Wellness Wednesday- Delicious + Healthy Pre-Workout Snacks!

The correlation between physical activity and mental health is unquestionable. It has been proven that exercise releases endorphins (a natural mood booster), improves sleep, increases confidence, and promotes a positive body image. The food you eat becomes the energy that fuels your workout, so the choices that you make are important. For this Wellness Wednesday, I am going to share my five favorite healthy pre-workout breakfasts, that provide nutrition without sacrificing great taste.

1. Peanut Butter, Granola, & Banana Roll-Up

   Photo courtesy of Ready, Set, Eat!

 Photo courtesy of Ready, Set, Eat!

This is not your traditional peanut butter sandwich! This wrap combines fresh bananas with sweet honey, crunchy granola, and creamy peanut butter for a delicious protein-filled meal. This recipe is for two servings. Each serving has about 262 calories and 6.5 grams of protein.

Ingredients

2 bananas

2 whole wheat flour tortillas

2 tablespoons honey

¼ cup creamy peanut butter

¼ cup low-fat granola

STEP ONE
Spread peanut butter evenly over each tortilla. Drizzle honey on top of peanut butter; sprinkle with granola.

STEP TWO
Place a banana in center of each tortilla. Fold in opposite sides; roll up burrito-style. Cut in half to serve.

Recipe courtesy of Ready Set Eat!

 

2.  High-Protein Oatmeal with Berries

   Photo courtesy of Lovely Little Kitchen

 Photo courtesy of Lovely Little Kitchen

This recipe from Men’s Journal includes almond butter and chia seeds to fuel longer gym sessions. Amino acids found in the protein powder and Greek yogurt support muscles. Each serving has 495 calories and 45 grams of protein. Reduce the portion size if desired.

Ingredients

1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 Tbsp chia seeds
1 Tbsp all-natural almond butter
1/2 cup blueberries
1/4 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
1 scoop protein powder
2 packets sugar-free sweetener
Dash of cinnamon


Add all ingredients to a bowl. Mix well. Refrigerate overnight, or at least 3 to 4 hours.

Recipe courtesy of Men’s Journal

 

3. Toasted Wheat Bread with Almond Butter

   Photo courtesy of Self

 Photo courtesy of Self

This recipe from Self elevates the classic pre-workout meal of almond butter on toast by adding chia seeds and cinnamon. Comforting, delicious, and filling - this snack has it all! Each serving has 215 calories and 8 grams of protein.

Ingredients
1 tablespoon almond butter
1 slice whole wheat bread, lightly toasted
1 teaspoon chia seeds
1 pinch cinnamon

Spread almond butter over bread. Sprinkle with chia seeds and cinnamon.

Recipe courtesy of Self

 

4. Green Smoothie

  Photo    courtesy of Simple Green Smoothies

Photo  courtesy of Simple Green Smoothies

Green smoothies are a great pre-workout choice because they are rich in nutrients. This recipe is high in protein, complex carbohydrates, and healthy fats. These help keep you full for an extended period of time and provide energy for your workout. This recipe provides two servings.

Ingredients

2 cups fresh spinach

2 cups almond milk (unsweetened) 

1 apple

1 banana

1/3 cup rolled oats

1 tbsp coconut oil

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Blend spinach and almond milk until smooth.
Add remaining ingredients, and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

Recipe courtesy of Simple Green Smoothies

5. Apple Almond-Butter Bites

  Photo  courtesy of Paleo Leap

Photo courtesy of Paleo Leap

These apple slivers are easy to prepare and delicious to eat! The sliced shape provides a perfect surface to be slathered with almond butter and sprinkled with the toppings of your choice. Top the apple wedges with granola, dark chocolate chips, chopped nuts, or any other garnishes to add crunch. This recipe serves 1-2 people and has about 274 calories and 8 grams of protein.

Ingredients

1 apple, cored and thinly sliced
Almond butter
Pecans, chopped (optional)
Almonds, sliced (optional)
Roasted coconut shreds (optional)
Dark chocolate chips (optional)
Dried cranberries (optional)

Spread the almond butter over one side of each apple slice.

Top each apple slice with your choice and amount of toppings.

