Five Most Helpful Posts… So Far

2 months of blogging already! I’ve brought to you my troubles, my poetry and my opinions but quite interestingly I have brought some helpful advice along with me. This post will show you my “most helpful posts” so far based on the view numbers of my help articles. I hope you take something useful out of this, the advice I give is tried and tested by either myself or professionals. Enjoy!

Ducks15) Unusual Methods To Combat Self-Harming [Part 2]
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Fifth on the list is the second part of my three part series where I looked at unusual methods to combat self harming. I am someone who self harms so I understand the reasons why someone would self harm, but also why they would want to stop. This post looks at four methods to distract yourself or remove the urge to self harm, including things you can do with other people or by yourself. In fact, two of the four methods on this post I still use from time to time so they can work for some people.
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Ice Cubes4) Unusual Methods To Combat Self-Harming [Part 1]
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One of the first posts on my blog, and since my blog was so small at that point it surprises me that this post made it onto the list. The first part of my unusual methods to combat self harming series looked at four methods to stop yourself from self harming. While they are unusual methods, many people who have tried to get help with self harming will have heard one of the methods on the list. Ice…
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Dreaming Bed3) How To Sleep… For Insomniacs
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Who remembers when I kept writing posts related to insomnia? Well, I think I only did three but this was one of them. This post takes advice from professional self-help books as well as my own experience, so that anyone with sleeping difficulties may find it easier to get some rest. While it may be a slightly shorter post than most others it does include a poem at the end, either you will enjoy it or it will be so boring that you will fall asleep. Win-win situation.
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GirlHeadache12) How To Help Someone During A Panic Attack
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This post attracted a lot of people to comment on my blog as well as reblog the post on their own blogs. What are the symptoms of a panic attack? How can you stop them? Should you see a doctor? This post answers those three important questions so that you can help yourself or someone else during a panic attack. Anyone can have a panic attack, be prepared!
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DoubleHug1) How To Tell Someone You Are Suicidal
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This blog is no stranger to suicide posts. To me it feels like I write a post about it every week. My readers will know I often feel suicidal, so I have been in the situation a few times where I have to tell someone. Telling someone is the hardest part of getting help which is why it is so important, and I am not surprised that this is my most viewed help article. This post does answer a lot of important questions. Bookmark it, print it out, just stay safe.
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When Insomnia Writes Haiku’s

Hey Depressionless, didn’t you promise us a poem? Yeah I did, but I’ve realised that my good day has gone and my depression is going to hurt me a lot more over the next few days. Okay, so I’ll slip a few haiku’s into this post. I am writing all of this at 1am while severely depressed so dont expect a lot.

Yawn! Head slowly drops
as eyes flicker to open
to the bright new day

Me right now...

Me right now…

What? What did I just write? I’ll regret all of this when I wake up tomorrow. Actually I don’t plan on sleeping so it will be when I wake up on Tuesday. I think I’m in this situation because my friend text me to say they will meet up, but I received another text about a day later saying they won’t meet me. They know my depression is getting worse but I didn’t mention my suicidal thoughts were bad. Well, they better have a good excuse because if I’m honest my depression is as bad as it can get. I don’t tend to tell people how bad it is because I don’t want to worry them.

Misty mind clouded
by thunder as rain drops fall
onto frowning man

The lonely duck
floats the least peaceful as he
finds the lonely shore

Either my tiredness has created genius poetry, or I cannot understand what I’m writing because I’m too tired. It may be only 1am but depression can seriously drain the energy out of you. I’ve been in this situation before but I managed to get asleep. Shall we look at my exciting week ahead?

Happiness is found
in boxes and boxes of junk,
but junk is treasure?

While someone finds a literary analyser to see if that made sense, I’ll tell you about next (this) week. Monday, well nothing really now my friend wont meet me. Tuesday? My first CAMHS counselling session, wow, I have a feeling that will make me feel even worse. Wednesday, a very short day of college where I plan to write more of my book afterwards. Thursday, I’ll see my GP and tell them how much I hated my counselling. Friday I’ll hopefully try to see my friend unless they decide I’m not important. And the weekend I’ll continue writing while watching the endless football on TV.

Never surrender
to the silence or dream-state
you enter at night

Yes, I am telling myself to stay awake through the night. Will I even bother turning up to college tomorrow? I will not pay attention or learn anything, I really enjoy my subjects but this depression is winning the battle at the moment. Pulling an all-nighter does stop you learning the following day. I might actually go to maths just to fall asleep.

Learn of life and love
when living the life of love
as you love your life

I think we shall stop there, as I feel the next haiku will be random letters as my face smashes the keyboard. Oh well, I’ll try to do a real post if I have the energy tomorrow (today). You have now seen one of my freestyle poems, and this post shows my haiku’s written while tired. Yeah, I can’t improve them while I tired so you could just say I freestyled these too. I can’t even think about them. Can you readers think for me, what do you think?

How To Sleep… For Insomniacs

Everybody will have a hard time getting to sleep every once in a while. Those who suffer from insomnia (which is a symptom of various illnesses) will probably have an even harder time sleeping, and as I suffer from depression I know what it is like staying up all night for many reasons. Sleep is natural, but there are certain things you can do to make it easier for you to get to sleep.

Tips To Get To Sleep:
– Get up earlier in the morning
– Exercise during the day but not shortly before going to sleep
– Do not take naps (especially after 4pm)
– Do not have a large meal shortly before going to sleep
– Do not drink caffeine (coffee, tea, coke, etc.) in the evening or at night
– Make sure your bed is comfortable
– Make sure your room is not too hot or cold, and turn off the lights
– Do relaxation exercises before going to bed

The tips are from “Understanding Depression” by Dr Kwame McKenzie and was published in association with the British Medical Association, so they are from the experts and are very likely to work. There are even more in the book, some of these tips are common sense and you can figure out that they will work.

For those who dream of sleeping...

For those who dream of sleeping…

I thought one idea mentioned in the book was particularly useful. If you cannot get to sleep for half an hour or wake up and have trouble getting back to sleep, you should get up and do an activity. Do not do anything intense, reading a book or watching TV is fine. Just laying in your bed could make the situation worse, while occupying the mind will use up some energy and help you get to sleep. I woke up at 2am this morning and couldn’t get back to sleep, I started playing a game on my phone and just fell asleep while playing (the game wasn’t boring)!

This would be the end of my post but I realise I haven’t released a poem in a while so I’ll just leave a related poem for those who are interested to read.

One Night Sleep
I burst alive at stroke of midnight,
Move around without the light,
Work, eat and play throughout the day,
But tonight I struggle to dream away.

Brain overflows and mind too full,
Wrapped in my blanket, silk and wool,
Why can’t I sleep for just an hour,
I don’t think I possess the power.

Every night it seems the same,
Rest my head is the impossible aim,
But when I decide to just give in,
I’m as quiet as I’ve ever been.

And that’s everything. There are certainly more ways which can help you get to sleep that I did not mention in this post. Do you have your own little secret to help you sleep? Share in the comments.