We All Operate Better With A Relaxed Mind – How To Achieve That Peace

Disclosure – This is collaboration post Your brain is the most important part of your body. Everything you do in life starts with your thinking box upstairs – without it functioning to a good level, you’d be all over the place in all aspects. Because of its importance to everything in life, you need to make sure you don’t damage it in any way. Physically and emotionally, this amazing thing that holds all of your data should be kept safe and happy. It’s hard to do, though, right? Life isn’t a walk in the park all the time. We have …

Mental Health Awareness Week – How You Can Help

For many years society has belittled mental illness, making those who suffer from illnesses including depression and anxiety to feel that they are weak, not worthy and alone. According to a reports 1 in 4 people in the UK experience some sort of mental health issue each year. With the number of people who self harm or have suicidal thoughts has increased rapidly. This statistic shocked me. As someone who suffers with mental health issues I didn’t realise that so many people were affected by mental illness. Maybe I was being naive or ignorant, or maybe it’s because there is …

When Chronic Illness & Mental Illness Gang Up On You

If you’ve been around these parts for a while you’ll know that I suffer from both chronic illness and mental illness. Although you wouldn’t be wrong to think that my mental illnesses of depression and anxiety are part in parcel with the chronic illness, you’d be both right and wrong. Although I’ve been plagued with depression most of my adult life, being diagnosed with chronic illnesses has made living with depression a little more difficult. It’s hard not to let the symptoms of my illnesses gang up on me and make me feel worthless and a terrible mother. A while …

My Return To Social Prescribing

Last year I’d written about my experiences with Social Prescribing a service that was offered to me by my GP after speaking to them about my issues with anxiety flaring up. I had a few sessions which I had written about (you can read it here). Sadly I began to feel that they weren’t helping and I ended up cancelling several appointment. I explained to the counsellor Selena how I was feeling, she was very understanding. After Christmas I received a message inviting me back for another session. At first I was apprehensive about it but ultimately I decided that …

I Am Enough! – A Daily Affirmation

I am my own worst critic, questioning each and every decision I make. My mind tells me that I’m not good enough to be a parent, to follow my dreams of writing, plus much much more. The constant negativity that comes from my brain is quit frankly debilitating. I’m not trying anything new, I’m not writing and I’m not finding joy in anything that I do. Scrolling through Pinterest I looked for quotes in the hopes that I can find some inspiration or motivation to help me get out of this mindset. When I found an image with a list …

When Fear, Anxiety & Dread Take Over!

Here I am sitting on our sofa with what is probably 5 day old hair and clothes whose cleanliness is somewhat questionable. in a state of what I can only describe as anxiousness fuelled with dread and fear. It is the hardest thing to explain to someone what it feels like when these feelings take over every aspect of your life. Making you think the worst in people, situations and in yourself. After starting my Social Prescribing Sessions I felt I was going better I was learning to deal with my anxieties. I was getting out and doing things, not …

My First Social Prescribing Session

I mentioned in my "Lets Talk – Anxiety" post how I had been dealing with a particularly bad bout of anxiety which forced me to seek help from my GP which was a great experience so much so I wrote about it, which you can read here.  At the appointment I was offered a referral to see a counsellor to talk about my problems with mental health focusing mostly on my anxiety.  I didn't expect to get an appointment this quickly but on Monday 31st July I got a message to say there had been a cancellation and asked whether I …

Depression Fucking Sucks 

I wrote this on my personal Facebook page. I wanted friends and family to know what’s going on with me or others who suffer depression. I feel that I need to share it to a wider audience that depression fucking sucks. Some folks might not want to hear or read about mental health but it is a fact that it exists and is sucks. We need to speak more openly about it without fear of being judge or told to cheer up or buck up. If it were that easy there wouldn’t be so many people suffering mental health issues. …

Let’s Talk – Anxiety 

I want to start by saying  that writing this has been the hardest post I’ve ever attempted. Not because I’m ashamed but because I’ve never admitted to myself about having anxiety before let alone spoken about it.  Up until recently I preferred to think that the constant being on edge, fearing the worst and knots in my stomach were normal and that everyone felt them. Something clicked a few weeks ago when I was watching a story on Instagram by Elena Davies she was explaining her own feelings of anxiety mentioning that on that particular night she hugged her daughter longer than …