"Before & after my workout every time," reflects Chanel Coco Brown. "Honestly, the gym became my escape, my safe place to shut out the world and focus solely on me."

"I remember I always used to say the saying “positivity is a choice”, and I still to this day see this quote being posted with pretty flowers around it. But the truth is, it isn’t always a choice and forcing yourself to “be positive”, is telling yourself that you “shouldn’t” feel bad and it’s not okay.⁣"⁣
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"If positivity was a choice, I’m sure most of us would feel that way 100% of the time, but alas, life happens, storms come and we find that quote does absolutely nothing for us.⁣"⁣
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"It’s World Mental Health Day(October 10th), and this year I want to highlight allowing yourself to feel, to stop shutting down your emotions and actually start acknowledging them. We no longer have to hide our emotions or keep them bottled up just so they can explode once they reach breaking point.⁣"⁣
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"The truth is, we all have moments when we are feeling blue and I find asking myself “How do you feel?”, “What caused you to feel this way” really helpful in actually identifying why I’m down, that way I’ve acknowledged the emotion and I’ll know how better to cope, even if that means sitting in my room listening to a sad playlist, I’m sure we’ve all been there lol." ⁣⁣
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"Feeling low at times is a part of life, and only with acceptance can we let go and move on. It’s also good to remember that without us going through these low emotions, we wouldn’t appreciate the high emotions."