A Cup of Tea and a Chinwag with Jazz; episode eleven, ‘Constant Companions’

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I’ve decided to take the plunge and sign up properly for Podbean! Episode eleven is a little different from the previous ten in that it’s neither about books or writing. It’s about my struggles with depression and anxiety and is essentially me talking through my various coping mechanisms in the hopes that maybe they’ll prove beneficial to somebody else.

Feel free to give me podcast a follow and check out the episode here!

10 thoughts on “A Cup of Tea and a Chinwag with Jazz; episode eleven, ‘Constant Companions’

    1. Thank you for listening ❤
      Yeah, I think when people are open and honest about mental illness, it makes others realize that there's no shame at all in admitting that they're struggling and seeking help and advice ❤

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      1. I’m so sorry to hear that coming off your medication isn’t going too well 😦 I remember coming off my antidepressant and just being hit by this tidal wave of emotion, I was an absolute wreck! I really think doctors should offer more support to people coming off long-term medication.

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      2. Yes you could say I’ve been a bit of a b@$# this past summer, though the worst are the physical withdrawal symptoms are the worst for me. I wish doctors were more forthcoming regarding side effects and withdrawal. To this day there are some doctors that don’t believe these meds cause withdrawal. That’s why I love when people educate and share with others 🙂

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      3. I think doctors dish out pills way too easily without thinking of the possible effects they can have upon people. When your body comes to rely on any drug, be it medicinal or recreational, it’s obvious there’s gonna be withdrawal symptoms and it’s ridiculous that some doctors don’t believe that’s the case! I really hope things ease up soon for you ❤

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      4. That they do! I’ve just found out that the medication I’ve been taking for years actually gave me anxiety as a side effect and required another pill to help with the side effects. 😲 Just crazy! My body has just said enough already lol!

        Thanks though, I’m managing fine for now 🙄

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  1. Potato peeler- now there is one thing I never learned to use. I usually do my spuds with a nice, small and very sharp knife and I’m a freaking pro at it… I remember watching my mom peeling spuds with a knife and she does it so gracefully, seriously! So I tried… and never got better… until I ended up in a scouts camp for 3 days and ended up on kitchen duty and I swear- the amount of spuds I peeled then turned me into a pro. 😀

    I think the best thing every person can learn about themselves is how their minds work! I remember the exact moment when I finally cracked it and have been so much better ever since, especially because my coping mechanism is to literally tell myself in my head to piss off and stop being such a tosser. Really… this is what works for me! Besides, for myself personally, I think that I am weak whenever I have to admit I am struggling… I don’t know if it’s the upbringing, the culture I come from… or whatever… and *yet* I would not think others to be weak for struggling or recommend they do the same as I do… we must all find ways that help us individually and for the best.

    As for your coping mechanisms: yes! I find the distractions do help take a step back and often times it’s a conscious decision to make to get that bit of distraction for a breath of fresh/different air. I also agree re vitamins! Of course they’re not the be all/end all of the whole big picture and still important. I recently started taking vitamins as well and once my appetite improved, my mood changed- it’s just all connected! Unreal!

    Thanks for the great podcast! As always ❤

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    1. Hmmm perhaps if I went to camp or practised enough I’d become proficient with a knife 😛 I think I have no choice really, the supermarket is still sold out! I shall give it a go and let you know how many fingers I lose ;P
      Haha your coping mechanism is enough the same as mine…it alternates between that and giving myself a stern pep talk in front of the mirror. Isn’t it strange how we work, though? Like you say, we always feel weak when we have to admit that we’re struggling and yet we would never perceive another person as weak for doing the same. We treat ourselves very differently and I think we should all start treating ourselves with the same love and care that we show those around us ❤
      I honstly don't know where I'd be without my distraction techniques. I think that's one of the main reasons that I enjoy reading as well! It allows me some escapism and distracts me from whatever it is that's on my mind.
      Thank you so much for listening to the episode ❤ I'm so sorry I haven't been around much this past week. It's been manic! How have you been?

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