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    Poetry and how it can help

    So, creativity helps with expressing yourself when you’re feeling low. I’ve discussed art but I haven’t really brought up poetry. I used to write a lot of poetry when I was younger and I thought it helped bring out how I felt. I haven’t for a while, however, I thought I would share some of my older works because I thought they were pretty good. Why poetry? Well, poetry has no rules really. You write how you feel, what you feel and whatever coes to mind. That’s what I loved about it! This post isn’t going to be very long as I wanted to show these and give another idea…

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    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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    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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    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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    What I’m grateful for – Positivity post

    So here’s the next in my positivity post series. Todays is focusing on things that I’m grateful for and why. It’s good to focus on a little positivity now and again and break up the seriousness of some of my posts. Why this topic? Well, I wanted to look into things that I’m grateful for and have another positivity post after all the serious posts I’ve done so far. A nice little happy break if you so wish. To be fair, we think of all the things bad going on in our lives, we never look at the good things or things that mean alot to us. Hence why I’m…

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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…