Today is a bad day for me. Living with mental illness is a daily battle and an emotional rollercoaster. The worst thing is, you have good days. You have amazing days. You can even have brilliant weeks. And you're conscious, all the time, that a bad day is due. That in itself it tiring. But then when a bad day comes - it's like a war breaks out in your own mind and it is, quite frankly, debilitating. And anything can trigger it, from feeling poorly, to the weather, to someone's treatment of you - or it can just happen! And sadly, those who haven't experienced it, whilst they can empathise with it, can never truly understand it. #life #motivation #quotes #bad #day #days #quoteoftheday #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #mentalillness #invisibleillness #mikemeetslife

17:02

Keep the people who appreciate you close. Life is too short to be undervalued, disrespected and unappreciated by the very people you strive to do your best for. Everyone is equal and if you give your best, no-one, regardless of who they are, can expect any more from you. 🙌 #motivation #happy #success #inspiration #quoteoftheday #grateful #growth #quote #thankful #positivevibes #appreciated #work #workhard #quotes #quotestoliveby #quotesaboutlife #mikemeetslife

07:09

Self care isn't selfish. It's necessary.

21:24

Not one from me, but instead @abrahamhickspublications

08:05

Be proud of yourself if you have battles that some people don't even know about. #mind #inspirational #tough #physically #emotionally #instagood #life #quotes #motivational #survival #mentally #dark #place #battle #quote #powerfulquotes #quoteoftheday #quoteoflife #mikemeetslife

12:51

Together, we achieve more. #quotesforlife #writersofinstagram #thoughts #lifequotes #dailyquotes #relationships #quotestoremember #inspirationalquotes #quotesaboutlife #wordsofwisdom #mikemeetslife #relationshipsmatter #relationshiptalk #lovequotes #relationshipsgoals #relationshipadvice #love #happy #family #couple #forever #instagood #friendship #together #togetherwithme

18:51

Should you ever find yourself a victim of other people's bitterness, cruelness or insecurities; remember it could be worse. You could be them. #positivevibes #love #instagood #motivation #quotes #inspirationalquotes #toxic #toxicrelationships #toxicpeople #people #powerfulquotes #quoteoftheday #mikemeetslife

06:53

If you find someone who makes you smile, who cracks you up with laughter, who checks up on you to make sure you are okay, who watches out for you and wants the best for you - hold on to them. Keep them close, don't take them for granted, treat them right. Those people are hard to find. #life #quotes #motivation #inspiration #writersofinstagram #quotestagram #friends #friendships #friendship_goals #powerfulquotes #bestfriendquotes #quoteoftheday #mikemeetslife

12:38

Being kind is FREE. Always be kind. 🙏 #mentalhealthawareness #warrior #strong #survival #wellness #motivation #life #mentalhealth #mentalhealthquotes #mentalhealthrecovery #battle #happy #healthy #confident #anxiety #mikemeetslife

06:33

Today is #worldmentalhealthday - 10 October 2019. We've all been told to put on a brave face before, but sometimes the bravest thing you can do is to take the face off and let people know you're struggling. Let people know that it is okay not to be okay. Just know that you don't have to carry the burden yourself, there are people who do care and who will help. Let go of your past, guilt, expectations, others mistakes and negativity. It is okay to make mistakes, to have bad days, to be less than perfect, to do what's best for you and to be yourself. We do not have to live in a world where we don't accept, acknowledge or respect #mentalhealth and wellbeing. Shit, it's tough living with it. You go through battles that some times people will never know or maybe understand. But it's less difficult if you're not alone. Fall in love with caring about you and reach out if you need help. #itsokaynottobeokay #selflove #loveyourself #spreadlove #mentalwellbeing #bekind #talk #healthymind #help #speakup #mentalillness #mentalhealthjourney #breakthestigma #itgetsbetter #mentalhealthmatters #selfcare #mentalhealthwarrior #youarenotalone #worldsmentalhealthday #mentalhealthsupport #health #wellbeing #you #mikemeetslife If you need support or you're in crisis, text SHOUT to 85258 to speak to a trained volunteer, 24/7. @giveusashoutinsta

11:58

No one can expect any more than your best. #selflove #health #anxiety #life #happy #mentalhealth #motivation #quotes #positivity #relax #stress #stressmanagement #stressrelief #selfcare #selfcaredaily #mikemeetslife

07:53

Courage comes in all forms #motivation #life #faith #selflove #strong #inspiration #believe #quotes #mentalhealth #dedication #hope #mentalhealthawareness #power #healing #positivevibes #quoteoftheday #inspire #wisdom #mikemeetslife

20:23

Surround yourself with people who will lift you higher. Note to yourself today: love yourself more! #love #instagood #happy #selflove #loveyou #quotes #friends #lovelife #motivation #instadaily #smile #positivevibes #happiness #selfcare #mikemeetslife

