A quick chit-chat

With it now getting colder for some time, this fleecy blanket has not been far away in my living room to grab and put over my legs. A blanket that I have some years and that is very cosy, which was a Christmas present.
Sometimes, this has been draped over the bottom of my bed.

Pink on ine side and floral on the other

I had been looking at unblocking my mum’s number from my phone today, but I have kept it blocked, because I could not set it as I would like.
I wanted to allow the texts to come through, but not the calls. There is no option this way, other than you either block, or unblock a number. I will have to just keep an eye for the notification of an attempt and check in case there is a text.

A very small part of me wants to send a text, but it’s causing huge anxiety at the thought of it.

I am still waiting to hear from the counselling services and I have a feeling I am going to be waiting much longer than before. This was to have a face to face assessment with me not using the phone.
I decided to query via a company programme that I have automatically with my evening job, to query about their counselling, in case I am likely to get in a bit quicker with these. 

Coming back from work this morning and I seen a man walking in shorts!

Anyone else daring to wear shorts, when it’s cold?

 

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Have you completely cut out refined sugar?

I can’t see me ever cutting out refined sugar completely, because I like my cake and sometimes some chocolate. But I need to reduce it, like I have done before.
With the difficulties I have had this year and especially how I felt these last few months, I have been eating a lot of the wrong thing. No surprise is it as I am sure you reading this now, will acknowledge how easy it can be to have something of the wrong thing that we find comforting.
Last month, at times I ate really high sugar content. This was surprising I managed that, without feeling sick, because when I changed the way I ate a few years ago for the better, meant my tastebuds changed and I could no longer tolerate sweet food. Yet, just last month I ate two bags of sugar-coated sweets, without grimacing. I did not eat these two bags in one go, but I did eat them the same day. Not like me at all. But thankfully, I have not gone out to buy another bag of those sweets and I have no intention.

Refined sugar we all know is not essential for our health. We also know it’s not good for our health:

  • Obesity
  • Cavities in teeth
  • Type 2 diabetes

These are just a few. But I have also been reading how it can affect out mental health. It apparently does not help us if we have depresdion and anxiety. Some things I have read for this, a lot of them I have experienced.

I admire those that can really cut out the refined sugar, because sugar appears in food you would not think of, like white bread for example. But there are other foods too, which I won’t list, because it is too many to list and if you want to read up on it further, you only have to Google it.

As I have said, I can’t see me cutting it out completely. But, I can reduce it.

Out of curiosity, have any of my readers cut out refined sugar completely from their diet?

If so, maybe you have suggestions, or tips for me and other readers, should we decide to cut it out.
But even if not cutting out, reducing is better than nothing.

 

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My feelings – part 3

(This post comes with a trigger warning, due to mention of suicide. But I don’t go into detail of this. I just mention the word and the ending of my life.)

So I finally got round to writing this post. A post I found difficult for different reasons.
One being able to actually delve into my feelings this time and acknowledge them.
Two, to understand what my feelings actually were and three, how I was going to write this post.

The following feelings I write, are based on what I have been feeling, or still feeling, since late August to present, as this post airs.

Anger

I have felt two types of anger. The general type anger and the “I hate the world” feeling type anger. The latter, I have not felt for some years and it wasn’t nice to feel that again.

Tearful

Lots of tears.

Anxiety

Anxiety has been a little in the day, but not to affect me. The worst was waking up with it, first thing in a morning. My heart was pounding on some occasions. Did I have a disturbed sleep prior? Dreaming? I don’t know.

Dark mood

As I have said in an earlier post, I have been in a dark mood. I’ve not wanted to be here. I have had dark thoughts of ending my life. But as I have said in that earlier post, I’m not going to follow it through, as I will not put my friends through what my my mum has put me through.
The dark thoughts were really strong from September to near end of October. They are not as strong now, or often as it was then. But it’s still there.

I have had dark thoughts once before, many years ago, but it wasn’t as strong, or persistent as I have experienced this year. Have you experienced it? What did you do?
I am probably doing already what you do, but do share your tips on ways you have distracted yourself from this.

Depression

You can say at my worst, (dark mood), I had depression.

