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Positive Affirmations for You to Use the Week of October 3rd – 9th

Hi friends!

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Happy October! Since I grew up in New England, this is one of my absolute favorite times of year. The changing leaves, flavors, activities, and movies are just a few reasons why! Now that I live in Florida… I don’t get to see the leaves as often (though I will be making a trip north in two weeks and will be able to take in allllll the fall foliage, which I am thrilled about.) and the activities and food just aren’t the same when the weather is warm.

Although I love this time of year, historically, this is also when my mental health starts to go downhill. With the changing weather, and shorter days, and less sun, and pressure of the holidays and having a “good fall” and “good winter”, and wanting to do more indoor activities (crocheting and reading were made for autumn days with candles!), it is easy for my mental health to decline.

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I’ve accepted that entering another depressive episode soon is a real possibility, but I’m also doing everything I can to stay mentally healthy. Obviously using my skills helps, but it doesn’t guarantee that I won’t have another depressive episode.

One of the things I do every single day for my mental health is practice positive affirmations, and at the beginning of every week, I share what affirmations I’ll be using with you!

I always share them in the order that I’ll be using them (1 is Sunday, 2 is Monday, 3 is Tuesday, etc.) but I encourage you to use them in whatever order or way best serves your needs.

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I hope you all have a great week, and remember to show yourself kindness.

  1. I am proud of all my hard work.
  2. I am not ashamed of my nourishment or hunger.
  3. I treat my body with kindness and gentleness.
  4. I am stronger than my bad days.
  5. I am open to change.
  6. Every day, in every way, I am growing.
  7. I give myself the compassion I give to others.
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4 stars · Book Reviews · mental health · non-fiction · Self Care

Review | The Gratitude Explorer Workbook

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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you purchase an item using my link, I will receive a small commission with no extra cost to you.

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The Gratitude Explorer Workbook by Kristi Nelson
Storey Publishing, LLC 2021
Non-Fiction
4/5 Stars

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Thank you to Netgalley and Storey Publishing for the Advanced Copy! The Gratitude Explorer Workbook will be released on November 23rd, 2021.

GoodReads Synopsis:

A Network for Grateful Living, creators of the best-selling Everyday Gratitude and Wake Up Grateful present a distinctive workbook for readers who want to start a gratitude practice or integrate gratitude into their lives with greater intention and consistency. This interactive package acts as both a guide and a journal for recording thoughts and meditations. Dozens of writing prompts, guided meditations, and exercises for beginning and progressively deepening a daily gratitude practice are paired with quotations and space for writing and personalizing the book. The beautifully designed gift package includes bonus features in the back: 10 quotation postcards, mini-cards for keeping in a wallet or leaving for others, conversation starters, gold star stickers and reusable affirmation stickers, as well as die-cut bookmarks for each section of the book.

Review:

I really enjoyed this book. It’s a fantastic introduction to gratitude practice and I loved the exercises, quotes, and art that was included.

Every time I’ve been in the hospital, or intensive therapy, expressing our gratitude has played a part in our treatment. Of course there’s therapy and medication management as well, but patients were encouraged to either say or write what we are grateful for. And when you’re in a place mentally where hospitalization or intensive therapy is necessary, finding and expressing is both extremely difficult (sometimes it feels impossible!), but also vital for healing.

I also try to practice gratitude every day. Part of my morning routine is writing three things that I’m grateful, and I try to do it again before going to bed.

This book definitely supplemented my existing practice, and helped me think outside the box in terms of all that I have to be grateful for!

Perfect for anyone who wants to begin a gratitude practice, but doesn’t know where to start.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Positive Affirmations for You to Use the Week of September 26th – October 2nd

Hi friends!

I hope you had a fantastic week! I actually did, and now Mercury is about to be in retrograde so we’ll see how that goes.

Hopefully, this week’s affirmations will help you navigate Mercury in Retrograde, and whatever else the world has to throw at you!

Every Sunday, I share the affirmations that I will be using that upcoming week. I share them in the order that I will be using them (1 is Sunday, 2 is Monday, 3 is Tuesday, etc.), but I hope that you will use them however works best for you.

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Make sure you set some time aside to show yourself love today, and remember that you are more than enough, right now, as you are.

