Mental health

One practical way I manage my mental health

By On 26th June 2017

Being too busy is, for me, often the first step on the path to deteriorating mental health. I have made many changes to build a life where I am mentally healthy. One of the most important disciplines I have started to build is the practice of less. Less I always associated the idea of less with things being worse: less…

Family / Mental health

A key to living in the present.

By On 14th June 2017

We have been in Anglesey for about 8 weeks now. It has been fantastic. As I write this I am outside sat at the table under the parasol. If I look up I can see the mountains of Snowdonia in the distance and the patchwork of fields, with the occasional house or farm dotted in between. The swallows that have…

faith

On transitions and finding the courage to move forward.

By On 6th June 2017

What follows are some thoughts on moving from one place to another. We are living in Anglesey at the moment (for a three month sabbatical) but these words are not about a literal move, but a metaphorical one. The past few years I have been on the border, crossing from one way of life to another. My blog is subtitled ‘Learning How To…

faith

On realising I am good.

By On 30th May 2017

I recently wrote a post about freedom. This post was a starting point for re-articulating my faith. If you haven’t read it you might want to check it out before reading this. The ideas contained in these posts are fresh, and like wet paint have the potential to make a mess. I am stumbling towards truth, inarticulately. I am starting to write about some…

Family

To my daughter, on a day we don’t understand.

By On 23rd May 2017

This isn’t really a new blog post. It started as a letter to those who have subscribed to this blog, who I email most weeks. But after writing it and sending it to them I thought I would share it here too. It has been such a strange day. A day of conflicting emotions. A day where our nation has poured out…

Mental health

The question that undid me.

By On 3rd May 2017

I had my first panic attack at 22. Except I didn’t know that was what it was called, or that it was symptomatic of the fact I was suffering with a mental illness. Mental health was not on my radar. At all. I didn’t think of my brain as being healthy or unhealthy. I didn’t think about it having moving…

living well / Mental health

On bodies and beauty.

By On 18th April 2017

I find it hard to know how to relate to my body. There is a lot of conflicting information thrown at me. It should be strong and sporty because ‘this girl can’. It should be thin and well-kept because why wouldn’t you make the most of what you have got? I shouldn’t give it a second thought because appearances don’t…

Mental health

The problem with anxiety.

By On 13th April 2017

Two weeks ago I opened my notebook and wrote this to you: — “I’ll level with you. I’m feeling anxious. Right now as I write this. I was fine and then all of a sudden I was aware of the tell-tale signs: the increase in temperature, the noise of my heart beating, my stomach bubbling. My anxiety manifests itself as…

Mental health

How to fight the beast called Anxiety.

By On 31st March 2017

Anxiety is a beast and it has no manners. It never waited for me to get dressed or have my breakfast before it pounced. It sat on the end of my bed waiting for me to open my eyes, dictating to me how the day would start. As I lay in bed, adrenalin surged and I was instantly catapulted from peaceful sleep…