Posts tagged mental health
Running A Freelance Business With Rebecca Warriner Of From Roses

I don’t think I can say this about any other blogger, but Rebecca was my initial inspiration for starting my own blog back in 2015. I never really knew that you could just write about things that interested you and make the content just as aesthetically pleasing as it was informative. I revelled at her beautiful pictures and decide to start a small corner of my own online where I could discuss my thoughts.

Four years later and I still turn to her blog for motivation and inspiration when I’m feeling stuck or during a bout of writer’s block. If there was only person I could have participate in this interview series, it would be her if only because of how formative her creative presence online was for my own.

Without further ado, this is what Rebecca from From Roses had to share with me and my readers.

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5 Ways To Stop Lazy Thinking

For as long as I can remember I have struggled with mental clutter. This most likely stems from anxiety and behaviours that fuel those anxious thoughts, where if I allow one thought to creep in it opens the flood gates for dozens more to incapacitate me. While this isn’t always the case (regular workouts help to release the anxiety and establish focus) it is something that I’ve had to face openly in order to begin the process of change.

For today’s post I wanted to discuss my experience with lazy thinking and the steps that have helped me become a bit more focused and productive throughout the day.

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How To Be More Grateful For Your Body

This past year has really tested me when it comes to my body image. After having gone through a fair amount of anxiety I turned to my trusted coping mechanism—food. Feeling the need to indulge in food as a way to feel better not only made me feel physically ill, but also changed the way I viewed my self-control, especially when I noticed my body begin to change in tandem. After having discussed these feelings with my therapist, I realized that my insecurities didn’t lie in the way I looked, but rather how I thought I would be perceived by others. Instead of recognizing how supportive my body was trying to be for me during times of high anxiety and, in a sense, putting on armour by gaining a bit of weight, I was berating myself.

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Why It's Important To (Sometimes) Be Uncomfortable

I’ve always been someone that avoids discomfort at all costs. I’ve just never really understood the point of putting yourself in a scenario where you feel less than great only to then have to think back to it and cringe at something you might have said or done. However, after having spent the past year in a foreign country (one that I had never visited before I moved there) I’ve learned a few lessons about why it’s okay, and sometimes necessary, to put yourself in uncomfortable situations.

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4 Ways To Inspire Yourself

I’ve always had a hard time inspiring myself. Often, I’ll look to others who seem much more successful than I am for some secret that I just can’t tap into. Answers are more satisfying than the journey of discovering them, which can lead me (and, I’m sure others) to feeling a bit lost when the inspiration and motivation isn’t quite there to achieve your goals. For today’s post I wanted to offer a few ways that you can inspire yourself so that you don’t always have to turn to others for the necessary affirmation of your journey.

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How To Get Into Journaling If You Don't Know Where To Start

I recently watched a YouTube video by Matt D’avella about journaling for 30 days straight. While I’m always the first to encourage someone to journal as much as they can, there were a few points he made and approaches he took in his challenge that I didn’t really agree with. For one, he made journaling sound like exercise in the sense that you have to do it every single day to get the results you want otherwise you’re wasting your time. He also limited his journaling to only 10 minutes in order to be able to do it every day and I think that defeats the entire purpose of the practice. For today’s post I wanted to somewhat counteract the points he made while also offering some advice to those who want to start journaling regularly, but don’t really know where to start or feel too intimidated by the process.

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Why It's Okay To Change Your Mind

A really difficult aspect of growing up for me is realizing that I am allowed (even encouraged) to change my mind. Making big decisions is already hard for me, so to then change my mind about them leaves me feeling uncomfortable and sometimes even embarrassed. As someone who copes with stressful situations by placating to others, being judged for my choices is what I dread the most about an adult life, yet know that it’s unavoidable. However, as I’ve gotten older I’ve learned to accept (kind of) that no matter what I do I will be judged by someone, whether negatively or positively. For today’s post I wanted to discuss why changing your mind and expressing your difference from others is one of the most important things you can do for yourself and your personal growth.

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5 Ways I Want To End My Day

I recently published a post about the things I want to do to start my day, but there are also new habits I want to form when it comes to ending my day. After a day of work I usually just want to sit on the couch and catch up on some YouTube videos or watch a new Netflix series, but since I spend my work day looking at a screen, I want to fill up that evening time with other activities that’ll get me ready for a peaceful sleep. Some of these habits are going to take time to be in regular practice, but I find that even setting up the intention is enough to begin switching the way you approach certain aspects of your life.

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Learning How To Trust Your Gut

A good question to ask yourself when it comes to trusting your gut is why, during moments of doubt or hesitation, you are convincing yourself that everything is fine. The reason for not following your desires might surprise you and provide some enlightenment that can drastically improve your life. As I mentioned above, I tend to placate those around me, so whenever I try to justify uncomfortable situations it’s usually with external opinions in mind. Whatever your reason for convincing yourself that your instincts are valid, be sure to question it as soon as you notice yourself dismissing a red flag.

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How To Start Committing To Yourself

2018 and 2019 have been years where I learned a lot about myself—somethings good, some bad. The most prevalent thing that seems to have always come up through various therapy sessions, journal entries, and conversations with friends or family is that I have a hard time committing to myself. I have no problem doing it for others (I’ve been in a 6 year relationship that’s still going strong) or for someone else’s company (I worked in a big corporation for 3 years and did really well), but when it comes to me and my needs I tend to leave those by the wayside.

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How To Be A Bit More Body Positive When It Feels Impossible

My body image has always been an issue for me, ever since I was a little girl. It’s hard to live life and spend a lot of it worrying about how you look and how others perceive you, which is why we often fall victim to body negativity. I am definitely guilty of putting unnecessary pressure on my body and stressing myself out over things that, in the grand scheme of life, don’t really matter. So, for today’s post I wanted to share a few methods I use to be a bit more body positive.

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5 Ways To Start Fresh

It seems like I’m always starting fresh this time of the year. There’s something about April that brings out the urge to switch things up and move on to something new, whether that be leaving a job, preparing to move to a different country, starting therapy, or potentially starting a new job. As someone who gets very nervous about change of any kind, this time of the year allows me to revel in it with a little less fear than I’m used to, making the prospect of starting fresh enticing and exhilarating.

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Why I Don't Fear Boredom

Boredom seems to be a forgotten skill these days, what with the ability to watch, do, listening to, or read something at any single moment during throughout the day. From morning to night I often find myself reaching for some sort of distraction to curb my boredom, whether that be Youtube videos, a Netflix series, or podcasts. However, the more and more attached I become to these forms of activity (not necessarily always productive, but typically only used as a pacifier) the more I stop and ask; “why are we all so afraid of boredom?”. What is it about the idea that has us fumbling for out phones the second we wake up or when our dinner partner steps away to go to the washroom?

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Things I Need To Do To Start My Day Off Right

Starting my day off right isn’t always as easy as it sounds—there’s a lot that goes into being in the right mindset to work and create that I don’t often hear talked about. Maybe it’s something others don’t experience as much as I do, or maybe it’s not the most interesting topic to talk about, but I always find it useful when others share their mundane experiences, so that’s what I’m going to do today!

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