You’ve been struggling with your mental health, it’s been hard, you finally gather the strength to take the incredibly brave step to ask for help only to be told it’s at least a 6 month wait for therapy. What a knock back this is. I find it unbelievably frustrating as a peer support worker, and… Continue reading 5 Things To Do While Waiting For Therapy
Our environment can have an impact on how we feel. Think about the weather, when it’s sunny out, our mood can instantly lift. Clinical depression and other mood disorders need professional treatment, so just changing a few things around us won’t cure this. But while we are recovering, and to keep us feeling good day… Continue reading 8 Tips For Creating A Relaxing & Positive Environment
Everybody goes through stressful times, it's just part of life. But when you struggle with anxiety, stress can make the symptoms feel worse. Recently I've had quite a lot going on personally. We've had a run of unfortunate events, our miscarriage earlier in the year, I've struggled with my physical health, which thankfully has begun… Continue reading 8 Tips on Dealing with anxiety during a stressful time
My first taste of motherhood wasn't what I hoped. My daughter is nearly 5 and it's taken me the best part of 4 of those years to make peace with the desperate sense of loss I felt at not enjoying the first precious years with my baby. In previous posts I've explained how postnatal depression… Continue reading Moving on after Postnatal Depression..
Although I am recovered, I think I will always have some degree of anxiety left behind. It's normal for everyone to have anxiety, it's dates back to our caveman days when we sensed danger, our body pumped extra adrenaline giving us our fight or flight response. Obviously we don't really need this anymore, but when… Continue reading Anxiety After Recovery ..
Looking back over my past blog posts I was surprised to see I hadn't written about this, especially as it was probably the most life altering part of my illness. Agoraphobia is described by the NHS website as 'a fear of being in situations where escape might be difficult or that help wouldn't be available if… Continue reading Agoraphobia: My experience & Recovery
Ok this is a difficult post to write without causing the usual debate which 99% of the time turns into breast vs bottle war. I don't want or intend this to become a one side is better than the other argument. Also before I continue - I've done both breast and bottle, this blog post… Continue reading When Breast Isn’t Best For Mother
I recently did an interview about my experiences with postnatal depression, and I've spent a lot of time reflecting and reliving my journey. I was surprised it had stirred up some emotions, but it's also helped me heal and make peace with myself. I have been reading and watching things online which I have found… Continue reading Making Peace & Letting Go
When I was pregnant with my first baby I was so optimistic about the future. I was newly married, we had just moved to a new home and I was finally fulfilling my dream of becoming a parent - I couldn't wait for the next stage of my life. Soon after she was born though… Continue reading Mourning My Old Self & Learning To Love The New
The aim of my blog, and social media outlets was to take a more positive approach to postnatal depression. You may think it's a strange thing to do, a positive outlook on the most negative impact of my life. But I couldn't help noticing that so much of what I read online about depression and… Continue reading Shining Light Into The Depression Fog