After seeing this hashtag going around on Twitter this morning I just knew that I had to get involved. Created by The Blurt Foundation. I’m all about things like this, it’s such a fantastic way to get people talking about mental health. Raising awareness about mental health needs to be taken more seriously than it ever has done before. It’s important that people feel that they can reach out without feeling pressured or embarrassed.
I came across Me and My Mental Health Matter’s Blog and loved the questions they used so I decided that I would answer the same questions on here.
When did you first notice your condition?
I think I was first aware of my condition from the age of 13. I didn’t fully understand or know exactly what it was. I just knew that I didn’t feel ‘right’. I didn’t fit in, but not in a ‘normal’ typical teenage not fitting in way, as many people around me felt thats the phase I was going through. I knew something was wrong and that I didn’t feel right.
It wasn’t till the age of 18 that my doctors finally gave me the ‘depression and anxiety’ label.
When did you first get help for your condition?
I first saw a school councillor at the age of 15. She helped me with stress management. That was the first time I was introduced to breathing techniques and meditation.
I saw three different therapists throughout my time at University. As well as a crisis team and sought help from the A&E department.
Do you take medication?
Yes. Over the past 6 years I’ve taken it on and off. At the moment I take two different dosages of Venlafaxine. It’s the only one I’ve been on that’s worked. Before Venlafaxine, no medication was working so my doctor referred me to a psychiatrist and they doubled my dose. I’ve been on this dose for the past year and 8 months. I will probably be on them for the rest of my life, but to be honest, if they help me live my life then I am okay with that.
What do you miss out on because of your condition?
In short, yes I do miss out on some things. But, as I get older I realise that my life is what I make it. Travel makes me anxious at times, but I take small journeys to challenge myself.
Would you get rid of your condition if you could?
No. I don’t think I would. It would have made my life a hell of a lot easier, but I wouldn’t have the acceptance and compassion for life that I have now. Yes there are many situations that make me anxious. There are days I feel like I can’t face the world. There are days where I feel like I can’t ‘do life’ anymore. But, I keep fighting. I keep living each day as it comes because I might feel depressed and hopeless one day but the next day I might wake up and be happy.
We All Have A Story. It’s your story and everyones is different. Keep fighting and pushing for what you want in life.
Life is so worth it.
Hello and welcome.
Today I wanted to share with you a new video that I’ve uploaded talking about the online mental health community.
I wanted to start this post off as a dear journal post, however as I thought more about what I wanted to write I thought that a lot of you would relate and be feeling the same too.
Its so easy to get caught up in pushing yourself to do more, or do better. I am also very guilty of this.
I have just finished a at home yoga session with one of my favourite yoga instructors on YouTube. The session was aimed for times when you might be feeling stressed. I guess its not secret to those around me that I put a huge amount of pressure on myself to do more and be better so this session seemed appropriate.
I’ve made it my daily mission over the past week or so to try and not stress the little things and OMG has it been difficult! Its so easy to allow myself to fly off the handle about bits on the floor, and washing left on the side and don’t get me started on the time I thought we had ran out of mayonnaise. I’m on a bit of a tangent now though, the point is, life is too short.
All of the stress that we carry around on a daily basis ultimately causes us more emotional and physical pain in tbe future.
I like the saying, live for today…
Because its true. Just do your best and remind yourself that you’re doing your best and you deserve to be loved.
Keep being you and I will see you in a video I’m currently preparing to put up tomorrow.
Hello again, it’s Hannah here.
Today I wanted to share my August goals with you guys!
- Progress with doing yoga for stress management and flexibility.
- Upload more consistently on my blog and Instagram.
- Cut back on caffeine.
- Read two books.
- Treat myself more kindly.
What goals are you setting yourself this month?
It has taken me years to be brave enough to walk around comfortably in a t-shirt.
I walked around Calais last weekend in shorts and a t-shirt.
It was such an achievement for me! 👍🏻💛
⭐️ Your mental health does not define you.
⭐️ Your scars do not define you.
⭐️ Your struggles are a sign of your inner strength.
Keep being you and you will go far. Work on accepting who you are and where you want to go. Make no apologies for who you are and just do your best!
It’s so easy to get into the rut of believing everything that your mind tells you. From experience I think it’s better to always follow your gut feeling.
For instance, there have been so many times in my life over the past year where I’ve thought, “should I do this?” or, “but what if?”
My conclusion is, life is too short to think like that. Go for it! It’s not a good decision, most likely there is another way to look at the situation. There is always a way to ‘fix’ a situation.
- Keep a positive mind.
- Do your best.
- Keep fighting.
- You can do this!
Thats everything from me! I hope you’re all having a good week this week!
– Hannah ❤
I’ve been so excited to share this post with you!
Recently I have been so in love with this product! I love the shade of colour and it stays on all day! What more could I want from a lipstick?
The boyfriend and I went to Canterbury today and I decided that I would wear this and I’m so happy that I did. It stayed on even after eating lunch and drinking coffee. So it’s a solid 10/10 from me!
I’ve had this lipstick for a while but it wasn’t till I was talking to someone at work about it that I decided to get it out and give it a proper try out. I always feel so much more confident when I’ve got lipstick on so it was definitely a nice confidence boost for me today!
Go Go GO GO! Buy it! You will not regret it. (FYI This post is not sponsored)
Enjoy the rest of your Easter Monday!
– Hannah ❤
As of this week (I’ve seen a few bloggers do this and I wanted to try too) I will be starting a new series where I will pick one product that I love and would love to recommend to you. None of these posts are sponsored (thought, in many ways I wish they were) unless otherwise stated!
It’s certainly no secret that I’m a through and through coffee lover! It’s only fitting that I have a selection of various syrups in my kitchen. I would say for the past four months I’ve been absolutely loving adding vanilla syrup into my coffee’s.
I would love to know what you think of these types of posts. So that’s it for this weeks Must Have Monday!
I hope that you’ve had a great start to your week. 🙂
– Hannah ❤
I feel like I spend a lot of my time reminding people to love themselves and I find that I neglect to love myself.
Today I’ve been doing a lot of thinking. Its going to be a very emotionally changing next few months. I need to remember to not be too hard on myself. Maybe once in a while I need to cut myself some slack.
✨ I am doing my best.
And if I have a bad day. I need to remind myself of this:
✨ Things WILL get better.
I’ve also been asking myself this (it’s also a quote btw)
“Was it a bad day? Or was it a bad five minutes that you milked all day?”
I’m so guilty of writing off an entire day as a bad day when in fact, realistically it was probably just a bad couple of hours.
Here are a few things that I have tried to remind myself of today:
✨ Always make time for yourself.
✨ Be brave.
✨ Value yourself.
✨ Celebrate the things you love.
I hope you’ve all had a fantastic day!
– Hannah ❤