#MentallyMe Montage

Thank you to everyone participating in the #MentallyMe movement! I’m hopeful that this form of “digital-age mindfulness” will instil some sense of responsibility for our use of social media. It’s a reminder to check in with yourself, not only with regards to how your social feeds influence you, but also to start being more introspective. I want to encourage conscious reflection and taking time to pause and check in with yourself.

Just as we can use social media more positively in our own lives, we can use it to positively benefit others as well. Continue the conversation. Be an advocate. Remind others that they don’t stand alone. Openly challenge the stigma.

I want to promote vulnerability and honesty on social media and with ourselves and each other. I know it’s difficult not to feel like everything we post should be a highlight reel but in doing so, our online communities paint an increasingly biased picture of the human condition. No one has all the answers – we all have struggles – we are all flawed, imperfect human beings and this is what connects us. We can’t do it alone but we’re not supposed to.

Embrace the messy.

Lean into the discomfort.

Accept the imperfections.

Recognize your strength in overcoming struggle and encourage each other to stay in the fight. This messy journey of life and discovery gives us the chance to learn a lot about ourselves and the world.

There is more to you than what you can and can’t do.

There is more to you even than what struggles you have and haven’t overcome.

I hope that using the mentally me hashtag can help us see that beyond any diagnostic labels we may or may not have, and that before everything else, we are all ultimately human.

So here are shoutouts to……

Georgie keeping it sweet and simple:

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“Celebrate every tiny little victory”This is Georgie 

Naomi, as always, speaking the truth and dismantling diet culture one honest and insightful post at a time:

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Being jealous sucks. I spent a long time being stuck in jealousy & obsessing over other people’s bodies.

It was, of course, a reflection of my own insecurity. I directed the hurt I felt inwards, outwards in rage.

I was mad that other people were effortlessly thinner than me. I was mad that they didn’t have to restrict food or exercise to look that way. I was mad that they didn’t work as hard as me to be skinny, they just got to be that way. I didn’t think it was real—I thought they must be secretly restricting, secretly exercising…something wasn’t adding up.

I worked so hard to control my body that it seemed obvious to me that everyone else would have to be doing the same to be anywhere near thin. I felt like I was working harder for thinness or “fitness” than everyone I knew, and it made me mad. .

I refused to accept my own body, I refused to accept the idea that genetics predetermined body size WAY more than calories in/calories out ever could, I refused to accept the truth that PEOPLE ARE SUPPOSED TO LOOK DIFFERENT‼️‼️ (and that no body type is inherently better than any other). .

Jealousy and intolerance for other people’s natural body types—it’s one of the side effects of body insecurity that nobody seems to talk about. I guess it’s embarrassing or feels shameful to admit, but that doesn’t make it any less real 🤷‍♀️ .

One of the biggest blessings that recovery, taking myself out of diet culture, and dismantling my inner fatphobia has given me is the ability to accept & be at peace with 👀 other people’s 👀 bodies. I’m no longer judging my own body or interrogating it for not being something else. In turn this has given me so much peace in terms of how I see other people’s bodies—no more jealousy, judgment, or crazed “why can’t I be like that??” thoughts.” – Naomi, (diet culture sucks)

Lizzie practicing intentional and grateful living:

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“I’m usually upset the last day of a trip because I just don’t want to leave the place I’m in. I want to stay, explore, and just soak in more because a few days isn’t enough.
But this time, I tried to focus on the good of coming home. Our friends, family, work, and just the goodness of my life that I have and I can’t wait to get back to. See ya tonight, Dallas; I’m actually looking forward to it” – Lizzie Somabut

Liza showing us that when life gets overwhelming sometimes we need to simplify our approach:

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“I love eating, creating food, and selling food. This is why I work at McDonald’s lol love y’all, hope you had a good Thursday! I believe in you”Liza, The Sunny Page

Cheers To Balance sharing her honest journey and sending friendly reminders to stay strong:

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“Happy Saturday loves ✨ after a long week of being so hard on myself and feeling kinda low, I’ve picked myself back up today (with help) and am feeling so much better! I got up early-ish and went to yoga with a really good friend who has such a positive energy and then we went for smoothies after and we laughed and relaxed and it felt really good. It’s easy to get caught up in a routine or in work and responsibilities and forget to find some JOY song the way…it doesn’t have to be something huge, sometimes it’s just connecting with a friend and laughing. Hope you all have a joyful day (not sorry this is kinda cheesy at alllll) 😘”

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“Because sometimes Tuesday is harder than Monday. So here’s a Tuesday morning reminder to not let life slip away while you’re busy worrying about things you can’t control 🍃”Cheers to Balance 

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