Self doubt and anxiety is what majority of my students are filled with in their reading. When they make new milestones and see their reading improvements their anxiety becomes smaller. Their confidence grows. Becoming a good reader becomes much more attainable! This my friends is when my students begin to shine bright.
Confidence and perseverance is what it takes to become an independent reader. No, it does not happen over night. There are lots of tiny improvements and turning points in my students. Each time I see these moments I point them out to my student and make sure it is celebrated. Every little piece of progress is what brings you to the big milestone.
This young man that said the quote above experienced many tiny improvements. Then one day, he recognized that he was reading more independently. "Wow, I'm really good at reading now!" are the words he shared with me. How amazing is that? This moment is worth celebrating!
A common thing I hear when people are inquiring about the counseling process. And it’s a totally okay and valid thing to say!
To maybe ease some nerves for people considering counseling and contemplating the same thing— we as trained professionals are able to facilitate the conversation and direct in a way that will bring forth reflection and eventually (hopefully) healing. That being said- we don’t/can’t do the work for you... it requires engagement, openness, and willingness. Some wariness and nervousness at first is normal, and probably pretty healthy.
Hang tight. If you feel uncomfortable, that’s okay! Sometimes as a counselor I feel awkward and maybe a little uncomfortable too. It’s all part of being human ❤️ #counselor#counseling#medinaohio#medinasquare#mentalhealthawareness#mentalhealth#counselorsofinstagram#therapist#therapy#therapistsofinstagram#endthestigma
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TALK about it!
Don’t underestimate the power of speech in saving a life.
Difficult filming this one but I hope this message gets across to someone out there that needs to hear it 🙏🏼
OCD Awareness Week - Sept 13-19! Here are some of the “celebrity” faces of OCD. This disorder looks different for each individual battling it.
MYTH: OCD is just about cleaning, hand-washing and being a “germaphobe.” OCD is a heterogeneous disorder — in other words, it manifests differently in different people. In fact, only a portion of individuals with OCD are afraid of germs or have compulsions related to keeping themselves (and their world) clean.
Common fears, or obsessions, in people with OCD include: -Fear of germs or contamination
-Fear of committing a sin
-Fear of harming themselves or others
-Fear of a loved one dying
-Fear of certain numbers, colors, words, etc.
-Fear of becoming a sexual predator
People with OCD perform rituals to mitigate the anxiety associated with their obsessions. These are known as compulsions.
Common compulsions in people with OCD include: -Counting
-Repeating certain movements
-Ordering or arranging things in the “right” way
-Tapping or touching objects
These symptoms vary from individual to individual and can even change over the course of a person’s lifetime.
Let’s continue to support and love one another. Understanding and education about mental health is the first step in helping to end the stigma!
Has he ever trapped you in a room and not let you out?
Has he ever raised a fist as if he were going to hit you?
Has he ever thrown an object that hit you or nearly did?
Has he ever held you down or grabbed you to restrain you?
Has he ever shoved, poked, or grabbed you?
Has he ever threatened to hurt you?
If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then we can stop wondering whether he’ll ever be violent; he already has been.
“We spend a lot time designing the bridge, but not enough time thinking about the people who are crossing it.” A month ago, rad and amazing children, parents, educators and providers showed up to answer the question — How do we empower children with ADHD and support families? What does our community need? What do you need? How will you cross this bridge?? Emerged heart full and programs outlined:
1) Destigmatizing Campaign | An awareness and education campaign to broaden public understanding and reduce stigma associated with ADHD and children's mental health.
2) Diagnostic Journey | Streamline and simplify the diagnostic journey for children and families, promoting earlier intervention and increased efficiency and effectiveness in outcome-focused care coordination.
3) Family Support/Connecting Families | Build community and connection among families to allow for opportunities to share and grow through shared experience, strength and hope.
