I was in a slump. A big one. The only thing to blame was myself. Why? Because I had the audacity to doubt myself. I doubted my ability, I doubted my choices, and I doubted my strength. I do this almost monthly but this time it had a lasting effect. I didn't read or write … Continue reading Remember That You Once Dreamed Of Being Where You Are Now
Two weeks ago, I had objected to being forced to marry a man I did not love. I was now about to face a court to defend an innocent stranger against the heir of the most powerful family at Court, all because I had refused to give myself the chance to marry for love. All … Continue reading Chapter Eight: Reputation and Life
So, as some of you may be aware, I am currently enjoying my holiday in the South of France. Today I took a trip to Cannes, a famed location for les artistes. Among the luxury of designer shops, seafront hotels, and lines of yachts, was a certain ambience. For some reason, whenever I visit the … Continue reading A Day Out In Cannes (for a writer and stationery addict)
I recently finished reading The Belles and came across an interesting concept - that our novels can come from somewhere deeper. They can come from our personal 'monsters'. Clayton tells us that The Belles was conceived from her adolescent struggles to understand something I doubt we will ever have the answer to; what is beautiful? … Continue reading What’s Your Monster?
Psychosis is something we hear a lot about, especially in the context of schizophrenia or when labelling people as 'crazy', or more obviously, 'psycho'. Do you know much about what it means to experience psychosis and what a psychotic episode might involve? Spoiler alert: it isn't split personality disorder Symptoms of psychosis Hallucinations Delusions Disordered … Continue reading So, what is Psychosis?
This Mental Health Awareness Week you will have most likely seen a lot of statistics thrown around (such as here). In case you need a refresher, here are three key ones: 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem in their life. 1 in 6 people in the UK are experiencing a mental … Continue reading 6 Ways to Support Someone Who is Struggling
If you've got as far as the title of this post, you're doing great. Accepting that we are struggling and voicing it is the first, and often hardest, step to doing something about it. It can seem impossible to find somebody who understands or knows how to help you. We can be surrounded by the … Continue reading I’m Struggling With My Mental Health, What Do I Do?
1. Turn your phone off We live in a world of smart phones, social media, and instant gratification. With this comes pressure, anxiety, and a complete intolerance of uncertainty. When things are getting to you and you are feeling overwhelmed, sign off. Stop scrolling through everybody's filtered and flawless insta feeds, mute your notifications, and … Continue reading 5 Self-Care Methods That Won’t Break the Bank
Today is the first day of Mental Health Awareness Week here in the UK (this year's theme being Body Image), and is also the beginning of the third week of Mental Health Awareness Month in the US. It is also Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Month and Stress Awareness Week, that's a lot of awareness! Click … Continue reading Mental Health Awareness Week
As you may have heard, this month is Mental Health Awareness Month. It is also Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Month. They have neatly coincided to allow us to raise awareness and be more informed about one of the most complex, and often misunderstood, mental illnesses. So I thought that I would shine a light on … Continue reading So, what is BPD?