My favourite thing about lent is the sudden explosion of hot cross buns onto shelves up and down the nation. They are everywhere; in packets at the supermarkets, piled high on bakery shelves, behind glass counters at cafes… Grilled and served warm, with butter melting gently into the soft bread, and accompanied by a cup of tea.… Continue reading One a penny, two a penny, hot cross buns!
This week is Eating Disorders Awareness Week. The focus this year is on the importance of early intervention and diagnosis. When I first became unwell, I was fortunate enough to have a GP who immediately referred me to the eating disorder service, and I was able to access treatment very quickly. To highlight the importance […]
This week my mum returned to work after 9 weeks off caring for me. After weeks of having her around all the time, it is strange to be alone again. In many ways I have returned to my pre-Christmas life, day after day, alone, sitting on my parent’s sofa. For the first time I have… Continue reading Four months on the sofa
Today is Friday 17th February. For the first time this year I ate a different evening meal. Apart from two evenings over Christmas, I have eaten the same meal every single night since mid-December. Not tonight. For the past few weeks, nearly every day I have planned to try and eat something different but never… Continue reading A short walk leads to a huge success
“I like scones and I like croissants and I like doughnuts and I like cookies,” I say, gazing longingly at the sweet treats in the supermarket bakery aisle. It’s Monday morning, and in an attempt to incorporate some variety into my monotonous meals, my mum and I are food shopping. We make our way up and down… Continue reading Shopping: Stress and Success
I think I mention often enough on this blog that sleep is something I have struggled with over the past few months. Severe anxiety at night made falling asleep virtually impossible. So convinced was I that I would die during the night that I refused to allow myself to drift off to sleep. However, what… Continue reading Sleep, glorious sleep
Self-care seems to be a common theme in recovery from all kinds of mental illness and was something that was very much encouraged when I was at the day unit. I tried to continue treating myself well after I left, but as my recovery faltered, so did my ability to enjoy myself. I can’t say… Continue reading A little bit of self-care