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    Mental Health

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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…

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    Real talk: The importance of reaching out for support.

    So yesterday I talked about socialising and how it can benefit mental health. One major part of socialising is reaching out to others when you need help. This is also a major part of the recovery journey. Today, I want to focus on the importance of reaching out for support when you need it. Can I be real with you for a bit? Depression isn’t always just feeling down and staying in bed and crying. It showcases itself in so many different ways in people. Some people can seem the happiest of people and function as a machine yet be struggling so hard on the inside. Others, they can’t really…

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    Socialising is good for the mind and soul.

    Socialising when your mental health is at a low is quite hard and daunting. Today for me, was one of those days. I’ve not been in the best of moods or wanting to deal with other people for a long while. I had this family mini Halloween party thing that the husband wanted to go to and for the last few weeks, I’ve been adamant I wasn’t going… I was wrong. I had to go. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like I don’t like my in-laws… they’re great! I guess I just got sucked into my negative thoughts my mind was feeding me. That I’d be watched, judged, scrutinised…

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    Couples who laugh together, last together.

    ** Please note that this post does lightly mention self harm and abuse. ** Relationships and mental health So, being in a relationship is hard right? Regardless of if you have mental health issues or not. There are fights, there are life events… there’s so much that goes on that can cause strain. However, when you’re suffering from a mental illness, you sometimes forget the extra strain and weight that you put on to someone else who cares so deeply for you. I’m not saying that this is done intentionally, I know it’s not. It’s just a fact that gets puts to the back of your mind and completely forgotten…