Recipe courtesy of Paleo Leap

Tip Tuesday - Mantras to Calm Anxiety

Last week, for the first Tip Tuesday, I compiled a list of ways to combat stress. This post was intended to educate readers on how to relieve the symptoms of a short-term, flight-or-fight reaction caused by day-to-day complications. This Tuesday, I would like to create a list of mantras that help to calm anxiety. The difference between stress and anxiety is that stress is a short term reaction to a trigger, while anxiety is a sustained mental health disorder. Both of these conditions affect mental and physical well-being, and it is essential to begin the trial-and-error process of building your stress-reduction skills as soon as possible. It is vital to understand your stress, because letting it go unmanaged can lead to long-term problems, such as depression or anxiety. It should go without saying that these mantras are not intended to cure anxiety, and that those who are struggling should immediately reach out for help. If you are in need of support, please text “HOME” to 741-741 to talk to a crisis counselor, or find a therapist near you through the American Association of Anxiety and Depression’s website (https://members.adaa.org/page/FATMain).

One of the best ways to calm an oncoming anxiety attack is to think of a phrase that rings true to you. Doing so will help keep you in a calm state of mind, and keep you focused on the values that are important to you. For some, repeating this mantra over and over again out loud is beneficial. Some helpful mantras are:

  1. “If I can get through this 10 seconds, I can get through the next 10 seconds.” (FUN FACT: this mantra comes from Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt!)

  2. “Do not go in your mind where your body is not.” (This mantra calms anxiety by reminding chronic worriers that they are not yet in the situation that is distressing them, and that the only thing that worrying will do is make them miserable.)

  3. “Look at how far I have come.” (This phrase helps encourage one to keep moving forth on their journey by reminding them of their accomplishments rather than their minor setbacks.)

  4. I am breathing in, I am breathing out.” (This mantra helps focus one on their breathing, which has a calming effect. It also helps keep one grounded by reminding them that they are constantly keeping themselves alive.)

  5. “I am enough.” (Many people with anxiety are constantly plagued by a fear of beings  unworthy. This mantra helps one remember that they do not need to achieve great things to be “enough”, rather, they are sufficient just as they are.)

I hope that these mantras will help keep you calm in stressful situations. If none of these work for you, find your own! Having mantras on-hand might prove valuable one day. Thank you for reading!

By: Jessica Hutt

Insta: @jessica.hutt

Twitter: @jessicahutt3

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Motivation Monday!!

Hello all, and happy Motivation Monday! Today, I was feeling particularly introspective, and asked of myself  “do you think you are brave?”. Often when I imagine “bravery”, I envision the extreme, like fearless soldiers marching into battle or dauntless skydivers soaring through the clouds. It is rare, however, that the word “brave” enters my mind when I witness the mundane, like a person going about their daily life. It is for this reason that I would like to use this Motivation Monday to remind you of the ways that you embody bravery everyday.

I believe that we are all brave in our own unique ways. What is easy for one person can be a real struggle for another, and it is because of this that bravery can go unnoticed. It is impossible to predict what demons our peers face behind closed doors, and we often fail to realize that an act as small as getting out of the house may be an instance of bravery in another person’s life. Bravery is a concept that is hard to define, but I believe it is a quality that applies to each and every one of us. Today, I encourage you all to reflect on the ways that you have been brave this week. Instead of diminishing your accomplishments to “doing what you are supposed to do”, take time and commend yourself - you’re doing a great job! Being clean is brave. Having a job is brave. Going to a therapist is brave. I am so proud of all of you, and know that you are going to have an amazing week! Appreciate all you have done for yourself, and keep on being brave!

by: Jessica Hutt  

Insta: @jessica.hutt

Twitter: @jessicahutt3

National Coming Out Day!

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October 11 is National Coming Out Day! This year marks the 30th anniversary of the first National Coming Out Day, which was set on October 11 in honor of the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. Today (and everyday!) is a time to celebrate those who have come out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer!

In honor of this special day, I have decided to write two support guides. For LGBT+ readers, I have compiled a brief resource guide to coming out. However, I also wanted to include resources for straight allies like myself. Stay tuned to the end to read about how allies can aid and support the LGBT+ community!

Please keep in mind that coming out is a lifelong process, and that there is no right or wrong way to do it. The most important thing is to come at in a way and at a time that is right for you.

Accepting your Identity

Being open and honest with yourself about your identity is the first step to coming out. Accepting the fact that you may be lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer, opposes society’s heterosexual mold, and shows that you are able to forge your own path. Coming to terms with your sexual orientation or gender identity can be scary or confusing, especially if you are uneducated on such matters. It is completely normal to feel vulnerable, unsure, and afraid throughout the coming out process. However, this is what makes coming out such an empowering, liberating, and affirming experience!

