Funk. No, not the music. The kind of funk where everything is going just as planned, but you can’t seem to get out of the dumps. Lately everything in my life has been going just right. I graduated from college, had a month of downtime and got to do fun things like festivals + time with family, have the perfect paid internship lined up, and plans to move into an adorable little cottage in two months. Despite these amazing things, I have been feeling an unexplainable down. Honestly, the only thing getting me through it is regular therapy (with an awesome therapist) and continuous exercise + movement.
Depression can be a real kick in the butt most of the time, but by concentrating on the things you are grateful for, we can remember all the amazing reasons to be happy. After my last therapy session my counselor said something at the end that really stuck with me. What she said wasn’t complex but was still powerful.
It may seem like such a simple phrase but honestly it powered me through my day. After therapy I had to rush to let Ellie out, eat a quick dinner, and bolt out the door to head to a CPR class. By the end of the day I was burnt out, anxious about life, but still found it in me to do some yoga and study for my personal training exam. Without doing yoga, I would have definitely spiraled down into a pit of anxiety about work and life, but it was my resilience that pushed me to do something to make a change. By the end of the day I had turned my funk into more of a Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk.”
Stop, wait a minute
Take a sip, sign a check
Julio, get the stretch!
Ride to Harlem, Hollywood
If we show up, we gon' show out
Smoother than a fresh jar of Skippy
What does it mean to be resilient?
Via Google Definitions
Resilience comes in many forms. It might be recovering from a physical injury or battling the demons in your head; but either way, the fight to withstand difficulties is never an easy one. My trek to graduation (like a lot of folks) wasn’t all sunshine and roses, and the battle to keep pushing through eventually wore me down to the ground. As I take this time post-graduation to rebuild, I’ve found a number of resources shown below that are really helpful tools! Here are just a few of the free options for uplifting your soul after a tiring journey:
Via the “Headspace” app
Headspace has been my go-to meditation app for probably 3 years now!! They offer an endless number of meditations, sleep casts, videos with advice, and short visualizations. If I’m ever restless and thinking too much at night, one of my favorite ways to relax is by turning on one of their sleep casts. These long stories help turn your brain off and lull you to sleep in no time! I also love their short SOS meditations when I’m feeling extra anxious.
Youtube: Yoga With Adriane
Via “Yoga With Adriene” on Youtube
Yoga with Adriene is, in my opinion, the BEST way to get in some ~free~ yoga sessions. Whether I’m travelling or at home, these sessions are always easily accessible. Adriene has a wide variety of videos ranging from “Yoga for Beginners”, “Yoga for Back Pain”, or even “Embrace”, which is yoga for embracing the real you with self-love and acceptance!
Books: No Mud, No Lotus - Thich Nhat Hanh
Via Google Books
My last semester of college I began reading this book which is on “The Art of Suffering.” Thich Nhat Khan talks about how without suffering through the mud we can’t find happiness (like the lotus flower). He also believes that when we learn how to suffer correctly, we suffer much less. When there is immense change in our lives there will always be mud and all of its messiness. Thinking of suffering in terms of the lotus flower, we can learn that there will be sunshine and transformation at the end of the day. This book’s message will really help you renew your perspective!
Click the link below and head to the book section to purchase "No Mud, No Lotus":
Podcasts: Press Send with Chinae Alexander - Timothy Goodman - "This Is Not A True Story"
Via Press Send podcast
Press Send Podcast is my #1 necessity for long car rides! Chinae brings in the most uplifting, strong women (+ a few awesome men) to talk on her podcast every week and always has BOMB advice (while also throwing in some fun humor). One of the most uplifting Press Send podcasts features Timothy Goodman. This particular episode applauds the benefits of therapy, but I also love how they advocate seeking mental health professionals at the beginning of every episode! Being vulnerable about mental health is not always easy, but ending the stigma and opening up about our struggles makes the world a much more connected + less alienating space.
Here for you + as always feel free to reach out!
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