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As you have probably already guessed, this is a blog about mental health. More specifically, it’s about my journey of living with and recovering from depression and, more recently, an eating disorder.

But I don’t want the focus to be only about mental health. Because I have found that recovery from mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety is as much about adopting certain lifestyle habits as it is about therapy and medication. And I have also found that it is perfectly possible to continue living your life to the full even whilst battling those things.

I should probably tell you a bit about myself

I’m 33 years old and currently living a pretty comfortable existence in my home country of the UK. Although it hasn’t always been that way.

When I was 28, I bought a one way ticket to Bangkok and – on a cold January evening in 2015 – flew off to pursue my dreams of long term travel.

I spent the following 8 months travelling solo around Southeast Asia before moving to New Zealand for a year. I then spent the next couple of years split between Thailand, New York and China.

Unfortunately somewhere along the way depression hit

It hit like a ton of bricks. And after a year or two of trying to fix myself with the help of Dr Google I threw in the towel and decided to head back home. I went back into my previous line of work (finance – exciting stuff right?), got myself a lovely little flat and settled down for a while.

It turned out to be one of the best things I ever did. I was finally able to start working on the depression (and touch of anxiety) that had so plagued me for the past few years. I sought medical help, started on antidepressants, began therapy and put into place all of the lifestyle changes necessary to recovery.

It has certainly been a long and bumpy ride and there’s still a long way to go. But over the years I have learned more about depression than I would have ever wanted to. I learned how to see the depression coming, how to look after myself to help keep it at bay and how to continue to live a fun and fulfilling life.

So that brings me to this blog

When I first developed depression, I had no idea what to do. I didn’t know how to look after myself or how to even begin to make myself better. It was all so alien to me and I felt very much alone.

In those early days, reading blogs and books got me through. I could relate to the experiences of others and they taught me how to better manage my own problems.

I hope that by sharing my own story I am able to help others in the same position. To share my tips and experiences – what did and didn’t work – and also to inspire people that it is still possible to live a great life even whilst struggling with their mental health. A kind of mental health lifestyle blog if you will. Because it isn’t all lying in bed in old pyjamas you know!

So on that note, I’ll leave you to have a look around. You can head over to the blog or check out my favourite mental health resources.

“If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be”

Maya Angelou

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