All posts by Yvie Johnson

"You are the root of your success." Turbulent times will bring out the best in you, to make you stronger for yourself, and for others. Living with Bipolar Disorder, I'm now taking one day at a time and arming my spirit and body with health, love and happiness for the journey ahead.

#MHAW17 What more can be done? Part 4

When depression takes hold, you are a much better sheep than an independent voice. It's not so awful an idea that someone should be there to support your physical exercise therapy so that you can begin to recover emotionally and mentally too. Perhaps it just needs a prescription....? #MHAW17 #mentalhealth #fiercemind

#MHAW17 What more can be done? Part 3

"We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone."—Ronald Reagan. A quick scan across the political and social landscape and you might recognise that things aren't hunky dory. The divide between classes feels ever wider, those that can afford therapy and those that don't have much of anything; issues that existed in the time of Dickens still exist today. So how do we bridge that divide? #MHAW17 #MentalHealth #FierceMind

#MHAW17 What more can be done? Part 2

We all have a story to share that may be the lynchpin for someone else's enlightenment. We all have a way of expressing how to support, and how to receive that support effectively, so the opportunities for making a change to our model of compassionate interaction is infinite! Read my story of The County Line Man, the contrast between (I want to say good and evil, but that's simply childish I'm told, so we'll go with...) aware and not-so-aware. Just one of many anecdotes from LEJOGLE that have altered my view of this world. If you could do one thing each day to strengthen your awareness of the matters of mind, the health of your mind, would you do it?

#MHAW17 What more can be done? Part 1

"The human species thinks in metaphors and learns through stories."—Mary Catherine Bateson. When it comes to improving how we maintain our mental wellbeing, first we have to get a clearer picture of what that really means. Are stories the answer?

A step forward

Welcome to the first post for Fierce Mind since the travels of LEJOGLE almost a year ago. Since that adventure much deliberation, contemplation, reflection, and frustration has occurred over one simple question: so what happens next? The frustration angle, though perceived as a bit of a negative view for some, did in fact give rise to problem ...

Bright lights, dark faces

Bright lights, dark faces, a theatrical stage or an interrogation; which response will this be, paranoia or exhilaration? Tracing my thoughts back to the steep, winding climbs of the Berriedale Braes, the heady heights of the cliffs of Caithness, the storm into the harbour at John O'Groats where even the island of Stroma was hidden in ...

The Philosopher’s White Line

Mental Health Awareness Week Day 2 The Philosopher's White Line Running is an activity that gives me the time and opportunity to draw metaphors of life from it. I often compare elements of the good, the bad and the smelly trails and road slurry spray, with experiences in life, as well as with future aspirations, ...

Mind where you run…

Not all running locations are created equally for your health, so mind where you run.

Rolling South

I started this blog post less than a week ago and I'm so very glad I didn't post it. If there's something I'm learning (intermittently), it's that I cannot always rely on my own advice and judgement. Much to my own dismay. My opinions, my feelings, my emotions are not merely clouded, they are cloaked in ...

261- Three very important little numbers.

Originally posted on Dr Juliet McGrattan:
Yesterday my milkman asked me what the 261 number on my running top meant. I didn’t want to make him late for the rest of his deliveries but I really wanted to tell him about it. You see it means lots of different things, is very important to me and…