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Here are some more self-care ideas and my daily icebreaker question: to empower each other and ourselves.

Self-care is different for everyone. If you had one piece of self-care advice, what would it be and why? #MentalHealth #ADHD #ADHDInGirls #OtherMentalHealth #coping #Addiction #Anxiety #Depression

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Self-Validation Tips

Self-validation is a powerful practice that allows us to recognize our worth and affirm our feelings without relying solely on external validation. While it feels good to receive praise and appreciation from others, seeking it excessively can lead to anxiety and depression. Instead, we should learn to validate ourselves. #MentalHealth #ADHD #coping #Anxiety

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Progress is progress

One valuable lesson I've learned during my mental health journey is to avoid comparing myself to others. Sometimes, our most significant victories don't necessarily feel like triumphs at first.

Let me share an example from my journey a few years back, in 2020. At that time, I was grappling with the fear of relapse. But instead of succumbing to my old patterns, I chose a different path. I reached out for support. My win was reframing and shifting my perspective related to my m thoughts and feelings

Remember, progress isn't always linear, and sometimes, the quiet victories matter the most. #MentalHealth #Selftalk #ADHD #Anxiety #coping

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One of my favourite coping tools the understanding our sphere of influence or control.

The sphere of control concept is a powerful tool for managing anxiety because it helps you focus your energy where it has the most impact. It's also one of the hardest and most empowering tools I learned in my journey.

#MentalHealth #ADHD #Selfcare #coping

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Any tips for accepting your Anxiety?

Sometimes I get nice breaks from anxiety and everything is smooth sailing ⛵️ but other times it comes back and is a constant nuisance wether it’s physical symptoms or just mental and that voice in my head trying to sabotage me. Any tips for when you find anxiety makes you feel dumb and silly for struggling with it? Sometimes it can be the smallest of things and it makes you feel shame vulnerable and stigma. #Anxiety #help #struggling #Support #ideas #coping #Shame #Stigma #mighty #TheMighty #MightyTogether

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How do you cope with chronic illness and health issues emotionally and physically?

Thankfully I don’t struggle with a chronic illness or disability but my mom has some and it’s really sad to see her constantly in pain I wish I could help more. How do you cope if you struggle this way as well? 💕💕💕 #chronichealth #healthissues #coping #thriving #illness #question #Disability #Abilities

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New #BPD Diagnosis

My therapist retired. I want to beg her to come back. #coping skills leave me feeling intense mood swings. #Feeling my emotions leaves me thinking I could die from a #Broken heart. I want to escape from big feelings through #Selfharm and #Suicide . I think this is going to be a long and painful healing journey.

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A book about bipolar, twitching and ultrarunning...


My name is Tristan Reid and I hope you will be interested to learn about my unique and fascinating memoir, You Don’t Look Like An Ultrarunner.

You Don’t Look Like An Ultrarunner (from obsessive twitcher to unlikely ultrarunner, negotiating life with a bipolar brain) follows my life from my time working in a zoo in Cornwall, to finding employment as an ecologist in Cumbria.and on to the present day.

This book is a compelling read that looks at the obsessive world of twitching, international birding, tattoo collecting and ultimately, ultrarunning. All with the very difficult challenges that come with a bipolar diagnosis.

You Don't Look Like An Ultrarunner follows me as a former twitcher, ecologist, tattoo collector and conservation activist as I negotiate life’s difficulties either side of my bipolar diagnosis. This story follows my journey across the UK and Ireland, into the Arctic and south to the Middle East , Turkey and the Republic of Georgia before I find some belonging as a very unlikely ultra distance runner on the fells and trails of the Cumbrian Lake District.

This book is the book that I wish I'd read close to my diagnosis. It will help people understand what life with bipolar can be like, and it should give some hope to those with a similar diagnosis.

My book is avaliable in Kindle, Paperback and Hardback formats on the Amazon platform.

I really hope people find my book both a comfort and a joy to read.#Bipolar #livingwithbipolar #MentalHealth #livingwellwithbipolar #ultrarunning #birding #Twitching #coping

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My hair is a constant source of frustration. It’s not just the hair loss, thinning, dullness, etc. But also, it’s that it’s exhausting to wash it and pain prevents me from styling it. There are so many losses right now from loss of capabilities to loss of independence that I can’t just cut it all off into a pixie cut. What have you done? #whatdoyoudo #BadHairDay #coping

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