Couple relationships and intimacy – managing difficult emotions, guest blog by Anne McCormack ✒️

It is true, I believe, that no-one outside of yourself should be the source of your joy and so if you are in a relationship with someone, it is good and healthy that you don’t need to be around that person all the time in order to feel happy.

Having said that, relationships link in to mental health as we all live in relation to other people around us. Therefore, if you are part of a couple relationship, it is good for mental health if that relationship is one that is working well and feels good for both people in the relationship. Stress and strain can impact not only on how an individual is feeling within themself but it also impacts on the dynamics between Continue reading

Daily Anxiety battle guest blog by Shannon O Sullivan ✒️

Anxiety be it generalised, social, mild, severe no matter what degree it is its horrible. And to make it worse it does not go away.

Does it get easier to handle? Yes,

does that make is any less shitty? No.

Its hard to put into words whats its like to be 24 years of age and wake up every single day in fear of things most wouldn’t even think twice about! Fear of social interaction, who you will be in contact with today, what if you say something stupid, what if your face goes red yet again. fear of judgement, fear of getting out of bed to face another day of anxiety, fear of something that isn’t going to happen for about 3 weeks.

It effects you physically, psychologically and emotionally. Hot/cold flushes, irrational thoughts, shakiness, weakness, nausea, vomitting, exhaustion, a loss of Continue reading

To my significant other what it means to have anxiety. Guest Blog..

open-letter

My dearest boyfriend/girlfriend,

Thanks for taking the time to read this today. I’m sorry if it interrupted your schedule. See, part of my mental illness is to make me feel guilty and ashamed for things (I’m told) I shouldn’t. After the guilt and shame set in, anxiety creeps up. Some people get anxiety and stress confused. Anxiety isn’t stress. You can redirect stress and calm yourself relatively quick. Anxiety isn’t so easy. Let me explain.

I get tense. First in my chest, shoulders and neck. Then, it flows into my arms, hands and stomach. Next, I clench and grind my teeth without noticing. After a while, my jaw hurts so badly that Continue reading