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Oh yes. My bed and I are besties today. Finally woken up properly. It's also Day One of giving up smoking! I can and will do this. 
#mybedandi #lovemybed #quittingsmoking
Just loving this white wisteria that grows on the wall into the courtyard where I live. Flowers and the fresh green leaves. Perfection.
#whitewisteria #naturesglory
Just loving this white wisteria that grows on the wall into the courtyard where I live. Flowers and the fresh green leaves. Perfection. #whitewisteria  #naturesglory 
Given up trying now. Nearly asleep at my desk so gone out for some fresh air. Had a very productive day yesterday. Nearly the Bank Holiday weekend!
#exhausted #bankholidayrain #bankholidayweekend #hurrah
Many years since I have read Sartre. I was being a precocious 6th former trying to be existentialist! 70's were a great time. That's all by the way now, but this quotation isn't. Some people are so quick to blame others or things for what they do. No, we make our own choices and must accept the results, good or bad. 
#sartre #existentialism #weareourchoices
Many years since I have read Sartre. I was being a precocious 6th former trying to be existentialist! 70's were a great time. That's all by the way now, but this quotation isn't. Some people are so quick to blame others or things for what they do. No, we make our own choices and must accept the results, good or bad. #sartre  #existentialism  #weareourchoices 
So many pine cones just lying around where I work. Picking up a few each week ready for later in the year! Nature's artistic bounty. Thank you. 
#pinecones #naturesbounty #thankyou
So many pine cones just lying around where I work. Picking up a few each week ready for later in the year! Nature's artistic bounty. Thank you. #pinecones  #naturesbounty  #thankyou 
This is me. And sometimes I don't want to finish any and just start something new, or baste a few hexies. 
#multipleprojectdisorder #wheredoistart #hexies  #epp
After the Rev Curry's firey address on love at the Royal Wedding, it seemed appropriate to post these wise words from St John Bosco. Let the children know they are loved. I love all of mine as much now, if not more than the day they were born. @bexcottle @mmmtia88 @samc_1990 @ctess24
After the Rev Curry's firey address on love at the Royal Wedding, it seemed appropriate to post these wise words from St John Bosco. Let the children know they are loved. I love all of mine as much now, if not more than the day they were born. @bexcottle @mmmtia88 @samc_1990 @ctess24
HRH Prince Harry and Miss Meghan Markle. Have a wonderful wedding and a long and happy marriage. 
#royalwedding #princeharryandmeghan #theroyalfamily
Reflections in a mirror. Reflections on Mental health awareness week. Choosing what to post each day has made me think again about how I look at my mental illness. It has been insightful to look at the bigger picture, or as @sasta24 said taking an eagle eye view. It's easier for me to now just say, oh that's part of my illness, not the whole of it. I can manage bits of it and hopefully it won't then overwhelm me so often. 
#mentalhealth #mentalhealthawarenessweek 
#reflectivethoughtsonmentalillness #endthestigma
Reflections in a mirror. Reflections on Mental health awareness week. Choosing what to post each day has made me think again about how I look at my mental illness. It has been insightful to look at the bigger picture, or as @sasta24 said taking an eagle eye view. It's easier for me to now just say, oh that's part of my illness, not the whole of it. I can manage bits of it and hopefully it won't then overwhelm me so often. #mentalhealth  #mentalhealthawarenessweek  #reflectivethoughtsonmentalillness  #endthestigma 
Mental health awareness week. 
This is why it is needed. I hope this week I have helped in some way friends with mental illness. Helped others to understand a bit more. Like the physical body the mind can also have many illnesses. I have only touched on stress, anxiety and depression. I haven't mentioned PTSD, bipolar disorder, personality disorder and many more. I stuck with what I know about personally. I have read about the others so I understand more. Post natal depression, self harm and suicide are huge in today's society. We can treat the symptoms but there is an underlying cause. It may be chemical but some are not. 
#mentalhealthawarenessweek 
#mentalhealth #anxiety #stress #depression #mentalillness
Mental health awareness week. This is why it is needed. I hope this week I have helped in some way friends with mental illness. Helped others to understand a bit more. Like the physical body the mind can also have many illnesses. I have only touched on stress, anxiety and depression. I haven't mentioned PTSD, bipolar disorder, personality disorder and many more. I stuck with what I know about personally. I have read about the others so I understand more. Post natal depression, self harm and suicide are huge in today's society. We can treat the symptoms but there is an underlying cause. It may be chemical but some are not. #mentalhealthawarenessweek  #mentalhealth  #anxiety  #stress  #depression  #mentalillness 
It has taken me a while to realise why I seem to get physically ill relatively often. I have a lot of these complaints but now apart from tummy upsets or really bad heads or even migraines I try to ignore them and calm down. Anxiety really can cause havoc with your physical health. 
