I want to get some things off of my chest. I want to tell you how you made me feel because of my anxiety. I want you to know I’m doing OK.
We met many years ago. It was a job that filled a gap between better things for us; you teaching in Australia, and I was off to university soon. I trained you on the workplace ways when you joined, and we got on so well.
We discovered a love for geography, with you holding your degree in this very subject, and me starting the same subject shortly.
As time went on, we grew closer and closer, and when the time came for me to leave the job we were in, we stayed in touch. It was difficult whilst you were in Australia, but looking back that was never a problem for us. The minute you came back, we were meeting up most weekends, sometimes in the week, too.
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Gardening really can be great for your mental health. Anyone can do it, whether you have a garden or not. Learn the benefits here!
The notion that gardening is good for the mind and soul is not new or unheard of.
For example, in Japan they have several zen gardens especially designed to bring calm to people and thus heal their mind, body and soul. This belief is now shared by the rest of the world and gardening is seen as an activity with a positive effect on overall well-being.
The very process of planting and watering can take your mind off the worries of the day and bring peace into your life.
If you’re still unconvinced, here are some facts about gardening that might change your mind.
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Let’s have a little fun. Here are 20 of the best memes, GIFs and videos that sum up anxiety and mental health perfectly!
I can’t be the only one that loves browsing through funny images on Facebook now and then – please tell me I’m not?! Honestly, I could waste hours chuckling to myself over such things.
I am a very simple person with simple pleasures after all, haha.
So, I offer you 20 of the best I’ve come across on my browsings through Facebook. They made me laugh/nod in agreement/ponder, and I hope they do for you, too.
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Not sure what depression is or whether you suffer from it? How can you learn to cope better? This article offers some depression tips and how to help yourself.
I felt the need to address this topic today as I know that many of you reading this have or will be affected by depression at some point.
Mental health is a very big topic right now but I know I’ve not written much on this topic.
So, in an effort to provide you with the best, free content around mental health, today we’re talking depression.
As you know, the main area I struggle with is anxiety. But, when I was first diagnosed with anxiety (and was subsequently signed off work for 4 weeks in total), depression had taken it’s hold.
My doctor told me that those who have suffered from anxiety for a long time tend to suffer from mild to moderate depression as a result of this.
They said that this was normal, and that the effects of anxiety would bring anyone down after a long period of time. It meant that I’d been trying to stay strong for so long, it had come crashing down.
So although I’m not professing to know everything about depression, I know how it feels.
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Continuing on from last week, today we’re looking at four more things that happy people do and don’t do. If you missed part one, you can read it here.
You might be thinking, “But, Jess, you’ve already gone over three points already. What more could there be?”
Well, so far we’ve covered:
- They don’t well on the past
- They focus on the here and now
- The recharge
Well, you’d be surprised how much of a difference there is between people who are sad, and those who are happy. As always, Google brings up tonnes of results on this very topic. But here are some more important points to help you on your quest to becoming a happier person.
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