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Always celebrate your small wins

We all have goals. Financial goals, health goals, personal goals. Sometimes, they’re pretty big goals. While we’re reaching for them, they can seem so far off, and it’s easy to feel like we’re getting nowhere fast. ⁠⁠A couple of years ago, I started keeping track of my small wins in this notebook. It makes such … Read moreAlways celebrate your small wins

In the midst of the bad, there’s always something good

“When I recall where I was, I’m so grateful that I found a way out of it. I still have dark days, but #IChooseBeauty helps me remember that even in the midst of a lot of bad, there’s always something good.” Sahar Aker ⁣⁣That was my quote in Experience Life Magazine a couple of years … Read moreIn the midst of the bad, there’s always something good

Gut-brain connection

Over the last three years, I’ve been reading more about the gut-brain connection, and the role it plays in our mental health. I find this newish research fascinating. You know how you sometimes feel like you have to “go with your gut” or you feel “butterflies” in your stomach when you’re nervous? Scientists say that … Read moreGut-brain connection

Becoming as healthy as “healthy” can be for me

In my family, I’m jokingly (or maybe they’re serious? 🤷🏽‍♀️) known as the food police. I’m pretty picky about all things food – not just what I eat, but what everyone else eats. 🤣JK. Kind of. 🤔I also know all the rules about how long certain foods should sit out etc., and try to enforce … Read moreBecoming as healthy as “healthy” can be for me

Mental Health Month: Why social connection is important for your mental and physical health

MentalHealthMonth : [Social Connections]⠀ Every time we move to a new place (which we have done several times), I really struggle with leaving close friends and family behind and starting over. Maui has been extra challenging for me, especially because I mainly work from home, which can be isolating. I’m so grateful for new friends, … Read moreMental Health Month: Why social connection is important for your mental and physical health

Mental Health Month: How animals can improve your physical and mental health

Mental Health Month : [Animal Companionship]⁣⠀⠀ These two. They’re the most entertaining cats I’ve ever had! My husband named them Bonnie and Clyde, and they definitely act like outlaws! Clyde instigates the crimes, and Bonnie goes along with whatever’s going down. They’re always up to something. 😈 Except for the vet bills from Clyde’s antics … Read moreMental Health Month: How animals can improve your physical and mental health

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

Mental Health Month : [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 … 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.

Read moreFinding clarity in 2019

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