Mental Health: It’s Always Time to Talk

The sea, beach, coast, Cornwall

Today is Time to Talk Day and as far as I’m concerned it’s always time to talk.. hell, all I do every other day is ramble on to you guys ;) I don’t keep it a secret that I suffer from Depression and Anxiety. I’m not embarrassed.. in fact when I started to explain it to people life became a whole lot less complicated. I didn’t need to pretend to be a different person anymore and I didn’t need to cover my tracks with excuses; I could just say to someone, “I feel sad today.”
I won’t go into any more detail as I’ve said it all before, but instead for Time to Talk Day I wanted to speak about how I’ve been dealing with some of my issues.

I currently see a therapist through the NHS. I’ve tried therapy once before and it really didn’t work for me, but I can’t tell you how relieved I am that I gave it a second try. The coping strategies we’ve discussed are so simple that I just don’t understand why I haven’t thought about them before!

Sea, Beach, Coast, Cornwall
Last week seemed to come to a complete standstill. I was so busy the week before that I didn’t even have time to think and remember my own name, so as things came to a screeching halt I’ve been feeling a bit lost; rattling around my house like a ghost. For me, once I lose momentum it’s really hard to find motivation again.

As I was prattling on I stumbled over how I often work better later into the evening, which has always been annoying because of the hours of a working day. My therapist asked me if there was any reason why I couldn’t start working in an afternoon.. and just like that I flipped my day upside down. My morning is now freed up to go swimming, walk the dog and keep up with cleaning the house and I can settle down with work related things into the evening – I knew there was a reason I wanted to be self employed! I get caught up in what I should be doing and what other people think when really none of that matters. Everyone is different.

Sea, Beach, Coast, Cornwall

The other part of it was coming to understand how you can get the best out of every day. Just because I feel down, hopeless or anxious doesn’t mean the day needs to be a total write off. There are still things I can get enjoyment out of and some tasks I can complete and it’s OK not to be able to do everything.. I think we can all suffer from that pressure from time to time ;)

If you’ve been affected by Mental Health and feel it’s Time to Talk, feel free to share your experiences in the comments or on Twitter. You are not alone, I can assure you of that. Loves x xx

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Is Happiness a Challenge?

Happiness Quotes

Image by HelloAm

If you’re a regular internet addict you’ll have seen the #100HappyDays tag all over the place. I won’t explain in detail, but 100 Happy Days is a photo challenge to appreciate the happiness in your life – have a peek over here. If you want to follow me taking part, you can find me at Onetenzeroseven.

I’ve seen a lot of people in my circles take up the challenge, like Oh, Leona who is quite excited about it and a couple of people who don’t quite agree with the idea like Polkadot Pink. I really wanted to talk about this idea of happiness, as a longtime sufferer of depression being happy isn’t something that I’ve ever found very easy.

For me it’s so much easier to pick out the bad stuff, to pile up everything that has gone wrong in a day and chalk it up as a bad one. I remember the bad things and don’t often tell stories about the good so when I stumbled across 100 Happy Days I was quite intrigued.

Happiness Quotes

Image by Raw Art Letterpress

At first I would get to the end of my day, just before bed, and realise I hadn’t logged my Happy Day moment, scratching around for something that makes me happy. However three weeks in things have shifted and I now find myself feeling that warmth of happiness rushing in and thinking, Ooh! There’s today’s happy moment. In fact, some days I have more than one and I’m disappointed that I have already posted. Sure some days are mundane, but I think you can always find some happiness within. After all, if days are going by without one moment of happiness, I think you need to be making some serious changes to your life.

For me being happy for 100 days isn’t about have a perfect day, it’s about noticing the little things that make me smile; Instead of piling up moments like missing the bus, getting caught in the rain and snagging your new jumper – it’s remembering a compliment or having your favourite cheese for lunch or cuddling up with your special folk.

Happiness Quote Jewellery

Image by Dear Delilah Handmade

If you’re struggling to find some happy moments in your life, don’t fret – I’ve been there too! Here are some simple things that give me a happy heart by way of a little inspiration for you too:

the smell of a crisp Winter day // a warm fire // noticing something beautiful in your city // a quiet moment in a busy day // your favourite takeaway // a sunset  // not having to set your alarm // clean bedsheets // a heartfelt moment in a movie // your favourite musician coming to town // an afternoon nap // wearing your favourite cardigan // a memorable song on the radio

I definitely recommend the 100 Happy Days challenge, it’s easier than you think! What makes you happy? Do you focus more on the good or the bad?

Loves x xx

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