A Mental Health Update

I don’t cover mental health often on Inside Laura’s Head, but it’s something I’m trying to talk about more. My anxiety is… post especially has had such an amazing response, and whilst it was the hardest post I’ve ever written I am REALLY proud of myself for doing so. Since leaving my last job in July my mental health has come on in leaps and bounds and I did talk about that at the time, but seven months in I thought now would be a good time to give you a mental health update.

I’m still medication free, apart from two occasions where I’ve taken my anxiety pills. I’m on Propanalol, which I’ve been told I can either take four times a day or as and when needed, and because I’m mostly doing a lot better I opted for the second. And I’m pleased to still be in such a good place.

I do have days that are harder than others, and I think that will always be the case. Those days where I just want to sleep, can’t get motivated to do any work and feel really drained and sad. But there’s an equal number of brilliant days, where I get lots done and feel amazing, and most of my days are somewhere in between-which feels more ‘normal’, whatever normal is. I try to be on twitter a lot, and talk about how I’m struggling when I am-which leads to some supportive responses that always help. I have an amazing support network of friends, too, who are always there for me when I need them. I feel pretty lucky.

My plan going forward is to do at least two of these updates a year, more if there’s a big change. I’m currently looking for a full time job so that I can get a mortgage with the plan being to run my blog and keep up to my photography at the same time-I suspect that will be a challenge, but hopefully I’m in a good enough place to cope.

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Do you talk about mental health? Do you think other people should?

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10 Comments

  1. WhatLydDid
    February 19, 2018 / 1:55 pm

    I know we spoke about the challenges and how hard they are to cope with, so I’m really pleased to see that you do have medication to help when needed, and that you’re doing well generally!

  2. February 28, 2018 / 10:02 am

    Yes I write about my own struggle with anxiety and stress. It’s so important to be open and honest ,I think when dealing with mental health issues .
    You’re amazing and thank you for being you x

  3. February 28, 2018 / 11:58 am

    As an anxiety sufferer myself I completely admire your bravery for talking about it and recording how you are doing is such a good way to monitor your progress 🙂

  4. March 1, 2018 / 1:57 pm

    It sounds like you’re doing well and are in a good place. I admire anyone brave enough to speak out about their struggles with mental health issues and think it’s so important as you help others reading to know they aren’t alone in their own struggles. Keeping my fingers crossed you find the job of your dreams x

  5. March 1, 2018 / 7:05 pm

    Glad you’re doing well and take meds only when you feel you need them. It’s always nice to have a great support system around you

  6. March 1, 2018 / 8:35 pm

    Mental Health is always a tough subject to talk about. I am a PND survivor… although I’m still working my way through the third episode.

    I’m so glad your anxiety is improving. The varying days does happen a fair bit doesn’t it?

  7. March 1, 2018 / 11:36 pm

    Yes, I think it’s important to talk about mental health. I shared my story last year, of how I struggled with maternal mental health after my eldest son was born.

  8. March 3, 2018 / 9:21 pm

    I think talking about mental health is a very important conversation to have and sharing experiences really helps people going through similar issues

  9. March 6, 2018 / 9:56 pm

    Well done on talking about mental health and your experience. It’s do important for others to hear too. Good luck with your full time job hunting

  10. March 7, 2018 / 2:15 am

    It’s great that you talk so openly about. My mental health is the one thing I struggle to be open about! X #bloggerclubuk

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