Posts by Blurt Team

Depression and exercise: tips on how (and if) to get started

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It’s one thing knowing that exercise is good for us, physically and mentally, but actually doing it when we’re exhausted and fighting depression… Well, that’s a whole different ball game. The benefits of exercise, for those with mild to moderate depression, have been well documented. But when your energy tank is on empty, exercise feels impossible….

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Depression: On Noise, Answering the Telephone and Making Decisions

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Depression both heightens and numbs. It’s an illness full of contradiction and confusion. The simple things become the hard things; sapping our motivation, headspace and energy. Fighting the negative thoughts is a never-ending cycle of frustration, anguish and despair. It’s no wonder then, that seemingly simple tasks become anything but simple. Things which were never…

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Depression: On Feeling Like an Imposter

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Feeling like an imposter is something that those with depression are familiar with. We feel like we stand out like a sore thumb; for all the wrong reasons. It’s as though we just don’t fit it with other people; their ideals, their expectations, their perspectives, their abilities. Everyone seems cleverer, stronger, more beautiful, more deserving,…

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6 Apps Which Aid A Good Night’s Sleep

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According to Aviva’s recent sleep survey, we’re all struggling more than ever to get a good night’s sleep. Sleep is imperative for maintaining emotional wellbeing and good physical health. Whilst we’re asleep our body and brain works hard to regulate hormones which regulate mood, energy and growth, renew cells, process the events of the previous…

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Starting the Day in a Mindful Way

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How we start the day can have a big effect on how the rest of it plays out. We all know the phrase ‘Getting up on the wrong side of the bed’ and it seems to feel that way often for many of us. If we wake up feeling rubbish then everything that happens later…

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Recognising and Managing a Depression Relapse

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Recovering from depression is rarely a smooth ride. We might have days, weeks or even months when we feel like we’re back on top, but at some point, we’re likely to face dips. It’s normal, and part of the game depression plays with us, but it can feel like a disaster – like we’re back…

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10 YouTubers Who Talk Openly About Their Mental Health

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Talking openly about mental health isn’t easy. It can be a polarising topic. There are still some pretty awful out-dated views on mental health which instil fear in people. Fear of those with mental ill health. For those who are unwell, the stigma instils a fear of rejection and discrimination. When we talk openly about…

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Getting Through the Winter with SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)

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Many of us can notice a change in our mood and behaviour patterns as the seasons change and the long, bright, warm summer days give way to the grey, cold, shorter days of winter. If you think about it, it makes perfect sense – most animals act differently during autumn, whether that is storing food…

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Depression: Getting Social Media To Work For You

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Whether you feel social media is a modern day friend or foe, there’s no denying the incredible influence it has on our lives. It’s completely altered the way we digest information, communicate with others and exchange thoughts, feelings and ideas. The link between mental health and social media is one which has been the focus…

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Depression and Parenting: 6 Low Energy Things to do With Your Children

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Being a parent and living with depression can feel impossible at times. Yes, being a parent is rewarding, but let’s not pretend it’s ever easy. There are little people depending on you for love, affection and attention. On top of that is the never-ending list of tasks to complete: clothes to wash, dry and iron,…

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