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 …

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 …

Eating Yourself Well

Our diets can massively impact our mood and mental health. This is true for anyone, let alone people with mental illness. But diet seems to be low on the list of ways to get well. I’m not sure why this is, but I think it’s time I shared my experience of diet and health. I …

Using Music and Dancing to Help Your Mood

Music and dancing are a huge outlet of mine. No, I’m not a ballet dancer, I’m talking about the dance like you mean it around your kitchen kinda style… with the dog. I don’t care what I look like, I care that it makes me feel better. I was feeling a bit crappy the other …

I Can’t Help It

Something that people with mental health issues probably think, but never say. It’s true, we can’t help it. We have an illness that makes us this way. Would you be angry with someone who was spotty because they have chickenpox? Would be annoyed because someone with a broken leg needs the door holding open for …

How to Look After People That Are Ill

I’m going to start this blog with a quick note on general illness. If someone you love is ill with the flu, tonsillitis, chickenpox for example. Make them cups of tea, bring them water, get medicine from the pharmacy, cook them food, keep the house quiet, ask them if they need anything, look after them. …

This Too Shall Pass

If you find yourself in a situation that you don’t want to be in, time can move incredibly slowly. You can slip in to an off mood and feel like you’re stuck. But everything passes. Moments in life can last weeks, months, years or even just a few minutes. I taught myself a technique a …

What’s Stopping You?

I’ve just booked a ticket to go to a local music festival. I haven’t got anyone to go with yet, but I’ve invited a couple of girl friends. It seems big and scary to go on my own, but I know I’ll have an awesome time. I’m trying to plan some fun things to look …

Why Do I Feel Like This?

I have days like today where I think ‘what the hell is going on, why do I feel like this?!’ It’s easy to over analyse every emotion that comes up. But remember, just because you’re feeling down or lonely or sad or whatever, it doesn’t mean you’re going to get horrendously ill. Everyone has bad …