Saturday night I drank too much. Most of the time I am a happy drunk, even if I go a bit far my friends and I can all have a laugh and I generally recover very quickly if I get sick. But on Saturday night I deteriorated rapidly despite having drank nowhere near the amount … Continue reading Guilt over causing drama
My closest friend is applying for a new job and paused at the question of disability. He has major depressive disorder (MDD) and in the past year it has significantly affected his ability to work. Although he is on a good track to recovery, MDD is an episodic illness and there's a good chance he … Continue reading Disclosing mental illness in the workplace
I am here. I've made it! Annually, this day feels bittersweet for me - my birthday. There's a gladness and appreciation that I've made it this far, but usually a deep underlying sadness that I should need to feel so. It seems escaping death should not be such a high achievement for someone of my age … Continue reading Birthday
I’ve been going and going lately, trying to make headway on the thesis I’m writing to finish my PhD. Today I forced myself away from both the desk and laboratory and enjoyed nature instead. Once again, I headed to the little oasis we’ve created on our property around the larger dam which I’ve previously posted … Continue reading Dog day at the dam
Today marked the publication of my 50th post here on my blog! It's difficult for me to stick at things like this, so I want to celebrate the personal achievement! Here's a look back on just a handful of my posts so far... Raw cacao vs cocoa - By far my most popular post! __ … Continue reading 50 posts! – A look back over my blog…
Something's been gnawing at me lately. I've come out about having bipolar disorder but I haven't really explained to people what it is and how deeply it affects me. I share posts about bipolar disorder on social media but I don't talk about my own experiences. I try to be a "poster-girl" for mental illness … Continue reading What it really means to advocate for a mental illness
Last night and this morning, depression hit hard again. Normally unable to stay in bed for long in the morning, today I couldn't get up until almost midday. I was awake from 6.30 am though, and spent hours crying and restless but unable to peel the sheets away, lift my head and put my feet … Continue reading When depression traps you in bed…
Yesterday I signed up for Plastic-Free July! It's a campaign from Western Australia challenging participants to go plastic-free for the whole month of July. The link to the website for Plastic-Free July is here or you can like their Facebook page here for more info. I encourage you to sign up and take on the … Continue reading Plastic-free July!
What is your go-to technique for interrupting intrusive thoughts or getting a hold on anxiety? Mine is to exhale as long and slow as I can while really concentrating on what that breath feels like. The compression of my core muscles and loosening of my diaphragm. The sensation of air passing up and out of … Continue reading How do you get a quick grip on anxiety or intrusive thoughts?
The winter solstice passed a few days ago and yet barely a sprinkling of rain has been felt here in Adelaide this season. It's been cold at night, for sure, but the days have been sunny and pleasant. Autumn has dragged out and I think it's great - Autumn is my favourite season. But this … Continue reading Preventing a depression relapse