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Defying Shadows Article: Making Decisions as Someine with Anxiety and Depression

Making decisions with anxiety and depression can leave you in a weak and vulnerable state. Not being able to take every opportunity or apply for every job can be stressful as you may find yourself frustrated and less-than because of it.

I was faced with declining a job because I prioritized my mental health and here is what I have to say about it:

Making Decisions as Someone with Anxiety and Depression

Posted in Defying Shadows Articles, Keep Moving: Motivation and Inspiration, Mental Health, Other Publications, Self-Talk

Defying Shadows Article! The Silent Spells and Isolation Cycles of Depression

NEW WEBSITE ALERT!

I’m extremely excited about being a contributor writer for another website DefyingShadows.com!

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My first article published on Defying Shadows is focused on two consecutive symptoms of depression that are often frustrating to comprehend for those who experience depression as well as their loved ones.

If you experience these symptoms, communicating can help others understand how to best support you.

Check it out here!

The Silent Spells and Isolation Cycles of Depression

Posted in Keep Moving: Motivation and Inspiration, Mental Health, Potential and Worth, Power, Self-Talk, The Mighty

#MightyThoughts: Accomplishments are Powerful

Take it slow as you become more and more patient with your progress. Take one step at a time, giving yourself small tasks to be proud of.

With grace, you will find peace and power in those simple accomplishments. That, in itself, is a step forward in your goals.

Some days are more difficult than others, but that does not mean whatever you do get done is no less wonderful and brave.

Your accomplishments are what make you stronger and capable of doing more. The joy you feel because you accomplished something will make it easier the next time you find yourself in a stuck space.

You did it before, you can do it again.

Affirmation: I can accomplish whatever I put my mind to.

Posted in Keep Moving: Motivation and Inspiration, Potential and Worth, Power, Self-Talk, The Mighty

#MightyThoughts: I am Beyond Worthy

You are beyond worthy of life and of happiness! Sometimes it’s difficult to see it or believe you are.

I’m beyond worthy because despite all I face I keep going. I fight using my writings and through my creations. I’m able to feel peace through what I make. I feel proud of my progress and believe in my healing journey. I will keep going and I will keep fighting.

Why are you beyond worthy?

Credit and Inspiration
**Inspired by a prompt from @themightysite #mightythoughts and @jacquelinewhitney_ (instagram handles).**

Posted in Keep Moving: Motivation and Inspiration, Potential and Worth, Power, Quotes, Self-Care, Self-Talk

Peel Off Your Hurt Face

Pull back the face of defeat and see who you are under it. Peel the faces you let cover your potential and your power. Behind the cloud of defeat is the rainbow of recovery and success.

Allow yourself the chance to see what you are capable of. You are capable of more than you give yourself credit for.

Become more of yourself in your growth and see how much greatness can come if you simply think that you can.

Posted in Keep Moving: Motivation and Inspiration, My Trending Stories, Potential and Worth, Power, Quotes, Self-Care, Self-Talk

You are your Life Purpose

Inspiration for this post is coming from the tiring always love notes of making money and finding your one true purpose in life.  I decided to crush that motif and tell anyone and everyone who reads this that your purpose is yourself and drive, motivation, and contentment is greater than money and will always be your wealth.

I always hear the shaming of pursuing art related careers and the stress and strains of science base, business base, or any other career you get into, even those that have everyday retail jobs or jobs that seem to get them food on the table.  No matter how hard you try, how desperate the need for money, its better to do what makes your skin form goosebumps or cheekbones hurt smiling from the feeling of pride once everyday is done.

The motivation you will get from tireless hours on that painting, song, article, working in a lab, helping someone with that paper, teaching those less fortunate will be effortless and flawless.  Always do what makes you want to wake up in the morning and strive to reach the point where you’ve gotten the most out of that time and space.  There’s no better feeling then finding that you crave the sweat that will get you to your next goal. Your ultimate purpose is to see yourself in your element of contentment.

How refreshed you will feel, how much work you will do, how many hours you will put in will be a reflection of the longing for finding yourself in whatever you like doing.

Remember always to work on yourself because you are your purpose and will always be your purpose.  Working, meeting people, having experiences is all pieces in order for you to figure out how powerful you can be and the amount of potential you have by just being yourself.

