SOCIAL MEDIA

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.