Why it’s hard to take sick days when you have depression

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Quitting my job to recover from depression was a huge decision for me, but also one that I was confident making. I knew I needed complete rest and absolutely no stress to rebuild my life. However being unemployed brought its own problems and feelings of inadequacy, which in a funny way spurred me on to … Continue reading Why it’s hard to take sick days when you have depression

How fitness classes saved my mental health 

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I never thought I'd be one of those people who would say fitness changed my life. But here we are. I've exercised almost every day for the past five years and I don't want to imagine a life without it because it makes me so unbelievably happy. It all began with a Zumba class. I … Continue reading How fitness classes saved 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

Things to consider when you’re off work with a mental illness

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I have such admiration for people who can continue to work whilst being treated for mental illness. I struggled so badly that I had to quit my job and was subsequently out of work for over a year whilst I built up my confidence to return. I know for some people going to work is … Continue reading Things to consider when you’re off work with a mental illness

3 mental health books you MUST read today

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I've spent many an afternoon wandering around the library. To me the library has always been a place of opportunity, and it has helped me find books that ignite new interests and explain unknown worlds to me. I've loved collecting books over the years, and looking back at my favourites reminds me if where I … Continue reading 3 mental health books you MUST read today

Opening up about mental illness in the modelling industry – Washed Away by Nikki Dubose

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Washed Away: From Darkness to Light is a Memoir by former model Nikki Dubose. She has appeared in magazines such a Maxim, Glamour, Vogue and Vanity Fair and first suffered from an eating disorder at just eight years old. Her childhood trauma of sexual abuse led to bulimia, various drug addictions and serious mental illness … Continue reading Opening up about mental illness in the modelling industry – Washed Away by Nikki Dubose

The honest truth about seeing a counsellor

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If your GP has put you on a waiting list to see a counsellor then you should definitely see one. Many people brush off the notion of talking as a form of medication , and just want to take pills and power through their illness until they feel 'normal' again. Medication is great. Medication can … Continue reading The honest truth about seeing a counsellor

Why you need to stop apologising for your mental illness

One of the most prevalent emotions that tears you up inside when you have depression is guilt. Guilt about being sad. Guilt about letting people down. Guilt about not being good enough and guilt about always relying on others to help you get through the day. I’ve had to rely on others for money, transport … Continue reading Why you need to stop apologising for your mental illness

To my friends – here is the truth about my mental illness

This week in the Year of Gratitude series, the suggested writing prompt is 'a friend' that you're grateful for. Here's my take on the subject... It took a few minutes for me to realise that my phone was ringing. The harsh sound of it vibrating on the wooden bedside table was what finally woke me … Continue reading To my friends – here is the truth about my mental illness