📚🛌 January Wrap-Up 🛌📚•
• Yet another excellent reading month in the books. In fact, this might be one of the best months I’ve had in a while in terms of almost every book being a 4 or 5 star book besides The Proposal which was still okay. Not pictured here:•
• Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
• Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
• We Should All Be Feminists
• Exit West
• You Can’t Touch My Hair
• The Proposal•
• What is everyone reading in February???
Buku Yang Dibaca Jiemi (Geser ke Kanan ➡️➡️➡️) Hari ini saya mau review buku #ReasonsToStayAlive dari Matt Haig. Buku ini berisi kisah nyata dari penulis dalam melawan depresi dan berdamai dengan diri sendiri.
Buku ini mengisahkan bagaimana depresi terjadi dengan cara cara yang tidak logis, tidak beralasan, dan membingungkan. Benar benar jauh dari perkiraan dan stigma yang melatar belakangi depresi.
Melalui buku ini, kita akan sedikit merasakan bagaimana rasanya depresi. Bagaimana rasanya terjebak dalam pikiran sendiri, terjebak dalam pola depresi. Kamu ingin memahami depresi? Coba baca buku ini deh. Bisa didapatkan di Gramedia terdekat #ReasonsToStayAlive#Buku
968581 December, 2018
One of my all time favourite books! I can’t tell you guys how much I love and recommend this book!😅💖If you suffer from depression or related mental illness this is honestly a must read! I’ve only had it a week or so and I’ve already read it 4 times and I constantly go back and refer to my favourite chapters, it’s so relatable and honestly made me feel less alone and just better! ( I didn’t find it triggering either which is always a plus) I think even if you don’t suffer with mental illness/ or depression it’s worth a read because the chances are you will at some point in your life or you will know/meet someone that will and this could honestly help save a life!😌anyway... I can’t recommend it highly enough! You guys need to read it! 💓 #reasonstostayalive
1,767335 July, 2018
HAPPY AUGUST ☀ time goes fast doesn't it? even when some days feel slow, each new month is always a surprise.
a quote that really stuck with me recently, "imagine all the time we had was bottled up, like wine, and handed over to us. how would we make that bottle last? by sipping slowly, appreciating the taste, or by gulping?" #reasonstostayalive .
to me, it has a lot of to do with being present. appreciating each day. who we're with. where we are. what we're doing. if you're not paying attention, you're going to let it fly by.
IT being LIFE.
i haven't set any 'monthly intentions' for a while, but this month [onwards] my intention is to just be more mindful of my time and how i'm spending it. i try to do this a lot anyway but today i picked up this book for some extra inspiration.
A wonderful, creative and amazingly honest friend of mine wrote this very inspiring poem about her thoughts and feelings on anxiety and I just had to share it with you. This has been a tough week, well few weeks and reading something as honest as this really makes you sit and think!
Thanks @gemma.ola xxx
2. Things aren’t going to get worse. You want to kill yourself. That is as low as it gets. There is only upward from there.
3. You hate yourself. That is because you are sensitive. Pretty much every human could find a reason to hate themselves if they thought about it as much as you did. We’re all total bastards, us humans, but also wonderful.
I can’t stress enough just how good and how bloody important this book is. I devoured it in a matter of hours. I wish I’d had access to it years ago but I feel comforted by the fact it’s now in my life. Everyone should read this. It should be on the national curriculum. It should be available on the NHS. This is not hyperbole, believe me. #matthaig#reasonstostayalive#50bookschallenge#mentalhealthawareness 💚
Can we talk about that one time this beautiful idiot fell in the water at China Walls? -
Non-Oahu folks: this is a popular cliff-jumping spot (***for humans***) and isn't super easy to get back on the rocks. Kuma was super concerned about the people in the water, wouldn't take his eyes off them...then woop! In his 95lb ass went 😂😮 My panic ensued. All I could think of was the cook I used to work with who told me he likes to fish there but would never enter the water because of sharks 🤤
Reading this book again. I’ve not been great these last few days, but this book always makes me feel better and reassured me it won’t be forever. ⠀
I’m very much looking forward to what the next few weeks bring. ⠀
21720 March, 2019
I would 100% recommend reading this book. As a person who has suffered with mental health for many years, I have found my own ways to cope and am finally able to enjoy and appreciate those good moments in life ☀️ this book has put into words so many feelings I’ve experienced but haven’t shared. Although quite scary at times, this book shows that anxiety will never disappear but can be a positive part of you. Everyone is different and different things will trigger different emotions
Last weekend I went out for a run on my own for the first time but I avoided putting this on my Instagram page... The page was starting to dictate my mood. When I first created this account I thought it would help me connect with like minded people and provide me with some inspiration. Although it did this, the account also came with a lot of stress. I began to believe that people following me would hold me accountable to running and therefore I would need to post often. The less I posted, the more people unfollowed me... I was then putting pressure on myself to run in order to satisfy what I thought other people thought I should be doing. I began endlessly scrolling through other people’s accounts and became increasingly unhappy. So I took a break... I’m actually so proud of completing a run on my own that I actually enjoyed!!! I need to remember that I entered a 10k race as a personal challenge and that I shouldn’t be beating myself up if I’m not running as much as I should be or because I think people are judging me.
