5 Ways to be Vulnerable and Put Yourself Out There

Vulnerability. A word that, just by looking at it makes us all want to retract back into the sheltering shell that keeps us “safe”. Being vulnerable is scary and uncomfortable, and it isn’t a state anyone likes to remain in for too long. My sister made a valid point to me a few weeks ago […]

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Black Mental Wellbeing Matters Too – Bath Mind

The BLM movement has been fighting for change for the last seven years, inspired by previous civil rights movements and against centuries of continued racial discrimination. Whilst the end is far from near, 2020 has put its foot down and demanded change is made and equality is striven towards. Although this is a vital time, […]

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One Woman’s Pledge to Print 100 Black Children’s Work

“There’s a large gap with literacy rates in comparison with African-American children, some kids go to schools that don’t have the resources. They don’t have access to laptops or the simple necessities.“ Meet Antionette Toni Mutcherson, CEO of BFF Publishing House, Award-winning Author and Tedx speaker, based in the US. Mutcherson has an initiative to […]

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Stop Coining Black Lives Matter a Political Issue

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A quick google search of the word ‘politics’ will bring up Boris Johnson, COVID-19 or another Conservative party member breaking lockdown restrictions. Defined by the Collins dictionary as “Relating to the way power is achieved and used in a country or society”, the term ‘political issue’ has been repeatedly used to describe the Black Lives […]

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COVID-19 Hits US But The Nation’s Biggest Threat Lies Elsewhere

Despite a pandemic on their hands, gun violence and its knock-on effect persists throughout the country. Will America ever relinquish their killing machines? “I’m afraid when I go into public if I accidentally cut someone off in traffic, that a someone will pull a gun on me. It’s a feeling of unease knowing anyone can […]

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White Privilege and Why You Should Use It

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“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – MLK Sixty years have passed since Martin Luther King Jr led the Civil Rights Movement. Yet, in 2020 Black individuals are still fighting for justice and equal […]

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5 Ways to Attain a Better Night’s Sleep – Bath Mind

Sleep is commonly overlooked for its beneficial importance for both mind and body. And acquiring a decent night’s sleep can prove challenging when stress and uncertainty are thrown into the mix – yes, you COVID-19. Although we may be slowly nearing the end, myself and Bath Mind wanted to take this time to highlight ways […]

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A Review: Everyday Calming Rituals by Tania Ahsan

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“Many of us are mired in the past and it isn’t always a comfortable place to be. Using the power of your own voice, step into the present and make it the best experience you can”. If I asked you to list the five senses, you wouldn’t think twice. And if I asked you to […]

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5 Reminders For Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental health awareness has never been so vital given the stress and uncertainty the nation is facing right now. Psychiatrists have warned of a “tsunami” of mental health problems built up during this period of time, with rises in emergency cases and a drop in routine appointments. Whilst this may set the fear of God […]

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5 Steps to Begin Journaling – A Guide

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Lockdown has definitely encouraged us all to embrace self-care, and for me, I’ve progressively dedicated 10 minutes each night to write and reflect on the day just passed. A key part of taking care of yourself and your needs is tuning into your emotions – yes, I know, the last thing you want to be […]

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Working for the NHS During a Pandemic – An Interview With Alex Munro

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On the 23rd of March, Boris Johnson announced the UK would go into lockdown. Shops were to close, events and gatherings were to be put on hold, and the already struggling NHS were about to be put under even more pressure. In today’s blog post, it gives me great pleasure to introduce Paediatric Nursing Assistant […]

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Read This If You’re Anxious About Post-Lockdown

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You may be feeling excited for the day this madness is all over and we can squeeze family and loved ones to the point of suffocation. And you may also be feeling a little apprehensive. And that’s normal. We’ve grown used to a lifestyle that’s significantly steadier than before. We’ve learnt to make time for […]

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Having a Routine During Lockdown Can Make the Difference

Our day-to-day of 9-5, commuting back and forth, five days a week has come to a standstill. And so has our routine and sense of structure. Alarms have become a thing of the past and anything we do outside the realms of our household must be done with the rule of 2 metres. Building and […]

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A Review: Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield

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“There was once an inn that sat peacefully on the bank of the Thames at Radcot, a long day’s walk from the source. There were a great many inns along the upper reaches of the Thames at the time of this story and you could get drunk in all of them, but beyond the usual […]

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Lockdown and the Pressures of the “Summer Body” – Bath Mind

