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    Mental Health

    Self harm and other negative coping mechanisms

    Please note; This post goes in depth about self harm. Please be warned if you are sensitive to this subject and are feeling vulnerable. I am not advocating self harm in any way. This post is mainly for informational and awareness purposes. So I’ve promised a post about self harm for a while… here it is! I think it’s important that we are open and honest about these topics. If we choose to keep quiet, then the stigma is still there. Awareness needs to be made of such things. If you are experiencing any of this, please seek help. If you know someone who is then please reach out and support…

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    Mental Health

    Stressful situations and how I cope.

    So, stressful situations are hard whether or not you have a mental illness right? However, if you’re feeling very low and anxious these situations can be amplified to a million and you don’t know how to cope. I’ve been there, we all have. What do I mean? Stressful situations have a different meaning to everyone. Everyone has their own triggers. It could be in a shop, in the street, in a crowded area or even an empty one. The context of what’s going on doesn’t matter though. What matters is how it’s making you feel and how you manage with that situation and feelings it’s causing. You don’t feel the way…

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    Ferret Fitness guest post

    So today I’ve got a treat for you and it’s a lovely guest post from Sara from over at Ferret Fitness. Give it a little check and a follow guys, I’m sure she’d appreciate it very much! So, Who are you, where are you from, what do you write about on your blog & why do you write about your experiences? I’m Sara, I’m from Melbourne Australia. My blog is a mix of health, fitness, mental health and motivation – focusing on making positive changes as easily as possible. We don’t post anything that makes others feel down about themselves. We think it’s really important to acknowledge that everyone has…

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    Positivity post: Childhood memories

    So, I’m going to do a positivity series. I thought I’d kick it off with some nice memories from my childhood that I guess kind of in a way shape who I am today. Not everyone’s childhood memories are all positive, let me get that straight. A lot of mine aren’t. However, there are some that stick out that I do remember very fondly. Gaming with my dad I’ll start off with saying I was a major Daddy’s girl. This is one of my favourite childhood memories as well… So, when I was younger we had one pc in the house. My dad enjoyed gaming on there and would occasionally buy…

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    Low days and how I ‘try’ to cope…

    *** Notice: This post does talk about suicidal feelings and self-harm *** We all get low days right? Days where you can function despite not coping and days where you can’t function at all? Yeah. Those days are the worst. I completely get that. Do you have coping mechanisms that you turn to? I do. However, are they ‘helpful’? Most of mine can be, some of which are dangerous and aren’t. I’m trying hard not to turn to them so I’m finding and trialling new ways each and every day. What are my low days like? These honestly do vary for me if I’m honest. They’re best being kind of…

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    Mental Health

    My first wedding anniversary

    So, on Sunday it came around. My anniversary, I’ve officially been Mrs Bell for over a year and with the husband for 3 years. Quite an achievement. Especially with how tough this year has been with my mental health. I planned most of the day out in advance (thank you Groupon and my old work for the discount email) Good job I did as on the day we were pretty skint! The gifts To be fair. We both did this very last minute. I got mine Friday he got his Saturday. I mad rushed Tesco and he mad rushed Asda… As you do. However, I think it worked out. I got…

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    Real talk: therapy isn’t meant to be easy.

    So time for some real talk again. This probably isn’t going to be the prettiest of posts. It’ll be real, it’ll be raw. However, it’s important that we talk honestly and openly about these topics. Today’s topic is therapy again. If you haven’t checked out my post on the importance of talk therapy please check it here. Therapy isn’t meant to be easy. If it was easy, therapists, counsellors etc wouldn’t need such in-depth training. So getting on with this, obviously, me and my counsellor already had a good rapport together. She also already had enough details of everything to go in with today’s questions during that session. I wasn’t ready.…

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    Mental Health

    Crisis plans and the need for them

    So you’ve probably heard of a crisis plan. You’re wondering what they are, what the need for them and for any extra information about them. That’s what today’s topic is going to be. It’s a little more informative than some of my others but I believe it will be worthwhile knowledge. So what are crisis plans? A crisis plan (sometimes called a safety plan) is exactly what it says on the tin, it’s a plan for interventions during a mental health crisis. Whilst, no, we don’t want these crises to happen, they can and we’re better off being prepared for if they do. Some information on them can be found…

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    Going to talk therapy and the benefits of it.

    So before we get started, today’s topic is about talk therapy. Whilst, yes the kind I have experienced is more centred around rape and sexual abuse today I am aiming to be a bit broader with my explanation seeing as it was just a general paperwork session. For this particular post, there is no further mention of the triggers only the charity in which that run those counselling/therapy sessions. So, what is talk therapy? Talk therapy is basically a safe session where you and a trained counsellor can sit down and talk about how you’re feeling, what’s going on your mind and what’s been happening. It can be about the…

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    Being proactive in your own recovery journey…

    ** Please note, self-harm is talked about a little in this post ** The recovery journey I’ve said so many times that the mental health recovery is a journey. I even touched a bit on it in yesterday’s post alongside a brief bit on depression and how it feels. I even, in a much earlier post mentioned little steps that I am taking with my recovery in mind. Recovery from any form of mental illness takes work. It takes patience, persistence and time. There are going to be ups, there are going to be downs, there are going to be setbacks… but in time there will be progress. Progress will…