Social media can be super positive but also can be so dangerous when you spend hours and hours scrolling and continuously counting the amount of followers and likes you are receiving... On a positive note, recently I’ve been super inspired by yoga pages and have started the 30 days yoga challenge... I will post more about this soon🤸🏻♂️ Soooooo all in all I will continue running but I’m not going to pressure myself to post every run! I’m going to start sharing the things that make me happy and ways i keep those internal worries at bay 🌅
YAY or NAY. . #selfhelpbooks ? 🤓 i love wandering around book shops and looking at their self-help section. . and as much as i appreciate the messages behind some of these books, i'm not really a fan of the evidence / science based stuff when it comes to mental illness 🤷♀️ i learn, relate and empathise so much more with real life. the been there, done that, never-thought-i'd-find-a-way-out deep shit from people and what they've actually been through. my favourites have been mattzhaig, bryonygordon and ruby wax so far 🙌 and reading in general, i find it so therapeutic. to sit down and read a physical book. to hold and turn pages. to not have a bright light shining in my face or listen to someone read the words. it's just me and a story to get lost in. distract and break away from destructive habits to create this healthier one.
Gestern habe ich mein drittes (und sicher nicht letztes!) Buch von Matt Haig beendet 😊
Dieses autobiografische Werk hat mir außerordentlich gut gefallen. Matt Haig spricht offen über seine Depression, wie es ihm erging, wie es sich für ihn anfühlt, was ihm hilft und was ihm in der Vergangenheit NICHT geholfen hat 🌸
Trotz des schweren und sehr persönlichen Themas schafft es Haig, dem Buch etwas leichtes und positives zu geben. Seine humorvolle und teils sarkastische Art zu schreiben, wie man es auch von seinen fiktiven Büchern kennt, bewirkt in diesem Roman, dass man sich nicht von der Schwere des Themas erschlagen fühlt. Es muntert einen regelrecht auf ☺
Es ist kein Sachbuch, nicht wirklich ein Ratgeber und wird einem nicht erklären, wie man seine Depression oder Panikattacken überwältigen kann. Was es aber tut: einem zu vermitteln, dass man damit nicht alleine ist.
Today, while tidying the cupboards, I found a note I wrote to myself when I was first diagnosed with depression. I wrote down 100 reasons to stay alive. I am not in the right headspace today so this was a beautiful surprise to find. It's now pinned to my fridge and it will serve as a reminder about the little things that make me happy on my bad days 💖🦋🧠🌻
Good Morning! ‘A Different Game’ will be the next single to be taken from mine & @mattzhaig ‘s album, #reasonstostayalive ... there’s another lovely shiny new lyric video by Miles Skarin on the way in the next few days ❤️ Love Andy x
154518 March, 2019
Stocked up on new ebooks to read. • Mind Platter by Najwa Zebian
• Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig
• The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin • The Witch Doesn't Burn In This One by Amanda Lovelace
• Unfuck Yourself by Gary Bishop
. Quiet by Susan Cain
I needed my sanity back so I'll be taking refuge in reading.
Completed this just now as I had to get to the end! I really enjoyed this by @mattzhaig and it gave me lots to think about like it's preceding book Reasons to stay alive. I will share this book with other people like I did that one! An engaging read covering different aspects of of life that seem to take over including the one you're on now social media! Seek this and reasons to stay alive out and enjoy!
