Anxiety, Depression, Antidepressants and Hope.

For over 20 years anxiety and depression have been a part of my life but now armed with a well being toolkit I am reducing my medication. Let's get talking about mental wellbeing.

Mirror Mirror

2014 Stand in front of a mirror, look yourself in the eyes and say 'I love you.' As I stood in front of the mirror I couldn't help but wonder who the hell was that there staring back at me? My hair hung limply around my shoulders and the dark circles under my eyes were darker than ever. My skin was clammy and pale and spots had broken out on my chin. My shoulders were hunched forward as if I wished myself so small I was invisible. Ok, now to say I love you. As soon as I thought these words, my face crumpled and tears began to flow down my cheeks. I felt my knees buckle as I slid down the wall to the floor. I lay there crying for many long minutes feeling every ounce of pain within me. At th

Figuring it out & gaining control- or not!

The anxiety I used to struggle with was intense and crippling. Everyday I am truly grateful that this is no longer the case for me. However one habit that seems to linger is the desire or need to 'figure things out.' What do I mean by 'figuring things out?' Firstly I mean pre-empting things, planning and being prepared for all eventualities, e.g. umbrella in case it rains, plasters for blisters or some coins in case I have to pay for parking, that kind of thing. Now to me this is harmless preparation which doesn't involve other people and is not a bad trait to have. Things get more complicated when it involves pre-empting or figuring out people. I can remember from a very young age witnessi

What are you good at? Erm....?

Hello to all who are housebound. You would think that having had tons of time on my hands I would have written blogs a plenty but alas procrastination is one of my many flaws. During this time of isolation I have been determined to look after my mental and physical health. I leap around to Youtube videos in the morning, walk the dogs in the afternoon and get crafty in the early evening. As you will know from previous blogs, I am a fan of noting what has made me happy and grateful throughout the day. This helps me to focus on the positives and blessings that are already present in my life. In more resent times I have added a column in my diary to write what I like about my body. Like many peo

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