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

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

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

5 things you shouldn’t feel guilty about when you’re depressed

Depression and guilt go hand in hand for many people. Let's get one thing straight; you're not to blame for your mental illness! Just like you wouldn't be to blame if you contracted pneumonia or developed arthritis. The mind and body are open to injury and it's nothing to feel guilty about, but I know … Continue reading 5 things you shouldn’t feel guilty about when you’re depressed

10 positive intentions for a better state of mind

How do you shift from victim to survivor? How do you cope with the life-long repercussions that result from being abused as a child? This is something that Lisa Cybaniak has dealt with personally, but over time has learned to value her own existence and prove to her abuser that she isn't a victim of … Continue reading 10 positive intentions for a better state of mind