The school holidays always seem to bring a sense of dread among many parents I speak to. Many feel it's a time where they feel exhausted, inadequate and stressed. I don't hate the school holidays. I use to, but I'm finding them easier as time goes on. I do miss the routine of school etc… Continue reading 11 Tips for surviving the Summer Break when you’re a parent with depression
What I’ve learnt from my Mental Health relapses…
I've been well now for nearly 3 years. Recovery is individual to everyone but one thing we all know is it isn't an easy, straight road. Here I share what I've learnt from my own difficult moments and relapses. I've had two main 'relapses' when it came to my postnatal mental health. The first was… Continue reading What I’ve learnt from my Mental Health relapses…
Guest Blog – Opening Up About Depression
In aid of Mental Health Awareness Week, I have a blog post written by a special friend. Here she shares how speaking to her friends helped her with her depression and made her feel more supported. Thank you so much for sharing xxx It's hard to sum up a lifetime of depression in one blog,… Continue reading Guest Blog – Opening Up About Depression
Maternal Mental Health Matters May 2017
Monday 1st May marks the start of the first ever Maternal Mental Health Week run by the Perinatal Mental Health Partnership Over the coming week we will be sharing details about the various services available in Essex and how you can access them, some guest blog posts and information regarding maternal mental health. Please feel… Continue reading Maternal Mental Health Matters May 2017
Losing The Unexpected
Sometimes in life we are surprised by an unexpected gift, and sometimes it can be cruelly snatched away. Occasionally though, these moments can also bring us clarity... *Trigger Warning - contains talk of miscarriage, please only read if you feel able* I've never been a great writer. I love reading but I don't have the… Continue reading Losing The Unexpected
Finding Your Tribe
Just over two years ago I discovered a group of like minded people online who changed my life in wonderful ways. While I was struggling with anxiety after a recent miscarriage, and then feeling pretty low throughout my third pregnancy, I turned to the internet to try and find some local support groups. I'd already… Continue reading Finding Your Tribe
Flick of a switch
Experiencing a perinatal mental illness affects everyone in different ways, for some it's like a flick of a switch and for others it's a gradual decline of their mental health. There are times in our lives where we have the version of ourselves before an event and a version after. For me there have been… Continue reading Flick of a switch
Why Celebrity Mental Health Stories Matter
This week we have seen another celebrity open up about their battle with mental illness. Adele revealed to Vanity Fair her experience of postnatal depression and how taking time for herself helped. I always feel a sense of pride and I'm grateful when someone tells their story. I'm proud because I know how hard it… Continue reading Why Celebrity Mental Health Stories Matter
Moving on after Postnatal Depression..
My first taste of motherhood wasn't what I hoped. My daughter is nearly 5 and it's taken me the best part of 4 of those years to make peace with the desperate sense of loss I felt at not enjoying the first precious years with my baby. In previous posts I've explained how postnatal depression… Continue reading Moving on after Postnatal Depression..
Anxiety After Recovery ..
Although I am recovered, I think I will always have some degree of anxiety left behind. It's normal for everyone to have anxiety, it's dates back to our caveman days when we sensed danger, our body pumped extra adrenaline giving us our fight or flight response. Obviously we don't really need this anymore, but when… Continue reading Anxiety After Recovery ..