As a someone who suffers from Mental Health Issues i’m trying to raise awareness that it’s ok to talk about these things and it shouldn’t be such a taboo subject, people like Muddly Mum have agreed to open up and talk about something so personal.
There are a lot of people who deal with Mental Health and writing about it is a way of expressing themselves as a release, I asked a few bloggers to share with me their experiences and the responses where overwhelming.
The first person I asked was a blogger Muddly Mum, a blogger who writes about Mental Health and other issues, this is worth a read.
Tell us a little bit about yourself
I’m 41, married for 19 years and a mum to three aged 18 10 and 9. I was first diagnosed with MH issues aged 26. I actually struggled with anxiety for years but managed to muddle through somehow. Despite having Mental Health issues I have achieved some amazing things like having three lovely children and like singing in the same recording studio as Chesney Hawkes last October and success on my professional blog.
Why did you decide to create a personal blog and what are you looking to achieve?
I started to write a blog as a way to process what was going on in my head. I was really encouraged to find that others can relate and find it helpful too.
I aim to normalise mental health by talking about it. Recent stats in the daily mail say as many as 40% of Men and 50% of women take antidepressants, it is crazy that we still find it so difficult to talk about. I figure if I must walk this shitty road I would like to make an impact of some description along the way.
I have spent a lot of time this year re thinking my sexuality, many of us are confused about it and it negatively impacts on our mental health. I think if we can accept who we are along the way, it is so much healthier. I don’t think we have to be militant and shout it from the rooftops, just a look at our ourselves and accepting ourselves for who we are.
What does you picture say about you or represent?
I tend to post very suggestive avatar pictures. I could say it is about body positivity, I love experiment with different fabrics angles and lighting. I’m actually a terrible flirt.
After my last breakdown in 2004 I did some life modelling, it’s a case of after a breakdown I spend some time finding what I actually think and believe and giving less of a shit what other’s think. I suppose the being naked is what you see is what you get. We’ve even joined the local naturist club.
I actually use sex to help manage my moods this is part of the reason for the rude avis too.
How has Mental Health affected your life?
Since my breakdown in late 2016 my moods have been very unstable. I can go from giddy high, I can do anything, on top of the world to feeling suicidal and struggling to resist thoughts of self harm and suicide and back to high in one day. The triggers are strong emotions. Through all this I still fight tooth and nail to get the kids to school, do washing and make meals. I do this for my kids. Some days I do better than others. During more stable periods of my life, my mood swings have not been so severe or quick to change.
How do you cope day to day living with MH issues?
I use music and singing to distract from low moods as much as I can.
Nice smells and anything sensory can also distract me when I get stuck in depressive suicidal thought patterns.
Getting out into the fresh air especially with a view can help lift my mood at times.
I love languages and sometimes switching languages can help shift my mood. I find when I am really anxious I can be calmer in my second language.
For the sake of my kids I try to keep to a routine and be as stable as I can when they are around.
I am really lucky to have a very supportive husband who is willing to walk through this shit with me.
He jokes he had had a few different wives though our marriage as I have changed a lot.
I get a lot of support from chatting with others on twitter either about issues or silly nonsense. A number of times I have needed to do a supermarket shop and been very anxious, but chatting on twitter whilst I shop makes me feel I am not on my own and much braver.
What are your goals?
Many days my goal is to get through the day.
We’ve just got a new social worker and I’ve fingers crossed this year the kids will get the support they need in school to counteract the instability at home.
My aim this year is to be stable enough get back to paid work this year.
If you could give someone in your position some advice what would it be?
Be kind to yourself and slow to judge and get frustrated for what you now can’t do that you could easily do in well periods.
Don’t let your illness define you. It is only part of your life.
Thank you very much, this was very brave and must of been hard for you to open up and I wish you all the best in the future.
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