Overloading with candy may taste good yet it is not necessarily benefiting your body. It is the same for your mental health. Our realities are consistently shaped through what our minds consume. Therefore we are working to create content that benefits our perception therefore improving our realities.
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“To be true to myself is to act in integrity, presenting to the outside world the same person I feel myself to be internally. “
-Henry Boy Jenkins
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“ Lately I have been wearing The Mask. The Mask that’s covering this deep depression, because quite frankly I can’t handle the questions that follow. Wearing The Mask for fear of being judged and misunderstood. Wearing The Mask so I can be of aid to others. Wearing The Mask because this is all I’ve known to keep on for the past 10 years. I hope this speaks to someone out there because you are not alone. So please, I plead, please DO NOT be afraid nor be ashamed to RELEASE.
I hope that you find that Outlet. One you can share your deepest thoughts to when you’re low. One that lifts you up when you question your own existence. One you can break down and cry to at 2AM, without needing to say a single word. One to remind you that YOU MATTER and YOU ARE WORTH FIGHTING FOR. All in all, I pray that you fight to find the strength within you to hold on, to heal, to finally let go of that mask and to BE YOU. There is beauty and meaning in your story. So fight. Do it for your loved ones, for those who are battling, for those we lost, and more importantly do it for YOU because you owe that to yourself.
Behind every Cloud, the sun is always shining. Brighter days are coming.”
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“People are products of their environment; they take on the shape and form of what and who they are around. I feel that people have a huge effect not only on your overall well-being but even on how you think. The people who you come in contact with on a day to day basis can have an impact on how your day is going to go. If you surround yourself with people who are uplifting, nurturing, happy, inspiring, and empowering you will be in better spirits. This is because positive attitudes are contagious.”
-A Diva “Thoughts of a Diva”
“You don’t have to do it all by yourself.”
– Elizabeth Dehn
“ You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.”
- C.S Lewis
Our friends Danny and Addie have recommended this amazing article that covers depression and anxiety in college students. Please fill free to check it out.
Check out Dr Judith Orloff’s article, The Power of Patience, where she “gives patience a twenty-first-century makeover so you’ll appreciate its worth. “
Click on the button below! You won’t regret it!
“Never let the things you want make you forget about everything you have.”
'-Positive Vibes Quotes
Pay it Forward:
“Respond to a person's kindness to oneself by being kind to someone else.“
With all that is going on in the world , sometimes it can be viewed as a cruel place to be in, making it hard to stay positive.
We have the power to make the world seem less cruel just by practicing the simple act of paying it forward. We challenge you this week to do just that. Show the act of kindness to a friend or a colleague and tell them to pay it forward to their friend, colleague or even a stranger. No matter how big or small the gesture, it can definitely makes someone’s day , only leading them to continue on the chain reaction.
For some of us, it can get pretty lonely during the holiday season.
I remember as a child my father would take me to a nursing home in the neighborhood, with members from our church, to sing to the elderly and keep them company. Each time we left the facility, my father would always remind me that we made a difference because some of them barely receive any visitors or cards for birthdays and holidays.
With that being said, in the midst of this holiday season, I urge you to look up the nearest nursing home in your area, gather a group friends and make some festive holiday greeting cards for the residents. It may not be a lot but a little goes a long way and you surely will put a smile on their faces.
Happy Holidays To You All.
Ever wonder how and why the art of giving back benefits us physically and mentally?
Stephanie Watson, Executive Editor of Harvard Women's Health Watch , breaks it down for us.
Check out “Volunteering May Be Good For Body and Mind” by clicking on the button below.
“If you can let go of some Old Potatoes, you can make way for New Potatoes. Friendships and relationships are based on love, and love is energy. When the frequencies change, you will find that particular friends and relationships may drop away, or you don’t feel you have anything in common with them any longer. If you continue to hold on to relationships which no longer serve you, they sap your energy resources or distract you from focusing your mind. Holding on to Old Potatoes blocks the doorway to gaining new ones. Don’t be afraid to let go if you feel the time is right; you will find that new opportunities will arise as a result. You never know who that next amazing person/teacher/friend/lover/mentor is going to be! “
“It’s hard to stay in shape if we constantly feed our bodies junk, and this same principle applies to what we feed our minds.” Kendra Mims
We challenge you to this “21-Day mind diet challenge” provided by Dr. David Sack.
