The reason behind the blogs.

I wanted blog #3 to give you a little more in site into why I wanted to create a blog in the first place, and also share a little of my experience with mental health.

Ultimately my goal is to bring more awareness but also support to people with any type of mental health issue. It can be so isolating and lonely that I feel it’s important that we create a support network for all. I still feel that all though over recent years it is spoken about a lot more, it is still a subject that people are afraid to bring up and talk about. If I am completely honest before my Anxiety and depression I was probably doing exactly that, never really spoke about it and didn’t really understand the impact it has on peoples lives and also the courage and strength it takes to push through and keep going. Anxiety and Depression are what I struggle with, Anxiety being the one that has really had the most impact on my life.

Sometimes we feel worry and nerevs, like on your first day in a new job……… completely normal and rational, for me Anxiety is not just the feeling of nerves or butterfly’s in your belly, it’s an overwhelming feeling of fear, impending doom and sickness that rises in your stomach, it’s awful and exhausting. The level of intensity gets higher and higher with every minute that passes, to the point where the only solution is to just get out!!!

We are all supposed to feel nerves and a little anxious at times that’s life, you are aware of it but it doesn’t stop or control you, the Anxiety that I and many other’s have takes complete control and consumes you. In a nut shell It has basically taken the life and freedom I had before and thrown it away. Now what I have been left with is Anxiety, every day, towards everything, anything I do whether it be something as simple as the school run, Anxiety is always what comes first.

What we all need is the support of good, honest and kind people around us, if for nothing else just an ear, talking and communicating your feelings or even just having a little chat is one of the best things you can do. I have been so lucky and blessed to have people around me to do that, but there where times when I didn’t and I began writing my feelings down, just allowing myself to express exactly how I felt and it really helped me through some tough moments.

I want my blog to bring support and reassurance and for people to feel they have somewhere they can go, no one should ever feel they are alone in their fight against mental health.

Let’s all stand together and be each others support.

#Leadwithkindness

#Shareasmilenotajudgement

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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