I’ve been wanting to start this blog for quite some time now but didn’t really know how I should start or what I should write about first. Since I’m in a much better place with my mental health than I have been in a long time, I have finally decided to just go for it.
My main motivation behind starting this blog is my desire to connect with and inspire others who are struggling with their own mental health. I am also keen to raise awareness of anorexia by sharing my own personal experiences with the illness. I would like to take everything I have learnt, and continue to learn throughout my recovery, and use it to help others in similar situations. I feel like now is the right time for this, and I’m so excited to be embarking on this new venture of blogging. Instead of writing about how shit things are going all the time, I’m trying to channel some positive energy into working on my own mental health, so that I can “practice what I preach.” I’ve figured that I can only advise other people to look after themselves if I’m prepared to look after myself, and now that I am showing myself some love again, I feel like now is the perfect time to get this blog up and running.
So, to start my first blog post,I thought it would be a good idea to introduce myself to you all (sorry if I disappoint you, I’m not the most interesting person in the world…) I’m Lisa Raine, I’m seventeen and I’m currently inpatient in an eating disorders hospital. Before I was sectioned and admitted to hospital I always identified as a “runner”, then “anorexic” became my identity, and now I’m in the process of rediscovering myself. I’m exploring photography and mindfulness whilst engaging in lots of self-care (mainly involving hot baths and bath bombs.) I would like to return to running at some point, but in a healthy way instead of feeling compelled to do it in order to control my weight. I’ll be going into more detail of how I ended up in an eating disorder hospital very soon in another post, so look out for that. I hope you’ve liked reading this short introductory post and you haven’t found me *too* boring :))
Stay safe and remember to always stay positive.