• Self-Care

    Beautiful Mental Health Quotes From Literature

    If you’re a bookworm like me or love a meaningful mental health quote, you’ll love this list of my favourite mental health quotes from literature. I used to be your stereotypical Tumblr-obsessed 16-year-old. I treasured a huge collection of angsty, depression-inducing picture quotes, most of them about giving up on happiness or being unable to drown my demons. Yep, I was your stereotypical emo kid, right down to the floppy side-fringe. I liked those quotes because I could relate to them and in a way they made me feel less alone. However, I was also an impressionable, volatile teenager who would think herself into depression on a daily basis –…

  • Self-Care

    Things To Remember If You’re Feeling Ugly

    So, you feel ugly. There are a million reasons why you might be feeling ugly today. Maybe you recently got cheated on. Maybe you’re scrolling through Instagram and can’t help comparing yourself to that airbrushed model or friend who always looks good. Maybe a new spot on your chin is giving you a low self-esteem day. Or, maybe, you just feel ugly and always have. Girl, I know exactly how you feel. I was a teenage girl with albinism, nystagmus and a severe case of acne. Not to mention the Harry Potter glasses! Yeah, I got bullied mercilessly throughout high-school to the point where I couldn’t look in the mirror…

  • Anxiety

    Overcome Social Anxiety With This Social Anxiety Challenge

    So, the whole quarantine thing really came at a pivotal time for me in terms of my social anxiety. Four months before it happened, I made the totally rushed and nonsensical decision to go to Australia and do the whole backpacking-hostel-party-life thing. Yes, me. In a hostel. With people. Constantly. I’m not going to lie, I kind of hated every dread-filled, anxiety-inducing second. At the same time, it also taught me a bunch of important life-lessons and did absolute wonders for my social anxiety. I still didn’t particularly enjoy being around a bunch of people day-in-day-out with no room to breathe – but I was definitely getting used to it.…

  • Self-Care

    8 Life-Changing Hobbies For Depression

    We often don’t fully understand just how important hobbies are for our mental health until we have depression. I suffered from depression for over ten years, so I am well-acquainted with the ‘what’s the point’ mindset. I have endured long periods of hopelessness where I lacked the motivation to do anything other than sleep. I’ve also indulged in my fair share of unhealthy, self-destructive coping mechanisms, which completely destroyed my ability to find pleasure in life’s little things. These hobbies for depression are low-effort and cost-effective, with most of them being scientifically proven to reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety, stress and insomnia. This is because participating in healthy hobbies fights…

  • Anxiety,  BPD,  Depression

    My Guide To Managing Multiple Mental Illnesses

    I’ve been managing multiple mental health illnesses ever since I was a teenager. My borderline personality disorder has been there ever since I can remember, lurking in the shadows and silently poisoning every aspect of my life. My depression was the first to be diagnosed though, obtrusive waves of sadness that turned into debilitating, suicidal despair. The anxiety came later, disguised as introversion until I tried to cure it with recreational drugs. Every single day, depression, anxiety and BPD try their best to inconvenience me into a mental breakdown. Managing multiple mental illnesses is hard. Like, really hard. For the first 10+ years of my mental health journey, I was…

  • BPD

    Embracing The Positive Things About BPD

    I’m not going to lie, my last post about how much I hate BPD felt like a bit of a character assassination. To cheer myself up, I decided to write a post about some of the positive things about BPD. Yeah, OK. So I had to dig a little deep. But I got there in the end. BPD is one of the most misunderstood mental health disorders today, and there are a lot of negative stereotypes surrounding it. ‘Crazy,’ ‘abusive’ and ‘manipulative’ are amongst some of the most common and hurtful stereotypes identified by Sonny Jane over on The Mighty. BPD is even portrayed negatively in the media (I mean,…

  • Anxiety

    Social Anxiety and Alcohol; a Dangerous Cocktail

    While cannabis was the drug that really spiralled my social anxiety out of control, the initial trigger for me was alcohol. Using alcohol to cope with social anxiety can feel like the solution to all of your problems. All you want is to feel confident, uninhibited and interesting, which is exactly what alcohol provides. However, using alcohol to cope with social anxiety is an unhealthy coping mechanism that can quickly lead to addiction. 20% of social anxiety sufferers also have an alcohol addiction or dependency. My relationship with social anxiety and alcohol has been a turbulent one. Alcohol has significantly affected my mental health issues, from violently aggravating my borderline…

  • 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 your stereotypical angsty 16-year old, convinced that my depression was incurable and I was stuck this way forever ‘just because’. CAT couldn’t cure me. CBT couldn’t cure me. Medication seemed to have 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 that mindfulness is so much more than that! There are numerous benefits of mindfulness for mental health, and it is…

  • Self-Care

    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…

  • Self-Care

    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 it. 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 happiness…