This is the first ever instalment of "Dear Jasmine", inspired by the book Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed. As a teenager I was obsessed with "Dear Dolly" and the sealed sections of teen magazines where people could anonymously write in with their deepest darkest secrets and questions. When I read Tiny Beautiful Things, loaned to me by my dear friend Christabel, it sparked an idea that I could use my blog platform for something similar and the idea filled me with excitement.
The whole idea of social media is for interaction and connection! What better way to enjoy writing and sharing my thoughts than to introduce a more interactive element to my blog.
So I thought I'd give it a crack and added the "Dear Jasmine" anonymous form to the blog so that anyone can write in without fear of even me knowing who they are. Below is the first of the letters received...
I would love to know what you (as someone with a history of depression) do to look after/keep tabs on your mental health on a day-to-day basis - ‘self care’, if you will. I’ve recently been diagnosed with depression & anxiety and been prescribed antidepressants which I’m responding really well to; however I don’t want to be on them forever, or rely on them as the sole caretaker of my mental health, and I’d like to get some good ‘mental health habits’ in place to help look after myself.
Sincerely, M.Read More