I’m moving!

Hey everyone!

I’ll be gone this week because I’m moving back to Texas!

See y’all next week!

😘

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 to block out negative thoughts. It helps 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. 

*Quotes by Roy T. Bennett, The Light In The Heart*

  • The past is a place of reference, not a place of residence; the past is a place of learning, not a place of living.
  • What other people think and say about you is none of your business. The most destructive thing you can do is believe someone else’s opinion of you.
  • Being grateful does not mean that everything is necessarily good. It just means that you can accept it as a gift.
  • Keep your mind open. The meaning of things lies in how good people perceive them. The same thing could mean different meanings to the same people at different times.
  • The biggest wall you have to climb is the one you build in your mind.
  • Stop comparing yourself to other people, just choose to be happy and live your own life.
  • No amount of regretting can change the past, and no amount of worrying can change the future.
  • You need to have faith in yourself. Be brave and take risks. You don’t have to have it all figured out to move forward.
  • Dreams don’t work unless you take action. The surest way to make your dreams come true is to live them.
  • To have what you have never had, you have to do what you have never done.
  • Do what is right, not what is easy nor what is popular.
  • Strong people have a strong sense of self-worth and self-awareness; they don’t need the approval of others.
  • Great things happen to those who don’t stop believing, trying, and being grateful.
  • Nothing can disturb your peace of mind unless you allow it to.

*Personal Affirmations*

  • I am beautiful inside and out.
  • I can choose how I want to perceive every situation.
  • I am embracing each moment with gratitude.
  • I am letting love lead the way.
  • I am healthy and I am free.
  • I have the right to be happy, to shine, to succeed.
  • I live in a world full of infinite love.
  • Kindness is free.
  • I am loved
  • I am enough
  • I am strong
  • I am proud to be me
  • I am grateful for my experiences, hurt, and lessons learned.

I hope this post helps you feel more at peace. Have a wonderful week!
Xoxo
-Brittany♥

Affirmations of the Week!

Affirmations of the Week!

Hello and happy 420!

Welcome to this weeks Affirmation of the Week

Positive Affirmations every Monday!

Here are a few positive vibes to help us all get through the week. As I will be going back to work, I could most definitely use the pick me up to help stay motivated. Have a great week!

  • I can make it happen.
  • I will not let my thoughts control the way I feel.
  • I am beautiful
  • I am blessed beyond measures.
  • I know good things will continue to happen in my life.
  • I am proud of who I am becoming.
  • I won’t let others bring me down.
  • Every life experience presents an opportunity to become wiser and grow stronger.
  • No one can take away my strengths.
  • The best I can do is always enough.
  • I am surrounded by love.
  • My tension is melting away.
  • My thoughts are calming down.
  • I have grown as a person.
  • I am capable of doing difficult things.

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.

Affirmations of the Week!

Affirmations of the Week!

Good morning,

Welcome to the first ever post to a new ritual I’m very excited to start.
Every Monday, I will write down a list of positive saying to hopefully get us motivated and help stay inspired for the remainder of the week.
Very rewarding self-esteem boosting technique I’ve been doing for the past couple of months. It’s helped me tremendously in keeping the negative thoughts at bay.
Any time I’m feeling unease or agitated for no real reason, I refer back to my positive affirmations, and I’m all set for the day almost as if I pressed a reset button for my emotions.
All done explaining without further or do I introduce you!

Affirmations of the Week!

Here are little positive vibes to start the week with;

  • Let go of the thoughts that don’t make you strong.
  • Take a moment to appreciate how far you’ve come.
  • Mindset is everything.
  • Be proud of how hard you are trying.
  • 7 Things to Remember:
    1. All positivity in, all negativity out.
    2. Opinions do not define you.
    3. Everyone’s journey is different.
    4. Overthinking leads to sadness.
    5. Happiness if found within.
    6. Positive attitudes create positive outcomes.
    7. Be thankful!
  • I allow my true self to flourish.
  • I appreciate and acknowledge all of me.
  • I am loved.
  • I accept myself for who I am.
  • I am proud of myself.

Enjoy, I hope everyone has a great week!

xoxo,Brittany♥