When I speak to people who read my blog (my mum and Auntie Bev…. hello!) they say how they like how honest I am about mental health. That I speak about my struggles openly and that others respect me for that.
Things have been good lately, life has been busy, tiring and there has been lots to organise and remember but I’ve been okay. That is the thing about depression and anxiety, you can be in control, on top of them, managing and smiling then all of a sudden the clouds come over and you start to doubt everything you are doing.
I’ve known it was coming this week and smiled through my working week thinking once I’m home it will be okay. The first day off was fine, the sun was shining and I went shopping for new work clothes with my mum. We had a nice lunch and talked about life and I enjoyed every minute.
When I started trying on clothes in the shops I knew that it was inevitable I would have a wobble, I’ve gained weight, around three stone since 2014 when I went down to only nine stone which for someone of five foot seven was too small. I do now though feel bigger than I should be and am having all the feelings that go with it such as thoughts of being unattractive, disappointed with myself and in short an elephant in jeggings.
Yesterday was tough, it was pouring down with rain when I woke up and as Karl was on earlies I was on school run duties and Leo as he often does at the worst possible time decided to be the child who calls his mother an idiot and refuses to do anything. I got to school with tears in my eyes and felt like I could manage nothing more than sitting under a blanket and pretending the world outside didn’t exist.
The problem was that I had booked to go on a photography walk with the very lovely Karen at ‘Love your Camera’. Karen is becoming a friend and I really enjoy hers and other creatives company however I couldn’t deal with the thought of being sociable. There was a question mark over whether the walk would go ahead due to the weather and I emailed Karen and asked if it was okay for me not to go. All the other participants felt that they wanted to brave the rain so I somehow picked myself up and made myself go and of course had a fab time with some amazing people. Still knowing though that the bastard black cloud was hanging over my head.
Today was the start of four days off with Karl and two days off with the boys after their first week back at school and Nates first week at junior school. It started with swimming lessons which involved Leo refusing to get in and then once he had faking sickness so he could get out.
We then went into town and had breakfast rolls at Champs, one of our favourite bakeries and cafes. The food was yummy but the boys were hard work with Leo managing to spray Ribena all over his face and Nate wiping his greasy bacon fingers over my bright and cheery floral kimono I had worn to lift my mood.
I knew when we got home I would have to embrace it, not everyday is going to be sunshine and happiness and if it’s a down day tomorrow will start afresh. I can’t let a bad day become a bad life. I can’t let myself get into the cycles I was in before where my lack of self esteem made me the saddest and most unrecognisable version of me I have ever been.
I think being a woman (or a man) with MH issues you need to embrace the fact that you will always be more susceptible to bad times than others. Then add all the shit life can throw at you and it would be foolish to think you will be able to be on top of the world every moment and all sunshine and flowers. Well I suppose my life is more full of flowers than most but you know what I mean!
Tonight I plan on eating a bar of my favourite chocolate and being okay with me. Okay with being a little bit off my game and embracing the fact that sometimes the clouds get a bit dark. It is just that though, they won’t be like that forever and soon the sun will shine again. Until then I have candles, blankets and the aforementioned chocolate (no you can’t have any!)
If you are feeling crappy and low tonight know you are not alone. Millions of people all over the world are suffering with their mental health but none of them are you. You have the power over your mental health and only you can understand it and deal with it accordingly. Therapists, family and friends can help us get the skills and tools we need to deal with it but it’s us who has to pick up those tools and go forward. Pick up that axe and smash the fuck out of your anxiety and depression because although it’s a part of you it’s not who you are and never forget it. The people who love you won’t.
Sorry about all the swearing, it seems chocolate makes me aggressive! Get in touch if you need to. Lots of love, Lucy xxx
6 thoughts on “Depression…. you b*****d”
It’s so refreshing to read an honest blog. As someone with major anxiety its so reassuring to hear from other people battling it. Thank you for writing! X
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I feel we are living mirrored lives these past weeks.
I have been on an awful week. I had a panic attack driving our new car.
Today I thought let’s take the kids to the park for some fun, I had to drag Deacon from the car screaming as he hit me.
Oh children. I would happily of hidden under a blanket at home but I knew they would love it.
You are an amazing lady (I know you won’t believe me) but if I keep saying it little bits will trickle in.
Thank you for writing this and making sure I don’t feel so useless and alone xxx
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thanks for your honesty. Just remember you are great. No one is perfect but you’re getting there!!!! Xxxx
So lovely to hear someone else has struggles too with depression.
I think I have had depression for years and just ‘got on with it’ ( think it started as PND and finally came to a head after my second child a worry preganacy and a traumatic labour and emergency c section!) finally things came to a head about 3 years ago and I finally broke down and asked for help.
Constantly worrying about
My weight, body image, comparing
myself to others, and worrying constantly what other people think about me and judge me.
Things as 100% better now but this time of year and winter is a real
Struggle for me.
It’s so lovely to know your not alone and other people have the same thoughts and worries.
Thank you xxxxxx
Hi my lovely friend I hear every word you say. People look at me if I have two heads when I can’t go through the day without crying my eyes out. On top of everything I have to deal with a boy with Aspergers and the other with ADHD and ODD plus two elderly parents who think they just need a smack !
Some days I want to stay in bed and tell them all mum has left but they are there I bought them into the world and I have to deal with it. Just a bit of understanding wouldn’t go amiss . People say it’ll get better as they get older but no it won’t it will get harder as the divide between their world and ours will get bigger. I would love to see you and exchange a hug from someone who understands here always xx