Day 25 of the #meaningfulminds30daymentalhealthchallenge#meaningfulmindspsychologists Find someone that inspires you. Inspiration comes in many forms. It comes from our thoughts and dreams, from those around us, from social media, from what we read and who we follow. Surrounding ourselves with inspirational people and information helps create internal inspiration. If you are feeling a bit low or unmotivated, it can be very helpful to follow someone who truly inspires you. Stepping out of your thoughts for a moment can help to reframe a situation.
My inspirational person is Australian fitness entrepreneur, Kayla Itsines. I really enjoy her posts about health, fitness and motivation. I have followed her program and found it very beneficial for me. I also find her inspiring as a young person who has reached great success.
Who do you find inspirational?
Until tomorrow ... Chevonne
Take time to play!
When it comes to problem solving today’s leaders need creativity in spades! Yet longer work hours, less vacation time, family responsibilities...everything adds-up and often leads us to cut back on the things proven to increase not only our creativity but also our resiliency.
Be silly, daydream, have a tickle fight...let your mind wander and problems slip away even for a few hours. You’ll come back with a different perspective and likely lower blood pressure 😉
Here's a little secret...
Nobody is perfect! Not one single one of us! We are all just living our life the best way we know how. Yet still, we are all amazing and wonderful and unique to ourselves💜
Here is something about me that you may not know. I am my own worse critique and sometimes I can be really harsh on myself. I set un reasonable expectations, and then kick myself when I don't reach them.However, in my journey of self-care and self love I am growing and learning. Learning that I am not perfect, and that this is okay. Learning that I am fantastic and wonderfully made just the way I am. I am growing into the person I am called to be. When I find myself being harsh on myself I stop and pause. I ask myself what I say to a friend if they were saying this about themselves? Chances are I would probably give them the third degree about how they shouldn't be so hard on themselves and should realise just how wonderful they are. So if I would say this to a friend then why not myself?
There's so many stresses and so much pressure in life, so in the midst of it all it is so important to look after yourself and speak good of yourself. Positive self talk allows us to change the way we think about ourselves and is an aid to us achieving great things. So be sure to check in regularly and take care of the wonderful being you are.
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Ma formule... je ne l’échangerais pour une autre! Ça c’est garantie!!! Elle est ma formule gagnante!!! Elle me permet d’être Focus et de toujours garder ma motivation!! Sérieux, je n’ai aucune raison de ne pas m’entraîner!!! ☀️Beau temps ⛈mauvais temps, la température ne fait plus partie de mes excuses, 🚫Aucun déplacement 🚗
Je n’ai pas à attendre⏳ après les équipements
Ni faire des séances d’une heure et demi ⏰! J’ai une panoplie de programmes!!! Si j’ai envi de faire du yoga 🧘♀️ ou du cardio 🏃🏻♀️, je peux!!! Et des nouveautés, il y en a souvent donc aucun temps de m’ennuyer! Il y a toujours un nouveau challenge! Sans payer une cent de plus!
Je garde mes enfants 👧🏻👦🏻 et leur donne le parfait exemple!!! Mais le plus important dans tout ça? Elle me garde en forme autant physiquement que MENTALEMENT! Elle me permet d’être plus productive et plus patiente dans mes tâches!
J’ai de l’énergie pour suivre la vie active de mes enfants! (2 petits singes🐒 sérieux 😂) et même motivé à faire des activités avec eux!! Retourner dans les salles d’entraînement ou participer à des cours en groupes, c’est fini pour moi! Je n’y retournerai plus!! Si vous êtes comme moi, que vous avez une vie chargée! Très occupé et malheureusement n’avez pas le temps de prendre soin de votre santé comme que vous le voudriez, croyez moi que ma plateforme est la solution pour vous!!! On devrait mettre du temps sur notre santé comme qu’on met du temps sur tout le reste! Pourtant elle devrait faire partie de votre priorité!! Sans elle, on vaut rien... Tu veux en savoir plus?
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YOUR BELLY BRAIN - THE MAGIC, MYSTERY + TRUTH FROM WITHIN 🙏🔥 The relationship between your brain and your gut is so much more intimate than we have ever thought before - they are deeply connected and work together in incredible ways. You gut is your second brain.