Making the Choice

There are both risks and benefits to coming out. Hiding an integral part of who you are is exhausting, and coming out reduces the stress of keeping your identity a secret. Living openly allows you to enjoy a more fulfilling life and form more genuine relationships. Making the choice to come out helps to eradicate stigma that has kept LGBT+ youth in the closet before and dispel myths about LGBT+ life. It is affirming to be respected and admired for who you truly are, which improves self-esteem.

However, the reactions of friends and family are impossible to predict. Some people may not be accepting, and may turn hostile. LGBT+ youth are at-risk for being kicked out of their homes or losing financial support from their parents. Coming out may be a safety concern, as members of the LGBT+ community are more likely to face discrimination and harassment.

When weighing the pros and cons of coming out, it is essential to remember that you are in charge. You can decide who to confide in, when, and how. Although your sexual orientation and gender identity are important pieces of yourself, they do not define you. You have the power to refrain from coming out under circumstances when doing so would make you uncomfortable.

Forming a Plan

Once you have made the decision to come out, you will be tasked with preparing for the occasion. Try to predict the reactions that you will receive by considering the things you have previously heard your peers say about the LGBT+ community. Make sure that you are well-versed on LGBT+ issues and are able to answer any questions with ease. If you are faced with a negative reaction, knowing your facts will help disprove misinformation and accurately portray the LGBT+ experience.

Then, prepare what you are going to say. There is no right or wrong way to go about this. It is best to find a quiet place to talk, and make sure that you have sufficient time to have an in-depth conversation. Sometimes, light humor will help diffuse tension. The most important thing is to be honest and make it clear that you are open to questions. Offering resources on how to learn more is a great way to educate friends and family!

The Aftermath

The responses that you receive may be varied and surprising. However, once you have come out, the journey is far from over. There is still a transition to be made from “coming out” to “living openly”. This change should operate on your own terms and timeline. Coming out will get easier over time with each person you tell. It is essential to remember that being openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer, does not mean that you are defined by your sexuality. Rather, your orientation is a piece of the puzzle that makes up you!

I hope that this guide is a helpful tool! I wish all of you the best of luck on your coming out journeys, and commend you for your bravery. Coming out can be a frightening, and at times, risky, experience but it is also incredibly rewarding.

Finally, I would like to share some resources for straight allies like myself. As an ally, there are a number of ways you can support and benefit the LGBT+ community. High school students can let their LGBT+ friends know that they are not alone by starting a gay-straight group in their school. To learn more, check out the Gay-Straight Alliance Network: https://gsanetwork.org/. College students can show support by creating a safe space on campus. Campus Pride is a great resource for “building future leaders and safer, more lgbtq-friendly colleges and universities”: https://www.campuspride.org/. Allies can also make a huge impact by sharing necessary resources with struggling LGBT+ peers. The Trevor Project (https://www.thetrevorproject.org/#sm.00008thsielxnfojpqt2fqupcnj71) offers a 24-hour helpline for LGBT+ teens struggling with depression and suicidal ideation. They can be called toll-free at any time at 866-488-7386. Finally, the most important thing an ally can be is a friend. Written by The Human Rights Campaign and PFLAG National, this guide “outlines the right and wrong things to do when a person comes out to them, dispels some common myths about LGBTQ people held by the general public, and outlines some simply ways to show support.” : https://assets2.hrc.org/files/assets/resources/Supporter_Guide_April_2014.pdf?_ga=2.118644044.495952894.1539221697-1606349853.1539221697.

Thank you all so much for reading. I hope that National Coming Out Day was meaningful for you, no matter how you identify.

By: Jessica Hutt

Insta: @jessica.hutt

Twitter: @jessicahutt3

Wellness Wednesday - Intro to Wellness!

Good morning everyone, and welcome to Tangible Movement’s first ever Wellness Wednesday! Wellness is one of the topics I am most excited to write about, as it is rich both in content and in universal importance. According to the World Health Organization, the term ‘wellness’ refers to “...a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. In other words, wellness is an ongoing journey that affects all areas of an individual. Because today marks the premiere of Wellness Wednesday, I thought it would be beneficial to provide an introduction to the wellness - specifically, its eight different dimensions. Each of these categories are related and of equal importance. By gaining an understanding of each of the eight dimensions, one can achieve peak wellness.

