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    How have I helped my anxiety?

    How have I helped my anxiety? There’s lots of information out there. Some good, some bad, and some ‘meh’. I know because over the years I’ve desperately Googled ‘how to help anxiety’. It’s given me some great tips, especially regarding self-care. However, the sheer amount of information is overwhelming. That’s why I thought I’d try to bring you a simple post, outlining what has helped my anxiety over the last couple of years. I definitely feel as though I’ve made progress. I feel like me again. So I want to share with you what’s helped me get there. There’ll probably be some rambling ons, but let’s be honest, if there…

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    Getting outside my comfort zone

    It’s been a while since I last posted. I’ve been feeling a little stuck. There’s been no actual progress but also no setbacks to tell you about. However, we booked some time off, and had a long weekend, and I decided it was time I pushed myself out of my comfort zone. The last time I spoke to you, it was about coming off of my antidepressants. I’ve had a few wobbles and wondered whether it was the right thing to do. I could happily still be on them. However, I know that the only way to get better is to challenge myself and being off of the meds is…

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    What is coming off antidepressants like?

    What is coming off antidepressants like? Deciding to come off my antidepressants was a difficult journey. They were never intended to be long term and so I wanted to come off as soon as I could. It wasn’t until after I tapered off I realised that you’re supposed to be on them for a minimum of six months since they started working. For me, they worked almost immediately, so it was around the six-month mark. This is something I discovered from my research, but I think everyone who starts them should be explicitly told this.   Coming off too soon can have adverse effects.   They say you know when…

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    What is being on antidepressants like?

    What is being on antidepressants like? In December 2020, I made the decision to try antidepressants for my depression and anxiety. A culmination of years of anxiety and the pandemic has caused me to sink to an all-time low. It wasn’t an easy decision for me to choose medication. However, I’m so grateful I did. You can read about my journey to taking antidepressants here. You can also read an update here. I’ve since weaned myself off, but I’m so happy I made the decision to try them. So, the important question is… what is being on antidepressants like?   The beginning I’ve already told you about making my decision…

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    A puppy update (Mental Health and general puppyness)

    A puppy update (Mental Health and general puppyness) Hello! It’s been a while since I told you we had brought our little bundle of fluff home and I thought I would bring a little update to you. As you read this Peanut will be approaching 5 months old and I cannot believe how quickly time has whizzed by! (We bought him home at 2 months). He’s grown so much already! Everybody asks us how big he’s going to get and we honestly have no idea. Whilst he’s mostly a cockapoo his mum is crossed with a Shih Tzu so who knows what genes he’s inherited! If he grows more we’ll…

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    A little catch-up

    Hello! I took an an unannounced and unexpected break from the blogging world. Life just became a little overwhelming and something had to be dropped for a while. Hopefully I’m now back. I feel more in control and am slowly setting myself back on track. That’s not to say I won’t feel overwhelmed and disappear for a while in future. Recovery from anxiety and depression is a long road. I’ve made so much progress recently but it’s taken its toll on me. So what have I been up to? I thought I’d share some more in-depth posts in the coming weeks but here’s an overview of what’s been happening in…

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    Bringing Home Peanut

    Bringing Home Peanut I wouldn’t blame you for glancing at me and mistaking me for a zombie right now. On 1st June, we bought our new puppy home. We’ve been wanting a dog ever since we moved in, but it just didn’t seem viable. However, the pandemic has changed our lives and with us now both working from home, we felt it was time to bring home a dog. Originally, we looked at adopting. However, it’s near impossible to find a dog that can adapt to a flat, whilst also being good with other dogs and children. Many of you have probably seen me talk about my young cousins. The…

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    Antidepressants – An Update

    Antidepressants – An Update When I first went on antidepressants, they changed my life (for the better). I’ve now been on them for almost six months and the initial joy has worn off. I’m noticing a few negative side effects from them and thought I would tell you about it. To begin with, let me just say that the antidepressants have been amazing. If you’ve read my recent posts, you’ll see I’ve been pushing forward with my anxiety and hardly felt any hint of depression. The tablets have helped me get out of my head and for that I am incredibly grateful. Despite what I’m about to write below, I…

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    Another Anxiety Break Through

    Another Anxiety Break Through Last week, my boyfriend and I took a couple of days off. April was a long month, and we wanted a couple of days just to relax. However, there was little relaxing as they turned into two days filled with opportunities for me to confront my anxiety. I’m sat here writing this on Thursday after having spent Tuesday and Wednesday going out. I feel absolutely exhausted from pushing myself, but I’m also incredibly proud of myself. As I’m sharing my journey with you all, I wanted to tell you what I got up to and how I felt. So here goes…   Tuesday Anyone that knows…

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    Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

    Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 It’s Mental Health Awareness Week 2021. A week dedicated to encouraging people to speak out about their mental health. We can show people that mental health is important. The theme for this year is nature. During England’s first lockdown I discovered how much nature could help my mental health. Just being out in the fresh air and appreciating everything around me made me feel calm. Since then, I’ve had a few set backs which make being out in nature a little more difficult. However, this is something I plan to continue working on (hopefully with a dog beside me in the next few weeks!). Do…