“A 21-day mind diet can be a way to refocus attention on your mental health. As with any habit, the key to a positive outlook is practice and repetition – like strengthening a muscle,” says Dr. David Sack, CEO of Elements Behavioral Health.
Click on the button below to learn more about the challenge!
“Sometimes when you are in a dark place you think you have been buried. Perhaps you have been planted. BLOOM.”
Exercising helps prevent the muscles in our body from withering. We must do the same with our brain in order to maintain a healthy and fit mindset. Open Education Database has provided 100 ways to help us do just that!
Click on the button below!
"We all go through situations in life. Some bad, some good. Many times, we think the phase "I'm going through something" is bad news, but if we view it properly, we realize "going through" is good; it means we're not stuck! We may be facing difficulties, but at least we are MOVING FORWARD."
"Aloneness is seeing the benefits of sometimes being away from others and becoming comfortable with yourself" -THRIVE WORKS
Check out this really cool article on "8 Mental Health Benefits of Spending Time Alone" from Thrive Works.
I think it is safe to say that we have all been in situations where we felt like we've lost grip on life. Everything in it may seem out of order to where it merely feels impossible to get out of to make changes.
Well, we have a challenge that can help you appease those moments.
We challenge you to grab a pen and paper. Create two lists. One is a list of things you can control and the other is a list of things you cannot control. After doing so, take the list of what you can control and decide on which of those need to change. You can start with either the most important or easiest thing to work on. By then you have taken the steps to gaining back control!
Sometimes, all we need is to take a step back, pause for a moment, and write it all out so we can reflect to get things back in order.
Share with us your feedback!
Thank you to Daniel Jacas for providing us this awesome idea!
"It’s not unusual for young people to experience 'the blues' or feel 'down in the dumps' occasionally. Adolescence is always an unsettling time, with the many physical, emotional, psychological, and social changes that accompany this stage of life."
-Mental Health America
Check out "Depression In Teens" where Mental Health America provides us information on what to look for if your teen is dealing with depression, coping mechanisms, and so much more.
"You can be aware of your feelings and acknowledge their legitimacy without necessarily acting on them.Good emotional health is vital for a good life. But a good life also means being able to manage our emotions and not be managed by them.."
Seven Ways To Create A Healthy Mindset
Mental Health America has come up with a cool idea that we want to challenge you with.
For those who are going through depression, anxiety or any related disorders or even recovering, we challenge you to share #mentalillnessfeelslike on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. After all, Maya Angelou tells us “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you.”
Not only does sharing your experience and/or recovery benefit you in many ways, but it will definitely help and impact other who share the same experience.
It is super important to have a gratitude moment with yourself every now and then. A time to sit back, reflect and think of all the things and people you are thankful for. It is important to remember that every event that has taken place in your life and every person that has entered your life, whether they are present or not, has played a major role in making you who you are today.
With that being said, we challenge you, whether it is once a week or once a month, to have a gratitude moment and make a list of everything you are grateful for. We ask you to write them down because it is a constant reminder that is needed and a breath of fresh air when you look back at it in the midst of a bad day.
In Cameron Glover's article "Self Love Is About The Journey, Not The Destination", she takes us on a whole new route on self-love.
If we sit back and dwell a bit on the title itself, I think it is safe to say, for some of us, that we tend to come up with a system that will help us get to "self-love", as oppose to acknowledging that self-love already exist within us. We just haven't taken the time to grasp it and bask in it as we take on that journey. Once we do, we'll be able to learn so much more about ourselves, such as our self-worth, what we deserve, and what we don't deserve.
Click on the button below to learn more about Cameron's perspective on self-love.
Fun fact from Mental Health America: "Dancing around while you do your housework will not only get your chores done, but dancing reduces levels of cortisol (the stress hormone), and increases endorphins (the body's "feel-good" chemicals)."
With that being said, we challenge you, on your saturday mornings while cleaning, blast on some music and start dancing! We'd love to hear your feedback, so let us know how it went!
"If our timing were to be all the same, then there would be no meaning to our success. Some of us rush to where we want to be, because we see everyone else around us already at their destination. If you learn to accept that YOUR timing is different and only focus on YOUR path, you will then see that everything happened the way it was suppose to and it was all worth the wait. You will see the true meaning of your success."
Practice the act of forgiveness and set yourself free from emotional bondage!
In "Forgiveness: Your Health Depends On It", Dr. Karen Swartz, a psychiatrist from John Hopkins, provides us steps to help us "move towards forgiveness" and explains the health benefits that come from it.
