• Be the light • No ego • No emotionally heavy convos • Stay in your center • Take nothing personal • Inhale deep • Exhale slow • Focus on the good––only • Send love and light through the entire space • Come light • Leave light May the Force be with you. ✨
I’ve been doing yoga for a little under a month now, and my general fitness and flexibility has improved so much already
At the start I could barely hold downward dog for twenty seconds, now I’m practically begging to get into it as release after a thirty second plank
I’m still (BMI speaking) obese, yet yoga at home is helping me improve my fitness and tone my body in ways that going to the gym just can’t
I honestly recommend yoga to anyone
You don’t have to be into the spiritual side of it, the health benefits are so great regardless
I’d recommend this twenty minute beginners video if you’ve never tried it before. Keep coming back to that video until it’s easy - you don’t need blocks or resistance bands, you don’t even necessarily need a mat, just 20 minutes and enough space to comfortably move (a front room or bedroom is perfect)
Once that video is easy, you can comfortably hold all the poses without needing breaks, you can move onto the 30 day yoga challenge - linked to Day One
Granted, I’m still a newbie when it comes to yoga, and fitness in general, but this is a fun, relatively easy, and most of all free way to get in shape and feel healthy
People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances with our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.
jumps a gorge, does yoga in a suitable calming location, has to be tricked into jumping or going anywhere with the others
calls her crazy girl because ???
she's so wild!!! so reckless!!! go crazy girl!!
leads a bull into a locker room, gets into a speed chase with police laughing manically, regularly disappoints father with reckless behaviour, drifts a truck and then a mini van, casually hands Billy the wheel knowing the kid can't drive and climbs in the back in the middle of ANOTHER speed chase away from security, opens the side door, "are you crazy?" "yea I am" *is turned on*, leaps into the water right after Zack, signature move is a bitch slap
So at my very worst period of mental illness things were pretty freaking awful. I was dealing with psychosis, near constant panic attacks, what they called “severe bipolar 1” plus some sort of unidentified personality disorder. Basically, things were really really bad and had been for a long time. But here are some of the things that helped me when I was dealing with a 2 month psych hospitalization that summer
Noticing the color of the sky
Nice scented lotion
Taking long showers
Making sure that I was hydrated & well nourished
Taking deep breaths
Keeping my living space neat
Putting on nicer clothes & doing my hair
Honestly I was able to recover precisely because I started paying attention to moments like these. At the time I was still pretty miserable, but it was a major break through to realize I could appreciate the colors of the sky & grass, or the sound of rain, or the cozy feeling of a bookshop. It’s hard to articulate how much it changed things for me.
Of course, I had a lot of other support too, and I’m not trying to say this alone cured me. I also know that stuff that worked for me in recovery didn’t work for my peers in treatment and vice versa. But I do beg you not to dismiss stuff like this that’s offered without judgement, like in self care posts. For one - you don’t know what the OP has been through & there is no reason to invalidate them or mentally people who do stuff like this – You just can’t correlate the severity of symptoms to what kind of things help.
And two - it’s not good to spread the idea that enjoying little moments, or doing common self care this is only for non mentally ill people. In fact, we are often the ones who can benefit the most. And it’s a shame to spread the idea that none of these things can work for any mentally ill person when that’s just not true & could prevent someone from doing something that could help. Treating severe mental illness is a big problem, but it’s often made up of lots of little changes