The third January of every month is classed as Blue Monday - statistically, the most depressing day of the year. General reasons for that could be because we’re all a bit down following the Christmas festivities, no one has any money following Christmas and the long run up to payday, and the weather is a … Continue reading Reaching Out to Loved Ones During Lockdown | Brew Monday 2021
It’s been a while since I did an OCD-covid related check-in, so I thought with it being OCD Awareness Week this week, it would be an idea to post one. A lot has happened since my last OCD update - I’ve been getting out a lot more, I’ve seen a few more friends and fam, … Continue reading Anxious Ramblings 6 | Contamination OCD & the Coronavirus Pandemic 3: Surely It Should Be Over By Now?
October is a big month mental health wise. Not only was last week World Mental Health Day, this week is OCD Awareness Week. Spoiler alert: I have OCD. To put it politely, it’s a complete and utter fucking ballache. I’ve written quite a few times now about how my brain works with contamination based OCD, … Continue reading What Is OCD? | OCD Awareness Week 2020
After a bit of a break, The Therapy Diaries is back! While we’re coming up to my most recent brush with my local mental health service, I felt that I wanted to do a post around the journey that led up to it, as it was certainly a stressful one. Of course, my previous experience … Continue reading The Therapy Diaries 5 | Long Waits and Too Many Assessments
Yes, it’s another one of those bloody letter-to-myself-in-the-past posts. Sorry. This was never actually on my content plan for the month, nor was it my intention to write another one of these letters, but if you’ve been listening to Scott Mills and Chris Stark on Radio 1 over the last couple of weeks, you’ll know … Continue reading A Letter To My 10 Year Old Self
I’d like to start today’s post with a massive thank you - I’ve had so many lovely comments from you all on the Therapy Diaries series and it means so much that you’re enjoying it. At times it hasn’t been easy to write, but I’m hoping to raise awareness on the different types of therapies … Continue reading The Therapy Diaries 3 | EMDR
The 18th May 2020 marks the start of Mental Health Awareness Week. A yearly campaign hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, the overall aim is to raise awareness and promote by driving conversations on mental health. Last year, the theme was all about body image. For 2020, the theme is all about kindness, which is … Continue reading Mental Health Awareness Week 2020: Kindness
The 17th February 2020 sees the start of OCD Week of Action - a campaign started by charity OCD Action that asks people to commit to one single action that will have a positive impact on those who live with the condition. When I write about my OCD, I generally do it for one main … Continue reading What’s It Like Living With OCD?
Today is Time to Talk Day. The day where we all take a little time to get a conversation going about mental health. According to Time to Change, mental health affects 1 in 4 of us, yet so many of us are embarrassed to talk about it. Time to Talk Day encourages everyone to start … Continue reading Time to Talk Day 2020: 8 Tips for Talking About Mental Health
Self care is a phrase that we see quite a bit lately. This Psychology Today article defines it simply as you taking care of you. But why is it so important? Mental health charity Mind says that self care techniques, along with general lifestyle changes can help us to manage mental health problems and the … Continue reading 5 Easy Self Care Tips