Affirmations of the Week

Affirmations of the Week

Hello

Welcome, to this week’s Affirmations of the Week!

Positive Affirmations Every Monday!

Many of us struggle daily with our inner negative Nancy. Although, I have discovered a way that helps me to block out negative thoughts. I like to write down positive quotes and affirmations that make me feel confident and more at peace.

When I find myself in a mood for the day, I refer back to the positive quotes and affirmations I’ve previously written to help snap out of the negativity. Happiness is a choice you have to choose everyday. I know all too well, how easy it can be to fall into that overthinking cycle of negativity, and how difficult it can be to get out. That’s the reason I make these posts every Monday to help others like me break that cycle.

Positive Quotes

What you think, you become. What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you create.

Buddha

Ten years from now you’ll laugh at whatever’s stressing you out today.
so why not laugh now?

Tony Robbins

Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create.

Roy T. Bennett

No matter what comes your way.
No matter how difficult or unfair, you will do more than simply survive. You will thrive.

What is done with love is done well.

Van Gogh

Affirmations

  • I have faith and trust in my journey.
  • I am manifesting my dream life.
  • I am thankful for my job and the many opportunities it offers.
  • I am gifted with the power to have trust and forgiveness.
  • I am thankful for everything I have.
  • I love myself and I allow others to love me too.
  • I find joy in the little things everywhere.
  • I am powerful
  • I am grateful for my body.
  • I love taking care of my skin.
  • I am creative and come up with new ideas everyday.

Here is a little positivity to give to kick start the week off right. I hope you enjoyed!
Have a blessed week! Let’s make it a great one.

Xoxo
Brittany ❤️

Daily Prompt Question

Daily Prompt Question

When is the last time you cried?

The last time I cried was on my dads birthday. I sat down to write in my journal that morning like every morning, (Well almost every morning..)

I had a lot on my mind and wanted to write it out, but not even a dent was made in the page before I closed my journal, turned to my boyfriend, and started crying on his lap.

He comforted me of course. ( He’s really the best ever)

It was a combination of emotions kind of cry. I was sad, sad because of the heart break we have done to each other, and sad that we are both to stubborn to apologize. Touched by flashbacks, good and bad. I felt homesick, wishing I could be there to do something to make his day special. Maybe it would help make up for all those bad memories. I was overwhelmed with emotions over my dads birthday. I do love my dad but our relationship is a weird one. Although, I’m thankful for a fresh start with him, and I’m grateful for our good memories. Those are the ones I will cherish. I hope to make more good memories with him and I hope he had a great Birthday this year!

This is a new thing I am trying to keep me focused on writing and posting everyday.
Daily Prompt Question.


Please, feel free to write your thoughts on the prompt. When is the last time you cried?

Leave a comment or email your response to: Barelyablog1@gmail.com

Thank you for stopping by! I hope to read your responses. Share this post with others!

Xoxo
Brittany<3

Hello.., Again

Hello.., Again

It’s been too long!

I’ve missed this side of myself. I constantly feel the urge to write or post, but always seem to talk myself out of it.

I travel a bit for work, and when I have down time just sitting in the hotel room, writing always crosses my mind.

Then fear takes over.

“what would I even write about?”

“what if someone looks over my shoulder and laughs at me over what i’m writing?”

“what if I don’t get any views? I probably won’t anyways, I should just go to bed for work tomorrow.”

Creating excuses for myself on why I shouldn’t do what I want to do.

Fear has lead in my life for years, and I’ve never noticed it until it came to my blog.

Writing is my release, it’s like my escape from my head and thoughts so when I wasn’t having that release on top of being trapped in a hotel room just to go to work and back to bed to repeat over again the next day, I kind of went insane.

Not literally insane, but I feel an enormous weight on my chest. Anxiety is through the roof so here I am, AGAIN.

Writing, releasing, finding myself again.

I’ve missed this so much and I want to overcome this fear inside of me. I want to live life fully everyday without my overthinking holding me back.

It feels good to be back!

-xoxo
Brittany♥

Trapped Inside

Trapped Inside

I feel like a cry

I need a good scream.

The kind you’d hike up a mountain for,

Be careful not to slip.

I crave a release

An escape from the devil inside.

If you dive deep enough, do you think we can drain him out?

