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Mental Health Month: Why work-life balance is so important

MentalHealthMonth : [Work-Life Balance]⁣ This didn’t used to be an issue for me. I’ve always had a healthy balance between working hard and playing hard (including shopping hard , as pictured here, lol)… until I became an entrepreneur. It’s been super challenging for me to take downtime because there are always a million things to … Read moreMental Health Month: Why work-life balance is so important

Mental Health Month: How humor can help you feel better

Mental Health Month : [Humor] ⁣As I mentioned a few days ago, the focus of this year’s Mental Health Month is on taking care of both your physical and mental health, and how the two are very much connected. This week, let’s talk about humor. ⁣ I’ve carried this picture of myself and my husband … Read moreMental Health Month: How humor can help you feel better

Why I fight in the open (#IChooseBeauty Day 1988)

I know I’ve said it before, but I honestly believe that I went through my struggles with depression and anxiety so that I could share my story, in the hopes that it will help someone else who is struggling. That’s why I fight in the open. I remember when I was at my worst, searching … Read moreWhy I fight in the open (#IChooseBeauty Day 1988)

Meniere’s disease and the mind-body connection

⁣Never have I been more convinced about the mind-body connection than I am right now. As I mentioned last week, I was recently diagnosed with Meniere’s disease… but what I didn’t share is what was going on with me right before the diagnosis.⁣. I’ve been super stressed out for much of the three years we’ve … Read moreMeniere’s disease and the mind-body connection

How gratitude can help you feel happier

⁣Let’s talk about gratitude, and how it can help you feel happier. It’s part of my daily practice for this reason. Instead of thinking about what’s missing in your life or what’s not going well, take a minute to focus on what you have or what you appreciate, no matter how small. Science shows doing … Read moreHow gratitude can help you feel happier

You are a strong, resilient survivor

⁣Just a reminder that you are strong, resilient, and a survivor. Think about it. Whatever life has thrown at you… you’ve survived. Maybe it took all you had, and then some. Maybe it left a deep scar. And maybe you never thought you would make it. But you did.⁣ ⁣Give yourself the credit you deserve. … Read moreYou are a strong, resilient survivor

How to re-route when you run into life’s roadblocks

You’re on top of the world, you’ve got big plans, and your momentum is on fire! But then… WHAM! You get hit with an illness or injury… or whatever else life throws your way. Suddenly, you’re forced to slam on the brakes. Re-route. Maybe even park it. And alllll the things you were going to … Read moreHow to re-route when you run into life’s roadblocks

When you’re depleted, don’t feel bad for taking the time to recharge

Even with coping tools, therapy, and meds… sometimes depression can still take me down hard. I’m currently depleted, and trying to figure out what I need to differently to feel better, to recharge. Don’t feel bad if you need to do the same. ⁣ ⁣If your mental health is feeling off, please get help. My … Read moreWhen you’re depleted, don’t feel bad for taking the time to recharge

How to reframe negative thinking

One of the most important things I learned during Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is how to reframe negative thinking. The first step is to become aware of the thoughts you’re having throughout the day. Once you’re in tune with the noise in your head, you can better control it. How empowering is it to know … Read moreHow to reframe negative thinking

Compliment yourself today and every day

⁣Just a quick (but oh sooooo important) reminder to compliment yourself today and EVERY day. Take just a couple of minutes to reflect on what you’ve accomplished, no matter how small. And be kind to yourself. I’m currently struggling with all this, so it’s a reminder for me as much as it is for you. … Read moreCompliment yourself today and every day

Did you know that 90% of happiness is your perception of your environment, and only 10% is the environment itself?

Did you know that 90% of happiness is your perception of your environment, and only 10% is the environment itself? You may not be able to control some of the things that happen in life, but you can control how you react to them.⁣ ⁣It really shows how much control we have over our happiness. … Read moreDid you know that 90% of happiness is your perception of your environment, and only 10% is the environment itself?

