positive affirmations

Positive Affirmations for You to Use the Week of June 13th – 19th

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Hi friends!

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Thank you so much for your patience with me posting last week’s affirmations so late. I really appreciate you!

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I’m really proud of myself for getting this post up on time, and hope that you are recognizing and celebrating your own victories.

If this is your first time here, every week I share the positive affirmations that I will be using in my own self care routine. I share them in the order that I will be using them (1 is Sunday, 2 is Monday, etc.), but I hope that you will use them in whatever order or way works best for you and your needs.

I hope you have a wonderful week, and always remember that you are enough!

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  1. All of my feelings are valid.
  2. I give myself unconditional permission to eat any food.
  3. I do not compare my journey to anyone else’s.
  4. I am my own biggest fan.
  5. I am filled with love, confidence, and beauty.
  6. I express myself freely and without shame.
  7. I am fearless.
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positive affirmations

Positive Affirmations for You to Use This Week

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Hi friends!

I’m sorry that this post is late, and also that I’ve been relatively inactive on here and social media. I have some big life changes going on right now (all good!), and it’s been a rough adjustment. I’m trying to organize my time and energy better so hopefully you’ll be seeing more book reviews and blog posts soon!

Which is why I’m posting this week’s affirmations half a week late. I figured that hey, better late than never, right? Maybe?

Anyway, as always, I’m including 7 affirmations listed in the order that I personally will be using them (5 is Thursday, 6 is Friday, etc.), but I really hope that you will use them in whatever order and way works best for you!

I’ll see you… in a few days for next week’s affirmations.

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  1. I do not have to feel guilty for saying no.
  2. I always prioritize self care.
  3. Every day, in every way, I am growing.
  4. I believe in myself and all that I am capable of.
  5. I take things one day at a time.
  6. I am not ashamed of my nourishment or hunger.
  7. I give myself the love I am worthy of.
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positive affirmations · Self Care

Positive Affirmations for the Week of May 23rd – May 29th

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Hi friends!

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I decided to mix things up a little bit this week and post this week’s affirmations on Sunday instead of Sunday. I’m going to poll my Instagram followers to gage if I should post on Saturdays or Sundays, so be sure to follow me!

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I share the week’s affirmations in the order that I’ll be using them (1 is Sunday, 2 is Monday, etc.), but please use them in whatever way works best for you. I’ll see you next week with more affirmations!

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  1. Every day in every way, I am growing.
  2. I am here to accomplish amazing things and I share my gifts with the world.
  3. I am an expression of care, joy, and love.
  4. Guilt and shame will not change my past. Worry and fear will not change my future.
  5. I am fearless.
  6. I am comfortable in my own skin.
  7. I see the difficult parts of my life as challenges.
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mental health · mental health awareness month 2021 · Self Care

Positive Affirmations for the Week of May 9th – 15th

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Happy Saturday, my friends! I hope that this week treated you well, and that you’re taking time for yourself this weekend. We are back with this week’s affirmations for you all to use! I’m sharing the affirmations in the order that I personally will be using them (1 is Sunday, 2 is Monday, etc.), but I encourage you to use them in whatever order or way works best for you!

I’ll see you next week, my friends!

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  1. I am allowed and able to set my own healthy boundaries.
  2. My best is always enough.
  3. I am capable.
  4. My health is more important than beauty standards.
  5. I am my own biggest fan.
  6. I enjoy spending time with me.
  7. Every day in every way, I am growing.
mental health · mental health awareness month 2021

Why You Should Always Have Something To Look Forward To

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In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, I will have a blog post every day this month on a different mental health topic! Be sure to follow to catch all 31 posts!

Please note that this post does contain affiliate links, which means that I will receive a small commission from your purchases using my links with no extra cost to you.

When I was in an Intensive Therapy Program a few years ago, we had to fill out a sheet every morning, tracking our moods, urges (if applicable), and also had to write things that we were grateful for and something we were looking forward to.

