D was lucky enough to be #gifted a @mycalmigo to try! Here are her thoughts:
I was super excited to start trying the CalmiGo this week because my anxiety is honestly higher than ever during this finals season 😬.
I found the product to be a really creative way to remind myself to take a break and breathe as I’ve been up late studying. I am pretty sensitive to smells but I surprisingly enjoy CalmiGo’s calming scent. I was also lucky to get a purple one which is my favorite color (I joke that purple IS my brand haha)!
The CalmiGo works by extending your exhales when you breathe which is an evidence based way to help decrease anxiety. It changes the length of your exhale to specifically match YOUR breathing pattern.
This week I had a panic attack for the first time in a while and after I got past the initial attack, I tried using my CalmiGo. There is no magic way to make panic attacks go away... but it did remind me to pay attention to my breath which is something I often forgot when anxious.
Another feature of the CalmiGo, and the only one I personally opted to not use (after trying it once), is the vibration. This feature lets the CalmiGo gently vibrate when it’s time to exhale. Personally, I wasn’t a fan so it was great that I could turn it off with a flick of a switch.
Overall: This device is a great tool if you are looking for a new anxiety coping skill and are able to purchase one. No product alone can make anxiety or OCD go away completely, but they are all skills in our toolbox! Feel free to ask me any questions below about my experience trying this product. 💗
2 524 hours ago
Our minds wants to run the show. They send us thoughts all day long, attempting to keep us in the thinking mind, but the truth of who we are is so, so much deeper than our thoughts. ⠀
You are a divine being. You are love. You are powerful, a radiant being of light. You have a unique essence that yearns to be birthed into this world, but when you become too attached to your thoughts, you have a challenging time embodying your unique frequency. ⠀
Are you here to radiate love? Create? Guide? Build? Teach? Serve? Entertain? When you get lost in rumination, obsessive thinking, intrusive thoughts, anxiety, what ifs, feeling less than, your thinking pulls you away from your essence. Your soul. ⠀
Your core, bathed and dripping in pure love. ⠀
If you catch your mind wanting to take over today, breathe. You are human, so this will happen. Breathe and guide your energy and focus to your heart center. Pause, and remember your thoughts are just the surface of something that runs very, very deep. You are so much more than your mind. At the core of you, there is peace. There is love. There is serenity. ⠀
There is truth. ⠀
This is a letter to the mummy scared she will not find happiness again,
Believe me when I say you will. I know you feel lost, scared, confused and low. I know your thoughts trouble you, your emotions scare you and your moods are unpredictable.
I hear you crying on the nights you feel outnumbered, alone and scared. I see you questioning how well you are mothering your child. I feel the overwhelming doubt you are unable to quench.
I have done this three times now. Three babies later I am still here; happy, content and a hell of a lot more stronger. Talk, accept support and focus on self improvement. Yes, you may take a while to find YOU again or you may relapse but you will learn how to effectively pick yourself back up again. Do not give up on yourself or your beautiful children.
My DM is always open.
2 165 hours ago
Be with someone that is good for your mental health.
I couldn’t agree more with this statement. I am fortunate enough to be with someone who has stuck by me through my strongest and weakest of times. My husband is understanding, empathetic and attentive. Honestly, I would not have been able to get through this illness if I hadn’t had him supporting me and our children. I was able to tell him my darkest thoughts, cry in his arms and breakdown over and over again. He picked me back up every time and never lost hope in my abilities as a wife and mother.
I could tell it was extremely difficult for him to see. He always said he felt as though he was loosing me and, at times, I became a person he did not know. I was always the optimist, the spontaneous and outgoing one. I can agree that after my first bout of PND I turned into someone I did not recognise. I was emotionless, withdrawn and pessimistic. That did not stop him from loving me! His hope gave me strength and through it all we stayed strong.
We have been married 8 years as of yesterday. Yes we have our difficult times but our good times are always high. He makes me laugh more than anyone I have ever met. I love his humour, his smile and he is an amazing father. He has his demons he fights in his own mind too but together we pull each other out of the darkness.
I know everyone’s circumstances differ; to you, you are so brave and I have so much respect for you juggling parenting alone or in a troublesome relationship. I consider myself so fortunate to have found someone that is good for my mental health. Filtering out toxic people is so important when struggling with a mental health illness. The people we have around us during times of crisis and vulnerability really do influence our perception of self and our recovery.
To the man I love, happy 8 years!
