Birthday Car(d)

Birthday Car (d)

Would desperately like to blog tonight but for the last few days I have been starting to have some trouble with the switch from one antidepressant to another (SNRI to SSRI) and it is beginning to wear me out. I am getting some bothersome withdrawal symptoms from my latest reduction of the SNRI which is…

Mental Health Services

Mental Health Services – One Perspective

  A crisis reached, taxi for one, please help me! “You’re angry” – “No! I’m desperate!” This can’t be happening again, but of course, it simply is. This is what we’ll do, and I’m passed on to another Who wants to do something else. They arrive in pairs, fearful with notepad All words duly recorded,…

Sahara Trek Donation Page

Don’t Take Your Mental Health For Granted

In my last mental health post ‘Good Riddance to Sad Rubbish‘ I wrote about how I felt my mental health has deteriorated over the last 6 months and even more so again over the last couple of months. It pains me to admit but I am again suffering another bout of depression. I am finding…

Blue sky to blow SAD away

Good Riddance to SAD Rubbish

Being greeted by absolutely glorious spring weather after a miserable winter makes me feel like a butterfly emerging from a dark cocoon prison. Judging by social media these last few days, it has cheered up most of the nation too. SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) affects around 22% of the UK population according to SADA (Seasonal…

Love Grows

Realising Dreams

Life may be hectic but it’s never boring here in the Sheppard household! I may complain sometimes about how difficult it can be with small children sometimes but I really wouldn’t have it any other way. Having a family was a dream of mine for many years, seemingly elusive, until my 33rd birthday spurred me…

Thinking of you card

The Year of Personal Development

Belated Happy New Year! Fresh starts, new beginnings, hopeful resolutions – I love the potential a New Year has to offer. So much less stressful than Christmas and all the weight of expectation that brings. New Year, conversely, makes me feel positive, eager and enthusiastic about the year ahead. The feeling that anything can be…

Table decorations

My Christmas Reflection

I always feel a slight sense of relief once Boxing Day is behind us. The pressure of the pre-Christmas build-up released, like air from a fully blown balloon, let go, propelling itself along before running out of steam and slumping withered onto the nearest landing place. The need to create an amazing Christmas with bright…

Little Farmer birthday card

Friday’s Card

Oh how lovely it feels to be at the end of the week and about to start the weekend. After spending many years working unsocial hours, I appreciate it so much. Plus my husband works a traditional working week so it’s not just me, it’s our weekend. I just love the feeling of a weekend,…

The day after the birth

Birth Day

It’s been exactly four years today since I had the shock of my life! The labour and birth of our first child, was to me, akin to being involved in a road traffic accident. My husband described it as like the opening scene from Saving Private Ryan. Overdramatic? Perhaps. But the experience certainly left me…