All posts tagged: depression

#howifightdepression

#howifightdepression is trending today – here’s my experience and a few thoughts… I’m not keen on saying I fight depression because it’s not a battle. What I am able to do is enjoy life when I feel great and be aware of my depression triggers so I can manage my lifestyle a bit more… getting out of the house drinking less alcohol eating well spending time with the people I love not being stressed with work sleeping These all contribute to me being well but there is only so much I can control, depression can just arrive without warning when I can feel so low I don’t want to leave my bed. Depression has been a companion since I was a teenager and I know it pretty well – it makes me feel low and worthless, I can feel paranoid, I don’t have any energy or enthusiasm and it hurts. My coping strategies – getting out for a walk, focusing on my breathing, reading, cuddling my kids, focusing on work – don’t always work and …

Mental Health Awareness – Pregnancy

Pregnancy can be a happy, exciting time but it can also be a time of stress, anxiety, worry and change which can impact mental health. I want to write about this for mental health awareness week because anxiety, depression and stress in pregnancy can be very real for many expectant parents. It’s not all excitement for some pregnant women… pregnancy could be unplanned pregnancy can come after miscarriage and babyloss there could be health concerns there could be financial worries there could be struggles with change there could be relationship uncertainties there could be fears about the health of a baby there could be fears about childbirth there could be a feeling of being along and unsupported there could be pre-existing mental health issues there could be family loss or family complications you might not enjoy being pregnant you might be experiencing sickness or pain during pregnancy According to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, 1 in 5 women will experience mental health issues in pregnancy, with depression and anxiety affecting 10-15 in every 100 pregnant …

A year of depression

I am writing and sharing this to support anyone who experiences depression – so you know you are not alone and so you may be able to feel less afraid of it. As 2018 comes to a close I want to share that this has been one of my most difficult years in terms of depression. It has been a low-lying, miserable depression which prevents me from believing in myself, which just sucks the life out of life. Now here’s the thing about depression, I am not unhappy – I have a lovely little life with my family and I have the best little business – I laugh, I love, I smile, I plan, I do, I hope and I cope – but this year I have also struggled, I am struggling, to stay positive, to accept me, to feel good enough. My default – like so many other people – is worthlessness and feeling useless: it can be all consuming and crippling but I am lucky, I have robust coping strategies, brilliant support and there …

parenting and mental health

It’s World Mental Health Day and I wanted to write something about parenting with depression and anxiety. When I am feeling ill, it’s not easy, it can make me shouty, stressed, worried and overly anxious. My perspective can be off and I second guess my instincts. I can stay awake with worry and anxiety, I am tired and I struggle to make plans because juggling is hard and I may not feel sociable. I feel more overwhelmed and less able to cope. When I am well, parenting can still be a challenge but I trust myself more, I am calmer and I am able to cope with the chaos and the noise. I worry less, I feel like I make better decisions, I have more energy, everything feels much easier and it just works. I think I am a good mum, I have been present and I have been able to make time for my kids. I am also lucky that I can function when I am depressed – I can still respond to my …