Brief outline of my mental health journey…

Hi all. And welcome to my blog. I am here starting this blog for the first time.

I want to make this blog about the experiences of mental health and the journey that the majority of people with mental health face.

I want to be able to share those experiences of mental health and not make negativity my main subject of focus. I want to be able to embrace the whole idea of mental health and that it is okay to discuss it openly..

But before I make any more blog posts about the present and future, let me explain to you my journey to today. The present day.

My mental health journey began officially when I was thirteen/fourteen. But I never really properly knew until I was sixteen. Ever since I’ve lived with mental health issues. The specific mental health issues I am and have always lived with are: social anxiety, general anxiety disorder and depression.

And fast forward to today, here I am, still alive and well. Nice and healthy attending my studies.

So that’s my journey so far until today and a brief look into my past.

Thank you for reading.

I hope you all will find my posts interesting, and will happily read them all, including this one. And feel free to comment your thoughts and opinions.

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Maintaining your true self – Authenticity

Hi guys and welcome to another blog post from yours truly.

I want to discuss authenticity and being yourself and why it is important to be authentic when it comes to living your life, making friends and blogging.

Why is it important??

It’s important to stay and be authentic because you don’t want to give out the wrong impression to people. Making a good first impression is critical in social settings. Giving off a good impression to others mean they’ll receive good vibes from you. And people will start to like you.

For me, I always try to make an effort to be myself and to be open and honest with people. It just makes so much more sense to do that instead of being fake and untrustworthy. If you are not being yourself, why bother living when you’re living someone else’s life??

Be in your own shoes, be in your skin. Be comfortable to just act like yourself. If you can’t be, then you need to work on that.

Thanks for reading.

Hope you enjoyed.

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How to make your Monday’s better

Hey and welcome to another blog post from yours truly.

I want to talk about Monday and the reputation people give ‘Mondays’.

It is hard for most people to get out of bed on any given day. But Monday’s are the hardest for most. Monday’s are given a bad reputation by everyone I know or don’t know. And that makes it difficult to find inspiration and motivation to do things.

Rveryone has given Monday the reputation of it being a tiring, long and difficult day to bear. There are only few people who actually love Monday’s and I am one of those people.

The mood and tone you set for yourself can change your whole day/week. Which is why it is important to find the inspiration to be motivated and do things.

To make your Monday’s better, whether you work on Monday’s or not. Here are a few tips to improve your day:

– Get up nice and early

– Freshen up, shower, get dressed etc.

– Make yourself some coffee (or whatever helps to wake you up)

– Go out for a walk or for a kick about, play some football with the kids (if they’re too young for school), for some fresh air

– Be productive, set yourself small goals for the day and aim towards them

I believe that the best way to get through your Monday is by being productive and making sure you keep yourself busy. That way you won’t feel the “tiredness” that you always feel on a Monday. This benefits you in a way that:

– You’re keeping your mind busy

– Your are not thinking of how difficult it is to get through the day

– You will feel satisfied that you did something productive with your day (no matter how big or small the task is)

Just remember: A positive thought and mindset can change your whole day.

Lots of love from yours truly!! X

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Mental wellbeing

Hi guys

In this post, I want to talk about mental wellbeing and how it is important to maintain a good and positive mental state.

The way I see it, It is important to keep yourself in check mentally. It’s essential to look after and take care of yourself and make sure your mind is healthy and happy.

You cannot put others first when you are not in a place where you are mentally healthy. If you are not mentally healthy, then how can you help others around you?

Why bother putting yourself through other people’s grief and turmoil when you can’t deal with your own? It is figuratively and literally impossible to take care of someone else when you are not in a place to help.

It is so important to maintain a good mental wellbeing for:

  • Your mental health
  • Your family (loved ones) and friends
  • Your self
  • Your health
  • Your life

Once you are able to maintain a healthy and good mental wellbeing, from there you can form healthy relationships and friendships. It is not and it never will be selfish to take care of yourself before taking care of your own.

I just want to tell you, you are important, your mental health and mental state is important. And if you cannot put that first, you’ll never be able to have healthy relationships or friendships. So remember, you come first before anyone else in your life.

Thank you for reading.

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Toxic friends

Hi and welcome to another post from yours truly.

I want to talk about what friendships mean to me, dealing with friendships and how to avoid people who aren’t good for you or you’re wellbeing.

Friendships mean creating a bond with someone (or a group of people) for life. Friendships mean telling one another your deepest, darkest secrets, having sleepovers, going on nights out together. Just having fun whilst your doing it.

Friendships are there for a reason. Friendships are created for people to be there for one another, for individuals to be each other’s ride or die.

So when it comes to people who do you wrong, that’s a whole issue within itself. Sometimes when people do you wrong, you see them for who they really are. Their true colours will come out and eventually all the good friends they had, that were riding for them, will leave them hanging out to dry. All because they wanted to ruin one friendship that you thought would have had some meaning to them.

It’s like a domino effect. Once you ruin one friendship, the rest will follow.

