Category: Living with Depression

When Depression Is All We Feel We Know

Depression is an insidious illness, in that it not only seeps into every aspect of our lives, it alters how we feel about ourselves. When we have had depression for a while, it can feel as though it’s all we know, as though it has well and truly gobbled us up. It can feel as…

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Depression: Coping When Our Loved Ones Are Also Unwell

Depression: Coping When Our Loved Ones Are Also Unwell

Living with depression is incredibly difficult; not just for those of us who are unwell, but for our loved ones too. There’s not one area of our lives that depression doesn’t touch. When a loved one has depression, we feel the affects of the illness on our relationships, and we often feel helpless, confused and…

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Depression: Why We Push People Away

Depression: Why We Push People Away

When we have depression, we oftentimes find ourselves withdrawing from our loved ones and sometimes, pushing people away. We don’t always know why, and it’s not always a conscious thing either, it’s confusing, painful and unsettling. It can be confusing for those around us, too, because if we don’t know why we’re pushing them away,…

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When Self-Kindness Isn’t As Easy As It Sounds

When Self-Kindness Isn't As Easy As It Sounds

We’re encouraged to be kind to ourselves, but self-kindness isn’t always easy. Especially, if it’s the polar opposite of how we usually think and act. When our self-worth is low, which is really common when we are unwell with depression, then it’s hard to feel worthy of kindness – from anyone.   The way we…

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Depression: When We Don’t Feel As Though We’re Enough

Depression: When We Don't Feel As Though We're Enough

The devastating nature of depression often leads us to feel a whirlpool of not-so-nice things. Commonly, we feel that we’re not enough; good enough nor doing enough. The negative thoughts that lie and tell us that we’re useless, come at us thick and fast. We feel convinced that there’s a part of us that’s fundamentally lacking in…

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Depression: Activities That Can Help Us Feel Less Alone

Depression: Activities That Can Help Us Feel Less Alone

When we have depression, we can often feel horribly alone – even in a room of our favourite people. It can feel as though we’re apart from the rest of the world. We don’t have much energy. We don’t know what to say to people. We don’t feel how we used to feel. We could…

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Depression: When Money Worries Add To The Strain We Already Feel

Depression: When Money Worries Add To The Strain We Already Feel

When we have depression, the likelihood that we’ll also experience money problems is high; we are four to six times more likely to have a debt crisis if we have a mental illness. In fact, half of those looking for debt help have a mental illness. Talking about money can feel embarrassing and if we’re…

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Self-Care For The Festive Season

Self-Care For The Festive Season

If ever there was a polarising time of year, it’s now. The festive season can be lovely, exciting, heartwarming, and fun. It can also be incredibly stressful, lonely, claustrophobic, and difficult to cope with. Our mood might be lower than normal, due to it being winter, and the pressure to plaster a smile on our…

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‘The Self-Care Project’ Has Finally Flown The Nest

We can barely believe it but we’ve seen lots of photographs of our book ‘The Self-Care Project‘ across social media, so it has to be true, it’s book publication time – yippee! [Thank you to Kathleen Brown for this wonderful drawing <3] We’ve been talking about self-care until the cows came home; mainly because it’s…

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When Depression Makes Us Imagine Really Scary Things

When Depression Makes Us Imagine Really Scary Things

When we have depression, we can sometimes experience really scary thoughts. We fear that our friends or family are going to be caught up in a life-changing accident. Or become unwell. We worry that we will be fired, or mugged, or our house will burn down. It’s terrifying. We don’t like to talk about it…

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