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Mental Health

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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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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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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Mental Health

Living With Depression: A Nervous Breakdown & A Diagnosis

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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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Finding Happiness Our Weekend Happy

Our Weekend Happy 11 – Pottering, A Beach Day & Seeing Auntie B

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This is the eleventh Our Weekend Happy post that I’ve written for this blog. Last week’s post was a little different, as it was a review of our day out at the new Animals of the Ice Age exhibit at Howletts. This post also included my first day in the life video. I’d always assumed that I wasn’t creative enough to produce a Day in the Life video. But I’m really proud of this video. I would love it if you went…

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Mental Health

Antidepressants And Me – My Story of Taking Antidepressants

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Trigger warning: this post mentions depression, anxiety, taking antidepressants, self-harm and attempted suicide. If you have personal experience of any of these then you may find this post distressing.  Next year will be the twentieth anniversary of my diagnosis of depression. It will also mark almost twenty years of taking antidepressants. That is huge! It means that I’ve suffered from depression for the majority of my adult life. If you’ve read this blog before then you’ll know that I’m very…

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Baby Loss Mental Health Motherhood

The Grief Of Baby Loss

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Our first baby was due on 14th January 2013. Although, I struggle to remember the due dates for the other babies I’ll always remember the day that our first baby was due to enter our lives. Sadly, that little boy or girl was never meant to be ours to hold. At 11 weeks pregnant, we discovered that the baby was dead. Their heartbeat had stopped when I was 6 weeks pregnant. When the midwife told me that the baby didn’t…

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Finding Happiness

50 more things that make me happy

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“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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