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Wednesday, 27 December 2017

A new year's letter to you




Dear you. 

The you who is ready to face the year head on and is raring to go. The you who is rolling into the new year indifferent. The you who looks at the 365 days ahead and wonders how you can possibly see the 1st of January 2019. This letter is for you.

Sunday, 10 December 2017

I am beautiful



I am beautiful. Something I may not say very often because we live in a society where you are seen as vain if you think so positively about yourself. Most days, like the majority of people my age, my self esteem is lower than it should be. But some days, like today, I know that I am beautiful. Not the type of head turning beautiful, not the type of dribble beautiful but someone whose beauty grows as you get to know them.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Dear Santa, this year I want nothing


Its that time of year where children are writing their Santa's list, where teens are discussing what expensive gifts their parents will be buying, where bloggers post their wish lists and where we are all in the shops trying to find that perfect something. But this year I've kept my paper blank. 

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Episode 1- Introduction


So I have taken to a new venture and have created a podcast: In Your Shoes. A mental health and personal growth podcast which will have a host of different guests and shorted podcasts to really get you thinking about certain subjects.

Take a listen to the first introductory episode on soundcloud here

If you would like to appear on the podcast or would like me to discuss a particular topic then please email me at unapologeticallyangie@gmail.com
Thursday, 9 November 2017

A look at the mental health community



For a little over a year I have been an active part of the mental health twitter community and wow have I seen some changes, and now I am at this weird cross road where I am not quite sure if I want to keep my place in that community. Let me explain.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

I am not your inspiration


Ever since I started talking openly about my mental health, I have been showered countless times with the complement "you are such an inspiration". I always took this to heart and felt warm inside. Yet it dawned on me that I am only an "inspiration" because of my mental illness. Like all experiences in life it is what you do with it that defines who you are, I use my mental illness to help others. However, it dawned on me that I am only your inspiration when you are faced with a pretty picture of recovery. 

Sunday, 8 October 2017

A letter to the healthier me


To a healthier me,

There are many old versions of myself that I could address this letter to, some versions were worse off, others better off but this letter is to myself last year, to a healthier, better version of myself.
Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Vulnerability is okay



Vulnerability is something that growing up we are told is a sign of weakness. So we all go through life trying to appear as okay as possible. But sometimes, that act is too hard to keep up and so the walls we have built come crashing down and left to the world is a vulnerable, small, and often frightened self. This is what happened to me two weeks ago. 

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Explaining mental health to sensitive ears


Children are those that we want to protect with all that we have. We want to shelter them from the realities of this world; the illnesses, the conflicts, the sadness. At what age is it appropriate to be honest with them and tell them the truth about mental illness?

Thursday, 3 August 2017

I wrote a book! - More than just a promotion post



I wrote and illustrated a book! A poetry ebook but still a book! A book all bout mental illness, living in a 21st century society with also an honest account of the ups and downs of life that we are all sure to face and more! I want to take the time in this post to explain a little about my journey to this moment and of course to give you a sample of the book. 

Friday, 21 July 2017

What if there was no tomorrow?


This post contains spoilers for the Netflix Original film Before I Fall and comes with a trigger warning as I will be touching upon the topic of suicide. 

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Self Love


Self love and self care are two concepts that I am really trying to embrace in my life as I think that they are incredibly vital in allowing us to be the best versions of ourselves. This post is actually the first tag post that I have chosen to do and it is for the very specific reason that it is a subject that I believe is important. So here are the tag questions and my answers: 

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Education: the root of everything


The Mental Health blogging world is a beautifully comfortable place. A place that I have effectively lived in for the past 9 months and l guess, like a baby, you could say that I have been birthed into a new place which I didn't quite realise was so closed minded. Now I find myself wanting to crawl back into the sheltered place of the blogging community. What am I on about you ask. 


Saturday, 3 June 2017

Switch Off


We live in a society that is constantly plugged in and it is incredibly hard to switch off. Our self worth is judged on likes on a picture and the amount of followers we have. Our lives are controlled by this small device which constantly finds itself in our palms. However, it wasn't until I began to get calculating that I realised something shocking. If you spend one hour a day on your phone (which is probably the minimum amount of time that anyone uses their phone for), by the end of the year that is 365 hours spent checking a phone. Divide this number by the amount of hours in a day, 24, and you get 15.2. This is how many days of your life are wasted if you spend an hour a day on your phone, half a month. Imagine all the things that you could do in that time. For starters that is the length of a very nice holiday. 

