Looking after your mental health during a pandemic

Living and managing through a pandemic is just not something that I’ve ever thought about. It has literally never crossed my mind. Unfortunately for many, especially those who are immunocompromised or suffering with OCD or health anxiety, we’re in what is essentially a living nightmare. Something that you’ve thought about, considered, perhaps even planned for but that you hoped you’d never have to action – but those with chronic illnesses… View Post

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