At work 🏥 dreaming of @bostonteapartyharborne and their gorgeous brunches 🍳🥓 @beth_heddle and other bloggers are going for a brunch there next weekend which me and ella will be joining for... and I already know what will be on my plate 👅🐽
Motherhood is hard. You're exhausted, you're drained, you're sleep deprived, you're hurting in places you never knew existed, you're emotional and you're bursting with all this new love you never new was possible. The pregnancy & labour has taken a toll on your body, your hormones have gone crazy & all the attention has shifted from your growing belly bump to this cute tiny being who you'd only just met a few days or months ago. Time flies by & all your focus is on this little being, trying your best to be a good mother & you start neglecting yourself. You start doubting yourself, the way you look, your capability to be a mother. Maybe you're not good at this, you're not good at anything anymore. Your mood changes, you give everything you have to this little one and you have nothing left for yourself. You worry, you can't stop worrying, you can't sleep from all this worrying. You cry more, you don't cry at all, you just exist but yet you start going numb. Did you know over 1 in 5 women in the U.K. suffer with some level of postpartum depression or anxiety in the year after having a baby? But only a tiny number of women will actually seek help. It's not weakness, it's reality. The hormone changes & the stress of the pregnancy, labor & trying to be an invincible new mum with sleep deprivation affects your brain & makes you more prone to low mood, anxiety & depression. Too many women are too scared to seek help, for fear of being judged, being called "weak", feeling like they just have to get on and cope, for fear that they will take your baby away. You are definitely not alone. There's help out there, so much of it. Talk to your GP, they can refer you to local talking therapies, cognitive behavioral therapies, help you manage these emotions better, open up and find new ways, more effective ways of coping with how you're feeling. There are also local & national organisations, such as The Association for Postnatal Illness & Pre and Postnatal Depression Advice and Support (PANDAS) @pandas_uk who are here to help support you. It can affect partners too so the support is available for everyone. You need to make that first step. It's time to talk, it's good to talk.
Birthday Breakfast!! Went out for breakfast today with my family at freshwater and had this beauty! Poached eggs, tomato, mushrooms and spinach! The usually for me but it makes my tummy happy and doesn't make me feel sick!!
I don't feel like anything again today so just x2 scrambled eggs for brekkie with oregano, Himalayan rock salt & pepper. Didn't do yoga this week, and feeling worse off for it- but been taking deep breaths & doing some stretches on my own. Back to it next week. Have a great weekend 💛
Time for an update after being out of posting for a while... 🙇🏻♀️💭 I've been part of the body positive community for a long time now and I've learnt so much whilst I've been here, namely learning to love myself in whatever form I find myself, not linked to my weight 💕 I've done a lot of thinking over the Winter season in how everything I've been reading on here actually relates to my life, my mental health and my experiences with an eating disorder, and conclusively, this means making some changes. I have been doing Slimming World since 2012, continuing when I recognised my eating disorder in 2013 as a positive way to have some control over my eating and my weight but in a minimally restrictive way. The issue is, whilst it has been positive in some ways, I've come to recognise the ways it's been having a negative effect on me too and exacerbated some of my issues. The plan itself isn't bad. But ultimately, it is saturated with diet culture. Online and in the group setting, food is given a moral value - good, bad, clean, naughty, etc. There is a huge connection between gaining weight, maintaining weight, not loosing enough weight and guilt and shame. I've come along way with the body positive community's help to disassociate these things within my own head, but being in this group and online setting is just too much for me now, if I'm truly to look after my mental health and physical health. So I'm taking a break from Slimming World. I don't know if it's permanent or temporary or whether I'll just start again by myself out of the group setting, but for now I'm take a complete back seat. For the past two weeks I have done this. It's been the exam/essay deadline period which is one of the times I am most triggered and really struggle to breathe with my eating disorder. But this time? I have felt, on the whole, calm and content and in control. I'm trying to eat intuitively and mindfully, but without restriction or consequence if I eat something that has more calories, more 'syns' or is 'unhealthy'. The priority has just been to make sure I eat. Its been SO good for me. I feel SO free, like a weight has been lifted. ✨ (Continued in comments...)
