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Mental Health Awareness by Maddie
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Marilyn Monroe once said, “She was a girl who knew to be happy even when she was sad. And that’s important.”

I combat certain mental illnesses that affect my mental health and my ability to live a stable and kind life.  One of my biggest obstacles during these times is the ability to find positivity during my darkest days.

I believe that to be stable and healthy entails being able to be your best self, even when it seems like life is throwing the world at you. To shine through strength, kindness, and love even though you might just want to curl into a ball. Or, the need to tear down that person that might be making you feel powerless and hopeless.

“She builds others up because she knows what it’s like to be torn down.” -unknown

As I struggle to find the strength to radiate positivity during the hardships of my life, I, through the power of mindfulness and extensive therapy, which is vital to overcoming my illness, have learned how to strife the darkness. I am learning how to exude affection, happiness, and thoughtfulness even when I can barely get out of bed in the morning.

The ability to do this shows a certain kind of gift that many of us either wish to have or battle with.  Through my therapy, I am learning how to take on the darkness by taking the day one breath at a time.  

The Healthy Place quoted, “Note to self: I don’t have to take this day all at once, but rather, one step, one breath, one moment at a time. I am only one person. Things will get done when they get done.”

I have had to remind myself that I am only human and I have to be mindful in order to become a successful, stable and healthy woman.  

Another helpful skill is learning how to communicate when you are at your darkest.

The Good Quote stated, “Loneliness does not come from being alone, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important to you.”

I have noticed that when I have my hardest days, it is because I am not communicating to my loved ones. The days when I consciously or unconsciously isolate myself are my most despairing days. I might be a warrior but I am nothing without my tribe, my family and my health community.

Lastly, the aspect that helps me project positivity is renewed confidence.

“You can break down a woman temporarily, but a real woman will always pick up the pieces, rebuild herself, and come back stronger than ever.”-unknown

I continue to build and display confidence to the world.  In doing this I validate myself. If I exhibit confidence than I can concur almost anything.

I am a person with mental illness.  I do not let my diagnosis define who I am and how I live each day. My diagnosis will always be a part of me but I refuse to let it dictate any aspect of my life, especially when it inflicts hopelessness, darkness, and pain. I am not perfect nor do I pretend to be. Some days, the darkness wins but those days are far and few between.

I encourage all women and girls out there to fight the darkness. I believe that I am an empowered and poised woman who wants to learn how to fail and get back up again.  As I joust the darkness, I believe that I will come back stronger than ever before. My definition of empowered and poised is being able to treat others with love and kindness even when you may be breaking. We must be able to look darkness in the eye, smile and give it a wink.  

“What made her strong was despite the million things that hurt her she spoke of nothing but happiness.” -j.a.

6 Small Ways You Can Improve Your Mood and Confidence

Ever have those days where every little thing brings you down? Imagine you wake up, make your bed and are excited and ready to go to school. You're supposed to get a test back in your first period class, but you did not do as well as you thought you did. Later in the day, your friends are not being as friendly as they usually are, which sets your mood down. You try not to think too much about these things, but you cannot help it. You also feel behind in some of the classes you are enrolled in, which stresses you out. Before you’re about to go home from school, the strap on your favorite sandals broke. You go home and everyone is minding their own business and not noticing how you are upset. These days can bring most people down, but here are 6 small ways you can boost your confidence when you are having one of those days:

1. Have positive self talk

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If you constantly tell yourself you're no good or not worth it, then you will eventually start believing it, even though it isn't true. Start filling your thoughts with positive thoughts and you will see a better attitude about things

2. Don’t beat yourself up if you make a mistake

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Everyone makes mistakes and everyone has those days! Learn from those mistakes and continue to move forward to be the best you.

3. Movement and Exercise

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Going on a walk or run or hitting the gym will help you forget any stresses you may have. It will also significantly help you improve your mood.

4. Celebrate the small stuff

You woke up and made your bed. Check! You made it to school or work on time. Check again! Accomplishing all these small things are all worth celebrating about.

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5. Focus on things you can change

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Stressing over what happened in the past and letting that ruin your confidence only sets you back. If you didn’t do so well on an assignment figure out what ways you can improve on your next assignment.

6. Surround yourself with supportive people

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Try to not hang around people who bring you down. Find people who make you feel good about yourself and motivate you to be the best person you can be.

Thinking about these 6 small ways to improve your self confidence can significantly brighten your mood and make you a more positive and motivated individual!  

--Written by Marwa, Empowered & Poised Intern

Progress Over Perfection by Leah

I am an Empowered & Poised Female because I am brave enough to follow my dreams. The life of an entrepreneur is never easy, especially being a twenty-two year old recent college graduate. I have never been great at letting go as I am a perfectionist, and need to manage my anxiety, almost on a daily basis. I have constantly struggled with forgiving myself for getting a bad grade, which to most people would not even be considered unacceptable. This type of thinking has also trickled down into other areas of my life. Eating too many treats, which at times means more than none, and obsessing over things that do not truly matter like how flat my stomach is at any given point in a day have been struggles in life. So, it is safe to say that starting a business has presented quite a few challenges for me. I am learning it is okay to let go of the need to be perfect all the time. There are still days I get nervous about looking “dumb” and have my amazing boyfriend edit a two sentence email to settle my fears, but I am slowly beginning to trust myself and my abilities. I am starting to realize that if I make a mistake it is okay because I am human and I am imperfect, just like everyone else. I now understand that it is better to DO SOMETHING and learn than be afraid of failure and do nothing at all.

My passion for working with young girls and supporting women is what will make this tough journey as a young female business owner worthwhile. On the days that I struggle, I remember that I too am empowered & poised. I am courageous, strong, and driven because there is a world that is much bigger than me in need of positivity and acceptance. I am living in a world where I know I am not the only woman that seems confident, but breaks down crying some nights trying to love herself. I am empowered & poised and will no longer allow my fears to tell me I am incapable of becoming a success. For so long I was scared to begin this journey, not having the ability to plan every little detail. Today I stand boldly and beautifully knowing that I will be a success if I can touch the heart of just one female. Because ultimately, making the difference in even one girl’s life is enough for me to know I am living out my greater purpose. It will allow me to sleep at night knowing one less girl will have to deal with feeling that she constantly has to measure up to society’s standards of “perfection”.

I am an empowered & poised female because I am learning to set aside my fears and trust the process. I am an empowered & poised female because I am brave enough to follow my dreams. I am an empowered & poised female because I am brave enough to become naked to the world and share my raw stories and struggles so that other females can begin to heal and know that they are not alone.

You are not alone.

Because I am an empowered & poised female I am confident that “I am not perfect like you, I am perfect like me.”