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Mental Health

Living With Depression: A Nervous Breakdown & A Diagnosis

A photograph of a woman with brown hair, wearing a stripey t-shirt and bright red lipstick - Living With Depression: Having A Nervous Breakdown & Being Given A Diagnosis - Mrs H's favourite things

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week. It’s a week that is hugely important, as we still have such a long way to go before we’ve broken the stigma that surrounds mental ill health. Last year, I wrote a post for Mental Health Awareness Week claiming that I was going to start sharing my story of living with depression, beginning with my nervous breakdown and diagnosis. Yet, these posts never materialised. Writing your own tale of living with depression is…

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Mental Health Thoughts & Inspiration

About Time & Deciding to Lead A Slow Life

A photograph of a woman lying on a rug with her hand on her forehead and her eyes closed - About Time - Deciding to Lead A Slow Life - Mrs H's favourite things

There are times in life when you have an epiphany. When the stars align and a series of events occur. These events make you stop in your tracks. Look inside yourself and take a deep breath. All of a sudden something that has just been out of sight comes into view. And the world makes sense. Now… this minute… as I write this post … is one of those times. About Time & Deciding To Lead A Slow Life The…

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Motherhood

The Declaration of Motherhood

A photograph of a mother and her young daughter in wet weather gear paddling in the ocean - The Declaration of Motherhood - Mrs H's favourite things - a post about being a mother, about being equal and about supporting each other

I hold these truths to be self-evident that all mothers are created equal. Irrespective of the road you’ve travelled down to become a mother, you are endowed with certain undeniable rights, and these include not being judged, being supported and being allowed to parent as you see fit. That to secure these rights, you merely need to have the position of Mother. Whether your child was conceived naturally, through IVF, was adopted or fostered you are a mother and I’ve been…

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Finding Happiness

50 more things that make me happy

A photograph of a mother who is walking in the woods and looks happy. She is smiling at the camera and her little boy is asleep in the Pao Papoose Baby Carrier - 50 More Things That Make Me Happy - Mrs H's favourite things

“The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.” William Morris The past few months have been tough. Yet I’ve entered 2018 with a new and positive outlook. I’ve set myself some goals and I’m looking forward to the year ahead. Like most people, I’m constantly in the pursuit of happiness. I want my life to be filled with experiences and moments that make me happy. But recently I’ve realised that happiness…

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Mental Health Thoughts & Inspiration

When The Words Won’t Flow

A photograph of a woman with brown hair wearing a red plaid shirt and red lipstick - she is looking down and away from the camera - she looks pensive - When the words don't flow - talking to children about Depression and Anxiety - Mrs H's favourite things

Sometimes when I write about my depression the words just flow. It’s as if they were always there just waiting to be written down in black and white. On other occasions, I want to write but the words aren’t forthcoming. They won’t flow. Words are created and deleted. Sentences are written and rewritten. Paragraphs are formed and unformed. I can start a post about one thing and then it becomes about something completely different. For example, when I sat down to…

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Mental Health

An Open Letter To The Girl Who Just Attempted Suicide

A moody photograph of a woman with brown hair standing and looking mournfully down to the ground. With one hand she is twirling a necklace - An Open Letter to the Girl Who Just Attempted Suicide - Mrs H's favourite things

Trigger warning: If you have personal experience of suicide or suicidal depression then you may find this post upsetting. If you’re currently struggling with suicidal thoughts and you’re in danger then please call 999 and request an ambulance immediately.  My dear girl As I write this letter to you, I have tears pricking the back of my eyes. My heart hurts thinking of you lying in that hospital bed. Because last night you took an overdose. It was your fourth.…

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Motherhood Thoughts & Inspiration

The Day I Closed The Door And Walked Away

A photograph of a blonde haired, rosey cheeked and blue eyed 16 month old baby boy sitting on his bedroom floor and playing with some wooden toys - The Day I Closed The Door and Walked Away - Mrs H's favourite things

Before I became a mother I could never imagine turning my back on a crying child. Especially not MY crying child. Of course, I knew that children had tantrums but I foolishly imagined that my children would be different. They would be angels. And they would never tantrum in public or get so upset that I wouldn’t be able to calm them. I also thought that I would be a natural mother. That from the moment they were born I…

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Thoughts & Inspiration

39 Life Lessons For 39 years

A photograph of a mother carrying her son in a Pao Papoose baby carrier and walking up a hill in a beautiful park following her four year old daughter - 39 Life Lessons for 39 Years - Mrs H's favourite things

On Friday 29th September 2017, I will turn 39. I’m one year off the big 4-0. And as much as I’ve loved my thirties, I’m actually looking forward to this new era of my life. An era which I get to spend with my fabulous husband and my two gorgeous rainbow babies. It’s exciting. I also find that as I age I learn more and more about myself and how to live in this world. So back in 2015, I wrote…

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