For a while now, I have been contemplating why I get so depressed seeing other people in groups, in communities and feel like I'm on the outskirts always looking in. Throughout my life, it seems like I haven't ever belonged anywhere, and like I haven't ever had a community that I am part of. This … Continue reading Where Do I “Belong”?
For this year's Time to Talk Day, I am very pleased to announce that I have a guest post written by the amazing writer and mental health advocate Eleanor Segall. Eleanor has written a wonderful, honest and very relatable post about living with panic attacks, having anxiety and how she has sought out therapy and … Continue reading Living with Panic Attacks – Guest Post by Eleanor Segall
Very proud and honoured to have been featured for this Time to Talk Day, in a blogpost written by the amazing Cara. This is a really good read with loads of different mental health advocates talking about: why they became an advocate, sharing their story, what advice they would give to others and what ingredients they feel are important for a conversation about mental health. Let’s keep talking and discussing our mental health and never be ashamed to do so!
Last year on Time To Talk day I created a post full of wonderful stories from different people about why it was good for them to talk about their mental health.
Many of you will be aware of how much I adore Time To Change and what an impact working for them has had on my life. I think this day is a fantastic idea and I like to try and be a part of it if I can. This year, the theme is about ‘ingredients’ that contribute to a mental health conversation. With that in mind, I decided I wanted to ask questions to some of the wonderful mental health advocates out there and create a post made up of the responses. It seems fitting to me that my posts on these topics are made of collective voices and experiences rather than just mine, so I put out…
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Starting my first job recently, I've naturally had ups and downs with my mental wellbeing. Particularly in the first month, my anxiety was absolutely awful and I really struggled with getting used to my new role and finally having a job. Now that I'm over four months into my role though and coming up to … Continue reading Mental Health Support at Work.
This probably won't come as a surprise to anyone from what I've posted already, but I'm not good at receiving praise. At all. I've seen quite a lot recently about people with mental illness (very often depression and anxiety like me) who feel unworthy of praise and this is what I have felt like for … Continue reading Why I’m Not Good At Receiving Praise.
I haven't done a book review for a while and was recently writing up a post on my favourite books of 2018. While doing this, it occurred to me that I'd written so much about one book that I could pretty much just review it, which I've now decided to do! TW: before reading this … Continue reading Book review #4 Chase the Rainbow (Poorna Bell)
This is just going to be a small post but I wanted to mention about a small blip I have been going through with anxiety recently. Going back to work after 2 weeks off for Christmas and New year's, I expected to be slightly nervous going back but didn't expect anxiety to come back quite … Continue reading Having an anxiety blip.
While I'm not someone who goes in for making new year's resolutions, I am someone who likes to look back on the year just gone and see what I've done. Focusing too much on resolutions leads me to beat myself up over where I should be rather than looking at where I actually am and … Continue reading My 2018 Review.
I was very honoured to share my thoughts this Christmas with the amazing blogger Cara (over at her blog Cara’s Corner). In this post, I discuss my feelings of depression and anxiety and how the holiday season affects them. I’m going to try and be kinder to myself this Christmas and not put too much pressure on myself to have a ‘perfect’ Christmas full of happiness as that isn’t possible.
The holiday period is one we are expected to be happy at. We are constantly being
told to be merry, have lots of amazing parties with our friends and love our families
during this time and we are also sold the idea of Christmas as a time of happiness
Of course, this isn’t the case in reality and quite often Christmas (and the idea of
Christmas) can fuel existing depression and anxiety that many of us struggle with. By
forcing us to spend more time with family, socialise with friends or work colleagues,
while also getting us to think about what we’ve done this past year, the holiday
period can send us spiralling into even worse feelings of depression and…
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The new campaign by Time to Change has recently been launched (last month) which will be around for a few months now. It follows on from the 'In Your Corner' campaign which will carry on and aims to highlight an area where we can all try and improve our ability to be in people's corner … Continue reading #AskTwice – My Thoughts and How We Can Better Support People Struggling.