Trigger Warnings – weight, food, eating disorders.
I purchased Megan Crabbe’s book “Body Positivity Power” when it first came out and put it on the bookshelf in my bedroom until I had read some of the other books on my list. Recently I decided it was time to read it and begin the journey to celebrating bod positivity.
A few months ago Ra-Ra’s school sent home a little story for us to read to help reinforce what they had been learning about positive mental health in children. It is called “Unique the Unicorn”; they wanted us to read it as a bedtime story and ask her what she thought made each family member special. I have included the story in case you wondered what it was.
Seriously I think I may have broken my stoma due to my erratic eating from having an eating disorder.
Today is “Time to Talk Day” instigated by the Time to Change Campaign. This day is to encourage us all to talk about our feelings and how our mental health maybe affecting us; we all have different levels regarding the things we struggle with and how we deal with them so it is nothing to be ashamed of. 1 in 4 of us have some form of mental health issues and the more we talk about it the better we should hopefully feel. It doesn’t have to be a health professional that you choose to talk too it could be a friend or a family member heck it doesn’t even have to be in person or someone you know in “real life” but talking out some of your worries or stresses may make you feel less alone or validated. Read more
As you may or may not remember I did a post a couple of months back where I talked about 00Steve’s mental health and how it is linked with how tidy the house is and I thought it might be an idea to talk about whether it actually made an impact and what if anything have I learnt from cleaning the house more regularly. Read more
Day 6 of Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness week I thought I would briefly touch on some mental health issues that arose from having Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Let’s face it any long term or chronic illness can get you down and affect your mood greatly; it is widely known that low mood can accentuate pain and vice versa it is definitely a vicious circle. Mental health can be a bit tricky at the best of times but throw in something like chronic illness and your mental health can take a nosedive pretty quickly. Read more
So today I thought I would talk about emotion families; often we can think we feel a range of emotions but not realise that they are part of an emotion family with a certain emotion being the “parent”. This is something I am learning about in DBT in the emotional regulation module and I was quite surprised to be honest how they all fell into families rather than just be sort of similar. Read more
This was put on my care plan that was written at the beginning of the year. But in all honesty I had no bloody idea what to put in and if it will actually be beneficial to me. Now I know what is in it (all tailored to me) but I still don’t know if I will get any use out of it but it is there if I need it. I guess that is the main thing really, so this post will cover what I have in and why. It may give you idea of what to put in yours if it is something you have been asked to do or feel that it maybe beneficial to you. Read more
I have, as you may know been sick the majority of my life which started at the “formative” years. I was thinking the other day about just how much this has affected my mood or how I react to different situations. Is my health and well being affected by what goes on chemically in my brain and inside my organs and vice versa. Read on to find out why I feel this could be linked in some way. Read more
You may have heard the quote I have used as this post’s title in the amazing animated film “Moana” but not put much thought into it like me the first bazillion times I have watched it, until last week when Ra-Ra put it on again (thankfully I love it so I don’t mind) when I half heard it and I was in quite a low place it resonated with me in a way I didn’t expect. How often do we feel if we don’t have a specific item, person etc that we can’t possibly carry on or be the person we thought we were/are, or Maui’s hook? We often use things as a crutch whether we have latched onto it for personal reasons or societal. Read more