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What are 3 strengths or positive qualities you possess? #52SmallThings

It can sometimes be easy to focus on the negative, especially when we are feeling down or things aren’t going right. That’s why we want to challenge negative self-talk and what a perfect way to kick off this week’s challenge than by asking you to pick your top 3 strengths and/or positive qualities!

Share yours with us in the comments below.

#MentalHealth #ChronicIllness #Parenting #Disability #RareDisease #Anxiety #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #BipolarDisorder #Depression #Trauma #PTSD #AutoimmuneDisease #Migraine #ChronicPain #Fibromyalgia #Autism #EhlersDanlosSyndrome #DownSyndrome #Selfcare #challengenegativethoughts #NegativeThoughts #strengths #CheckInWithMe #DistractMe

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What are some of your strengths? #52SmallThings

We all have one thing we are really good at doing. Maybe you’re a pro at playing an instrument or drawing. Perhaps you excel at public speaking. Or maybe you’re really good at making lists! Whatever they are, we want to hear them. As an added bonus: print out this handy list, write down your strengths and hang it someplace where you’ll see it often. Follow this link to a PDF-version:

#MentalHealth #ChronicIllness #RareDisease #Parenting #Disability #Anxiety #Depression #strengths #CheckInWithMe

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Radical self-love in an age of misery #Selflove #BipolarDisorder

In an age of misery and extreme consumption, we’re taught to hate ourselves — to hate our bodies, to question our own talents, to always desire to have what THEY have. It doesn’t matter who “they” is. We want what we don’t have while taking for granted all that we DO have.

It’s easy for me to love myself when I’m feeling well, mentally and emotionally. It’s easy to see my #strengths, my accomplishments, and my #dreams for the future. I think very highly of myself. I have self-confidence and self-assurance. I don’t understand why no one wants to date me. I think I’m the bees knees. I love my body and all her flaws. I love how insightful and introspective I am. I can name over 20 qualities I love about myself.

I set my mind to the most difficult of tasks, and I meet my goals. I strive to be a better me. And I’m proud of who I am — an activist, an aunt, a daughter, a friend, a colleague and a writer, editor, photographer and a digital communications coordinator.

Then, #Depression hits. The other side of #Hypomania. My highs are very mild, but my lows — they’re excruciating. I lose sight of all my plans for the future. I compare my journey to the journey of others, and I feel so behind.

I feel ugly, and I notice the smallest flaws in my appearance and character. I blame myself for being #alone. I tell myself that I deserve solitude, and I should have been a better partner. I stop practicing self-love, and start practicing self-loathing.

I’ve studied gender for years, and I’m well aware of the tropes that society places on women, especially women of color (of which, I am not). Practicing self-love in a time of such uncertainty, a timing of rising hatred and bigotry, I beg of you: love yourself. Be authentically you. And if you, like I, have #BipolarDisorder, know that the highs and lows will pass, but you will always be there — whether you see yourself or not.