Permission. I listened to @bbc5live today and was inspired to write this post. The subject was on pelvic floor health and the fact that 1 in 3 women have pelvic floor disorders - but the vast majority stay silent about it. When asked why this could be the guest @gusset_grippers highlighted stigma. Stigma surrounding pelvic floor health (and female reproductive health generally) is keeping large numbers of women quiet about something that can a) profoundly affect their quality
One of my favourite quotes - my husband looks at me like I’m a complete wierdo when I love it every time I hear it! “What the hell has this got to do with WellbeingFIT?” I hear you ask. PUTTING YOURSELF OUT THERE. That’s where I’m going with this.
Being yourself. Actively pursuing your passions and hobbies. No hiding. No molding yourself to expectations or status quo. What does this boil down to? Authenticity. Being your authentic self. And feeling happy and comfortable with
My personal experience of suicidal thoughts with words of support for others out there. Very difficult to share but it’s so important to do so. If we want to prevent suicide we need to break down stigma and stop the silence around it. Resources, helplines and charities are listed in the comments. Please add any others. Feel free to reach out to me if you need to xxx #wegotthis #kindness #compassion #worldsuicidepreventionday #ptsd #suicideawareness #mentalhealthstigma #mental
Experiencing a rough patch with your mental health. For a few days/weeks you don’t feel yourself. You may feel down, vulnerable, irritable or anxious. How do you deal with these times? Can you tell someone about it? Do you even admit to yourself it is happening? I find exercise really helps during these times. Gentle running where repetitive movement and a higher heart rate soothes me is what I turn to. What about you? Inspired by some beautiful people I met with recently an
Quiet times, Sheer bliss? Or something that brings painful feelings which you usually manage to avoid with keeping busy? When you are quiet, whatever is going on deep within has an opportunity to be felt, remembered and processed. When there are things that you are dealing with, quiet times can be both needed and hard to endure. Maybe you avoid quiet times for this very reason. You keep busy. For distraction and to enable you to appear to be functioning. A pretence that only
Trauma. In my opinion, this is the cause of a significant proportion of our mental ill-health. Many of us experience trauma; but unfortunately many of us also minimise it and invalidate our feelings around it. What does trauma look like? It can be a one-off or short-term event such as a physic al or sexual assault, a car accident, diagnosis of a serious health condition, bullying, a natural disaster, a terrorist attack, doing a job where you repeatedly see/hear details of tra
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The right to feel good about yourself
The right to feel however you want to feel
The right to express your feelings in your own personal way The right to say no without guilt
The right to privacy
The responsibility to ask for something if you want it
I’m sitting in a small, grey room feeling doubtful and hopeful at the same time. I am a couple of weeks into a course of sessions with an NHS mental health practitioner, whom even after only 2 or 3 meetings, I feel su
“I have earnt my crumble and custard today!” “If I eat this now, I must do that 45-minute HiiT tomorrow” “I am feeling down today. A run may help me feel better” “I love how strong I feel” “If I don’t exercise today I will lose my progress and won’t reach my target weight” “I may as well eat it all now (usually on a Sunday) and work harder during the week” “Going out for a family get-together today – must get that workout in this morning” “Absolutely loved that game (netball)
It’s time for some role-play. Not that kind (internal eye-roll). This is what we do every day. Playing our role.
So here we go…out of bed (ughh), get dressed, prep the mind for what is coming today (who are you are seeing or looking after? What version of you are they expecting to meet? What do they need?) Ok, now plaster on the smile, deep breath and away you go! Script in hand, happy face, expectations met. Boom! Success. I survived.
This was (and still can be) how I
No one likes me. I am weak. It’s my fault. I have so many beautiful things in my life - I should not feel this way. I should be happy. If anyone knew, they would think I am crazy. No one would like me if they really knew me. If people had a choice, they would not spend their time with me. I have nothing in common with others. I am a drama-queen. They will think I am attention-seeking. I have to be strong for the children. I will never feel happy. I was born this way. I am los