Have you ever thought about how the way you say things could be affecting you?… No?… Me either, or at least I hadn’t until I listened to Russell Brand on the Happy Place podcast where he said something that really stuck with me.Read more
It’s no secret that lockdown (for the most part) gave us more time and therefore the opportunity to try new things, and listening to podcasts was one of those things for me. They really gave me a lot of relief during times when we lacked freedom, but not only that, as they gave me some level of routine too. But what were my go-to podcasts, you say? Well… Let me share them with you now, and maybe you’ll learn of your new favourite.Read more
My 30th birthday has finally happened… I’ve finally joined the club, and it welcomed me with a bit of a rocky start in all honesty. My boyfriend tested positive for covid 3 days after, and 2 family members were in hospital within 2 weeks of it… they are all okay (we should be thanking our lucky stars for the NHS and modern day medicine every damn day), but it was not the best start to my 30s. So, I’ve done a fair bit of reflecting lately and I thought I’d share 30 important things that I’ve learnt in my 30 years on this planet so far…Read more
For many of us, therapy is something that we will have experienced or will need in our life at some point. However, there is a stigma attached, causing people to be embarrassed to talk about it or even consider the idea, but why is this? Talking therapies can be one of the most useful things to help with your struggles, whatever they may be.
You don’t have to have a psychology background to be a counsellor or coach. Psychologists and psychiatrists are the ones who need that. Having said that, the work of each might have elements taken from psychological therapy techniques but the people themselves are not always psychologists (- some counsellors are, but not all). Each are different in their own way and each very helpful to different people for different reasons. One person might just use one service and stick with it. Another person might try 2 or even all 3, and find one that helps more than the others, OR that a mix of 2 have a better effect for them. For example, I have at different times in my life tried all 3. I had counselling at Uni for helping with the grief process. Kinda helped, kinda didn’t, but also kinda should have done it for longer (but at the time I didn’t want to.) Last year I had group CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, through Steps 2 Wellbeing) for social anxiety from April to June 2020, and in January of this year I started working with a mindset coach (Emma Upton of There Is More Than This) who helps women that experience a lot of anxiety to change their mindset for the better, in order to help ease their anxiety and better their life.
So anyway, what’s the actual difference between them?Read more
Hello! It’s been over a month since I last posted, but I’m back, ready to continue to try and help with breaking the stigma of mental health, conveniently lined up with Mental Health Awareness Week. I figured that to kick off the week I’d share with you what my experiences with mental health struggles have been like and why I’m now an advocate for it. So, I’ll try and keep it short, but here’s a revisit to my struggles with anxiety, depression, grief and burnout.Read more
I’m sitting here writing this blog post after having felt a sudden wave of emotion this morning. A wave that hit me like a ton of bricks, completely unexpectedly. Today marks my Mum‘s birthday. She would have been 62 today, and it’s been 12 and a half years since she passed away, so you’d think it’d be a lot easier now. Well, some things get easier as time goes on, but of course there’s also a lot that never really leaves you.Read more
It’s funny isn’t it… We’ve now spent roughly a year of what has been suggested as to be something other than “normal life” because it’s not the life we once lived prior to the pandemic. The life where we had all the freedom and joys of going where we wanted, spending time with the people we love, and hugging people freely. What we’ve lived for the past year being named as the “new normal” but not one that we want to stick around. Or do we?Read more
If you’re new to my blog, and CBD, you may be interested in my earlier post on CBD and what it’s about. If you’ve been following me for a while then you may recall this post already, when I was new to it, back in October, having not yet tried CBD at that point. Well, after trying a few different products over the past 5 months I wanted to give an update of sorts as to how I’ve been finding it.Read more
Now I know, I know, this is kinda late. The new year started 20 days… However, I still want to reflect back on 2020 and the things that I learnt throughout the year. Some I already knew but found deeper connection with, and some are little revelations from pandemic life.Read more
I apologise in advance that this could be a lengthy post. I’ll try not to go on too long, but really, there is so much to say about this year, despite the fact that for a lot of it we haven’t been able to do an awful lot. Yes, 2020 has given us a pandemic, and it’s been really shit in parts. A lot of people have unfortunately lost their lives all over the world from Covid-19, on top of all the other health problems that strike. It’s been a year of global uncertainty in more ways than one. It’s been one HELL of a rollercoaster, and continues to be right up until the end and into 2021. However, it’s also been a lot more than just the negatives.Read more