Category: Living with Depression

Depression: How To Be A Friend To Ourselves

Depression How To Be A Friend To Ourselves

Being a friend to ourselves can be really difficult when we’re depressed.  Depression plays havoc with our self-esteem, and we’re often really mean to ourselves. We say things to ourselves that we would never say to another person. We treat ourselves in ways that we wouldn’t dream of treating anyone else. Self-care and self-compassion are vital…

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Depression: Surviving Summer

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When summer arrives, it feels like everyone around us is popping on shorts, lighting up the BBQ, and inviting the neighbours round for Pimm’s. People seem lighter and brighter when the sun comes out. But for many of us that’s not the case. The sun doesn’t send our mental illness a memo asking it to kindly leave us alone. Depression…

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Depression: Artists Who Illustrate Exactly How We Feel

Depression Artists Who Illustrate Exactly How We Feel

There are lots of artists out there creating work about mental health issues. With the stroke of a pen and some well-chosen words, they illustrate exactly how we feel. In this post we share some of our favourites. Beth Evans Beth creates lots of very relatable drawings. All of her drawings are empathetic. Each image gives us a ‘yes,…

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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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Depression: Why Spending Time With Animals Might Help

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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: 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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9 No-Nonsense Self-Care Ideas

No-Nonsense Self-Care Ideas

Self-care is essential for our well-being, yet typically it’s something that those of us with depression find difficult to prioritise. We might not believe we’re worthy of self-care (we are!) or we might not know where to begin (we created our free self-care starter kit to help with that). There’s also a misconception that self-care isn’t for everyone.  Self-care often comes with…

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