Mental health

Mental health

How to answer anxiety.

By On 27th July 2017

What do you say to someone suffering from anxiety? It can be hard to know. You don’t want to put your foot in it, or say the wrong thing. You don’t want to make matters worse. Let me reassure you – there is no perfect thing to say, mostly your friend just wants to know they are not alone. A…

faith / Mental health

On accepting my un-healing.

By On 4th July 2017

I was raised on testimonies of healing. I was taught about the miraculous, Jesus healing the blind man, that meeting in South America when someone was raised from the dead, the missions in Africa where people had seen limbs re-grow and hearing restored. I thought healing was the only answer to the question of illness, because illness was always a sign…

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…

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…

Mental health

A short interview with me.

By On 24th March 2017

Today I was interviewed by my friend Ryan Cook. He filmed our conversation for his blog. In our chat we talk depression, anxiety and faith. I say too much, too quickly. As someone who often talks faster than she thinks this was slightly dangerous… Thought I would share it with you too. Love to know your thoughts (I think –…