World Mental Health Day is focusing on Mental Health for Everyone in 2020. As someone who has lived with depression and anxiety for most of my adult life, I'd like to share my story and my tips with you, as where to go for professional help for your mental health and wellbeing.
Read my thoughts on The Menopause Monologues, 2 books full of varying personal experiences of menopause. Buying this will also benefit the charity Shelter - find out how.
My thoughts on the Wellness that Works podcast where Robbie Williams talks about mental health. Includes links to the video of the podcast and to other helpful mental health websites.
If you've been following Tea and Cake for the Soul for a while, I hope that you've had a good look around and are enjoying some of my posts. Below you will find links to some of the most popular ones. MY TOP BLOG POSTS AT TEA & CAKE FOR THE SOUL TRAVEL USA * Complete Guide … Continue reading My Top Blog Posts
My story of how menopause exacerbated the decline in my mental health, and my I decided to quit my job to improve my anxiety, depression and general wellbeing.
I write about various health topics that include mental health, menopause and pain. You will find self help tips and personal experiences that I hope you can identify with.
Updated November 2019 There are often self-help and thought-provoking statuses that appear on Facebook. Some you scroll past and some you read right to the end then feel a little bit cheated that it's a copy and paste post. Some you realise are shared posts but you can appreciate that people are just trying to … Continue reading The Hidden Side of Loneliness
Today's guest blog comes from a dear friend of mine Ali, who publishes Diary of a Detour As part of my Self Help for Mental Health series, Ali shares her story about how running and exercise keeps her demons at bay. Let me start this blog by saying that I’m no Paula Radcliffe. When you see … Continue reading 14. Running for the Soul
I came across The Smiling Fanny Manifesto when reading a novel by Lucy Anne Holmes entitled “Just a Girl, Standing in Front of a Boy". It’s a lighthearted book but Jenny (Fanny) suffers from depression and her friend Phillipa gives her this list of things to do to keep the black dog at bay. Even if … Continue reading The Smiling Fanny Manifesto
So that’s it, the end of my series of self help tips for your mental health. They were extremely hard to write and probably even harder to publish but it was something that I wanted to do in the hope that it would help others. If everything happens for a reason then perhaps my getting … Continue reading 13. Self Help For Your Mental Health – Hope
I have seen mental health problems from both sides. I have lived with mental illness for most of my adult life. I've also seen my mother and friends suffer from it. I know how it is hard on the carers, family and friends of those who have mental health issues. You need to know how … Continue reading 12. Help & Support For Carers & Friends of Mental Illness Sufferers
One key element of recovery, or just existing, is to relax your mind and your body. Of course, this is the hardest thing to do when your mind is either whirring or just dull with pain. Here are a few tips to give you a helping hand. MEDITATION Even when I’m in a good place … Continue reading 11. Self Help For Your Mental Health – Meditation, Hypnosis & Relaxation
This is my favourite post in this series of self help tips for your mental health and wellbeing. It calms me instantly. I have been practising tai chi and qi gong for the last few years and I have found it to be hugely beneficial to my physical and mental health. I have attended classes … Continue reading Qi Gong & Tai Chi for Mental Health, Wellbeing and Menopause
Treatment for your mental health problems might be medication and/or some form of talk support or therapy. It could be in the form of group counselling or one-one with a psychiatrist, psychologist, nurse or a CBT counsellor. It is very important that you talk about your mental health. Get it out in the open. If … Continue reading 9. Self Help For Your Mental Health – Talk Support
"I didn’t so much want to die, I certainly didn't want to kill myself, but I certainly didn’t want to go on living that way. I was existing, not living, in a permanent darkness with no end in sight. And no-one could tell me when I would be well again. I thought it would last … Continue reading 8. Self Help For Your Mental Health – Suicide Awareness
Panic attacks can consist of mental and/or physical symptoms, often hitting at the most inconvenient moments. I've realised now that mine came in situations where I wasn't in total control and I need to have a certain level of control in my life to function well. PHYSICAL SYMPTOMS OF PANIC ATTACKS My physical panic attacks would … Continue reading 7. How to Deal With Panic Attacks – 8 Self Help Tips
Arghhhh Sleep - lack of it, too much or just happening at the wrong time! You’ll probably experience all the above during your illness. Depression is hard work and debilitating. It can leave you with no energy or enthusiasm to do anything. You might not feel capable of getting up. You might wonder what the … Continue reading 6. Self Help For Your Mental Health – Sleep & Duvet Days
Any professional help websites or literature will tell you the importance of a healthy diet to aid your recovery from mental illlness. I quite agree, but I also know how hard it can be to eat or how arduous the task of preparing food can be. This post is all about managing a mental health … Continue reading 5. A Mental Health Diet – Self Help for Your Mental Illness
For a very long time, I was frustrated and angry and scared that I had depression. I had many questions that nobody could answer: Why me? What reason did I have to be depressed? When would I get better? What could I do to make it go? Of course, nobody could tell me. I had … Continue reading 4. Self Help For Your Mental Health – Learn About & Accept Mental Illness
"Before every doctors appointment, I was petrified that this time they would put me in a mental hospital. I wasn’t scared of getting treatment. I was scared of going in and never coming out again!" MAKE A GP APPOINTMENT If you think you might be depressed or suffering from any sort of mental illness, your … Continue reading 3. Medical Help For Your Mental Health