Mental Health Awareness Week -    Day 3

I think knowing what you like and what helps you feel a bit better when you're not feeling 100% is essential for todays post. As I am going to share with you 5 things that help pick me up; these are just ideas and maybe you could come up with your own self care list?! I would love for you to share these with me once you have completed it. 

  TURN OFF SOCIAL MEDIA  - Social media has connected with me with so many beautiful souls but if I'm not in the right mental space to receive information social media can become my no 1 enemy. I begin to compare myself to others and believe what I am doing is not enough. So every now and then a social media detox is worth having. 

TURN OFF SOCIAL MEDIA - Social media has connected with me with so many beautiful souls but if I'm not in the right mental space to receive information social media can become my no 1 enemy. I begin to compare myself to others and believe what I am doing is not enough. So every now and then a social media detox is worth having. 

  Self Affirmations in the mirror -  Self affirmations every morning and night in the mirror is literally one of the hardest tasks I have done in all my life. To look in the mirror and say to myself 'I am beautiful',  was an extremely painful sentence especially when all I feel at this time is ugly. I am going to share a separate post on my recovery from acne. But affirmations do work, the more you do it the more you end up believing it!

Self Affirmations in the mirror - Self affirmations every morning and night in the mirror is literally one of the hardest tasks I have done in all my life. To look in the mirror and say to myself 'I am beautiful',  was an extremely painful sentence especially when all I feel at this time is ugly. I am going to share a separate post on my recovery from acne. But affirmations do work, the more you do it the more you end up believing it!

  Music Therapy  - I find that putting on my favourite artist is a great coping strategy when I feel like shit. Day to day at work I am always turning off the radio in my office and it annoys most of my colleagues because I hate constant noise when my mind is so busy trying to concentrate on the daily pressure my work brings. However when I am feeling down music heels me, it allows me to escape my busy mind and takes me on a journey. 

Music Therapy - I find that putting on my favourite artist is a great coping strategy when I feel like shit. Day to day at work I am always turning off the radio in my office and it annoys most of my colleagues because I hate constant noise when my mind is so busy trying to concentrate on the daily pressure my work brings. However when I am feeling down music heels me, it allows me to escape my busy mind and takes me on a journey. 

  Putting pen to paper  -It doesn't necessarily mean writing a 5 page diary entry. But I find putting my thoughts on paper can help stop my urge to OVERTHINK. By writing things down/bullet points/mind maps I am able to capture how I am feeling and address it by working through my problems in a calm way instead of getting myself caught up in my anxiety. 

Putting pen to paper -It doesn't necessarily mean writing a 5 page diary entry. But I find putting my thoughts on paper can help stop my urge to OVERTHINK. By writing things down/bullet points/mind maps I am able to capture how I am feeling and address it by working through my problems in a calm way instead of getting myself caught up in my anxiety. 

  Date yourself  -I don't care if I am in a relationship or not! Dating myself on a regular for me is vital. Whether it be taking myself on holiday/ taking myself out to eat/ reading a book in the park or simply just washing my hair. ALONE time necessary to help me find myself and let me find out what is I need.

Date yourself -I don't care if I am in a relationship or not! Dating myself on a regular for me is vital. Whether it be taking myself on holiday/ taking myself out to eat/ reading a book in the park or simply just washing my hair. ALONE time necessary to help me find myself and let me find out what is I need.

The points above are me sharing with you what personally works for you, that doesn't mean they will work for you but I hope they give you some ideas on how you can help yourself feel that little bit better!

 

Mental Health Awareness Week -    Day 2

 

I need you to know that you are not alone. No matter how lonely you feel right now there are people out there who want to help you and who can help you. To ensure that you get the help you need I have listed some free resources for you:

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Anxiety UK

Phone: 03444 775 774 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5.30pm)

Website: www.anxietyuk.org.uk

Bipolar UK

Website: www.bipolaruk.org.uk

CALM

CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15-35.

Website: www.thecalmzone.net

Depression Alliance

Website: www.depressionalliance.org

Men's Health Forum

Website: www.menshealthforum.org.uk

Mental Health Foundation

Website: www.mentalhealth.org.uk

Mind

Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm)

Website: www.mind.org.uk

No Panic

Phone: 0844 967 4848 (daily, 10am-10pm)

Website: www.nopanic.org.uk

OCD Action

Phone: 0845 390 6232 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5pm)

Website: www.ocdaction.org.uk

OCD UK

Phone: 0845 120 3778 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)

Website: www.ocduk.org  

PAPYRUS

Young suicide prevention society.

Phone: HOPElineUK 0800 068 4141 (Mon-Fri,10am-5pm & 7-10pm. Weekends 2-5pm)

Website: www.papyrus-uk.org

Rethink Mental Illness

Phone: 0300 5000 927 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-4pm)

Website: www.rethink.org

Samaritans

Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)

Website: www.samaritans.org.uk

SANE

For people affected by mental illness, their families and carers. 

