Today I had to post something that represents a challenge I've overcome and what I have learnt from it. I found this one pretty hard to write about......

Day 16 of the Girlspo 30 day challenge is There's just no point. Today I'm asked to post something that represents a challenge I've overcome and what I've learnt from it. I know this is a lot of writing. I have tried to condense but couldn't! I will be blogging more about my Girlspo journey on TGC website soon! 💗 Umm, this is a tricky one. Don't get me wrong, I haven't had a perfect life and while I've had a few things happen to me or my family I found it really hard to write about a challenge. The difficult time that comes to mind is in 2008 I started feeling 'not like myself' and I had no idea why. I was bursting into tears at work, wanted to sleep all the time and the things that excited me such as sport just didn't appeal to me anymore. I was having regular anxiety attacks, heart palpitations and frequent headaches. My dad had a heart attack a couple of years before this and I was constantly worried about something happening again. I lost weight and felt flat all of the time. I saw a physiologist and a GP and was diagnosed with anxiety (with OCD tendencies) and depression. I struggled with this as I just didn't understand why when I had a 'happy life.' I just wanted to feel happy and energetic again. After a series of appointments, meditation and confiding in family and friends I was advised to go on anti-depressants (despite being anti anti-depressants) I found that these worked within a few weeks and I noticed positive changes in myself as well as others commenting on them. I learnt a lot from this challenge. I am a PDHPE teacher so learning first hand about what a mental health issue feels like made me not only a better educator when discussing these issues but also more aware and empathetic for the many students that face these problems. I also learnt that sometimes we have to do something that we really don't want to do in order to help ourselves and that I had and still have such a amazing support network around me. Ohh and I learnt to breathe. Something so simple but so effective!!!

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