Around this time, Taylor Swift announced her album Lover. And I grabbed onto it, and every morning for my time in IOP, I would write that Taylor Swift’s new album was what I was looking forward to.

to be completely honest… there were days that thinking of something that I was looking forward to felt impossible. I was in a dark place having dark thoughts. I had just gone through a friend breakup with not one, but two close friends (both of which I worked with), I was on medical leave from work, and life seemed difficult.

It was a little thing. Nothing huge, but the idea that soon, there would be all new Taylor Swift music for me to listen to and love gave me so much hope and motivation to get through this really difficult time.

And I did! And that’s also why Lover is such a special album to me. It was the bit of light in an otherwise really dark time.

I think the benefits of gratitude for mental health are talked about a lot and pretty well-known (though, keep an eye out for another post on gratitude this month!) by now, but I think anticipation, or having something to be excited for in your life, is also important and beneficial to our mental health. In fact, the daily planner that I use (The Panda Planner, I’m obsessed with it.) has prompts for both gratitude and things you’re excited about in their daily morning review.

When I was going through another dark time in October/November 2019, I clung onto the fact that one of my best friend’s weddings was in December. I really built it up in my head, and it became my reason to get up each morning – so I could dance and drink and celebrate with my friend.

The wedding was just as amazing as I’d hoped, and I’m so grateful that I experienced it, especially knowing that there were times that I didn’t want to make it until then.

Then came quarantine. Let’s be honest. Having anything to look forward to during a seemingly endless time of isolation was super hard. But again, I held on to the little things. Weekly movie nights with my friend, Google hangouts with my cousins, Ordering from Uber Eats, Buying myself a new book or plant….

No matter where we are in life, it’s so important to have something to look forward to. It doesn’t always have to be a vacation or big life event. You can create positive events for yourself to look forward to. For example, I really gas up therapy lately. I feel so much better after each session, and it’s become a highlight of my week.

If that’s not for you, try making goals. For example, maybe on Friday, make yourself a promise that you’ll buy yourself something small for making it through the week. Really gas it up and romanticize it in your head. Maybe stop at the grocery store and buy yourself flowers. Think about all the different kinds of flowers that will be there and how it will feel looking through them and choosing a bouquet for yourself.

Or make a date with yourself to watch your favorite childhood movie one night, with your favorite snacks and look forward to that.

You can also look forward to things that aren’t set in stone yet. Like a vacation, or seeing friends or family, but I personally find this a lot harder, since it’s not something concrete or definitethat I can grab on to. Like I’m so excited to be able to see my loved ones more often because of the vaccine, but I don’t have any definite plans set to go up north or hang out with any friends yet. I do, however, have my second vaccine appointment this week, and I’ve been looking forward to that for a while. I’m going to try to make a day of it – first I have therapy, and then the vaccine appointment, and then I’ thinking I’ll stop at the grocery store to get myself flowers and dinner.

Most of the time, it’s the little things that make life worth living. I hope that you’re able to embrace the little joys in your life, and find something to look forward to.

mental health · mental health awareness month 2021

11 Ways You Can Support Your Friends with Mental Illness

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In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, I will have a blog post every day this month on a different mental health topic! Be sure to follow to catch all 31 posts!

In the United States, almost 50% of the population has experienced mental illness at some point during their life. While mental illness looks and affects everyone differently, it is difficult to live with nonetheless.

Chances are, you love someone with mental illness. It could be a family member, a friend, your neighbor, a co-worker, a classmate, etc.

Without a global pandemic, mental illness is hard. With a global pandemic, at least personally, it is especially hard.

Oftentimes, my friends will tell me when I’m not feeling well to tell them how they can help. Don’t get me wrong, I am so so grateful for my friends, and that they are always so loving and supportive of me during my episodes. But, most of the time, that question isn’t actually helpful.

Why? Well, there’s several reasons. One is that I’m afraid of being a burden to them (even if I know that’s probably not reality.), another is that, honestly, most of the time I don’t know how they can help.

So, I asked my Instagram followers and friends to tell me how their loved ones can support them when they’re struggling with mental illness, and included my own thoughts as well. If you have a loved one who suffers from mental illness, try offering support in one of these ways instead of asking what you can do.

