I've mentioned before (in fact, see me talk about it in THIS YouTube video), that anxiety as a "feeling" or "emotion" is a totally normal part of life, that you'll all have experienced. It's a side effect of the alert system that kicks our body into action when faced with danger. A lot of the symptoms of anxiety - the heart racing, nausea and breathlessness is caused by adrenaline - which is a hormone that is released to prepare our bodies for physical exertion (i.e. "fight" or "flight").Read More
I know that it's natural to strive for success - passion drives ambition and, if there's something that you're driven by, it's natural to want to make a "success" of it. The point I'd really like to drive home here, is that success does not make someone immune to mental illness and its symptoms. Success is nice, sure, but it doesn't necessarily equals happiness - and until we recognise that, we're going to continue to stigmatise ourselves and others.Read More
It can take a long time for someone to come to terms with a mental illness diagnosis. It’s also difficult to accept how hard it is to access talk therapy and counselling and waiting lists are long. Symptoms can be debilitating and learning to live with them is draining. Finding the right medication and best dosage is a process that can take months or even years. There’s still stigma and judgement and a lack of awareness, meaning that people living with mental illness can be mistreated, even by the people they are closest to.Read More
Dear person reading this letter,
I understand that life can be difficult and I hope that this letter finds you well. There are so many obligations and obstacles in life, it’s absolutely OK to feel exhausted and fed up. It’s to be expected.Read More
So your friend* has Anxiety Disorder (or another mental illness), and you're unsure of how you can help? Step 1 is to make sure that you are being kind and that what you're saying is sending a message of love and support, as opposed to one of criticism and judgement.Read More
There are some posts that are really scary to write/publish, even for someone who writes and talks about mental illness ALL THE TIME. This is one of those posts.
It's so important that people are as open about their bad days as they are about their good - it helps us feel better understood and less isolated.
I couldn't really do what I do, without being completely honest with you.
I wish more than anything that mental health support was available to everyone. Every one of us has mental health, whether or not we’re ill, and learning how to nurture our own is critical because here’s the thing: you can really damage your own mental health by not taking care of it.
The reality is that by neglecting your own mental health, you could potentially make yourself more ill.
I’m not suggesting in any way that you are responsible for your mental illness, that is totally beyond your control - and I really do feel your pain. I am suggesting that you are responsible for your mental health, as far as that there are things you can do to help it along.Read More
I've been very unwell lately, and wanted to give you all a little update on where I'm at emotionally and with my mental health.Read More
Happy Golden Wedding Anniversary to two of the most giving and caring human beings in my life:
My Nana and Grandad.
Between you, you have helped shape me and helped keep my head above water when the tides have been high.
There aren't words that can do you justice, but I'm going to try anyway.Read More
A quick rant about stomach pain.Read More
I really hate birthdays, especially my own. The only birthday I really ever enjoy is Jesus’ tbh.
It’s been a tough time of year for me since mum died. The timed it’s really easy to miss her are the “family times” and she used to make a pretty big deal about my birthday so it kind of hurts a lot that she’s not here to make a fuss anymore.Read More
"Mental Illness". What a weirdly inappropriate term. How is it that people with mental illnesses are still all grouped together like some dysfunctional rabble of lunatics? It's 2018, man. "Mental Illness" shouldn't mean anything more than "illness".
And yet it does.Read More
"How much time exactly do you spend on Tinder?" my Dad's girlfriend asked me, when I was explaining to her why I can't pick up a call if it has No Caller ID. The answer is not very much time at all, actually... I'm in one of my "everyone's a psycho killer" stages, fuelled by lack of sleep and anxiety. I'm around 50% sure that I won't ever find my Prince Charming on Tinder anyway. I think. Oh who needs a Prince Charming when you have a King of Cups in your future?Read More