Open and Honest.

I realise that not all my blog’s seem very uplifting, but I want to be completely open and honest with you and share the good as well as the bad. I am doing far better than I was and have come such a long way from where this all began,, but also want to say that it is a journey and there are always going to be bumps in the road and that is OK. If I was to come on here and simply blog about the good days or all the positives it wouldn’t be relatable and it wouldn’t be the truth.

The reason I started this blog was to create a platform for conversation, support and a place that could help people realise that they are not alone. I really feel that sharing my lowest times should be the reassurance that some of us need, we are not failing or going backwards because we have a bad day or even week it is just how it is, I really feel that just knowing that should be a comfort. I don’t claim to know everything about anxiety and depression and I am certainly not any kind of an expert or professional, but I am a real person that speaks from experience living with these issues every day. Don’t ever be afraid to share the bad days because although you may not feel like you want to it will actually help you to feel better and process what your feeling, the saying a problem shared is a problem halved, I really believe there is some truth in that. In the beginning I didn’t want to talk to anyone, constantly wanting to be alone, but it actually made me worse. Thankfully I have friends and family around me that will always encourage me to talk to them and spend time with them, it feels like torture in the moment but after a short time it starts to pay off and actually helps me on my road to recovery. I understand that not everyone has the kind of support system I have, but that’s what this blog page is for. Anytime you need someone to talk to, share a good day, share a bad day or even just fancy a chat because it’s been a little while, you are always welcome. No one ever need feel like they are alone on their journey.

We must spend more time building each other and not dragging each other down.

Share a smile not a judgement

Lead with kindness

 💚❤️

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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