I learnt today, through social media that mental health blogger, Claire Greaves passed away. I don’t know exactly the day she passed away, but Mind announced it in a tweet on 1st March 2018 and I have seen someone else announce their sadness of knowing her passing on the 28th February 2018.
I have never met Claire Greaves, but I was a follower of her blog for some time at, “Mental Illness Talk.” Claire Greaves has battled with mental ill health for many years, battling with anorexia and personality disorder and through her blog, Claire shared her experiences with her illness to spread awareness and understanding, to reduce stigma surrounding mental health.
She was also a campaigner for Mind and contributor to the #DearStranger book. Her last blog post was 8th May 2017, at a scary moment in her life. I always kept following this blog in hope of seeing another post where Claire would have been seen beating her horrid illness. But sadly, after learning, it was never meant to be.
My condolences are with the family at this sad and difficult time.
R.I.P. Claire Greaves x
This video is something I came across via Facebook, while taking a break from blogging that I can totally relate too. It’s from Facebook page called, “Every Day Is A Mental Health Day” and the video is about what it is like to have high-functioning anxiety. The link below will take you to this video on their page.
I had another D.I.Y. retreat, last Saturday to Sunday, to give myself some self-care and timeout after issues at work, the PIP assessment that I worked myself up over prior and in preparation for when I had my extraction on my tooth. I allowed myself access to technology this time, but it was limited and my mobile phone remained on, in case of emergencies.
My menu was how I originally planned it, before I knew I was going to do one and although I had a schedule for the two days, I did not plan it out into too much details as in regards to the time for everything.
- Breakfast – 8.30am
- Read a book for an hour or so. (10 mins on internet)
- “Dance That Walk Cardio Party” DVD – 10.30am (an hour)
- Lunch – 12.30
- DVD: “Don’t be afraid of the dark,” followed by reflect and then relax with a book till dinner.
- Dinner – 6.30pm
- Relax in bath before bed, at 9pm. (I also used one of my face masks at this point, while in bath.)
- Cereals at breakfast
- Lunchtime: Quorn balls with tinned tomatoes, tinned chickpeas and mixed veg. (Serve what I need and separate the rest into portions to freeze later when cool.)
- Sardine sandwich at dinner
- Breakfast – 8.30am (I stayed in bed till 9.30am, so breakfast was about 10am.)
- Free time in, or out.
- Lunch 12.30
- DVD: “Exit Wounds.”
My Sunday schedule then stopped, because I was heartbroken. I seen on my timeline about a couple that died in Meden Vale, but names had not been announced. After looking online at my local paper, the names were announced; Sandra and Michael Dangerfield. They were apparently died at the scene, after a collision with a car. I am devastated. A good friend of mine took me to where flowers had already been laid, as in the news link above. I had to see for myself. There was a photo of them both with someone else. This confirmed for me they had both gone. They were taken too soon and I hope the investigation going on uncovers what happened there.
When I arrived home, I just spent a bit of time on Facebook, while having a scented candle lit and mugs of tea.
- Cereals at breakfast
- Jacket potato with parsnip and veg, for lunch.
- Just a scone I could stomach and a few mugs of tea, due to above mentioned.
A blog re-post from, “Only Coralle; 15 Ways to Manage Anxiety.”
Another useful post, for those of us that suffer anxiety. Some of these I do myself and others new for me to try. Go and check out this blog post and see what ideas there is for you.