Quotes to Remember When You’re Struggling


A little over a month ago I was really struggling… My mental health was in tatters and my physical health was not much better. I wasn’t sleeping, I wasn’t eating, I was making mistakes at work, and pulling away from my family and my friends. I don’t really remember what it was triggered by, I just remember I was drowning.

I was scrolling through Pinterest, looking for nothing in particular. When I saw this pin, it was a pastel colored background with the phrase “Just Breathe”.

And I did.

I did.

In and out. In and out. Breathe in for 4 counts. Breathe out for 5 counts. In and out.

I have never really been one for affirmations… Maybe I’m too jaded and broken. But that image. The frankness of its command? Demand? It spoke to me.

So, I went looking for more.

I found some that acknowledged my struggle, applauded my strength, and just eased my weary heart.

I wanted to carry them with me, not just in my mind, but somewhere I could see. I needed to see them. So, I grabbed a permanent marker and wrote them out, on my arms, and on my thighs.

I felt like I was donning armor, I felt stronger.

She persisted - Real is Rare - Just Breathe

“You’re not a mess you’re brave for trying” “Sometimes its okay if the only thing you did today was breathe” “Just breathe” “I will win. Not immediately, but definitely.” “Real is Rare” “She persisted”

Since that day I have not needed my marker tattoos. But I still seek out quotes that speak to me and collect them, like pebbles.

They give voice to the words I cannot speak, ease my heart with no expectation of return, and strengthen me in such a simple way.

I want to share with you some quotes I have collected. Maybe they will help someone struggling, maybe they will just be.

Real is Rare

Real is Rare.

Be gentle with yourself, you are doing the best you can.

Until I’m ready, let me be. I have to heal myself.

You wake up every morning to fight the same demons that left you so tired the night before, and that, my love, is bravery.  – thislifethismoment.com

Your healing is about you. It doesn’t need a stamp of approval. Don’t worry about how long it takes or how ugly it may seem. Its about you.

What a beautiful thing it is, to be able to stand tall and say, “I fell apart, and I survived.”

No matter how chaotic it is, wildflowers will still spring up in the middle of nowhere. -Sheryl Crow

And here you are living despite it all. – Rumi Kaur

I forget how to love myself most days, but I keep trying, I keep trying. And that alone is a victory. – Alison Malee

…and sometimes, life is just hard, and some days are just rough… and sometimes you just gotta dry before you can move forward… (and all of that is okay) – www.bravegirlsclub.com

I also have some links to other blogs that have collected quotes to help when you are struggling here and here.

I do hope this collection helps someone as it has helped me. Please share feel free to share this post and follow me on Pinterest.

Cheers!

Candice 🙂

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5 Products I Can’t Live Without!


Sometimes anxiety just rules my life. My mind just won’t stop spinning, my picking goes haywire, and all of the sudden the 8 hours of sleep I planned to get just became 4… But over the years I have found these products that help me fight back! So as promised here’s the list of these miracle products I just can’t live with out!

Secret Active Sport Invisible Spray Deodorant

It all comes down to one thing, stress sweat.

Stress sweat actually comes from a different sweat gland, called apocrine glands. While the typical sweat we get from physical activity or during hot weather comes from eccrine glands. The apocrine glands are bigger and tend to release more fat and protein in the sweat. This gives bacteria more food to grow, which then causes the more noticeable odor.

And let me tell you stress sweat is STANKY!!

That’s why I LOVE Secret Active Sport Spray! So far it is the only deodorant I have used that controls stress sweat as well as having other great benefits!

It goes on invisible, which is great for my almost completely black wardrobe and my black scrubs for work.

It can last up to 48 hours! Great for long work days and hangouts afterwards!

Twilight Shower Gel from Lush

My worst time for picking is when I’m trying to fall asleep. Apparently, this is the perfect time for my mind to go over conversations from 5 years ago, or what could happen in 2 months from now. That’s why I love the Twilight Shower Gel from Lush!

Typically, I shower before I go to bed, so the Twilight Gel is perfect! The Lavender scent helps to calm my mind and make it easier to fall asleep, and the smell actually sticks around after I’m out of the shower!

I also really like that it doesn’t dry out my skin, since Lush formulates their products with the smallest percentage of sulfates possible, while still making an effective product.

Lush has fantastic ethical values! They are against animal testing, they practice ethical sourcing for their ingredients, the products are hand made, they promote recycling of their containers, and they aim to reduce or eliminate packaging all together (way to go zero waste!).

Stress Relief Bath Soak Eucalyptus and Spearmint from Bath and Body Works

I used to hate baths… I would never feel relaxed; my neck would get sore from resting against the edge of the tub. I could never get my full body submerged. It just seemed pointless. Then this bath soak came along!

I got it after I got a work-related injury and needed to soak my muscles. Not only does this stuff help relax me, but I legitimately feel like it soaks into my muscles and undoes what ever knots I have! It doesn’t matter if I soak for 30 minutes or 5! I feel relaxed and refreshed!

And another bonus is that Bath and Body Works has a 100% satisfaction policy, if you don’t like the product, whether it be the smell, or you think it just didn’t work for you. You can return it! Which is great for anyone who doesn’t have the wiggle room in their budget to throw money away on a product that “might” work.

Lash Accelerator Serum with Grow Lash Complex from Rimmel

I don’t know how this stuff works, but it does! My eyelashes and eye brow hairs grow so much faster when I apply this stuff before bed! As a woman who will never have full natural eyebrows ever again, anything that will help grow my eyebrows into a fraction of what they used to be, is a freakin’ miracle.

Manic Panic Semi Permanent Hair Colour

Since I wear uniformed scrubs majority of my day, my hair is the only way I can really express myself. Colouring my hair just spikes my confidence and makes me feel more like me! I love the way I look with blue, purple, and sometimes teal hair! And when my confidence is high it gives me more strength to battle my anxiety when it rears its ugly head!

And it’s a cruelty free product too!

I hope these products help you like they have helped me!

Cheers!

Candice 😊

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