**Trigger warning- the following post may be upsetting to those with a history of childhood abuse & family breakups. This is an extremely important post, so I hope you know this isn't a run-of-the-mill one you can just skim read or skip over. I'll introduce this post by sharing what I just shared on my … Continue reading LIAR LIAR
Today (12th October), after much preparation and psyching myself up, I have officially re-launched my summerSHINES studio business over on Etsy. YESSSS! Here is a bit about me and what I'm doing, taken from my summerSHINES social media channels (Facebook & Instagram) :)………………… Hello and welcome to a new future of inspiration, laughter, and colour-filled … Continue reading POST-RELAPSE summerSHINES RELAUNCH!
I write about mental health from day-to-day. It isn't an unusual thing for me to venture into these waters-most-murky. I don't feel the societal stigma to any huge degree, or at least if I do, I've got very well accustomed to it. I'm a mental health blogger you see which means mental health is an … Continue reading MENTAL HEALTH, UN-MASKED
Do you know what Repose means? Here is what it means in the dictionary...….. repose1 rɪˈpəʊz/ noun noun: repose 1. a state of rest, sleep, or tranquillity. "in repose her face looked relaxed" synonyms: rest, relaxation, inactivity, restfulness, stillness, idleness; More sleep, slumber "in repose, her face still showed signs of the strain she had … Continue reading REPOSE
Hello and welcome to the first of a few posts for World Mental Health Day 2018 (which is tomorrow). I titled this piece 'small world big problems' and I suppose on first glance it isn't the most positive of blog titles ever written (!) but what I mean by this is our world, I think, … Continue reading SMALL WORLD BIG PROBLEMS
This is my attempt at a meander through my forest of tangled up thoughts surrounding the upcoming loss of my current therapist. Yesterday I saw her. I faced my rising fear. Everything was the same, yet I was so different. Knowing the ending is coming made me think feel and act very different to usual. … Continue reading DIFFERENT BUT BETTER
Today is a lazy post. I'm just sharing my drawings today as I have minimal wordage at my disposal to draw upon. I've taken the higher dose of Seroxat today for the first day and I'm EXHAUSTED. I so hope the increased anti-depressant works. Life is bloody hard right now. I cannot lie about that. … Continue reading SHARPIE SHIZZLE
This is a important blog about mental illness, mental wellness, taboo and society. It contains my personal reflections, and I would be very interested to hear yours, so please leave me comments and share this blog if you think it would interest others. Thanks. Words matter a lot I think, and this generalisation applies more … Continue reading MENTALLY ILL OR MENTALLY HEALTHY?
For a mental health/trauma recovery blog I suppose this is one of my more unusual blog titles! 'What the hell does the primary coloured yellow and blue Scandi warehouse have to do with recovery or wellbeing?' you might ask. Well this is a post about wellbeing, about nostalgia, and about grounding yourself as a human … Continue reading IKEA TIMEWARP
I feel horrible in all ways. My body is raging against the internal pain which is screaming loud. The only trouble is I am the only one who can hear the noise, which makes me feel extraordinarily painfully isolated and in my own private grey tinged bubble. But I am writing this blog post in … Continue reading HER: THERAPY AND THE ANGST OF ENDINGS
This is a blog post done on demand based on me being asked recently by an Instagrammer friend the deceptively simple question, "how on earth do you manage to survive?" Rather than me write a brief and ultimately uselessly limited comment on Instagram in response, I thought I'd write a longer blog post as I … Continue reading HOW TO SURVIVE #1- THE ROOTS & FUNDAMENTALS
I'm back in the blog arena, and I can't tell you how good it feels to be back tapping on the keys of my laptop rather than tapping on the screen of my smartphone with my podgy cumbersome fingers. I have sacrificed my blog for daily (and sometimes several times daily) posting on my summerSHINES … Continue reading GUESS WHO’S BACK!
"Wow. I didn't expect this notification today. Two years of summerSHINING is now under my belt. 👏 As I hope most of you will know, first and foremost I'm a writer of mental health truth; my truth. Since starting #summerSHINES- the creative business, my blogging has regrettably fallen by the wayside. An extended period of … Continue reading ANNIVERSARY OF SHINE
I'm at a crossroads in my psychological treatment. I'm not liking being at this place, but this place is where I'm at so decisions at some point will have to be made. This dilemma is quite a new one - oh goody! A fresh dilemma is just what I was hoping for on top of … Continue reading FRESH DILEMMA
I am writing this in reaction to watching another really fab lecture on YouTube by the clinical psychologist Diane Langberg. You will see I shared another of her videos - an explanatory lecture about complex trauma, in my last blog post. Anything I find helpful I try and share on this blog in the hope … Continue reading THE SHAME OF IT