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Goal setting helps motivate us. But did you know how and to what extent? Studies have shown that people who write down their goals are 33% more successful in achieving them than those who formulated outcomes in their heads.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
But there's a science behind setting goals. We want to set goals that are SMART:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
So the next time you set or revisit a goal, ask yourself--is this a SMART goal? And what are 3 realistic things that you can do in the near future (within the next week) to actively work toward that goal? And go ahead and get to it GOAL DIGGER!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
What's a goal that you're working toward?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I haven't done any real update posts in awhile for those of you who have been following my mental health journey. Back in May I reported my great success with EMDR. While I have had successes, it turns out my therapist and I celebrated too early. Honestly, it makes sense given how long I have lived inside of trauma. I almost couldn't believe I was "cured". I still wasn't fully 'well' as far as the whole picture of my mental health goes. For a little while I felt motivated, more motivated than I have in years, and all geared toward my personal future. Then the anxiety whipped it's ugly head around the corner and took over with a vengeance. It's understandable, certainly. But what came back with it was a bit surprising to me. I am not without triggers as I previously stated. I thought I was. I have been experiencing more regular dissociative episodes, but I think it's because I am much more aware of them. These episodes are far from new. My therapist hasn't acted surprised, so here we go again! Down the rabbit hole into my sub conscious. Last time we pulled out fragments of memory I didn't know I had. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't afraid of what we'll unbury this time. I'd like to share some more stories like I did before. I talked some about early childhood a bit. I'd like to talk about school next. K-12, specifically. So, here's your first trigger warning. Some of my future posts will be graphic! I will give big warnings with each. #mentalhealth#mentalhealthawareness#mentalhealthadvocate#endthestigma#destigmatizementalhealth#oneinfour#ptsd#cptsd#anxiety#generalizedanxietydisorder#depression#dissociation#derealization#depersonalization#trauma#abuse
"When it comes to #mentalhealth , it can be hard to be real. #Stigma surrounds mood disorders, therapy and drugs. Talking to someone else about a challenge can be exhausting and scary. And all too often, people keep their struggles with #depression , #bipolar disorder, suicidal feelings and other issues to themselves." @washingtonpost ➡️ https://beta.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/instagram-public-awareness-campaign-aims-for-real-talk-about-mental-health/2019/05/24/
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Pain, like anger, creates negative energy in our body. It's not easy getting up every day especially when you're dealing with chronic pain. You have to convince your mind but your body always seems to have the upper hand. Practicing resilience can give you that extra mind boost to be thankful for another day because the alternative isn't an option. #bestronger
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Spend time with people that make you feel good and that bring out the best in you. Being happy takes practice and it’s a lot easier to do if you are surrounded by happy people. 😊
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Hey y’all. Bonnie here. ✌🏻5 years ago, we came out of the hospital with no baby but lots of trauma. From this, OCD, anxiety and depression were given to me instead. Even in writing that I feel robbed and hold a deep sense of injustice about the whole thing, but alas, here we are.
My particular flavor of OCD is around germs. Some people laugh or call me a “germaphobe” but you wouldn’t make jokes if you knew the prison that my head is. Therapists have told me it stems from the trauma of our stillborn and that this type of outcome is expected. But my OCD has kept me from living my life: going out in public, taking the kids places, going on trips, etc. On a bad day it goes like this: .
I experience a trigger and my OCD begins to pull up a chair at my table.
I don’t want it there, but if I can’t work my way through it, I begin to panic at outcomes I’ve made up in my head and now anxiety and panic has joined the party.
From there, I get upset or angry at the smallest things because I’ve lived a whole life of tragedy and horrifying events in my head in a matter of ten seconds. My brain and body are exhausted and I have nothing left to give anyone.
Then I feel shame and over a long period of time this becomes depression. I wish I was different, I think that I will never be better and that I make life too hard for everyone.
Im telling you this because I desperately want to help #endthestigma Mental illness takes on many shapes and sizes and forms, including confident men and women who smile and laugh and have awesome hair. 😉
So can we check on each other? Check in on your friends that are smart and wild and confident and calm. Check on the ones in transitions. Check in on the moms who have just given birth or who are isolated all day. And then believe them when they tell you it’s hard and bad and help them get help. .
I’m doing better than I have in awhile, and when I hear stories of suicide I just crumble. No one wants to die, they just want to escape the prison that is their own head.
The Good News should always have real and tangible expressions of setting people free, and if we link arms together, we have a better chance of finding that freedom. ♥️
Learn how to develop your brain's natural anti-depressant power and create a more resilient you! Registration is now open for our second cohort of Treat Yourself: Skills for Healthy Living. Topics include: mindfulness, the depression loop, noticing and loving our emotions, reducing vulnerability to emotion and finding purpose, and learning effective communication techniques to enhance our relationships, mood, and mental health.
It’s easy to get caught up in the continuous cycle of work, sleep, and more work. After a while, your body demands you pay attention to its needs. Your body and mind deserve some rest. In just a few minutes a day, you can find small ways to take care of yourself that don’t cut into your busy schedule. Activities such as Running/Walking, Stretching, Mindful Meditation, and Journaling are just some of the activities that are little to no cost and something you can incorporate into your weekly routine. Small steps can make big changes!
