Identifying Your Triggers

A few days ago, one of the members of the SoulSisterhood shared an image from the Gottman Institute and I fell in love with their stuff. They have some really insightful, wonderful information on their social media accounts and on their website. They were also sweet enough to give me permission to re-create this image about feelings and identifying triggers. Let’s talk about feelings and identifying your triggers. A trigger is something that sets off an emotional reaction in the form of a memory or flashback related to trauma. Raised voices might trigger a memory of childhood abuse. The smell of beer might trigger a memory of feeling unsafe around a parent who was drinking. Hearing certain words or phrases might remind you of an abusive ex. Some of the triggers may not even make sense to anyone but you. Everyone is different. For the longest time, the sound of…

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Self-Care Memes for February 2019

For the longest time, I’ve been really intimidated by Instagram. There’s just so much prettiness! At the same time, I’ve also been really frustrated with my Facebook Page. Facebook algorithms make it so hard for posts to be seen unless you pay money to “boost” them. I have over 20,000 fans on my Facebook page and I’m lucky if I get 50 likes on a post. It’s so discouraging! I decided to try my hand at Instagram and it has paid off big time. In just a few months I went from 5,000 followers to almost 20,000, insert cheering! I’ve really been focusing on creating good content, so here’s the best of February, so far! Be sure to follow me over there if you’re interested in more self-care memes! The healing journey is never linear. We make progress and then slide backwards, make progress again, and then hit a point…

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Confession: I Struggle With Emotional Eating

“Emotional eating is the practice of consuming food — usually “comfort” or junk foods — in response to feelings instead of hunger.” My name is Dominee and I like to eat when I feel things I don’t want to feel. I eat more when I am stressed. I eat more when I am depressed. And when I am anxious. When I am angry. I eat more when I am lacking inspiration. I eat more when I feel down and want to “reward” myself. (If you need a fitness plan that focuses on self-love and body positivity, check out my Self-Love Fitness worksheets!) I am an emotional eater and I am not ashamed of it. (We all have our not-so-great coping mechanisms, here’s mine!) I freaking love food. I’ve been fat pretty much my whole life and for a large part of that time, I hated my body. Seven years ago, I…

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How Do You Define Your Self-Worth?

“You are not required to set yourself on fire to keep other people warm.” I feel like I need that tattooed on my forehead so I can see it every day when I look in the mirror. I fell in love with it the moment I read the words and they sunk into my brain. As an empath, it resonated. It has been such a struggle for me not to carry other people’s problems around with me, not to give everything inside of me to save someone else from pain, and not to break under other people’s expectations of who I am supposed to be. It took me a very long time to learn how to measure my value. We are so conditioned to believe that our value is tied up in what we give instead of who we are. When we’re kids, we’ve got to make our parents happy and…

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