For your wives, daughters, sisters, friends. For the women you hold dearest and the women you've never met. For the women who have been, are and will continue to be subject to unjustifiable treatment (in already tragic circumstances) if this archaic amendment remains. For women, men and children, do the the right thing tomorrow, Ireland. #repealthe8th #togetherforyes #voteyes #vótáiltá
"A friend is one who knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become and still, gently, allows you to grow." - Unknown #👭 #tb #friendship #myfave #surroundyourselfwithgoodpeople #yourvibeattractsyourtribe #mentalhealthmonday #happierpodcast
To all those who donated, offered best wishes or were inspired to sign up for Darkness into Light themselves, thank you from the bottom of my heart. My fundraising goal was modest; €100 may not seem significant on a grand scale, but let's reframe it... This money translates to a course of therapy, either for someone struggling with mental health issues, or - tragically - a bereaved loved one. It maintains the freephone service that acts as a literal lifeline for those most acutely vulnerable to suicidal thoughts. It bridges the chasm between our under-resourced, over-stretched mental health services and those who urgently require expert care. Hope is at the core of all that Pieta House do. It is my hope that someday soon standard mental healthcare will finally fulfil the needs of its patients, taking them as seriously as any physical condition and also understanding the importance of investing in public mental health to optimise overall wellbeing. Until that day, I will continue to support and advocate Pieta House wholeheartedly. They have and continue to save lives every day - what's more commendable than that?
Tomorrow morning I will walk with thousands of others, nationally and internationally. Strangers - each with their own unique history and reasons for participating - united by a common goal of ending mental health stigma and shining a light to those for whom the darkness has become suffocating. I will walk for myself - a person who has battled and continues to battle mental illness. I will walk for the invisible invalids - the girl with anxiety who served you in a shop today; the boy with bipolar disorder whose strength you envied in the gym; the woman with postnatal depression you sat across from on the bus; the man with OCD who serviced your car. All battling their own individual demons, silently and often with a smile on their face. I will walk with those whose field of focus has narrowed to a tragic and hopeless option: ending their life. I am walking, with thousands of others, with the hope that we will finally as a nation treat mental illnesses with both the compassion and gravitas they deserve. If you're not walking/running/participating tomorrow, please donate to Pieta House and help extend the scope of their invaluable services. If you can't afford to donate, help the cause in other ways. Reach out to the friend you haven't heard from in a while. Smile at those strangers you noticed throughout the day. Open up the dialogue at home around mental illnesses of all kinds (not just anxiety and depression). These solitary acts of kindness and sincerity might not seem significant on their own, like a little bird fluttering against the wind. Scaled up to dozens, hundreds, thousands of us, however, they will be as forceful as a flock of birds sweeping towards the sun.
On Wednesdays we celebrate birthdays and eat chocolate 🤸♀️ Happy birthday to the lovely @le_nicolle 😘 and thank you @shanemckeever8 for getting a photo of us all looking the same way 😅 #yogifam #yoga #friendship #happierpodcast #happier2018 #coffeeandchocolate #itsthelittlethings
#Repost @thisisiradio (@get_repost) ・・・ Take it from someone who got complete tunnel vision during her Leaving Cert (to the point of illness) and became "that girl" that the careers counsellor warns everyone not to become... 🤷♀️ there is so much more to life than exams, that cannot be distilled down to an A1 (or H1 as the kids call it these days); self-esteem, passion, kindness, creativity, a sense of humour... all vital aspects of life and important beyond what results from the next few months of work, stress and anticipation. Each of us has a brain between our ears and can only do whatever that brain is capable of in that moment. To expect more than this is unfair and unhelpful. Encourage your children, yes, but don't smother them with unwanted advice, harsh lectures or visions of where you believe they should go. Chances are they've gotten plenty of that already. Do them a favour and put the kettle on, or buy them their favourite bar of chocolate. If they haven't left the room for a while, ask them if they fancy going for a walk. Dips in their health will remain with them much longer than a piece of paper in August will. Trust me. ❤ #exams #study #pressure #leavingcert #mentalhealth #mentalillness #bekindtoyourself #yougotthis #selfcare #depression #anxiety #stress #takeabreak #rest
Well that was fun. Emotional and embarrassing (and just a little bit self-indulgent), but fun! It reminded me of 2011 Sarah. She liked to laugh, hanging out of wardrobes among other silly, harmless pursuits. It forced me to revisit 2015 Sarah. She spent an extortionate amount of time every day in front of the mirror, picking herself apart and never feeling "ready" (in more ways than one). 2018 Sarah is a hybrid of the two, I feel; less time self-loathing, more time laughing (although I've yet to hang out of another wardrobe...) 💕 #growth #changeisgood #mentalhealth #mentalwellbeing #glowup #browgamehasimprovedanyways #progress #life #happierpodcast #happier2018 #selflove #selfacceptance
What a difference four years can make... I'm sure it's not always clear why so many of my posts focus on the past. I've often questioned it myself; what do I gain from constantly looking backwards at a former self that doesn't exist anymore? I am not my past; I have outgrown her. But the truth is, whether I choose to acknowledge her or not, scared, shadowy Sarah walks alongside me even now. She's there when the uncomfortably familiar pangs of anxiety hit me in certain situations. She's there when my moods lurch from one extreme to another, all those times when I doubt my ability, judgement and self-worth. But her presence has also afforded me empathy for others who now stand where I once did. She's heightened my emotional sensitivity and compassion, and if by continuing to talk about her I help even one person seek out help and support, her existence will not have been in vain. Too often we are quick to forget ourselves. Humans evolve throughout lifetimes and ages, it's a biological fact. But to gloss over a less than desirable version of yourself as if you just materialised as you are now is to do yourself (and others) a gross disservice. All those embarrassing, boring and downright miserable experiences that you've accumulated over the years have moulded you just as much as the rose-tinted ones, if not more so. I'm proud of my growth, of where I stand now. But I wouldn't change how I've gotten here. Our future is ours for the making, but the past is permanent and deserves its due.
Sometimes all you need for an endorphin rush are a pair of runners, a sunny morning and some salty sea air.... ☀️🌊🏃♀️ (what you don't need are stomach pains, a tickly cough and broken headphones 🤦♀️) #running #underthehourmark #10ktraining #seaside #sunshine #goodvibes #summer #mentalhealth #mentalwellbeing #endorphinrush #progress
Made it to 90kg today! So close to the x2 bodyweight mark... (extra reps from reracking the plates some meathead left at their backside... 😒) #fitness #fitspo #rerackyourweights #smh #extragainsformethough #goals #determination #mindovermatter #mentalhealth #mentalwellbeing #liftweights #thickthighssavelives