06:34

My post for #WorldSuicidePreventionDay that Insta blocked? . The pain you are feeling now is temporary. You will experience happiness to a level that matches your pain one day. You will laugh with friends, you will forget what it was like to feel pain (even if it is briefly) and you will feel love like never before. You will enrich your life with new books, films, friends, family and love. You'll do the things you've always wanted to do; watch a sunrise, sit under the stars at night, climb a mountain, travel. You'll one day laugh again until it hurts and you'll feel the euphoria running through your veins. The truth is, you might be stuck where you are now for a little while, and that's okay. The world isn't going anywhere. Hang on in there, keep going and reach out to someone, to anyone. Life is worth it, life is always worth it. . #suicideprevention #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #suicide #depression #anxiety #ruokday #suicidepreventionmonth #mentalillness #love #suicidepreventionday #suicideawarness #youmaketodaybetter #selflove #prevention #stopsuicide #itsokaynottobeokay #youarenotalone #hope #suicideawareness #selfcare #worldsuicidepreventionday #mikemeetslife

10:05

Today, be yourself. Be you. Most important, smile and be happy. #mentalhealth #behappy #mentalillness #behealthy #bepositive #mentalhealthawareness #beyou #loveyourself #enjoylife #dontworry #anxiety #beyourself #mentalhealthmatters #mikemeetslife #selfcare #happiness #mindfulness

09:13

Keep going - don't give up now. #keepgoing #dontgiveup #persistence #perseverance #dontquit #nevergiveup #probro #mindset #keepmoving #profuel #workforit #keepmovingforward #believeinyourself #mikemeetslife #quotestoliveby

18:42

The world is full of people who can't find the words to just be nice to others. They sometimes even make it part of their daily routine to upset others and involve themselves in other peoples lives unnecessarily. Walk away, keep your dignity and always be true to yourself.

18:20

The choices we make can affect everything we do. If you're doing something you don't like or want to make a change, it starts with a choice. Feel empowered to make the choices that are right for you. You matter, your feelings matter...your choices matter.

16:20

Always remember this - you ARE valid and YOU do matter 💞

19:48

Photos capture so many memories in just one still image. Take as many as you can, as often as you can and store them however you can. One day you'll look back and they'll make you smile so much. 😍

15:57

Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option. Follow @mikemeetslife ✌️❤️

07:23

#SelfCare is super #important. Not only does it ensure you work to #LookAfterYourself, it also ensures you can #help other #people look after themselves too. It isn't selfish to #care for yourself, it's necessary. #quotestoliveby #quotes #motivationalquotes #mikemeetslife

19:48

Always here to talk! It's okay not to be okay. Talk to someone. #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthawarenessweek

15:11

Self care is so important. Self care is giving the world the best of you, instead of giving the what's left of you. Don't ever feel guilty for doing what's right for you. #selfcare #lookafteryourself #quotestoliveby #quotestomotivateyou #mikemeetslife

19:48

Choose life, choose what makes you happy and do those things. Don't wait, don't leave it long enough that one day you look back and say "I wish I did that differently" #choices #life #choselife #worktolive #quotestoliveby #quotestomotivateyou #mikemeetslife

18:49

It's ok to have tough days. Everyone has them. It's okay to feel completely shit and just want to crawl into bed and stay there. It's normal. But how you move forward is what is important. Relax, a good night's sleep and start fresh tomorrow. Be the best version of yourself that you can be. _ #days #roughdays #toughdays #harddays #sad #cry #getthroughit #getthroughtheweek #quotestoliveby #quotestomotivateyou #mikemeetslife

19:48

Acts of kindness cost nothing but bring the biggest rewards. _ #KindnessIsContagious #kindnessnevergoesoutofstyle #kindnesseveryday #quotestoliveby #quotestomotivateyou #friday #fridayfeeling #mikemeetslife #laugh #laughoften

07:48

Life is precious. Don't make too many plans. Be spontaneous. Spend your hard earned money making memories. You can't take it with you. When you are gone, memories are all those around you are left with. #liveyourlife #behappy #life #precious #time #valuable #memories #makememories #quotestoliveby #quotestomotivateyou #mikemeetslife

09:48

Allow yourself to be upset, to cry, to be angry or feel low. Show your real emotions, express how you feel, how you truly feel and own it. There is nothing wrong with having a bad day, or even a bad week! There is nothing wrong with being you, with feeling vulnerable, with feeling emotional. It's human and normal. You are tough, strong and resilient - but don't act like everything is okay and you're the toughest person in the world because even the toughest people break; it doesn't make you less of a person. It's OK to not be OK. Self-care is so important ❤️✌️ _ #itsokaynottobeokay #itsoknottobeok #Depression #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthquotes #quotestomotivateyou #quotestoliveby #mikemeetslife