Check out my new blog post for juicy info on the emotional, physiological and mental effects of our gut health, as well as a recipe for my Kimchi - a delicious, tummy-hugging fermented treat full of good bacteria for a healthy gut + happy you. ☺️ #guthealth#fermentedfoods#bellylove#mentalhealth#healwithfood#gutsecondbrain#gutbrainconnection 📸 I would love to credit the designer of this gorgeous picture - please let me know if this is yours so that I can credit you! X
Soooo 25 has been rough. It's been the worst year in my life for mental health. Ever feel like your losing control of how you react and feel about things? Yeah me majority of the time. Between over reacting to self sabotage I'm so ready to get a hold on the reins of my fucking mind. Between loosing my best friend of 5 years (Bleu) and isolating myself from as many people as possible I just want to GET A GRIP. Sorry for the lame ass post but if any one has had a "quarter life crisis"- I guess, any inspirational words are crazy appreciated. #mentalhealth#growingintomyself#feelinglikeacrazyass
I wonder how different had my life turned out if I had come across this quote 20 years ago. I hope it changes someone's today. Who is just in a relationship because they want the security it provides rather than facing the lack of it in their lives.
Love me some lower body warm up drills. 🔽
One of my go-to’s is the stability ball hamstring curl. 🔽🔽
These work well if jumping right into something like body weight squats seem to irritate your lower back.
Did you know Mindful Maguire has been on the Radio!
Here's a link to my interview on Spice FM's radio show Mentally Sound where we discuss all things mindfulness and running.
I join the show from 1 hour 41 mins mark.
Strengths & Weakness⠀
You know what I was thinking about today? 🤔 it’s funny how we all have our own strengths and weaknesses. And what I think happens many times...at least I know it does to me 🙋🏻♀️...is that instead of focusing on and being grateful for our strengths, we hone in more on our weaknesses 😔⠀
And what’s worse, many times I find myself focusing more on other peoples strengths...and not in a good way. Often times I see a strength in someone else that is a weakness in me and I beat myself up about not being as strong in that area. 🙄 so ridiculous. ⠀
Let me give you a real world example. I have some friends who are SO incredibly thoughtful. You probably have a friend or two like this. They give the most thoughtful and intentional gifts...they remember all the occasions...they make every event or interaction feel special and thought out. It’s amazing. They are amazing. ⠀
I do not have this strength 😑 I’m one of the worst gift giver...and when I do give a gift it’s so #basic and predictable 🤣I’m not good at coming up with creative, unique, special ways to show someone that I love them. Don’t get me wrong, I show people that I love and care about them, but this just isn’t a way of doing that that I’m good at. ⠀
Now - here’s the thing. You know what...it’s totally ok. It’s ok that it’s not my strength. It’s ok that I don’t give the best gifts. And it’s awesome that I have people around me that do.⠀
It’s ok to be different. It’s ok to play off of each other’s strengths and weaknesses. And most importantly, it’s ok to be ok with it. To say to yourself “I don’t have to beat myself up or feel bad that I’m not that good at that.”⠀
Because you have strengths that other people don’t...you have strengths that fill voids where others fall short. You have strengths that build others up and play a role. ⠀
So...if this has ever been something you’ve struggled with like me, let this be a gentle reminder to show yourself grace in areas that may not be your strongest...don’t dwell or beat yourself up about them. Instead...focus on your strengths and how to best use them, and how to see the beauty in the differences between you and those around you
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This morning, I came across this story & it resonated with me so much. Thank you @woolyarnz for putting into words what I could not. Friendship is so bloody important & having the support of people you THINK of as your friends is what matters to you when you aren't well.
Yeah, guess what, I've got anxiety.
I had to leave university because I was no longer well enough to finish my course. In the words of my doctor, "If you went back to do those exams in January, you would be hospitalised".
Anxiety & all mental health topics are taboo but I'm fed up of pretending 🤷♀️ We NEED to talk about these things so we can HELP people get through them.
