Hello! My name is Sherene and I’m on a mission to stay SANE and help others do the SAME!
I am exploring the world of blogging as I have a genuine passion for helping people and seeing people happy. I was inspired to create a blog following a bout of depression during early motherhood. I have never been medically diagnosed with it, mainly because I have never been to the doctors, however, I know I have had it.
My first experiences of depression started from an early age. When I was 12, my father committed suicide and I made the unfortunate discovery, a sight I will never forget. Following this traumatic experience, I was never offered any support outside of my family. Therefore, I had to find my own ways to cope and recover.
Well, here I am today to tell the tale, and I am passionate about helping other people to cope and recover from traumatic experiences. Post-natal depression resurrected some of the dark feelings I had once felt as a child and motherhood birthed a whole world of new emotions. Through the support of my wonderful mother and my own coping mechanisms, I have once again defeated the doom and gloom that depression brought and continue to maintain a healthy mind-set.
Following my childhood trauma, I used drawing and writing as a way of expressing how I felt. I have now come to understand that these are sensory based interventions. I slowly recovered from post-natal depression by receiving support from people who made me feel safe and cared for, as well as making it a priority to get out of the house and attend mother and baby groups. In time, the negative perceptions I had about myself and the world around me turned into positive and meaningful realities.
I am a happy and healthy mum who enjoys the highs, and conquers the lows of motherhood. No longer do I have dark feelings; no longer do I feel that I am not good enough; no longer do I feel like giving up.
I feel like a butterfly that has been set free from a dark, cold and lonely box. I want to help others to transform their negative perceptions into positive realities, as I once did.
My all-round happy and content state is maintained by a relatively tidy and organised home, spending time with family and being creative. I like to bake every so often and so does my son, so this is brilliant bonding time! Being creative and organising things is what I do best. As a child, I would sit in my room for hours making crafts for my mum (she still has some of these!).
I am from a multi-cultural background. My dad was born in Aberdeen, Scotland and moved to England as a child. My mum has Jamaican parents, although she was born in the UK. I have a real love for reggae music and emotionally connect to it as it brings back some of the finer memories of my childhood. I currently have one son, but have always dreamt of a large family.
I am a true believer that everybody should be able to live their lives in the way that makes them happy, so long as it is legal (of course) and not causing harm. I also believe that if you are not happy with something in your life, you have the power to make a change. There is no time like the present!
I believe that we are constantly evolving and changing and what makes us happy today, could change tomorrow. I use self-reflection to explore what makes me happy and continually seek what I really want out of life. This is all part of my self-discovery journey.
–Ralph Waldo Emerson
Based on my own experiences, my mission is to stay sane and help others do the same. You have the power to live happy and blossoming life and I want to inspire you to embrace your own journey of self-discovery. I want you to have self-belief that you can do it, whatever ‘it’ might be. Believing in yourself is paramount because if YOU don’t believe in YOUrself, who will believe in you?
You have got this! I hope my blog brings you something, even a small seed of faith in yourself.