Reminder that if you want me to book your place for our Christmas Social at the The Bank House I will need your £3 deposit this coming Monday 1st Dec, after that you will be able to book yourself on as there is a list behind the Bar. You have till the 10th Dec to do this, or just come along on the night and join us if you wish!
The Annual Christmas Fair at St Aidans went well last Friday. Even though we were selling the majority of our items for just 20p and 50p , we made £17.10 for the group and some promotion for us. See more pictures on hidden page.
After the meeting this week I thought about my own struggle to find my way through my illness. I think my mental health problems have defined the person I have become. "It" has been my "guide", telling me to take paths that I would rather have not taken if I am honest and still does to a certain degree. I remember that confusing and frustrating search to find the "cure" to get me to the place I wanted to be, the struggle. Going from place to place doing different things, seeing consultants, Mental Health Doctors and specialists, you name it I've done most of it!
Well in recent years I have learned a lot about myself. The most surprising was my ignorance. I did not recognise depression in myself when it occurred. I hadn't appreciated that my anxiety was just responding to the threats and demands I made upon myself. I didn't understand that my body was taking the flight and fright response, that it was there to keep me safe not drive me to insanity. I didn't acknowledge the fact that the cure was within me! So my recent journey through my illness has been a very enlightening one. I am making more informed choices about how I respond to stuff. I feel much more confident and have been brave enough to go down some of the paths I want to go down. Although sometimes I need a bit of advise, that is where our group is so good, I am finding my own way and rarely feel the need for "professional " help. It's still a work in progress and I have got some way to do, but I'm getting there!
Hope the coming week is kind to you all