Getting Through Difficult Seasons

Life has its ups and its downs. Unfortunately, there will be seasons where we face harder times. These seasons can last for a few days, months, and sometimes it may seem like years. BUT these seasons do not last forever. And in the midst of difficult seasons we can choose to be thankful for the little, amazing, moments. These little moments happen every day, we just have to look closely. Having a cup of coffee/tea, when someone shows/tells you they love you, when someone does something kind for you or you do something kind for others, etc. These little moments are what we need to focus on in the midst of all seasons, even the difficult ones.

The month of December was a rough one for me. I had college finals week, which I thankfully made it through successfully. I had ear surgery which left me immobile for a week. I was drugged up and slept A LOT. I finally was able to go back to work and then I got sick! I fought this cold for 2 weeks and could not even get out of bed on Christmas. It was rough. The month of December was most definitely a difficult season. I just wanted to feel normal and like myself again.

Granted, what I faced was minor but it was still frustrating and made my life more difficult than it normally is. But, guess what? I made it through! I managed to complete my semester with a 3.8 GPA, had a successful recovery from surgery, and got through a terrible cold. I am finally back to normal and it is fantastic. It was hard for me to stay positive during these struggles, but I tried my best. I reminded myself that I would get better and back to normal. I was patient as my body healed.

If you’re facing a difficult season, or even when you face it in the future, I want you to stay encouraged. You can and will make it through. Focus on what you are thankful for and remind yourself every day that you will make it to the light at the end of the tunnel. You got this, you are stronger than you think.

xoxo, Kelly. (@smilexokelly on all social media)

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Introducing Klaartje

Hello everbody,

Let me first thank you for reading this, Thanks!

I will introduce myself: my name is Klaartje, I am currently 23 years old and I am from the Netherlands. It is a small country next to Germany and the North sea ;). I am studying to become a physiotherapist. Here at breaking silence I will be focussing on mental health so if you have any questions, just sent a message here or on twitter or on facebook.  I really love to help people and to encourage people to be there best self.

I guess that is it!

Much love,

Klaartje

Coloring

One way I have coped with stress, emotions, or life in general is by coloring. I have put together some Breaking Silence coloring pages. I do not own these drawings, I simply put them together 🙂 I hope you enjoy these! xoxo, Kelly

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Fight your brain

“It’s hard. Everything seems like too much. I can’t do this anymore.”

Living with depression, or any mental illness, is probably the most difficult thing anyone can face. We fight our own minds and bodies every moment of every day. It is exhausting, it drains us. Sometimes we just don’t want to fight it, we want to sleep, or just forget it all for a bit.

If you’re struggling I want you to know that you are strong. You fight battles every day that people don’t even know about. You are a warrior, you deserve recognition for that. I am so proud of you. Keep fighting, okay?

Xoxo,

Kelly

Introducing Emily

About me: My name is Emily and I’m 19 years old. I will be writing a lot of the posts on here ! I love encouraging others in anyway that I can . I have been traveling in the last few months to learn more about ministry and orphan care but now I’m home learning about self -care and getting prepared for whatever is next . Some of my favorite things are reading, writing , and working out.

Depression:

Depression is something I have struggled on and off with through the years. I struggled a lot emotionally most of my life but I didn’t really understand why or how serious it was . Recently I was diagnosed with Clinical Depression. Because of that and what I have been through, God has given me a big passion for reaching out to those who struggle as well. I love encouraging and praying with and just being there for all who have a hard time in life and with their emotions . I’m currently learning more and more about depression and how to take care of myself. I’m so excited to share with you all what God lays on my heart. If you would like to keep up with my journey , you can find me on Instagram : @findyourcrown (twitter as well) or @emilybrier_.

Much love ,

Emily

Introducing Kelly

Thank you for taking this time to read about me! My name is Kelly Alonzo. I am the founder and CEO of Breaking Silence. I was inspired to begin this because I noticed many are struggling to find resources they need to receive information and help with maintaining mental, physical, and spiritual health.

About me

I am currently 22 years old. I am married to Nick (he is also a member of our team), we have been married for a year. I enjoy writing and listening to people’s stories. I am an encourager, a teacher, and soon to be/one day a counselor. My favorite color is green. I absolutely LOVE pizza. I am a weightlifter. And I am a health advocate.

My depression/bipolar disorder

I was recently diagnosed with bipolar 2 disorder. For the longest time I was thought to have depression accompanied with anxiety and a panic disorder. After much work with my psychiatrist, and having a hypomanic episode we discovered the truth. I am currently in the process of learning to manage bipolar 2 disorder and so far I have been doing well.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read about me. If you have any questions do not hesitate to reach out to me. I have the same username for all my social media: smilexokelly. I would love to get to know each one of you. Shine your light in this world.

Xoxo, Kelly

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