Depression: Getting Through The Day After A Painful Night

Depression - getting through the day after a painful night

Most people who live with depression will have experienced a painful night. Panic attacks, dark thoughts and turbulent emotions keep us awake. Depression affects our sleep anyway, and any restlessness or anxiety makes matters worse.   Whatever the reason for it, getting through the day after a sleepless night is difficult. In this post we…

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Depression and Employment: Looking for Work

Depression and Employment - looking for work

Looking for work isn’t easy at the best of times, but it can be even harder when we’re depressed. Depression can drain our concentration, steal our confidence and zap our self-worth, which makes job-hunting a real challenge. In this post, we’ve pulled together some ideas and resources to make the process of looking and applying for…

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It’s Not All In Our Head: Physical Symptoms of Depression

Depression is a mental illness, but we may experience physical symptoms as part of our condition. In this post we outline the most common physical problems associated with depression, and share some tips for managing them. Aches and Pains Depression can cause aches and pains all over our body. It can seem like there is no reason…

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The Difference Between Depression And Anxiety

difference between depression and anxiety

Depression and anxiety are sometimes confused. While they are different medical conditions, they share similarities. The symptoms, causes and treatments of depression and anxiety can overlap. It’s also not unusual for people to suffer from both depression and anxiety.   In this post we look at the difference between depression and anxiety – and the similarities. How Depression and…

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The A-Z of Self-Care

A-Z of Self-Care

So many of us struggle with the idea of self-care. We think it’s selfish, or a luxury, or a fluffy time-suck designed for other people.  But the truth is, self-care is essential for everyone.  It doesn’t need to be expensive, and it’s not all face packs and crochet either – sometimes the basics of day-to-day life count as self-care. In…

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Peer Support: What It Is And Why It Helps

Peer Support takes place when people with similar lived experiences provide emotional, social or practical help to each other.  In the mental health field, Peer Support enables those who have experienced mental ill-health to connect and support each other. This can be an extremely positive experience for all involved. At Blurt, we’re big fans of Peer Support. We have our…

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Depression: Coping With Limited Energy

Depression coping with limited energy

Depression can completely zap our energy, affecting us both mentally and physically. It can also make everything we do feel more difficult, meaning it takes more energy to undertake even the most basic tasks. Combined together, these energy drains can prove really challenging. In this post, we share some ideas that can help us cope….

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Depression: Why Spending Time With Animals Might Help

depression spending time with animals help

Lots of us love animals. Our cuddly and feathery friends can really help us to feel better about ourselves, and about life. Their presence can lift our mood and be very comforting. In this post we explore how animals can help our mental health, and some ways we can introduce them to our lives. How do they help?…

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Depression: Habits That Help Us Through

Depression Habits That Help Us Through

Depression is rough. When we’re in the thick of it, life can feel incredibly difficult.  Even the simplest tasks can feel overwhelming, and the things we used to enjoy become meaningless. While we can’t magically make depression go away (if only we could!), there are healthy habits we can adopt that might help ease the pain a little…

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Depression: Why It’s Sometimes Hard To Trust Happiness

Depression: Why It's Sometimes Hard to Trust Happiness

When we have depression – particularly when we have had depression for a long time – it can be hard to trust any improvements in our mood.  Happiness is so unfamiliar, it feels scary and unpredictable. We might not know how to cope with it. Here we share some of the reasons that happiness can be hard to trust…

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