✨Time for an introduction ✨
I’m Micheline and I own my private practice in Orlando and specialize in anxiety disorders and complex trauma and c-PTSD. I created this page to bring awareness and to provide access to people who may not have access to this information and/or are uncertain they are ready to start therapy. I also wanted to spread my knowledge to people who may know someone who is struggling with mental health issues to give them a better understanding and therefore proving support to those individuals. ——————————————————————
I have a YouTube channel called Mental Health Over Coffee ☕️ where I provide tips and tools as well as information about various mental health issues - check it out and support if you would like! It’s still in its baby phase but more videos are coming weekly! (Link in bio)
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What a powerful truth. I am thankful I was raised in love, but so many people aren’t that lucky. Many adults are still walking around in survival mode around their families. The wounds they received growing up in a house with dysfunction are still trying to heal. Painful memories of neglect, rejection, lack of communication, cynicism, judgement, abuse, comparisons and control hover. Generational sins passed down have to be broken in the name of Jesus. Sadly, the ones who choose to break them get the brunt of the pain, judgement and slander. The good news is though, if you trust Jesus to guide you through the healing journey, the love of God our Father can fully replace any lack of love by our parents. The power of God can break every chain of fear you have in the presence of a parent. Setting boundaries with family is never easy, especially when they won’t adhere to them. Walking away from toxic family is painful. Breaking the cycle of living in survival mode is necessary for a victorious Christian life. God didn’t call us to live in chains of fear, judgement and people-pleasing to man, not even parents. What he did call us to do is love Him first and do as He calls us to do, protect our spiritual relationship above everything. Many adult children are finding it hard to speak truth to their family because of spiritual abuse of honor. While you should always respectfully speak to your parents, the Bible has more to say about honor than just giving honor out. It also has a lot to say about not giving honor to a fool. If you truly study God’s word and reject the misuse of Scripture at the hands of man, you will see God doesn’t want a Christian adult to give honor to people living in sin, abusing others, those quickly angered, those who rebuke wisdom and His word, those who defy or distort His teachings. The reality that’s hard to face, is sometimes those people God talk about end up being parents. It’s a sad reality many face. God doesn’t change the rules because of the tie. God tells us as we grow and mature in faith, our brothers and sisters will become those who do the will of God. Read more in my storyboard...
4 659 hours ago
Good morning! I hope you’re all safe and well!
On Thursday evening I went to a wreath making class.I was initially thinking of any excuse I could to get out of going with my mum,because my anxiety was through the roof (the thought of touching objects other people have touched) but I did it-I went and even though at points I had gloves on for the holly etc, I was completely fine and really proud of myself! Not to mention my mum told me how proud she was of me and that meant the world to me!! Exposure doesn’t have to be scary it can be done through something fun. Have faith that you’ll be ok!
Gratitude is the attitude. Trying to always be grateful for what you have instills a sense of resilience. That type of perspective allows you to come from a place of appreciation. And when you're coming from that perspective it allows you to become opportunistic. So, for the sake of your well-being, today find appreciation and gratitude for the little things. Like the fact that you got to wake up and experience another day...bc not everybody else did.
On Sat., Dec 7th from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, stop by the Bedford Road School for support services. Open to ALL - families & individuals that need support and counseling. Licensed clinicians will be on hand. 💜
The past three days were pretty alright. Probably why I haven't posted during that time. But last night was kind of.. terrifying. Around 8 or 9 or 10, my friend started talking in our group chat about death and how life is meaningless and we're all living a lie. All in extreme detail. I asked her to stop and she said alright, but then kept going. And I started having a panic attack. I literally could not move from where I was sitting. I have intrusive thoughts about death and how my life is meaningless and other vivid and horrid thoughts all the fucking time. Those 3 days, they just disappeared. Last night was petrifying. I was so stuck in my head that I forgot I was wearing my binder and went to sleep with it on. 24 hours is kind of over the max of 8 hours wouldn't ya say? This morning, in my physics class, I completely disconnected from reality. I started scribbling and then just couldn't move anything except my hand, which just kept drawing. It was like I was on autopilot, watching myself with no control. I could hear everything, but it sounded distant. I just wasn't..there. My peripheral vision was lighter too. Hazy. I only snapped out of it when someone called my name. And then I saw that this is what I drew on my notes. I'm hella confused.
0 1618 hours ago
Intrusive thoughts can be traumatic.
Trauma is a negative experiences that often causes changes in the brain. The three main symptoms of trauma are hyper vigilance, constriction or numbing, and intrusions like nightmares, etc.
Everyone has intrusive thoughts, thoughts that pop up in our mind that are egodystonic, or opposite to our values. It could be something like, “I could lose control and hurt someone I care about” or “I might harm myself.” Most people are able to push these thoughts aside, but people with OCD attach meaning to these thoughts wondering what they say about the individual.
Intrusive thoughts can have themes like harming others, having unwanted sexual thoughts about others, pervasive sense of contamination, images of hell, and feelings that one is a bad person, and arguing with one’s thoughts / trying to defend oneself against the thoughts makes them worse.
Intrusive thoughts cause hyper vigilance and often subsequent avoidance of the content of the thoughts, whether children or objects that could be used to harm others, etc.
Intrusive thoughts can show up in nightmares and dreams, and intrude in the mind. Intrusive thoughts cause people to numb and construct, and feel afraid.
