@ashleypurvis16 Takes Over Insta Stories

Ashley Purvis took over our Insta stories for #freeyourmindfriday to talk all things mental health! Check out her bio below, and head over to Instagram to see what she had to say!

Hey, y’all! My name is Ashley Purvis. I am married to my best friend, and I work full-time as an accountant. I just wanted to share a little of my story with you guys in hopes that it will encourage at least one person.

I’ve always struggled with the way I looked (inside and out). I’m not exactly sure when it started but I always remember hating at least one thing about myself. This lack of self-admiration took many different forms in my life. Eating disorders, panic attacks, anxiety and so on. I have starved myself to fit into a dress, worried about what people thought about me to the point of a panic attack, and thought about giving up on it all. I like to blame trauma for it all which is mostly the case but blaming something doesn’t fix the issues I have. I still battle with inward struggles daily but I’m not giving up. If I have to cry, scream or dance to keep going then so be it. Every day is a fight to claim my life back and become a person who loves myself. I’m still spinning around trying to figure it all out and sharing my story is still so raw for me but if it helps one person then that is what matters. You’re not alone, I promise. #endthestigma #1in5