This week’s card therapy has had to be postponed until today, as winter bugs have now made a complete round of all members of our household. The smallest member has had it last, redecorating the nursery floor with his breakfast first thing on Monday morning. He’s also well into his ‘fears’ phase – we are having regular nightmares about animals, reptiles -“a crocodile bit me weg!” [leg] – and monsters. Coupled with a four year old suffering insomnia caused by a blocked nose (and therefore mummy suffering insomnia caused by fretful children), a husband away with work, and a hormonally-challenged matriarch. It’s not been a great week for my mental health. Some moments have been more challenging than others, like the children on top-note careering around the kitchen screaming and fighting over some toy or other just as I was trying to serve the thoughtfully prepared dinner that they didn’t eat anyway. But then they happily played ‘fuzzy felt pirates’ together yesterday morning, which allowed me a peaceful shower – what a treat! Of course the calmest time of the day is that first five minutes when they’ve both gone to sleep – I can honestly say I almost feel euphoric in those moments.
I read a tweet that really inspired me yesterday, from Danny Baker:
At the end of every day, ask yourself: “what did I do today to recover from my mental illness?” You should always be able to say something.
— Danny Baker (@Daniel_L_Baker) December 4, 2013
It really resonated with me as I know I can’t expect to stay healthy mentally unless I take proactive steps. For me it is Card Therapy, ensuring I make use of respite from the demands of being a housewife and mother, doing enjoyable activities as a family, as well as keeping myself physically healthy. It is a quote you can really think about and I intend to put it into practice from today. Well, okay, the diet intention is on hold until Spring, due to the end of Daylight Savings and inclement weather, but I keep myself mentally healthy by forgiving myself about that!
My sister-in-law recently held a coffee morning to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy and asked me if I could donate some cards. We agreed a 50/50 split of any proceeds so I could also support my chosen mental health charities. I wasn’t sure if my cards would even sell but I was thrilled to sell three! So they are officially my first sales from Card Therapy! I donated the proceeds to PANDAS which stands for ‘Pre and Postnatal Depression Advice and Support’. It is a relatively new UK charity, started in August 2011 (when I was right in the midst of my PND) by Rachel and Stuart Dobson – another family blighted with this dreadful illness. It offers an invaluable telephone helpline:
I wish I had known I could pick up the phone and just talk to someone – I might have been helped earlier. Please share information about PANDAS – you may never know who you may help by doing so.
I have managed to squeeze in a simple bit of card therapy this week (every little helps) so here it is:
Another boy’s birthday card – I do love doing these! It uses another LOTV mini-masterpiece so I haven’t stamped or coloured this one due to time constraints. I made two at the same time as we have two more upcoming birthday parties.
I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Papertake Weekly Challenge – Anything Goes – I have used Sketch #56 by Dawny P
I know I used to live in the ‘Windy City’ but today’s weather is ridiculous! Keep safe in the wind,