Posts by Jayne Hardy

Self-Care As A ‘Power-Up’

Super Mario standing with arms in air.

Many of us can relate to the ‘pendulum of self-care’. We’re feeling great, firing on all cylinders and self-care doesn’t feel half as important. And then it swings right back to the opposite end of the scale and it becomes everything. It becomes the tool that helps us to hang on by our fingertips, the…

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Blurt’s At Rock-bottom: Sending Out An SOS

This has been re-written over and over and I’m still not sure the words I’ve used are the right words. You know when you’re in those bottomless pits and you feel as though asking for help is futile because you’re not sure you’re worthy of it, you don’t want to be a burden and you’re…

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TEDx: Hearing Your Depression Story In My Words

In April of 2016, I was asked to be a speaker at TEDxBrum. [Photo Credit: Jonathan Cherry] To begin with, I switched into self-sabotage mode with really strong feelings of not being good enough. I felt like an imposter in what was such an incredible line-up and as though I stood out like a sore thumb among…

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Depression: Hello Again

Depression has reared its ugly head again. An overwhelming urge to hide away from the world. The little things have become the big things. The big things have become the impossible to deal with. A heavy heart. I’ve been here before. I’m wiser this time, I know what needs to be done. And yet it…

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Dear Friend (is it still okay to call you that?)

Dear Friend (is it still okay to call you that?) I have been a lousy friend to you and I’m sorry. I miss you. Years ago, depression came out of nowhere and knocked me to my knees. It felt as though overnight, I turned from a lifelong member of our friendship circle into someone who…

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How Depression Feels For Me

I wanted to try and put into words how depression feels for me. It is difficult explaining something which can be so changeable, one day to the next, but I’ve had a good go at it. *Takes a deep breath* Depression is classed as a mental illness but for me, it also manifests itself in…

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