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How my miscarriage lead me to write a book about it

How my miscarriage lead me to write a book about it

Seven years ago, I was supposed to have my very first baby. The due date was 11 February 2012. But it never happened. I lost my baby to a missed miscarriage in July 2011 and nothing has been the same ever since. Today, I can’t help but reflect on this tumultuous time and how much it changed me. The one thing that stuck with me In May 2011, I found out I was pregnant. It wasn’t really planned but also…

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Making your bedroom work for you

Making your bedroom work for you

This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a commission, at no cost to you, if you click on a link and make a purchase. When you’re ill, even just trying to keep your room clean and tidy can be absolutely impossible. You try to organise things at least every other day and get overwhelmed by what’s around you, and you just sink further and further into the bad feelings about your environment. And that won’t do…

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Start the New Year with a question, not a resolution

Start the New Year with a question, not a resolution

Here we are again – it’s a new year and lots of us have made a new year’s resolution. Or maybe even a few! Most of you might know that almost 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail by February. That is not a great outcome. One must ask – why is that? Could it be that we are approaching the whole thing of introducing change into our lives wrong? I say yes. The problem with resolutions The problem with…

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Don’t believe these 8 depression myths

Don’t believe these 8 depression myths

About 1 in 6 people are thought to experience depression at some point in their life. That’s a lot of people! And yet, as common as depression is, many of us don’t truly understand it. A lot of us end up believing myths that we are told. Some of these myths can be harmful for those suffering from depression. Here are just a few of the most common myths… ‘Depression isn’t a real illness’ Depression may not come with clear…

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An open letter to the trauma survivors this festive season

An open letter to the trauma survivors this festive season

Hey there, brave soul. Are you tired this time of year? Is the pain you have suffered catching up with you? I can see you. The festive season is extra stressful when your soul is drained from trauma it acquired a long time ago. Or maybe just recently. What ever the case, trauma and the festive season don’t go well together.   The perpetrators in your safe place We all know too well that those that were supposed to love…

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How to stay mentally well during the festive season – 5 tips for good mental health

How to stay mentally well during the festive season – 5 tips for good mental health

It’s early December and if you are anything like me and try to ignore Christmas as long as you can then you know we have run out of time – we are in the lead up to Christmas well and truly now and it is almost impossible to escape it.   Christmas can be a very joyous time that is filled with excitement. But for those who struggle with a mental health challenge, this time of year can be very…

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A voice for the voiceless – how to turn up the volume and help effectively

A voice for the voiceless – how to turn up the volume and help effectively

Learn the 5 steps to get your message across effectively Helping people – it is a great, often noble thing to do and for many of us, it is what we want to dedicate our life to. That is fantastic. Chances are that we are all touched by a tragedy or a difficult challenge in life that makes us think about what really matters in life and results in some life changes even. This is perfectly normal. Change teaches us…

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The uncomfortable truth about suicide prevention

The uncomfortable truth about suicide prevention

September 10 was World Suicide Prevention Day. It is great that we have a day dedicated to such an important issue. We need to talk about suicide more. We need to improve services and life quality in general to help more people. As a counselor, I am glad that we have a day where we shine the light on the fact that so many people end their own lives. The numbers are rising. Amongst the many lives lost too soon…

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I just received bad news – don’t make this about you now

I just received bad news – don’t make this about you now

3 simple ways to comfort someone who is struggling   2018 hasn’t started well for me. In fact, 2017 ended badly and the two are connected. You see, I received some distressing news in December 2017 about my health but had to wait until mid January 2018 to have them confirmed by a specialist. Don’t worry, I am not dying yet and while things are serious, it is not hopeless. I am still struggling to come to terms with my…

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How to deal with social media after pregnancy loss: 5 ways to protect yourself from more harm

How to deal with social media after pregnancy loss: 5 ways to protect yourself from more harm

Hey there, brave and courageous people. Again a bit late with my newest blog post (life interfered once more with my nicely drawn up schedule) but this one has to get out as it is a topic very close to my hear. Today, I want to write about the curious beast that is social media. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and the like. We all like them but that is as long as we have happy and maybe ‘braggy’ things to share….

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