Staying Mentally Well Whilst Ill

I’ve got the dreaded covid. I managed to avoid it last year with ill people in the house but this time, my two children gave it to me. I’m not at all surprised, I kiss them a lot. It’s ok. It’s just covid. I’m not going to die. I feel shite, it will pass. So …

Wishing You a Calm, Happy and Well New Year

I’m not one for making resolutions. I think most will be broken by mid-January. Instead, I take a pause to think about my life, my health and then wish myself well for the coming year. There is unfortunately no magic pill or silver bullet to fix your mental health. It takes a combination of hard …

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 …

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 …