My blog and I 

Now that I’ve firmly settled in back home I can feel the effect that challenging myself has had on me. I honestly feel so much stronger and secure in myself, my anxiety is hugely reduced and if I do experience it I am now less likely to panic or feel frightened.

So I’m chuffed. I know this isn’t the end of the road by far because many mental illnesses, particularly ones such as Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder, are a lifelong battle with many highs and lows along the way.

Now the travel part of my life is over (for now) and whilst I still have many stories to tell, it’s time for me to start a new chapter. I will of course be talking about my personal experiences but will be taking a more active role in challenging different perceptions and stigmas of mental illness.

To aid this I’m really excited to say that I have signed up to the Time to Change campaign which is a movement dedicated to changing how we all think and act towards mental illness and is lead by two charities: Mind and Rethink Mental Illness. So I am now a Time to Change Champion! This means I can use my real life experience of having a mental illness to help change our society’s perception of mental health issues and work within our community to do so.

I’ve also made a pledge with Time to Change which means I’m adding my name to thousands of others who are starting conversations about mental health. A pledge can be anything but if you need a little guidance a few examples are given to choose from which you can customise yourself if you like. Mine reads:

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As readers of mine I know you want to spread and learn about mental health awareness so I think it would be amazing if all of you would take a couple minutes to write a pledge to show your support! (Don’t worry, you won’t be signed up to be a champion, but your name and pledge will be featured on the Pledge Wall).

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Here’s the link where you can find out more:

Let me know if you decided to pledge! I feel really passionately about this so i’m very exited to get started with the movement.

I will be writing more posts soon, as always any feedback is warmly welcomed.

If you haven’t already, please sign up to the blog so you receive an email notification when a new blog post is up and follow me on Twitter and Facebook!

Published by themindfulplanet

Hello and Welcome! I’m Anna and have been dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder since I was seventeen years old. My mission and my passion is twofold: Firstly I would love to reach out to anyone who feels, for whatever reason, that they can’t do something big or small. I hope that by reading my blog I can encourage people to take steps in the right direction towards a goal or a lifelong dream to be fulfilled. You don’t have to have a mental health issue to feel anxious, scared or unsure to do something. Secondly I will be blogging about my past experiences to show how the challenges of normal life and traveling alone affect someone like me. There needs to be a change in how people perceive mental health, so what better way than to see than the world through my eyes? I am very fortunate to have had some brilliant support over the years but I know others aren’t so lucky. I would love it if I could help anyone to realise that they are not alone and the world is still your oyster! Give me a follow for updates!

8 thoughts on “My blog and I 

  1. Oh wow, this is amazing! Go you for looking after your mental health, and I absolutely know what you mean by feeling stronger and more secure in yourself when you challenge yourself. It’s a great feeling – enjoy it! Much love. x

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