#mentalhealth #physicalsymptomsofanxiety #mentalhealthawarenessweek 
#endthestigma
In an English country garden. Two of my favourite flowers, forget me nots and cornflowers. So blessed with our communal garden. 
#englishcountrygarden #forgetmenots #cornflowers 
#happinessfromflowers
Looking at this diagram tells us a lot. A certain amount of stress is necessary for us to be able to do our daily tasks. So, it's like being on a diet, you still have to eat. We can't do without stress. Look at the positive part of stress and learn to recognise and embrace it. Look at the negative side and try to recognise when you start down that slope. I am certainly going to give it a try. 
#mentalhealth #stress #anxiety #mentalhealthawarenessweek
Looking at this diagram tells us a lot. A certain amount of stress is necessary for us to be able to do our daily tasks. So, it's like being on a diet, you still have to eat. We can't do without stress. Look at the positive part of stress and learn to recognise and embrace it. Look at the negative side and try to recognise when you start down that slope. I am certainly going to give it a try. #mentalhealth  #stress  #anxiety  #mentalhealthawarenessweek 
Tried and tested. Used as a technique by many therapists for their patients. I know someone who had very bad PTSD, and he used this technique even at work. No one realises you are doing it. My good friend Raven of @ravenandcrow56 also suggested grounding meditation. Again a useful tool for anxiety. I like the focus on here and will consciously breathe. Going outside into a natural environment if possible also helps.
#mentalhealth #anxiety #anxietytips #mentalhealthawarenessweek #endthestigma
Tried and tested. Used as a technique by many therapists for their patients. I know someone who had very bad PTSD, and he used this technique even at work. No one realises you are doing it. My good friend Raven of @ravenandcrow56 also suggested grounding meditation. Again a useful tool for anxiety. I like the focus on here and will consciously breathe. Going outside into a natural environment if possible also helps. #mentalhealth  #anxiety  #anxietytips  #mentalhealthawarenessweek  #endthestigma 
Anxiety attacks are the result of a build up of stress. Work, home etc. This is when therapy can be so beneficial. The therapist can help to pinpoint triggers, to learn to recognise how you behave when stressed and finally work out some strategies that will help you. CBT theray is highly recommended, as is exploring your past and present. Quite often the anxiety is linked to the fear of failure. Low self esteem. I will post further tips later in the day.
#mentalhealth #mentalhealrhawareness 
#endthestigma
Anxiety attacks are the result of a build up of stress. Work, home etc. This is when therapy can be so beneficial. The therapist can help to pinpoint triggers, to learn to recognise how you behave when stressed and finally work out some strategies that will help you. CBT theray is highly recommended, as is exploring your past and present. Quite often the anxiety is linked to the fear of failure. Low self esteem. I will post further tips later in the day. #mentalhealth  #mentalhealrhawareness  #endthestigma 
Yesterday I was determined. I worked really hard till really late. I slept a solid 5 and 3/4 hours! This is a miracle for me. My sleep pattern is intermittent which does not restore. I don't even ache as much. 
#restorativesleep #sleep
Yesterday I was determined. I worked really hard till really late. I slept a solid 5 and 3/4 hours! This is a miracle for me. My sleep pattern is intermittent which does not restore. I don't even ache as much. #restorativesleep  #sleep 
Bottom picture shows a good snack. Lemon and coriander hummus with Carr's water biscuits. So far so good. Check out the top picture, nestled underneath is a slice of the cheapest value processed cheese slice I could find. Secret weakness among the brie, Stilton, Single Gloucester, Farmhouse cheddar etc. 
#secretweakness #processedcheeseslices #lemonandcorianderhummus #carrswaterbiscuits
Mental health awareness week. This is so true. I really battle with this one. It's one of my targets to only be in bed to sleep. Some days there seems no point in getting up, showered and dressed. Still happens on a weekly basis. 
#mentalhealth #mentalillness #mentalhealrhawareness #endthestigma