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...

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...

5 Methods to Combat Depression & Generalised Anxiety

I make no secret of the fact that I live with a mental illness. My first episode of depression happened when I was twelve years old. I was going through a lot at the time including the death of my beloved grandad, and I really struggled to cope with all the strong emotions I was feeling. Talking therapies helped at the time and I have used them when I have...

How Do You Make Friends as an Adult? The Google Search I Was Ashamed Of Making

Somebody new has started coming to the messy play class I attend with Benjamin each week. Her son is only a few months older than Benjamin and she has daughters who are the same ages as Cameron and Carly. I know all this because we sat and spoke for a little while during the class today. However, I would never have had the confidence to strike up the conversation myself....

I’m a Victim of Sexual Abuse but I Don’t Have a Voice 

Towards the end of 2017, a number of high profile men in the show business industry were in the media due to allegations of sexual assault and harassment over a number of years. These allegations led to sexual assault and abuse being talked about more openly, not just by those who had been affected by the high profile cases being splashed across newspapers and social media, but by everyday women...

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,...

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...

Negativity on Social Media. Attention Seeking or a Cry for Help? 

This morning I wrote a status on my personal Facebook profile. It was a fairly depressing few sentences summing up my emotions on what has been a very low day for me.  As somebody who suffers with depression and anxiety, my friends, family members and acquaintances, as well as my followers are used to seeing a yo-yo of emotions from day to day on my social media.  Sometimes I share...