⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ YOU: Sayyyyy WHAAAAT? You want me to give my anxiety a name?! ME: Yup. ✔️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This is a LIFE CHANGING tip. #truth ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ By giving your anxiety a name you are SEPARATING the person from the problem. “Frankie” came up in session today... why I gave that name as an example to my client I’ll never know! 😂 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When we separate ourselves from anxiety we create distance and distance often creates CLARITY. Clarity allows you to be more OBJECTIVE and less SUBJECTIVE. Subjectivity can keep you seriously stuck. Like SERIOUSLY stuck. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Subjectivity means it (the anxiety) becomes all about YOU, instead of being all about... the ANXIETY! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It becomes your fault, your problem, your weakness, your issue, your label, your downfall, your limitation, your story, your EVERYTHING. What does this do over time? It freakin SUFFOCATES you!!! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You see no other way. No other option. No other life and absolutely ZERO way out. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Giving it a name will mean you can speak to ‘it’ and about ‘it’ as a separate entity. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “Bloody Frankie ruining my public speaking again!” or “Frankie, it’s ok, ... I’ve got this!” or “Frankie - BACK OFF - I don’t need your input today thanks.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Engaging THIS WAY allows you to be free of the weight you normally carry! It lightens you mind, your body AND your heart. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Please know you DON’T have to live this. You CAN recover from anxiety. This is just one simple step along that journey. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Want some extra support? I’m here for you all the way. I’ll give you hope and strength if you feel like you have none left. I’ll help you have YOUR aha moment 💡and I’ll help you build YOUR confidence. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I
I have to be real today’s been a struggle my cup hasn’t been full enough to pour into others today. That might sound selfish, but it’s the truth. . I woke up with some extreme anxiety and even saying that feels completely unnatural for me. I’ve been told before that I’m over dramatic etc but until you have anxiety? You really have no idea. . This isn’t something that I deal with daily, but it does randomly make sure to remind me it’ll never go away. . So today I don’t have inspiration to give, or anything profound to say other than...I’m on a struggle bus 🚌 . If you’re feeling that way, you aren’t alone. I’m with you, but let’s kick her ass to curb. 👟
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Imagine your heart has a gauge, like a gas tank. What does the indicator light read for you right now? Do you know what the signs are when it’s full? Can you recognize the signs when it’s running on empty? . When my tank is full, I find joy in the simplest of pleasures. I’m eager and quick to help a friend in need. I can find the good in every situation no matter how bad. . When I’m running on empty, I’m irritable with a very short temper/fuse. I berate myself verbally and abuse my body with binge-eating. I’m resentful when anyone asks for my help. I’m cynical of the world. . Knowing what signs to look for when you’re starting to run low is a key part of tending to your mental health. . Better yet, be proactive with practicing the habits and mindsets that fill your tank (and be intentional in guarding them fiercely). . With some big and heavy projects on the go this month, I found myself procrastinating. I even felt some dread, resenting my intense schedule (while knowing full well I am the one responsible for making it so full). . So I made a choice to do less, to intentionally curb back my appointments — not just in number and time spent meeting people, but I also chose to mostly set the appointments I know are close and familiar, like slipping on a comfy familiar well-worn pair of jeans. . Then this question stared me in the face again, as I returned to see my therapist after a year long hiatus. She helped me to see that I can take it a step further, beyond simply recognizing the signs in a reactive way. . I plan to build this more into my daily rhythm, proactively checking in with myself each day, and planning accordingly. I might need to reduce some activity, or I might need to add some extra creative play into the day. . . What about you? What are some of the signs you’re running on empty? What are some of the ways you keep your tank full? How can you check in with yourself regularly? . . . . . #mentalhealthawareness
Although I’m always pretty positive even on bad days, Im kinda already ready to get this week over with. I wasn’t feeling it today and to top it off I had a major anxiety attack at work 😔 luckily it went away and gym therapy is always the best 💜 I’m hoping for a better day tomorrow 🌞 #anxietyisreal#gymrat#fitfam#momof3#selflove#squats#gymtherapy#myfitnessjourney#fitnessmotivation#fitness#latina#fitspo#adidas#fitspo#planetfitness#girlswholift#girlswhosquat#strongissexy
T minus 12 hours until I leave and this is all that's packed.🙊 Yep, I'm a last minute packer. I think better this way.👗 My #motto, just throw it in there and roll with it. Not really, but it sounded good.😂 I'm a little #anxious today though. Experiencing some #fomo for sure. Fair warning-It's going to be a HUGE week for me! Tomorrow I leave with my coworkers and head to #neworleans for our annual SNAL Conference. At the same time, my Plexus girlfriends are at Vegas living it up!! So, here's your warning⚠️...My page is going to be #blasted with so much FUN these next few days. #sorrynotsorry#anxietyisreal#woosah#iliveforfun#livetotravel#fomoisreal#snal#riseup
If you've experienced chronic pain (CP) then you know anxiety also likes to come around. Both CP and anxiety use the same neurological systems so it's not surprising that anxiety is easily triggered with CP. Dealing with anxiety symptoms such as generalized worry, sleep disturbance, and excessive fear can almost seem natural when CP is related to an illness. Anxiety however is never "natural" or ok. It's taxing on a body to be in the fight-flight mode that comes with anxiety. It's mentally exhausting as well. There are steps that can be taken to reduce anxiety. These strategies include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, meditation, progressive relaxation, essential oil use and yoga. And before you say, "No, my pain is too severe to be helped by these measures", the goal is to keep the physiological response of anxiety from being triggered. Keep your nervous system as relaxed as possible...keep anxiety from being triggered...which ultimately does help your body manage the CP better. Like this post if you've experienced or know someone who battles chronic pain. They are all warriors.