**Also if you don't know what to say, try being honest. It's a good starting point.**
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Real and raw. Something most people don’t know about me....I’ve struggled with depression nearly all my life. I believe it’s genetic, it runs in the family. I remember years ago and my first serious struggle with it, I literally felt crippled and like I couldn’t get out of bed, no matter how hard I tried. My life was good, I was 19 and had just successfully passed my first few investments exams... I should be excited! Although I didn’t know it at the time, this feeling of crippling depression would rear its head at some of the most inconvenient times, times where I had amazing momentum, living in my $1 million dream home, traveling the country speaking for Tony Robbins. The thing is, DESPITE how you feel, you can still get up and go after your dreams, you can DECIDE that you will take action despite how you feel. The #1 most important thing I’ve learned, is that something OUTSIDE of you will never, never, never bring you fulfillment and happiness. The only thing that will is undying SELF LOVE for yourself. So today, regardless of how you feel and what’s going on in your life...choose love, choose self love. #real#raw#thisisreallife
Why Social Justice?
There is so much to say about this.
This is just a tiny, personal piece.
For a long time I worked on myself. My family.
I saw it as a way to not only heal, but as a way to contribute to the healing of the world.
To an extent, it’s true.
Its not enough to just do the personal work. We think that understanding the idea of oneness is actual oneness. It’s not.
If we are indeed all one, and we are, how can we turn our actions from the insane injustices of the world? The more closely you look, the more you learn. The more you learn the more you realize how you are, as a privileged person, contributing to the injustices, because you were taught to. This is where we can get stuck, and close our eyes, because what we see is ugly, dirty, hard, or painful.
Don’t. Do. That.
In order to make evolutionary progress and begin understanding we have to get uncomfortable. This is how we grow, how a sprout bursts from the seed.
I’ll be sharing posts of all of the people I’m learning about social justice from.
We have to be really honest about where we are at. We all want to be together, loving, wise, compassionate, and awesome, but as long as we’re maintaining the goodness of our identity, we’re not able to see our shadow work with honesty. Getting honest is not about self abuse. It’s just honesty, so we can get real with where we’re at with ourself, our health, our feelings, our traumas, our internalized racism, the patriarchy, all of it.
We all carry unintegrated traumas. Mental health is a way bigger issue than most are willing to admit, even to ourselves. We’ve all learned racism.
This is just a little bit of the reason why social justice is crucial, and why it is spiritual work.
When you've already been engaged once so you decide to put a ring on it yourself 🤗. I was engaged for 2 years before my ex left, I was with him for 4 excruciating years unfortunately.
I'm not exactly sure why I said yes to marrying him but I think I have a pretty good idea why.
At the time I didn't know I had borderline personality disorder so I was at an all time high, my emotions were all over the place, the doctors were experimenting with my medication because nothing would work, my depression was getting worse and the anxiety oh goodness that was just a mess.
My ex was just there to put everything on, I put all of my problems on him so I didn't have to deal with them so it was easier. I don't think I loved him, i just put up with him because I was comfortable and I was just happy someone was in to crazy me. I said yes because I didn't want to be alone with my problems and I couldnt face them alone.
As the years went by we started to resent each other and emotionally abusing each other getting worse and worse as the days went by. Deep down I was pushing him away so he would leave because I couldn't do it myself because I couldn't do it anymore I couldn't be with him.
He started seeing someone else while he was still with me which I found out after he left.
Its been just over a year and a half since that happened now and I couldn't be happier that it did because he wasn't the one for me and I can deal with this illness on my own, I have the courage. I have my friends and my family standing by my side, I don't need a stupid relationship.