Feeling low

Certainly had plenty of that.

 

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Kindness

“Kindness costs nothing.
Be kind to everyone, including yourself.” x

 

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Blog post re-share: SILENT WARRIOR

I hope my friend Lorraine does not mind sharing this post. I share this because it is so true and I have felt like this too for so long, but I just could not find the words, like Lorraine has done with this post. Do read this post and while you are over at her blog, take a read of her other blog posts.

We live in a noisy world. Full of activity, with little silence. So much talking, so much shouting, so much assertion of self. In some ways all of that is necessary, but we have become so accustomed to all of this that we often fail to see the things that are going on in silence, in the darkness. Here, battles are being won. Here, huge triumphs are taking place. The quiet, unassuming person sitting next to you – would you know what battles they have fought and won? Would you know what triumphs they have embraced?

Everything does not have to be done noisily, with great shouts of acclamation. Respect the quiet person sitting next to you for they may be a silent warrior who has fought and won many battles.

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“Don’t come near keep away”

November is getting near. The month when at some point I am to meet my mum at some point originally.

My mum’s number remains blocked on my phone, until I come to unblocking it, when November arrives. This was to stop me being disturbed while having my own mental wellbeing break, after the burnout I had in August.
It became no contact, because as most of you will know, mum failed to respect my boundaries I needed when I limited the contact. So it became in the end no contact, until I was ready in November.
During the time my mum’s number has been blocked in my phone, I know mum has tried to contact me still, because of the icon that appears on the phone to show that. Most of October has been quiet until recently in which there has been attempted calls during the time I would be working. Mum knows I don’t answer my phone in general because of struggling to hear her, which then spoils the conversation, or worse, arguments because I cannot hear well and I can get frustrated by that, as well as mum getting frustrated with me because I don’t hear. But also she knows I don’t answer when I am at work. How many I have noticed she has attempted these past few days, had her number not been blocked, it would have been annoyingly going off in my pocket, disturbing me working. That’s if aware it going off in the first place, because when I am moving about in my job, I don’t always feel the phone’s vibration.

I wake up this morning and see another attempted contact. I choose to see what contact she was trying again and this time it was a text. Scrambled at the beginning because she don’t know how to delete text, even though I shown her when she first had this phone make years ago, but very clear after what she does say after, which is “Don’t come near keep away.”

Does this upset me after seeing this? No, because of mum never understanding the damage done to me back in July, with the way she behaved that day, that triggered back memories from childhood and from her overdosing in February.
But also knowing mum does not mean what she says. She’s more likely doing this because she thinks this will protect me. But it doesn’t.
It adds to the further of how I feel about all this in regards to how I feel towards mum, from childhood to now.

I also do not trust mum anymore when it comes to her mental health. If she isn’t taking an overdose, she stops taking her medication. That’s the pattern I have known.

I don’t feel ready to see my mum and I wonder if I ever will. The above makes it more easy in not seeing my mum. So although I had written a date in my my dairy when to see my mum originally. The question is whether I will, because I don’t need further shit and how I feel, I think it would turn to an argument within 5 minutes me being there, or if not that, then me being in tears and walking out, like I did when I was 11 and that is why I don’t think I would ever be ready.

 

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Blog post re-share: Before You End Your Life – Suicide Awareness — Writing My Heart Out

This post comes with a trigger warning, as it discusses suicide.
It’s a blog post re-share from Writing My Heart Out. 

It’s a post close to my heart, because as you know, my mum attempted suicide back in February.

Also, due to the effects of that hitting me later and now the struggles with my mum since, you will know I talked about being in a very dark place and that dark place was not wanting to live anymore myself.
I still have those feelings, but I am not going to act them out. I am now in tears as I type that.
I am tired, as you know of all this with my mum. I have had it long as I can remember. But the struggles came from my teens, when I was her carer in some way, until this year I said no fucking more, after I took a week off work burnt-out. And so I am now her daughter. Not her carer and due to mum’s current situation as you know, preparations will be put into place by those in charge of her care, that mum is going to have to accept when the time comes to discharge. But until we are at that place, mum unfortunately is that bad, she is not at a place to take charge of her care.

