May 

Hello Light Warriors!! Welcome to the month of May. This month is Mental Health Awareness Month!

Week 1

This week we are going to be talking about Anxiety. Anxiety is something that most people have experienced. Some experience it more than others but it's something important to talk about. We want you to know you are not alone in this and we are here to help.
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What Is Anxiety? Anxiety is an excessive, intense and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations. You could have a fast heart rate, rapid breathing. You could even start to sweat and feel tired.
What are some symptoms of anxiety? Fast heart rate, rapid breathing, sweating and even an overwhelming feeling of tiredness.
Here are some techniques that could help ground you in those situations when you do start getting anxiety 
Breathe !! Breathing can help focus your attention on something else that is not your anxiety. Take it slow and use this method-
In 2, 3, 4 
hold 2, 3, 4
out 2, 3, 4
5, 4, 3, 2, 1 method:
5 things you can see
4 things you can touch
3 things you can hear 
2 things you can smell
1 thing taste
Journal Prompt: Let's set our intentions for this month. What are some things you are looking forward to? What are some things you are hoping to learn?
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I AM PATIENT: Be patient with yourself. This healing journey will take time. Give yourself grace.

Week 2

This week's topic we are going to be talking about Depression. 
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I AM A FIGHTER:
You are a fighter. You are you not alone in this!
Trauma can be a huge effect on mental health. So that's why it is important to talk about it. This is a safe place to share a feel what you have to feel. For this week's journal prompt, I want you to write 5 words you need to hear right now.
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Depression is something that not a lot of people talk about. But It's something more than 264 million people struggle with. You will have your good days and you will have your bad ones. BUT remember sometimes it's ok not to be ok! Just take it one day at a time and focus on the now and getting yourself better. 

Week 3

PTSD: What can this look like? Well, it's going to look different for everyone. Maybe for you it could look like this- avoiding people, or places, you could have flashbacks, and nightmares, it could be triggered by smells, objects and a number of other things.
Some people just assume that PTSD is something only Veterans struggle with or someone who's been an accident. BUT that's not the case. Yes, people who are vets and those who have been in some sort of accident could have ptsd BUT so can people who have endured physically or sexually trauma OR any other trauma. Such as being abandoned, lived in crazy situations. But overall, you don't have to be in a certain category to have had ptsd.
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Journal Prompt:
What does PTSD mean to you? 
I AM no longer available for things that make me feel like shit.
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Write this down on a posted note or save the image and put it as your screen saver. Read this out loud every day!!

Week 4