Dealing with people who are difficult in a friendship is hard, sometimes challenging. But if they are there for you, they’re there for you. But if not, you just have to let them know how you feel and tell them straight up this friendship is done. There’s no eventually about anything, it has to happen right there and then. Toxic people aren’t good for you, your own wellbeing or mental and physical health.

Sometimes in life, you have to cut people off. You have to do what you need to do in order to keep toxic people out.

Never sacrifice yourself, your wellbeing, your health for anyone. If someone is draining you to the point of exhaustion in a friendship, cut them off. You don’t need them in your life. They don’t need to still be hanging around you. All they do is bring negativity around you.

Sometimes it’s good to be selfish especially in the case of a ”toxic friend”. You have to be selfish and think about your own needs. Sometimes it’s got to be done, if you want to better yourself as a person and work on you.

I just thought to share this insight with you all because I struggle with meeting people and I also believe that it is important to keep a good circle of friends around you. It’s important to keep a good social circle because you never know when those little jabs may come at you.

I hope you enjoyed reading. Until next time.

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Spotting the signs of an Anxiety/panic attack

Hi and welcome to another post from yours truly.

In this post, I want to address how to go about spotting the signs of anxiety and/or panic attacks. I believe that it is very important to know this because there needs to be aware of how to help people who are going through/experience anxiety and panic attacks.

First things first, let me say that anxiety and panic attacks are serious issues. It is not something to be making a mockery out of. It is genuine and sincere when anyone goes through it.

Now that I have that out of the way, I want to go on to discuss why it is important to know the signs of someone who is about to have an anxiety or panic attack. There are a few reasons why:

  • It is a disturbing experience for the individual so it is vital to help them relax and calm down
  • It can last for a while, depending on what triggered the individual so it is significant to keep them talking to take their mind off what is going on with them

How to spot the signs?

Recognizing the signs of anxiety and panic attacks is never easy. But to really help someone who is going through this and to save them the humiliation of having to experience an attack in public, here are a few things to consider.

  • Check in with your loved ones and friends – talking helps
  • Ask how they feel – if they state anything negative that happened in their life, they could be prone to an attack
  • Ask about stress levels
  • Ask about work-related issues or anything big that has happened to them recently
  • Make sure to go see your loved ones and friends, even if they don’t want you to. It shows you care.

It is always crucial to check in with people, loved one or not, friend or not. Even if you are on bad terms with them or even if the person is a stranger, it is always nice to be asked, ”Are you okay?”. It gives people validation that they still exist in a society where they feel lonely. It makes them feel that they are important.

So please be mindful when someone says to you, ”I think I am about to have an anxiety attack or a panic attack.” Never turn the away, never turn them down. When someone opens up to you about that, they are being vulnerable with you. So that should not be taken lightly.

Hope you found this useful and educational. Hope you enjoyed reading.

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A few things to know about anxiety and panic attacks

Hi guys

How are you all?

I want to write about anxiety and panic attacks and how serious it is. I’ve covered this area before on my blog but I feel I need to retouch on some mental health topics again (since I have done so in a while). And this is one of them.

Anxiety and panic attacks are serious issues that need to be taken seriously. Regardless of what the situation is or where you are, you need to be able to feel safe, calm and relaxed as someone experiencing mental health.

Anxiety and panic attacks is a painful experience. As an individual who experiences anxiety and panic attacks, you need to make sure your:

– Personal well-being comes first

– Health comes first

For others who are reading this from an outsiders point of view, when you see it witness someone who you suspect to have a panic attack or doesn’t look well, there are a few things you can do to help.

You can:

– Ask if they are ok

– Have a conversation with them

– Be there for them

You don’t have to be someone’s friend or loved one to be there for them. You can be a stranger and be there for someone. Talking helps, and I mean that from an outsiders point of view and from an (individual with mental health’s) point of view.

Anxiety and panic attacks are no joke. And like I said before it is a painful experience. It hurts, it gives people migraines and headaches. so it is important to spot the signs of someone who is close to have one of these attacks. (Which I’ll do in another post)

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2018 Summary for my blog

When I started blogging, I never thought that it would change or improve my life. I had built a passion for writing as a writer on wattpad (which you should totally check out) before fully transitioning into blogging. I had been writing on wattpad the year before (in 2017. I started writing and from there, my passion for writing… just grew.

How has blogging helped me?

Blogging helped me in a way that it got me out of a lot of things. It got me out of being in an unstable emotional state of mind more times than I can count. Blogging helped me to express my thoughts on life, travel and (my) mental health. Blogging helped me improve myself as a person and as a writer.

Now I can freely say that I am ready to take on a lot more than what I give myself credit for. And that is to (hopefully) write for the big brands and achieve my goal of being a freelance writer.

Advice for Newbies?

  • Just be yourself – authenticity is important
  • You can write about anything you want (even if it is not personal)
  • Have fun
  • Go along with the flow

I hope you enjoyed reading.

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