We're just back from a truly wonderful holiday on the Greek Island of Corfu. We had 2 weeks of sunshine & relaxation. It was heavenly. I can't say I didn't have my own ups and downs, but overall it was definitely one to remember, for all the right reasons. The beautiful sunsets were breathtaking Having… Continue reading The Cardwell’s in Corfu
As I consider another aspect of my DBT, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, the light bulbs are pinging everywhere. For a long time now, I've walked around with a bit of a chip on my shoulder. I've felt hard-done by and that the kids are hard done by due to not having as many people close to… Continue reading Radical acceptance in DBT
Tomorrow will be the last of my 7 weeks of group DBT, Dialectal Behavioural Therapy. Unfortunately I've been ill for 3 of them but have managed to catch up with help from my new nurse. During that time I have also been told my psychiatrist has left. So since Christmas I have lost my CPN… Continue reading My final DBT
I have to remember on nights like today how far I’ve come. It’s hard because today I had a lot of things to do, a lot of places to be and lots of people to meet and I was overwhelmed from the moment I woke up. Instead of clearing my head, prioritising those things that… Continue reading Relapse of worry
This morning I've woken up, feeling fairly low. It's been there for a week or so now, gradually growing, turning from a general lethargy into a downright depressive mood. Who knows what factors & triggers have been involved. I came name two though, guilt & failure. Once again quitting smoking hasn't been as easy as… Continue reading Don’t stop trying to stop!
On Thursday I completed my 3rd week in a row of work (my new part-time hours). I hadn't managed this since my diagnosis of Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder in January of this year. As a celebration this lovely lady, my bestie, Alex, invited me up for a spontaneous weekend in Peebles. I was anxious so… Continue reading Looking back 25 years & the signs were always there – EUPD, BPD & Anxiety
Today is day 15. I happened accidentally, but I'm so glad it happened for me. I couldn't have smoked for the last 2 weeks due to illness, but it turned into the perfect opportunity. Having stopped smoking before, several times, I'm aware that even after this key time frame, it's easy to slip back into… Continue reading Day 15 of being smokefree!
Many of you will know I've had an off on battle with cigarettes. I always have and always will say I'm not a smoker, even on those days where a full pack of 20 have passed my lips. On Sunday last week I smoked the 3rd cigarette out of a pack of 20, not knowing… Continue reading Accidentally & wonderfully quit smoking – let’s hope I can keep it going