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My morning practice to fight depression

Beyond the Beauty: When your alarm goes off in the morning, do you immediately pick up your phone (because your phone is also your alarm, of course), check your texts, emails, social media platforms, and the news before you get out of bed? You know that’s like crash-landing into the start of your day, right?! … Read more My morning practice to fight depression

My nightly practice to fight depression

#MentalHealthMonday.My evening routine for the last several years is something that takes just a few minutes, but makes a world of difference in how I feel about myself... especially when I'm down. It's a tool I learned in therapy that helps to train your brain to notice the good in yourself and in your life, even if things are crappy in your world..Every night before I go to bed, I ask myself these three questions:.1. What am I grateful for today (or what went well today)?.2. What's something I did today that makes me proud of myself?.3. What am I looking forward to tomorrow?.Some nights, the answers come quickly; other times it's a major struggle, but those are the times I know I need this exercise the most..Try adding this practice to your day, and see how you feel when you do it consistently..Sometimes the answers can seem so insignificant, like "I'm proud of myself for checking the mail"... but actually, that IS a big deal if you're not feeling well. It's still something that you made happen and you should be proud of every little thing..This definitely works better for me if I write down the answers, so that's what I recommend you do. Start a journal or keep track digitally in your notepad on your phone. It can be so therapeutic to read through your answers once you've been at it awhile: at You’ll see all the things you accomplished, all the things that went well in your life, everything you have to look forward to!.I hope this helps you as much as it helps me. And if you need more ideas on how to stay mentally healthy, my partner, @mentalhealthamerica has lots of good info. Just click on the link in my bio and go to the "Mental Health America" button. #beyondthebeauty.: @angelous8103

Beyond the Beauty: My evening routine for the last several years is something that takes just a few minutes, but makes a world of difference in how I feel about myself… especially when I’m down. It’s a tool I learned in therapy that helps to train your brain to notice the good in yourself and in your life, even if things are crappy in your world.

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LET’S TALK ABOUT: How physical health problems take their toll on your mental health

#MentalHealthMondayBeyond the Beauty: Let's talk about how physical health problems take their toll on your mental health. For as long as I can remember, I've had a crappy immune system - ever since I was a kid, I was always fighting something. But my longest battle was with endometriosis, and it definitely contributed to my depression..30+ years of on-and-off excruciating, debilitating pain from endometriosis really got to me. I've had five surgeries for the disease, and each recovery was a little harder. I felt like my body was failing me. And after every surgery, it was like starting over to get back to my usual exercise routine and feel "normal" again..Then out of nowhere, right after my fifth surgery for endometriosis, came lichen planus - an autoimmune disease that affects the skin. It itches and scabs like crazy, and it was all over my arms, legs, and torso. I felt hideous and self conscious. I wore long sleeves whenever I could (even in the spring and summer) and couldn’t stand to look at myself in the mirror..That was when I was at my worst with my depression. And my health was definitely a huge factor. I'm telling you all this because I want you to know that if you have medical problems and you're feeling depressed or anxious, you are not alone..If you're not sure if you're having symptoms of a mental health condition, my partner, @mentalhealthamerica has mental health screenings you can take to find out. Just click on the the link in my bio and go to the "Mental Health America" button. Recovery is possible - I'm living proof.

Let’s talk about: How physical health problems take their toll on your mental health. For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a crappy immune system – ever since I was a kid, I was always fighting something. But my longest battle was with endometriosis, and it definitely contributed to my depression.

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Going beyond #IChooseBeauty to fight depression

#MentalHealthMonday: It takes more than noticing the beauty in life (like this aisle filled with dark chocolate ) to put that smile on my face..Living with depression is a daily struggle, and while choosing to see beauty in every day is a HUGE part of what helps me feel better, I want to share more with you about all the other things I have to consistently do to keep from slipping back down that dark hole I was in a few years ago. The work does not stop, you guys. It's a forever fight. And some days are definitely harder than others..But I want you all to know there is light. Please don't give up. And if you need help, please reach out. My partner @mentalhealthamerica can help you learn about the many treatment options - just click on the "Mental Health America" link in my bio..Look for more about my journey with depression and my daily coping tools here on Mondays and in my InstaStories thoughout the week. I will also be sharing on IGTV because some things are easier to explain on video in increments longer than 15 seconds at a time. I sincerely hope that what I’ve learned can perhaps help you... or someone you know who's struggling. xxoo #IChooseBeauty

Truth: It takes more than noticing the beauty in life (like this aisle filled with dark chocolate) to put that smile on my face. Living with depression is a daily struggle, and while choosing to see beauty in every day is a HUGE part of what helps me feel better, I want to share more with you about all the other things I have to consistently do to keep from slipping back down that dark hole I was in a few years ago.

