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jenjen1506. End the stigma! Not every struggle is posted, not every hurdle is reco

End the stigma! Not every struggle is posted, not every hurdle is recorded, don't make others feel inadequate or inferior if you don't know their story. #ptsd #bpd #depression #generalisedanxietydisoder #mentalhealthawareness #itsokaynottobeokay #bekind #bebetternotbitter

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bodyposiholly. Let’s talk THERAPY!
The first time I went to therapy was as a kid, whe

Let’s talk THERAPY! The first time I went to therapy was as a kid, when my parents got divorced. I don’t remember too much, except the little magnetic sculpture toy she had in the room that I would pay more attention to than her. I went to church counselors, which (surprise!) were not real counselors, and not any help. I had another therapist in elementary school to help with my anxiety and night terrors, then a Christian counselor my mom wanted me to go to. I lied to her... a lot. So I stopped going. It’s been 6 years, multiple eating disorders, anxiety disorders, and countless traumas later. It’s time, and it’s been time. I started looking for a therapist around a year ago. I was referred to several that were in network, most were full. Or a male, which wasn’t what I felt comfortable with. Or they wouldn’t call back. Or they legitimately didn’t exist. Or they were only for inpatient clients, like, I had to be admitted to get therapy. Or I’d find one! Give them a call, begin the process, and then they’d ask what my little ones name was. What?! Oh...yeah I’m the little one. They only treat children. OR I’d finally get one. I’d show up excited as all hell, she (nothing against smokers) reeked of cigarette smoke, was abrasive, and invalidated me. I was uncomfortable, and wheezy - because I have asthma y’all 😅 It’s been a challenge, a fruitless and discouraging challenge. BUT I am so glad I did not give up, because today I saw a therapist! A nice, kind, relatable, normal VALIDATING therapist. I’m eternally thankful I didn’t give up. I’m lucky to have access to this kind of healthcare, any healthcare, as I know many don’t. I’m so thankful that even though it felt pointless and endless, I stuck it out. With doctors, with therapist, with life, you’re gonna have to keep fighting for yourself. Stand up for yourself. It won’t be easy, but if you don’t do it, who will? Proud of you. Proud of ME! And elated to dig deeper into my healing. Mental. Health. Matters.

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TRUTH BOMB 💣.... ‼️ WE ALL FEEL LONELY AT TIMES ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ With the funeral of my family member next week along with going through a recent break up, I’d be lying if I said I haven’t felt lonely. 😔⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Heartache is the worst. 😭 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Two of my biggest support network have gone and its left me feeling really vulnerable. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’m such a strong person and I bounce back from most things. But with it being so close to Christmas I’ve felt at times really lost and all I’ve wanted to do is withdraw myself. ✋🏻 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ . These feelings of loneliness affect us all and it’s perfectly normal. 👌 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ . My biggest tips for allowing this feeling to pass, is to sit with it and really FEEL it. Because by blocking it, you’ll harm your health. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ . Follow my tips below for overcoming loneliness & heartache ...➡️⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 1️⃣ Be mindful of your thoughts ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 2️⃣ Take it day by day ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 3️⃣ Focus on yourself ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 4️⃣ Practice self love⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 5️⃣ Allow yourself to cry ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 6️⃣ Offer yourself compassion ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 7️⃣ Don't compare your journey with anybody else ⠀⠀⠀⠀ 8️⃣ Feed your soul with inspiring books, utube videos and motivational speakers ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 9️⃣ Exercise ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🔟 Sleep ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ As an Intuitive we find it hard to open up to others who have a different level of consciousness to us. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But know that.....You are NOT alone. 🙏🏻 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ By ollowing the steps above, you will reconnect to yourself and ease your pain. 🤗 ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You got this! Sending you so much love, ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ LJ xx 💕 _____________________________⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #thelifestylebalancegroup #lornajayne

