So, in late 2017 after years of suffering I was diagnosed with severe clinical depression. I always knew there might have been something “wrong” with me but I just ignored it and carried on while putting on a brave face. Looking back now, I wish I had done something a lot sooner than I did. Because I ignored the problems rather than facing them I ended up where I am today, however this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. As now I have the help and meditation I need to be able to lead a better life. Along the way towards the breakdowns I had and during them, I (unintentionally) hurt people, pushed them away and almost lost some of the best people in my life. But like true friends they are there for me and understand the difficult time that I’m going through. My family have been an absolute god send in supporting me and so has @zoeacam even though there have been big ups and downs, they have helped massively. So to them I say thank you and to anyone else that is or may think they are suffering from any type of depression, no matter how big or small, PLEASE speak out even if it’s a few hints at a time to someone you know or trust. DO NOT SUFFER by yourself, you CAN do it! #mentalhealth#depression#mentalhealthawareness#mentalhealthmatters#behappy#dontsuffer#speakout#wellbeing#betteryourself#betteryou#love#gethelp#mentalwellness#depressioncankill#depressioncanbebeat#family#friends#youcandoit
Fudgy chocolate slice! The perfect Easter treat!! No sugar added, sweetened with dates this rich treat will satisfy your sugar cravings pronto! Yes there is a small scraping of melted chocolate on the top but really only enough for a taste. My puffed rice and cashews are in there to harmonise the chewy and crunchy. Definitely give them a whirl! Whip 400g dates with 1/2 cup peanut butter until it is a paste. Stir in a cup of rice puffs ...rice bubbles would probably work, 1/2 cup cashews. Press into a slice container, melt chocolate over the top and refrigerate until you just can’t wait any more!!!! Pop it out, cut it up, Bob’s your uncle, Fanny’s your aunt and your kids aren’t bouncing off the walls like they’ve eaten packet crap! Xxxxx
Regrann from @toshiashaw - I know firsthand how hard it is to break the chains that keep us connected to our past. Our trauma runs deep, generations, the chains are connected to our ancestors. We still feel their pain of abandonment when our families were forcibly ripped apart. This pain runs through our blood where we can’t even get a blood transfusion. The pain of sexual violence runs through our blood where the women were violated at whim, and our men had to stand by to watch. The pain of physical violence runs through our blood where we were whipped, and beaten whenever they felt the need.
This pain runs through our bodies still.
So to the mothers who know where this deep rooted pain comes from but still shows up everyday with a smile, I respect you. The woman who is battling depression but humbles herself by reaching out to me for mental help, I honor you. The woman who refuses to allow her child(ren) to continue the vicious cycle of mental and spiritual bankrupt, I am in awe of you.
I see you, I used to be you, I stand with you, I am proud of you.
I’ve just got back from a 5 day break I’m Scotland with my best girls.
It’s been an amazing few days and I really didn’t want to come home.
I also felt guilty while I was away, relaxing, spending money, not looking for work or trying to fix my life.
I felt like I didn’t deserve a break.
But now I’m back home with everything still in front of me, I know that’s not true.
It’s ok to take a break, no matter what you’re taking a break from.
Life is hard and handling it with a mental illness is even harder.
You deserve to take a break from everything.
Never feel guilty for recharging your soul