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