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Trying to make too many decisions all at once can be overwhelming, so give yourself one item to focus on at a time.
Whether it be, a wild pile of t-shirts in your closet, the front section (not the back or the trunk) of your car, your utility bills for this year (no other paperwork), 30 messages in your 3000 strong inbox, or one shelf in your refrigerator. Set yourself one small task to do each day and celebrate when it's done.
Before you know it, you'll be clearing clutter like never before and it will no longer scare you, so you will no longer need to procrastinate over it.
Simplicity is a super power and you've got it. #DiscoverYourLight
2 1598 hours ago
🙌 Learning healthy boundaries and the power of saying NO has helped tremendously with managing my anxiety!
Worry Less: How to Ease the Burden of Parenthood Worry
Date: Monday, September 30th, 2019
Time: 9AM - 10:30AM
Payment: AED 75
Reservations: lighthousearabia com/events (link in @lighthousearabia bio)
* Childcare is available free-of-cost through @SublimeNursing. It must be requested at time of reservation.
Becoming a parent is brave. In the words of Elizabeth Stone, “ It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking outside your body”.
So perhaps it should be no surprise that parents worry. But it can be burdensome and painful for both parents and their children.
Join us to explore the ways we can ease the burden of this worry and free yourself to enjoy what is most important: your children and yourself.
In this seminar:
• Explore why mother’s (and oftentimes, father’s) worry so much
• Understand the common errors and habits that maintain this worry
• Learn what you can do to reduce worry and embrace living
About the facilitator:
Dr. Rose Logan, D. Clin. Psy (UK)
Dr. Rose is a Clinical Psychologist and utilizes a framework that is person- centered and largely Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)-based, incorporating “third wave” therapies such as Acceptance & Commitment Therapy and Compassion-Focused Therapy. Her expertise includes working with families, parenting, early development and attachment. She works with both individuals and families, and believes that positive early attachments and family relationships are crucial for children to thrive and for the development of wellbeing.
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Tim here. I have personally struggled with depression and crippling anxiety for most of my life, often in ways that I didn’t know. I have a special kind of OCD, where my brain makes up terrible scenarios that didn’t really happen, and tells me they’re true, causing me to spiral and perseverate; depression like a heavy, dense fog and anxiety like an angry swarm of bees and a fire in my chest. My anxiety has produced a myriad of stomach issues and years of sleepless nights. It has been the most isolating, defeating experience, prompting so many spells of “I’m the only one,” “I deserve this because of X, Y & Z,” and a swath of other lies that have manifested into my bones as shame and guilt and stress and self deprecation, lies that have become the framework of how I live and breathe and operate in this world. It is exhausting and exhaustive. And that’s where the darkness often is, for me: in the loneliness and in being so tired and being so done.
I didn’t know the pastors who have recently taken their lives, but just knowing even a fraction of what they were feeling, my heart is shattered. And in the wake of the shame, slander and ignorant based responses I’ve read online from some “Christians,” I’m enraged.
VOX has a foundational mission of creating a safe place for anyone to come and be a part of a broken people, to have community with other folks who are also in process and also reaching up. VOX also exists as a home for the spiritually homeless, but I think that extends to the emotionally weary, those who are suffering, who are drowning under the weight of insurmountable feelings. We want to see you survive, to thrive and to grow and to find the truth about how wonderful and unique you are in this story.
My hope, is that y’all would feel permission to share and shed and to cry here. To not hold all of that pain and brokenness by yourself. To talk and exist with one another. Let it out. Ask for help. Share your story. Listen and hear one another. Love and walk together.
If it’s a more private venue that you need, reach out: firstname.lastname@example.org We would love to hear your story. Use us. Use this space. Use each other. #endthestigma
In honor of 1000 posts and 120k people supporting our cause, here are some of our favorite posts we have come across over the time we spent together on Instagram. All artists are credited!!! Thank you so much for helping break the taboo on the mental health stigma over the years!😊
Kill Silence💙Save Lives
I saw this at Tower Hill station last week @towerhilltube - Last week was suicide prevention week and this board could be seen as you walked to the barriers to enter the station 🚉
Great to see people starting conversation via all mediums of creativeness. It’s important that we do our bit within our means. No matter how big or small everything adds together to change the communities outlook on mental health. I’m sure some people would see this board and think “yeah but it’s only a board“. Imagine how many people commute via this station in 7 days? How many eyes have seen this? How many people took a photo and sent it to a friend or posted it on social media?
Thanks @towerhilltube for doing something great 💕