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50 Self-Loving Affirmations

Self-love is incredibly important, especially for those of us who struggle with disabilities, mental illness, or difficult lives. We often develop beliefs about ourselves and the world that create negative thoughts (like “I am unworthy”). It’s these beliefs that affirmations can change. They effectively help us live a more positive and love-filled life. Affirmations are powerful statements that have the ability to change our beliefs about anything. For the greatest impact, affirmations are spoken aloud first...

Overcome Adversity Through Love and Compassion

Love can triumph over hardship of any intensity. It has the ability to overcome adversity of any kind. Love is something we can access no matter what life has handed us, and no matter how hard our circumstances are to survive. It is an innate emotion and one of incredible power. The best way to overcome adversity is to create meaning from the situation. This helps us in many ways. Instead of denying the reality...

Real Advice from People Living with Mental Illness

The world is filled with people giving advice. Many people love to tell those of us living with mental illness how we can live better, but not many of these people have actually experienced mental illness. Advice from peers who know what it’s like to have these unique struggles is essential. These difficulties are unique to us, so we need individualized support and inspiration, too. This blog is a powerful collection of such advice. 14...

4 Things You Need to Hear When Living With Mental Illness

  Living with mental illness can be really hard. The stigmas of society, on top of the symptoms of our mental illness, can form a painful cocktail that can really bring us down at times. I’ve created this video and blog because you deserve to hear these positive things about yourself. You deserve to feel uplifted and treasured today. What I say in this video is the truth; what people who try to invalidate us say is...

Bad Day? 6 Powerful Ways to Get Through It

Every single person experiences at least one bad day in their life. It’s a part of living and it’s a part of being human. Most likely, everyone experiences a lot more than just a single one, and those of us living with mental illness tend to experience even more bad days than those without mental illness. Getting through a bad day can feel like time is dragging on, infinitely slow and filled with difficulty after difficulty....

Change the World by Helping One Person

Please note that this blog briefly mentions suicide and abuse. Neither are mentioned in graphic detail. Have you ever wanted to change the world in a positive way? It is completely possible for you to. If you hear “but you’re just one person” in your head, this blog is for you. In many cases, making a difference can be as simple as acting on our desire, yet something still seems to hold many of us...

Love Your Body Through Conscious Eating

If you struggle to love your body, you’re not alone. In fact, it’s rare to meet someone who feels completely confident in their skin. With the amount of media attention focusing on what we "should" look like, we all have skewed perceptions of our own appearance. But, you know what? You’re beautiful. To help you realize this, I’ve shared one of my most powerful practices here in this blog. It has helped me go from...

Use the Power of Choice to Create the Life of Your Dreams

The intentions we set and the choices we make are what propels us towards our dreams. Life will throw many different situations at us, but ultimately we are in control of how these situations affect us when we view the big picture of our own path. I’m a very spiritual person, but I’ve never believed in strict destiny. I don't think we choose pain and suffering as a part of our life. These horrible experiences are...

16 Ways to Enjoy the Holidays When You Have a Mental Illness

The holiday season presents a lot of challenges for everyone. It’s a time of year focused on family, love, and connection, but stress, consumerism, loneliness, and a bunch more unpleasant feelings like to mix themselves in with the merriment. Although each person can probably identify a stressor that prevents them from fully enjoying the holidays, us living with mental illness have an even harder time. Sometimes it’s spending a holiday with family and friends that...

Find Peace by Expressing Your Emotions

Sometimes, it’s helpful to be upset.  Mindfulness is characterized by not resisting our reality, and sometimes that reality is emotional upset. Sometimes peaceful acceptance lies not in avoiding the upset, but rather in letting it rule us for a hot second. Although it might sound backwards, freeing our emotions allows us to keep calm when we need it most.  Peace can arrive post-emotion. The way this works is because, when we ignore the upset, we’re actually resisting...

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