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Book Review #5 Anxious Arthur (Louise Tribble with illustration by Rhiannon Thomas).

Please note: the author of this book kindly sent me a copy of this book free of charge and while I agreed to review her book, I was not paid to do so and have no affiliation with her work, beyond a love and support for people raising awareness of mental illness. Something a little … Continue reading Book Review #5 Anxious Arthur (Louise Tribble with illustration by Rhiannon Thomas).

Where Do I “Belong”?

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”?

Mental Health Support at Work.

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.

Why I’m Not Good At Receiving Praise.

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.

Book review #4 Chase the Rainbow (Poorna Bell)

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)

Blogmas: Coping with Anxiety and Depression at Christmas

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.

Cara’s Corner

I’ve got a post from lovely Peter about his experiences of depression and anxiety at Christmas. He also has his own blog which is well worth a visit!

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
and positivity.

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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#AskTwice – My Thoughts and How We Can Better Support People Struggling.

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.

ManCandy Monday: Peter Shaw

I got the honour recently of sharing my writing with another blog: my lifelines.co and in my post I've written about my experiences of mental illness at school, throughout my life and how I've started to take control of my illnesses. I think it's absolutely essential we teach mental illness in schools and let kids … Continue reading ManCandy Monday: Peter Shaw

Death and Grief — I am 1 in 4

Writing this post for 1in4 was far from easy, but it's a subject and topic that I've wanted to talk about and share for a while now. My dad dying was a very traumatic event in my life but I try to see it as the point when I began to take charge of my … Continue reading Death and Grief — I am 1 in 4

What’s On My To Be Read List? (Part 1)

As someone who struggles with mental illness on a daily basis, I find one of the best things to do to get better is actually confronting those illnesses through reading about mental illness and finding relatable stories that comfort me. This may seem strange and I can well understand people in similar positions to me … Continue reading What’s On My To Be Read List? (Part 1)