# MentalHealth

Brain: Engaged

So the new work rules are going well. Whilst the increase in meds almost certainly is a major player in my confidence levels, working on being a productivity ninja* is definitely helping.  Lis also recommended another book, which I think I will investigate once I have finished getting through the others I also have on the go.  No reviews going to be here for any of them though – wait until I get back into my Netgalley reading list for that one. I’m really good at “discovering” music that everyone else seems to have been listening to for years, but I figured […]


Oh wow, I think this is the first time in many many years I have actually been happy with the way my blog looks. Go me. So I’m back. Life has changed, unsurprisingly. I’m now the proud(?) owner of an MSc.  However, my brain finally stopped being able to cope with stuff again last week and my GAD has reared its head again. Cue med dose increase and fabulous(!) side effects.  Writing here does help me cope with stuff though as it helps to fend off the brain spirals but these days it seems like even the CBT I had many […]

Dog Days – Getting Over It

“Learn a lesson from your dog – No matter what life brings you, kick some grass over that shit and move on.” – Unknown I’m not the type to hold a grudge but I can be like a dog with a bone at times and focus in on something that has bothered me a little too much.  I will have trouble letting go of a bad experience that most people wouldn’t have a second thought about.  The frustration or worry about it will eat away at me and, even though the time to respond to the situation has long past I […]

As Time Goes By 1

All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages. – William Shakespeare, As You Like it  I find the ticking of the clock in my living room strangely comforting, even as it slices my existence into anthropocentric made-up units of time.  People treat time as the enemy: it goes too fast when we are enjoying ourselves and too slowly when we want something over and done with.  It changes our bodies in ways that we don’t want, […]

The Sticks and Stones Fallacy: Words Have Power 1

“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” – Audrey Hepburn So it has been a little while since I last posted anything particularly substantial (I’ve been kind of busy helping the newest member of our household settle in), but this article got me actively thinking about feminism again.  Well, to be fair, since my personal epiphany I haven’t stopped mulling over it but Anne‘s words left me contemplating my own experiences – and behaviours. I am particularly lucky. I don’t recall […]

Smelling the Flowers 2

“It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.” – Arthur Conan Doyle The last 5 weeks have thrown some pretty horrendous life experiences at me.  My partner had an accident at work which had the potential to be fatal.  He is still in hospital but thankfully wasn’t paralysed. A week later I was driving his car and was lucky enough to walk away from a collision with a lorry with just scrapes and bruises.  The car’s crumple zone, airbags and seatbelt did a very good job of looking after me, but unfortunately the […]