Well I can’t quite believe it’s Easter Day and that this challenge is at it’s end.
Firstly, a massive thank you to everyone who has contributed to this blog by sharing your story around mental health or wellbeing. You have been both courageous and generous with what you have shared and a real blessing to those who have read your story. I’d also like to thank all those who have followed the blog in any way; it’s been really nice to hear that you have been encouraged in some way by what you have read here. This blog will of course remain open and I will always aim to publish your story if you feel you are ready to share it. I’d also like to say at this point that it is now safe to subscribe (below) to this blog without fear of a daily bombardment of email from me!! Continue reading →
Day 39 of my 40 Day Blog Challenge, I really can’t believe there is only one day left! As I said before, I’ll post day 40 on Easter Day, however, if you have a story, in-between now and then, I will post it.
I often see sayings like the one crossed out above on sites like Facebook and Linked-in, and it always makes me a bit sad. I came across this version a few weeks ago (I think maybe a quote from Jay John, but it’s off the internet so not totally sure!) and thought it was brilliant and wondered if it may have an application for this blog… Continue reading →
Day 35 of my 40 Day Blog Challenge. So I am wondering about getting to day 39 and then taking a break until Easter Sunday. In the meantime I shall continue to collect new contributions (please keep them coming in!) and focus on getting more exposure to the contributions that have already been written. I shall also spend some time thinking about and planning what happens next, since this blog has attracted far more interest than I imagined it would. Watch this space!
Today, I’m going to reblog something simple I wrote a couple of years ago about the Taboo surrounding mental wellbeing… Continue reading →
Day 34 of my 40 Day Blog Challenge. Still more space for contributions, please please do get in touch. Remember to “share” or “re-post” if you have been moved or encouraged by anything you read here. We need lots more hits on the blog to reach 5000 before Easter!
We know that postnatal depression is more common than we may be aware, but it can still really take us by surprise and leave us feeling isolated and inadequate. Today Sarah really kindly shares her story with us… Continue reading →
“Children living in care are more likely to have problems with their mental health than children who aren’t in care, in fact, they are 4 times more likely than their peers to have a mental health difficulty. And if we don’t help children and young people early enough then these problems can get worse”.(NSPCC)
Day 32 of my 40 (46) Day Blog Challenge. In case you are new here, let me fill you in . I decided to publish a blog around the subject of mental health and wellbeing every day for Lent. Mental health is such an important subject to be speaking about openly, and I wanted to see what would happen if I started this. Very quickly, lots of people decided to join in and write about their own experiences of mental health. It has been such a blessing. And thank you everyone who has participated so far. There are now just 2 weeks left to go.
Day 30 of my 40 (46) Day Blog Challenge. I thought I’d blog about my insecurity today, and where better place to start than in the gym…
I started going to the gym this week. A year of not being able to do much exercise, being middle aged, combined with the close proximity of “naughty street” (a street close to work with lots of bakeries and food outlets), has not been good for the old bulge 😕. Continue reading →
Day 29 of my 40 Day blog Challenge (I found out today that Lent this year has more than 40 days, it has 46!! So my 40 Day Challenge is actually a 46 Day Challenge!!), who knew?! And if you did, why didn’t you tell me! 😉 This means there is plenty more room for your contributions 🙂
Today we have a lovely story from Susie about overcoming serious self-doubt:
I overcame self-doubt
Seriously, I think that as you grow, people’s perception of you can have a big impact on how you see yourself. As I grew up, surrounded by a family that had very little expectation of me, and not being pushed to do well at school or in any area, I never really had any confidence in myself or my abilities. Continue reading →
Day 28 of my 40 Day Blog Challenge. A friend emailed me and said this might be a good subject. Speaking from personal experience, this friend said that in their own life, emotional healing from past abuse and trauma began to be more complete, once they had come to a place of forgiveness. In fact, my friend wondered if:
Day 26 of my 40 Day Blog Challenge. Elizabeth shares some beautiful thoughts this mothers day…
Today is a great day. Today, I am surrounded by my immediate family and we shall have quality family time. We shall play together, eat together and have fun together. We shall also get a bit frustrated and impatient with each other because we are a normal family.
Today, Mother’s Day, hasn’t always been a great day. It’s been a day I wished didn’t exist because of unfulfilled dreams. It’s been a day which has made loss in my life all the more apparent. But for me, it means I get to enjoy and appreciate THIS particular day all the more.
But today, I want to remember and consider all the people for whom today is difficult: for those who have lost their mother’s; for those who have lost their grandmother’s; for those who have never known their mother; for those who’ve longed for years to be a mother and it’s not worked out; for those who want to be with their mother’s and distance separates them; for the mothers who have lost their babies; for those whose mother’s have fallen short and feel let down by them. I acknowledge that today can be a difficult day. And I’m thinking of you. Please don’t feel forgotten.