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    Mental Health

    Having things to look forward to

    Okay, who doesn’t love having something to look forward to illness or no illness? It’s the excitement that brings some joy to peoples lives regardless of what is going on for them. However, I find when I’m feeling particularly low and lost… having something to look forward to no matter how small it is really does go a long way! Doesn’t it seem kind of obvious? Yeah, having things to look forward to, to make you feel happy IS an obvious thing. However, when you’re feeling really low and you’re struggling with your mental illness.. it kind of isn’t. You don’t think you have anything good in your life. You…

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    Mental Health

    A little makeover never hurts

    So, during the last few weeks where I’ve been clawing back some control over my mental health and reaching out for the support I need I’ve tried to do a little self care. Not the usual, bath, read a book or what not because that’s not been on my mind. Infact, this one happened after being awake for over 24 hours straight and noticing some of my pink was stripped out of my hair. So, what did I do? I went out, spent a fair bit on dyes and what not and changed my hair colour. Whilst it’s not your typical self care… I think sometimes a change, a makeover…

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    Mental Health

    Real Talk: Not coping is okay.

    Right, so let’s address the elephants in the room before we get on with today’s post. Yes, I have been away and not posting and that is indeed because I have been feeling really low and not coping with my mental illness. I thought it was best to distance myself from everything. I know now, in hindsight.. that was a bad idea. Also, I am very much aware of my previous post and can I please point out… I will address this later in this post. When you’re going through a dark time you see no way out. During my time away, I wasn’t coping as much as I was…

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    Mental Health

    Ensuring you get the help you need!

    Okay, firstly. Yes I said once a week… but since I’m feeling productive I’ll push a bit more. Secondly, this post is more geared towards aiding you in getting the help you need. Giving you advice from my personal experience and things that I have learned along the way so far. But they’re the professionals they know what’s wrong! While, yes, this is very true. They are professionals in mental health. However, mental illnesses are very broad and experiences differ for everyone there is no one size fits all model. I’ve said this time and time again… what works for one person may not work for another and vice versa.…

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    Mental Health

    Feedback / Question post

    Hi Guys! Since I’ve been blogging for about 2 months, I’d like to dedicate a post to ask for some feedback from you guys or if you had some questions for me. Sorry if this post is a little lacklustre but It’s worth doing every now and again! So, how are things going here? Are there any types of posts that you like/don’t like? Any topics you’d like me to cover? Any feedback on the site? Are there any pages you think I should add? Do you have any good support links or resources to add to my pages? Do you have any advice for me that you think I’ll find…

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    Mental Health

    How gaming helps my mood.

    So, when you’re feeling low, frustrated or angry how do you deal with that in a healthy way? I guess you could visualise your mood being taken out on people and things cause that’s a normal reaction. I kind of do that but I also rely on games to do what I visualise doing. Since in video games, there are no repercussions for your actions. (Besides in-game prison, dying etc) So what games do I use? Well, it depends on what mood I’m in really. If I’m feeling sad I’ll probably play some uplifting game or a sad game that matches my mood. However, if I’m frustrated or angry there’s a…

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    Mental Health

    How to support someone with a mental illness

    I feel I need to talk about this. We need to address the issue of what is and isn’t helpful. There’s enough stigma around mental illnesses that stunts people’s perceptions of what is helpful and how to deal with it. I’m sorry, this post may be a little blunt but it’s one that’s close to home. Mental illneses and the importance of support So, when someone is suffering with a mental illness be it anxiety, depression, schizophrenia or anything really they need support. Whilst I have spoken about the importance of reaching out for support I haven’t mentioned the importance of supporting those who are suffering. From experience, trying to cope without…

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    Art

    Some of my artwork

    So, I stated in this post about how art can be therapeutic and how it can help with recovery. Well, I’ve loved to draw for years. I even tried to do an art course. However, I never finished it but that doesn’t get me down because I like doing it in my spare time anyway. I thought I’d start showcasing some of my artwork in a series of posts for you. It’ll also give you insight into how I’m working towards my recovery alone. So what’s this series about? I guess I should show how I’ve evolved over the years. So kicking this series off will be me showing this.…

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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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    Mental Health

    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…