Because you aren't unhappy, you feel selfish for wanting more.
Believing that happiness isn't attainable for "someone like me" has become an absolute truth.
There is so much you want to do, but you feel mentally and physically exhausted.
Believing that happy people must have special circumstances or privileges.
Wishing someone had taught you how to deal with anxiety, stress, grief or depression.
Feeling like nothing you've tried, from conventional therapy to Yoga, to maybe even the bad stuff, has led to happiness.
It isn’t about going to a Yoga class and holding Downward Dog until your arms fall off. It isn’t about reading self-help books until your eyes bleed. It isn’t about playing guinea pig to a system that is structured to profit off of your struggles. It’s about balance. It’s about unlearning everything you thought you knew about life and even about yourself and being willing to start over.
Believe me, I never thought I could be any happier than the broken-down girl that was standing on that ledge. That’s why I was there. Even the professionals told me I would always have a Serious Mental Illness (SMI) and that it was impossible to overcome. They told me that genuine happiness wasn’t possible for “someone like me.”
I now live a life so full of giddy joy that I sometimes feel like I must be in another dimension
or maybe in someone else’s dream.
Defining yourself as a "glass half full" type of person (you know, the very type that drives you crazy when you're stressed!)
Confidently being able to use easy skills to cope with difficult situations and still maintain your happiness.
Being able to use the science based hacks to manage symptoms of anxiety, stress and depression naturally so that they are no longer disrupting your life.
Feeling happy while doing the dishes or walking the dog.
Knowing which habits are doing the most damage and how to easily change them.
Having the energy and focus to live the life you truly desire.
Formulated by someone who has actually been at rock bottom, this is a personal, step-by-step program to help those struggling with stress, anxiety and/or depression develop a lifestyle conducive to optimal mental health to finally start living their happiest lives.
Dial down the digital. I get the need to socialize with friends. I get wanting to feel “connected” or “informed”, but if your brain is constantly distracted by buzzing and twittering, it will lose the ability to be mindful, one of the biggest skills we can develop for stress reduction and happiness. Turn off social media notifications on your phone and delete or deactivate the chat apps.
Tidy something up. This increases feelings of productivity while reducing the stress and anxiety that subconsciously comes with clutter. Be it cleaning our a drawer or organizing a shelf, it will give you a boost.
Have a serving of berries. Raspberries. Blackberries. Blueberries. It makes no difference. Their flavonoids reduce inflammation which is associated with depression and they are found to have chemicals similar to that of valproic acid, which is a mood stabilizing drug.
Turn up some music and dance. I don’t mean professionally (unless that skill is available to you, of course.) I mean just flailing about and shaking your body with abandon. You can be alone or with your kids or pets but just giving your body a chance to move and giving yourself an outlet for uninhibited expression can be wonderfully therapeutic.
Put on your favorite outfit. Everyone needs a confidence boost sometimes and it is always gratifying to look at yourself in the mirror in that special shirt or pair of jeans. It’s A-ok to dress up for nobody but yourself. If you do go out, people will notice your confidence and that will only elevate you higher.
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