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This time of year is tough, busy and stressful so I took a moment to indulge in a self portrait to remind me (and you if you need it) that it's okay to be tired, it's okay to be sad, it's okay to say 'I understand' when you want to cry, it's okay to miss people & it's okay to say 'no' sometimes too. #loveyourself #itsokaynottobeokay . . . . . #selfportrait #portrait #markers #windsorandnewton #sketch #wip #instaart #instaartist #instagood #artspotlight #artoftheday #artistsoninstagram #selfworth #selflove #selfacceptance #motivation #gratitude #selfloveclub #igotthis #muchbetta #Artlikes #exposure #nofilter #Illustration #ilustraciones #lineart #linework

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• grief + holidays • it’s the most ‘difficult’ time of the year NOTE: this is in no way to detract from the joy this season brings to anyone. the holidays are meant to be special + celebrated with loved ones.. to be filled with beautiful moments + memories to cherish. And I wish that for all...but the reality is that not everyone shares that experience. So.. ✖️ to all the people who are struggling to just get through the holidays - I see you. ✖️ to anyone experiencing anxiety from the overwhelming expectations of the holiday season - I feel you. ✖️ to the peeps who feel isolated or alone through the holidays - I am with you. - ♥️ through the season of joy and giving, here’s to remembering to spread some kindness to ourselves, and to give ourselves the gift of allowing space for our feelings (the tears + the smiles). love to you all ♾ thank you @brodymajor for this shot 📸 - #thinkingoutloud #griefjourney #mymoment #reflection #fridaymood #thoughtoftheday #griefandloss #itsokaynottobeokay #holidayseason #tistheseason #toronto_insta

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thejoesimkins. Day 347 of 365.

Turns out I had messed up my numbers, but still haven

Day 347 of 365. Turns out I had messed up my numbers, but still haven’t missed a day! Thanks for the help Andrew! To donate, head over to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/TheJoeSimkins. All proceeds will go to Mind, and other charities (dependant on the challenge). If you have ideas for challenges, please get in touch! #2019YearOfTheBeard #Charity #Mind #ItsOkayNotToBeOkay #CouchTo5K

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_x.x16.x.x_. #beyourself #beauty #nevergiveup #likeforlikes
#lovestory #depressedli

#beyourself #beauty #nevergiveup #likeforlikes #lovestory #depressedlife #lolsurprise #itsokaynottobeokay °•I have so much sadness in my eyes but still I love you so much °•

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jdkay_13. #topnine I really didn't like my top nine. It reflected absolutely not

#topnine I really didn't like my top nine. It reflected absolutely nothing about the adventure, hardships, breaking through mental boundaries, the lessons, and most of all those who matter most to me. Fake smiles from a very broken depressed person. I don't even see me in there. SO I MADE A PERSONAL TOP NINE. Swipe to see ------------> the nine photos that remind me of who I am, who I want to be, the positive this year has brought and what I fought through like a fucking warrior, I am more than those wretched selfies. I hope, pray and trust 2020 will be far easier on me. Thank you 2019 you almost broke me, but I have taken the lessons to better my life. #2020 #bye2019 #thankyou #personaltopnine #selfie #travel #adventure #trekking #solidarity #depression #solotravel #Europe #family #truefriends #lessons #poverty #isolation #care #selfcare #riseup #animals #accomplishment #hometime #peace #love #contentment #mentalillness #itsokaynottobeokay

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harmedroses. I'm here if you guys need someone to talk to❤

I'm here if you guys need someone to talk to❤

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hjrodgers. Leftovers kedgeree 🍚🌶️🥚
I had loads of pilau rice and spiced cabb