Encourage Me to Take Care of Myself.

When life is overwhelming, we oftentimes forget to do basic self-care activities, including hygiene. One of my followers told me that something that really helps her is her mom encouraging her to brush her teeth or shower.

Check In with Me about My Mental Health Like it’s Normal.

Mental health is still so stigmatized. We’ll asked our loved ones about work, the weather, their relationship… but how often do we ask how their mental health is? A few days ago, I told my best friend that I was really depressed and had spent the week in bed. I told her I had to go and get my medication, and today she texted me to check in and confirm that I had gotten them. This little act of kindness means a lot and can give us the motivation to follow through and check in.

Take Something Off My Plate.

Quite a few people told me the best thing that someone can do for them when their mental health is suffering is help out with concrete things. Whether that’s making a meal or ordering them food, or doing the dishes for them, or helping them clean or do the laundry… these things can make a big impact on someone who’s struggling to complete these tasks.

Encourage Me to Do the Things I Love.

A common symptom of mental illness is an inability to enjoy the things you normally do. For example, when I’m not feeling well, I don’t read, or move my body at all, or write, or blog, or do anything. One day recently I realized that even going to the pool (one of my favorite things to do) sounded unappealing and like a chore. But the truth is that we normally enjoy, even if it’s hard to do in the moment, can bring some relief. It’s just hard to see that when we’re in the throes of mental illness.

Please Be Patient with Me.

Mental illness is flakey. Mental illness can be selfish. Please know that we don’t want to hurt you with our symptoms. We may cancel plans, and it has nothing to do with you. Recently, I cancelled movie night with one of my closest friends not once, but twice in a week because I was severely depressed. Please know that we are doing our best, and that it’s the mental illness that causes us to be this. We don’t want to be this way, and soon we’ll be ourselves again.

Give Me Space and Time to Process Without Expecting Me to Talk about It.

Sometimes, we don’t want to talk about it. Sometimes, we simply can’t find the right words, and sometimes we just don’t want to talk about it. Whatever the reasons, if your friend needs time and space to process, please be patient and let them know you love them, and are there to talk if they need to, but aren’t expecting them to.

Check in Texts Mean a Lot.

You don’t have to wait until you realize we’re not doing well to check in with us. Sometimes, we can give the appearance that everything is fine, but really be struggling. If you think of us, shoot us a text to let us know. It doesn’t have to be a long thing, but can be as simple as sending a TikTok you think they’d appreciate with a short message like: “This reminded me of you! Just a reminder that I love you, and you mean a lot to me. I hope things are going well, but I’m here if they’re not. Or if they are.”

Listen without Giving Advice.

Sometimes we just need to process and vent without feeling like we’re being told what to do or what we’re doing isn’t right. When we talk about how we’re feeling, just listen. You can ask if we want advice, or just an ear to listen, but if we just want you to be our friend and hear us, please respect that. You can validate our experience by saying things like “That must really fucking suck.” or “That sounds so hard.”. But please don’t try to offer solutions unless we ask for them.

Remind Me That I Matter To You.

The thoughts in our heads can be pretty mean at times. They can make us second guess our relationships and leave us wondering if our friends actually like us. Oftentimes, logically, we know they probably do (probably), but sometimes we really don’t feel that way. We probably won’t tell you this, though. If you think of it, please remind us that we are an important and worthwhile part of your life. Even if you’re busy and unable to give a lot of time or energy to our relationship (Which happens, it’s okay!), remind us that you still care and are thinking about us.

Please Don’t Ask if I’m Okay.

This one is tricky, because when you realize your friend isn’t doing well, your first instinct may be to ask “are you okay?”. This is hard, because if the answer is no, we don’t want to tell you “no, I’m not okay.” and oftentimes, people who have chronic mental illness are never okay. Something is always wrong.

Include Me in Plans, Even if You Think I’ll Say No.