1. EMOTIONAL WELLNESS

Emotional wellness is concerned with gaining an understanding of one’s feelings. A person with a high level of emotional wellness will be able to successfully handle change, disappointment, and hard times. Some topics within the realm of emotional wellness are self-care, setting priorities, getting quality sleep, building relationships, and coping with grief. According to the National Institutes of Health, people who are emotionally well “have fewer negative emotions and are able to bounce back from difficulties faster.” They are also “able to hold onto positive emotions longer and appreciate the good times”.

2. ENVIRONMENTAL WELLNESS

Environmental wellness considers living a life in harmony with nature. It encourages us to be respectful of our surroundings and to take actions to protect them. The best way to improve environmental wellness is simply to become more aware! Some steps to take to increase your environmental wellness are to volunteer, compost, conserve water and energy, recycle, and research! Environmental wellness is important because it leads to a more balanced lifestyle and makes real change in the world. A great way to get started on this journey is to calculate your current impact on the environment, and try to reduce it!

This site will tell you how many Earths we would need if everyone had the same lifestyle as you, and what your personal “overshoot day” (the point at which resource consumption exceeds resource regeneration) is:  http://www.footprintcalculator.org/.

3. FINANCIAL WELLNESS

Financial wellness is the ability to successfully manage expenses and avoid excessive money-related anxiety. According to the 2017 Stress in America Survey, 62% of Americans have reported that money is a significant source of stress in their lives. Having strong financial wellness helps decrease this economic stress, which improves health. Financial wellness initiatives include debt management, retirement preparedness, budgeting, and more! Financial Finesse describes financial wellness as “a state of well-being where an individual has achieved minimal financial stress, established a strong financial foundation, and created an ongoing plan to help reach future financial goals”. The goal of a financially well America is to create a generation of stable individuals who have the capacity to withstand any economic changes in the country.

4. INTELLECTUAL WELLNESS

The term “intellectual wellness” refers to being constantly challenged and stimulated mentally. Having a high level of intellectual wellness is important because it motivates and inspires an individual to develop an understanding of themself and the relationship they have to their surroundings. Ways to improve intellectual wellness include becoming academically and culturally involved, finding and partaking in hobbies, being active in one’s community, traveling, and exploring the arts! People who are very intellectually well are more likely to have stronger problem solving, critical thinking, logical, and creative skills!

5. OCCUPATIONAL WELLNESS

Occupational wellness delves into the relationship that one has with their work. Having a higher level of occupational wellness increases personal satisfaction by improving the attitude that one has towards their career. In 2013, Forbes magazine reported that “work is more often a source of frustration than fulfillment for nearly 90% of the world’s workers.” Finding a career that suits you is vital because working takes up the majority of your time during the week, so the way that you feel about it will contribute to your overall well-being. Some suggestions to begin the journey towards occupational wellness are to reflect on your skillset and what you enjoy, set realistic career goals, and use volunteering and interning as an opportunity to explore different career choices in the professional world.

6. PHYSICAL WELLNESS

Physical wellness is focused on keeping the body in top condition so that it can function as effectively as possible. Elements of physical wellness include nutrition, activity, and overall healthy lifestyle. Steps to take on the path towards physical wellness include engaging in daily exercise, practicing portion control, consuming healthy meals, and getting 7-9 hours of sleep each night. Someone who has a high level of physical wellness will have a decreased risk of illness, a nutrient-rich diet, an active lifestyle, and a nurtured body. The benefits of physical wellness include enhanced self-esteem and self-control in addition to sharpened thinking and learning abilities. It is important to note that there is a direct relationship between physical and mental health.

7. SOCIAL WELLNESS

Social wellness deals with the relationships and connections that exist in our personal lives. Having a strong sense of social wellness is essential because it improves emotional resilience, provides a strong support system, encourages boundaries and communication, and develops trust and conflict management skills. In order to increase social wellness, one can make an effort to keep in touch with close friends and family, become more active in clubs and community, and learn to balance the demands of a social life with other parts of life. A person with higher social wellness will be well-adjusted, comfortable in social situations, assertive, and able to form meaningful connections.

8. SPIRITUAL WELLNESS

The eighth and final dimension of wellness is spiritual wellness. Spiritual wellness is the journey of finding meaning in one’s life and purpose in one’s existence. This is the most complex layer, as there are many ways to achieve spiritual wellness - religion is not the only way to get in touch with the spiritual self. Because spiritual wellness can only come from within and differs greatly between individuals, there is not a singular right way to achieve it. However, to start on the journey towards spiritual wellness, one can practice meditation and acceptance, reflect on life-changing events, seek a religious faith if desired, and consider who they are and why. A person with heightened spiritual wellness will appreciate their lives, find meaning in their experiences, and strike a balance between the inner self and the outer world.


