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...

Keeping my Stress & Anxiety in Check with Thrive 

I’ve made no secret of the fact that I am living with depression and anxiety. I’ve had depression since I was twelve and have come to terms with it to a certain extent but my anxiety was only diagnosed in the last few months. I first realised something was up when I was pregnant with Benjamin. I became convinced that something was wrong with my pregnancy. I was on edge...

An Open Letter to my Best Friend… 

When I saw you this morning on the school run I felt sad. Sad that some of the closeness between us seems to have gone.  After we fell out before I vowed to try harder, to be a better friend and to never fall out again… But this time is different, we haven’t fallen out, neither of us have done anything wrong.  Depression is a horrible illness and now it’s...