Leftovers kedgeree 🍚🌶️🥚 . I had loads of pilau rice and spiced cabbage left from last night, so I stir fried them together for a few minutes, and then chucked in a tin of sardines (for a dose of omega 3 💙). I topped it off with a fried egg 🍳 and the last of the mint raita 🌿 Very tasty indeed! 😋 . It's just me and the dogs at home tonight. What I think is gonna happen when I have the house to myself for the evening: "I'm gonna stay up late! And drink loads of Jack Daniels! And eat loads of pizza! And watch loads of horror movies! And light loads of candles and incense! Then I'm gonna have a hangover day tomorrow! And lie on the sofa and eat leftover pizza! And watch more horror movies!". . ☝️ This is what always used to happen...plus I'd probably get through a pack of 20 Benson & Hedges (classy, I know 😁). . What actually happens when I have the house to myself in the evening these days: I drink a couple of beers, scroll through Instagram for a bit, decide to cook something, eat said something (very rarely pizza because it gives me horrid indigestion now), start thinking about how an early night might be nice, make a camomile tea, put on pyjamas, get in bed....put on a horror movie, light some incense (some things don't change), and fall asleep by 11pm 😴 Then I wake up early, go for a run, and generally feel pretty good. . It's hard to let go of old ways of being, especially when they feel so integral to who you are as a person. Then I realised you can pick and choose the aspects you keep, and jettison the negative ones. I still love my crap horror movies, I still light candles like electricity isn't a thing, and I still like eating tasty food. I just don't like feeling crap anymore 🤷‍♀️ . Thought I would share this to show how you can still be *you* whilst looking after yourself physically and mentally. . . . . #kedgeree #kedgereerecipe #rice #pilaurice #fishdishes #eggs #healthyrecipes #healthylifestyle #cookingastherapy #cookingismytherapy #mindfulness #selfcare #lookingaftermyself #mentalhealth #managingmentalhealth #itsokaynottobeokay #rehabilitation #goodmentalhealth

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nata_lostyouth. All the words that leave my tongue feel like they came from someone el

All the words that leave my tongue feel like they came from someone else! 🥀. I keep having this feeling that everything it’s so damn fine that scares me... not sure why! Anyone else? 🙋🏻‍♀️

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abrownmother. If you're a thug like me, you HATE to admit you're hurt. (\"NOPE. I don

If you're a thug like me, you HATE to admit you're hurt. ("NOPE. I don't care.")🤷🏽‍♀️🙅🏽‍♀️ . . You'd MUCH rather be #mad 😡 or #indifferent😐...or maybe you like to "forget" hurtful instances and hurtful people altogether. 😑 . . I get it, I promise I do. I love pretending I don't care...but most of the time I do...even when I don't yet know how much I do. . . LISTEN: God's strength is made perfect when we are weak. . . We will NEVER know the full goodness of God...the measure of His love...the significance of Jesus's teachings...or the power and comfort of the Holy Spirit of we stay determined to never be hurt. . . And I didn't learn that from a book. That's what we call a "bought lesson". . . So what about you? Do you have any experience with what I'm talking about? What is your default defense from hurt: anger? Indifference? Amnesia? Tell me below!👇🏽 And tell how you've grown, lessons you've learned, and personal strategies that have helped you overcome. . . #abrownmother #hisstrengthismadeperfectinmyweakness #notbymight #notbypower #emotionalhealth #mentalhealthforblackwomen #itsokaynottobeokay

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moodynichebiitch. this post is different but some may need to hear this. 
you are so inc

this post is different but some may need to hear this. you are so incredibly loved <3 — #aesthetic

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Hairritz Knock will be supporting @everglowhealthandwellbeing. Helping raise mental health awareness💖 Any donations kindly appreciated 💕 Thank you ❣️ #mentalhealthawareness #itsokaynottobeokay #shinealight #mentalhealthsupport #northernireland

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biancabezea. We are all humans and we all have our own battles that probably no one

We are all humans and we all have our own battles that probably no one knows about but even if we can’t figure out our things, we can still be there for the others. We can still be there even without talking about it. HUG MORE OFTEN! Hug a stranger if you see they’re struggling by themselves. Just be there. It may seem like it doesn’t help but trust me, it does! A lot. A simple thing like just offering a hug and telling someone that everything will be okay, can help them a lot. I realised this on my own skin. After a tough week and lack of sleep, I had panic attack in the tube. I was so scared and I felt so lonely and helpless until a girl came over and hugged me tight and saying that everything will be okay. And it helped! A lot! And it also made me realise how wonderful we all are and we can all help each other by being kind. Kindness doesn’t cost anything and makes everything better. Please think about it and consider being more kind and listen to people. It’s okay not to be okay all the time and to have your moments but don’t forget to get up after. You can do it! ~this post is about trying to turn bad experiences into something beautiful and maybe helping you~ • • • • #illustration #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #itsokaynottobeokay #itsok #kindness #selfcare #humans #diary #endthestigma #talkaboutit #igers #dailylife