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Have a great week and I’ll see you next Sunday!

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  1. I do not compare my journey to anyone else’s.
  2. I will be mindful and enjoy the little things today.
  3. I am capable of creating my very best life.
  4. I choose to let go of the things I cannot control today.
  5. I am worth taking good care of.
  6. I deserve to have people in my life who value and love me for who I truly am.
  7. I love and trust my body.
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Positive Affirmations for You to Use the Week of September 19th – 25th

Hi friends!

Welcome back to my blog! I am so happy that you are here!

Every Sunday (okay, most Sundays), I share the affirmations that I will be using that upcoming week (I also share them in a post on Sunday on Instagram and throughout the week on my Instagram stories unless I am taking a break from social media, so be sure to follow me!).

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I always share the affirmations in the order that I personally will be using them (1 is Sunday, 2 is Monday, 3 is Tuesday, etc.), but I really encourage you to use them in whatever order or way works best for you. My affirmation practice works for me, but it’s vital that you find what works for you.

I hope you had a great week, and I’ll see you again next Sunday!

Be well, and always remember that you are enough.

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  1. Every day, I am closer to achieving my goals.
  2. I am my own biggest fan.
  3. My body is the least interesting thing about me.
  4. I courageously accept all parts of myself and embrace my strengths and vulerability.
  5. Every day, in every way, I am growing.
  6. My anxiety is not what defines me or controls me.
  7. I do not strive for perfection, instead I extend myself self-compassion.
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Positive Affirmations for You to Use the Week of September 12th – 18th.

Hi friends!

I hope that you had a fantastic week, and are ready to do some self care this week! I’m working hard to remember that taking good care of myself is a non-negotiable, because, personally, it’s so easy for me to forget to take care of myself. Sometimes, I literally forget to eat. Some people think that sounds absurd, and trust me, I get it. How the heck does one forget to eat??

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I think it’s an ADHD thing. I feel my hunger queues while I’m hyperfocused or hyperactive and then I mean to eat, but I get distracted or prioritize something else. Suddenly, I feel nauseous because I’ve gone the whole day without eating anything.

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It’s easy for me to check in with or take care of myself in other ways, too. Usually for similar reasons. So if you’re reading this, and you can relate, this is your reminder to mindfully practice self care this week!

One of my favorite ways to practice self care is to recite positive affirmations, and lucky for you, I like to share my practice with you, too!

Every week, I share the positive affirmations that I will be using. I always share them in the order I will be using them (1 is Sunday, 2 is Monday, 3 is Tuesday, etc.), but I encourage you to use them in whatever way works best for you!

I hope you find this week’s affirmations helpful, and I’ll see you again next week!

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  1. I get stronger every day.
  2. I take care of myself the way I take care of a friend.
  3. My voice is worthy of being heard.
  4. I make room for who I am, and who I am becoming.
  5. I always prioritize self care.
  6. I take things one day at a time.
  7. I give myself the compassion I give to others.
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Positive Affirmations for You to Use the Week of September 5th – 11th

Hi friends!

I hope you had a great week! I took the week off of Instagram, and decided to focus more on building and sticking to healthy routines after I kind of fell off the wagon after a hectic few months (May and June were just straight up difficult and rough, July I was out of town for most of, and similarly with August.).

But, things seem to be slowing down quite a bit (this is a very good thing for me.), and things are a little more consistent.

I am proud of myself for posting the affirmations almost every week, though! It wasn’t perfect, but choosing and sharing these affirmations with you here on the blog and on my Instagram (@KatieHasAnxiety) has really been good for my mental health, even if I’m not perfectly adhering to my routines. I hope they’ve enriched your life, as well!

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Every Sunday, I share the positive affirmations that I will be using that week. I always share them in the order that I personally will be using them (1 is Sunday, 2 is Monday, 3 is Tuesday, etc.), but I encourage you to use them in whatever order or way is best for you. I personally have benefitted from practicing positive affirmations so much, and my hope in sharing these with you is that they help you, too.

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Have a great week, and I’ll seek you next Sunday! Don’t forget to take some time for self-care and connection!

