Ok, so I’m super thrilled to be doing a guest blog for Kayleigh on her amazing page. I stumbled across Kayleigh’s blog when there was an article in our local newspaper which highlighted her Mental Health Blogs. Being a sufferer of quite severe panic disorder I decided to check out her page to see if there was anything that could help me in terms of recovery – I constantly try anything that will help with my anxiety from hypnotherapy to Mindfulness (you name it and I’ve tried it). When I read Kayleigh’s blog’s I found them so incredibly inspiring with her also being a Mental Health Nurse it makes her post’s all that more helpful because she definitely knows what she’s talking about. Her blogs’ are cleverly written and incredibly relatable. Even before reading Kayleigh’s blogs I was so passionate about raising awareness and breaking the stigma surrounding mental health since being diagnosed with Panic Disorder several years ago. Living in Cumbria I really feel our services for Mental Health are so overstretched because we are so rural- it literally takes us an hour just to reach our nearest motorway. Our area just can’t cope with the demand of patients needing help. I have always loved writing; I was good with my emotions on paper but speaking about them in person not so much. I started blogging recently to continue with my passion on helping others going through similar situations to mine but also to use it as a bigger platform for raising the much needed awareness. Since blogging, hand on heart, it’s helped me heal from certain past events, things I thought I had healed from years ago, but it’s amazing to be able to sleep properly and be at peace with everything. I have a long way to go in terms of my anxiety but every tiny victory is still after all; a victory on the road to recovery. After contacting Kayleigh for advice and tips on my own blogs she has become a great support to my well-being, she’s incredibly kind and we are so similar with certain experiences we have both gone through. I’d like to think we could become good friends from us sharing the same goal of helping others with their mental health.

I have so many ideas that I would like to work towards, I’d love to be able to go round to various secondary schools and guest speak in assemblies or citizenship classes to help talk about the daily issues with mental health because mental health will, at some point, affect our lives (whether that be mild anxiety, depression or even grief from losing a loved one) and its worryingly starting to increase in younger people. My eyes were definitely opened when I worked in a pharmacy and a number of teens were being prescribed anti-depressants and anxiety medications.

I wanted the topic of this little guest blog to be around positivity and empowerment. Lifting up others instead of tearing each other down, especially girl empowerment because girls are well known for being so catty #MEOW. Jealousy is such a negative trait and I’m sure we have all felt it at certain times during our lives but as you get older you realise that there is no time in life for jealousy what exactly will it achieve?

Focus on your own goals, your own achievements, be happy for others succeeding their goals. Ok, so you might not be at a point in your life that someone else is but you will have your moment if you work for it. By using all of your precious energy and time being negative and jealous towards someone not only hurts them but most of all it destroys you and can impact your mental well-being. By being positive, it completely changes your state of mind, it can open so many new doors in life for you.

I learn to see the positives in almost every situation and I’m such a firm believer in the law of attraction, I love The Secret!

‘Your life is in your hands. No matter where you are now, no matter what has happened in your life, you can begin to consciously choose your thoughts and you can change your life. There is no such thing as a hopeless situation. Every single circumstance of your life can change’ (The Secret, Rhonda Byrne, 2006)

So if you think of good positive situations then positive things will come your way but if you constantly think the worst in everything then that’s what you will attract – a lot like a magnet. Despite me suffering most days with my anxiety and IBS, I have seen so many positives from such a negative situation, I have started my own blogging website, I have helped others and I feel like I now have a purpose in life whereas before I was doing nothing valuable with my time off just feeling sorry for myself because I couldn’t get myself out of a dark hole, so nothing about my life was changing. I have also realised who my true family and friends are during one of the worst times of my life, you see people’s true colours during those stages. It’s a shame when you have to lose people from your life but if they leave then let them because you deserve so much better. I have also gained new friendships from meeting other like minded individuals which will help me massively on my own journey to recovery. I know it may not make all that much sense to someone who’s stuck in a rut right now but trust me you will see the light at the end of the tunnel and have that light bulb moment where everything starts to fall into place. Things will get easier for you I promise. If you truly want it and don’t stop working for it, recovery will happen maybe not right away, maybe not tomorrow, next week, next month, or even next year but eventually things will get more manageable for you. All I can say is never give up hope because like me, like Kayleigh and millions of others out there that have suffered or are still suffering; this life is 100% worth fighting for. It’s never too late to start living your life the way you’ve always dreamt of.

All my Love,

Beautiful in Grey

Natalie Suzanne :- https://nataliesuzannewrig.wixsite.com-1


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