Thursday, 15 June 2017

Education: the root of everything

The Mental Health blogging world is a beautifully comfortable place. A place that I have effectively lived in for the past 9 months and l guess, like a baby, you could say that I have been birthed into a new place which I didn't quite realise was so closed minded. Now I find myself wanting to crawl back into the sheltered place of the blogging community. What am I on about you ask. 

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Switch Off

We live in a society that is constantly plugged in and it is incredibly hard to switch off. Our self worth is judged on likes on a picture and the amount of followers we have. Our lives are controlled by this small device which constantly finds itself in our palms. However, it wasn't until I began to get calculating that I realised something shocking. If you spend one hour a day on your phone (which is probably the minimum amount of time that anyone uses their phone for), by the end of the year that is 365 hours spent checking a phone. Divide this number by the amount of hours in a day, 24, and you get 15.2. This is how many days of your life are wasted if you spend an hour a day on your phone, half a month. Imagine all the things that you could do in that time. For starters that is the length of a very nice holiday. 

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Dear Body

Dear Body,

I've already spent 2 decades with you and yet only now am I realising you are the most important thing I own. You are my tool to success and without  you all else fails. But I haven't treated you with the respect you deserve. Since childhood I have been running around and falling. Small scars remain proof of the school playground were my high pitch squeal would fill the air and a huge smile upon my face.

Monday, 1 May 2017

Knife crime: Children to hidden blades

This blog post differs greatly from my previous ones and at first I thought I would have to justify my reasoning for posting this on a mental health blog. However, I came to the conclusion that it is an important topic that needs to be touched upon and that is all the justification needed. 

*This is a post which has undergone a lot of research and all of the links used for research can be found at the end of the post.*

Knife crime is growing and these days BBC news flashes up with another knife crime death in London and whilst we sigh with a brief moment of sadness for the victim we very quickly move on with our lives. That's because London stabbings are becoming a more frequent occurrence (I speak of London as that is the city that I hear most of due to my location in the UK. However, the knife crime capital is actually Cleveland in the North East of the UK). According to the Met Police knife crime has seen an increase of 24% and unless you haven't been checking the news recently, you will know that between April 22nd and April 28th of this year 6 deaths by knife occurred, one of which was believed to be gang related. It is important to pause here for a second as when thinking about knife crime the first thing that springs to mind is that these people must be a part of a gang. However, only one of last weeks stabbings was gang related meaning that the other 5 were just people who were carrying knifes on them. A scary concept as you can never know who is carrying one.

Monday, 24 April 2017

My First Ever Blogger Meet Up

On Saturday I attended my first ever blogger meet up. It was where the online faces that I had spoken to for months became real figures. This post is very different from the other types of posts I write but this experience was a lot more challenging that I expected it to be and so I thought it would be worth writing about.

A few months back the news of a #talkMH meet left me excited at the prospect of finally meeting like minded people who have the same goal as me; to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness. I didn't put any thought into it and signed up to say I was interested straight away. I then got on with life and in all honesty I forgot the meet was happening until the weekend before. Here is where the excitement began. I had organised for a close friend to come with me and everything was set in stone. This was really happening. However, what I failed to think about before was that this meet meant doing two things that I struggle with; getting on a tube and meeting new people. Because whilst in a sense I knew these people this was the first time I was meeting them.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

#imlovingmebecause - Body Confidence

Body positivity and body confidence is something that I haven't really touched upon before but it is something that every single person can relate to. We have all stood in front of that mirror and picked out our flaws. Even the ones no one else notices. Our lives are filled with the perfect images of celebrities bodies on magazine covers, on tv and now on our phones. Their flat stomachs and curves in all the right places, their white teeth and perfect hair make us realise how we don't match up to them and probably never will. Now of course it is clichè to say that it is what is inside that matters (and that really is true) but that doesn't stop us from criticising the outside because at the end of the day it is what we and others see first. If people saw us for our inner beauty we would live in a very different world.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

10 quotes I think everyone should live by

If you follow my Instagram or take part in my twitter chats (#MHChatHour) then you will know that I absolutely love quotes. Pintrest is the place to be for quotes and so I thought I would share some of my favourite quotes with you and why I think you should live by these quotes. These quotes aren't all linked to mental health and recovery as they are quotes that everyone and anyone can live by.