The Unmarked Road

Life On The Other Side Of Mental Illness

Month: May 2015 (page 1 of 3)

The 3 Minute Memoirs – Anxiety And Nightmares

Anxiety is so hard to explain. It isn’t rational or logical – otherwise the luckiest people in the world (of who I feel I am one ūüėÄ ) wouldn’t suffer from mental illness.

It doesn’t define me; I have anxiety but there are many other facets to my personality that aren’t affected by it. I’m a positive and happy person and love my life! I wish I could turn off the part of my brain that has such fear of things going wrong.

Some days are better than others. Sometimes you master it, sometimes it feels like it masters you.

New Mile Stone And A Massive Thank You!!

Firstly, and most pressingly,¬†this awesome little blogger wrote the most wonderful and beautiful little post about me. Such amazing kindness ‘just because’ has made me (almost) speechless so a¬†massive thank you to you¬†miusho¬†for doing something that’s really made a difference to me today ūüôā

Secondly, and most definitely due to the first point, I have reached a new milestone!

The blogging world is such an amazing supportive community, something I never really imagined when I started back in February and I would like to take this opportunity to tell all of you how incredibly honoured I am to be walking on this Unmarked Road with you.

Thank you for never letting me walk it alone.

Dani xx

The 3 Minute Memoirs – Struggling: In More Ways Than One!

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Success Without Struggle – With Deepak Chopra

Just as always, a little message has come from the Universe at the exact right time. This little beauty has just popped into my inbox from the world famous Deepak Chopra, and as it’s something I feel quite strongly about I¬†thought I’d share it with you. Enjoy ūüôā

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How To Restore Your Enthusiasm

You’ve found your passion and you’re lucky enough to try and make it into a career. But¬†how can you ensure you don’t lose that adrenaline fuelled excitement and drive that you had at the beginning?

Working from home sounds like the dream gig right? Well, to be honest, I can’t really complain. The FREEDOM I’ve always craved to design my own life, I’ve now got¬†(lack of earning a wage¬†being a bit of a barrier of course). But like with everything, making your passion into ‘work’, can¬†have its drawbacks and you may find that:

  • You lose sight of why it is you’re doing what you’re doing
  • You become isolated which alters your perspective in a negative way
  • You start to doubt¬†yourself and if you will succeed

But how can you turn this around?

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The 3 Minute Memoirs – Anxiety And Spending Money

Whenever a large sum of money leaves my savings account I have huge anxiety issues! I don’t seem to think about what I’ve gained, I focus on what I’ve lost and that isn’t right. Because getting married, going travelling – those are experiences I will treasure for the rest of my life. Long after the money has¬†gone.

Why Other’s Project Their Fears On To Us

When I started on this journey to become self-employed¬†I knew that one the hardest things to deal with would be other¬†people’s¬†opinions on what I was doing. I knew that the road¬†I was about to embark on¬†would strike a chord of fear amongst many because I was doing the opposite of everything we’ve been taught that would lead to a ‘successful’¬†life.¬† Fighting against a lifetime of education aimed to do one thing, is not easy.

I knew that to realise my dream I would need to surround myself with people who were a positive influence. People who encouraged and believed in my dream rather than those who would project their own fears on to me in an attempt to be down to earth. To be rational. But why does this fear exist?

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THE THIRTIES vs THE TWENTIES

LOVE this post so much! Am turning 30 in July and agree with everything you have said here! xx

The 3 Minute Memoirs – I’m Back!

I’m Back! And better than ever (well nearly) ūüôā

When The Mind Doesn’t Listen, And The Body Takes Over

Hello everyone!!! I am back (and hopefully with a bang!)

For those of you who don’t know. I’ve spent the past few weeks in Germany with my family. My godmother¬†is currently surviving colon cancer and staying with her is always extra special. As a German I am considered short at 1 meter 62 (both my sisters are 6 feet tall!) and I always get treated as the baby; which I absolutely LOVE because I can just relax and be a little bit spoiled for a few days.

However. Even though I needed the time off, I had every intention of doing some work on the sly while I was away. Not touching the blog just made me too anxious. As my godmother doesn’t have wi-fi, I knew it would be difficult. But I didn’t realise quite¬†how hard it would be! The first few¬†days felt like I was withdrawing from a drug! I realised how much I had become addicted to checking my stats, with¬†keeping in touch with my readers. Just everything internet. It was horrible to realise this, even more so when I visited my older sister and nephews and the first thing I wanted to do was get online, to check in and ensure people weren’t forgetting about me. I rescheduled a couple of old posts which did well, and being in Germany and talking about my father inspired the article about his death.

But apparently I needed a break more than I realised. Needless to say, my body took over and for almost the entire time I was in Germany, I was ill. It started with tonsillitis and then the infection spread to my chest. I spent every night having a coughing fit the minute I managed to drift off to sleep, and so during the day I was too tired to do anything but chill out with my family.

I have concluded then that my body decided enough really was enough. That I needed proper time out, a proper break from the site, from the wedding planning Рfrom my own head even.

I had been feeling disconnected¬†and feeling a need to recover emotionally (which I thought I had somewhat). But I didn’t realise quite how far I’d slipped. How much I’d been living on a constant level of stress and anxiety.

My body physically stopped me being able to do anything mentally. And it was exactly what I needed.

I feel completely new. Like a snake shedding its old skin, I have risen from the ashes and am revelling in feeling ‘like me’ again. The trick now is to not allow anyone or anything from disturbing this new inner peace I have rediscovered.

With 5 1/2 weeks to go before the wedding, moving out and travelling it’ll be a challenge! But I feel finally strong enough to deal with it head on;¬†I just hope everyone in my life right now will make things as easy as possible for me!

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