I hope that this introduction was helpful, and wish you all the best of luck in your individual wellness journeys! By enforcing small changes in lifestyle, you can make a huge impact!

 

By: Jessica Hutt

insta: @jessica.hutt

twitter: @jessicahutt3  

Tip Tuesday - 5 ways to manage stress levels!

Stress is one of the most common conditions of today. It can be triggered by anything, from a heavy workload in the office to issues in one’s personal life. Over 70% of US adults feel stressed or anxious daily, and 82% of students at UK universities suffer from these same complications each day. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to relieve stress and achieve a more productive and enjoyable lifestyle. The first Tip Tuesday will outline my top five favorite ways to soothe daily stress.

Please keep in mind that I am not an expert, and the ‘stress’ to which I am referring is short-term. If the stress or anxiety you are experiencing is serious or overwhelming, please seek help immediately. Crisis Call Center: 800-273-8255 or text ANSWER to 839863

1) EXERCISE

Exercise is one of the most common solutions to stress for one simple reason - it works! When you exercise, your body releases endorphins, which naturally improve mood. Working out also improves the length and quality of sleep, and increases confidence and body-image. Being active on a regular basis combats many of the symptoms of stress, and contributes to a healthier lifestyle. A great way to encourage yourself to exercise more is to find an activity you truly enjoy. You’ll feel much more motivated to rock climb or dance through a lively zumba class than lift at your local gym!

2)  WRITE

Oftentimes when we feel stress, we bottle up our emotions in fear of burdening others with our problems. Holding on to pent-up feelings is dangerous and unhealthy, and it is essential to find a release. Writing is an excellent way to get out your thoughts while preserving your privacy. There are a number of ways to use writing as a technique to soothe stress. A personal practice of mine is writing down a list of things I am grateful for each night. As cheesy as it may sound, doing this allows me to remember what is important and appreciate my privileges. I can place emphasis on the positivity that exists in my life and will continue to be in my life long-term rather than focusing on the fleeting stress. Alternatively, you can journal the stressors in your life. As counter-intuitive as it may seem to focus on the negative, I find it very satisfying to let my pen fly over the paper as I let everything out. This is also effective for me because oftentimes, my problems seem much smaller on paper. I am able to physically see the issues in a logical way rather than emotionally in my head.

3) SAY NO

As simple as this solution may seem, it is sometimes difficult to turn things down because of the innate desire to “people-please”. Making a conscious effort to decline invitations, requests, etc. that cause you stress will help you avoid letting more stressors into your life. It can be very hard to handle a number of endeavors at one time, so being selective about who or what you chose to say ‘yes’ to will help you avoid feeling overwhelmed. If you need to take time for yourself, do not feel bad about saying no to plans - your friends will understand (and if they don’t - drop them!). Self-care is important, and there is nothing wrong with skipping a night out for a one-person-party complete with blankets and Netflix!

4) BREATHE

When you are stressed, your body responds with an evolved survival mechanism - the“fight-or-flight” response. As stress hormones are released, the heartbeat becomes more rapid, breathing becomes quicker, and the hands and feet become colder and more sweaty. Luckily, deep breathing exercises can activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which in turn, controls the relaxation response. These exercises vary, and include abdominal breathing, paced respiration, and diaphragmatic breathing. When deep breathing, you focus on your breath. Slowing your breath slows the heart rate, which helps relieve stress with a calmer feeling.

Watch this video to enjoy three minutes of guided breathing exercises:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEfs5TJZ6Nk

5) LOL

As many times as you’ve heard it before, there is truth to the cliche “laughter is the best medicine”. In this case, letting out a laugh lowers cortisol (a stress hormone) levels. Doing so also releases endorphins, which, as previously stated, significantly improves mood. Turn on your favorite comedy, go out with your most hilarious friend, or read a comic! No matter how you chose to stimulate your sense of humor, I promise you won’t be thinking about your stress as you release a big belly laugh! 

At the end of the day, life can be overwhelming and intense. It is completely normal to experience stress at one point or another. Hopefully, the next time it comes your way, you will be able to diminish the symptoms with these tips in combination with a positive attitude. Remember to look at your problems with a big-picture lens - if it won’t affect you in the long run, it’s not worth torturing yourself over. There is nothing bad enough in the world to overshadow the great things in life, and this is something to always keep in mind.