The river flows,

Poisoned.. contaminated.

“If you were gone imagine how much better you’d feel”

The water runs black, no end insight.

I can’t ever remember a time when the river ran clear.

Filthy with toxins, hate, and insecurities.

I went for a swim and never made it out.

Drowning.

Suffocating.

Trapped.

Nobody to blame for my own insanity but me.

Locked inside my very own hell.

My head.

How do I get out?

How can I make it stop?

The current is so strong,

I know.. it’s wrong but the river, it’s just to strong!

I’m trapped inside.

The real me.

The one with hopes, and dreams.

She’s drowning.

Trapped by the blackened river.

Nobody can help her,

Only I can help myself.

The journey to the end begins.

Stop being trapped inside!

What Emotional Abuse Looks Like

What Emotional Abuse Looks Like

Emotion abuse is the most common form of abuse in most people/families, right next to verbal abuse. Although it’s not as harsh as physical abuse (being hit slapped or beaten), it is equally just as harmful and traumatizing to experience. What makes things worse is the abuser most likely isn’t aware of the damage being done. Which then only results to situations escalating into something that can’t be taken back or forgiven.

Examples of Emotional Abuse

  • The silent treatment.
  • Refusing to accept responsibility for actions.
  • Manipulating to get what you want.
  • Pushing someone to question their sanity.
  • Leading someone to believe something is their fault when it’s not.
  • Using shame to make a person feel bad.
  • Indifference when someone appears hurt, sad or upset.
  • Ignoring someone when they express deep feelings.
  • Ridiculing a person for vulnerability.

It’s Come Back for Me

It’s Come Back for Me

My dark side got the best of me again this week. I call it that because I have no idea what it is that causes me to feel so insecure. If my day starts and I’m already sad with no known reason, it’s a fight to get out of that funk all day long. During the time of all this chaos in my head, it’s a reaction for me to add more negative overthinking thoughts, regularly arguing with myself. I create outrageous scenarios in my head and believe them to be true to the core. Even if I know it to be untrue, not even I can change my mind. I’ve worked so hard to change this pattern in me, but this week it has won. It’s too powerful it leaves me feeling so helpless against my head, my hell, it’s hard to tell anymore, I’ve lost track. Its a mess up there. I’m sorry. Incredibly sorry for not only those who have to deal with me like this, but I’m sorry for me as well. I know this isn’t good for me mentally. I know it’s scarring. Why can’t I snap out of it? Why can’t I keep focused? I know who I want to be. Some days it’s just not enough, and I don’t know why.

Everything You Need to Know About Anxiety

Everything You Need to Know About Anxiety

Everyone comes across the feeling of worry, fear, and anxiousness, but that doesn’t always indicate a mental disorder. Anxious feelings are a natural factor of daily life, although more often than not, it can get too overbearing for some people and turn into Anxiety.

Anxiety: A feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.

Definition

The Different Types of Anxiety

There are six types of anxiety disorders:

  1. Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAP)– a person feels anxious on most days, worrying about a lot of different things for 6 months or more.
  2. Social Anxiety– an intense fear of being criticized, being embarrassed, or humiliated in everyday situations, speaking publicly, eating in public, being assertive at work, or making small talk.
  3. Specific Phobias– fearful of specific objects or situations, go to great lengths to avoid it.
  4. Panic Disorder– if a person has recurrent panic attacks or persistent fear of having one for more than a month.
  5. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)– ongoing fear of unwanted/intrusive thoughts that cause anxiety. The person may often try reveling anxiety with certain behaviors and rituals. (Ex. Fear of germs lead to constant washing of clothes and hands).
  6. Post-Traumatic Disorder (PTSD)– tends to give anxiety to those who experience traumatic events (e.g. war, assault, accident, disaster). Symptoms of PTSD include:
    • difficulty relaxing.
    • upsetting dreams.
    • flashbacks of events.
    • avoidance of anything related to the event.

Signs of Anxiety

  • Rapid Heartbeat
  • Overthinking
  • Need Reassurance
  • Insomnia
  • Desire to Control People & Events
  • Disqualify any positive
  • Constant Worry
  • Panic Attacks
  • Over Planning
  • Procrastination
  • Feeling Angry or Agitated
  • Lightheaded
  • Avoidance
  • Lack of Patience
  • Headaches
  • Trouble Concentrating
  • Difficulty managing emotions
  • Always on edge

What Causes Anxiety?