Too much emotional trauma that I don't need in my life right now
Let’s talk about saffron! In a previous post I discussed how curcumin the active ingredient in turmeric is a great antidepressant (curcumin in the form of BCM-95 at a dose of 500 mg twice a day) Now according to a meta-analysis published in Human Psychopharmacology the petals and the stigmas of the Crocus sativus plant contain crocin and safranal, believed to be saffron’s active components and natural antidepressants. According to the World Health Organization, 350 million people worldwide are affected by depression. Making it the leading cause of disability.The estimates for a diagnosis of adult depressive disorders number close to 16 million adults per year, or 6.7% of all U.S. adults! Now let's consider that antidepressants are used to treat many disorders not only depression, but also anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic pain, and mood disorders. Double-blind, randomized, controlled trial compared the effects of saffron with fluoxetine (generic form of Prozac) in 40 people with major depression.Saffron was shown to reduce depressive symptoms compared with 20 mg per day of fluoxetine and 100 mg per day of imipramine, according to the meta-analysis. If you want to follow the same protocol as those used in the study try saffron in the form of a standardized extract of Crocus sativus petals at a dose of 15 mg twice a day.Derived from the saffron flower Crocus sativus, saffron has demonstrated anticancer, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antiplatelet effects, as well as a potential for preventing and treating Alzheimer’s disease and macular degeneration. #depression#naturesmedicine#holistichealth#health#wellnessblogger#mentalhealth#antidepressants#saffron#curcumin
#55 - Nikolaus Von Kues: Coincidenta Oppositorum
I had the amazing opportunity this month with @hoheluftmagazin a philosophy magazine based in Germany who commissioned this piece for their article on Nikolaus Von Kues (Scroll right ➡️ to see it!). Von Kues was a philosopher, astronomer, theologian and inventor who lived between 1401 to 1464, which posed a problem for my Spectator Jonze project - I couldn't interview him. I wouldn't be able to get into his head. So I spent hours reading articles, journals and his writings to learn his thoughts, his conflicts, his contributions and his theories. I really enjoyed trying to understand his inner workings and put together the many aspects of his life into one potrait. Although they were separate studies in his life, I ended up anchoring his portrait on simplifying his contradictions and commitments between religion (Peace of Faith), humanity (Learned Ignorance) and then astronomy (Infinity of the Universe). And to add an extra thing into the pile, he was also the inventor of the concave lens, so I threw a fancy pair of spectacles on him.
The main thing I derived from Cusa's writings is that we have to learn to live with an absence of certainty, as it is this very absence of certainty which is the source of our creativity. It fuels the desire to attain knowledge and gives room for freedom. And it is this very notion of his, that allowed me to explore with his portrait and my creativity, for I was unable to personally speak with him in an interview to be certain of his thoughts and I had to sift through different Renaissance paintings and sculptures of him to attain the knowledge of his facial features. But look, he's a smart man because, I did get creative and I had a lot of freedom.
We’re reaching the end of 2018, and I have one question for you; 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐲?
I can honestly tell you 𝐲𝐞𝐬.
I became 𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟𝐢𝐬𝐡.
I decided I deserved more than what I was 𝐀𝐋𝐋𝐎𝐖𝐈𝐍𝐆, so I stopped allowing myself to be mistreated. By others and by myself.
Things started looking up.
So if you said no, why?
As cliché as it is.
𝕐𝕆𝕌 𝔸ℝ𝔼 𝕀ℕ ℂ𝕆ℕ𝕋ℝ𝕆𝕃 𝕆𝔽 𝕐𝕆𝕌ℝ 𝕆𝕎ℕ ℍ𝔸ℙℙ𝕀ℕ𝔼𝕊𝕊.
Once you realize your power everything can and will change.
DM me if you want to make change in your life
*𝐈 𝐚𝐦 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐚 𝐜𝐞𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐟𝐢𝐞𝐝 𝐚𝐧𝐲𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠, 𝐣𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡 𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐲 𝐡𝐨𝐨𝐩𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐡𝐮𝐫𝐝𝐥𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐡𝐞𝐥𝐩 𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐬
"Triggers can fall into two categories: Internal Triggers and External Triggers. Internal triggers are things that you feel or experience inside your body. Internal triggers include thoughts or memories, emotions, and bodily sensations (for example, your heart racing). External triggers are situations, people, or places that you might encounter throughout your day (or things that happen outside your body). Listed below are some common internal and external triggers.
Feeling out of control
Seeing a news article that reminds you of your traumatic event
Watching a movie or television show that reminds you of your traumatic event
Seeing a car accident
The end of a relationship
A specific place
Seeing someone who reminds you of a person connected to your traumatic event. "Now think of when your PTSD symptoms usually come up. Ask yourself the following questions to identify your triggers: What types of situations are you in? What is happening around you? What kind of emotions are you feeling? What thoughts are you experiencing? What does your body feel like? Get out a sheet of paper and write down as many internal and external triggers as you can. Now, the best way of coping with triggers is to avoid them altogether. However, this is almost impossible to do. Why? Well, you cannot really avoid your thoughts, emotions, and bodily sensations. Much of these are out of our control. In regard to external triggers, we can take some steps to manage our environment (for example, not going to certain places that we know will trigger us), but we cannot control everything that happens to us. For example, you might inadvertently come into contact with a news story or conversation that reminds you of your traumatic event. Because we often cannot avoid triggers, it is important to learn effective, healthy coping strategies for lessening the impact of triggers."