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Living with an eating disorder can feel like living in a prison…in solitary confinement. So, with the current situation actually enforcing less physical contact, it has the potential to allow an eating disorder to run riot. I hope this post will be helpful to anyone who may be struggling to cope right now.
As we all adapt to a completely new life, a new world and a potentially new future…what are we learning, what have I learnt so far, and what have we yet to learn about something that is still such an unknown?
No matter how big, small or insignificant you feel it is, take the time to acknowledge every achievement you make. You don’t need to wait for someone else to do it for you!
Are you one of life’s planners? Do you feel safe knowing what’s happening tomorrow and the next day? Most of us do, but these parameters can be limiting.
How many times do you hear someone say…”I just don’t have enough time.” Ironically…I hear it all the time! I am guilty of it myself, and have noticed how this year it has led to some unhelpful thinking.
When you have lived with a mental health issue, it’s easy to find the biggest gifts in the most unexpected places. Who knew a Christmas tree could mean so much to me…
Do you need an army of cheerleaders or can you be your own cheerleader? Recovery has taught me the importance of being your number own number 1 fan.
When was the last time you felt listened to…I mean really listened to? Being seen and heard has been a huge part of my recovery, but is actually a basic human need. We all need and deserve to feel valued. It helps us to our find meaning and purpose in this world.
Having read some negative comments about this film, I felt so passionate about writing this. I’ll leave it up to you to decide if you agree.
It’s taken some Spanish sun for me to realise how overdue this break has been. It’s not OK for me to ‘keep on going’ indefinitely without burning out, or jeopardising the connection to my authentic self that I fought so hard to find.
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 […]