Living without a biological parent – by choice

Well this is a personal one, isn’t it? You know me: I’ve not been too afraid to air my ‘dirty laundry’ on my blog and I’ve documented my whole mental health experience, therapy, medication, all of it – but somehow this one seems more personal still. It’s a strange subject to bring up – when people hear that your mother isn’t around, they assume that she’s dead. She isn’t dead,… View Post

How mental health affects physical health

I feel like there’s still a bit of a disconnect between mental health and physical health – we know that leading a ‘healthy’ lifestyle can help to improve mental wellbeing: exercise, a balanced diet, mindfulness, yoga. The general idea that maintaining good physical health can help to improve your mental health is pretty well-received and accepted – it seems logical, right? But how does it work the other way around?… View Post

How to talk about mental illness in job interviews

Well this is an interesting one. Earlier this year I did a lot of job hunting. I job hopped quite a bit and couldn’t settle (much to the disapproval of others) but the good thing is that I interviewed a lot. Like, a lot. Now the thing with openly managing a blog that is primarily about mental health, and then later publishing a book on the subject, is that it… View Post

5 ideas for self care that’s more than a bubble bath

First things first, I have absolutely nothing against a bubble bath. I think making time for yourself is really important and a bath can be something that gives you that, but I think self care specifically is more about why you’re having a bubble bath, not the action of having it. For most, having a bubble bath is easy. If we have time. You just put on the taps, wait… View Post

The CPTSD Hangover

Most people know what a hangover feels like. Headaches, dizziness, sickness, a general feeling of grog. Many claim to have their personal ‘cures’ – mine happens to be orange Tango – and if you’re lucky, you’re usually feeling alright again come the afternoon/evening. In my experience though, the only thing my trusty Tango can’t cure is a mental health hangover. Whilst different to your traditional ‘morning after the night before’,… View Post