Що ж, через велику кількість людей з депресією та панівних нападів, я хочу порадити кожному прочитати книгу «Чому варто жити далі» - Метт Гейґ. ~ 🌠Маленька передісторія що до купівлі цієї чудесної книги:
У свій вільний час я полюбляю ходити до книгарні, роздивлятися різну літературу та приглядати щось цікаве. Декілька днів я ходила до крамниці та спостерігала за полицею книг на якій стояла саме ця, з жовтою привабливою палітуркою та з найбільших загадковим запитанням: Чому варто жити далі?
Неначе я в неї закохалася і мені так кортило її купити, але того дня не було коштів. Через декілька днів, я просто забувала певну сумму.
І ось, настав час - я щаслива пішла купувати літературу!🌠~ «Однією з найсуттєвіших ознак депресії є те, що її жертва втрачає будь-яку надію. Не бачить майбутнього. Доки в кінці тунелю ще не видно світла, здається, що навкруги самі лиш глухі стіни... Депресія робить тебе самотнім, здається, що ніхто не може відчути те, що відчуваєш ти... Час лікує. У кінці тунелю дійсно є світло - навіть якщо ми його не бачимо. І білі смуги завжди десь поряд із чорними. І слова, хай навіть іноді, можуть стати визволенням.» ▪️ЩО ЗМУШУЄ ВАС ЖИТИ ДАЛІ?
Заради чого я живу?
Задля природи, нових відчуттів, рідних людей та свого кохання, яке без сумнівів буде поруч. Нової інтересної інформації, неймовірних книг та смачної кави. #reasonstostayalive#bookstagram#book#interesting#reading#aestheticstyle#aesthetics#post#information#lifestyle#style#photo#pic#like4like#kyiv
1301517 March, 2019
The amount of people who pass away by suicide shocks me deeply. In a generation where mental health and wellbeing is talked about more than ever, in a world where we can now take “mental health days” off from work and amazing books such as @mattzhaig Reasons to stay alive are in the top 10 best sellers lists for months... yet for some reason, something still isn’t right. Something isn’t how it should be. Rising pressures of debt, heartbreak, body image and social media can consume you if you let it. The pressure on the average adult now to keep all balls in the air at once is more than ever. We chase the “insta” perfect life dream to have the car, the house, the kids, the partner, the dog, the job, the body.... and that is all great but when does the cost for these idillic luxuries become too high? When do we say “enough is enough” and that somethings gotta give? We are only human after all. We are bold, we are strong and we are resilient but all of those qualities has their limits. You never REALLY know if someone is or isn’t ok at the moment as we have seemingly perfected the art of the “illusion mask” the second we step out the door. That’s why it’s such a shock to hear something has happened to someone when “well they seemed ok” is our response. .
What can we do, what can we say? How far will we take our actions to back up our well meaning words and inspirational quotes? .
It’s just fucking tragic. And I know, I have been there but thankfully I experienced the wards of a mental health unit instead of the morgue. That black cloud that consumes you like a Harry Potter death eater drowns every last sap of life till you feel like there IS no life left worth living. .
I’m not sure what I’m tying to say but having heard about @mike_thala ... yet another young and seemingly healthy person taking their own life... this is an epidemic of epic proportions in a society where mental health awareness has never been higher.
I don’t get it and it makes my heart hurt
📷 from @mattzhaig
1,3073317 March, 2019
The world... this is an amazing read, connecting all the dots of society and providing the way out... the way to be 'not so good for business' . Because you can, we can, the future can be different.
While we sit at 1 in 4 people suffering from depression, 1/2 of all CMD's starting by age 14 but going undiagnosed and understreated, 20% of all adolescents having depression or anxiety, a suicide every 40 seconds in the world. We need change. A different way of being, a way of being without being the business of businesses.
Thank you @davetmartins for the passage.
Gratifying Sunday, my lovelies💕
Here’s my #nonfiction#finishedbooks
Good poetry (and quotes) must be relished, pondered & internalized...
To that end, the 2 books of poems have definitely taken me longer to read than a regular work of fiction.
Does poetry work the same for you? .
. #paperaeroplanes by #simonarmitage is a silver jubilee compilation edition of his choice works.
