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Jenny’s Blog 5: May 2019

13 May 2019

Now living independently, Jenny Doyle is a former Sanctuary Supported Living resident from Norman Russell House in Milton Keynes. She has been blogging about her journey with mental ill-health for the last few months. Jenny has written this final instalment to mark Mental Health Awareness Week 2019.

Resident Jenny Doyle from Norman Russell House

I have now moved into my new flat, where I live independently with a Personal Assistant in place to support me when I need help. I feel I am settling in well.

As I am considered an ‘expert by experience’, I have been asked by senior management at Sanctuary Supported Living to assist with the process of auditing its services. This will involve me visiting different services and providing feedback. I look forward to supporting this.

As it’s Mental Health Awareness Week, I decided to write about Body Image for my final blog as it’s this year’s theme.

But before I share some tips and quotes that have helped me maintain a positive body image I thought I’d let you know another tip – when I have felt low and needed a focus writing this blog has helped.

Here are my top tips and quotes for maintaining a positive body image.

  1. Appreciate all that your body can do.
  2. Remind yourself that true beauty isn’t simply skin deep.
  3. Look at yourself as a whole person.
  4. Surround yourself with positive people.
  5. Every piece of you is a burst of beautiful
  6. Loving yourself is the greatest revolution.
  7. When you discover your self-worth you will lose interest in anyone who doesn’t see it.
  8. Dear body, you were never a problem. There is nothing wrong with your size, your curves, your scars, your flaws, your stretch marks or you. It’s not your job to look pretty. You’re good enough already.

A body image infographic for Mental Heath Awareness Week

All that is left for me to say now is thank you for reading my blog posts. I hope that, just like me you too will recover from poor mental health, but remember it is not a race.

You can read Jenny's previous blog here.

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