Gratitude Journaling Prompts

How often are you grateful? Really grateful? Down to your toes, “Gosh, I’m so darn lucky,” grateful? Hopefully you have those moments at least once a day. Gratitude is the practice of being thankful and appreciating the little (and big!) things in your life. If you’re a member of my Facebook group, the Soulsisterhood, then you’ve probably seen my weekly #ThankfulThursday posts where I ask you to share something you’re grateful for! It’s not always an easy thing to do, being grateful, especially when life gets difficult. It’s hard to muster up appreciation for anything when you’re feeply depressed or you’re dealing with very real world issues. Gratitude isn’t a band-aid we can just slap onto our lives to instantly heal everything, but it is an important tool to help you see the overall picture of your life. I recently released Epic Gratitude on my Patreon Page. It’s a mini-ebook…

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Coping Skills: Challenge Your Thoughts

I’m running a 30-day mental health challenge on Instagram in honor of Mental Health Month and it’s provided a lot of reflection for me in just these last few days. My mental health journey was such a deep and sacred experience for me – spanning years. I learned so much about myself and how brains work and how to encourage mine to work better. One of the more life-changing aspects was learning that I was allowed to challenge my own thoughts. (Read this post from 2011: Change Your Thoughts – I’m Learning How) I’m allowed to question them. I’m allowed to question their veracity. I can ask myself if I should act on them instead of impulsively acting on how they make me feel. It’s such an important coping skill. When I was hardcore struggling with my mental health my feelings controlled how I acted 100% of the time. There…

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7 Self-Care Tips for Overactive Caregivers

Among the 12 Jungian archetypes, the Caregiver is recognized to be the most altruistic. Helping others in a snap, they won’t hesitate to give it their best in order to nourish those around them. As such, they are often perceived to be the kindest among the archetypes. They practically embody this whole notion of being a neighbor towards others.  But while all seems to be perfect, the Caregiver is still, after all, human. Limited and imperfect, Caregivers have their own fair share of challenges and problems to deal with. And if they’re not aware of it, they will slowly lose their essence in a way that’s undeserving, especially in this selfless archetype. With that, we’ll be pointing out what these common problems are and 7 self-care tips that they can inculcate in order to better manage all the emotional baggage they’re carrying for others!  Common Caregiver Problems: Becoming problem-absorbers –…

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What You Can Do To Keep Away The Covid Blues

Morning lovely humans! I know how difficult this time is so I wanted to give you a few tips on how to navigate this unique situation and the challenges we’re all facing. The most important thing is to understand that we’re all going through a collective trauma. It’s scary. There’s anxiety. And often it feels like there’s not much we can do. I hope these tips help just a little. I want to remind you to give yourself a break. Whether you have to go to work, or you’re feeling at home and lonely, or at home and overwhelmed, or worried about current/future finances – give yourself a break. Let yourself cry about it.   If you find that you are having a particularly hard time emotionally or mentally, you are not alone. Everyone is going though this and it helps to remember you’re not the only one feeling all of those emotions. But let’s talk about a…

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Self-Care for Mental Health

I’ve been talking about how May is Mental Health Awareness Month and how passionate I am about starting conversations about mental health and also importantly, how self-care relates to mental health. (Check out my Anxiety Workbook: Breathe, for a ton of coping skills and worksheets) I’ve had mental health issues since I hit puberty at age 11. I didn’t know what anxiety and depression were and my mental health issues caused me to completely socially isolate myself, develop extreme anger issues, and eventually I sought to “balance” my mental health by finding the “perfect” relationship. 19 year-old me thought that if I could just find someone to love me all of my depression issues would simply fade away. That was a journey fraught with disappointment, as you can imagine. Eventually, I realized that wasn’t going to work. I took a really honest look at my life and I realized that…

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Self-Care for Kids

Hello, my lovely readers! Today I have a great guest post from the people at Jumo Health who are all about providing age-appropriate mental health, health, and self-care resources for kids. If you’ve purchased my anxiety workbook, Breathe. then you’re familiar with my story of childhood anxiety. My childhood was rough. That had less to do with outside influences and more to do with what was in my head. I didn’t understand what anxiety or depression was. There was no concrete reason I could point to and say: “This is it, this is what bothers me.” It was everything. I always had this fear of failing. Of getting detention. Bullies. Getting bad grades. Forgetting homework. Walking down the hallway. Eating lunch in the cafeteria. I feared this big, undeniable, BAD THING that was just bound to happen. My thoughts were always on a constant repetitive loop in my head. Worry. Worry. As…

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Tough Self-Love and Practicing Difficult Self-Care

If you’ve been hanging out here awhile then you know that my motto for self-care is “Ask yourself what you need.” And then do that thing. If you check out my Self-Love Workbook then you’ll see that my brand of self-care isn’t about manicures and vacations – but actionable steps that can improve your life, tough self-love. We’ve got to show a little tough love to ourselves on occasion. Sometimes we need to do something but we don’t want to do it. So we push it to the back-burner. There’s a lot of self-care that’s hard, that’s painful, and that stirs up a lot of unpleasant emotions and feelings. We need to do those things anyway. As someone that has anxiety and depression – it’s even more difficult to do some of those essential things. They trigger that anxious response and we tell ourselves that because it makes us feel bad initially…

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Agoraphobia, Self-Harm, + Depression

I’m a pretty big self-love advocate (just in case you’ve been hiding under a rock somewhere and didn’t know, check out my workbook!). It’s what I want to do for the rest of my life, encouraging women to discover the ability to love who they are. This path hasn’t been easy. I haven’t always loved myself, in fact, I have hated myself, loathed myself, and wished that there was some way I could erase my existence. Thank you depression. I don’t like the thought of other women feeling that way. I don’t want YOU to feel that way. There’s a better way. I want to tell you that whatever reasons you don’t like yourself – they aren’t good enough reasons. You deserve more. You deserve to love yourself. I want to tell you about my life before self-love. Maybe you’ll see that you aren’t alone. Maybe reading my story will show…

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My 5 Favorite Guided Meditations

Here at Blessing Manifesting I love talking about meditation because it’s had a huge impact on my life. The meditation The Cliff, was especially life-changing for me. (Also, check out this one about a rainbow) I love all types of meditation, I’ve meditated while dancing, while using prayer beads, while chanting, while sitting quietly, while listening to music, laying quiet and still in a yoga classroom. All great ways to bliss-out and find your center. But meditation can be hard. There are days when I just can’t quiet my mind, where I’m really upset and the ability to simply empty my mind doesn’t exist. We all like to think of meditation as this super zen, empty, quiet, thing – and it can be. But there are also times when you want your mind to be actively engaged elsewhere. Where you want your mind to get lost in happy thoughts and imagination.…

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The Importance of Asking for Help

Today we have another post from our awesome guest contributor, Sam Bowman! Spirituality and addiction recovery don’t have to go hand-in-hand, but they certainly can. Whether you already consider yourself to be spiritual or you’re grasping for something more that you feel you’ve been missing in your life, tapping into your spirituality, calling on your angels to guide you, and asking for help can be the first crucial steps to recovery from addiction.  Asking for what you need is really okay, especially if you find that you’re struggling on your road to recovery. No one said you have to do it alone! When you ask for what you need, it’s a form of self-care, which should be a top priority for you as you work to better communicate your thoughts, feelings, and needs through the recovery process.  So how can you use spirituality to help you get through this season…

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