I Say, I Say, I Say “...Come clean, come good,
repeat with me the punchline “Just like blood”
when those at the back rush forward to say
how a little love goes a long long long way.”
This one entitled Philosophy
“It might be easier
To fail with land in sight,
Than gain my blue peninsula
To perish of delight.”
In honor of #mentalhealthmarch I read #reasonstostayalive by #matthaigauthor - a candid narration of his harrowing experience & how he overcame the condition in his twenties, & how it looms so large today, quietly demanding equal if not more recognition & intervention than physical debilitation. “Humans may be the only remarkable species that feel depression as we do.”
. #inspiringthoughts is a selection of brilliant thought-provoking #apjabdulkalamquotes “The bottom of the valley never provides the clearest view.”
My word for 2019 is FLOURISH. It felt like I started out the year with a bang ! and rushed full speed, with great optimism and enthusiasm (as is my true nature) into an investigation and a reassasment of my life and what exactly would make me and my world FLOURISH. Through February and the beginning weeks of March I hit a few speed bumps, nasty detours on what has felt like potholed dirt roads leading to who knows where - such is life with depression. Just when you're cruising along, feeling fine, feeling like you've left that beast behind in your dust of optimism, enthusiasm and flourishing it sucker punches you out of no where. Spring, historically, has always been a difficult time of the year for me. The time change signalling my cozy hibernation/hiding season has ended, which I'm always sad about. Even though there is so much to love about Spring - seeing the sunrise while listening to the chorus of bird song each early morning on my walks around town with Samuel. The melting snow, the buds beginning, thoughts of flowers and gardening ... still for some reason (?) I have Spring and Summer carved into my brain as stressful and high pressure. This year I'm really trying with all my might to embrace self-compassion and to be kind and gentle with myself (not at all my true nature). Reading Kristin Neff selfcompassion.org and focusing on what is important in my life. What is it I truly love about my simple, priveledged, easy life ? I think when you suffer from depression you tend to see the dark and sooty parts of life magnified 1000x (and lately the world is filled with so much dark and sooty). I have many bright and joyful things in my life to love and top of that list (I'm compiling as an act of self compassion) are cats, not just mine but any and all 🐱 and plants. I'm obsessed with houseplants - growing and tending to them 🌿 #catlady#plantlady#reasonstostayalive 💚 A bit of a ramble this morning but it feels good to speak these things out loud. The thing to remember about people and depression is - depression is not always a measure of how good or bad someone's life is ... it's about how able that person is in coping with the life they do have. swipe
A book I truly wish I had at the start of my mental health woes.
For anyone experiencing depression/anxiety/OCD/whatever, or for those who know someone who is, read this; alone, together, aloud, singing, however you want to. You’ll come out the other side feeling better.
Sensitive subject: Listen up because shits about to get real. One of the lowest points of my life and within my journey of mental illness and my trauma was when it got to the point of being so suicidal that I googled and put into YouTube reasons to stay alive. I felt so entirely isolated and hopeless, helpless even that taking my own life would bring me comfort, would be the best option for me. Now I understand this can be a difficult topic for some people but I think it is vital we talk about these things. I feel in my core, my soul that I need to spread awareness, share my truth, sprinkle some love. So back to the point, the general gist is that mental illness is not anyone’s friend, it does not give you a day off, it torments you daily and provides a war within the mind. If you’re reading this and finding the weight of the world too much, take this as a sign to carry on living. You are worthy and change is on the horizon. Freedom and peace are attainable. Feel the fear, grab it with two hands and carry on living. Carry on living to see the beautiful sunrise of future mornings. Carry on living to taste your favourite meal. Carry on living to see the world. Carry on living to love and be loved back. Carry on living to laugh, to cry, to dance, to sing. Carry on living because you deserve to live. This is your sign. Who knows, maybe lightening could strike ✨ #mentalhealthawareness#suicide prevention #empoweringwomen#recovery#healing#mentalhealthblog#blog#positivity#reasonstostayalive
A MINI BREAK - HOORAY!
ME🐰, silly hooman and her sweet mother packed our bags and went to our favorit Spa😊. After all the hugs from my friends I feel a lot better anyway but I do enjoy my little vacation as well 😉. Book recommendation - see picture 2!