Emerging Blogger Series: Tanya

The emerging blogger series is aimed at community building through giving mental health bloggers who are early in their blogging evolution the opportunity to have their work seen by a wider audience.  It’s also a way to introduce you as a reader to some newer members of our community.

This post is by Tanya from Mummy’s Anxiety Monster.

Me My Mental Health And I

So many of us suffer from mental health issues yet still it has a massive stigma attached to it most of us hide it avoid talking about it.

A lot of us avoid seeking advice about it sadly most of us don’t actually get help until we’ve suffered with it for far to long. We let it consume us and our daily life that then no longer seems liveable. 

A lot of us don’t actually see a Doctor until we’ve had suicidal thoughts or attempted suicide how crazy is that? That it gets so bad that our own minds convince us it’s better to end our lives than it is to seek help and save them.

My anxiety controls me and my daily life I don’t leave my own house without my husband. I never go anywhere alone besides my local hairdressers which is a familiar route that I never change. Even going out with my husband and children causes me massive amounts of anxiety.

I make plans and almost always cancel them so it’s easier to have no friends than to let them down continuously and obviously feel like a massive burden.

When we go out and do things it’s all done on impulse. When I’ve woken up on a high let’s go out lets do this come on get dressed let’s go and we are out the door almost instantly before my mood changes.

I really struggle to talk and open up about my mental health which means it festers causing me to be over irritable constantly the littlest thing will drive me crazy. My husband chewing his food heavy breathing really minor things that appear so major to me when I’m like this which makes me an awful person to be around. I also end up with daily headaches that wipe me out.

I also suffer with depression I’d say manic because it’s a bit Jackal and Hyde I’m either super low with no interest in anything. I oversleep and everything seems like a huge effort even washing brushing my hair basic daily activities become so overwhelming.

Then there is the other side to me that is always on a massive high it feels like I can take on the world I’m going to do this do that make this plan that plan buy this buy that go here go there. Don’t need to sleep I will suffer from crazy insomnia when I’m like this my mind is doing 1000 things a minute.

No matter which mood I’m in I still can’t cope with being around others to well I smile and put on a brave face around family but I often disappear regularly even if just for a few minutes to catch a breather do some deep breathing before I join them all again.

The thing is we all suffer from mental health issues in our lifetime there is honestly so much we can do to minimise our suffering.

There is so much help out there not just medication there are charities support networks, even apps like Mind, Headspace, and Rootd among many others, and self-help books. As well as medication doctors can refer you for counselling and therapy services to help you heal.

Above all else just talking to friends and family opening up as much as possible can begin helping you on the road to recovery.  There are many websites bloggers and pages on social media etc you can talk to at first until your ready to open up to loved ones.

I find locking myself in a room for five minutes while focusing on my breathing can bring me back from the brink of an episode.

I do find while social media can do a lot of good it doesn’t half do a lot of bad for our mental health.

Maybe try a detox sometimes even putting your phone away out of sight for an hour at night. Avoid taking it to bed with you to get a better night’s sleep.

 

You can find Tanya on her blog Mummy’s Anxiety Monster.

 

Thanks so much Tanya for participating in the emerging blogger series!

You can find a listing of all of the posts in the series directory.

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