Get an Awesome Support Network

I feel all warm and fuzzy inside when I read about other people who are talking about their awesome support network. From friends who check on you to a family who come over to do chores. From work colleagues who ask ‘can I help?’ to partners who step up when they read the signs. Having …

Avoiding the Car Crash

Do you ever wonder how you’ve got here? The screaming/blubbering/ghostlike/anti-human that is you at your mental-health nightmare-worst. Back again. I think to myself in times like these… well I ate well, I exercised, I took my meds, I asked for help. But still, I ended up back here… again. It takes me by surprise every …

You’re Probably Queuing Next to Someone Who’s Struggling

This happened to me today… Context: I’m on holiday in Cornwall with my two little ones. We’re at the Eden Project, one of my happy places. I’ve been really struggling with my mental health for about a month. I’m doing my best… it’s not great. I’m queuing for a coffee. A 70 something woman starts …

Give Yourself a Break

Gosh I haven’t written in a while. Sorry about that. I’ve been working very hard on getting myself better. Anyone with mental health illness knows that some days are good and some are bad. The same goes for months. The same for years. Sometimes we all need a break to just look after ourselves. I …

Find Your Tribe

I’m sure I’ve written this before… but anyhoos… do you love your friends? I mean really love? Not just ‘oh yeah I like hanging out with them’ but ‘I can’t live without these people in my life’ kind of friendship. The people who you’re happy to be you in front of. I recently met a …

Stop Piling On the Pressure

I recently attended sports day. My children are in a lovely little rural primary school. Did this make sports day any less competitive… no. And I’m not talking about the children. First, there was the ordeal of finding a seat. Unfortunately, the only space was next to someone who would rather spit at me than …

Be More Tolerant

I don’t get football. I don’t get why the players get paid so much more than other sportspeople. I don’t get why they roll around on the floor with a fake injury. I don’t get why people feel so passionately about it that they need to physically fight each other. I actually feel a bit …

Look After Yourself

I don’t know about you but I rarely put myself first. I make sure that everyone around me is fed and watered and happy before I even think of myself. I say yes when people ask for help before actually thinking of the impact it will have on me. I usually put myself and my …

Push the Reset Button

If your days roll into weeks and your weeks roll into months you may need to push the reset button. Sometimes we get stuck in a rut or a routine that is hard to get out of. Maybe you wake up and pick up your phone to check social media. Maybe you order takeaway and …

Stop Competing

My friends and family, colleagues and network all come in different shapes and sizes. They all have different professions, hobbies and interests. They all dress differently, look different and have their own values and opinions. Isn’t diversity great? So why do we spend so much time comparing ourselves to others? Why do we have to …