How talking on the internet helped me overcome social anxiety disorder

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Did you know that February 2nd is Time to Talk Day? It's a great opportunity to start conversations about mental health all over the UK, from schools to homes to workplaces. About Time to Talk Day Sadly, many people who suffer from mental illness feel ashamed to talk about how they feel and this just … Continue reading How talking on the internet helped me overcome social anxiety disorder

How to network with generalised anxiety disorder

I'm sorry, but networking sucks. I'm not a natural schmoozer and I don't think I ever will be. I don't want to be. The idea of talking to complete strangers in order to somehow gain something from the situation is painful. Working on my blog means that I generally work from home, alone, with very … Continue reading How to network with generalised anxiety disorder

How to function on little to no sleep

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I'm writing this after a bloody lovely night's sleep. I drifted off quite easily at around midnight and when the alarm went off at 6am I didn't have my usual morning thought; "Can I justify quitting my job today?" I actually felt quite awake and ready to start the day. I know, weird right? Maybe … Continue reading How to function on little to no sleep

Why having snacks in my handbag keeps me calm (and other strange habits of an anxious mind)

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I wouldn't say I'm a homebody, but for some reason being far away from my house for an extended period of time makes me nervous. Maybe that does qualify me as a homebody. I'm not entirely sure. Oh and by the way, when I say 'extended period of time' I mean anything over eight hours. … Continue reading Why having snacks in my handbag keeps me calm (and other strange habits of an anxious mind)

Why learning to ignore my anxiety is having a positive impact on my mental health

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As I sit here on a half-empty Virgin train waiting to leave Glasgow Central, I doubt anyone around can tell I’m trying to stop myself from having a panic attack. I’ve put my luggage away, started typing on my laptop and even exchanged a few words with the woman opposite about seat numbers and how … Continue reading Why learning to ignore my anxiety is having a positive impact on my mental health

Surviving or thriving? How I realised I was actually recovering from mental illness

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Depression is a tough subject. There's no getting away from the fact that it's a painful illness that affects many of us, but I want to take a moment to talk about recovery and how it can begin to happen without us realising. I didn't think I would ever recover, but I did. To mark … Continue reading Surviving or thriving? How I realised I was actually recovering from mental illness

Early morning hacks for a happier day

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I wish I could say I wake up at 5am every morning and do a home yoga session before breakfast but it’s simply not true. I’m not a morning person. Ew, just saying that phrase feels wrong. How can anyone wake up chirpy? It defies logic to me. If I’m being honest I have noticed … Continue reading Early morning hacks for a happier day

3 bad habits I eliminated to help my anxiety

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I've seen my anxiety start to level off in the last twelve months, after struggling to cope with it everyday for over five years. Like many of you, I was particularly anxious about work and social interactions. I've always been happy to go to the gym, walk around town and use pubic transport all on … Continue reading 3 bad habits I eliminated to help my anxiety

5 easy ways to de-stress right now

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I'm the queen of stressing out. I can appear calm and collected on the surface for weeks, but it only takes something small and insignificant to tip me over the edge into total meltdown-mode. I've learned a few tricks over the years and now implement all of them on a daily basis to keep me … Continue reading 5 easy ways to de-stress right now