The Happy Feed

For anybody feeling anxious

I feel like someone needs to hear this:

It’s okay to feel anxious.
It’s okay to feel overwhelmed.
It’s okay to feel lonely.

You don’t have to take advantage of this moment of uncertainty.

There’s a time for productivity…and it’s okay if right now isn’t that time for you.

Go slower than normal right now.

Get rest when you need it.

But when you’re ready, you can define your new normal and develop structure that gives you balance.

The easiest way to challenge your anxious mind is to question your thoughts. Ask yourself these questions:

Is this true? Or am I assuming the worst?

Is this something I can solve right now? Or is this a problem for future me to solve?

And my personal favorite: What if I decided not to worry about this at all? What if I just wrote down my fears and let them go?

5 Mantras for navigating uncertainty

In your most challenging moments, it’s easy to fall back into old patterns.

To forget your progress.
To feel defeated and want to quit.

But today’s opportunity is to remember that this season is designed to help you grow.

This season might be confusing and at times exhausting.
But you can’t avoid it.

You just have to make your way through it with as much dignity and grace as you can muster.

Make decisions with courage, not out of fear.

Make changes if necessary.

And believe that you are being refined through this moment.

You are becoming a wiser, more loving, more beautiful version of you.

Here are 5 Mantras for Navigating Uncertainty:

The Universe Always Provides For Me

I Overcome Every Obstacle In My Way

I Trust The Journey Of My Life

I Am Surrounded By Love And Support

I Am Enough Just As I Am

5 Ways to Find (or Maintain) Hope

Sometimes it’s hard to stay hopeful, but we must fight on. Here are five ways to find (or maintain) hope when life is challenging.

1. Take on a small project that gives you a sense of accomplishment.

2. Seek out good news so you focus less on the bad news.

3. Write down the things that you’re grateful for.

4. Try a meditative hobby like art journaling or riding a bike.

5. Do something! Volunteer. Join a group. Be a part of something.

Positive Affirmations for a Mental Reset

Today we’re doing a mental reset and focusing our attention on self love, self worth, and believing in our capacity to make positive change with these positive affirmations. 

But what are positive affirmations?

Affirmations are positive statements that help challenge our negative thoughts. Repeating them often will help you overcome self-sabotage and find greater confidence in yourself.

I release any thoughts that are holding me back.

I am already enough and I don’t need to do anything to feel more worthy. 

I was born worthy. 

Every space is a space where I belong. 

I release every fear around chasing my dreams. 

I am worthy of success and open to all the beautiful possibilities that are coming my way. 

I am ready to use my gifts for good in the world. 

I attract incredible opportunities. 

I release feelings of guilt. 

I forgive myself for the mistakes I made along the way. 

I am committed to making positive changes in my life. 

And every day is a new opportunity to focus on growth. 

I love the person I’m becoming. 

I release my anxiety. 

I am confident in my capacity to handle any challenges that might arise along the way. 

I trust my ability to make good decisions, no matter what happens.

I no longer allow worry to stop my progress.

I release any feelings of shame.

I love my beautiful body and the way that it supports me day after day.

I set my own standard of beauty.  

And I acknowledge that I am beautiful in this moment and every moment. 

I release any feelings of regret. 

Love is abundant. Everywhere I turn I see new opportunities to make meaningful connections. 

I attract the love that I am willing to give to the world. 

I am a magnet for good people because I am a good person. 

I release my pain and trauma.

I am a survivor of all of my bad days so far. 

I will not let the past control my vibrant future. 

I will keep believing that good is out there for me. 

Love is out there for me. 

Joy is out there for me. 

Peace is out there for me. 

I release feelings of doubt. 

I am confident in my skills and know what to do next. 

The answers have always been inside of me on the other side of fear. 

I am ready to step beyond that fear and take decisive actions that change my life for the better.

I release feelings of bondage. 

I am free to live my life boldly and be the most authentic version of myself. 

I love who I am right now at this moment… imperfections and all. 

Nothing will stand in the way of my freedom of expression. 

I release negative self-talk. 

My brain is a safe and loving space. 

The kindness that I give to the world is the kindness that I give to myself. 

I honor my inner child and treat them with consistent love. 

Because I am worthy of consistent love.

Thank you for taking the time to invest in yourself with these positive affirmations. 

I hope these affirmations light your soul on fire and help you to reset any negative thought patterns.

Revisit this video as often as necessary and believe that all the good that you can imagine is not only possible but that it’s probable when you’re willing to do the work. 

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Talk To Yourself Like You’re A Three Year Old

Optimism is a choice you make every single day. 

But even on the days when it’s hard to see the bright side of things, you can choose to be kind to yourself. 

And that starts with your words. 

The easiest way to do this is to talk to yourself like you’re a three year old. 

When you break a dish: “That’s okay sweetie. Let’s clean it up. Mistakes happen.”

When you feel like you’ve failed: “You tried your hardest and we’re going to keep trying until we figure it out.”

When you’re feeling sad: “Take the time to process. You don’t have to rush to feeling better.”

Being human is hard and we live in our heads all day. 

Make it a safe and loving space. 

Something to ponder:

Finish this sentence: One thing I like about myself is ________. 

Keep adding to the list until you’ve exhausted everything you can think of.

Dealing with tomorrow one day at a time

How do you fuel the highest version of yourself?

It starts with food of course.

And maybe meditation

Or journaling.

For some it’s running or cycle or yoga.

There are coloring books

Making things

Conversations with God

Reading books

Studying philosophy.

It often involves therapy

And walks in nature.

Sitting by water

Feeling sand between your toes. 

Taking meds
Hot showers or long baths

Long talks with old friends

Sometimes making new friends.

Going on dates 

Falling in love 

Falling out of love

Learning to love yourself more.

Letting go

Moving forward 

Moving on 




If not all of these, at least some…

Over and over again.

A journal prompt:

Create your own list by finishing this statement:
When I’m at my best, I am…

Real Talk: You Deserve Peace

We are all so multi-dimensional.

a combination of our good days and bad days.

our successes and our failures.

our happiest moments and our saddest times

I think the goal of mental wellness and self-care is walking the journey of becoming a better you.

a more fulfilled self

a more loving and kind version of you.

still complicated, of course,

but a little more at peace.

This week’s challenge: 

Write a letter to your future self. Say something kind. Say something encouraging. And remind yourself of something you’re learning right now that will benefit future you. 

The thing about vulnerability

I used to think being vulnerable was foolish. 

I was afraid to let people see my true emotions. 

They saw the good happy parts, but I hid away the sadness. I masked the anger. I held back the tears. 

But now I know better. 

I know that vulnerability is actually strength.

Vulnerability is confidence. 

Vulnerability is knowing that despite what you share and how you share it, you are powerful and strong and can survive anything.

Something to ponder: Am I more comfortable giving or receiving? Why is that? How can I find greater balance in giving and receiving? 

Positive Affirmations: Save Room for Vulnerability

Let’s Talk About Conflict

Conflict is not inherently bad.

In fact, sometimes it’s necessary. 

Meaningful personal growth comes from regularly having difficult conversations. 

Better to speak your truth when an issue is fresh,

Than have it build into something bigger than it needs to be. 

Something to ponder: 

What does the phrase “keeping the peace” mean to you? After writing your definition explore how you can reconsider the phrase to include your wants, needs, and desires.