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An Open Letter To My 23-Year-Old Self

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Trigger warning: This post contains references to depression and attempted suicide. You may find this triggering if you have personal experience of such subjects. Dear Lucy I know that this is the most traumatic year of your life. I know that you’re broken. And you’re looking for a way to mend yourself. But there doesn’t seem to be a solution. The pain and depression are too intense. The hole is too deep. Nothing can fill it. You feel like you’re…

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Mental Health Motherhood

Chronic Depression And Deciding To Become A Parent

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Deciding to have children is a tough decision at the best of times. Deciding to start a family when you have chronic depression and anxiety, and take regular medication is another thing altogether. Years ago, I read an article in The Guardian that discusses the July 2014 guidelines that were issued to GPs by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE). These guidelines give doctors advice on how they should treat female patients who suffer from depression. In particular, it recommends that…

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Books & Bakes Mental Health

Bullet Journal Monthly Set-Up for May

I’ve been using a bullet journal for the past few years. A bullet journal helps my mental health as it allows me to be more organised, which combats my anxiety. But it also provides me with a creative outlet. (I don’t think of myself as very creative but my bullet journal lets that small side of me out). However, over the past few months, I haven’t been so good at using my bullet journal. And I have really noticed a…

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Health & Welfare Mental Health

5 Ways To Boost Your Wellbeing

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This is a collaborative post. Are you looking to improve your wellbeing? The more we focus on our wellbeing, the happier and healthier we’ll ultimately become. The great news is, there are lots of ways you can boost your wellbeing and below you’ll discover just 5 of them. 5 Ways To Boost Your Wellbeing 1. Utilise The Power Of Essential Oils Stress is one of the leading causes of health issues in today’s modern society. The hectic pace of life…

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Mental Health Travel & Days Out

How A Change Of Scenery Can Really Benefit Your Mental Health

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This is a collaborative post. Getting away from it all, even just for a few days, may seem like a luxury, but did you know it could be crucial to your mental health? Even just taking a day trip can have a significantly positive effect on your mental health. If you’ve been going through a stressful time, whether at work or because of a personal tragedy, below you’ll discover why a change of scenery could be just what you need.…

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Home & Garden Mental Health

How A Messy House Can Affect Your Mental Wellbeing

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This is a collaborative post. You may well remember the episode of Friends where Chandler discovers that his clean-freak wife Monica is secretly messy, hiding all her untidiness behind a secret locked closet door. Having a clean house was, in fact, the key to Monica’s happiness and mental wellbeing. Fast forward to a more modern media example in Queer Eye, and you’ll often see an unkempt, poorly maintained house attached to a subject struggling with some level of anxiety, depression…

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Mental Health

Raising Your Child To Be Emotionally Strong

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This is a collaborative post. It is the hope of every parent that their child grows up emotionally strong, independent and caring, but this is not something that happens overnight and your parenting will be key in developing their mental strength. So, how can you raise your child to be strong and independent? Raising Your Child To Be Emotionally Strong Encourage Outdoor Activities Developing independence, strength, confidence and social skills is most effective when outside of the house. This is…

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Finding Happiness Mental Health

Finding Happiness And Chasing Rainbows – February 2019

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A few months ago, I decided that I needed to restart writing about the happy moments in my life and share the times that bring me joy and put a smile on my face. So Finding Happiness And Chasing Rainbows was born. Happiness isn’t always easy to come by. Sometimes you have to work hard at finding your happiness. You have to search for happiness, chase after it and once you’ve found it then hold onto it. That is why…

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