Bex

The Medicine Ball Challenge

Even in 2021, there is still a significant stigma attached to mental health problems, including stress, anxiety, PTSD and Depression. I am taking on the Medicine Ball challenge to help break these stigmas and get people talking about their mental health. It's ok to speak up and say i'm not ok.

The challenge involves cuffing a 3kg Medicine Ball to my wrist for 7 days. It may not sound that heavy but being tied to the medicine ball continuously for 7 days is a significant burden. The ball becomes a physical, visual and tangible representation of the invisible burden of mental health so many of us can experience.

The challenge raises money for the following charities. Any support you can offer will be gratefully received and split evenly between the causes.

ABF The Soldiers' Charity

Combat Stress

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Update: Bex Medicine Ball Challenge

Evening folks .

Well I am quite anxious as I thought I would be going to work tomorrow with a 3kg medicine ball attached to me. However, I have not heard anything, so the saying is no news is good news.

I am guessing it's stuck in transit somewhere. 

This weekend my thoughts and feelings have been all over, I have felt really fed up and not knowing why has been the hardest thing to understand. To help brush away the dreaded feeling  I went out for a walk playing Pokémon Go! Had a hot choc and enjoyed the sunshine (even though it was bloody freezing).

Just wanted to say a huge thank you for those who have donated. The support I am receiving is truly appreciated!!

❤️❤️

Bex Medicine Ball Challenge

Hey all...

For years I have suffered with anxiety and depression, and especially throughout the winter months times have been tough as my mood deteriorates.

The break in my cycle was roughly 18 months ago when my thoughts where negative, I had no motivation and struggled to sleep. Occasionally I would be awake for 24 hours at a time, my head would not switch off and I would get annoyed at myself because my performance at work was going downhill.
 A big part of me didn't want to be here anymore, I thought the world would be better off without me. I felt so alone and that I was a problem that could not be fixed.

I remember going into work one day and having my daily conversation and mentioned ' the world would be better off if I didn't exist'...a big thank you goes out to this lady as my manager was aware and I was referred to speak to someone. 

Stress, anxiety, depression and PTSD can happen to anyone for any reason and if not supported can cause serious harm. It is okay to not be okay! It is also okay to ask for help!!

I still has my bad days but I am proud to say I am a survivor, I feel I have become stronger and this is because I confided in a friend who raised my thoughts and feelings. I have learned to love my job again, have support from colleagues and can provide the best care for my patients. An added bonus is volunteering with our therapy dog and his owner providing comfort, a listening ear and a smile to individual faces whether staff or patient.

Thank you for reading! X

Thank you to my Sponsors

£20.80

Caroline

Go girl You can do this x

£15.60

Diane

£10.40

Marie Parkinson

£10.40

Anonymous

£10.40

Paul Cliffe

Good on ya Bex, worthy cause, all the best!

£10

Rebecca Cooper

£5.20

Lynne Whiteside