In the rush of all the holiday stuff happening, I gave you the wrong cut-off dates for shipping products from my I Choose Beauty Shop! 😬 So sorry! But… the good news is you get a few more days than I thought!
BREATHE is a great reminder this time of year. And honestly, it’s a practice that’s become a part of my life every single day. Whenever I feel like my negative thoughts are racing and getting out of control or when my anxiety is high, I force myself to take just a couple of minutes to breathe.
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LET IT GO is one of the mantras I still struggle with, and have to seriously say to myself: “Sahar, stop. Just let it go!” I have a hard time hanging on to things that hurt me in the past or things that didn’t go well… and that’s not good for my mental health.
FOCUS ON THE GOOD is one of the main mantras that really helped me when I was going through the worst with my depression. I still rely on it pretty much every day, and constantly remind myself to focus on the good.
To me, SAVOR THE LAUGHTER, is what life’s really all about. We’re all going to have hardship and loss in our lives – that’s inevitable. But there will also be good times!
KEEP GOING is another mantra that rescued me when I was at my worst with depression. It was such a struggle to do anything, even the things I loved. That’s what depression does to you. On some days, it took all I had just to get out of bed. But I knew I had to find the strength to keep going.
BE HAPPY WITH NOW was a really tough one for me to wrap my head around. How can you possibly be happy with what you have now, when you want so much more? Does it mean you have to settle? I finally learned that the two can indeed co-exist..
I want to start sharing with you the meaning behind my I CHOOSE BEAUTY designs and mantras, and how they ended up on the products in my Shop. I created everything using the healing power of words, something I turned to when I was going through my severe depression.
Both your body and your mind need consistent exercise for your overall fitness. Train your brain to reframe negative self-talk, to see the good, to be grateful.
Focus on the good… especially through the bad times.
Things will get better. Hold on.
It’s easy to take it all for granted – especially the small things.
Wanting more, versus being grateful for what you’ve got: it’s a modern-day conundrum.
“I’m sorry, but we have to let you go.”
They tell you he’s in a better place. That everything happens for a reason. That good will prevail. That time heals all wounds. Frankly, you’ve been having a little trouble buying it.
That thing—it was done to you. That thing that no one else has had to suffer through, you did. That thing that turned your life so upside down, you didn’t even recognize yourself, for a while. That thing gave you scars, and made you hate the mirror for a while, didn’t it?
One morning in 1982, a bright 17 year-old girl opened a rejection letter from her dream college. In the following years, she lost her mother and miscarried her first child. Her husband was abusive and after just a year of marriage, she was a divorced, single mother suffering from severe depression. She relied on welfare to make ends meet and at 30, she contemplated suicide.
On the couch one evening. She sits alone, in her head, thoughts ruminating and weighing her down. The television flickers unimportantly. Background noise.
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.
Sometimes very basic words are all you need to make it through the day. When I was in the thick of my depression, I would repeat to myself, “It’s going to be okay” over and over.