Personal stories about mental health

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A little time has passed since I last entered my local pool. What's the matter? The weather is favourable. I am physically in fine form. However, for some reason I feel un-enticed by the thought of stripping off, showering and entering the pool. Just for today, I have decided to mention my inertia. It happens. I am taking...

Easter Monday's episode of Coronation Street saw a throwaway remark by the character 'Peter Barlow' spark some anger with viewers when he referred to matriarch 'Blanche Hunt' as being dressed as a "mental patient" when she'd unwittingly turned up a few weeks early for a murder mystery weekend dressed as Amelia Earhart....

Several hours have past, since my latest satisfying swim at my local pool. The result of that 30 minute immersion is my current state of emotional tranquility, clarity of thought and last but not least, aching limbs. Since actioning my swimming pledge, I have noticed softness and firmness returning to my skin. In addition...

Before work today, just prior to mid-day, I enjoyed a delightful relaxing swim at my local pool. The water was soothing and warm. As I swam, I periodically watched the attentive swimming instructors competently teaching their numerous primary school charges. I reflected on the joy I felt as a school child, when first...

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