Liebster Award!

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Thank you so much darkdelilah for the nomination, and I’m sorry it took me this long to participate! DarkDelilah writes beautifully about mental health, so head on over and check out her blog 🙂 The purpose of this award is to discover new blogs and get to know each  other better. Continue reading

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A Small Monday Cyber-Hug: Episode 2

Hope you’re all having a cracker of a day wherever in the world you may be! Here in New Zealand it’s 10pm and I thought I’d share a couple of things that make me smile before I get ready for bed. (Because I totally go to bed at the nice sensible hour of 10pm. Yup. I definitely don’t muck around on the internet until 3am or anything like that. And I’ve certainly never had a solo dance party to “Don’t Stop Me Now” at four o clock in the morning. I’m a responsible adult). Continue reading

Stubbornness and Sunsets

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Snapshot of my evening wander

Today was a bad day. It started with a nightmare about a Roman emperor making arrangements to suspend me, Han Solo-style, in a wall of clay opposite his throne. While I commend his tasteful interior decorating choices (I mean, who doesn’t love a feature wall), I was not entirely thrilled when I woke up and things just sort of went downhill from there. Continue reading

Mindfulness 101: When “Think Happy Thoughts” Isn’t Enough

(…no offence Peter Pan!)

**Disclaimer: Just want to begin this post by saying I am in no way a medical professional, and everyone is different in how they respond to things. This is just a discussion about something I have found to be useful, in the hope it may benefit others too**

12656091_10153759806296154_1029775052_oHey guys!

As you will know if you’ve been reading my previous posts, my blog is about mental health. I have struggled with depression and anxiety for a long time, and have tried many different techniques for coping with these issues.
I am currently taking an antidepressant called Mirtazapine which is proving to be quite effective, but in my experience it is very important not to rely on antidepressants alone to do the job – they need support from cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to achieve the best possible result. Today I want to share with you the single most useful cognitive strategy I have come across, which I am currently trying to master:

mindfulness.

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4 Fact Survey

Thanks so much for the tag Chloe! (QuirkyVictorian) 🙂 So I gather this is another way of connecting with other bloggers and learning a bit more about each other. Sounds good to me!

Four names people call me other than my real name:

  1. Fran: This is reallllly not my favourite name, but it’s the go-to abbreviation for people who don’t know that.
  2. Frankenstein: My charming brother.
  3. Frannigans (and her shenanigans): You have to say the whole thing apparently, just the name won’t do. Bestowed upon me by my barista buddies at an old café job.
  4. Friend-Jessica: A valiant and adorable attempt to pronounce “Francesca”, made by most of the children I have babysat/worked with. Close enough right!

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A Travel Guide for the Teary-Eyed: 4 Things I Learned While Travelling With Depression

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As I mentioned in my first post, I was recently in Europe. In case you are not aware, New Zealand is rather far away from… well, anywhere, so most of us Kiwi folk are hard-wired to want to travel the world. In July 2015, after working three jobs to save up the airfare, I set off for London, with a two-year work visa in my hand and a spring in my step. Continue reading

“You Seem Fine To Me”: Why I Blog In Secret

While I have no qualms about sharing all the grim details of my mental health here, I am yet to tell a single person I know that this blog exists. When someone enters the room, I hurriedly minimise the WordPress window and pretend to be checking emails. I haven’t put a picture of myself in the “About Me” section for fear someone I know will come across this blog and expose me. The people who most need to know my secret are the people I conceal it from. Why is this the case? Continue reading

Sunshine Blogger Award: Pass It On!

TulipsThank you QuirkyVictorian for the nomination! From what I gather the purpose of this is just to meet and get to know other bloggers which, as a newbie, I am all for 🙂 I hope I’m doing this right, I’m a little unsure of how to link people’s names and things so we’ll see. Enjoy! Continue reading

A Small Monday Cyber-Hug

Hey,

I haven’t got a lot to say today, but I just wanted to share my favourite poem with you. It’s by Michael Leunig. I love that it’s so small because I don’t have to worry about memorising it – it’s just always tucked away in my head if I need it. Hope it gives your brain a little hug! x

 

Iiiiiiit’s STORY TIME!

Right, today’s post is an OFFICIAL INVESTIGATION, get excited guys.

…Ok fine, it’s not official and it’s not an investigation, it’s just a question, but I wanted to sound important. I’m always very interested to hear stories from others about how and when they first became depressed, because it’s such a personal experience and can be wildly different from person to person. So I thought I’d share my experience here and look forward to hearing from some others! I don’t know about you, but I always feel so much better about my state of mind when Continue reading