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  1. I let go of the doubt and fear within me.
  2. I nourish my body without fear of weight gain.
  3. I trust the process.
  4. My body always deserves love and respect, no matter my size.
  5. I always go after my dreams.
  6. My best is always enough.
  7. I treat my body like the masterpiece it is.

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Positive Affirmations for You to Use the Week of August 29th – September 4th.

Hi friends!

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I hope that this past week went well for you. I was extremely lucky to begin the week celebrating mine and my sister’s birthdays with my sister (who I got to see for the first time in over a year and a half!) and my mom, but was unlucky to end the week with an ear infection. Keep your fingers crossed for me that I start feeling better soon, because this stuff is not fun.

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I’m so excited to share this week’s affirmations with you all! I actually decided that this week, as soon as I post these affirmations, I’ll be taking a little break from Instagram. I try to take a break at least once a month, and this timing just feels right t me. Things are kinda rough, mental health wise, but are slowly going back to where I want them to be, and I think that taking a step back from social media will be very beneficial.

So, even though I won’t be on Instagram, I will be practicing my affirmations every day, and I hope you will too! Every Sunday (well, most Sundays, if we’re being completely honest.), I post the affirmations I will be using in the upcoming week. I share them in the order I’ll be using them (1 is Sunday, 2 is Monday, 3 is Tuesday, etc.), but I encourage you to use them in whatever way works best for you!

I’ll see you all next week with more affirmations, and hopefully this week with some book reviews – I’ve read so much this month and am so behind in book reviews, so hopefully during my social media break, I’ll be able to catch up a bit on content.

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  1. I do not have to feel guilty for saying no.
  2. Guilt and shame will not change my past. Worry and fear will not change my future.
  3. I am loved, no matter how I feel.
  4. I get stronger every day.
  5. I believe in myself and my strength.
  6. I am capable of creating my very best life.
  7. I can be kind and set healthy boundaries.
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Positive Affirmations for You to Use the Week of August 22nd – 28th.

Happy Sunday, friends!

I hope that this past week went well, (well… as well as it could during these unprecedented times.) and that you’re ready to start this upcoming week with some positive affirmations!

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Every Sunday, I share seven affirmations that I will be using that upcoming week. I always share them in the order that I will be using them (1 is Sunday, 2 is Monday, 3 is Tuesday, etc.), but I hope that you will use them in whatever way works best for or resonates with you!

Can you believe we only have just over a week left in August?? 2020 went by so slow for me, and now 2021 is just zipping by. I would just like time to move at regular, steady pace, please!

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Have a great week, and I’ll be back next week!

  1. I am open to change.
  2. I am becoming the best version of myself.
  3. I can say no and not people please.
  4. I am grateful for all that my body is capable of.
  5. My worth is not dependent on the appearance or size of my body.
  6. I am proud of how far I’ve come.
  7. I am confident that I have the resilience to get through anything that comes my way.
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Positive Affirmations for You to Use the Week of August 15th – 21st.

Happy Sunday, friends!

I hope you had a fantastic week and are sure to take some time today to rest and do some self care. My week had a lot of ups and downs, but I’m trying my hardest to get back to where I want to be. I’m also pretty excited because my (28th – eek!) birthday is on Saturday, and I get to see my sister for the first time since Christmas 2019! I hope you have something special to look forward to this week, too, even if it’s ‘just’ setting aside time for a bath, or treating yourself to your favorite food, seeing your favorite people, or taking yourself on a date to see a movie you’ve been wanting to see.

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And while you’re doing this… I hope you’ll join me in practicing some positive affirmations! Every Sunday (ok, most Sundays), I share seven affirmations that I’ll be using during the upcoming week. I share them in the order that I’ll be using them (1 is Sunday, 2 is Monday, 3 is Tuesday, etc.) but please feel free to use them in whatever order or way best suits you!

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As someone with mental illnesses, my self talk isn’t naturally positive. But, positive affirmations help me interrupt the negative thinking, and I find myself questioning if my negative thoughts are real, because I speak kindness to myself intentionally.

I hope that you find these helpful too, and I’ll see you next week with more positive affirmations!

