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

How to stay happy on a sick day

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Getting sick is SO frustrating. You eat your veg and take your vitamins but sometimes the body can't fight off infection without a few rest days. I don't know about you I can't wait until we're all floating heads inside robot bodies (joke). As someone who prides myself on prioritising fitness and healthy eating I … Continue reading How to stay happy on a sick day

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

My top 10 self-care tips for quick and effective anxiety relief

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Finding time for self-care can be a bit of a mission. I know after I’ve done a day’s work, a sweaty gym session, scribbled down a blog post and done the fastest food shop in history I rarely manage to do anything other than flop onto the sofa with a bowl of leftovers for dinner. … Continue reading My top 10 self-care tips for quick and effective anxiety relief

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

10 random acts of kindness you can do today

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February 12th sees the start of Random Acts of Kindness Week. I don't care much for these types of campaigns - although I'll admit National Doughnut Day has made me reconsider - but if there's something to raise awareness about, being kind to one another does nothing but good things in my book. From a … Continue reading 10 random acts of kindness you can do today

What are the best hobbies for depression? Read my top 10 tips

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You've been diagnosed with depression and your doctor has told you to get a hobby. Once you've restrained yourself from screaming in said doctor's face, I advise you calmly leave the building and take yourself home for a lie down. Being told this by your GP can feel extremely patronising. Do they think we can … Continue reading What are the best hobbies for depression? Read my top 10 tips

20 simple ways to boost your mood when you’re feeling depressed

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Sometimes when your stuck for inspiration it helps to have a go-to list of activities that boost your mood. As someone who suffers from anxiety and depression, I know that I have mentally taken note of what has eased my pain over the years. Here is a bunch of ideas to get you started if … Continue reading 20 simple ways to boost your mood when you’re feeling depressed