Happy Happy Talk Day! Hope everyone’s been well. This week I’m talkin’ to Daisy Hudson. She’s a beauty, lifestyle, and food blogger who was so kind to share her story with us all. Let’s see what she says!
1) What has your mental health journey been like for you so far? You can tell us as much or as little as you like.
I was diagnosed with severe depression at 11, anxiety at 18 and I just got diagnosed with ptsd (age 22). I’ve very much grown up with mental health, so I’d definitely say I’ve struggled a lot, especially when I was younger I was surrounded by people who didn’t believe mental health was a real thing. Thankfully I’m around people now who understand and even if they don’t, they try to. I’m very lucky that my family supported me growing up, it made me feel less alone, they’re definitely the reason I’m still here today.
2) How do you keep yourself content day-to-day?
I try and make myself something healthy for breakfast every day, it’s usually a smoothie, which really helps start my day off feeling good from the inside. I make sure that I always have a task to do, whether it’s something as simple as catching up on a tv show or making lists or even going through one drawer in my room and clear out what doesn’t make me happy anymore. I think for me, if I have something that I want to do everyday it helps keeping me from feeling lost and like I do have a purpose. Little things really do help.
3) Looking back at times you’ve struggled, what would you tell your past self to help them out?
I would most definitely tell my past self that it truly does get better, you’ll find people one day who will bring light and so much positivity into your life that it outshines the darkness, you’ll find people who truly love you for being you and one day you’ll find a way to love yourself.
4) What are the things that make you happy, how do you pursue them, and what would you tell others who are trying to pursue what makes them happy?
Baking has been one of my biggest hobbies, luckily enough I’ve turned it into a side business, plus it’s the most amazing feeling when whatever I’m creating is complete and I feel like I’ve accomplished something! Taking photos is another thing, there’s something about capturing that perfect shot and editing it to perfection. I’d tell anyone, if something makes you even the slightest bit happy, even if it’s as simple as reading a book, continue doing it as much as you can, you never know where that one thing can lead!
5) How do you take care of yourself when you’re feeling down?
If I’m feeling down, I’ll usually run myself a bubble bath and put either YouTube or Netflix on and stay in there for however long I feel I need to, I try to do a face mask as well. If I’m feeling down but like I can bring myself to socialise, I’ll go over to my friends across the road (they’re in their 60’s and have the cutest dogs) and I’ll have a cup of tea with them and I’ll talk to her about happy things and play with the dogs.. that really does help lift my mood a bit. Also I try and drink as much water as I can and always give myself an early night, then I just hope that I feel better in the morning.
6) How has blogging contributed to your happiness?
When I was at really low points, I’d always read blogs and it was such a lovely escape from reality, I love reading about other people’s lives! I started mine, because I’d just gone through a break up and decided I would finally take the plunge and start one as a distraction, I’m officially obsessed with blogging. It’s amazing to just sit down and write about whatever I want and people want to read it? Now that I’m over the whole situation, it’s just nice to have something where if I’m feeling down, I can just write about something that’s making me happy recently and it puts me in such a better mood!
7) What inspires you, both for blogging and in your personal life?
Blogging wise, people who write about very personal parts of their lives and the people who share their mental health stories, they really inspire me, it takes strength to share that kind of thing to the world. Personal life wise, my nan inspires me quite a lot, she’s been through so much with my past and she’s stayed strong for me every day of my life and I hope one day I have the same strength as she does.
8) How have your friends and family supported your mental health journey? What helped and what did not?
Growing up, it was only really a select few in my family who understood and supported me, I remember a few friends did and a few basically thought I was overreacting and just “sad”, they are definitely out of my life now. I think what really helped was always having my nan, she understood that my mood swings and highs/lows were something I couldn’t really help, she tried her best to make my life the best it could be while I was struggling. Also, it just so happened that when my new friends across the road moved in, she was so kind that I could open up about things that I rarely talked about, it obviously helped that when I made friends with her daughter, I found out she worked in mental health so I have her as well to message if I’m needing someone.
9) What are your goals for the future, both for yourself and your blog? How do you go about achieving those goals?
One of my biggest goals is to be happy, which is why I’ve finally decided to start therapy and try and get through my daily fears. Blogging goal, I don’t really have one, but I’d probably say I’d love for my blog to be somewhere that people can escape to, to distract themselves from the bad things in life. I like to keep things very positive on my blog!
10) What makes you feel most alive?
I think knowing everything I’ve been through, even to the darkest points, I’m here making positive memories and having some really amazing days with amazing people, that’s what makes me feel most alive. I’ve gone from rock bottom to living a life where I have a more positive outlook on life.
Thank you so much Daisy for participating in this talk, it’s super appreciated. If you want to check out Daisy’s stuff, head over to these links:
Till next time,
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