So Christmas has come and gone for another year. It always amazes me how huge the build up is, and how short the day itself is. As much as I love spending time with my family and friends and having the time off to enjoy relaxing, it's always a time of heightened anxiety for me. Why? Because of my social anxiety.
Sundays are meant to be a rest day. A day of relaxing before getting back into the work week. But lately I have been finding Sundays very difficult because I have had a negative mindset of counting down the hours until I go back to work. It takes a toll on my whole weekend enjoyment… Continue reading My Sunday Habits For A Productive Week
I have been asked many times why I do this. Why do I write about mental health? I sat down and thought about it this week, and here is my answer. Because its what I know. Everyone is familiar to a certain extent with feeling down or anxious. I have experienced these feelings to the… Continue reading Why I Write About Mental Health
I started this blog almost a year ago as a tool to help me express my thoughts about my mental illness and to help others struggling with the same thing. A year ago, I was in a very different place in my life. I was going through a very dark place in my life, a… Continue reading Five Life Lessons My Mental Illness Has Taught Me
This week my blog post is a little different. I talked to Fiona Forman, a teacher and the initiator of 'Weaving Well-Being', a new mental health support programme for children between 8 and 12. She agreed to do a short interview with me about the benefits of this initiative for children and her experiences of… Continue reading Weaving Well-Being: An Interview
Today I lay on a beach in a bikini, I ate ice-cream and walked around through crowds of people at a food festival by the sea. It was a beautiful summer’s day. Sunny and warm and lit up by the throngs of holiday-makers and weekend day-trippers milling around enjoying the sunshine and the atmosphere of… Continue reading The Battle
If you suffer from anxiety, depression or phobias or if you have alcohol problems you may know what I’m talking about when I say panic attacks are the WORST. Anyone can experience a panic attack but particularly if you are feeling vulnerable due to tiredness or stress. I have experienced panic attacks many times in… Continue reading 10 Steps to Controlling Panic Attacks
I’m in recovery from an anxiety disorder, depression and an eating disorder. And it’s been going well. Very well actually. Up until last week I would have said that I am ‘recovered’. But life isn’t that simple.
Depression is not so much a feeling as a temporary state of being. It’s not to be romanticized in black and white pictures. It’s real.