Welcome to the latest installment of my interview series!
Who are some of your favorite bloggers? I try to follow as many as I can because they have so much wisdom to pass on. (Including bloggers like Teagan from Teagan is Typing!)
That’s what gave me the idea for this interview series. I wanted to glean as much knowledge as I could from those much wiser than me.
This is our twentieth installment of my interview series, Meet the Blogger, all about Teagan, a fellow blogger. (You can read our previous installment here: www.diffusingthetension.com/meet-the-blogger-introducing-tsvetty)
Interview series questions
First of all, tell me a little about yourself.
Firstly, thank you so much to Jen for welcoming me into her corner of the internet!
Hi, I’m Teagan, twenty-something single Mother of one sassy toddler and six adorable fur babies. I (attempt) to work from home and I’m also a carer.
I’m currently surviving on cold tea, inappropriate jokes and sheer resilience. Avid fan of Harry Potter, Sims, books, polymer clay and dollhouse crafts.
What is your connection to the blogging and/or mental health community?
My mental health has been poor for as long as I can remember, suffering from panic attacks, anxiety and depression for many years. I hate to think of others feeling the way I have/do, to feel alone or judged due to the stigma that I believe still surrounds mental health and connected illnesses.
Although I blog about other topics I also write about mental health and my own experiences. I hope that by doing so I’m able to help others feel less isolated. We are more than our mental illness and we all belong, despite what we feel inside.
What is the hardest part about having a successful blog?
As I’m currently in a huge blogging rut right now due to an extensive re-brand I’d say exactly that, finding myself in a blogging rut. They can be so hard to get out of and you only feel worse about yourself as a blogger the longer you stay there.
On a day-to-day finding the time to get work done on my blog is my biggest difficulty, whilst being a single Mom and carer for my own Mom also. Juggling everything life throws at you is a challenge, am I right?
What is the biggest challenge the mental health community faces currently?
Getting help for those who need it, this answer definitely comes from my own personal experience.
Where I live we have a team called IAPT. Firstly, this is a self referral service. Secondly, if you have a child under the age of five they turn you away. For those with a young child the only thing they seem able to access is counselling run at a local Children’s Centre.
Unfortunately this has failed to help me as the counsellor in question made me feel a lot worse than I already had been at the point of seeing her, after weeks of feeling worse I made the decision to quit. What do you do then, though? GP’s only ever want to medicate you; not something a breastfeeding mother wants to rely on, especially considering the last time I was on medication it altered me in no way, shape or form. What’s the point?
It’s about time more work is put into helping those who need it. Make it easier to access services and NOT turn people away. At least offer them other options if they’re not the right fit for a particular service. It’s already hard enough seeking help, lets take away the additional battle to receive it.
What are 5 things many people do not know about you?
I have a qualification in screen and TV acting.
I’ve a hatred of knives.
My emo phase will never die.
I still have no idea what I want to do when I ‘grow up’.
I won a competition to have a short story published when I was in Primary School.
What is your favorite book and why?
This is the mother of impossible questions to answer. I honestly couldn’t narrow it down to just one. I adore the Harry Potter series, but there’s also a multitude of other books I’m obsessed with.
I’ve just finished reading one about two sisters, one in a coma, the other trying to help find the answers as to what’s got her sister there in the first place. It’s called ‘The Lives We Touch’ by Eva Woods. I’d highly recommend it, that’s probably my favourite of the last few months, mostly because I found inspiration contained within it’s pages.
What do you do when you are having a really hard day to lift your spirits?
Switch off and spend some quality time playing with my daughter, nothing makes me happier than her.
What makes a person brave?
Living with a mental illness and battling with their own mind day-in, day-out, yet still showing up for every single one of those days.
What 3 words would you use to describe yourself and why?
Empathetic – Often to a fault as I constantly put others before myself and if I happen to have reacted badly in a situation I’ll beat myself up over it for weeks, thinking how the other person must be feeling.
Creative – Most of my favoured hobbies are creative ones, I thrive when engaging in creative activities and I’m always thinking up new ideas to try out, dreaming up my next projects.
Over thinker – I spend a LOT of time in my own head, I’ll over think things that have happened in the past or not yet happened, pre-plan things over and over and even over analyse the simplest of decisions I’ve made from the order in which I complete tasks to what to have for tea. It’s rare I’ll just do something and get right on with it, I need that internal debate first. The smallest of tiffs with someone could have me replaying the same thoughts for weeks on end.
What is your biggest flaw?
Avoidance. After a life time of soul destroying situations in an almost constant succession I’ve got to the point where I avoid dealing with anything, instead attempting to run from the problem or a refusal to properly deal with grief.
What is your greatest strength?
My craving for continual learning and self improvement. I think it’s so important to always look for new things to learn, to try out and to stay curious about the world, what’s the point if we’re not experiencing life in a multitude of ways?
What is your best childhood memory?
Probably the Christmas parties at the club my Nanna and Granddad used to frequent. All the family would be there, I’d dance and play with my niece, my Mom always dressed me up in something new and fabulous and there was always a selection box among other treats. Right before Christmas, knowing that two weeks off school was approaching… What a truly magical time.
My Nanna would always want me to dance with her and I remember she was always SO proud to have all of her family there, being able to show us all off to her friends. What I’d give to go back to that one last time, dance with her a little longer.
Where do you envision your blog in 5 years?
I’m yet to re-launch my blog, so it can only go from strength to strength! Aside from the launch, I plan on having plenty of freebies and post upgrades on there, as well as a product. My aim is to be able to work from home whilst bringing up my little one, so a full time income would be perfect!
Where do you see the mental health community in 5 years?
Honestly, probably much the same or due to the current state of the country and an increase in suicide, possibly worse than it is already.
I’d like to think we can all work together to change that though, by properly looking out for those we love and striving to improve our own lives with the implementation of regular self care.
I’d love the stigma to be further reduced and for GP’s to do more in terms of helping their patients get the help they need. More NHS services wouldn’t be a bad thing, whilst making sufferers aware of the help that is already available for them.
About the Author
Teagan is a single SAHM and freelance writer, copy-writer and proof reader. On her blog ‘Teagan Is Typing’ she writes about lifestyle, parenting/children, self improvement, mental health, books and blogging topics and also runs the ‘Blog Like A Boss’ community.
Blog: www.teaganistyping.co.uk (currently under construction)
Thanks, Teagan, for participating in my interview series, Meet the Blogger! I loved your responses, and I truly appreciate you taking the time out to answer my questions. Best wishes on all your blogging endeavors!
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