"Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light. "
I’ve been feeling so down lately. Tonight I was so done with it. I spent some time meditating, until my ipod battery died. Then I did some stretching yoga and just laid in the dark with some candles lit. I feel a lot more peaceful. I need to start developing better habits. I will try to meditate and do some gratitude journaling tomorrow morning. I want to change my life, I want to be more positive.
So many people ask me what I do when I’m sad, so I’m gonna share exactly what I do. I believe that it’s different from what most people suggest because not many people tell you that it’s okay to be sad. The moon doesn’t have to be full for us to love it. You will always be loved by the universe.
I want you to follow along with what I’m about to say:
Take a deep breath in to the count of five, then let it all out at once in one powerful exhale. Keep doing this until the thoughts in your mind start to fade. The goal in doing this is to eliminate the story we create in our minds, since we attach our emotions to stories. By stories, I mean the names we call ourselves, what others think of us that we take to heart, the future that we’ve predicted and the past that we regret. It all is a story that we blame for our emotions, but the truth is, that story means nothing, it is all in your mind.
Once you detach from the stories, you’re left sitting with your emotions. Acknowledge them. If your sad, don’t deny yourself of being sad. Identify exactly how your feeling. Not just sad, but something more specific such as lost, lonely, or anxious. Keep blocking out the stories and say to yourself “I have sadness within me, I am not sad.” You don’t have to identify yourself with the emotions your feeling. If you do, then you’re not allowing those emotions to pass because you may question who you are without those emotions. That’s why it’s so hard for people with depression and eating disorders to let go, because that’s how they’ve identified themselves and they aren’t sure who they are without it. Just allow that feeling to float around in your body and imagine it floating past your body like cloud, passing without judgment. It may take a little bit, but keep sitting still until you feel okay. You probably won’t feel happy, you’ll just feel okay. Maybe even numb. That’s okay. From there, I want you to smile and tell yourself that your okay, you’re safe, and you’re alive. That’s all that matters right now, you have no obligation to feel happy right now. Finally, I want you to ask yourself what you’ve learned from this experience. You’ve probably learned something about yourself and possibly the people you’re surrounded by. How can you grow from this? Something in your mindset must change. Some people can do this easily, but others benefit from doing something they love or spending time with people they love to help them. The rest is up to you because how you stand up from this fall is what will help you grow stronger and stronger. Take a feel breath in.. and let it all out. This is a fresh start. xo
This is such great advice. When I had an eating disorder and depression I knew it wasn’t doing any good for me but I wanted it because I didn’t know who to be without it. When I was finally truly sick of it and ready to let the ED and depression go it was kind of amazing how quickly I went from wanting to die to being, not great, but ok.
Lately I’ve been stressed, tired and unmotivated. I want to blame on school and being jobless but maybe that’s all just me. I’m so focused on what I didn’t do, what I’m doing or not doing now, and the future I think I’ll never be good enough to have. I need to just let all that crap go.
I’m taking Spanish 100 at college. It’s so frustrating because more than half the students already speak spanish pretty well because their families do, or they’ve taken spanish in high school. I’ve never had either of those, so when the teacher is having a conversation with other students in spanish I don’t understand anything and I feel like I’m failing. I feel like the lessons and tests are geared towards those people, who at the very least have some basics down. I got 78% on my first test which was really disappointing, and today in class she was going so fast. I felt so overwhelmed, I ended up leaving during the break and just going home.
The withdraw date is 10/31 so I’m going to try to hang in there as long as I can. If I can’t get at least a B I don’t want to finish the class.
I’ve seen a few episodes of the spinoff Torchwood but I didn’t love it.
Cinnamon swirl chia oatmeal topped with blueberry sauce, banana, raspberries, blackberries, granola and a spoonful of peanut butter.
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