Had to share this quote I saw from @womenshealthuk - so important 🙌🏻🙌🏻 exercise can be so easily used as a form of purging - whether for calories or difficult feelings. But when you utilise exercise in a positive way and celebrate your body, the change you'll see is incredible! Try something new outside your comfort zone this weekend - maybe a new class or an online yoga tutorial? #strengthnotstigma
Need to tone errrraythaaaang and shed this weight. But I also need to keep my positive mind that i have at the moment. It's deciding what's important and what is a priority. I have to do what's best for me all round. If it means getting off home after a 9 hour shift with one meal. Then so be it. If it means going to work out before my shift starts then good. Have to keep my mind as healthy as my body. #mentalwellbeing#weightlossjourney#weightlosstransformation#girlswholift#sassnsquat#mirrorselfie
I usually try to deal with things myself which never really works out. So when people I care about offer to help me with the most basic of things I am always grateful, sometimes they don't understand just how grateful I am. For this I've been told that I'm spoilt and treated like a baby, and made to feel 10x worse that I revert into my invisible turtle shell, which isn't right , because let's face it people who are supposed to care about you and make you feel that way are not worth a second of your time 🖕 #mentalwellbeing#mentalhealth#awareness#anxiety#love#letsallbecomecarebears
On Tuesdays and Thursdays, we spin 💁🏼💁🏻 literally love the feeling when you come out of a session absolutely dripping in sweat but buzzing (especially with the music and lighting it's almost a night out 👀) can't wait to smash this session 💪🏻💦 #strengthnotstigma
How your body feels is a lie! 😠 And this is an example of it 👆5 x 10 reps @ 52.5kg front squats at 6:00am in the morning 😴 After i warmed up i felt like death warmed up from a long week of uni. I thought maybe I'll drop the weight, but i didn't want to have to change my program so i kept it as is 😂 After the second set it started to feel better but i realised it was my mental game that was off, I got myself into the zone & smashed the next 3 sets. Moral of today's little story is never underestimate the power of the mind on physical feats, work on your mental strength just as much as you work on your physical strength 💪🤓 the end #mentalwellbeing#strength#frontsquats#longassessay#ineedsleep#goodnight#bitchachos
Back up on my feet - Ghulam Hussain What happened to me happens to a lot of people. It’s important for someone going through mental health issues to have support. Since my mental health issue begun, which was 39 years ago, I have not visited a single doctor who has not ripped me off for money, and they ended up doing nothing to cure my illness. Most people refuse to accept that there is something wrong with them. But I knew I was ill. Everyone else started isolating me and demeaning me. But my brother did not leave my side and brought me to MASHAL, the Aman Foundation’s mental health initiative. That is when my journey to mental wellbeing begun. My siblings and friends supported me. If it were not for MASHAL, I would be in a pagal khana (mental asylum). The strangest things can affect a person’s mental health. I failed the Biology exam in my Matriculation; that failure got to my head. I was just 15 years old. I lost focus. Family, friends, work, health - I stopped caring about anything. I was filled with anger, and took it out on all the wrong people. I married twice. I have a 14 years old child from my second marriage. But my family is no longer with me. I’m more than better now, back up on my feet. I have a job. I think I might start my own fish-selling business, and have managed to save some money for it. It might work out, it might not. But I’m thankful to realize that I still have it in me to take a step forward. I cannot thank MASHAL enough for helping me come this far. I wish someone would tell my wife to come back, wish someone would tell her that I am better now and am able to support my family. Watch Ghulam's story here - https://www.facebook.com/AmanFoundation.pk/videos/1124154644349044/ #AmanKahani#MASHAL#MentalWellbeing#insta#igers#pakistan#karachi#instakhi#story#successstory#ambulance#medical#mentalhealth#fishery#support#illness#cure#success
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Day 150 of #365daysofselfcare so this is an interesting one to share with you. I hear a lot of people talk about how rubbish "self care" is, that's it's not all Starbucks and bath bombs. Guess what? Most people, yes even those people who use that as examples of self care, KNOW THAT. You don't KNOW what's going on past the computer screen. This here, is an example of that. This is my favourite app, it records my habits, good habits that help me take care of myself! Because sometimes my mental health isn't perfect, this list does include things like brushing my teeth, leaving the house and eating fruit. If I stay on top of these things, and recording them, it's easier to stay on top of them, AND easy to see when I'm struggling. Anyway, check out the bottom, that whole coloured in blob means I did all my habits today! (The silhouettes on the past days mean some not all) so hey I'm proud of that! ❤ #selfcare#mentalhealth#mentalhealthawareness#mentalhealthmatters#mentalwellbeing
Northumbria Community meditation, 18th January 2017. 'I will not live an unlived life, I will not live in fear of falling or catching fire. I choose to inhabit my days, to allow my living to open me, to make me less afraid, more accessible, to loosen my heart, until it becomes a wing, a torch, a promise.' -Dawna Markova. I live with anxiety, physical frailty, sometimes depression and surging waves of grief for she whom I lost. My faith has played a huge part in getting far enough to talk about it. I am not ashamed and in those times when I feel able, why do anything else other than embrace life? Fear is a massive part of human life, but so are strength, compassion, inquiry and beauty. I can do this. You can do this. #myunfilteredlife#mentalwellbeing#selflove#northumbriacommunity#christian#anxiety
W O N D E R I N G • M I N D S Focus your attention on the beauty that surrounds you, be present, talk, listen and fully enjoy today. Draw your awareness to the things that feed your soul. Trust your intuition and do what makes you truly happy ✌️❤️ ...I'm sat after a outdoorsy/awesome day with my son. Hugging a cup of tea and feeling a pure sense of gratitude ✨