A while back I wrote about how I was struggling to cope with the burden of being chronically unwell, the stress of work capability assessments, the change from DLA to PiP and the fact that the Tories had won the election and were planning further cuts.

I was keeping up to date with what was happening and I had written several blogs about the cuts and system that was hitting disabled people very hard, I ended up breaking down in tears and I could feel myself slipping into depression more and more and so I decided to fight it and the way I did that was to stop fighting, if that makes sense?

I have cut my time on twitter down and I have purposely not read anything about the welfare cuts and other problems that this government is forcing upon us. I watched TV, I sat and watched the birds on the feeders in the garden and it worked. I will obviously get back on Twitter because it’s important to keep up with what is happening and also I enjoy talking to people on there.


So the good news is that my mood has lifted, I sat in the garden yesterday and I felt the best I have mentally in a very long time. I guess some people are able to fight and campaign without letting it turn them into Eeyore the donkey.

By Zechariah Richardson

Over 50, disabled, husband, father and gramps who reviews products and writes blog posts about his life, beekeeping, gardening and whatever pops into his brain!

2 thought on “On the up?”
  1. I am so glad to hear this news. Sometimes you just have to take a break from the world and it really can help. I barely watch the news for the very reasons you describe, plus I usually end up yelling at the TV. I get enough information from Facebook and Twitter to keep me going without depressing me too much and if I am feeling low in mood – I just skim right over the top of them looking for the more positive posts.

    I had an up day yesterday and today I am back at the bottom. I suppose it is to be expected as I am still trying to fight off that post infection fatigue which is 10 times as bad as my normal pain fatigue.

    Keep watching those birds my friend and stay away from the news!
    Onwards and upwards!

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