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Friday, 9 October 2015

Anxiety, Bullying and Depression feat. Hayley Grice


 Today's post is a little different, it's something I've been working on for a long time and wanted to get you all involved. I really want everyone to share their own unique story. I truly believe everyone has their own beautiful story that makes them into the awesome person they are now. So whether you have a happy or sad experience, I really want to get you all involved. We sometimes forget there is someone out there who will be going through the same situation as you. We often think we're the only ones going through that situation, but loads of people have been through it, will be going through it or will experience it in the future. 
This is to bring more awareness over real-life situations and be INSPIRED by these amazing individuals. 
If you would like to be involved in a post just give me a message on my email Rosehhmua@hotmail.com 

Use #myinspirationalstory to share your story across Twitter and Instagram. Let me know with the # what is your story. Let your friends, and family know and let's create this inspirational atmosphere online. Share this so others can know about it and let's support one another.

The first inspirational story is from the beautiful Hayley Grice who has a blog over at ShiftMyBooty. I had to immediately contact Hayley after I was touched by her #LetsTalkAnxiety post. Hayley spoke about her story with anxiety, depression and bullying which you can read by clicking here. I want to thank Hayley for doing this short interview with me so you guys who go through the same situations can relate and know that YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
Now let's begin...

1. Could you tell me a little about yourself?
I'm 21, A Virgo, From the UK and I'm degree level qualified in Events Management!

2. For the people who don’t know, could you explain what anxiety is?
Anxiety is the panic/fear when a certain event or situation is brought to their attention, everyone reacts in different ways.

3. When did you realise that you had anxiety?
Only recently did I accept it, but I think I've known for the past few years.

4. And did you understand what anxiety was before you started to get it?
Not for a long time I didn't, especially in school.

5. How does anxiety effect you? And how do you feel?
I get really nervous, I either get really fidgety or I'm really quiet and don't really speak, I'm much better than I used to be.

6. Has anxiety ever stopped you from grabbing opportunities in life?
Socially, yes, as it's mainly social anxiety that I've experienced.

7. What can you do that helps with anxiety? And how do you deal with it?
I saw a therapist for a while and if I'm at home, I write my feelings down in a diary, it takes weight off my shoulders

8. I know you were bullied at school so could you tell me what age were you when the bullying started and how long did it last?
I was 11 when it first started, but then it continued right until I was 15.
 
9. In what way were you bullied?
I was in an accident caused by bullies, I don't really want to go into detail but I was seriously injured which will probably cost me a lot of money in the near future, plus the usual name calling, it was quite constant and sometimes by people who I didn't even know.
 
10. How did the bullying make you feel?
Awful, I tried to stay away from drawing attention to myself, but they always found something to point out, no matter how big or small.

11. Did you speak to someone about being bullied? If so, did it help?
I did a few times, admittedly it did a few times, but only for short periods of times, soon afterwards it started again, but they couldn't keep an eye on me 24/7 so I don't blame them.

12. Does the bullying from that time still effect you?
The emotional scars still do, from time to time because I find it difficult to talk to certain individuals that seem to have similar qualities to those who I had trouble with, but overall I'm ok now :)

13. What would be your advice to people who are being bullied?
Don't stay quiet, tell someone, and if it helps, write it down in a diary and get it all out, plus, you're not alone.

14. If you could speak to someone who bullies others what would you say?
Sometimes I don't think bullies actually realise how much they're affecting someone else, so if someone is acting against you in fear or in a negative way that you don't consider a friend, take a step back and consider your actions, you never know who you're hurting.

15. How did you deal with depression?
Therapy and talking to my friends, the right people can get you through it!

16. I know at one point you had a different persona because you were afraid of being yourself, and I’m sure a lot of people out there do that to fit in so what would be your advice to them? And how did you deal with it?
I probably still do to a certain extent, it’s hard to let go of it when you've been so used to having one, No one should ever feel like they can't be themselves, but if it makes you feel comfortable to do so until you find your feet, it’s a good way to build confidence in my opinion.

17. Do you feel like you’ve grew as a person from your experiences? And what is your mind-set like now compared to back then?
I definitely think that I'm a nicer person because of it, I wouldn't want my worst enemy to experience what I had to go through, it was awful, but on the other hand, in certain situations, I'm not as tolerant to certain behaviour and situations, I'm a lot better at standing up for myself so maybe its shaped me for the better, but I'm still under the impression I would of been a lot better person and a lot happier if it had never happened in the first place.

18. What advice would you want to give people who are being bullied or going through depression and anxiety?
You're not alone, don't be afraid to speak out and try and be yourself, I know it’s easier said than done but it'll come, just keep going!

