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Things the CPAP Machine has taught me

For just over 2 weeks I have been using a CPAP machine to help me breathe while I sleep.  It’s been an interesting couple of weeks, that’s for sure.  I’ve learned a few things about my breathing and my sleeping habits.

I had no idea whether I breath out of my nose or my mouth.

Do you know, without thinking about it, whether you breathe out of your nose or your mouth?  I had no idea, hence why I have a full mask. read more

Obesity is not a disease

Before I start this post, I must say that I don’t have any health qualification.  Everything that I say in the following post is my own opinion based on the observations of my own weight struggles. 

One of the constants during my mental health treatment has been that I am not my illness.  I HAVE depression, I am not depression.  It helps to realise that we have an identity outside our mental illness.  However that doesn’t really work for obesity.  It’s not something that I have, it’s something that I am. read more

Breathless

If you follow me on social media, then you would have seen the glorious photo that I shared last week of me with my new bed buddy.  To be more precise, it is a CPAP machine, a machine that will help me breathe.  It’s a machine that will hopefully move my oxygen saturation levels from catastrophic, to normal. read more

Stop Fishing

Feminism has been in the spotlight a lot lately.  There appears to be two camps.  Those who believe that we have a long way to go, and those who think we’ve already made it.  Of course this is a simplistic way of breaking the issues down because there are many shades of grey amongst those two camps.  However the issue that I want to talk about is firmly in the ‘we still have a long way to go camp’. read more

How to keep mentally well with diet and exercise

Welcome to The Lounge!  This week the theme is Food and I have a guest post from Kylie Ofiu about how she uses diet and exercise to manage her mental health. 

Before I start, I want to be clear that I don’t think diet and exercise should replace medication or professional help completely. They do have a significant effect on your mental health, but since conditions vary greatly, it is always best to use medication if needed and continue to get professional help. read more