Many of you might or might not know, but for the past couple of years, but particularly in the last few months, I have suffered from crippling social anxiety. Sometimes it meant I couldn’t go out of the house, and often would sit throughout the day in darkness with the blinds closed. This was causing me to drink much more than I normally would and consequently causing further anxiety and health worries of its own.
Today I’ve just been for a walk around my local park in the sunshine seeing all the crocuses, snow drops and daffodils sprouting and it’s done wonders for my mood. One of only a handful of times in the last month or two I’ve taken myself out on an non-essential journey. I’m hoping that with spring around the corner, and having knocked alcohol on the head, my health too can start a rebirth. I have found that wearing my headphones helps significantly as it’s kind of disconnects me to the world (but I have to ensure I keep my wits about me…!!) But the main thing is, I’m feeling positive!
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‘For every good time with my dad, there was a bad time’: UK’s 2.6m children of alcoholics
A worthwhile read regarding the effect that childhood trauma has on the prefrontal cortex in the brain.
This is one of my favourite ever memories. In May 2012, I found some deep courage to travel alone to Cuba. It was one of the best experiences of my life. Until that point I’d only ever seen a little bit of Europe so it was a huge culture shock for me to experience and filled me with huge wanderlust that I still have today. 🇨🇺
This day swimming with dolphins was incredible! I’ll never forget it! Even though the dolphin went to kiss me so hard it split my lip 😂😂😂
Even 8 years ago I was saying I wanted to change my life for the better by quitting drinking, realising then, at 26, the impact it was having on me but I never quite managed it. This time I am motivated and determined to do that I can improve mind and body…
An interesting article by Alexei Orlov, Psychology Today.