Rising from the ashes

I need to let you in on a secret. As I wrote my last post, I cried, and I cried, and I cried. Because while most of it was true, in that I’m managing difficulties as they arise and continuing to reduce meds, there was one huge part missing, one huge aspect of my life that was falling apart off the back of my transformation. My marriage. I sat Ronan down…

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Transformation

You may have noticed I’ve been a little quiet this last couple of months. It didn’t happen intentionally, there was no great decision to stop writing, no knee jerk reaction to anything. It just sort of happened. I find I’m in a really good space right now – I’m managing difficulties as they arise, I’m continuing to reduce meds, and as of a few weeks ago, I’m also finished with…

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Guest post – How I relieved my depression and anxiety with 2 lifestyle triggers

Hey, I’m Ben Jones. I work at one of the UK’s leading mental health hospitals as the fitness coordinator. I have helped hundreds of people relieve the nasty symptoms of anxiety, depression and stress with my unique exercise and nutrition principles I call ‘Lifestyle Triggers’. To learn more check out my website https://3steplifestyle.com/ and my Facebook https://www.facebook.com/3steplifestyle/. Depression. Anxiety. For me it was like a brick wall… I wanted to…

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On reflection

I think I’ve made a horrible mistake, and I’m so sorry. On reflection, I’m really not comfortable with Patreon, and I’m not comfortable with asking you for money again. The whole reason for this blog was for me to try and figure stuff out, and it just kind of happened that in some way that helped you figure things out too. I never set out to make a career of…

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48 hours

The last 48 hours have been the most intense, unsettling and surreal I’ve had in quite a while. I’ve gone from feeling confident and excited about the future to the extreme polar opposite. Not only did that future seem completely out of reach, it also seemed ridiculous to even have contemplated it in the first place. You see, over the last week or so, an idea that’s been at the…

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Changes

I realise my new perspective on all things mental health related, and in particular on medication, may be more than a bit disconcerting for some of you. It’s so hard to explain in just one post, but let me try: This page has always been about me sharing my experience, and my experience now is that my view on everything mental health related is changing quite dramatically. This includes treatment…

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The past in the present

This one is a little out of left field, but stay with me. While I was reflecting this morning, an image came to mind really strongly. It’s when my son was very tiny, only a few weeks old, and the absolute worst part of my day was those few minutes after Hubby left for work. If I close my eyes, I can actually see me sitting up in bed with…

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Being, not doing

One of the things Therapist 3.0 has been talking about since the day we met is the power of reflection. It took me quite a while to get my head around this concept – what was I supposed to do? How do I make reflection happen? The harder I tried, the less it happened, the more frustrated I got. I was making a really fundamental, yet so, so simple, mistake. You…

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A thing of the past

I took a notion to clean out the bathroom shelves earlier (it’s a job I tend to ignore until there is literally no room to put anything else on them) and I came across something. Two something actually. My emergency meds, and the blade I had forgotten I’d kept on the off chance that I ever decided I needed to cut myself again. Both of them gave me brief pause…

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