SOCIAL MEDIA

Friday, 16 December 2016

What I learnt in 2016


2016 has been a strange year, it's been one of those years that I have watched so many horrible things happen to the people I love and to the world, yet personally, this year has overall been a good one. Of course I was challenged (A LOT) but I have also grown a lot, learnt a lot and had some amazing opportunities. So I want to take the time to talk through the things that I have learnt within the last 365 days that are 2016.


Tuesday, 15 November 2016

#AntiBullyingWeek


This week  marks anti bullying week, so I thought that it is important that I take the time to blog about it. Over 25,700 children and young people spoke to Childline last year regarding bullying. (NSPCC) Already this number is absolutely shocking but there are also so many children and young people who don't speak. Unfortunately, bullying is no longer something that just happens in a playground, but a rising amount of bullying now happens behind screens. Suicide is the third leading cause of death in young people, with victims of bullying being 9 times more likely to take their own lives. The link between suicide and bullying is scary, if only we could tackle bullying and save these lives. So I want to take the time today to share my bullying story with you.

Friday, 14 October 2016

Life as an Emet Sufferer




Emetophobia is something that I have only recently been diagnosed with, before the diagnosis i thought i was the only person to feel this degree of fear towards vomit. No one likes to be sick and i think this is where it becomes hard for people to understand emetophobia. It is an anxiety condition that if not controlled can take over your life. I was fortunate enough, however in quite a lot of people it can trigger OCD and even eating disorders. I wanted to take the time today to explain what life as an emet sufferer is like, because the day to day difficulty is often over looked and even mocked. 
So i want to let you in on a bad emet day.

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Anxiety In All Its Glory



When reading about anxiety we all told the same things; the heart palpitations, sweating and the difficulty concentrating but I thought in this post I would explain the side effects that I have experienced through my battle with generalised anxiety that are not discussed all that often.

Monday, 29 August 2016

An open letter to my 16 year old Self


To my 16 year old self,

How are you? Stupid question right? I know things suck right now but I'm you,we are approaching 20 years old and we are happy, an emotion that you rarely feel at this point in time but trust me, you will feel it again. When I think back to you I realise how much I have learnt and thought I would write you a letter of hope. 

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Taking Mental Health Days


More and more we hear about "Mental health days" but what exactly does this mean?
A mental health day is a day where you give yourself a break, you give your brain and body a break from all the stresses that life throws at you and you do things that make you happy. Mental health days are typically days taken off from work or school in order to recuperate.


Sunday, 24 July 2016

Dealing With Triggers


Whilst in recovery you will find yourself having to deal with your triggers. I have always known what triggers my anxiety and over the years I have learned to deal with it and until the other night I would have 100% said that I am currently living a nice anxiety free life and have not needed to worry about any triggers for a while.


Tuesday, 28 June 2016

"Schools out for summer"

Its that time of year where finally the holidays are in sight, be that because exams are over or the stressful academic year is coming to an end but what now? Many people with mental illnesses can find this particular period hard as there is no longer a structure to their lives and structure is incredibly important in recovery. In this post I will give you some tips that I have found helpful to ensure that your holidays won't be wasted and so that you can continue to feel good in yourself.


Saturday, 14 May 2016

Exam Stress

It is that horrid time of year again, you know what I'm talking about, exams! I am the first person to find myself wriggling in anxiety, especially at my oral exams which for me are the worst of the worst exam wise. So how can you help yourself during this stressful time of the year. Of course different things work for different people and so what works for me may not work for you. However, here are the things that help me:

Sunday, 1 May 2016

When Do I Earn The Title Of Recovered?


I have always seen recovery as a destination. But that has got me thinking, where is "recovered", is it a month clean? 3 months, 6 months, a year? Is it being able to not feel any anxiety? Is it being happy all the time?


Monday, 1 February 2016

Suicidal thoughts and fighting back



Suicidal thoughts suck. They are painful and distressing and can take over your mind. So how do we accept them as part of depression without acting on them?


Friday, 22 January 2016

‘How do you manage to maintain such a positive outlook on life?’


As complimentary as this question would naturally be, up until now it’s been something that’s always seemed so foreign to me for one main reason: how easily worry and stress could and to a certain degree, still does build up on me. The process of learning to control and harness these insecurities has by no means been straight forward and gradually I’ve learned to accept that it will most likely never be fully complete.


Monday, 18 January 2016

"Blue Monday"


The 16th of January 2016: the third Monday of the year and the so called "blue Monday". The most depressing day of the year. Now this is going to be a bit of a rant but here is why. Giving a day where it is socially acceptable for people to feel depressed is almost saying that on the other 364 days of the year it isn't socially acceptable. When it should be. On this day more people talk about depression but why stop it there? Why can't we talk about it on 365 days of the year? Why can't we sit at a table and talk about our mental health without it being awkward?


Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Colouring to Happiness

The huge craze at the moment is adult colouring books and as silly as they sound, I love them! It is great to spend some time feeling like a child again and just being able to colour in. But why am I blogging about this? Well, it is proven that colouring relieves stress as it increases mindfulness, as we focus solely on the task at hand. The colours you choose are also supposed to have a psychological meaning behind them, representing deeper emotions. This can be seen as you expressing yourself and relieving pent up feelings.