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kmw_commercial_model. It is 100% okay not to be okay ♥️ I had a bad week. A week filled with

It is 100% okay not to be okay ♥️ I had a bad week. A week filled with grief, trauma and heartbreak. The 3 month anniversary of my beautiful friend who died from mental illness. The start of counselling with the #rapecrisis who by the way are phenomenal. I sat outside tonight and I cried on the phone to one of their counsellors. For half an hour I expressed the pain and heartbreak inside me and I admitted I wasn't okay. That is 100% okay. This is me tired. Tired from the mental effort it takes to go in and be upbeat in a job in retail at christmas. This is me worn out from grieving my friend A. From carrying the weight of feeling like I could have saved her. This is me getting through panic attacks at the flashbacks from sexual assault four years ago. This is me in my natural messy state being human. Feeling pain at times. Feeling happiness at others. Writing my pain in words. Letting it out. Knowing that If I can hold my hands up and say the struggle is real and we all go through it you might know that it's okay to have bad days too. Vulnerability is what makes us strong. Even though it's scary. Scary putting a photo on the perfect filter of the perfect life and accepting that I'll never be perfect. Nor do I want to be. But I will always be honest I will always be real. And I'll always remain true. Hope you enjoy reading my messy thoughts that scramble through my brain ♥️ #itsokaynottobeokay #mentalhealthawareness #nofilter

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Hairritz Knock Road are supporting @everglowhealthandwellbeing Helping raise awareness for mental health in our community💗 Any donation will kindly be appreciated. #shinealight #itsokaynottobeokay #mentalhealthawareness #northernireland #belfast #mentalhealthmatters

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lovedaniellenicole. Me today: Feelin’ sassy & a bit badass-y 😜

Me last night: Well, a pi

Me today: Feelin’ sassy & a bit badass-y 😜 Me last night: Well, a picture’s worth a thousand words (swipe) To be honest, I haven’t actually felt vulnerable posting anything I’ve talked about thus far. This. This post makes me feel vulnerable. It’s easy to talk about my anxiety when I’m managing it well. I have not been managing it well for a little while. I’ve been feeling it build for a few weeks now, but I continuously pushed it back down. I am so freaking sick of feeling anxious 24/7. But instead of dealing with it like a healthy person, I’ve brushed all my feelings under a rug & ignored them. I get tired of talking about it. I get tired of myself. It all just came to a head last night. I cried to Mike for who knows how long. Just talking to him always makes me feel a little better. But crying & talking about it didn’t make my anxiety go away. Nothing makes it go away (for good anyway). & sometimes knowing that it’ll be there in the morning to greet me again is so suffocating. I was still sad when I woke up this morning. I still felt like I had bricks on my chest. But I got up anyway & went about my day. Mike took the day off & the extra time with him is refreshing me. I have to find these little things to be happy about or I would drown. You might be wondering what the point to this post is: There isn’t one. As I stared at my puffy, mascara-covered face last night, I just knew that I needed to talk about THESE moments. The hard ones that you don’t leave feeling much better. But you go on. It is ok to have these moments. You will have better days - even if it doesn’t feel like it right now. Right now, like, as I post this, I feel great. Better than I have in weeks. I’m usually not great at just living in the happy moments. My constant companion is this nagging feeling that something bad is just around the corner. But today, I’m going to live in this happy moment and push away those thoughts. I hope you can find some strength to do the same thing - even if it’s just for a bit. We got this ❤ #anxietysucks #mentalhealthawareness #showmeyourdarkness #livingwithanxiety