19. Is there anything else you would like to add?
I hope this interview helps anyone that may of experienced similar situations or people that are going through it currently, If you want to see more of my story, head to my blog: http://shiftmybooty.blogspot.co.uk/ and head to my #LetsTalkAnxiety post, No one should ever feel the emotional or physical pain that I had to go through, especially if its avoidable, remember that you're all fab in your own way and someone, somewhere will always appreciate you for who you are and treat you like the amazing person you are, keep smiling! :)
 
Cheers for this opportunity lovely, I appreciate it!
Hayley
xo


Thank you once again Hayley! 
If you are going through Anxiety, Bullying or Depression and would like to speak to someone who has gone through it all, and experienced it then you can talk to Hayley (She's a very lovely, kind and generous person).
Make sure you go and support Hayley


 I hope you enjoyed this post and it's just the start to something different, and inspirational!
I would LOVE it if you could leave a comment below telling me if you
have ever experienced anxiety, bullying or depression?
If so, what was your story? And how did you deal with it? 

xxx
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    1. You're very welcome :) I hope you enjoyed reading it.
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  2. Love this post! I truly appreciate you for sharing this and helping to raise awareness to such a great cause.

    Connie | Sponsored by Coffee | Etsy

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    1. Thank you for your kind words Connie!
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  3. I think this is such a great idea, Ramsha. I've not gone through actual bullying, but depression has been a huge part of my life. Eating disorders, anxiety, depleting self-confidence. I wish you all the best with this project.

    May | THE MAYDEN

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    1. Thank you for your support May. If you ever need a friend to talk to I'm always here :)!
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  4. I just love, love, love this concept Rose. Honestly, such a beautiful idea - can't wait to keep seeing the updates :)

    Raashi
    raashiagarwal.blogspot.com.au

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    1. Thank you for your love Raashi <3

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  5. That's a wonderful post! Thanks for sharing hun!

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed it- thank you very much for sharing your thoughts :D
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  6. I admire her courage to talk about it and to bring it to everyone attention they are not alone.

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    1. I agree! Hayley is very brave and inspiring <3
      Thank you for your kind comment Jackie
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    1. Thank you very much Andrea! I'm glad you liked it :D xxx

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  8. This is such a great post and I totally adore that Hayley took a step against bullying. People who bully don't realize how it affects the one who is the target. I'm mean this is so bad. A thumbs for you Rose to build awareness through this post:)

    Chaste & Beautiful

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    1. Thank you for commenting beautiful. I agree, people who bully sometimes don't realise what impact it has on others. Sometimes the impact can be long-lasting.
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  9. such a great post I am going to check out Hayley's blog now :)

    Andrea
    https://beautywithandrea36.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you Andrea! I hope you enjoyed Hayley's blog :) xxx

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    1. You're welcome (: I hope you learned something from this inspirational post.
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  11. Hayley is so beautiful and so brave to openly discuss her anxiety and depression. While I never had anxiety, I did suffer from depression and it was an incredibly stressful part of my life then. I think what she says is true. To just keep going, it's hard and almost impossible. But just to try is worth it <3


    xx Bash | Hey Bash | bloglovin'

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    1. I agree!! Hayley is so brave to talk about anxiety, depression and bullying. Thank you for sharing your advice :)
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  12. Such a great inspirational post
    It nice to know about this stuff as it is really happening in real life

    The Bandwagon Chic | Instagram | Bloglovin | Snapchat: bandwagonchic

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    1. Thank you for your kind words lovely:)
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    1. Thank you for the lovely comment & for your support Emily :) xxx

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  14. Thanks for sharing your experience! You are very brave!

    Heba xx || The HebaBloglovinInstagram

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    1. I agree! Hayley is very brave <3

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  15. Great post !! I wish you good weeks = )

    http://beautybeybi.blogspot.com.tr/

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to comment :) xxx

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  16. This is such a lovely campaign and with such an important message to spread. Your interview with Hayley was very interesting - I'm so sad to hear she was bullied, that's really terrible, though I'm pleased to see her drawing from her experiences and actively helping others :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice

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    1. Thank you for your kind words and for showing support Gabrielle :) I agree, it's amazing to see Hayley helping others <3

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  17. This is such a great idea. So nice of Hayley to share her experience, and it is very sad that bullying happens so often. Hopefully we can all learn from her story.
    ~Lili
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    1. Thank you for taking the time to show your support Lili :)
      -I agree, it is very sad that things like this happen but I suppose we live in a world where situations like these are becoming more common.
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  18. Wonderful post!! Keep building awareness Ramsha | Rose :)

    FANAA'S BEAUTY BLOG

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    1. Thank you for your kind words Fatima :)

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  19. Such a great post and amazing insight into the anxiety and how it affects lives. Not easy but the main thing is to open up. I love that so many people speak up. Hayley sounds like such a sweet girl!
    xox Nadia
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    1. Thank you for your lovely comment Nadia! Hayley is a lovely person. I agree that the best thing is to open up even if it seems hard, but that is the best thing to do.
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