DEPRESSION: I'm admitting to myself It's back and I'll be taking a short break from social media and trying to reduce my workload to figure out some new coping mechanisms for myself. I try not to air too much of my dirty laundry, or play the "poor me" card on social media but depression is one topic that I'll talk about now and then (as uncomfortable as it is) because I know it helps so many people. I get messages nearly everyday asking how I cope with it, I get asked about my battle with depression often in interviews, I'm very well aware at how much depression and suicide continues to be a serious problem in our country - so all of this drives me to share what I can with my own journey with the hope it motivates someone else to seek help, to speak up and hopefully improve their lifestyle and happiness or ultimately save a life 🙏🏾 I've suffered depression (driven from PTSD) from as far back as a teenager, not realising what it was until a breakdown at the age of 30, which then forced me to seek help and speak with someone about it. Since then I have worked at managing and coping through good, clean healthy eating, plenty of regular exercise, learning to communicate my feelings, becoming more in tune with my body, my moods and the "triggers" that can set me off as well as training my mind to see the love, the good and the positive. These practices have worked for me for the past 5-6 years, I haven't needed medication (I haven't wanted it. I know some do but I didn't want to use it) and over the past 2-3 months though,things have changed. Last night during my MRI, laying there for 25 minutes while the machine did its thing on my knee) I had a few moments of realisation and confrontation. Recently I've been feeling myself fall back into the black pit, usually I can pull myself out pretty quickly but it's happening more often and for longer periods of time. I'm having horrible dark thoughts and dreams which become really upsetting. I'm craving more and more alcohol, fried and sugary foods. I'm moody, snapping and distancing myself from people. But I guess the positive is - I am aware of all this and I know why it's all happening. I have a few stresses in my life at the moment (yeah I know who doesn't right!) And one of them is that my major coping mechanism (exercise!) has been non existent for the past 6 weeks (due to injury), coupled with increased alcohol intake and a poor diet, this has let that black dog right back into my life and I feel like a big, lazy failure! Anyway I've rambled enough here, I've been awake since 4am thinking about my plan ahead and decided this would be one of my steps forward. I have a few work commitments this week including a trip to Christchurch tonight and a holiday with my husband this weekend, on top of committing to these things I'll be taking some quiet time to look into other coping mechanisms that could work for me at the moment, surround myself with love and positivity, avoid alcohol, clean up my eating and work on a few more easy going, stress free goals. This is not a call for help, I'll be fine I have a plan and good support around me. It's a call out for anyone else that could be feeling this way to seek help, chat to someone or start researching and reading about why you could be thinking, feeling or behaving certain ways. Here is a website to get you started if you need somewhere to go:
NB - pic is of me before my MRI, I haven't been admitted 😁😂🙏🏾
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WIN WIN WIN Hey team I'm excited to have a pair of these awesome Jaybird Freedom Wireless headphones valued at $299 to giveaway to one lucky follower 💙 I've been using these for the past couple of months and they have been awesome! "The smallest wireless buds ever with insanely big sound in a stunning patented secure-fit sweat-proof, ultra-comfort metal design."
To be in to win: 1. Pop over and follow Jaybird FB page 2. Like or share this post 3. Comment below with what colour you would like to win.
Goodluck on winning this awesome prize everyone 💙 I will draw a winner on Monday- Waitangi Day (NZ winners only)
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❤ ESSENCE OF LIFE CARD SPREAD ❤ ❤ Change is the essence of life. Be willing to surrender what you are for what you could become ❤ Close your eyes and use your intuition to select the picture you are guided to 😇 Picture 1 - Buddha Picture 2 - Waterfall Picture 3 - Rainforest Picture 4 - Flower Garden Please like this post and write your choice in the comment box below and then please share this post so as many people as possible get to see what message their choice has in store for them 💞 Behind each card is an essential oil which will resonate with what is going on in your life and how you can restore your own unique essence of oneself <3 Just take 3 deep breaths and ask your own inner guidance system to go with what you feel, see or hear about the right card for you JUST TRUST Results will be published early next week so please check back and see what answers your picture has for you 😊 Thank you 💖💜💞 xx
Time for the Easter Bunny to head to bed. Here's your chance to win a pair of gorgeous Snugglebum PJ's in our final Easter treat giveaway.
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- THIS GIVEAWAY HAS NOW CLOSED. WINNER: Rebecca Eddington ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To enter Giveaway - 2 simple steps:
Like this post and write your choice of either Bunny Racer Red Star or Pink Snow Bunny pyjamas in the comments.
All winners to be drawn tomorrow - Tuesday 29th March. Not associated with FB in anyway.
Thanks to all our customers who put in an order over the long weekend and we hope you had fun choosing how to use your 20% off storewide discount. (Over 900 so far!) We will be packing like crazy tomorrow. Phew! Orders will be processed in order so please be patient.
I would consider this to be pretty good news: All pre-orders for Scrumptious will now come signed, personalised, and with a voucher for a free double caramel milk. With delivery on release day! (As an aside, I totally reckon this is my best cookbook yet). Order yours here: http://shop.chelseawinter.co.nz/collections/my-products/products/scrumptious
It's busy lead up to Christmas, I'd love to win today's giveaway myself! I've got 7 VOUCHERS for a relaxing one-hour massage from Forme Spa to give away today to get you super relaxed. To enter, tell me your favourite way to relax over Summer - mine would be a good magazine and a little snooze at the beach 😎 Note there's Forme Spa's across Auckland and in Hamilton and Wellington :)
To the courier who showed up and shook his head when he saw my kids playing on a device: my daughter had just had an emotional day at kindy and cried all the way home. She needed a few minutes to wind down.
To the lady who said “tsk tsk” while at the supermarket and my kid was being loud: do you really think I want to be there at that moment either?
To the strangers who gave me disapproving looks while my kids play on the playground and I checked my phone: I have had a whole day watching over these kids like a hungry hawk wanting to eat them. For 30 seconds I just want to have adult interaction while I let them try and be kids.
To the people who shake their heads when they find out my child had McDonald’s: my kid is allowed a treat every-now-and-then, and sometimes Mummy can’t be f’ked cooking dinner!
No one is perfect.
You never know the backstory behind that one moment you choose to judge.
Joseph Parker won the WBO World Heavyweight Title on Saturday 10 December.
Parker threw more punches, 560 vs 416 that Ruiz threw, and most importantly, Parker landed more punches 119 vs 107.
Parker landed the heavier and cleaner blows, finally working his jab to good effect.
In the aftermath, the fighters' faces told the story of the respective glovework – Parker virtually unblemished while Ruiz was puffy and reddened.
Well-respected ESPN boxing writer Dan Rafael, who scored the bout 115-113 to Parker in a Twitter feed on fight-night, has released his brief report in his weekly "scorecard" wrap of the highlight fights of the previous weekend.
Rafael left no doubts about the result in his mind.
"Parker got the well-deserved nod in a majority decision that was in no way a hometown call," Rafael wrote.
"He earned it as he rallied over the second half of the fight (though it was not very exciting).
"After Ruiz put several early rounds in the bank against the slow-starting Parker, the latter picked up the pace and landed some nice combinations to do just enough to eke out the rounds he needed for victory."
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