Again, if your stress becomes chronic and uncontrollable, this post does not apply to you. Please seek professional help as soon as possible.

By: Jessica Hutt 

insta: @jessica.hutt 

twitter: @Jessicahutt3 

Motivation Monday!

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For the first ever Motivation Monday, I want to discuss failure. In our fast-paced world, we are surrounded by constant pressure to achieve perfection. Our peers fear failure more than anything, and project those anxieties onto everyone around them. However, I believe that failure is a vital part of life, and essential to success.

Failure gets a bad rap because it is associated with feelings of inadequacy, regret, and disappointment. But what about the first-hand experience we gain when we fail, or the resilience we build? Michael Jordan, who is widely acknowledged as one of the best NBA players of all time, summarized this mentality when he said:

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

Failure is life’s teacher. It is a part of the journey towards success, and encourages us to keep pushing forth and striving to achieve greater things.

When we fail, it is so easy to give up. To pour another drink, or slash another cut. To tell ourselves that we’ve already broken our promises, and might as well keep going. This, of course, is a slippery slope.

The best way to cope with failure is to acknowledge it head-on. To be honest and tell ourselves that we have made a mistake, but can overcome it by continuing on the right path. A lapse in willpower or judgement does not define us, rather, it is another step on our path to becoming the best people we can be.

This Monday, I challenge you to redefine failure in a positive light. No matter what comes your way this week, make sure to just keep pushing. Know that failure is inevitable, and that it does not devalue you. Remember that you are capable of overcoming anything, and that who you are is defined not by how often you fail, but by how you respond when you do.

I hope that everyone is enjoying the day off. We can make it through this short week!

by: Jessica Hutt  

insta: @jessica.hutt  

twitter: @jessicahutt3

Announcing New Awesome Weekly Content for the Blog!!

Hello, everyone! My name is Jessica Hutt, and I am the new content creator for  Tangible Movements blog. I am so excited to join the team and provide posts for you all!

I am a sixteen-year-old writer based in New Jersey, and have partnered with Tangible Movement to help provide aid to young adults struggling with substance abuse, depression, identity issues, and more. Tangible Movement is an incredible non-profit organization that I encourage each reader to get involved with if possible. Please make sure to keep an eye on the blog, as I will be pumping out a bunch of exciting, fun, and motivational pieces for you all in the near future!

I would now like to introduce the new format of the blog. I have created five daily themes to help keep you inspired and on-track. These are:

#MotivationMonday

#TipTuesday

#WellnessWednesday

#TherapyThursday

#FunFriday

Motivation Monday posts are designed to keep you on the grind through the toughest of Monday moods. You can expect to see a burst of positivity and encouragement on the Tangible Movement blog every Monday!

insta: @jessica.hutt

twitter: @jessicahutt3

 

A little bit about our NEW Editor in Chief, Jessica Hutt!

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Jessica Hutt  

Jessica Hutt is a sixteen-year-old writer and blogger from New Jersey. She is the assistant editor of her school’s current events magazine, and has a personal blog entitled Jess for Success. Jessica also writes for Pressing the Future, an online publication dedicated to sharing the stories of young reporters across the globe, and founded its first local chapter. In addition, Jessica has been trained as a writer by the School of the New York Times and New York University Pre College. She enjoys writing for online magazines Balter Monthly and Redefy, a for-teens, by-teens nonprofit fighting stereotypes and promoting positive perspectives.

Frustrated by the stigma surrounding mental illness and the lack of available resources for struggling youth, Jessica became involved with Tangible Movement. She is the editor in chief of Tangible Movement, and creates content for the blog. With the help of  Tangible Movement, Jessica hopes to be the generation to erase the taboo of mental illness, and to provide aid to young adults struggling with substance abuse, depression, identity issues, and more.  

Instagram: @jessica.hutt

twitter: @jessicahutt3

NYC Schools K-12th Grade Now Teach About Mental Health!

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A new law that took effect in New York state on July 1, 2018 means that schools will now teach about mental health as part of health education classes, according to NBC. Not only does the new curriculum promote greater understanding of various mental health conditions, but classes also include exercises in describing feelings, and developing increased emotional intelligence over time. NBC further reports that New York is the first U.S. state to require that mental health education be part of health class curriculum, and that the new guidelines could go a long way towards helping eradicate stigmas associated with mental illness. 🙏🏼🙌🏼👍🏼

Suicide Safety Plan

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For #suicidepreventionmonth, here is what you can do to stay safe when feeling suicidal.