Feeling good while you live with depression is a constant struggle

Feeling good while you live with depression is a constant struggle. And last week I could definitely feel the fight. While choosing to see beauty every day is a big part of what helps me with my depression, there are several other things I have to consistently do to help me feel good: I have … Read moreFeeling good while you live with depression is a constant struggle

Check in with your friends and family

I want you to do something this week. Check in with three people you haven’t talked to in awhile. Just text, message, or call them to see how they’re doing. In this social media world we live in, it can feel like we know how everyone’s doing by the pictures and posts we see. But … Read moreCheck in with your friends and family

How bright colors can help your mood

Let’s talk about how bright colors can help your mood. This picture was taken a few years ago during the winter when I was living in Ohio. It was dark and dreary and cold for months. I CRAVED color. So I made sure I surrounded myself with it, like when I went to a painting … Read moreHow bright colors can help your mood

Notice your surroundings and moments in your day

As you go about your week, remember to take a minute to just notice your surroundings. Stop and look around you. You’ll probably see something you’ve passed by before without realizing it. Really pay attention to the moments throughout your days instead of just being on auto-pilot. Whether it’s the clouds, a conversation with a … Read moreNotice your surroundings and moments in your day

Morning affirmations to help you feel good about yourself

  Remind yourself every morning: “I AM… strong, beautiful, smart, capable, confident, worthy…” or whatever else YOU ARE that’s positive. Say it out loud, even though it may seem awkward. Keep saying it, even if you don’t believe it. Eventually, you will. Truth: I really struggle with this exercise, but I keep working on it! … Read moreMorning affirmations to help you feel good about yourself

How therapy helped when I didn’t like anything about myself

Him: What do you like about yourself?

Me: *Awkward silence

*Him: There has to be something?

Me: *More silence and avoiding eye contact*

Him: You can’t think of just one thing?

Me: *Shaking my head no*

Him: Do you like your ears? Your hair? Your feet? Just tell me one thing.

Me: *Finally forcing myself to speak* –> I guess I like my fingernails. People always tell me I have great nails.

Him: Well, that’s a start…

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Finding clarity in 2019

#MentalHealthMonday :.I've spent the past couple of weeks reflecting on 2018, and setting my intentions for 2019. The main thing I noticed about last year is that I was going in too many directions, which left me feeling constantly overwhelmed and exhausted. It was either make a change or burn out. I decided not to burn out. 2019 is going to be about doing what I need to be as healthy as I can be, and that means letting go of some things..Trying to make it as an entrepreneur is definitely challenging, especially when you're first starting out. But I'm determined to succeed, and for me, that means finding clarity. So this year, I'm putting more focus on my I Choose Beauty and Beautycounter businesses, and less on my real estate endeavors. Trying to make all three work well was way too much for me, and none got the attention they deserved. Plus the burden of it all really took its toll on my mental health..Fighting depression takes constant effort and I definitely don't need to make it harder than it already is. I'll keep sharing with you what I've learned and what I do to feel better every day, in the hopes that it will help you too. As always, feel free to reach out to me with any questions, either privately or in the comments..And if you want more information about mental health in general, my partner @MentalHealthAmerica has so much valuable information, including where to find support groups, referrals for mental health providers, and where to get affordable treatment if you don't have insurance. Just click on the link in my bio and go to the "Mental Health America" button...........#ichoosebeauty #mentalhealth #mentalillness #mentalwellness #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthmatters #mentalhealthsupport #depressionrecovery #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthblog #mentalhealthblogger #mentalhealthrecovery #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthwarrior #fightintheopen #mentalhealthamerica

I’ve spent the past couple of weeks reflecting on 2018, and setting my intentions for 2019. The main thing I noticed about last year is that I was going in too many directions, which left me feeling constantly overwhelmed and exhausted. It was either make a change or burn out. I decided not to burn out. 😉 2019 is going to be about doing what I need to be as healthy as I can be, and that means letting go of some things.

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BEYOND THE BEAUTY: If you struggle with your self-confidence, try this

Truth: I struggle a lot with my self-confidence. I’ve been really having a hard time lately, and I know why. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) gave me a lot of coping tools that help me sooo much, but sometimes, you gotta dust off your tool box, if you know what I mean.