SANEline: 0300 304 7000 (daily, 4.30-10.30pm)

Textcare: comfort and care via text message, sent when the person needs it most: http://www.sane.org.uk/textcare

Peer support forum: www.sane.org.uk/supportforum

Website: www.sane.org.uk/support

The Mix

Support for under 25s

0808 808 4994

Website: www.themix.org.uk

YoungMinds

Phone: Parents' helpline 0808 802 5544 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-4pm)

Website: www.youngminds.org.uk

 

Mental Health Awareness Week - Introduction 

 

Hey, hey, hey!

As some of you are aware I am a full time psychiatric nurse. My background is forensic psychology, criminal behaviour and mental health. I have had first experience of how mental health can effect ones everyday life as I have family relatives who have suffered and are suffering with depression, anxiety and schizophrenia which is part of the reason why I furthered my studying on the topic of mental health.  

In recent years I myself have suffered with anxiety and low mood which developed due to my skin condition of acne which I have been battling with for the last year and a half. As a psychiatric nurse I know all too well the stigma society has on mental health and I did the worst thing anyone suffering with mental health can do, which was hide away; I stopped going to work, attending events and socialising with my family and friends.  

In a world where we are consumed with social media and looking ‘perfect’ by covering our insecurities with one of the many filters that are so readily available, its so easy to start hating the body and skin we are in. 

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Which is why I was so excited when the founder of mental wellness platform CraZyCreativeCool got in touch and asked me to write an article on self care as it is a topic so very close to my heart and the hearts of those around me. 

I want to be able to reach out to those who are struggling and have lost their voice. The article I have prepared is NOT accredited and although I am a professional it is just a few tips that I have found to help ME but if you are feeling suicidal or are in desperate need please seek professional help and in my next post I will include phone lines and websites to help you further. 

I want you to be assured that you are not alone. 1 in 3 people are suffering with some form of mental health and every form of it is just as life changing as the other. We have to give mental health the same respect we do as physical health because it can be just as life changing. 

I am so happy to be joining forces with mental wellness platform @crazycreativecool on their new movement to spread the word about how important is it to create your own support SIStem. 

Sisterhood is so important to me as I find it so hard to trust females and their intentions. Creating this system and working with like minded people and sharing our journey is imperative in saving each others life. Peace of mind is crucial in living a fulfilled life and it can be jeopardised by overthinking and sometimes we are our own worst enemy and create scenarios in our heads that aren’t true and even if they are true we have little or no control over anyway. 

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We need to be kinder to ourselves and that starts with what we obsess about within our own heads!

If you like me want to help others and have suffered with some form of mental health please join with the CraZycreativecool movement and reach out to anyone you feel is in need and don’t be shy to share your journey as that may just be enough to save someone.

You got this baby girl!

#mysupportSIStem 

 

Mental Health

Shockingly on average in the UK we spend 30minutes every hour we are awake on social media a day. That is eight hours a day we are losing to social media and it is having a drastic affect on our mental health.

The days of meeting the girls for coffee and conversing or going to a club and dancing till we drop are rapidly coming to an end. Instead what we are left with is groups of people in every setting with their heads buried in their phones waiting for their latest ‘fix’ (likes from strangers on social media).

It’s almost as if we can no longer live in the present moment and just enjoy the time we are having with our friends or loved ones; because our main focus is ‘capturing’ the ‘moment’ either on camera or video without really enjoying the experience ourselves.

Regrettably a huge percentage of us are sharing intimate memories between the ones we care about most with people we rarely know in the exchange of the self-gratification we encounter from superficial likes and comments.

The negative impact social media has on peoples lives can be soul destroying. Leading to resentment, jealousy and may even provoke an experience coined ‘FOMO’ (Fear Of Missing Out). Sadly this is becoming an addiction that so many of us are beginning to live with and it is being reinforced either positively or negatively dependent on the number of ‘likes’ one receives.

Personally I myself have had to revaluate how I use social media as I was beginning to compare my life to others and this was leading me to feel low in mood, ‘not good enough’, ‘not pretty enough’ and ‘not successful enough’. It seemed that everybody else’s life was ‘together’ and I merely existed.

Now I can look back at these feelings and laugh because I have realised that social media is more often than not used as a social construct and we only see what others want us to see of their lives. However it did take a while for me to realise this.

Considering I have always been quite a confident person I was surprised how negative I was becoming and how much I was comparing myself to girls/women I had never met. Luckily I was aware of how unhappy my interaction with social media was making me thus I knew the core of problem and I was able to turn it around.

It is vital that we become more mindful with what we internalise as this is what determines our mind-set. Thus feeding our minds with positivity and righteous information can only enable our mind to grow positivity. Therefore social media does not have to be a negative social construct, it all depends on how we use it.