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Depression And University Life: My Story

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TRIGGER WARNING: This post deals with depression and mentions self-harm. Depression And University Life My Degree I studied Classical Civilisation and Ancient History at university. And during my study I became drawn to Greek Tragedy. I loved the complex stories filled with bold female characters who committed hideous atrocities because of some fatal flaw. And during those years at university, I often felt like I had changed into one of those characters. That I was ever so carefully destroying myself…

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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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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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18 for 2018 – Revisited

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At the end of 2017, I began to listen to a podcast by Gretchen Rubin, the author of The Happiness Project. In one of her podcasts, she and her sister created a list of things that they wanted to do the following year. It included finding the ultimate black dress and getting to bed earlier. I decided to write my own list and so I sat down and wrote 18 for 2018. As it is now 2019, it is time…

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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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The Christmas Tag

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Christmas is only a day away. Are you prepared? For once I’m feeling very organised. So organised that I can afford to spend the time taking part in The Christmas Tag. I was tagged by the lovely Amanda at Mrs Warburton. As I’ve been very quiet on the blog I thought it would be a lovely post to come back to. And an opportunity to talk about Christmas past, present and future. So are you ready to feel the Christmas spirit? The…

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Baby Loss: Is It Time To Move On?

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Trigger warning – this post mentions baby loss and miscarriages. Baby Loss: Is It Time To Move On? A New Diagnosis This month marks the anniversary of one of my miscarriages. One of our lost babies was also due in November. And last week I was finally diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from the miscarriages. All this means that our experience of baby loss is very much on my mind. It wasn’t a surprise to be given a diagnosis of Post Traumatic…

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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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