Do read this blog post by clicking on the link below, visiting the original blog post to continue reading and comment there.

Are you at the lowest of your life right now? Does everything seems to falling in front of you? Have you lost faith in yourself? Do you feel like taking your own life & end everything ? If yes, keep reading till the end. Hello everyone! First of all, the reason why am I writing […]

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Chit-chat late October

Had a routine check up, which I was weighed and their scales said 10.1 stone. I looked at her in shock and commented I was 10 and a half when I last checked. The nurse said that scales can vary, but I said that’s a big difference.
I checked myself when I got home and found I am now just a little under 10 and a half stone. So I have lost some more, but not as much as at the doctors, using their scales.
The scales difference is shocking I thought and when I bought the scales I had some years ago, I bought because they are supposed to be accurate and a bit like the doctors. So who’s scales are right? This could cause issues down the line where they say I am underweight and I say I am not.

Looking further into scales, I read this article, which I found very useful. I did not realise scales used by doctors were monitored by Trading Standards:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-6064203/amp/Why-bathroom-scales-LYING-you.html

I asked the nurse what I could do if I found to be losing further weight, because I don’t want to go under 10 stone. She said that to make an appointment with my doctor first, who would then do the referral where I see a nurse, who I would then see to advise in how to keep my weight. This will be a new experience if I find I have to go down this route. If I do have to, I think this is done with the nurse at my doctors, if I heard correctly.

Pj’s and t-shirts

I treated myself to another set of pj’s. That’s it for this area now.
Those that know me, know I am not really a pink person, but these pj’s are a pastel pink and white. (Photo of bottoms looking a little more pink, than what they are.) The pj bottoms being pastel pink with gold stars and the top is white with Bambi on it. The words underneath Bambi are Live, Laugh, Love…

My new pj's

Another day I went to buy myself some new t-shirts. Nothing special about those. They just plain, but I know these will last well, as I have some already of this brand.

My mum

Following on from Chit-Chat early October,  I checked on mum’s home and seen evidence to show the deteriation of my mum’s mental health, so I called in with that, along with mentioning a couple of other things that came to mind while at my mum’s home. I had about 20 minutes chat with a nurse, just off the ward.

I was contacted via text by the person who was going to be assessing my mum under Section 3 of the Mental Health Act, with it coming close to the days they can hold my mum there under the current section. My mum was assessed just over a week ago now and was detained under Section 3 of Mental Health Act.
The person who assessed my mum said that my mum was very unwell, delusional, refusing to take medication and not eating.
Now my mum is detained under Section 3, means treatment can be started, which I was informed of what that would be.
As much as I am happy for my mum to be sectioned, so treatment can be started and expecting this to happen, it doesn’t mean it did not hurt me to hear that. My heart was breaking when I first heard this by text, going home from my morning job. I sobbed all the way home. It just poured out and I could not stop.

You can find out more about the UK Mental Health Act, via this page, which will take you to Rethink Mental Health. All the different sections are there. You will need to scroll down for Section 3.

This is the first time my mum has been sectioned and I imagine when she realises she does have to co-operate, that this will be a shock to her too.

Dvd’s I have been watching:

  • Avengers Assemble
  • Watching the remainder of House M.D from where I last seen it all those years ago.
  • Pan’s Labyrinth
  • XXX (Staring Vin Diesel)
  • 28 Days Later
  • Vanishing on 7th Street
  • Snitch
  • Big Daddy
  • Michael Jackson This Is It

Over 1 year

It’s over 1 year living where I am. My rent has stayed the same and possibly won’t change in the next few years.
I associate eventually landlords bumping up the rent and I am not talking a small increase, from past experience either.
So when chatting with a neighbour recently and we kind of came to the discussion of rent, I said that going by past experience I expected my rent being bumped up. He knows the rent that the tenant above me pays the same as me and the tenant has been there many years. So as I know he has same landlord as me, gives some reassurance for me that my current landlord is different.

Flu jab

Today, I will be having my flu jab. Once home, if not done it before, I will change my bedding and I plan to do nothing else. It’s a lazy weekend I plan to have.