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I have never been good at asking for or accepting help. Even though I am so willing to help others, it is often difficult for me to be on the receiving end of help. ✨ . This challenge largely stems from my struggles with mental health. Having spent the last decade battling mental illness, I have become accustomed to feeling like I am a burden on those around me. It has nothing to do with my loved ones or their desire and ability to help me, but everything to do with my brain telling me that I’m just weighing everyone down around me. Mental illness tricks you into believing that you’re unworthy, unloveable, and undeserving of good things. These beliefs settle in your bones like a damp winter chill that’s impossible to shake. ✨ . I’ve been working on getting better at asking for help when I need it and trying to accept it even when my stubborn tendencies kick in. When my pride or my mind try to tell me that I don’t need help or that I don’t deserve it. ✨ . I am so grateful for the love and patience of my loved ones who have been beside me every step of the way, extending a helping hand whenever they can (even if I don’t take it). Know that if you have a loved one suffering in their mental health that even if they don’t take you up on your offer, just offering to be there, to help, to listen, to just sit in silence... whatever it is, the offer itself means more than you know. Be patient with them and keep offering. Let them know you’re not going anywhere. Let them know often that they are not alone. Tell them you love them. Tell them you support them. It makes a world of difference (even if they don’t or can’t tell you it does). ✨ . Big thank you to @kelleysecord for coming over and making my bed and vacuuming my condo today. And to @papaseeks for taking out my garbage and washing my dishes yesterday. And to every single person who has been sending me love, offers, and light over the years. It takes a village and I know I can be a stubborn human with rapid mood swings and misplaced anger, but thank you for never giving up on me. And of course, thank you to the OG sass monster @aharlequintail for keeping my head above water. I am endlessly grateful for you all. ✨

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melonchloia. Hi everyone, I hope you're all having a good week so far. Just a few l

Hi everyone, I hope you're all having a good week so far. Just a few life updates - I've decided that I am going to be doing dry January (no alcohol for the month) as I am a little bit concerned with having a fatty liver. My uncle died of liver cirrhosis so this frightens me a little, but he was very much an alcoholic. I am unsure if alcohol is the cause of mine as I don't drink that much and multiple things can cause fatty liver, but I think it's worth doing regardless. This will be especially hard because my friend has her 21st that month and it'll be strange to be sober 😂 I have upped my exercise, trying to loose a tiny bit of weight and following a stricter diet to lower my cholesterol. This feels a little bit frustrating as I am not overweight nor unhealthy and have hereditary predisposition for high cholesterol (from my mum, who is underweight and /incredibly/ healthy). If anyone else with a fatty liver or high cholesterol could weigh in on any helpful tips that'd be great! { #chronicillness #chronicpain #chronicfatiguesyndrome #spoonie #illness #invisibleillness #itsokaynottobeokay #fibrowarrior #fibromyalgia #mentalillness #mentalhealth #anxiety }

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#Repost @pandas_uk (@get_repost) ・・・ Tag somebody who needs a little positivity in their day today 🐝 don’t forget to take hold of some positivity for you today too! // 📸: @mynames_ellen // If you need somebody to talk to, the PANDAS foundation free helpline is available today from 9am - 8pm on 0808 1961 776 💜 #mumlife #dadlife #pandashr #parenting #perinatalmentalhealth #pmh #perinatalpositivity #postnataldepression #maternalmentalhealth #maternalmentalhealthawareness #paternalmentalhealth #wecansupportyou #itsokaynottobeokay #presencenotpresents #advent #christmas

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eloisefitness.uk. 🌟Your \"why\"🌟
Working out your \"why\" for training is super important.

🌟Your "why"🌟 Working out your "why" for training is super important. If this is a clear focus, you can use it in the hard moments; when training feels hard. When carrying on feels pointless. This week, my "why" has been to distract, and clear my head of negative thoughts. Today should have been my Dad's birthday, but this is the ninth birthday without him here. Around this date, my mind whirls; picking out things that I have said, remembering ways in which I wasn't so nice, reminding me of what I could have done differently - and urges me to feel guilt. But if I can just recognise these feelings are normal and sit with them, wait it out, be kind to myself - I know they will pass eventually. I think that being active, running with other people make them pass quicker too. A reminder that it might be a happy, festive season, but it's normal to have days when you're not so happy. That's ok!! 💗 #running #run #runnersofinstagram #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #grief #runhappy #runningismytherapy #fitness #coach #fit #inspiration #happiness #mindfulness #kind #training #itsokaynottobeokay

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