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Mental Health During the Holidays

#MentalHealthMonday:.I saw a great message about the holiday season from my partner, @MentalHealthAmerica, that really resonated with me, so I wanted to pass it on to you... I know sometimes when I'm feeling down, I don't want to reach out to people because I feel like I may be a burden. This is such an important time of year to check in on your friends and family, and tell them what you love about them. ️."Sometimes the holidays can be especially hard for people. The holidays can cause some to feel anxious or depressed despite all the decorations and festivities. Some feel pressure to impress friends and family. Others may find their anxiety increases when they travel. And for others, family time is sometimes tainted by unwanted conversations or a toxic relative, some people don’t have anyone to spend the holidays with, or some are reminded of a lost loved one. It’s important to let your friends and family know you care." .You just never know how much your kindness can help someone, and give them hope at just the right time. xxoo Sahar..........#ichoosebeauty #mentalwellness #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthmatters #mentalhealthsupport #depressionrecovery #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthblog #mentalhealthblogger #mentalhealthrecovery #mentalhealthwarrior #inspirationalmonday #wordsofwisdom #motivationalmonday #wordstoliveby #mindset #wordsofencouragement #b4stage4 #healthyholidays #holidayspirit #holidaystress #holidays2018

I saw a great message about the holiday season from my partner, Mental Health America, that really resonated with me, so I wanted to pass it on to you… I know sometimes when I’m feeling down, I don’t want to reach out to people because I worry I may be a burden. This is such an important time of year to check in on your friends and family, and tell them what you love about them. ️.

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BEYOND THE BEAUTY: Exercise and mental health

#MentalHealthMonday:The great news: Exercise has been proven to help with depression. The tough part: When you have depression, you lose all desire and motivation to do ANYTHING, even the things you love and the things you know will help you feel better. It's like a catch-22.I've always been active, and enjoy exercise a lot. But during the worst times with my depression, I'm inconsistent with my exercise, even to the point where I just stop for long stretches. What helps me the most is to just do something... anything... even if it's going on a five-minute walk. I start small, and build from there. Sometimes this is so much easier said than done though, and I've definitely been at a place where I couldn't do anything, not even get out of bed. I've been on track lately though - doing a lot of walking and Barre these days, and planning to get back to the Pilates reformer (as seen in this photo). You can find more info about how exercise helps your mental health from my partner, @mentalhealthamerica. Just click on the link in my bio and go to the "Mental Health America" button...........#IChooseBeauty #mentalwellness #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthmatters #mentalhealthsupport #depressionrecovery #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthblogger #mentalhealthrecovery #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthwarrior #Mondayinspiration #inspirationoftheday #inspirationdaily #inspirationalpost #inspirationalwords#itsthelittlethingsinlife #simplethingsinlife #findingjoy #beautyeverywhere #beautyiseverywhere #lookaroundyou #lookaround #gratefulness #beautifuldays #gratitudeeveryday #lifeisbeautiful #liveinthemoment

Beyond the Beauty: The great news – Exercise has been proven to help with depression. The tough part – When you have depression, you lose all desire and motivation to do ANYTHING, even the things you love and the things you know will help you feel better. It’s like a catch-22.

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BEYOND THE BEAUTY: How Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) helped me

#MentalHealthMonday.Let's talk about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and how it can help you feel better. This is the type of therapy I went through several years ago, which ultimately lead to #IChooseBeauty..My mind was constantly bombarded with negative self-talk. I don't want to mention the specific awful things I was saying to myself because they're too triggering for me, but I can tell you that I couldn't stand the sight of myself in the mirror. I was in a really dark place, and CBT helped get me out..CBT focuses on your beliefs and helps to change the way you think and react to the things happening around you... which in turn, changes how you feel. It basically re-trains your brain..I learned so many tools that I use every day. I've shared several of them here in the past few weeks - my morning routine, my nighttime ritual, how to expand what you find meaningful in life... All of those are brain exercises that can help you feel better. And all of them I learned during CBT..I will keep sharing more in the weeks to come. But I wanted to talk a little about the type of therapy these tools are based on, in case it's something that resonates with you. If it's not, but you're not feeling well mentally, know that there are several other types of therapy that might be the right fit for you..What matters is that you get help. My partner, @mentalhealthamerica has detailed information on finding therapy that meets your needs. Just click on the link in my bio and go to the "Mental Health America" button. I'm a huge believer in therapy - it saved my life.

Beyond the Beauty: Let’s talk about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and how it can help you feel better. This is the type of therapy I went through several years ago, which ultimately lead to #IChooseBeauty.

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