It has often been said that practicing positive affirmation helps improve mental health. Being able find the silver lining in situations can help lead to finding positive solutions. Those who deal with depression, stress, anxiety etc, are more likely to lean toward negative self-talk. Although easier said than done, those tendencies can be stopped if we make time each day to self-talk positive affirmation.
With that being said, we challenge you to a daily affirmation. Every morning, for a whole minute, look your self in the mirror and start with “I am..”, I Love..”, “ I will..”, “I allow myself to..”, “I choose..” and let the positive words flow out. Some of these words may not feel true, but over time they will be embedded in your mind and manifest into your reality.
“Be gentle with your healing. Start over as many times as you need to.”
“According to the Yerkes-Dodson Law, a certain level of stress arousal is necessary to achieve top performance. Yet when this arousal or stress becomes too high, performance level drops. It is important to moderate your stress level and recognize when stress is becoming detrimental to your productivity or health.”
-Shannon Russo-Pollack “5 Secrets to Living Life in Moderation”
We are all familiar with the saying “ smiling is contagious.” But did you know flashing a smiling is contagious to a point where it can save a life?
It has often been said by those who have tried but failed to commit suicide that being acknowledged with a wave or a smile from a stranger would have helped stop them from making the attempt.
Despite the reactions we may receive, as a community, let us vow to smile or happily wave to as many strangers we can each day. By doing so, we have potentially saved a life. Sometimes, that’s all it takes.
“It’s okay to not be okay….We all have good and bad days. No one can be perfectly happy all of the time, that is not human. “
-Kayla (Blogger from You Matter)
We have came across a pretty neat challenge that we would like you all to partake in. This challenge is pretty simple. It will not only help you put things, that we tend to over look, in perspective, but it will definitely help us gain and value patience.
We challenge you to….
Drum roll please….
The Patient Challenge, created by Andrew Frawley. Please click on the button below to learn more!
“To overcome the self-doubt, fear, and lack of confidence, you need to intervene in your own life and take control.”
Yes, it is easier said than done, but what would you have to lose if you tried and think of what you’d possibly miss out on if you didn’t.
In Why Self-Doubt Keeps You Stuck And How to Begin to Overcome It, Jeff Barton gives us…. well the title pretty much sums it up and it is sooo worth the read.
Click on the button below to check out some great insights and awesome tips he has shared!
“Goodbyes leave room for Hellos and Welcomes.”
How great would it feel to break free from that repeated negative cycle you’ve found yourself accustomed to? You’ve felt as if you were chained to it simply because over time you became complacent. It is time to shift gears and find your inner strength to say good-bye.
Say good-bye to old bad habits; Say good-bye to toxic friendships; Say good-bye to that toxic relationship; Say good-bye to the usual jobs you seem to get but makes you unhappy. Time to make way for positive change, make way for the adventure of a life time that will take you to the new and defined YOU! There will be bumps along the way, but you will get there and receive the HELLOS and WELCOMES you rightfully deserve.
“‘Maybe it won’t work out.
But maybe seeing if it does will be the best adventure ever.”
-Black Girl Pod
Have you ever heard of a meditation called mindful walking, also referred to as walking medication? It is not commonly talked about but it is quite beneficial.
Matt Valentine tells us:
“ ….big reason to do mindful walking: it helps you tune in to the body. Sometimes, things occur in the body that we don’t notice. Oftentimes, chronic issues and illness begin to creep up in ways often unseen. However, by learning to tune in to the body with mindful walking, we can notice these things arise before they become more of an issue.”
“An experience that incorporates one or more of your senses serves to stimulate brain activity and help keep your mind sharp.”
“ Try a new type of food, especially if it is a different ethnic food than you are accustomed to eating. Thai food and Indian food both utilize a wide range of herbs and spices that will stimulate your sense of taste, smell, and sight.”
-Open Education Database
During distressing or chaotic moments, find a positive distraction. We need to acknowledge the good distractions that are offered to us. For instance, getting involved and giving back to your community will put you in perspective and ease those bad moments for sure.
Whether it’s gathering with a group of friends to pick up trash around a neighborhood or formulating ways to bring back restoration. Take the time to do some research on how to make a difference in your community.
With extensive research, did you know that yoga is said to help reduce depression, anxiety, stress, PTSD, etc?
Erin Wiley (Clinical Psychotherapist from Ohio) stated:
"It teaches clients that they have control of their own stress reaction, gives them a coping skill for when they are overwhelmed, giving them experience in practicing calming down which is helpful for times of distress."
