Wednesday, 26 February 2014

The Beach, Luke, Woody and I

Nothing beats the midweek cobwebs out of your hair like a walk on the beach with Woody, so that's exactly what we did earlier on today! Not wanting you to feel left out, I thought I'd take you along with me. You lucky things. First things first, Woody absolutely loves the beach...like seriously loves it. As soon as his paws touch the sand, he's prancing about begging you to throw the ball so he can run off with it. You can't really say no to a face like this...


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I've been feeling so cagey and withdrawn and anxious of late, so I'm trying to get myself outside more often. I often find that when I'm at my most anxious, I'll try and hide myself away like a little hermit, and then that breeds a whole new load of anxiety. Vicious cycle, I know. Even though I'm six months post-surgery, and doing a lot better psychically, I'm still struggling with the mental side of it all. It turns out undergoing a major operation that then doesn't go quite to plan isn't the easiest of things to get over! I wasn't going to discuss all of this on here, but it's so ridiculously important to talk about mental health, and I know a lot of you may be able to relate to my experience in some way, shape or form. 


At the moment, my anxiety is easily triggered and I probably think about the things that bother me a few times a day at least. It probably doesn't help that I'm still struggling to sleep and even when I do I'm frequently having nightmares, but hey! I'm going to really work on how I'm feeling on the inside over the next few months because it's hugely important. I'm just hoping I can get it all under control soon, as I imagine it'd feel quite nice to have a day without thinking about my own mortality. It's not all doom and gloom, of course, and I really don't want sympathetic comments. I've dealt with depression and anxiety for years, throughout writing this blog, I just haven't really spoken about it in great detail online before. I'm still an advocate for positive thinking, but I think sometimes that positivity can come from accepting that times are hard but they will get better regardless of how impossible that may seem. If you're struggling, just remeber that I'm here for you, I understand and happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light. Sorry, couldn't resist a cheeky reference! 



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Everyone is different, of course, but I often find little walks like this really helpful when I'm feeling a bit anxious or down. 


If you'd like to scroll through all of my adventures then you can do so. 



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  1. I completely agree that there is always a silver lining when times are hard. It's so brave that you talk about your experiences.

    The beach looks beautiful, and I bet it was so fun running around with Woody. :)

    My love letter to myself would be to try and convince myself that I'm good enough and to stop worrying and stop putting so much pressure on myself to be perfect. xx

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  2. I love your blog and had no idea you'd been struggling with mental health problems. I started my own blog as a way to stay positive after battling depression for most of my life so I think I have an idea how you're feeling. Keep looking for the good things, like beautiful trips to the beach like this which have made me wish I lived nearer the sea! Lots of love, Jessica X

    http://rosetintedjessica.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. Beautiful photographs, Bee. I especially love the photo of your shoes in the tide, and Woody is such a gorgeous dog! I agree that walking (or any sort of exercise really - I definitely want to get back into riding my bike) can do wonders for your mood when you're feeling low. When I'm feeling upset, angry, anxious or just generally having a bad time, I push myself to go for a long walk to clear my head - I just find that being active can really take your mind off of things in a way that sitting at home can never do. I only wish I had a cute dog to accompany me on my walks!

    x

    p.s. I'm over at tartanmouth.blogspot.com - still pretty new, but would love for you to come have a nosey around.

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  4. Oh Woody! I swear you surround yourself with the cutest animals (not including Luke in that!). Thank you for linking to those letters, I've love reading through them. I'm in awe of how you have dealt with everything that's happened over the last year - I don't know how you manage to deal with things with such grace and that letter only proves that further.
    xxx

    Chambray & Curls

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  5. Walking along the beach is something I crave whenever I'm having a particularly bad day or week. I'm not sure whether it's the sound of the waves or the deceptively tiring walk that calms me down but it's such a simple cure, I love it!

    Chloe :)
    clomofosho.blogspot.com

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  6. You have been through a lot, which leaves you mentally and phyiscally exausted, be kind to yourself and the clouds will pass.

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  7. This pictures are beautiful, I totally agree that fresh air helps clear my head :)

    Sophie
    http://what-sophie-said.blogspot.co.uk/
    xxx

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  8. Such a lovely post :) you're right, it's important to stay positive, but accepting that things are at their worst is sometimes what you need to do in order to bounce back up. In my experience of depression and anxiety, through friends and family who suffer, is that it's all too easy to get sucked under into a vicious downwards spiral. The only way is up though right? I also have a black labrador, called Barney who is a constant reminder to get out in the open air and enjoy life! Thanks for inspiring me!
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    Kate x

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  9. I definitely agree that when you feel down you want to stay in and curl up in a ball.. but the best thing really is to go out and walk.. especially with the gorgeous beaches you have :) And Woody of course! I love your letter by the way, so positive!! Go you . xx

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  10. Ow Woody is so adorable. Looks like the perfect beachy wander and getaway to refresh and clear the mind, Bee! Sending all my love little one xx

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  11. I want to go to the beach! I need some sea air to help blow away my anxieties too. I loved reading your letter, too. You've been incredibly brave the past year, and I'm glad your amazing body has kept you alive <3

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  12. I'm the same, I feel out of the loop as well lol these photos have made me want to go to the beach :( hurry up and be summer


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  13. completely agree about how good walking is when you're feeling anxious or depressed. Id love to live near the sea tho, and have a dog that does not go completely crazy when he's out for walks! x

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  14. I love these personal posts and lovely pictures too! I am itching to get to the beach - can't wait for the sun to come out properly so I can go alllll the time again!

    Bxx
    b-jolly.co.uk

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  15. I think fresh air and a change of scenery can do the world of good xx

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