The one on the left is my ride or die oil. My I’m stranded on a deserted island and can only bring one oil oil. My palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy ... I’m nervous, but on the surface I look calm and ready oil. Seriously y’all, I diffuse it and apply it topically alllllll the time. It smells freaking amazing and it works! Holler! . . . #eminemoils#valorfangirl#momlifebelike#ctfo#anxietyisreal
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This morning I went on a 2 mile walk with my boys 💙 Normally, my anxiety would kick in, and I wouldn't go walk a trail by myself. All morning fear set in, my heart starts racing just thinking about going. But I kept telling myself that I just need to go, get out, and forced myself to do it. Alone, with my favorite little humans! Everyone's anxiety is different. But If you have anxiety, you know how hard it is do something you wouldn't normally do, to step outside your comfort zone. It's something little, like going on a walk, to a place you wouldn't normally go by yourself with your kids. But it's a big deal when you decide to kick your anxiety in the face and you just do it 🙌🏻 I was proud of myself. For those who have anxiety, you are not alone! ❤️ it's a struggle everyday. Happy Monday!! ❤️❤️ #overcomeanxiety#anxiety#postpartumanxiety#mentalhealth#anxietyisreal#kickanxietysbutt#happymonday#strong_fitmama #proudofmyself#youarenotalone#strongwomen
When you start to recover from severe anxiety you go through this process ( I am right now ) where you feel more able than before but ‘keeping up’ with other people is exhausting! I work about 4 days a week and if I have a rest one day I always feel like okay I can’t rest for at least another two days or I’m going backwards. This is actually not only counter productive but also self punishing. I deserve to listen to my body and give it what it needs! Resting for two days in a row is allowed. Taking a week off is allowed. Also going out everyday is also allowed. Don’t judge your energy just let it tell you.
Feel like my brain is gonna explode today. I didn’t sleep at all last night from anxiety, and it’s carried on through today. I have two essays due on the same day (not until beginning of August but feels like it’s too soon!) and whilst I’m actually on top of it all, it’s just overwhelming. And I have to get so much signed off in my placement book, which again, I am on top of, but just feels soooo mind blowing. And on top of all of that I have to find time to work because I need money, and I don’t know how to find time when my brain is on essays. The Mr has changed branch meaning our little dynamic we had going on is gonna change, and it’s all so uncertain with shifts, so I don’t know what the new dynamic is, I have so many girls I need to catch up with and not enough time to do it, I just feel like I could burst with how much is going on in my head. I feel like a bad friend and a bad girlfriend and a bad student. And I’m not really any of it but I just feel like I haven’t got time to be human at the moment. I’m just praying for a good night’s sleep so I can get to placement tomorrow. I’ve spent today doing a load more of one essay, so I feel good that it’s getting there but eugh. I just need to chill and I’m not sure how to do that just yet. Anxiety is a 🔔 🔚 . . #anxiety#anxietyisreal#life#feelings#thoughts#dailypost#dailyblog#brainache#unilife#studentlife#helppp#change#essays#thistoowillpass#stormspass#calm
What’s your ❤️ language? If you don’t know what that is, let me know and I’ll share a link, so you can find out. Mine is gift giving, I love to do little things for the people that I love. For example tomorrow is a BIG day for us.. Both kids will be graduating (thankfully not at the same time) & I surprised them with some balloons. This is my way of showing them just how proud I am of all the work they have done. I do this not only for my family, but I do this with my team and customers. I know all the hard work and dedication they put forth, so I love to celebrate them. I want to celebrate YOU! Come join us!
Guys, I'm back! First of all, social media can be a really great thing. SO many of you sent me well wishes when I was going through a few days of bad anxiety, and I thank you so much for that. Even though I'm always sharing my story, when I hear your feedback it reminds me that I too am not alone in this anxiety battle. Secondly, I had a few really bad days of agoraphobia and some middle of the night panic attacks (which I fully do not understand, btw) but I snapped out of it really quickly - probably faster than I ever have. I wish I had like the perfect recipe as to how I did it, but I've had agoraphobia for 3 years and have just learned to listen to the warning signs and not push myself. I will write more about it this week, but wanted to stop in and say heyo and Happy Monday! Xo, Nic.
#mentalhealthmonday - take time to be with yourself today. Really assess what’s going on in your mind and body. If you find a place of tension, don’t avoid it. Instead, take care of it. Feed your mind & body with what it needs today! 🌴
If you struggle with anxiety or feel stressed AF check out my She Hustles podcast for a FREE 10 min meditation by Nurturing Warrior; a fellow icu nurse and yoga teacher. Available on iTunes, Spotify and google play. Meditation calms my inner crazy. At least 5 days a week I spend 10 mins to mediate using guided meditation on podcast. Meditation has helped my anxiety so much so I wanted to bring you a special meditation on my podcast. So go calm your inner crazy and let us know how you enjoyed this episode.