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The healing power of words

I’ve always had a thing for words. From the time I was a little girl inseparable from the E. E. Cummings book my dad gave me to my career as a journalist, words have always had a special place in my heart..So I suppose it’s no surprise that it was words that came to my rescue a few years ago..When I was at the worst with my depression, I remember so desperately looking for the right words. The ones that help you hold on when you feel like your world is slipping through your fingers; bring you peace when you’re at war with yourself, and comfort you when you wish the hurting would just stop..I took screenshots of inspirational quotes, bought a ton of coping books, and hung art filled with positive messages. What I finally clung to – and still return to – are the words I learned during my therapy. They kept me going when I wanted to stop, brought me strength on days I felt too weak to get out of bed, and gave me hope that things really would get better..Every session, I wrote down the coping statements as I learned them:.Hold on.Focus on the good.Breathe.Pages and pages of notes that last year turned into the Notes to Self collection. I wanted to share them with you on t-shirts, coffee mugs and pillows. I want the bright colors to lift your spirits and the words to give you strength, peace and light..And I want the healing to spread. For every purchase from the Notes to Self line, I Choose Beauty will donate 5% of the net proceeds to @mentalhealthamerica to educate the public about mental illness and wellness..Most importantly – if you’re depressed or know someone who is, please get help. Therapy saved my life, and it could be the beginning of your journey to healing. #mentalhealthmatters #IChooseBeauty

I’ve always had a thing for words. From the time I was a little girl inseparable from the E. E. Cummings book my dad gave me to my career as a journalist, words have always had a special place in my heart. So I suppose it’s no surprise that it was words that came to my rescue a few years ago.

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Seek mental health help as you would medical help

Starting today... I’ll be sharing #MentalHealthMonday posts from @MentalHealthAmerica as part of our partnership and my commitment to bringing more awareness to mental health..Look for mental health tips, resources, news, and more. It’s important to me to keep talking about mental health, reduce the stigma, and make sure you know there’s help if you’re struggling. Getting treatment saved my life. ️#mentalhealthawareness #IChooseBeauty #Repost @mentalhealthamerica with @get_repost・・・Oftentimes, we are subtly taught that #mentalillness is a weakness in our character. But imagine a scenario where someone broke a leg. Certainly no one would ask him to run a marathon. He would seek medical help, give himself time to heal, and get back to his regular routine when his physical health was back on track. ⠀⠀It works the same for a broken brain. You wouldn’t be able to function at 100 percent, and like someone with a broken leg, no one should expect you to. The same #recovery process would ensue: you would seek medical help (talk to a mental health professional), give yourself time to recover, and get back into the swing of daily life when your mental health felt more manageable. It really should be that simple.⠀⠀Unfortunately, people do not always view physical health and mental health in the same way, and it can be incredibly difficult to ask those you love for help because of that #stigma. Even those with the best intentions may not give you the help you need, or they may not have the reaction that you are looking for. ⠀⠀The first thing to recognize is that what you are experiencing is real, and your feelings are valid. ⠀⠀Educate yourself about your own illness, so you can feel reassured about what you are experiencing and you can educate others when they don’t understand. Talk to someone you trust about your mental health concerns, and don’t stop reaching out until you find someone who will take your concerns seriously.

Starting today… I’ll be sharing #MentalHealthMonday posts from @MentalHealthAmerica as part of our partnership and my commitment to bringing more awareness to mental health. Look for mental health tips, resources, news, and more. It’s important to me to keep talking about mental health, reduce the stigma, and make sure you know there’s help if you’re struggling. Getting treatment saved my life.

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