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Overcoming Self Doubt & Low Self Esteem – A Few Tips

Postnatal depression, anxiety and many other mental illnesses can cause our confidence to dip, or disappear all together. Even if you haven’t experienced a mental illness, sometimes the changes (physically and mentally) that occur when we have a baby can make us feel self conscious. We can also, sometimes, feel invisible once baby arrives. Many… Continue reading Overcoming Self Doubt & Low Self Esteem – A Few Tips

Anxiety & Panic, Everyday Parenting, Postnatal Depression

PND & Christmas – Tips For The Festive Period

Christmas is probably one of the most stressful times of year for parents. Whether you struggle with depression and anxiety or not it can become overwhelming. Here’s some tips for parents struggling with their mental health, which can help make things a little easier. Plan I’m a lover of lists, I have them for everything… Continue reading PND & Christmas – Tips For The Festive Period

Anxiety & Panic, Everyday Parenting, Postnatal Depression, Raising Awareness, Uncategorized

How Food Can Impact Our Mental Health

We all know that what we eats affects our bodies and is important for our health. But it is the impact it has on our mental health which can sometimes be forgotten. I love food. My family and friends love food, and I've grown up with it being an important and enjoyable aspect of get… Continue reading How Food Can Impact Our Mental Health

Anxiety & Panic, Postnatal Depression, Raising Awareness, Uncategorized

What I’ve learnt from my Mental Health relapses…

I've been well now for nearly 3 years. Recovery is individual to everyone but one thing we all know is it isn't an easy, straight road. Here I share what I've learnt from my own difficult moments and relapses. I've had two main 'relapses' when it came to my postnatal mental health. The first was… Continue reading What I’ve learnt from my Mental Health relapses…

Anxiety & Panic, Inspiring Mums Monday & Guest Posts, Postnatal Depression, Raising Awareness, Uncategorized

“I Developed Depression After Supporting My Wife Through PND” Guest Blog

This is a guest blog written by my husband, John, in aid of Mental Health Awareness Week. After supporting me through my maternal mental illness he went on to develop depression, here for the first time publicly he shares his experience .... Supporting a partner that is suffering from a mental illness is hard, I'm… Continue reading “I Developed Depression After Supporting My Wife Through PND” Guest Blog

Anxiety & Panic, Postnatal Depression, Raising Awareness, Uncategorized

Thriving or Surviving?

5 years ago I was hanging on, living each day one dreaded day at a time. Everything felt too much, I was overwhelmed by responsibility, feeling completely empty of any positive emotion and anxious each second of the day. I was surviving, just. During 2011 I was a newlywed, pregnant with our first child, we… Continue reading Thriving or Surviving?

Inspiring Mums Monday & Guest Posts, Postnatal Depression, Raising Awareness, Uncategorized

Guest Blog – Opening Up About Depression

In aid of Mental Health Awareness Week, I have a blog post written by a special friend. Here she shares how speaking to her friends helped her with her depression and made her feel more supported. Thank you so much for sharing xxx It's hard to sum up a lifetime of depression in one blog,… Continue reading Guest Blog – Opening Up About Depression

Anxiety & Panic, Everyday Parenting, Inspiring Mums Monday & Guest Posts, Postnatal Depression, Raising Awareness, Uncategorized

Maternal Mental Health Matters May 2017

Monday 1st May marks the start of the first ever Maternal Mental Health Week run by the Perinatal Mental Health Partnership Over the coming week we will be sharing details about the various services available in Essex and how you can access them, some guest blog posts and information regarding maternal mental health. Please feel… Continue reading Maternal Mental Health Matters May 2017

Anxiety & Panic, Postnatal Depression, Raising Awareness, Uncategorized

Flick of a switch

Experiencing a perinatal mental illness affects everyone in different ways, for some it's like a flick of a switch and for others it's a gradual decline of their mental health. There are times in our lives where we have the version of ourselves before an event and a version after. For me there have been… Continue reading Flick of a switch

Everyday Parenting, Uncategorized

Believing in yourself

Believing in yourself... When I had postnatal depression and my anxiety had me in its grip I lost every bit of self love, confidence and ultimately the belief I had the ability to make good decisions. I was always looking for someone to validate what I was doing, usually my mum. I felt I needed… Continue reading Believing in yourself