20:49

Your life is your own, you will have your time to shine and only your journey is what should matter to you. Don't be dampened by other people's light. Use it to inspire and motivate. Because your time to shine will come. _ #shime #beyourself #lifequotes #quotestoliveby #motivationalquotes #mikemeetslife

21:48

One day it just clicks. You realise what’s important and what isn’t. You learn to care less about what other people think of you and more about what you think of yourself. You realise how far you’ve come and you remember when you thought things were such a mess that they’d never recover. And then you smile. You smile because you are truly proud of yourself and the person you’ve fought to become. _ #oneday #realisation #truth #journey #strength #anxiety #depresssion #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthquotes #quotestoliveby #quotestomotivateyou #mikemeetslife

07:48

Never doubt your worth and know that no one can define it for you. #worth #doubt #mikemeetslife #quotestoliveby

22:48

🎉 Wahoo. Got home to an email telling me I've completely passed my Crisis Counselling course. I've scheduled my first 2 hour shift to help people in Crisis and I can't wait. It'll be tough I know but I'm so pleased I can give something back. The text number isn't fully released in the UK yet, only via a number of charities. Once it is fully released I'll share more details so hopefully more people will access the service if they are in crisis. #counselling #training #help #support

16:49

Live your life with purpose. Focus on your achievements instead of your misfortunes. Always be yourself and never wait for someones approval. Be positive, honest, compassionate, honourable and humble. Count your blessings instead of your problems and you will realise how beautiful life is. _ #life #purpose #achievements #positive #positivevibes #positivequotes #lifequotes #behappy #happyquotes #quotestoliveby #quotestomotivateyou #mikemeetslife

08:48

A friend recently told me that they'd been "told about my blog". I was positively curious, so I asked more. They said they were told by someone we mutually knew a few years ago, who told them to "check it out..." And laughed. It transpires that they thought my page was laughable. That it was in some way a joke. That because it was me (someone they knew) they could mock it and me. This page was set up to share my story of depression, anxiety and bullying. It was set up to help others, to hopefully motivate others, to raise awareness about these issues. I took a brave and bold decision to do this, publically, and share this with the people I know. Because I was putting some of my most personal life experiences out in the open. But I'd do it again because I believe raising awareness and sharing stories is the key to help, support and showing people that it's "ok to talk". Somehow, I know of a lot of people. Many of them don't follow my page, but have all been invited. Some chose to follow other popular similar pages, which share quotes and motivatational posts and happily share the content on their own social platforms - that's fine, this isn't a competition. And some do follow, share, interact with my page - which only helps spread my story and general awareness. I continue to do this, despite the mockery, because it is important to me. Deeply important. And I won't stop because of a minority. I've had messages from people saying thank you. I've had messages from people sharing their story. I've had people saying that some of my posts have inspired and motivated them and given them a fresh outlook. High priase indeed. Amongst my regular posts, I've written some blog posts:- Depression "Just Is": https://ift.tt/2NeySLU Say No to Bullying: https://ift.tt/2GzUj9W Build Confidence, Beat Bullying: https://ift.tt/2NgdA0t An Anxious Mind: https://ift.tt/2GyKwkb Nobody can put you down: https://ift.tt/2NhkjXQ

07:48

Share this.post with as many people as you can. You don't know who's waiting for this, who needs this type of message, right now. If you are waiting for a sign to know someone out there cares, this is it. Please don't give up! _ #sign #dontgiveup #share #sharethelove #quotestoliveby #quotestomotivateyou #hereforyou #helpeachother #kindness #inittogether #askforhelp #depressionquote #depressionwillnotdefineme #DepressionAware #anxietyhelp #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthquotes #mikemeetslife

06:48

I've been accepted to become a crisis counsellor, where I complete 25hr training course before committing 200 hours (voluntarily) to crisis counselling, in which I'll help those at the darkest times of their lives and hopefully help them through it via the email/text service the organisation offers. I'm super proud and excited to get this started. _ #crisis #counselling #support #lifejourney #learning #challenge #mikemeetslife

18:48

Not all storms come to disrupt your life. Some come to clear your path. _ #storm #life #path #disrupt #silverlining #quotes #quotestoliveby #quotestomotivateyou #mikemeetslife

13:48

Live each day in a way which will leave you feeling at peace with yourself. _ #peace #feeling #dailyquote #mikemeetslife #quotestoliveby #quotestomotivateyou

18:49

The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It's a very mean and nasty place... and I don´t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently, if you let it. You, me or nobody, is gonna hit as hard as life. But ain't about how hard you hit... It's about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward... how much you can take, and keep moving forward.

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