How to Help a Loved One with Depression and Anxiety

I’ve spoken a lot about my own mental health over the past few years. I make no secret of the fact that I have both depression and anxiety, and I do sometimes struggle with these illnesses, as people do with a long term physical illness as well. For loved ones, it can be really challenging knowing how to act and what to do to help a person with depression and/or...

Living with Seasonal Affective Disorder

I’ve mentioned before and, if you follow me on social media, you’ve probably seen me mention my seasonal affective disorder (SAD) once again rearing it’s head as we head into autumn. Seasonal Affective Disorder is a type of depression that comes and goes in a seasonal pattern. Generally speaking, it is more common in the autumn/winter and less likely to occur in the spring and summer months. Symptoms can include...

Living with an Addictive Personality

Along with anxiety, I also have an addictive personality. I wouldn’t say this negatively impacts my life, in the way that my anxiety has in the past, but it definitely shapes the way I go about my life. For as long as I can remember, I have become infatuated with a certain song, film or tv show very quickly. I make snap decisions and will either love something or hate...

I Can’t Remember My Childhood

Something happened to me, as a child, that deeply affected me. Although I knew at the time what was happening was wrong, I was too scared and ashamed to talk to anybody about it, and it wasn’t until over a decade later that I found the courage to speak up, to speak out and to go to the police. It took so much strength to report what happened to me....

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...

Learning to Love Myself During Lockdown

I recently finished my counselling sessions (over the phone) and one of the main things my therapist noted was how much happier and at peace I seemed with myself. I have battled with crippling insecurity and low self-esteem for years, ever since I was sexually abused when I was younger, and it has been a long journey to learn to love myself again. I never would have thought it would...

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...

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...

How To Focus on the Positives this Autumn

I have mentioned before that I suffer with my mental health, especially at this time of year as I have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which is affected by the shorter days and lack of natural sunlight. I find it incredibly hard in general to think positively, and I tend to have a negative mindset. I am trying to make a conscious effort to focus on the positives more, as it...