Coping with Social Anxiety as Lockdown Eases

Here’s the thing, I think I have coped so well with my anxiety up until this point because actually, all my fears, my worries and concerns that I had before Covid-19 hit were suddenly shared by the majority when lockdown started. Suddenly it wasn’t weird or abnormal to not want to go out and be around people, it was celebrated as being the right thing. In fact, the government told...

How I am Picking Myself Up After a Bad Mental Health Day

I won’t lie, I have been struggling more over the past week or so with my mental health. Since lockdown began, my mood has been generally better than I expected, but it will, without fail, dip every few days and I will have a day when I feel like the world is against me, where everything just feels ten times harder and it is difficult to smile. Those days are...

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...

How I Am Fighting my Fears

•Sponsored post• I have always been a bit of a nervous person but, when I was diagnosed with anxiety a few years ago, just after my third child was born, things went from bad to worse and at one point I wasn’t able to do much at all without feeling panicky. I have had Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) twice over the past couple of years, through the NHS, and I...

Working Out Why I’m Not Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

•Sponsored post• With three young children, it’s hardly surprising that I don’t get a perfect nights sleep most nights. However, it isn’t actually the children keeping me up, but myself. Once the children go to bed, I am generally pretty good at getting up to bed soon after but then I ruin it by turning on Netflix, writing blog posts or swiping through social media channels and, before I know...

Travel Tips for a Long Haul Flight as a Nervous Flyer

I talked about my fear of flying prior to our honeymoon, and listed the steps I had taken in order to combat the anxiety I was feeling about the long haul flight that was necessary for us to get to and from Mexico. Having now returned, I wanted to discuss what actually helped on those flights, and how important the kindness shown by members of staff on the return flight...

My CBT Journey – Sessions 7-10

So something huge has happened, I have finished my ten sessions of CBT and I actually feel that my anxiety is so much more settled than it was when I started a few months ago at the end of summer. My therapist actually suggested she sign me off during session nine, as I was so much happier, had been overcoming all my obstacles and the whole process seemed to draw...

My CBT Journey – Sessions 4-6 

So I’ve been really bad and not written any notes from sessions 4 and 5, which happened prior to a long break from CBT whilst my therapist was on holiday. Therefore I’ve had to write this focusing on what I can remember from the sessions. Session 4 looked at my homework from the previous week. I think we were only meant to look at it for part of the session,...

I’m a Stay at Home Mum and My Loneliness is Suffocating Me 

Today is the day I would have been due to return to work after maternity leave. I took a year off when I had Benjamin as I knew my decision of whether to return to work or stay home would be a difficult one.  The thing is, I like having a job. It gives me a sense of purpose, it gets me out of the house, and it guarantees at...

My CBT Journey – Sessions 1-3 

I’ve mentioned in passing my anxiety diagnosis, but I’ve not focused too much on it until now – not because I was ashamed, but because I didn’t really understand very much about it. I didn’t really know much about my own illness, so I didn’t feel I was able to go into any real detail about it here. Since I was diagnosed, I’ve come across so many people who have...