Italy

If you follow me on Instagram you would know that I have just come back from Italy. I always knew I would love Italy but after visiting I have utterly fallen in love. Me and my friend Samantha went to Verona for a little get away over Easter… it was overdue will all the stress of work and feeling as though life was starting to take control of me, rather than me taking control of life.

Sam had decided to that we should go to Verona and being someone who has always wanted to go to Italy I bit her hand off! It was inexpensive, only costing us around £120 for the 4 days… a bargain I know! Which meant I didn’t to worry too much about the money side of things… a bonus for good old anxiety me.

Verona is one of the most beautiful cities I have ever been to and for saying it had given out rain all weekend, we had glorious sunshine… this was a nice surprise when we arrived! Looking at the city through the sunshine made it more enjoyable as we did have to walk a good 30 minutes to the town centre from where we was stopping.

Going on holiday made all the worries/anxieties disappear for a while… I honestly didn’t think this was possible being someone who gets anxious over the littlest of things. Being able to take in what the world has to offer made my mind clear and see what ‘could be’. There were a few moments of anxiety but we will go into this later, so for now I will share some photos which I took along my trip.

Italy has got to one of the most beautiful places I ever have been to and I will be going back again thats for sure… take me now please! I am having some serious holiday blues! Before going I was told how expensive it was and I have to say I did not think it was too pricey at all. Don’t get me wrong Venice was a bit pricey at times but in Verona the cost for a pizza was around 7/8 Euros and that’s nothing when you think about how much you would pay for a dominos, so I was very impressed. 

Recently finding my love for wine again I was very happy to see the price of wine was the same as getting a soft drink, so I thought it would be rude not to have a few glasses while out for dinner in Italy. You really cannot go wrong with a good glass of Rosé.

The 4 days I spent around €200, but this was for everything including a bit of retail shopping, eating out every night… eating my weight in Pizza. Paying for trips to certain places such as Venice and museums, also buying all food and drink for the long weekend. Personally I don’t think I did too bad money wise and it didn’t cost too much at all.

Suffering with mental health the day to day stresses can become all too overwhelming and well going away to Italy was time for me to have some ‘me’ time and “become one” with myself as they say. Italy made me realise that there is more to life than just work and stress. It allowed me to see all the beautiful things the world has to offer. I am so excited to see all the other parts of a planet, there is definitely more to life than you think and seeing the world is definitely showing me this. 

Waking up on our third day in Italy I could start to feel the anxiety kicking in and poor Sam had to put up with me, she was good! I felt as though going to Venice on the train was a mammoth of a task and I just had to make sure that I took my medication and had some breathing time to prepare myself for the journey. On the train I could feel myself getting more and more worked up… I knew what I needed to do! Close my eyes and do some breathing exercises. Little did I know that due to the lack of sleep the night before from the anxiety attacks which decided to take me by surprise I fell asleep on the train and before I knew it Sam was waking me telling me we had arrived! Well it sure made the anxiety disappear! Next you know it, we was in Venice eating Pizza… I have learnt I do love a good Italian Pizza!

This photo really does capture my holiday experience

Overall Italy allowed me to take some time away from all the day to day anxieties and really gave me time to focus on me. It did make coming home a lot harder than I originally thought. Going away has really given me the chance to see how good life can be and has for sure given me so many reasons to see why life is worth living.

For those of you who are suffering you are not alone and there is so much in live for you live for, don’t let things get you down. Remember if this was any other illness yo would speak out so let’s stamp out the stigma and join me on my road to recovery. 


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Girls on the Edge

Recently at work we had a huge push on mental health and trying to make sure the team members understand the impact. When talking about how we can raise awareness one of the girls mentioned a programme I hadn’t seen called ‘Girls on the Edge’ which has been on BBC2. She had explained how enlightening this was for her and his she had really got to see how mental health can impact people.

Of course I had to watch it!

 
So I made sure I had some time set aside to give the programme a watch and well it really pulled on my heart strings and reminded me of when I wasn’t well. The programme speaks to the 3 girls going through the mental health programme and also their families… it is definitely something which allowed to see the impact mental health not only has on those suffering but those around suffering.

One of the parents mentioned how that to the outside world his daughter looked fine because she doesn’t have a physical illness she isn’t on crutches or her arm isn’t in plaster. But she is still a very poorly girl! It shows how many of us can look at a person and judge without even knowing the circumstances of that person.

For me the programme highlighted how much we need to change as a society to accept mental health like we accept other illnesses. We are allowing people to suffer in silence, showing it’s acceptable to suffer in silence, showing it’s acceptable to suffer in silence because it’s not physical. Hopefully this programme will have been watched by people to show how much of an impact this can have on people… it doesn’t matter where you come from, your age or even your gender. Mental health can affect any single one of us!

I would highly recommend watching the programme as it has really opened my eyes, even being someone who suffers with mental health. However, this would be brilliant programme to watch if you don’t understand mental health or if you have someone going through this illness.


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