Welcome to Tracey’s wellness journey – a site for people battling with mental health to find hope and connection
Hi, I’m Tracey, I have lived experience of mental health and created this website to help others facing mental health challenges to bring inspiration, hope and a sense of community.
I managed to function well throughout my life with a great time at University, a successful sport development career, regular charity work and qualified nursing career – until the last few years! I started hearing voices and my mental health deteriorated. I was diagnosed with Complex PTSD and Dissociative Identity Disorder in 2016 and I have had many psychiatric admissions since. I even spent time in a specialist DID unit in 2019, and sadly, a Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) in November 2019. I thought my life was over, but thank God my story didn’t end there. This website is here to show you the steps I took and am taking to reclaim my life and wellness despite mental illness.
As well as mental health challenges, I put on considerable weight through psychiatric medications and the sedentary nature of hospital admissions. I put on 5 stone in just less than a year! I am now on my way to shifting that through an active lifestyle, namely cycling and other forms of exercise, enjoying the outdoors, other hobbies such as photography, and focussing on healthy nutrition. I also find writing to be hugely beneficial, especially poetry.
Cycling has been a big part of helping me to lift my spirits, keep motivated and get healthy. The blog aims to inspire other people with mental health battles to get into cycling or a sport or a hobby they love.
I would love for this space to be a place where people can find helpful articles, explore resources, feel supported and know that no one battling with mental illness is alone.
I also hope that this website will raise awareness of mental health and further break the stigma. Mental illness can happen to anyone at anytime, but we can take steps to ensure we promote all aspects of our wellbeing and improve our mental wellness.