“What lies before us and what lies behind us are small matters compared to what lies within us. And when you bring what is within out into the world, miracles happen.”
- Henry David Thoreau
"I've learned that fear limits you and your vision. It serves as blinders to what may be just a few steps down the road for you. The journey is valuable, but believing in your talents, your abilities, and your self-worth can empower you to walk down an even brighter path. Transforming fear into freedom."
Oftentimes the hardest person to love is yourself.
Therefore we challenge you to write a love letter to yourself. Take this time to be completely honest with yourself, forgive yourself for any previous mistakes, and acknowledge that despite all you have gone through you are still standing.
Protect Your Space; Spread The Love
"Sometimes, we don't need to add new activities to get more pleasure. We just need to soak up the joy in the ones we've already got. Trying to be optimistic doesn't mean ignoring the uglier sides of life. It just means focusing on the positive as much as possible."
- Mental Health America
Expressing how you feel is very important and therapeutic, especially when you are on the path to a healthy mindset.
We have all heard that writing is a form of communication, which enables others to express how they feel on paper. We also know that painting is another form of expression, typically for those who struggle to write them out.
What are some ideas that you can suggest to help others project their emotions?
Ten Wonderful Ways To Practice Self-Love
By: Nitika Chopra
“Don’t carry your mistakes around with you. Instead place them under your feet and use them as stepping stones to rise above them.”
We are committed to building a community that benefits you, what are some topics you would like Elevation Society to discuss?
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“Everybody is a Genius. But If You Judge a Fish by Its Ability to Climb a Tree, It Will Live Its Whole Life Believing that It is Stupid”
- Albert Einstein
"Our uniqueness, our individuality, and our life experience molds us into fascinating beings. I hope we can embrace that. I pray we may all challenge ourselves to delve into the deepest resources of our hearts to cultivate an atmosphere of understanding, acceptance, tolerance, and compassion. We are all in this life together."
- Linda Thompson
Survey - take part in our brief survey so we can better understand you. It is time to let your voice be heard!
Ten Steps to Empowering the Depressed Mind
By: Nikki Halsted
"Compassion arises through empathy and is characterized by actions. The simple act of showing compassion can make a world of difference in someone’s day (and in yours!). You don’t need to wait for a crisis to practice compassion, either". -Laurie Squillaci
We challenge you to show kindness, warmth, and love. Whether it is smiling at a stranger or simply finding ways to volunteer in your community. After all, as Laurie says, "Spending time helping people is good for your body, mind, and soul".
"The struggle you are in today is developing the strength that you need for tomorrow. Do not give up."
"Kind words are like honey, Sweet to the soul and healthy for the body."
-The Good Book
"Building your self-esteem and creating a positive self-awareness comes from taking an inventory of your own strengths and abilities as a human being."
Click on the button below where Dr. Lynn Ponton provides us tips on "Building Self-Esteem."
How is your journey to a healthy mindset going?
We've talked about practicing gratitude, compassion, positive, self-love and self worth, but we want to know more from you. What other topics can Elevation Society discuss to contribute more towards your journey?
“Positive affirmations are scientifically proven to change your brain.”
-Tiffany Roe, MA, CMHC
Check out “Accepting My Mental Illness” by Henry Boy Jenkins where he shares his story, benefits from practicing acceptance and more!
“Be the person who breaks the cycle. If you were judged, choose understanding. If you were rejected, choose acceptance. If you were shamed, choose compassion. Be the person you needed when you were hurting, not the person who hurt you. Vow to be better than what broke you—to heal instead of becoming bitter so you can act from your heart, not your pain.”
“Moderation is key. It provides a sense of accomplishment and reinforces self-trust.”
-Susan Rose Blauner
“Asking for help—from both medical and personal perspectives—doesn’t make you weak. It takes courage and strength to overcome your fears, and it takes acceptance and love from yourself and from those around you to help heal your soul.”
Click on the button below to check out Robin Rebeiro’s story in “ It’s Okay To Ask for Help.”
To anyone who has reached this page, we want to let you know that YOU MATTER and DON’T GIVE UP.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline has created and curated an amazing blog named You Matter.
Not only is You Matter a safe space that gives the youth the opportunity to share their stories, but it is also a movement that broadens “the word that your problems, your worries, your fears, and above all you—unique and real you—matter. And because just about everyone—at some point—hits the wall.”