When our mental health is suffering, we can cancel plans or decline invitations to hang out repeatedly. This isn’t personal. Think of it as if we were physically ill: you wouldn’t expect your friend to hang out with you or keep your plans if they had the flu. I know it can be hard and disheartening for you, but please don’t stop inviting us, even if you think I’ll say no or cancel. By including and inviting us, we know that you enjoy our company and want to spend time with us. I promise. You can also try to adapt the plans to something that we feel up to doing. Maybe a zoom movie night? A day at your apartment complex’s pool or doing crafts at one of your houses if going out feels too overwhelming? But sometimes we just don’t have the energy to be around people. But I promise that it won’t be this way forever. So please keep including us in your plans.

COVID-19 · Current Events · mental health · Self Care

20 Positive Affirmations to Use During the Pandemic

One part of my daily routine that really helps set the tone of my day is my recitation of positive affirmations. If you’re anything like me, maybe you think that sounds hokey. I did when I first heard about them. Now, saying my affirmations is one of my favorite parts of the day.

Speaking positivity into my life is super helpful and powerful, especially as someone who struggles with mental illness. My mental illnesses oftentimes cause me to assume the worst in situations, but affirmations remind me of the positive.

Positive affirmations have been especially helpful this year as the world turned upside down, and everything became uncertain. So, if you’re interested in using positive affirmations, I thought I would share 20 that have helped me during the pandemic.

  1. I will focus on what I can control.
  2. I react peacefully and calmly to any situation.
  3. I do my part to keep myself and others safe.
  4. It is okay to just survive right now.
  5. I am strong and independent.
  6. Worry can not change my circumstances.
  7. I love myself enough to push through.
  8. I can do it. I know I can.
  9. I have the strength and resourcefulness to deal effectively with whatever happens to me.
  10. This feeling will pass.
  11. My feelings are allowed to be here.
  12. I don’t worry about the things I cannot control.
  13. I find happiness in the smallest of places.
  14. Every day is a gift.
  15. I can persevere.
  16. I am doing my best.
  17. I have the ability to cope.
  18. I’m stronger than I think.
  19. I am strong.
  20. I will live in the present.
body positivity · mental health · positive affirmations · Self Care

Positive Affirmations for the Week of April 18th – 24th

Hi friends! Happy Saturday! I hope that you’re enjoying your weekend so far and had a wonderful week! I’m back with this upcoming week. I hope practicing these are just as beneficial for you as they are for me! As always, I personally will practice them in the order they’re in, but you’re free to use them however best serves you. I’ll see you next week!

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  1. I am going to be okay.
  2. I am grateful for all that my body is capable of.
  3. I am here to accomplish amazing things, and I share my gifts with the world.
  4. I let go of the fear and doubt within me.
  5. I am loved, no matter how I feel.
  6. My health is more important than beauty standards.
  7. I always prioritize self care.
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positive affirmations · Self Care

Positive Affirmations for the Week of April 11th-17th

Hi friends! I’m sorry that these are a day late, this past week was really rough for me. But I think you’ll still have time to use the affirmation you choose for today 🙂

Speaking of, I’ve decided to do something a tiny bit different from now on when it comes to sharing these affirmations. Instead of labeling which affirmation is for which day, I’m going to just share the ones I’ll be using for the week, in the order that I’ll use them, and you can choose what works for you. I hope that this way, it’ll be a more personalized experience for you.

So, without further ado, here’s this week’s positive affirmations!

  1. I deserve good things.
  2. I am more than enough.
  3. Beauty radiates from within me.
  4. I’ve survived tough times before, I can make it through this time, too. I am a survivor.
  5. Times are tough, but I will get through them.
  6. I am harnessing my inner peace and power.
  7. I am becoming the best version of myself.
Lifestyle · meditation · mental health · Self Care

20 FREE Guided Meditations Available on YouTube

I’m a HUGE fan of meditation, and I try to meditate every day. My days always are so, so much better when I begin them by centering myself with meditation. I’ve used podcasts, apps, and books to meditate, but there are plenty of accessible guided meditations available with no cost to you on YouTube. So here are 20 Guided Meditations (under 20 minutes) that you can find for free on YouTube!

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