Hi I’m Hazel – welcome to my first Blog! It’s about me (which sounds hugely egotistical doesn’t it but bear with me) and in particular it’s about my close friend, Geraldine. Actually I haven’t known Geraldine very long, well I sort of have, but for years I tried to ignore her, because I didn’t like her. When she wouldn’t let me ignore her anymore and forced me to acknowledge her, I hated her. I thought she was a mean bully who made my life a misery and was out to scare me and hurt me.
But it turns out she’s always been on my side. She had been trying desperately for years to get my attention because all she wants is to look after me and keep me safe. Unfortunately she has a rather dramatic and over-the-top way of doing it.
Geraldine is my Anxiety. And I’m finally learning to accept her and listen to her.
So this blog is my way of getting my thoughts out, but mostly I hope that it might help others out there that may have similar issues they’re going through. I want people to know they’re not alone. And maybe we can help each other and spread the word that mental health problems are nothing to be ashamed of.
I’ll be sharing what’s going on with me, things, I’ve found useful, quotes or images I love – and I’ll share the crappy times too.
Oh and I should probably say why I named her ‘Geraldine’. Well apparently kids with anxiety are encouraged to give it a name to help them separate their anxiety from themselves and I figured as I mostly feel like a 5 year old child then if it works for them… So I chose Geraldine after the Peter Kaye character (if you haven’t seen it, do, it’s tears down your cheeks hilarious) so whenever I think about my anxiety I don’t take it too seriously.
I hope you enjoy reading. X
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