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Dear Body


Dear Body,

I've already spent 2 decades with you and yet only now am I realising you are the most important thing I own. You are my tool to success and without  you all else fails. But I haven't treated you with the respect you deserve. Since childhood I have been running around and falling. Small scars remain proof of the school playground were my high pitch squeal would fill the air and a huge smile upon my face.

Monday, 1 May 2017

Knife crime: Children to hidden blades


This blog post differs greatly from my previous ones and at first I thought I would have to justify my reasoning for posting this on a mental health blog. However, I came to the conclusion that it is an important topic that needs to be touched upon and that is all the justification needed. 

*This is a post which has undergone a lot of research and all of the links used for research can be found at the end of the post.*

Knife crime is growing and these days BBC news flashes up with another knife crime death in London and whilst we sigh with a brief moment of sadness for the victim we very quickly move on with our lives. That's because London stabbings are becoming a more frequent occurrence (I speak of London as that is the city that I hear most of due to my location in the UK. However, the knife crime capital is actually Cleveland in the North East of the UK). According to the Met Police knife crime has seen an increase of 24% and unless you haven't been checking the news recently, you will know that between April 22nd and April 28th of this year 6 deaths by knife occurred, one of which was believed to be gang related. It is important to pause here for a second as when thinking about knife crime the first thing that springs to mind is that these people must be a part of a gang. However, only one of last weeks stabbings was gang related meaning that the other 5 were just people who were carrying knifes on them. A scary concept as you can never know who is carrying one.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

10 quotes I think everyone should live by

If you follow my Instagram or take part in my twitter chats (#MHChatHour) then you will know that I absolutely love quotes. Pintrest is the place to be for quotes and so I thought I would share some of my favourite quotes with you and why I think you should live by these quotes. These quotes aren't all linked to mental health and recovery as they are quotes that everyone and anyone can live by.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

"What I want you to know about self harm"


*Trigger warning: Self harm*

Today is Self Injury awareness day. Unfortunately self harm is still hugely misunderstood and there are a lot of misconceptions surrounding it. However, instead of telling you these misconceptions I asked people to share what it is they wished you knew about self harm:

Sunday, 26 February 2017

The stigma that surrounds mental health


Whenever someone begins to talk about mental health people squirm with embarrassment, and a feeling of general discomfort, but why is that? Everyone has mental health, good or bad, yet as a society we do not like to recognise it. However, if someone has a sprained ankle, a cold, or any other physical symptom, it is deemed socially acceptable to talk about and to feel sympathy towards that person. But why is it that it is okay to discuss physical health but not mental health?


Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Why I Blog About Mental Health


Whenever someone finds out that I am a blogger, there are two questions which always follow; what do you blog about? Why do you blog about mental health? 

I am fortunate enough that I am a woman in the 21st century and that I have a voice. Far too many people forget about this privilege and do not use it, or use it for the wrong reasons. I want to use this privilege to educate people, to comfort people and to grow as a person. I use this voice to have conversations surrounding mental health, to openly talk in schools about mental health and to create an online conversation about the honest truth about mental illness.


Sunday, 22 January 2017

12 reasons to choose recovery



Recovery is a journey that we all have to take at various points in our lives. Recovery from a drunken night out, from an injury or from mental illness, just to name a few. However, recovery from mental illness is more about learning to live with the thoughts and feelings but not letting them take hold of your life rather than being cured from them. 
Recovery is not linear, instead it looks more like a squiggly line drawn by a 3 year old. It is full of ups and downs and sharp turns in unexpected directions. It is a long process but is 100% worth all the hard work that goes in. Sometimes I found that I questioned the point in recovery so I thought that in this post I would list 12 reasons why recovery is worth it. 

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Hello 20



Wow, hi there 20 and goodbye 19. 

 I can't believe my teenage years are over and what a set of years they have been. It certainly was action packed and full of drama, enough to make a successful TV soap. Never is there a boring moment in my life.  Humour aside, it has been a journey, a rather difficult one at that. At times I had planned my whole life out (life never sticks to the plan though) and at others I wasn't even sure I wanted to reach 18. Yet here I am at 20 and I look back on it all rather stunned. Sometimes I look at everything that has happened and smile to myself thinking "you're flipping strong girlie" because I am. Whilst I am more than happy to leave my teenage years for the shizza that has happened I will also miss them. Hitting 20 means that life gets serious from now. It means having to get a full time job once my degree is finished, settling down at some point and having to master the art of adulting (a skill which i'm not great at yet).