June is post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month. In the UK it is believed that 1 in 3 people will have experienced a traumatic event in their life. PTSD can affect anyone who has been exposed to a traumatic event – an event which provoked fear, helplessness, or horror in response to the threat […]Read More PTSD Awareness Month
I wanted to go out somewhere nice with the dog, somewhere we would have to drive to so we could both be in nature and have fun exploring. The weather is certainly good for it, though me being me I’d have to lather on the factor 50 before we left. I woke up to my […]Read More Not the Sunday I was expecting.
So, I’ve had a shower for the first time since Sunday. Is that gross? Sure. Did I smell? Absolutely. Does knowing that change anything? No, depression doesn’t care, and you pretty much just feel worse cause you know you’re being gross. I brushed my teeth, put some undies and a face mask on (my skin […]Read More Showering is hard these days.
Feeling reflective and wanted to share some of the positivity and love I’m feeling today during some darker times. Three years ago today we got engaged. At this point in time we should have been married for about seven months, but as you know a global pandemic happened. We’re hoping the wedding goes ahead this […]Read More Three years ago..
I’ve had 7 sessions, and my scores have gone from 9/10 to 5. This might not sound like a lot but it is a huge difference in my day to day life. It’s changed how I think about my trauma, how I feel about it, how I deal with flashbacks and intrusive thoughts. It’s been […]Read More New diagnosis, acknowledging and asking for help with PTSD – part three.
Opening up was difficult after holding everything in for so long, but it was also freeing to finally tell someone. It was an emotional conversation, I cried, we cuddled together, and once I was done speaking we stayed that way for a while. I was physically and mentally drained, and I can’t imagine how it […]Read More New diagnosis, acknowledging and asking for help with PTSD – part two.
Around fifteen years ago, I was on a night out with my friends. My drink was spiked, and I was sexually assaulted. I remember some parts of the evening but have lost large periods of time that I don’t know if I’ll ever remember entirely. The assault was reported to the police, and my mum […]Read More New diagnosis, acknowledging and asking for help with PTSD.
I don’t know if I am the only person that falls for this trap but I felt like talking about it so let me know if it happens to you too. Medication I’ve struggled with depression on and off since I was young and been on various doses of Citalopram over the years. I’ve had […]Read More The Black Dog.
Now while I don’t necessarily agree with the man part, the rest of it is true. I grew up around cats and dogs, I had a dog when I was younger and a lot of my family members had dogs and cats galore. I told my partner when we moved in together we would one […]Read More Man’s best friend.
What a horrible few weeks it has been. It’s such a scary time in the world as it is without having to worry about yourself and your family being put at risk by the pandemic. Learning family members had tested positive was really hard as you are immediately worried about their health and then the […]Read More Self isolating – completed!
Big news, we are going back into lockdown for four weeks to ‘save’ Christmas. Personally, I’m pretty annoyed that it took this long for something to be done as the science showed we needed to do this weeks ago, but yet again the UK seems to be having a delayed reaction and not getting things […]Read More Self Isolating
For as long as I can remember I’ve had issues with my digestive system and stomach pains. I used to go back and forth between sharp pains and dull aches with weird cramps every now and then. When I was younger my diet wasn’t awful but I was a fussy kid so I probably wasn’t […]Read More IBS and the pain of it all.
HOPEWALK is a PAPYRUS event that takes place every October to raise vital funds for suicide prevention and to smash the stigma around suicide. Suicide is the biggest killer of young people under 35 in the UK. PAPYRUS is the national charity for the prevention of young suicide and believes that many young suicides are […]Read More Hopewalk completed!
This year, well very recently this year, I have been trying all manner of things to help with my mental health, IBS and all the wonderful symptoms that come with it (as well as my suspected endometriosis – I’ve only been asking for help for 10+ years but what does that matter?!). I’m just gonna […]Read More Self care or self indulgence?
I have decided in all my wisdom, and as part of my physical and mental ‘fitness’ journey to sign up for a sponsored walk. Due to the pandemic the walk is completely up to you, how far you walk, how many days it covers, where you walk and how much you want to donate etc, […]Read More Suicide awareness