• Self-Care

    How To Practise Mindfulness; The Benefits of Mindfulness for Mental Health

    I’m going to be 100% honest – when I was first introduced to mindfulness (as an angry, you-can’t-tell-me-what-to-do teenager, I thought it was a load of shit. I was 16 years old and thought I knew it all. My depression was incurable and I was stuck this way forever ‘just because’. CAT couldn’t cure me. CBT couldn’t cure me. Medication had no effect whatsoever and how on earth was I going to get better by staring at my wall and breathing deeply for five minutes every day? Luckily, I discovered the benefits of mindfulness for mental health in my early twenties and I haven’t looked back since! As someone who…

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    How To Beat Insomnia; 8 practical tips for a better sleep

    So. The time is currently 3.17am. I went to bed at around 12am and woke up about 2am. For the last hour I’ve been lying in bed trying desperately to get back to sleep because I have a busy day tomorrow and I really don’t need this right now, brain! A few years ago, a night like this one would have seen me staring at the ceiling for hours. I would entertain myself by replaying bad memories, overthinking about situations that hadn’t yet happened and contemplating whether my measly existence was worth anything in The Grand Scheme of Things. Not being able to get to sleep, (or in my case…

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    10 Simple Habits of Happy People

    The idea that you can learn how to be happy simply by adopting healthy habits sounds ludicrous. Maybe even impossible. And yet, it’s important to realise that happiness is a habit that we all have to learn. Of course, some of us have to work a lot harder to find and maintain happiness. When you have depression, adopting healthy habits alone isn’t going to magically cure your depression. However, the ultimate truth is that the ability to be happy lies entirely in our own hands. While that dream job, fancy car or new relationship may initially spike feelings of elation, we will always revert back to our base levels of…

  • BPD

    Confessions of a Borderline Personality; The Worst Things About Living With BPD

    Living with borderline personality disorder (BPD) is kind of like being stuck in a wild, treacherous ocean. Our emotions are like violent waves always threatening to engulf us and our fears are sinister, circling sharks. The only salvation we have is a raft that keeps sailing away from us even though we’re doing everything we can to keep it in our grasp. Also, we can’t swim, so we’re kinda drowning. Constantly. Living with BPD every day is so mentally draining that sometimes I just need to vent about how much I hate it. I experience new struggles and setbacks all the time so there’s always something new for me to…

  • Depression

    How To Stop Negative Thoughts – Depression and Negative Thinking

    Disclaimer: By no means am I a mental health professional. Please always seek professional help if your thoughts are causing you significant worry. You can also call Samaritans here for advice and support. I used to be a chronic overthinker. It used to be that the slightest thing would set me off, from an unpleasant memory to an unchecked box on my to-do-list. From constructive criticsm to a potentially snide comment. All it would take is something mildly unpleasant for my mind to spiral down a rabbit hole of my worst flaws, my past mistakes, all the opportunities I’d missed and every embarrassing moment I’d ever had. The worst thing…

  • Self-Care

    60 Mental Health Journal Prompts for Self-Discovery

    If you haven’t started journaling yet, I think today is the perfect day to start! Journaling – or ‘expressive writing’ – is a writing therapy that is great for personal development, self-discovery and relief of troubled thoughts. It’s a bit like keeping a diary, but rather than just mind-dumping your chaotic thoughts onto the page, journaling encourages you to write with intention and purpose. It promotes self-awareness, self-growth and self-discovery by allowing you to acknowledge your core beliefs, values, fears and more! If you have depression or anxiety, journaling using mental health journal prompts will have a particularly positive effect on your mental health. Journaling has been scientifically proven to…

  • Depression

    7 Bad Habits That Make Depression Worse

    So I’m no mental health expert or conqueror of depression, but if there’s one thing I know really well, it’s how to develop a bunch of bad habits that totally wreck my mental health 😂 Luckily though, I’ve gotten pretty good at breaking them too! It’s extremely easy to find yourself slipping into bad habits that make depression worse. Not because you’re weak-willed, but because depression is so mentally-debilitating that sometimes it’s an effort to just survive, let alone practise self-care and positive coping mechanisms. There were times during my worst depressive episodes that I could do nothing but lie in bed and fall down a hole of negative thoughts…

  • Anxiety

    Positive Affirmations For Anxiety

    Positive affirmations are excellent at combatting anxiety whilst also practising self-love and compassion. They are short, positive statements about yourself and your life that you repeat daily. Why You Use Positive Affirmations For Anxiety Practising positive affirmations for anxiety relief and management can encourage positive thinking patterns and align your mindset with the person you want to be. They are especially effective against anxiety because they directly defend against negative thoughts and affirmations. Negative affirmations work in almost exactly the same way, as positive ones. Every time you think to yourself “I’m so stupid”, you’re using a negative affirmation. The more you say it, the more you start to believe…

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    Anxiety

    Overcoming Social Anxiety – How To Stop Caring What People Think

    “The key to a good life is not giving a fuck about more; it’s giving a fuck about less, giving a fuck about only what is true and immediate and important” Mark Manson So I’ve finally reached a point in my life where I’ve stopped caring so much about what people think of me. And let me tell you – it feels fantastic! Of course, nobody knows how to stop caring about other people’s opinions entirely. That’s because humans are innately social beings with a primitive need for approval and acceptance. Everyone has deep-cleaned their house before a guest arrives only to tell them “sorry about the mess” as soon…

  • Self-Care

    My Self-Care Toolkit; 16 Self-Care Toolkit Ideas

    As you can probably tell, I’ve been on a bit of a self-care binge recently. This sudden investment into my mental health comes partly from the boredom of being stuck in quarantine, and partly because the quarantine has made it an absolute necessity for me to practise more self-care. The other day I talked about how I created the ultimate self-care checklist, and how having a list of daily/weekly self-care goals helps me stay focused and mentally balanced. I even have 70 self-care activity ideas in case I want to switch things up. However, with self-isolation comes a few more down days, and there are times I feel so out of it that…

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