Christmas is a merry time of year! Well, not for everyone… If you suffer from depression you might find that Christmas might make you feel even lower due to the general pressure that you should be happy at Christmas and you should be celebrating. On top of that you are likely to see some members of your family that you wouldn’t want to spend time with usually, like this auntie who is going to ask you when you are going to get married and have children “because you know…you are not getting any younger!”
Or they might just point out this one thing in your life that isn’t quite how you would like it to be and makes you feel worse anyway.
So here are my tips to not let any of that get to you and allow you to actually enjoy Christmas this year! Continue reading “7 Expert tips to survive Christmas with your family”
In this day and age we are programmed to want more. It is all around us and social media are making things worse, showing us constantly things that we are supposed to want.
Continue reading “The Gratitude Challenge (or the recipe for happiness)”
“We are more depressed in winter”. This is one of these things that we have always heard and taken for a fait accompli without questioning it. But what if it did not have to be this way?
Continue reading “Why are we more depressed during the winter? It’s not just about daylight…”
Getting 8 hours of sleep is number 1 advice on all sources relating to managing depression. But why? Continue reading “Why getting a good night’s sleep can help you fight depression”
In “How To Survive The Winter” I talk about how I go into hibernation over the winter. I seem to be needing more sleep and heavier food to get me through the colder months. My body just asks me to slow down.
Continue reading “Learning to slow down”
Being there for someone, what does that really mean? Does it mean being physically there 24/7? Do it mean putting their needs before yours? Does it mean walking on egg shells?
Continue reading “The 6 things to know when supporting someone who suffers from depression”
Guest post by Sheleen from the blog dansmapeau.co.uk
How is it possible to care for someone else, if you can’t even take care of yourself?!
This is something I hear people saying all the time. I just didn’t get it! What do you mean take care of myself?! I’m a selfless person, I give. That’s just what I do. I don’t do me I do them.
Yeah right! Until the point where I completely burnt myself out. Maybe it’s part of the reason I became ill myself. Thinking that the people I was looking after came before me.
Continue reading “I AM worth it! And so are YOU!”
Today is World Mental Health Day. And the theme is Mental Health In The Workplace. So I thought this was the perfect opportunity to talk about depression at work and how to help a colleague. Continue reading “The 5 signs that your colleague might be suffering from depression”
Can meditation help relieve your depression? Not everyone agrees. My very dear Yoga teacher Michelle Chand Michelle Chand certainly does not. She thinks that there couldn’t be anything worse than sitting in silence having to contemplate what is inside her own head when she is feeling low. Granted, if you put it like that…, it doesn’t sound too appealing.
Continue reading “How Meditation Can Help Relieve Your Depression”
Has depression ever impacted your love life? Have you ever met someone amazing, that one person that seems to be ticking all of your boxes, but for some strange reason out of the blue you start panicking? That horrible internal voice kicks in and tells you that you don’t deserve that person. That person is too good for you. That person is too amazing. You are not playing in the same league. And if you persevere you are going to get hurt. Because why would someone so amazing want to be with insecure you? Continue reading “How depression can mess with your love life and how to stop it from happening”