Where do I begin?……

Thank you for joining me on this journey and my very first blog.

I am not really sure where to start or if the start should be the beginning or from the present day?

I am still trying to figure it all out myself, but wherever I decide, it will be a journey and one that I want to share with you all. Many of you will have shared very similar experiences and feelings and will be able to relate, but like me the journey will be as individual as the people we are.

I feel sharing this blog is important as it provides reassurance that there isn’t one way to have and deal with Anxiety, Depression or any other type of mental health issue, it effects us all differently and the impact it has can be life changing . Having a network of people that you can talk to and feel safe discussing these issues with are so important for maintaining our recovery. It will help through the tough times, providing the reassurance we need when we feel there is none.

I am not nor do I claim to be a writer, counsellor or any type of therapist, I am simply someone that is living with Anxiety and Depression .

I am a person that has always felt very level headed and had life all figured out, never for a second did I think I would suffer with any issue related to mental health. I was always the person people came too with their problems, the shoulder to cry on, the one helping to find the solutions. Then just like that it’s me that needs the help and I am the one struggling with life.

Anxiety has found me, all I want now is to escape it!

Published by A Work In Progress

My name is Natalie, I am a 30 something year old wife and mum of two children and one cheeky dachshund called Winston. I am a Mental Health Blogger and aspiring motivational speaker. It was May of 2019 that I decided to set up my website A Work in Progress, to create a blog based primarily on the subject of Mental Health. I chose to call myself and my website A work in Progress because after so many years of trying to seek perfection, living with extreme Anxiety and Depression has really helped me to realise that the something I was looking for simply didn’t exist. No one is perfect nor will they ever be, we continuously evolve and grow through the different experiences we have and the hurdles we encounter, thus making perfect versions of exactly who we are at that time in our lives. The intention with my blog is to inspire other’s and help them through the tough times, whilst drawing awareness to a subject that still does not get enough attention. Over the last few years I myself have struggled with Mental Health illnesses, specifically Anxiety and Depression. I first began writing as a way of helping myself to deal with my illness. It allowed me to express how I felt in detail and in turn allowed me to process my thoughts and figure out how best to manage and deal with them. I hope to spread a little more kindness into a world that doesn’t always feel very kind. I believe it is so important to recognise the colossal impact kind words can have and remove the perception that we should aspire to be like someone else rather than be happy with who we are. I want to share my experiences with others, to show that although tough and a journey that takes time, it is possible to reach the lowest point in your life and come out the other side.

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