Always remember to love, work, care, and push yourself continuously and in that you will already be pursuing your life’s purpose.  Don’t let anyone tell you what you like to do is worthless. Keep going.  You got this.

You are your Life Purpose

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Bulletin: Stressed?

When you feel stressed, know that you are in power and will always be in power. Break down your tasks and next steps in order to give yourself a reasonable work load. Leave some things for another day. If stress is coming from a difficult circumstance, know that you can change your mood and gain control of your outlook of it.

Stress is not what is controlling you but a reaction when you feel things are getting too overwhelming.

When I’m stressed I think about what prompted me to begin my task or make a certain decision in the first place. Thinking about this helps me to keep going and centers my motivation. I can reevaluate my passions and focus on getting what I want out of what I’m doing. I can make further decisions when I can feel the joy of finishing or making someone else’s life better or mine.

When you feel yourself becoming stressed, stop and think. Why am I doing this?

Don’t forget to take my class and learn to be a creative and expressive writer: I can Use “I” in my Writing: First Steps in Creative and Expressive Writing

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Behind the Dark Side of a Selfie

The thing about selfies is you can get the right angel. Put the right face. Send the story you want to tell.
The thing about selfies is you can hide your pain and insecurities. You can filter out what you don’t want to see. You can convince yourself that what you hate about yourself can be taken out.
The thing about selfies is you create what you want to see. You craft the image you want others to see. You unsee the flaws and the suffering.
The thing about selfies is the life is taken out of the snapshot. Just one moment. One instance of stillness.
Selfies are our way of capturing the best light of ourselves. The selves we get excited for we capture in an instant.
When we turn the wrong direction we hate it. We delete it. We don’t want to see it. We speak I’ll of our image.
And that is who we are.
We can’t look at ourselves for long moments in the mirror, in our lives in motion, instead we would rather take a selfie.
A selfie stops time to capture the one moment we see ourselves as beautiful because otherwise that’s not who we see at all.

Posted in Declarations, Keep Moving: Motivation and Inspiration, Potential and Worth, Power, Self-Care, Self-Talk

#Writeitdown Declarations to Live by and internalize: Know Who You Are

It’s not enough to have a voice and to use it. It’s also essential to know your worth and understand your value. Understand your voice in your community and your identity. Your importance goes to your life and to those around you.

Establishing your life as valuable and worthy is the first step in healing and processing. Use “I am” phrases in order to recognize yourself as powerful and present.

This is who I am

This is why I’m here

Your voice goes as far as the echo it gives so yell out and makes yourself known. Let your echo go as far as the sky will let it.

You are important and you deserve to live and help others understand your existence. Use your voice. Know yourself.

Posted in Confessions, Keep Moving: Motivation and Inspiration, Mental Health, Notes, Potential and Worth, Reflection, Self-Care

SWT 100 Notes Note 28: Making Decisions while Having High Functioning Anxiety

Before I developed anxiety, I would push myself to my limit. My perfectionism didn’t allow me to do anything but my best, and because of that I never looked at myself or my health before making decisions. In my days after college living with anxiety, making decisions about everything has to be thought out with my health first changing my approach on life entirely.

I’ve been in the most uncomfortable situations because I have to explain to people that I can’t. I’ve never known myself to not do something because of my mental health, but the past 2 years have been both humiliating and embarrassing. I have to measure stress levels in environmens, decide what’s best for me based on whether I would get overwhelmed or not and it’s not been easy what’s so ever.

I’ve learned, however, that because of my anxiety I’m the most important person in my life. If I want to heal, I have to put myself first no matter who judges me and thinks that I’m weak, overexagerating, or believes what I’m going through is not real. Although I’ve cried having this realization many times in the past year, I can say that I refuse to have another panic attack another day in my life. I will not backtrack my healing to make money or satisfy anyone’s inability to see the realness in my struggle.

I’m my first priority and I will find peace in my mental chaos. I will surround myself with things that are good and not allow anyone to tell me that I’m crazy.

I love myself and will continue with my healing in ways that I know best. The only person who can tell me how to heal me is me. I will heal by understanding and knowing myself.

My healing will progress by me having a voice about my well-being.