Just last week I had my second chest infection of the year thus far. It’s not fun, but being sick often is something you kind of get used to when you have an immune system that doesn’t want to do its full job. That sounds bad and people often give me pitiful looks as if I’m some sort of defeatist when I talk about it, but it’s just a fact of life for me, so there’s no point in sugarcoating it.
Anyway, being asthmatic I’m keenly aware of when something is going horribly wrong in my chest. Usually when I get wheezy or out of breath I’ll use my reliever inhaler. Sometimes it takes a few minutes, but I’ll eventually feel better and be able to carry on with whatever I was doing. On this particular day, however, relief could not be found.
Anyone who follows my twitter will be aware that a while back, I had a fairly lengthy string of really bad energy days. On one hand, I’m okay with it because I planned on making a post about them eventually, and experiencing them is a good way to get notes on how I feel so I can write about it later. On the other hand, those days make me feel like unproductive garbage and the more I have in a row, the harder it gets to try and be positive.
Anyone who follows me elsewhere on the internet should know, to some extent, that I enjoy photography. I bought my first camera – a Canon EOS 600D SLR – during my time in the Creative Technologies foundation degree a good few years ago. The faculty had messed up their order for gear before the course started, which left only two working cameras for a class of 20+ to use for coursework.
I didn’t want the stress of fighting everyone else over the cameras when it was time to start my own coursework, so I used my loan money to get one of my own. It was expensive and I don’t use it as often as I’d like because it’s quite heavy and carrying it around can drain a person like me real fast, but it was one of the best purchases I’ve ever made.
I usually use my iPhone due to the increased flexibility and because it’s much lighter to carry around, but the photos in today’s post were taken on my SLR to experiment around with a close up macro lens I bought a few weeks ago. The bee in the featured image is probably my favourite photo I’ve taken this year so far. Hit ‘read more’ to see the rest!
Gaming has played a large part in shaping me into the person I am today. Had I never been exposed to them, I’d be an entirely different person. Even trying to think of how my life would be without them is difficult because they’ve just always been there. Video games have gotten me through some tough times by providing distractions, and they’ve helped me meet some of my best friends. But how did it all begin?
To start off with an incredibly brief summary, CFS/ME is an illness that can appear in any person of any age and often varies in severity from one sufferer to another. Onset can vary too, with the most common form being linked to a viral infection. The illness also has a range of different names, but for the sake of my own post, we’re just going to stick with CFS/ME.
Depression is an illness that ravages the body and mind, and while I’m sure some of you reading this might think I’m taking my definition of depression a tad too far, I personally think it’s not far enough considering the dangerous oversimplification of the illness as ‘the blues’ or ‘feeling sad’.
Before we get into the details, what is anxiety? Anxiety is defined on Google as a general feeling of unease or worry, and most people will have felt it to some degree at some stage in their lives. It’s usually triggered as a response to something important coming up, like an exam or job interview. People with anxiety disorders, however, can have a variety of triggers for what sets their anxiety off and it can be a difficult thing to manage.