• Mental Health

    Mental Health – Taking control and finding your own therapist – Private VS NHS

    First things first, this is through my experience that I can write this post. It’s subjective and therefore is just my opinion. My experience Now, a quick look at what happened to me. when I decided I wanted to look into therapy I went to the Doctors and got put on a super long waiting list (around 18 months I was told). There is such a huge number of people that go down this route. But, I wasn’t comfortable waiting this long and needed help asap so I did some research. I also find that a lot of the time doctors will just pump you full of pills to fix…

  • Mental Health,  Personal Life

    Solitude – What if?

    This morning, I popped on YouTube to watch something whilst I was working through my work on the laptop. I happened to come across a documentary done on Solitary Confinement. 5 People were placed in complete solitary confinement for 5 days. Here’s the link if you would like to watch – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lH6SUTMQ__g&index=2&list=WL&t=0s It was baffling and very interesting. Everyone struggled, it makes you strip back everything that you’re and what is important to you. For some, this was good and others not so much. I have always had a huge interest in psychology, experimentation (the voluntary kind, not animals) and many things along the line of mental health. As you know…

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    Dressing for mental well being

    I never understood how people can follow the latest fashions so easily. How can they go from wearing athletic clothing to XXXXL handbags to 80’s styles in a short time? I basically have the same 10 dresses, leggings and shoes that I wear all year round and most likely change according to the season and what I feel like wearing. Some of my dresses I’ve had for 6 years! Many studies have been done on the correlation between mental health and the clothes you wear. Particularly in Women and young girls. One of which is here. It’s a good read and I do agree 100% that what you wear influences your mental health…

  • Mental Health,  Personal Life

    What makes you feel good?

    Often tied in with looking good and doing good in life, which in turn encourages happiness. Feeling good is the start of the butterfly effect. It shapes our life and everything in it. So, I want to know. What makes you feel good? Part of that butterfly effect is positivity. It has a huge impact on helping us to feel good. I recently wrote about positivity being the route of our tree. The start of everything. You can read it here. For some, feeling good comes easier than with others. I’ve really struggled in the past due to my mental health but over the years I’ve really learnt to help myself and…

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    Anxiety Self-help – Advice and Tips

    Through my experience with an anxiety disorder, I have been able to distinguish what helps and how you can help yourself. I have always had Generalised Anxiety Disorder but was only diagnosed in my early twenties. Since then I have been back and forth to doctors, been on meds and attended plenty of therapy sessions. If you would like to know more information about my story then head over to here. So, whether you have Anxiety or would just like to learn ways of dealing with your stress better, keep reading. This self-help guide is only my personal experience so what helps me, may not help you, however, a lot…

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    Positivity – The root of your tree

    Hello, so I began this blog by searching for a definition of the term positivity or positive. I thought it would come up with something pretty good to put at the start and work from but all I got was a lot of jargon about this or that. Positive emotions, feelings good, actions with good effects. Blah, blah, blah. So then I started worming my way around and doing some research but came to the conclusion that there is no easy way to explain positive. It’s an emotion, it’s in our thoughts, feelings and it’s in what we do. It also means something completely different to each beautiful individual in the…

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    Taking a breather for a healthier mind – Get a little lost

    Hello, as part of mental health and having a healthier mind I think it’s underappreciated how much walking and taking time for yourself can really help. After a bit of a spat with my husband this morning I went for a wander. I had no idea where I was going I just walked. After about 20 mins I went down a little road and at the end was a small shrubbery surrounded by trees with a bench, slap bang in the middle and it was exactly what I needed. I sat there for about 40 mins just listening to the birds, the wind on the trees, smiling at the occasional dog…

  • Mental Health,  Personal Life

    Insomnia – Bad dreams and husband sleep talking

    Hello, it’s currently 4:30 am and I’ve been up since 3 am. It started with a bad dream. I think generally related to my anxiety issues and Christmas coming up. I’m tempted to do a blog post about dealing with anxiety this time of year if it’s of interest to you. Anyway, I dreamt my husband made me a slice of bread (yep bread not toast) small, thin and round with something on it and gave it to me. When I was halfway through eating it I realized it tasted funny. Looked down and it was moldy. The next thing I know inside my mouth is moldy like it’s growing…

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    Christmas and anxiety – How do I cope?

    Hello, before we start, I would like you all to read this mother’s post about anxiety in her shoes. It’s very insightful http://bloggermummylauren.co.uk/2016/12/anxiety-diaries-christmas.html Maybe it’s a post you can conspicuously share on your social media for your family to ready without having to say a word. Just a thought. Anxiety. “Physical symptoms include blushing, excessive sweating and shortness of breath, but the most incapacitating effects are caused by sufferers’ fixation on their perceived social inadequacies. Potentially stressful events consume thoughts for months beforehand, and the often imagined disaster is analysed at great length afterwards.” The triggers which cause social anxiety are so varied that it is difficult to describe a “typical” sufferer, either…

  • Mental Health

    Have anxiety, depression? Go to therapy

    This is a blog post I’ve been wanting to do for a while. I’ve always suffered from anxiety which got a lot worse over recent years, shakes, nausea, not going out etc. The worst for me was when I threw up on my wedding day. After that, I started CBT therapy and haven’t looked back since.Therapy allows me to train my brain to react differently to situations and to take a step back in life. It allows me to keep calm and when I do get anxious I deal with it so much better. I’ve been in therapy for about a year now and haven’t had a major anxiety attack for…