All information was taken from the website: www.au.reachout.com  or @reachout_aus

If you think you or someone you care about is in danger, please contact a local emergency number or one of following suicide hotlines:

Argentina: +5402234930430

Australia: 131114

Austria: 017133374

Belgium: 106

Bosnia & Herzegovina: 080 05 03 05

Botswana: 3911270

Brazil: 212339191

Canada: 5147234000 (Montreal); 18662773553 (outside Montreal)

Croatia: 014833888

Denmark: +4570201201

Egypt: 7621602

Estonia: 3726558088; in Russian 3726555688

Finland: 010 195 202

France: 0145394000

Germany: 08001810771

Holland: 09000767

Hong Kong: +852 2382 0000

Hungary: 116123

India: 8888817666

Ireland: +4408457909090

Italy: 800860022

Japan: +810352869090

Mexico: 5255102550

New Zealand: 0800543354

Norway: +4781533300

Philippines: 028969191

Poland: 5270000

Portugal: 21 854 07 40/8 . 96 898 21 50

Russia: 0078202577577

Spain: 914590050

South Africa: 0514445691

Sweden: 46317112400

Switzerland: 143

United Kingdom: 08457909090

USA: 18002738255

Veterans' Crisis Line: 1 800 273 8255/ text 838255

Thanks @mentalhealth_support9 for posting this.

Radio Show

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Thank you to Mikalah Gordon for having our founder Torri Shack  on “The Morning Beat” radio show on 97.1 HD-2. She was there to talk about Tangible Movement as well as Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month. Its important to keep talking about matters related to Mental Illness, Suicideand Addiction. We as a collective need to bring as much consciousness as possible to these issues in order to help end the stigma and encourage individuals to seek help.

What Depression Looks Like.

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100% Accurate. Most people who suffer from any major depressive disorder or anxiety wear “a mask” in public. Never assume someone is OK because they “look Happy.” Be kind ... you never know what battlefront someone is on behind their smile. If you know someone personally who suffers from mental illness yet they seem “fine” it’s ok to ask how are they really doing behind the smile. Pic via @drums.and.comics

#suicideawarenessmonth

September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day.

September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day.


-Thank you to all of the individuals and organizations who dedicate their time to spreading awareness.

-Lets take some time today to remember the ones we have lost to suicide.

-Lets make a pledge to bring more awareness to suicide and mental illness in general.

-We can start by recognizing that people don’t “commit” suicide rather they die by suicide…. just like someone dies of a disease. 

-We need to start by changing little things like the verbiage we use to address and change the stigma surrounding death by suicide.

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Sherri Bankston’s personal story of how depression and her husbands suicide has effected her.

I am 54 years old with a family history of depression.  I began taking anti-depressants in my late 20's.  They worked and still do.  In the beginning, every couple of years I would stop taking the medication and think to myself...I can do this, I do not need the medication.  I was always back on the medication within a couple of months.  I have come to accept that depression is a mental illness and something I can’t help or tackle on my own.  My husband supported me and helped me through my ups and downs.
About 5 years ago, I noticed my husband was not the same and was showing signs of depression.  I talked to him about it, and having gone through it with me, I was surprised he was so dismissive about his own depression.  He refused to acknowledge that he too was not suffering from depression.  I believe his was brought on by his mother's Alzheimer's and Parkinson struggle and her ultimate death.  When my husband was going for a routine doctor visit, I called the doctors office and told them I thought he was depressed and asked them to speak to my husband about it.  They did and he was dismissive of them. 

Three years ago, my husband committed suicide by hanging himself.  Needless to say, the vision of him hanging in his underwear is a vision that is forever etched in my memory.  It is also a vision that wakes me up in the middle of the night, still, in a cold sweat. 

In addition to this memory, I have the  memory of telling my son that his father was dead, committed suicide and watching a 26 year old man, still my baby, drop to his knees in the parking lot sobbing.  This memory too also wakes me up some nights in a cold sweat.

I lost both of my parents during the past 5 years to illness/age, lost my husband to suicide and have seen my son experience something no 26 year old should have to experience. 

Grieving is one thing, but to grieve the loss of someone you lost because of suicide is an entirely different process.

I struggle with the anxiety of worrying if something happens to me, my son will have no parents.  To be honest this scares the shit out of me. 

Writing this email has taken me 2 days but it has been cathartic in a sense. 

If I can help one person, then it will be worth it. 