Anxiety, caused by a combination of things such as personality factors, painful life experiences, and physical health.

  • Family History of Mental Health: Some people who experience anxiety may have a Genetic Predisposition that can sometimes run in the family. However, having a close relative experience mental health disorder doesn’t mean you’ll automatically develop anxiety.
  • Personality Factors: Perfectionists, people who are easily flustered, timid, inhibited, lack self-esteem, or want to control everything. All examples of personality factors that are likely to experience anxiety.
  • Ongoing Stressful Events: Common triggers caused by one or more stressful life events.
    • Work or job change
    • Change in living arrangements
    • Giving birth or pregnancy
    • Family and relationship problems
    • Major emotional shock caused by traumatic events
    • Emotional or Physical abuse or trauma
    • Death and loss of loved ones
  • Physical Health Problems: Chronic physical illness can cause anxiety symptoms or impact treatment. Common chronic anxiety conditions are:
    • Diabetes
    • Asthma
    • Hypertension
    • Heart Disease
    • Over Active Thyroid
  • Substance Abuse: Alcohol and drugs tend to be mistaken for coping methods that people abuse, which aggravates anxiety conditions making things incredibly worse.
  • Depression: Another mental illness that often occurs with anxiety.

Treatment

There is a range of information about getting support and treatment for anxiety conditions, along with tips on ways you can help yourself. Treatment offers you the tools to control your anxiety, so it’s not controlling you. Varieties of treatment depend on the person’s experiences with anxiety.

Self-Treatment

For mild symptoms, a health professional might suggest lifestyle changes, physical exercises, to help reduce and maintain stress levels. Examples include:
Stress management- manage your stress to help limit potential triggers. (e.g make a list to help manage tasks, commit to time off of work and other duties).
Relaxation Techniques- meditation, deep breathing exercise, long baths, resting in a dark, quiet place, yoga
Be Positive- replace negative thoughts with positive ones by making a list of all the negative thoughts that cycle in your head. On the other side, record the convincing positive thoughts that contradict the negative thoughts. Doing this helps create a mental image of conquering your fears and anxiety head-on.

Counseling

Psychological counseling is the standard way of treating anxiety the most popular method therapists use to treat anxiety is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy- a type of psychotherapy in which negative patterns of thought about the self and the world are challenged to alter unwanted behavior patterns or treat mood disorders such as depression.

Definition

In other words, CBT recognizes and changes the harmful thought patterns that form the anxious feelings. Therapists who use CBT hope to limit distorted thinking and change the way people react to triggers of anxiety. They also encourage people to confront their fears, as a result, to reduce usually sensitive triggers that would activate anxiety.

Medications

Antidepressants, Benzodiazepines, Tricyclics, and beta-blockers are just a few medicines that help control some physical and mental symptoms.

  • Antidepressants- target depression but commonly help with anxiety.

People often use (SSRI) Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitors, which have fewer side effects than older antidepressants but still cause nausea, jitters, sexual dysfunction when beginning treatment.

Other antidepressants include Fluoxetine, Prozac, Citalopram, and Celexa.

  • Benzodiazepines- class of psychoactive drugs

Side effects include drowsiness, possible dependence, and are highly addictive.

  • Tricyclics- another class of drugs but this one happens to be older than SSRI but provide benefits for most anxiety disorders other than OCD.

Side effects include dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, and weight gain. Two examples of Tricyclics include Imipramine, Clomipramine.

Additional drugs that help treat anxiety:

  • Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors
  • Beta-blockers
  • Buspirone

Prevention

Anxious feelings are a natural. Experiencing anxiousness doesn’t always indicate a mental health disorder, but there are ways to reduce the risk of getting anxiety disorder.

  • Reduce intake of Caffeine, tea, soda, and chocolate.
  • Before using herbal remedies or any over-the-counter, check with a health professional for any chemicals that may make symptoms worse.
  • Maintain a healthy diet.
  • Exerciser or any physical movement helps to improve self-image and releases chemicals in the brain that trigger positive vibes.
  • Keep at a regular sleep schedule.
  • Avoid Recreational Drugs such as alcohol, and cannabis.