certain children genetically more susceptible ... 👣👣👣 - (SOURCE📒: BBC health, 2017)
#factsonfriday ..... EARLY INTERVENTION 👂👂👂 - 70% is a staggeringly sad statistic!!! Early intervention is so important for preventing any sufficient developments of mental illnesses!! 👤 - This statistic highlights how difficult it is to detect early signs for mental health problems! It also demonstrates that this is an area in mental health research which needs to be improved! 👥 - (SOURCE📒: children’s society, 2008)
#factsonfriday .... NO SHAME 👌👌👌 - Why is it their is a negative stigma attached to mental health?? Why do people feel embarrassed by their illness, is it because they see it as a weakness???😔 - NEWS FLASH💥: mental illness is not a weakness, it does not discriminate and it does not define one another!! Let’s get rid of this awful stigma⚡️ - (SOURCE 📒: @timetochangecampaign )
We’ve got some juicy facts in store for you to enjoy tmro...get some sleep!
‼️The whole of next week, from Monday onwards, will be dedicated to the incredible people who have battled/ are battling mental illnesses and have found fitness/ exercise to have had a fantastically positive impact on their lives!!! - ‼️tune in from next Monday to see all their stories and DM me with your story by Sunday latest to be featured!!!
The single biggest killer of men under 45 is suicide. In 2016, there were 5668 recorded in Great Britain. Of these, 75% were male. 41% of males who’ve contemplated suicide felt like they could not talk about their feelings. Only a small percentage of people know that suicide is the most likely cause of death for men under 45. Lets show men anywhere and everywhere that it’s ok to talk! Take a selfie with a 👌 and let’s spread the word. #itsokaytotalk
#thursdaythoughtsonmentalhealth ..... ITS OKAY NOT TO BE OKAY 👌👌👌 - It is common knowledge that mental illness is incredibly prevalent in today’s society! The trouble is not enough people are educated enough about it!! 😔 - I think people regularly forget that the general feelings which stem from mental illnesses like anxiety, ie feeling anxious and wary, are natural human feelings which used to have survival benefits. Think of it from an evolutionary perspective, being cautious and anxious was beneficial for weighing up potential predators! 😯 - My point is that these days people are very quick to put a label on mental illnesses and this attaches a negative stigma which can make the person almost feel to blame or ashamed of how they feel. But the truth is humans have always felt anxious and humans have always felt down and so in reality it is nothing to feel embarrassed by -> its okay not to be okay and it’s okay to ask for help👌 - I’ve come across many fantastic accounts across my followers which preach breaking the stigma of mental health and I’d urge you all to give them a follow (in the tags). Also check out the campaign on Facebook which is trending #itsokaynottobeokay which is encouraging people to talk openly and freely about mental health!!! - (SOURCES: @mindcharity , huffingtonpost.co.uk) (IMAGE 📸: @pixabay )
Good night and bring on tomorrow ♥️
#wednesdayworkouts ..... FULL BODY 💪💪💪 . 🎖this workout requires a gym/ equipment and is an absolute killer, courtesy of @makeyourbodyworkfitness . . 🎖🎖The three exercises are designed for time efficiency and activate multiple areas of the upper body, core and lower body! - Swipe right for full workout ! Again look up if you don’t know what the exercises are! (IMAGE 📸: @picturecorrect )
#wednesdayworkouts ..... FULL BODY 🧘♂️🧘♂️🧘♂️ - 🎖This home workout is from @macrolean , check out their YouTube channel if you haven’t already full of quality, honest content!!!- 🎖🎖Sometimes home workouts can be the most brutal and beneficial!! - 🎖🎖🎖just goes to show you don’t need an expensive gym membership or fancy equipment to have a good workout...NO EXCUSES - Swipe right for full workout...look up exercises if you are unsure of them. (IMAGE 📸: @onnit )
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