• Mental Health

    Dealing with grief

    The past two years have been a constant grind, to the point I started counselling in February as I felt close to a complete breakdown. It all started 30 December 2018, when H had a stroke. He was relatively fit and there were no warning signs, and I still remember the utter shock of the neurologist informing us about what had happened. We were also told to prepare for the worse, and it was touch-and-go for 48 hours. At the time, I had all five children at home and, while three were adult, life still became something to survive, day by day. H came home July 2019 in a wheelchair.…

  • Mental Health

    5 Creative Shows to Relax and Inspire

    With the UK under lockdown 3, maintaining good mental health is quite the challenge, especially in the middle of a dull and dreary January. Finding a hobby – and therefore having something positive to focus on – is great for one’s mental health. If you’re struggling to find a passion, here’s five creative TV shows to inspire you. #1 The Repair Shop This is a must-watch show for anyone who loves old things. Each week, people bring in their battered and broken antiques, and the crew at The Repair Shop bring them back to life. Most of the objects have sentimental meaning, and I often find myself brimming when they…