How I’m Coping with Anxiety During the Coronavirus Pandemic

I have written previously about my anxiety during the coronavirus outbreak but I wanted to put down some more thoughts, since the situation worsened. I was diagnosed with generalised anxiety disorder a few years ago, after the birth of my youngest child. Mental illness wasn’t new for me, as I had first suffered with depression aged 12, following the death of my beloved grandad, and had battled with it on...

Coping with Anxiety During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Coronavirus is the word on everyone’s lips at the moment. The virus, which originated in China and has since spread the globe, affecting people in the majority of countries and leaving chaos in its wake, has been all over the World news and social media. With everybody talking about it, it is near impossible to avoid hearing about the virus and how many people have now contracted the illness. As...

What to Expect from a Smear Test

Last Friday I had a pretty packed agenda for my day off. Amongst the swimming lesson, big food shop and house tidy was an appointment at my local doctors surgery for a smear test. I had received the letter inviting me along around Christmas and had booked up straight away for the next suitable appointment. I know for some people smear tests (also known as cervical screening) can be a...

How I Am Beating the January Blues

I have made no secret of the fact that I suffer with my mental health. I was first diagnosed with depression when I was twelve, and my doctor confirmed I had generalised anxiety disorder following Benjamin’s birth three three years ago. I have been taking antidepressants for my anxiety and low mood for just over a year, and they definitely help even out my emotions and give me the boost...

Trying out Recipes from a Pinch of Nom

One of my goals for the new year is to eat healthier and move more, and in a bid to make a positive start, I bought myself the Pinch of Nom recipe book on Amazon. I have heard so many positive things about Pinch of Nom, and have followed the account across social media so that I get some ideas, but having a physical cookbook has always helped me to...

Contraceptives – What Options Do You Have?

•Contributed Collaborative Post• When it comes to birth control sadly there’s no one size fits all, and knowing which to choose can sometimes feel like navigating a minefield. In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the most popular forms of contraceptive but bear in mind that the best person to speak to when deciding which to choose is always going to be your doctor. Condoms For those...

January Resolutions You Can Actually Keep

Sponsored Post January is here, and with it comes those seemingly endless resolutions and goals that people share in the hope that saying them out loud and writing them down will help hold them accountable for the year ahead. I am actually a fan of making goals in January, but I try and keep them realistic, focus on one or two key areas that I want to work on, and...

Mummy Mondays – I Was Let Down by Health Professionals During Labour & That’s Not OK

I debated whether to write this post or not as I know that, compared to some people, my experiences are not actually that awful. However, in the end I did want to share it, as I felt, and continue to feel let down by the care I received throughout my labour with Benjamin, and it did actually have a lasting impact on my mental health. For this reason, I feel...

I Took Norethisterone to Delay my Period and This is What Happened 

About 6 weeks before flying out to Santorini for our wedding I did a bit of period math and came to the annoying realisation that I would be due smack bang in the middle of the holiday. As I have the mirena coil, my periods are generally fairly light and relatively pain free these days but I wasn’t overly keen to have my period for such a special trip so...