Blog, Mental Health

Looking back at burnout and breakdown: final thoughts on my experience

Today, 10th October 2019, is World Mental Health Day. I thought I’d write a bit more in depth about my experience with burnout, breakdown and depression. It never stops being a journey, but it’s one I’d like to change focus from nowadays. This will be my final post talking about my specific experiences – it’s… Read More Looking back at burnout and breakdown: final thoughts on my experience

Blog, Outdoors, Self

A Year Walking Slowly

In autumn last year, I decided to stop paying lip service to nature. Modern life grabs our cheeks and forces our sight to other, shiny, things. Loud adverts, products. More money to keep our bigger houses. More things to fill our lives with a meaning created by somebody else. My whole journey with minimalism started… Read More A Year Walking Slowly

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Morning Brew, 21.9.2019

Brew #3. I woke before the alarm today, something that happens very very rarely in my life! I spent an hour snuggled in the duvet, slowly coming round and being sat on by the cat. She found a comfy spot between my arm and head somehow, and proceeded to curl into a purring circle. So… Read More Morning Brew, 21.9.2019

Blog, Mental Health, Outdoors

Fadeaway

Summer is sliding away through my fingertips. As much as I try and grasp onto warmth, the temperature continues to fall. As much as I squeeze daylight tight in my fists,┬áthe nights are dimming quicker than I can measure. I raise my head and try and trick myself that I’m looking forward to crisp leaves… Read More Fadeaway

Blog, Mental Health, Self

A day in the life: burnout recovery

A day in the life – very slow living! A little history You may have read some of my posts talking about burnout and my thoughts about experiencing this. (They’re mostly grouped under the ‘mental health’ category if you want to search!) Burnout is a term used to describe the state of absolute exhaustion that’s… Read More A day in the life: burnout recovery

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Morning Brew, 9th September 2019

Brew #2 Today’s morning brew is a steamy mug of tea, cupped in cold hands as the rain creeps down the valley and silently begins to fall. I feel a little smug as I managed to drag myself out of bed to get the washing in whilst it was still dry, so we’re winning at… Read More Morning Brew, 9th September 2019

Blog, Outdoors

Peace Place

When I’m under the trees, I feel whole. Padding silently in dappled shade, breathing in fresh oxygen, somehow protected by these tall beings, still and sonorous, myself just a tiny blink in long, long lives. When I want to cry and hide away, I go to the trees. I speak to them in silence, an… Read More Peace Place

Blog, Books & Music

1 book, 3 points! The Flower Girls Paperback Edition

1 book, 3 points! The Flower Girls Paperback Edition Last autumn, I reviewed The Flower Girls by Alice Clark-Platts as part of my ‘3 books, 3 points’ series, and loved it! Today (5/9/2019) is the release date for the paperback version of the book, with a new cover design, and as such, publishers Raven Books… Read More 1 book, 3 points! The Flower Girls Paperback Edition

Blog, Mental Health, Self

Lightning

Did you ever get a lightning bolt realisation from reading something small and simple? A little innocuous sentence, but suddenly, a situation becomes clear, all at once? It happened to me this week. Reading the latest Permaculture magazine, Simon Lacey’s article on horticultural therapy really interested me, especially the incorporation of Permaculture principles into therapeutic… Read More Lightning

Blog, Mental Health, Self, Words

Scream

One from a bit back – the endless frustration of cfs… I don’t know who I am and I just want to scream. I want to scream at stillness, shatter through this grey existence like breaking walls of glass into a million glinting shards. I search and wail and am lost in the years of… Read More Scream