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  1. I am falling in love with myself and my life.
  2. I do the best I can to get through difficult times.
  3. I belive in myself and all that I am capable of.
  4. My voice is worthy of being heard.
  5. My worth as a human being does not depend on my body being thin.
  6. I am capable.
  7. I do the best I can with what I have.
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body positivity · Health at Every Size · mental health · personal life

Why I Want to Change My Relationship with My Body & Food

Katie, a fat white woman, is laughing with her hand on her hip. She is standing outside and wearing denim shorts and a light purple top.

Trigger Warnings: Disordered eating, intentional weight loss, emotional abuse, self harm, suicidality, suicidal thoughts, mental illness.

When I was a kid, diet culture was a family tradition. Almost every adult around me had a toxic relationship with their body and food. I was surrounded by sugar-free candies, Sweet-N-Low, I can’t Believe it’s Not Butter, Skinny Cow, Crystal Light, and diet sodas. In fact, I really thought that Sweet-N-Low and Diet Sodas were “adult foods”. Like when you become an adult, you learn to drive… and bein putting Sweet-N-Low in your coffee and drinking Coke Zero instead of regular Coke.

Hating your body and having a toxic relationship with food was a normal part of adulthood in my eyes. I watched my grandmas and parents and aunts try Atkins and Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig and go from Pilates Classes to Zumba classes. As a kid, I was always told that (despite being “chubby”) my body was perfect, but when you see the adults with body similar to yours doing everything they can to change them… even kids are smart enough to read between the lines.

When I finished meals, I would sneak food at night. I would quietly slip downstairs and binge eat whatever food we had. I had come to learn that the less food you could survive on, the better. So anything more was shameful and done in secret. This binge eating behavior was one that has followed me throughout my life.

It also didn’t help that as a preteen, my gramma brought me to Barnes and Noble, told me to pick whatever book I wanted, but then presented me with “The Diet for Teens Only”. True story. She also would insist on healthy snacks when my sister and I visited while my grandfather snuck us candies and ice cream. This was just more proof to me that eating foods like this was something that should be done in secret.

I’m not blaming my relationship with my body on my family. I truly believe that they were doing the best that they could, and diet culture is a cruel mistress. I just think that it set the foundation and core belief in my life that fatness is to be avoided at all costs. Of course, being bullied in high school and being very aware that I was the biggest of my friends throughout my life.

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In 2016, I lost a substantial amount of weight. And honestly, losing that weight felt like it was proving my beliefs true. Around the same time I lost weight, I was in my very first relationship, I had moved to a new state, I got to travel to Europe, I graduated from college, I was making new friends, I received more compliments about my appearance than I ever had before…

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And I began telling myself the story that I had bettered myself. I was better because I was thinner.

But life wasn’t as perfect as it seemed, even to me. My relationship was far from perfect, and to keep and maintain the weight loss, I was barely eating and exercising for hours a day, while still binge eating in secret. I asked my ex if he would still love me if I gained the weight back, and his response was “You won’t gain the weight back.”

Because of this, I was terrified to gain the weight back, and was doing everything in my power to continue losing the weight and keep it off.

But surprise surprise… the weight loss was not sustainable. Especially after experiencing trauma. I gained the weight back.

And in the years that have followed, I’ve gained more and more weight.

When I underwent more trauma in 2019, I gained weight. When COVID hit and I was isolated for almost six months, I gained more weight.

But despite this all, I don’t want to try to lose weight. What I’ve learned is that my story is not unique. Oftentimes, weight loss is not sustainable and the majority of diets are unsuccessful or unsustainable.

Something else I’ve learned is that when we talk about the importance of health, we need to include mental health in that conversation. Mental health IS health. If I push myself to try to lose weight, is there actually a war for me to do so without sacrificing my mental health? No. There’s not.

My relationship with food is still difficult. I still struggle with binge eating, specifically using it as an unhealthy coping mechanism. I’ve realized that emotional eating isn’t bad in itself, but when bingeing is used to excessively numb emotions… that’s the problem (at least personally.).

This leads to guilt and shame, and oftentimes, guilt and shame lead to more binge eating. It is such a vicious cycle.

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But this is why I am actively trying to improve my relationship with food and my body. My body has been through so much, and she does so much for me. She also happens to be fat. Why is it that society is so hyper-focused on the fat part instead of all that our bodies are capable of?

Why is fat considered one of the worst things a person can be?

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