 

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Organiser and journal combined

My last journal was the one I shared in this post, back in June: My own vitality wheel and wellness journal.
I mentioned in a later post somewhere how I would use an ring bound organiser in future, so it could be flexible with me. I don’t do bullet journaling in a way I once did and so the idea of using an organiser, I could combine everything I wanted in there. That last bullet journal I shared in that above post link was a more simpler version that I liked. But now that has come to an end after it was all filled up, I then used my new ring bound organiser, combined journal. I have been using this a few months now.

Grey marble leather effect organiser

A peak inside.

I still do a year in pixels. I tried to transfer this years from my filled up journal to this ring binder, but failed, as I ripped the page completly trying to get it out. So I did not finish off this years.
For next year, I have found a free printable I like, that I have got ready, colour coding it for different moods – putting stickers on it and writing a quote. I have this in my wellness section.

My year in pixels ready for 2020

The wellness section also contains other small bits of info as reminders I could do for my self-care.
In this section I have included a section labelled experiences, where I have a list of things I would like to do that I have not done before.
I also have a colourful double-page section for plans for this year, which are mostly ticked off now and I have next years drawn up ready.
I have a double-page of some favourite quotes and I have also my personal achievements for the year listed in this section.

The divider cards that came with the organiser, I have used them all. One divider I changed to ‘wellness’ section. I can’t remember now what it was previously. But I did not need it.

The diary section had dividers for each month of the year. I did not use the blank diary sheets that came with it and instead printed my own monthly ones I like to use and that I get on better with.

I have a to do section. So I can list anything here for the day if required and I can tick it off.

And at the back, I have the notes section which just has lined paper. I write anything here, that doesn’t fit anywhere else. I have a few handy notes written here, should I need to refer and my Christmas plans that I am doing for me, I have this here too.

As you can see from the photos, I have personalised it to suit me. I like using this, as it’s very flexible for me. I can take things out, or add to suit, without ruining the whole thing.

 

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Halloween

I don’t usually get into Halloween. The only thing I have done a few times in the past, just to get into it a little, was to get sweets in when it fell on a weekend, just in case I’d get a knock on the door. Which two of the years I remember three came knocking and another time, there were none.
I would offer sweets and, I would get the pleasure of enjoying just saying hello and seeing what they may dress up as.
I remember one year, there were some great costumes.
Now I live in a flat, where I currently live, I don’t plan to do this.
But what I have done for me, just for fun, is decorate just a small area with some Halloween stuff.

Skull lights, ghoul and zombie tape.
Light up ghost which changes colour
Light up ghost, which changes colours.

I also have a Halloween sound machine. There are 9 different sounds on it, like for example of some of them on it are, screaming, wolf howling, creaking coffin and an owl.

With the year I’ve had, it’s time to carry on doing something different and having a laugh. This was also fueled by someone in my evening job, who likes to have fun and a laugh to brighten up the place where we work. She plans to come fancy dress and asked if I was going to. I said I would. But what I was going to do is not happening. So I warned her that. But no doubt my work colleague will still dress up. She is that type of person who makes sure she has fun and to get others laughing. I will be dressed a bit different to the usual. But not as I know my colleague plans to dress. I shall wear a black t-shirt with a skull on it. It has something else on the top. But I can’t remember exactly what, with the words eternity, which I have ordered from New Look. I will make sure I am either wearing my jeans that day, or my black cargo trousers and I will paint my nails black.
My cleaning trolley will have the zombie tape on, my ghoul I bought and those skull lights in photo above.
I have plenty of that zombie tape, so I will see if the other ladies would like to have some on their cleaning trolley.
I will take my sound machine with me to work and have fun with that. With that I hope to get them laughing, or spooked by it.
I shall also take a bag of sweets, which are eyeballs and offer them to the ladies I work with. So that’s my fun time tjat night, while working and whatever laugh we all get from the lady who likes to have fun, when she can.

I have to say, when Halloween is done and I take my decorations down at home, I am keeping those skull lights up. They shine brightly in the dark to see my hamster in the cage, while only having lamp on lowest light setting, or if I choose to have my fairy lights on.

 

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