In your face, anxiety – a trip to London (& an awesome reward)

I don’t talk about anxiety very much; for me it’s like depression’s overshadowed younger sibling and it seems to get forgotten.  But it’s very much there and very much something I struggle to overcome every day. Continue reading “In your face, anxiety – a trip to London (& an awesome reward)”

Vitamin D deficiency & me

After a routine blood test detected I had a Vitamin D deficiency about two years ago I’ve tried every remedy under the sun including supplements, but nothing as yet has worked.

As I’ve written previously I’m sure my depression and chronic fatigue is made worse by hormones and a vitamin D defieciency.  So is it something we should all worry about? Continue reading “Vitamin D deficiency & me”

World Mental Health Day 2017 – we are all in this together 

I’ve read some amazing and brave stories today, and I wish I could share them all, I’ve been so inspired by others.

I talk openly about my depression and anxiety and always will; it is a part of me and if I can help one person to seek help or feel better, then I will carry on doing what I’m doing.

I’ve been on both sides – I’ve been a friend, partner and family member to people suffering from mental illness as well as suffering myself and it is equally as hard sometimes to be on the other side.

There is nothing worse than seeing a loved one suffering and not being able to help – you feel powerless and sometimes like you are not needed.

It can hurt to be rejected, shouted at, and ignored, and it can be confusing when you’ve done nothing wrong.

But you really are needed – the smallest of things can help someone in an hour of need – sharing a joke, making a cup of tea, anything at all can make a different without you even knowing.

Mental illness is invisible and you may have no idea that the cheerful lady you see at the bus stop every day is struggling and considering suicide.  

I’ve been brought up to live by the motto “treat others as you wish to be treated yourself” and I’m a firm believer in it.

What if that lovely lady at the bus stop is considering suicide? A smile and a greeting, corny joke, or just an acknowledgement  from you may be enough to get her through.

So this World Mental Health Day, I just want to say this – be kind to yourself and others.  Be mindful of your own mental health and that of people around you, friends, family and strangers.

Smile, laugh, talk, listen – and know that you can make a difference.

Stay positive.  This too shall pass.

L x

Top Ten: Must-reads

I’ve discovered a new found love for a ‘Top Ten’ post and so next up are my top ten must-reads.

I was really behind when learning to read and you wouldn’t know that now – when I have the time I can read multiple books A DAY and I used to be that person who took twenty books for a week abroad.  Always the bitch lugging a mega heavy suitcase…

I find these days I have to really be in the mood for a good book but I’d take an evening curled up in bed reading than watching a film. Continue reading “Top Ten: Must-reads”

Why a full-fat cheesecake should be just that

It’s that time of year in the realm of Slimming World where the Christmas countdown begins and that can only mean one thing.

Taster week.

The though fills me with dread.  I’m expecting a table full of scan-bran cake and jelly sweets made from no-fat yoghurts. Continue reading “Why a full-fat cheesecake should be just that”