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Finding Happiness Mental Health

19 Goals For 2019

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Last year I set myself 18 goals and plans for 2018. It was such a fun post to write and I’m pleased that I’ve ticked off many of the items on the list. You can read how I got on in my review post. But 2018 is so last year. On to 2019. This is what I would like to achieve this year. 19 Goals For 2019 1. Read 24 books. In 2018, I set a goal to read more…

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Mental Health

20 Years

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20 years. 20 years ago. January 1999. That’s when I was given my first diagnosis. That was the month that I had a breakdown and depression entered my life. A depression that was so consuming it sought to end my life. 20 years. At the time, I was a student at a university. My main concerns should have been getting my essays in on time and if the good looking barman from the Student Union had noticed me. But those…

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Finding Happiness Mental Health

31 Day Self-Care Challenge

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Self-care should always be a priority. When you’re feeling low and depressed it is especially important to put yourself first and indulge in some self-care 31 Day Self-Care Challenge That is why I have created a 31 Day Self-Care Challenge. You can start it at any time. And for 31 days, I have set myself (and anyone else who wants to join in) a daily self-care task. This is a way to put yourself first and treat yourself. It will…

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Mental Health

Let’s Talk Mental Health: Taking Care Of Yourself At Home

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Let’s Talk Mental Health: Taking Care Of Yourself At Home is a collaborative post Suffering with mental health conditions like anxiety and depression is more than simply feeling a little low within yourself. It’s not wanting to be alone, yet not wanting anyone else around you, it’s wanting to be productive but not being able to peel yourself out of bed, it’s feeling so tired you can’t stay awake, yet not being able to shut off your brain. Thankfully the…

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Mental Health

Self-Loathing And The Art Of Liking Myself

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My favourite song is by Sarah McLachlan and is called Full of Grace. It is a beautiful and heart-wrenching song, about the break down of a relationship. But I’ve always believed that the words work equally well in describing how it can feel to be depressed. And one line in that song has always stood out to me. A line that conveys my feelings of self-loathing.   “It’s just that we stayed too long In the same old sickly skin.”…

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Mental Health Motherhood

Feeling The Love With Little Mister H And My First Emotions

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Back in September, Mr H and I celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary. We were lucky enough to have a weekend away. Just the two of us. And Mr H’s parents very kindly agreed to stay at our house with the kids. As we left the house on the Friday, Mr H’s mum was holding Little Mister H up by our kitchen window so he could wave at us as we drove off. It was lovely to see him with a…

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Books & Bakes Mental Health

Taking ‘Time To Read’ With Little Miss H And The BookTrust

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Reading is a big part of life in our house. Lately, I’ve fallen back in love with novels thanks to the Bookish Mamas book club which I run online with two other bloggers (Jess and Naomi). We’re also helping Little Miss H with her school reading (which is really coming on). And bedtime involves reading at least two stories to Little Miss H and at least another two to Little Mister H (their book preferences are quite different and we haven’t…

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Blogging & Vlogging Mental Health

Am I Inspiring?

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“You’re so inspiring.” These are words that I often hear because of my blog. Normally after I’ve written a post about being a mother with mental ill-health or surviving baby loss. Yet, inspiring is not a word I would apply to myself. I didn’t enter the world of blogging with the intention to inspire. Instead, I became a blogger for selfish reasons. Am I Inspiring? I started blogging back in 2012. I’d been signed off work for three and a…

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