14. Running for the Soul

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

The Smiling Fanny Manifesto

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

13. Self Help For Your Mental Health – Hope

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

12. Help & Support For Carers & Friends of Mental Illness Sufferers

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

11. Self Help For Your Mental Health – Meditation, Hypnosis & Relaxation

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

Qi Gong & Tai Chi for Mental Health, Wellbeing and Menopause

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

9. Self Help For Your Mental Health – Talk Support

Treatment for your mental illness may 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 you … Continue reading 9. Self Help For Your Mental Health – Talk Support

8. Self Help For Your Mental Health – Suicide Awareness

"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

7. How to Deal With Panic Attacks – 8 Self Help Tips

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

6. Self Help For Your Mental Health – Sleep & Duvet Days

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