You Matter is on your side and is here to support you!
Please click on the button below.
“Frustration is not the key to any door. Patience is a lifelong spiritual practice as well as a way to find emotional freedom. “
-Judith Orloff, M.D
“Train yourself to find the blessing in everything.”
“You can doubt yourself all you want, you can have zero self-confidence and you can worry every minute of every hour, but if you take action, you build confidence.”
“Stop waiting. Take the chance and start living.”
“Put one foot in front of the other. You can scream and cry while you do it but you have to keep going .”
TRY IT OUT
Talk about your feelings.
BODYROCK tells us…
“It isn’t good to keep your feelings locked inside. You may not want to burden someone else with your troubles but sharing them can help your process and work through them. If you are not interested in talking it out, try writing in a journal. You will have not only expressed the feelings, you can go back and look at what you wrote and better understand yourself.”
Try it out and share with us your feedback !
“Keep in touch with your emotions. Pretending you don’t have certain feelings such as anger, sadness, or loneliness will just push these feelings down until they come back out in less than ideal ways. Identify your emotions and accept them for what they are. “
“Everything we do is infused with the energy with which we do it. If we are frantic, life will be frantic. If we are peaceful, life will be peaceful.”
"No matter how long you have traveled in the wrong direction, you can always turn around."
Going through depression is tough, especially going through it alone because we often think that those around us can't relate.
Have no fear! If you are seeking help and treatment, or even want to learn more about prevention of depression, anxiety, and related disorders, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America has provided all of the resources. You also have access to read triumph stories and get the chance to share your story! Visit their website by clicking on the button below.
"We grow through pain. We live in a society passionately committed to avoiding pain. But there is benefit to be found in discomfort. While I would never encourage anybody to intentionally seek pain through failure, it will arise. And when it does, it will be okay. In fact, it will teach us things we could never learn elsewhere: patience and perseverance...."
- Joshua Becker
In moments of despair, it can be hard for us to get up, push forward and THRIVE. With access to Thrive Works, they can help us do just that. Thrive Works believes that every individual "has the potential to grow–to thrive."
Take a look into their website where they offer "premium level counseling", life coaching, counseling news, and more.
Robert Emmons tells us "In the face of demoralization, gratitude has the power to energize. In the face of brokenness, gratitude has the power to heal. In the face of despair, gratitude has the power to bring hope. In other words, gratitude can help us cope with hard times."
With that being said, when we come across a slip at some point in our lives, we want to challenge you to practice gratitude. Lets think back on times when we have overcame our obstacles, while in the midst of it, we probably thought we would never get through it. Lets try to be more thankful during our trials and remember, what we may think is impossible........ surely is POSSIBLE.
"Live your truth. Express your love. Share your enthusiasm. Take action towards your dreams. Walk your talk. Dance and sing to your music. Embrace your blessings. Make today worth remembering."
Becareful Of Your Thoughts: They Control Your Destiny
By: Robert C. Jameson
"No matter how much chaos or how busy you are, make sure you take 3 minutes out of your day to quiet the chaos, breathe and reflect...then get back in"
"New beginnings are often disguised as painful ends.”
- Lao Tzu
Why you are worth fighting for!
Kintsugi- Golden joinery.
Japanese art that uses liquid gold to repair broken pieces.
The practices symbolizes the beauty that can be made from broken pieces. It further illuminates the idea that just because something is scarred or cracked doesn't mean it is worthless, instead it is a new original masterpiece.
Challenge your negative thoughts.
First, start to become consciously aware of your thought patterns. This can be done through observing your emotions, actions, and feelings.
Second, find the positive in every situation good or bad. Write them down.
Atticus said it best, " I’ve never met a strong person with an easy past." Every time you find yourself in rough times remind yourself how much stronger you will be once you get through this.
"Don't watch the clock; Do what it does....KEEP GOING."
- Sam Levenson
At Elevation Society, we are huge advocates of getting involved in the community. We also believe that giving back helps us to find purpose and healing. What are some ways you would like to give back to your community?
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world".
“It was when I stopped searching for home within others and lifted the foundations of home within myself I found there were no roots more intimate than those between a mind and body that have decided to be whole.”
- Rupi Kaur
Ten Ways To Have A Positive, Healthy Mindset
Not only does eating healthy help with your physical health, but it also contributes to your mental health as well.
Check out "The Food That Helps Battle Depression" by Elizabeth Bernstein, where she discusses how certain foods help balance and boost brain chemistry.