The country’s mental health has definitely been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. More people are turning towards local services, their GP and psychiatrists for support and sadly, aren’t getting very far. If this sounds like you, you’re not alone. I was just like you and it’s a tough situation to be in. What we tend to see during times of…

As I write this I'm tucking into a family size tub of Ben & Jerry's with no intention of sharing it with my family or anyone else's. As I devour the creamy chocolate peanut butter yumminess I am desperately trying to remember what it used to feel like to sit down and not have my midriff tyre slump upwards to…

With my 25th birthday approaching I knew what was coming - my first smear test. It's not really something that I had ever given much thought but in the days leading up to it, I was dreading it. I spoke to my female relatives about what to expect and also did a bit of research and to be honest, I…

Why do we have to label everything these days? Have you heard this recently? I hear it a lot. Someone said in reference to me not long after I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia that I wear my diagnosis like a badge of honour, why would I want to be ‘labelled’ disabled? I’ve written a post like this before, but the reason it…

Colourful wristband from Zox saying Survivor. Depression. Awareness.

Hi, I’m Fiona and I suffer with chronic depression. This is my story. I have been suffering with depression from a very young age. I am constantly learning how to deal with depression, and not let the ‘up’ periods fool me into thinking I am cured. Learning an emotional toolkit is essential to help keep the darkness at bay, and…

This post won’t be for everyone, so if you’re squeamish or a bit of a prude, it might be best to scroll on. But if you like to know the ins and outs of a cat’s (pregnant lady’s) ass, it’s for you.  Hair growth Ok so the luscious tendrils growing from your usual grease pit of a head might be…

Some people enjoy exercise.  I am not one of those people. I wish I was because it would make the task of actually doing it much simpler. When I do bite the bullet and accept that raising my heart rate and sweating a bit is important, it is then that a flash in the pan occurs. It could be as…

Tips for dealing with insomnia

Most of us have sleepless nights from time to time. It’s frustrating, not not mention exhausting! But as part of my narcolepsy diagnosis, I’m learning to accept it for what it is and find ways to deal with it. Despite my extreme daytime sleepiness and the need for naps to keep me going, some nights I find that sleep still…

The pain of losing a baby, at any stage of pregnancy, is indescribable. It sends waves of sadness crashing through loved ones leaving everyone helpless - thrown overboard. Stillbirth has taken two babies from my family. My son and my brother. My Mum and Dad lost their little boy 40 years ago. Grieving parents were treated differently then. They didn't…

If anyone knows me they’ll know I HATE exercising. I’m so unfit and I even find it hard to complete a simple HIIT workout on YouTube. However, I’ve set myself a challenge to start exercising regularly, as with online learning I’ve found I’m not moving very much at all! Exercising regularly is so important to your physical and mental well-being…