Anxiety & Panic, Our Support Groups, Postnatal Depression, Raising Awareness, Uncategorized

End Silence & Stigma – Baby Loss & Perinatal Mental Health Course

Baby Loss & Perinatal Mental Health Awareness course for health care professionals, and those who support families. November 3rd & 4th, Canvey Island, Essex. Ourselves here at Lotus Petal Family Support have teamed up with 'From My Womb To My Heart' to create a two day course focusing on Baby Loss & Perinatal Mental Health.… Continue reading End Silence & Stigma – Baby Loss & Perinatal Mental Health Course

Anxiety & Panic, Everyday Parenting, Postnatal Depression, Uncategorized

Why starting school is a big deal for Parents who had PND

When your child starts school it is a big deal, no matter how you easy/difficult you found their first few years. Here's why my eldest starting school last year was a huge deal for me as a mum who had a maternal mental illness. **Trigger Warning - Some talk of suicide and intrusive thoughts** Most… Continue reading Why starting school is a big deal for Parents who had PND

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

6 Tips for improving our diet for our mental health

Making positive changes to our lifestyle can be difficult. We get into bad habits and changing these takes time. Here's some tips which helped me change my diet to improve not only my physical health but also my mental health. Phase I love my treats and cutting things out completely and quickly just doesn't work… Continue reading 6 Tips for improving our diet for our mental health

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

11 Tips for surviving the Summer Break when you’re a parent with depression

The school holidays always seem to bring a sense of dread among many parents I speak to. Many feel it's a time where they feel exhausted, inadequate and stressed. I don't hate the school holidays. I use to, but I'm finding them easier as time goes on. I do miss the routine of school etc… Continue reading 11 Tips for surviving the Summer Break when you’re a parent with depression

Anxiety & Panic, Everyday Parenting, Postnatal Depression, Uncategorized

6 Tips For Making Chores Easier When You’re A Parent With Depression

Your environment can affect your mental wellbeing. Not everyone will like the same thing, but it's important to try and have an environment that makes you feel comfortable. Here I share how a tidy home helps my mental wellbeing and how I motivate myself even when I don't want to do the housework....which is always!… Continue reading 6 Tips For Making Chores Easier When You’re A Parent With Depression

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

The Tears Behind The Smiles

It really is so important not to judge others by their social media updates or compare ourselves to others, there's always a story behind the picture. I am always posting about social media and not to compare ourselves. I think with the summer term ending and the holidays coming up it's important to remind ourselves… Continue reading The Tears Behind The Smiles

Anxiety & Panic, Everyday Parenting, Postnatal Depression, Uncategorized

The Lonely Side Of Parenting

When you think of people who may be lonely, parents aren't probably the first who come to mind, but many are struggling with loneliness and isolation. I always imagined when I had children I would be out at baby groups, meeting new mummy friends at cafes and living a sociable, fun life. My reality couldn't… Continue reading The Lonely Side Of Parenting

Anxiety & Panic, Postnatal Depression, Raising Awareness, Uncategorized

The Embarrassing Symptoms of Anxiety…

Many people are aware of the symptoms of anxiety, but some can cause more embarrassment and worry, trapping sufferers in a cycle of fear. Mental illness affects people in a variety of ways, and many symptoms can manifest physically. These include:- - Shortness of breath - Feeling nauseous - Increased heartrate - Palpitations - Shaking… Continue reading The Embarrassing Symptoms of Anxiety…

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, Uncategorized

Inspiring Mums Monday

I have a new feature that I launched on my Facebook page this week. 'Inspiring Mums Monday' The aim is for mums to share their stories, quotes or messages to help other mums during their recovery. I want to show others that they aren't alone while going through a perinatal mental illness, that their voices… Continue reading Inspiring Mums Monday