Sometimes: grace

I have been learning about planning, and grace. For example, one little challenge I’ve given myself to try and get a grip on my eating habits is simply having a tub of my favourite ice cream (a ridiculously sweet, salty, chocolatey, amazing one that I have been eating far too much of recently) in the…

Sugar Highs Are Lows

Recently I’ve been struggling in a number of ways, and although I am trying very hard to find ways to show myself more care. I have always felt there is beauty in the broken, and that honesty is important, so this is the latest on my journey of mental health and motherhood to share with…

Recommendation: Confessions of a Depressed Christian

I have written about my own experience of depression on a number of occasions, but especially with the recent news of Robin Williams own struggles with mental health, I don’t know of a reason to ignore writing and shared experiences where they can help. This is a new anonymous blog which sounds as if it…

Explaining Coping Mechanisms Using Computer Games

When you get stressed it can be hard to see a way out or a way to fix the problem. When that stress is bordering on, or full on swimming in, clinical depression, anxiety or pre-/post-natal depression it can feel hopeless and overwhelming.

Moving When Pregnant: Stuff To Consider

Wherever I look it seems like major life events connected with stress and possible reduced mental health include: moving, change in employment, and having a baby. Guess what? In my crazy life Bear and I are going through all three again within a short space of time. With Little Cub due in January, we decided…

Body Anxiety & Obesity (NSFW)

I have already mentioned that I’m on a rather extreme diet. I was so sure it was due to worries over my health more than anything but after reading “Uncomfortable in our skin: the body-image report” featured in the Guardian yesterday, I’m not so sure. Maybe I’ve been in denial, and if there’s another unhealthy…

Piece of Mind: Mental Wealth Bursts the Bubble

So we got there! After finally finishing my painting (it went right done to the line) and then getting stuck unable to deliver it, I finally got both my large and small paintings into the exhibition. Then it was all a matter of waiting.

My Dark Days: After

This is the third of this series about my time with depression. It was inspired by the Piece of Mind Exhibition which is trying to raise awareness of mental health and well-being. It will take place on the 24th in St Andrews‘ Victory Memorial Hall. For the other two parts of my story click on…

My Dark Days: During

For those who don’t know, this is the second of a three post series describing what it was for me before, during, and after depression. You can find the first part, My Dark Days: Before, here. You will also see through this the progress of my artwork which is being exhibited in the Piece Of Mind…