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Dipping my toes back into this blogging thing…

It possibly won’t last, but I’m going to try and ease myself back into blogging nice and slowly, starting with a small selection of arts and jewellery from the last few months.

One thing that emerged from the counselling sessions I have just came to the end of is that to continue healing, the use of art and writing can be very exploratory of self (which as a naturally creative person, I don’t quite understand why I’ve never linked using art as a means to help myself work through the trauma of the past…maybe I’ve just been too hindered by the emotional turmoil the connect the dots?), and can supplement and support a continued environment of recovery and, for me, acceptance, of what the past has meant for the present. I will probably write more about this as I continue my reading ‘post counselling’, on ACE’s (Advere Childhood Events), the role they play in shaping the people we ultimately become, and how we can look to recover after the fact.

For now however, here are the aforementioned promised pretty things! 😀

Life; a catch up.

Life; a catch up.

It’s okay not to be okay.

I’m not sure who said this first, but given this phrase is used so much now, does it need a citation?  Feel free to tell me if you think it does

Saturday 29th September, mid afternoon.  The last few weeks have been really difficult for me.  I came to the conclusion towards the end of August that my mental health was on the decline again.  I took a couple of days off work, tried to focus on some ‘me’ time in the hope it would stave off a major decline.  Unfortunately my girlfriend Megan ended up in hospital due to an exploded (or obliterated, as her surgeon put it) appendix, when 200 miles away from home visiting family, and my stress levels sky rocketed.  My IBS flared up, and I ended off work in agony (painful gut, painful back) …and so far I haven’t managed to get myself back.

As the IBS flare up subsided, I found that anxiety was increased and all the symptoms of already heightened depression increased as well.  I found myself feeling on the edge all of the time, and getting upset over the slightest thing.  Life was proving a struggle for me without work; I found myself withdrawing from people and activities.  I found (and still find) myself unable to contemplate returning to life including the pressure of ‘the daily grind’.  I fear I will completely fall apart.  It will go back, just not this precise moment in time.

I’m scared of being off work again.  This is the third time in three years.  But, I know that when I get this way, I need to stop, or risk pushing myself over the edge.

Me, right now.

I am sitting in a small room at the Moor House Adventure Centre close to Durham.  Michael is running a Warhammer weekend event with the people that he podcast’s with and Megan and I usually help out with food.  We are helping this time around however on a reduced scale, which is a good thing considering that Megan is still recovering from her surgery, and my anxiety levels are high.

I felt okay first thing this morning; I woke up early, started my morning off with tea and reading.  It’s all been downhill from the moment I went into Gregg’s to pick up a stottie order and they claimed no knowledge of it.  By mid afternoon, I was disassociating and wishing I was home.

Dissociation is a way the mind copes with too much stress. People who dissociate may feel disconnected from themselves and the world around them.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/dissociative-disorders/

Friday 5th October, 19:59.  It’s now almost a week since I actually started this blog post.  Since last Saturday, Michael’s event came to an end, and at the close, I felt ready to shut myself away from everything and everyone for a long time.  I didn’t, but I wanted to.

In all honesty, I wish I had not helped out at the weekender, but with Megan already at reduced capacity due to her surgery, I didn’t want to let Michael down.  So I pushed through.  It has taken me days to recover mentally (although, actually I don’t think I am ‘recovered,).

I am having weekly check ins with my boss during my absence from work, and my last was the day after the weekender.  I explained to him how it went, and told him that in a way,  I was / am thinking of the event as a ‘litmass test’ of my ability to handle stress.  And I didn’t do very well at it.

I want to get back at work, but I know there is still work and time needed.  It’s such a frustrating feeling, wanting things to return to normal yet living with the fear and anxiety of what will happen if I push too soon and it all topples down around me.  I know I’m not quite there.  It’s taken me all week just to bring myself to finish this blog post.

It’s no secret that getting away from it all, even for a couple of days, can do wonders for your mental health. Life these days is hectic, and we all need a break from the stresses and challenges of everyday life.

When you’re on holiday you can leave your worries behind, and focus on spending quality time with loved ones. Whether you’re dipping your toes into a pool, soaking up the sun on a beach, doing something active or experiencing a spot of culture, you’ll get a wonderful mental boost.

https://www.familyholidayassociation.org.uk/blog/2017/mental-health-benefits-holidays/

This evening, I am sat in a cottage nearly 3 hours drives from my home.  The setting is quiet and peaceful.  Over the next three days I am going to explore, to walk, to spend time with loved ones and soak in wonderful hot bubbles.  This break away has been planned for months; it is an annual tradition to go away for my husbands birthday (which is today).  In terms of helping to get my mental health back on track, it could not be better timed.  A shift from the norm should helpful do me the world of good.

I have a plan laid out, and I have people around me who love and support me.  I know I will get past this.

What Lindsay Wore

What Lindsay Wore

Welcome to the first only edition of ‘What Lindsay Wore’, a round up of the few of my favourite OOTD’s since last posting some.

I’ve started with outfits that I have captured so far in June.

I haven’t bought a new item of clothing in quite a while, so if you’ve followed me on social media for quite a while, all of these pieces will be familiar (assuming you pay attention!).  The newest thing are the burgundy tights, which were a steal at £6.99 from https://snagtights.com.  I highly recommend them, so far I have these and a black pair as well…I definitely want more!

I’m hoping to make the pictures at Warhammer World a tradition!

Blog blog blog.

Blog blog blog.

I really want to blog more. It’s been a goal of mine since March and I just…haven’t. I can’t say with any level of certainty or accuracy as to why I haven’t exactly; I just haven’t.

This is an attempt to change all that. I have decided that although my blog will be a general personal blog and as such, include posts about anything and everything; there are some core topics I will focus on.

These are:

  • Tabletop gaming; board, card and miniature games
  • Tea, and/or food & drink in general
  • Beading
  • Bullet Journalling

To kick start this process, I am going to write a few words about what I have been up to these past few days. I have been at the UK Games Expo in Birmingham. It is held at the end of May / beginning of June every year, and year on year it is growing more and more popular. This year, it achieved an attendance of circa 21,700 unique attendees across 3 days.

The atmosphere at the expo is always amazing, being around so many other people who enjoy to game as much as you do. I got to try some new games, say hi to some friends I see each time we visit, talk to new people, buy some cool stuff, and be away from the normality of day to day life for a weekend. I always look forward to this weekend all year since we started to attend back in 2014,

It’s quite sad to be home now, but at the same time, being away and trying new things always reinvigorates my passion for games. So much so that we have an all day gaming session planned for Wednesday before I go back to work (and proper normality; boo!).

Follycon 2018 – Day One

Follycon 2018 – Day One

What a wonderful way to kick off my foray back into blogging….sharing my time at this year’s Eastercon; this year known as Follycon.

Eastercon is a science fiction and fantasy convention held every Easter weekend here in the UK. Last year I went to my very first Eastercon in Birmingham, and this year it is in Harrogate.

I attended 3 sessions today; panels on the Future of the City and Story vs Mechanics in Games, as well as a workshop in BSL. I thoroughly enjoyed them all, especially the gaming one! Anything with Esther is usually good.

It’s quite late so I am going to keep this quite brief in words, and share a couple of pictures I took. I plan to take more tomorrow!

🙂