Wearing a piece of EWE project jewellery is a gentle way of reminding ourselves of an important message or affirmation that resonates with us -
Maybe words of wisdom that we need to remind ourselves about.
In case of an anxiety attack, we want you to just focus on your jewellery to remind yourself to "breathe", or if you are feeling overwhelmed by a situation, you may find "this too shall pass" will remind you that no situation is for ever....
You will find that referring to the mantra that is special to you will inspire you during a challenging time or situation.
We spent a lot of time talking to people who experience anxiety and emotional health issues and discovered the following to be considered the most inspirational and encouraging.
1. This Too Shall Pass....
This is a persian adage from around 1200AD. It means that all material conditions, whether good or bad, are transient. The proverb can make the happy person sad and the sad person happy because of the realisation that both the 'best and worst of times' will soon pass. Remember "your current situation, is not your permanent destination"!
At EWE, we love this mantra and it is a prudent reminder for us all that, regardless of what challenges life has dealt us, it will soon pass. It speaks to us that "Change is the one constant in the universe" and we must embrace it.
Chrissie wrote a little more on this infamous quote and you can read about it here.
2. My Story Isn't Over Yet...
This shows where you, as the author where you could have chosen to end your sentence, but you didn't. You wanted to end, however you carried on...You have so many more chapters in your journey.....
3. Free To Be Me...
Having the right to be "You" and express yourself freely. Freedom lets us speak how we wish and explain ourselves to be how we want to be heard. You can protest for what you believe is right even if it's wrong and be able to express it. Freedom means nobody rules your life and you can choose your own future. This mantra is a reminder that nobody's perfect, including your favourite singer, artist, actor, model etc. Accept them as an inspiration and celebrate the person that you are!
4. One Step At A Time
This means take the obstacle, challenge or life in general slowly and focus on what's right in front of you. Don't look to the future, rather exist in the present.
You can only control the next step! Major life changes and challenges can fluster most people, so just take everything one step at a time.
5. And Breathe...
Anxiety can cause you to feel like you are dying. Rapid heartbeat, shaking, confusion, shortness of breath, feelings of impending doom, and a sense of dissociation are just a few of the horrifying symptoms of intense anxiety.
Use Your EWE jewellery as a focus object. ..“Breathe in deeply through your nose and imagine your whole body filling up with air like a balloon. Next, make your mouth small like you are exhaling through a straw. Slowly exhale through your mouth until you feel like all the air has completely emptied from your body. Repeat this about 10 times and notice any changes in your heart rate or body tension. Once you are comfortable with this kind of breathing, use it during an anxiety attack to slow your heart rate and help gain control”
6. It's OK Not To Be OK...
Sometimes it feels like society says you should be always happy, and that showing your sadness is a sign of weakness. This is so far from the truth – if you were to hold in all your sadness or anger you would explode....We all have good and bad days. No one can be perfectly happy all of the time, that is not human. One day you feel on top of the world, the next you are down. This is part of life and we must embrace that we will not feel the same on any given day.....
7. Carpe Diem (Seize The Day)
Carpe diem, (Latin: “pluck the day” or “seize the day”) phrase used by the Roman poet Horace to express the idea that one should enjoy life while one can. ... The phrase carpe diem has come to stand for Horace's entire injunction, and it is more widely known as “seize the day.”
8. La Vida Es Bella
"La vida es bella" which means life Is beautiful in spanish, and as we are based on the beautiful island of Tenerife in Spain, this is a very poignant message.
9. Laugh Every Day, Love Beyond Words, Live Every Moment
In each moment we should make an attempt to make the best out of it, whether it be a situation that is already positive, or whether it be a situation that we need to help spin in a positive light. Live every moment, and remember that eventually the future will be the present.
Take time out to laugh each day, laughter is not only food for the soul, but it also helps to heal the soul in parts it may be broken.
And Love - Love with everything inside of you. Love because love is the centre of life. Our souls are filled with love, so be sure to thoroughly love whatever may be in our hearts. Love the people around you. Love your friends. Love your enemies. Love the memories you are able to make. Most of all make sure you will love the legacy you leave behind on earth.
10. Dream Catcher
Dream catchers were first made and used by the Native American Ojibwe tribe.
They are decorated with different charms and feathers and are traditionally hung above beds to protect people from bad dreams. According to legend, nightmares are captured in the webbed design of the totem. Therefore, allowing only good dreams to pass through.
Because of the interesting story behind it, the symbol has been incorporated everywhere.
11. Emotional Minds Matter
Positive emotional wellbeing, or what is sometimes referred to as good mental health, can be defined as: “A state of wellbeing in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.”
Emotional health does not sit separately to general health and wellbeing and must be seen in the context of wider needs. It is recognised widely that young people face many challenges growing up and so some restraint should be exercised in labelling young people with ‘mental illness’ diagnoses or medicalising the normal growing up process.
12. NEVER GIVE UP
Remember the beginning is always the hardest. Life can be challenging for all of us at times... but the important thing is to stay focused on the things that really matter: staying healthy, hopeful, and most importantly happy.
Never give up on your dreams and goals. Never give up on yourself. Keep your faith. Take action. Persevere. Believe in miracles. Because as long as you are alive, anything is possible.