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 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 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

How to make self-care a priority on holiday

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Do you ever feel like you need a holiday just to recover from being on holiday? I get this all the time, and I realised it's because I wasn't setting aside time for self-care when I was away. We often feel obliged to cram in as much sight-seeing or partying as possible, instead of actually … Continue reading How to make self-care a priority on holiday

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