storytelling

The story of me

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9Trdafp83U I just watched Emily Esfahani Smith's lovely TED Talk on how we can all live more meaningful lives (I cried a little). Emily says there are 'four pillars' on which a life of meaning is built: belonging; purpose; transcendence; and storytelling. Belonging This is kind of self explanatory I think. We gain meaning in our lives… Continue reading The story of me

storytelling

A tidy mind

My house looks AMAZING right now! It's still odd, partially decorated and slightly shabby but it's almost entirely tidy and uncluttered. I consider that a personal victory. For years I suffered from clinical depression. As I struggled daily with the demon who moved into my brain and wanted to kill me, things like housework seemed even less… Continue reading A tidy mind

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Journaling

On a friend's recommendation I started journaling today. I haven't really been able to talk about my feelings for a long time. They've just been running round inside my head, making me cray and unhappy. Hopefully this'll allow me to let them out in a cathartic manner. I do feel a little better after that first… Continue reading Journaling

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Depression and how you can help – a short illustration

Here's a wonderfully sweet and simple illustration of how to support a loved one suffering from depression - 'support' being the operative word. Try to make them feel safe and show them that you love them. That may be all you can do - but it's a LOT! You probably can't 'fix' them or make them feel better but… Continue reading Depression and how you can help – a short illustration

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How to be happy and healthy (or a close approximation thereof)

Here's Laci Green on healthy eating and body image: The diet she describes is quite similar to the one I've adopted over the last few years - especially the "eating mainly plants" part. It's been a bit harder, over the winter, to get sufficient in-season vegetation but I'm starting to increase veggies again (and decrease simple and processed… Continue reading How to be happy and healthy (or a close approximation thereof)