Self care isnโ€™t selfish ๐Ÿ–ค

So this is not my usual travel related Blog post but something that is still as equally as important to me and something which I am very passionate about.

Did you know that…..

โ€ขApprox 39% of ambulance staff suffer from PTSD

โ€ขApprox 91% of ambulance staff have experienced stress or suffered poor mental health

(Statistics taken from Mind)

For the last few months I know I have suffered from poor mental health. Triggered by a personal bereavement in the most tragic of circumstances and being forced to return to work too soon after this, I soon found that I was becoming upset and angry at the world. I was turning into an irrational and anxious person that I didnโ€™t recognise and I didnโ€™t understand why this was happening. I found I had no motivation to do anything and simple daily activities were turning in to a chore. I found it difficult to be at work because I felt like no one understood how I was feeling. And truth be told nobody did understand how I was feeling because nobody knew what I had been going through as I hadn’t been open and honest about how I was feeling or what had been happening, instead choosing to just keep everything to myself and try to deal with it all alone. But my grief was consuming me. This, combined with the NHS pressures we as Paramedics are continually facing, started to become too overwhelming and being at work at times just felt tiring, tedious, demanding and stressful. I found it increasingly hard to bite my tongue toward patients who had called 999 for insignificant reasons and became resentful of being there. I felt like not only had I lost my spark, but I had lost my care and compassion.

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A b o u t M e ๐Ÿ–ค

My passion for travel began when I started working as Cabin Crew for Virgin Atlantic at the age of 18. I didn’t have a plan when I left school (I didn’t really excel at anything…..probably because I hardly ever showed up) and the thought of university TERRIFIED me. So, going against the grain of everyone else that was submitting their university applications, instead I decided to embrace the shiny red shoes, the red lipstick and go see the world.

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Why travelling is good for my mental health…..๐Ÿ’™

As many of you know I am a Paramedic (who has a serious case of Wanderlust) that has been working for the NHS for nearly 7 years. As a whole I enjoy my job immensely. I have made some of the most fabulous friends whom I practically consider as family, I have saved lives and welcomed lives and the desire that I have to help people is something which has been hard wired in to me from a young age. Recently however, I have been finding the state of my mental health faltering and I am not ashamed to say that I have been struggling to find that mythical work-life balance that we all strive for.

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