It can be very scary for people with OCD to encounter associated people and places that pop up in their intrusive thoughts; for example, someone who suffers from religious themed scrupulously may have physiological responses to Church, the Bible, etc. for the debilitating fear that God is angry with them and the pervasive sense of fears around hell.
Intrusive thoughts can no doubt be traumatic, especially since the average length of time between experiencing painful intrusions and receiving help is over a decade.
Years of suffering from intense intrusive thoughts can feel traumatic and lead to physical and mental negative responses to stimuli that reminds us of those thoughts. Your trauma is valid. You are seen.
FEELING this. there is so much POWER in surviving trauma. you understand so much on a personal level. how it feels to want to die and how it feels to want to LIVE.
i’m over thinking healing is a destination you get to and you’re “fixed”. it’s about learning to live with these multitude of experience and not be overwhelmed into numbness or destruction. it’s seeing setbacks not as failures but as another thing to accept and show compassion to within.
ahh, i have so much to say. hope you realize that who you are, RIGHT NOW, healing, wounded, happy, sad, scared, any or all of the above, is GOOD ENOUGH and you are inherently worthy of love. 🖤🖤🖤
I didn’t think I would be here for my 33rd bday when my thoughts were so intense. I am so glad I fought those thoughts because if I didn’t, I wouldn’t be celebrating today.
Yeah this is a beast to fight but we mustn’t let it win
84 21323 hours ago
To make legitimate sustainable progress in recovery from OCD requires courage. Courage isn't helpful or useful to OCD recovery, but absolutely positively necessary. However, I believe some people may mistakenly believe that courage equates to fearlessness. Yet, it's quite the opposite. Through all the progress I've made in recovery from OCD for the last 5 years, I still experience the severe, intense, and sometimes crippling, fear that accompanies it. Not as near as often, but it's still there. The only difference is I am learning to master this fear. I am learning to feel the fear, but still resist it. Not to succumb to it, but to persist in spite of it. You see, OCD isn't curable which means it's not ever going to disappear. Please don't mistaken that for you having the inability to improve, make progress, and fully recover to a point where you can live a normal, happy, healthy life. What I don't want is for you to be working through OCD and giving up bc you still find yourself experiencing extreme fear and anxiety. To me, it would be a disservice to act like recovery from OCD means always feeling good all the time. Recovery from OCD is painful and exhausting. You have to learn to embrace the fear and anxiety OCD elicits, but still do what you want anyways. Now that's true courage...and what comes w that is true progress.
🛑 ✋ intrusive thoughts can be very scary and often about topics and events you don’t want to think about. Other times they can be a loud voice in your head shouting, in your own voice, someone else’s, an eating disorder... it is possible to survive them though. Comment below what has helped you. • .
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Reposted from @ocd_and_love (@get_regrann) - As I was looking for something to post today, I stumbled upon this piece of writing. I think it’s beautiful and it can really help some of you all to read it ❤️ so much, we believe that being in love with someone is all about the electric, butterfly 🦋 moments, when in reality it is compromise and hard work. Sometimes it’s going to be ugly, but it’s about CHOOSING and willing yourself to love someone through all the hard times. Yesterday, I posted a poll, and 95% of you voted that you struggle with attraction to your partner. This is one of the main things I struggle with too, and I know that when you go through spikes feeling that your partner is “unnattractive”, it is harder to love them and harder to believe this is the “right” relationship for you. However, for me at least, attraction is so dependent on my mood. When I’m having my obsessive thoughts, obviously, it’s harder for me to see my partner as attractive. And sometimes you pick at certain aspects of their face or body and then feel inundated with guilt. As hard as it is to say sometimes, no partner is perfect. Life is not perfect, and it helps to remind yourself of this.
Also, trying my best to respond to DM’s and comments ❤️ #panic#anxietyrelief#selfcare#selfhelp#rocd#ocd#relationshipocd#loveisachoice#relationships#obsessivecompulsivedisorder#mentalhealth#mentalhealthawareness#mentalhealthmatters#awakenintolove#cbt#mindfulness#meditation#relationships#realocd#intrusivethoughts#ocdawareness
i avoid rest because then i have to feel things. i know i need to rest and need to feel things but sometimes that seems overwhelming. or my body remembers when being busy and productive kept me alive and loved for what i achieved. so i’m working on seeing my hyper-productivity for what it is, an understandable coping mechanism to avoid pain. and i’m working on reminding my body it is safe to rest.
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🛑 ✋ intrusive thoughts can be very scary and often about topics and events you don’t want to think about. Other times they can be a loud voice in your head shouting, in your own voice, someone else’s, an eating disorder... it is possible to survive them though. Comment below what has helped you.
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[visual description: a hand drawn illustration of a pink stop sign which is an octagon shape with a silver pole. It has a green border. It says STOP in bright yellow capital letters. Underneath in black uppercase handwriting it says “it’s an intrusive thought. It will pass. You are safe.”] #mentalhealth#mentalhealthrecovery#intrusivethoughts#ocd#ocdrawing