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Learning about my ‘financial anorexia,’ was not something I had anticipated when I entered treatment. But, discovering how my relationship with money was acutely aligned with my relationship with food, was a valuable teaching.
I’ve always struggled with finding the balance between being sociable and being alone. I have finally accepted who I am, and found a happy medium.
Returning to work after a period of mental ill health, isn’t easy. But it’s not big, expensive gimmicks that helped me. It was something much simpler, and cost nothing.
When you let go of the expectations of where you ‘should’ be in your life, you make room to accept where you are in the here and now. We all mature and grow physically, emotionally and mentally at different rates. There is no ‘one size fits all.’
Sometimes, it’s worth taking a risk to speak your truth, even if it leaves you feeling vulnerable…because that’s what recovery is truly about. Just remember though, it’s not what you say, but how you say it, that can make the difference.
If you lost everything tomorrow that gives you your sense of identity, would you know who you were? Without all the frills of life, are you content with your lot? Not an easy one, but a passing conversation made me curious about how my own sense of self has evolved since being in recovery.
Full of self-doubt, never feeling like you deserve anything good that comes your way, and feeling deeply unworthy, are all symptoms of ‘Imposter Syndrome.’ If they sound familiar to you, then you are not alone. More importantly though, there are some simple techniques you can do to help set yourself free.
This one has been in the pipeline for a while, but the increase in these kind of videos has left me frustrated. Recovery IS about the food, but more importantly it is about everything else OTHER than the food.
Despite having the flu jab…I got the flu. From my ‘snotty sick pit,’ I learnt more about myself and my recovery journey than I expected.
How have we become so neglectful of the simple pleasure in life that can add so much value? Pay more attention to the little things in life…they are often the big things in disguise.
Some people are in our lives for a long time, whilst others are merely a moment in time. I have learnt that this is irrelevant. We all have the ability to leave our mark on others, as I unexpectedly found out last weekend.
Christmas can be an incredibly difficult time for many of us. If you are struggling with a mental health issue, then the holidays can fill you with dread. My biggest tool I have learnt is to not suffer in silence. People can’t help you if they don’t know how. Guide them and be honest about what you need to get through each day.
‘Jiggsaw Reflection Series 012’ . This sound familiar… . When I have £££ in my account, I’ll be happy. … When I met him or her, I’ll be happy. … When I move there, I’ll be happy. … When he or she says they love me, I’ll be happy. … When I get that job, […]
Ever felt like you are just wandering? Life is passing you by; Different Day, Same Story. Life can be mundane. It can be frustrating and it can feel…boring. A slog with no end in sight. But it’s important to remember that THIS is EXACTLY where you are meant to be right now. In a world […]
Social media is a strange place at times. We compare ourselves to people we have, and will never meet, which is why I feel so passionately about who we choose as a role model. Surround yourself with those who add value to your life, without needing some sort of validation in return. You get to choose your heroes…choose wisely.
Sunday night/Monday morning blues is real. Many of us suffer with anxiety about the week ahead, before it’s even begun. I did, and still struggle with this, so what can you do to ease that dread?
It may be ‘World Mental Health Day,’ but our mental health deserves attention everyday. I’ve learnt that if you neglect your basic needs, then you can end up in a dark place. Look out for yourself and others EVERY day.
What happened to the real you? The one that existed before you created an online version of yourself. Recovery has taught me to accept the ‘me’ that exists in real life. She is a whole lot happier than the one she pretended to be when she was ill.
It’s all to easy to make assumptions about one another, without knowing the full picture. Recovery has helped me to let go of judgements and to be more open, in both heart and mind.
It’s not easy being reminded of who I was when I was in the grips of anorexia; angry, sad and lost. It still amazes me that these feelings are no longer my everyday experience. So, when I was unexpectedly faced with a mirror image of myself, it was incredibly uncomfortable yet welcomed at the same time.
What’s your purpose? Where do you belong? What are you working towards? Life can be constant race to keep up. How about we just enjoy the ride, right here, right now.
When you feel like you have nothing left to give, you are exhausted and want to give up…these are some of the tools I have used to keep me on track. And more importantly a few reminders as to why recovery is worth it.
How many hours of snooze do you manage to get a night? Mine has been far too little of late, and it has taken it’s toll on my mental and physical health. This is why I need to remind myself that sleep is non-negotiable part of my recovery.
One simple word, yet for many years I rarely said it. I was a people pleaser, too afraid to honour my needs and boundaries. I’ve learnt that being able to say no, is not a selfish act, but a liberating one, with benefits to everyone around you.