Thanks,
Sherri





"I shall pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can
do, or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now.
Let me not defer not neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again."    -  Unknown

September is Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month

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September is Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month. Do you have a personal story dealing with suicide or the loss of someone who committed suicide? If so we would like to feature your story on our blog to help bring about awareness. Please send an e-mail to info@tangiblemovement.org or fell free to post on our comment section. 

9-year-old boy commits suicide after being bullied bc he came out as gay.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

Jamel Myles died by suicide Thursday

His mother said he recently came out as gay and was bullied at school

(CNN) — A 9-year-old boy in Colorado took his life days after starting the fourth grade last week. He had recently come out as gay to his mother, who believes that bullying was a factor in his death, she told HLN's Mike Galanos on Tuesday.

"The same kids who picked on him last year were even meaner to him once he came out and said he was gay," said Leia Pierce, Jamel Myles' mother. "They hurt my baby."

Denver Police said that Jamel's death appears to be a suicide. 

 

Though suicides rates for those under 13 are far lower than for teens and adults, experts have looked closely at a rise in deaths in recent years -- and what makes suicide-related behavior different for young children.

"Impulsivity plays a big role in the suicidal behavior of young kids not thinking through actions," said John Ackerman, a clinical psychologist and suicide prevention coordinator for the Center for Suicide Prevention and Research at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Ackerman was not involved in evaluating Myles' case.

 

Ackerman said that for some young kids, it can be hard to process or put the brakes on heightened emotional responses. Whereas teens may go through a series of thoughts and stages before engaging in suicidal behavior, for young children, "an impulse towards suicide can escalate really quickly," he said.

From 1999 to 2016, 1,430 children ages 5 to 12 took their own lives in the United States, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There are 121 such deaths on record for 2016, up from 102 the year before.

These data don't account for nonfatal suicide attempts, but other research has seen a rise in that, too: The percentage of younger children and teens hospitalized for suicidal thoughts or attempts in the United States "almost doubled" between 2008 and 2015, according to a study published June in the journal Pediatrics. That study also found a seasonal pattern, with rates being lowest in the summer and highest in the spring and fall -- around the time when school is in session.

Not just a 'teenage problem'

 

"Many people, including medical professionals, think suicide is a teenage problem," Lisa Boesky, a private clinical psychologist and author who studies adolescent suicide, previously told CNN. "But suicide can happen at very young ages."

 

When looking for the warning signs for suicide in kids, "many people look for signs of depression," Boesky said. But that is more typical to teens, who tend to show mood swings and depression, she said. 

 

 A study in 2016 Found that kids under 12 who died by suicide were more likely to be diagnosed with attention-deficit disorder than older kids. The authors say this could mean younger kids with mental health issues are more susceptible to impulsively responding to problems in their lives.

"That doesn't mean that most kids with ADHD are suicidal," said Ackerman, who was not involved in that study, but it does highlight the role impulsivity might play.

Although kids tend to understand the concept of death by the fifth grade, "they don't always understand the permanence of death in the same way," he added.

'Kids are struggling'

 

Experts say that bullying and suicide are closely related but caution against drawing too direct a link.

 

According to a CDC report, both bullies and their victims may sustain "serious and lasting negative effects" on their mental health, and they are more likely to report high levels of suicide-related behavior. But bullying isn't necessarily a direct cause of suicide, the report says. Most kids affected by bullying don't engage in this behavior.

 

 

Asking for help

 

 The suicide rate in the United States has seen sharp increases in recent years. Studies have shown that the risk of suicide declines sharply when people call the national suicide hotline: 1-800-273-TALK.

There is also a crisis text line. For crisis support in Spanish, call 1-888-628-9454.

The lines are staffed by a mix of paid professionals and unpaid volunteers trained in crisis and suicide intervention. The confidential environment, the 24-hour accessibility, a caller's ability to hang up at any time and the person-centered care have helped its success, advocates say.

 

Youth and Young Adult Mental Health by the Numbers.

YOUTH/YOUNG ADULT MENTAL HEALTH BY THE NUMBERS via choc.org 

1) 1 in 5 young people have a diagnosable Mental disorder.

2) Half of people with lifetime mental illness have symptoms by age 14.

3) Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in children ages 10-24. 

-Awareness starting at a young age is imperative. -Treatment is available...it’s often the stigma that stands in the way of parents of youth and young adults seeking treatment.

Tangible Movements goal is to bring awareness, offer solutions, resources, support, coping mechanisms and end the stigma of mental illness.

Book us to speak at your school via the contact us tab on our website. 

 

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