*** DISCLAIMER. This post may contain content that sometimes relates to eating disorder thoughts, behaviours and anxieties around body image*** With restricted access to exercise and significantly higher time spent sat at home, the worries of weight gain are prevalent at the moment. Each year, we all switch up our diets and up our fitness […]

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Lockdown Lifestyle Episode One – Yoga

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Welcome to a new series I will be starting weekly until this lockdown is over! Welcome to “Lockdown Lifestyle”. Each week I will be sharing a change I’ve made in my routine, day-to-day, or more dramatically (yes, you guessed it) lifestyle. To keep me motivated and productive during this time, I’ve decided to take advantage […]

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My Mental Health Journey – Jodie Hoskin, Bath Mind

Meet Jodie Hoskin, Fundraising, Training and Volunteer Coordinator at Bath Mind. In this post, Jodie will take you through her mental health journey, reiterating the importance of speaking out to break the stigma surrounding mental health. Jodie was made aware of her drastic mood changes from a young age, despite a happy childhood. Her teenage […]

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3 Tips For Staying Motivated Whilst Working at Home

Cartridge Save spoke to business leader and CEO of Welbot, Mykay Kamara on how to make working from home a success. Most UK-based offices have been closed due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, leaving employees needing to self-motivate through working at home. It is crucial to consider the possible implications this can bring on mental […]

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7 Tips For Taking Care of Your Mental Health During a Global Panic

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With all advice going against leaving the house, and some countries even on lockdown, it’s more important now than ever to look after your mental health. And before you bat this away with an “I’m fine”, remember that mental health is something we all have and it matters that we all take care of it. […]

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Coronavirus and Anxiety

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So I may be jumping on a bit of a band wagon here but I’m selfishly glad to see I’m not the only one whose mental health is being affected by the surge of media reporting and misinformation regarding coronavirus. From debates of should we self-isolate to carrying symptoms unbeknownst to us, it’s impossible to […]

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Embracing Imperfection in a Society Focused on Perfection

Airbrushed Instagram posts, poached eggs that ooze majestically, and silky blonde hair. In a society keen to embrace individuality, we’re certainly placing too much of our focus on perfection and it’s becoming damaging. Perfection is unattainable in every sense. It’s important to strive for perfection but to accept that it’s simply impossible. Perfection isn’t what […]

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Let’s Talk: The Process of Grief Beyond The 5 Steps

Grief is a funny old thing that no one person will experience it the same way. The length of time the process takes and the coping mechanisms you rely on will vary for each person. Still, losing somebody you love is difficult. What we fail to understand when we’re comforting friends and family is that […]

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My Mental Health Journey – Hannah Roper, Bath Mind.

Meet Hannah Roper, Head of Business Development for mental health charity, Bath Mind. In this post, Hannah will share her mental health journey with you – a reminder that you are not alone. And an essential comforter that the faces behind mental health charities like Bath Mind, have had their experience of mental health struggles. […]

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7 Coping Mechanisms for Preventing and Coping With Anxiety

Around 3 million people in the UK have an anxiety disorder, according to Anxiety UK. Like all things, we all have our good and bad days. A lesson I’ve learnt along the way is to implement certain elements into my day-to-day to manage and prevent anxiety. In this post, I will be sharing those things […]

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10 Things I Learnt In 10 Years

Another decade done and dusted, another one to begin and welcome – granted I only remember about half of my first decade. I started this decade as a 10-year-old, finishing primary school and soon to be heading into the big scary world of secondary school. Since then, I have completed GCSE’s, A Levels, had my […]

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5 Steps To Plan For 2020: A Guide

The end of a decade, and the beginning of another – the perfect opportunity for a fresh start. It won’t be long before small talk and our social media feeds become filled with all things New Years resolutions. This year has been challenging for many of us. You’re probably already thinking of how you want […]

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Let’s Talk: Poor Mental Health Despite a “Perfect” Life

A myth we’re all guilty of believing when it comes to mental health is that a “perfect” and happy life eliminates times of despair. Because, despite having everything you ever wanted, you can still have a hard time mentally and that is completely okay. Described perfectly by Head of Fundraising, Hannah Roper at Bath Mind, […]

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How To Channel Your Anxiety

***DISCLAIMER: I am in no way an expert/professional on this topic. I simply speak from personal experience and research carried out*** After reading Sarah Wilson’s “First, we make the beast beautiful”, my stance on anxiety massively changed for the better. For as long as I can remember, I’ve fought and struggled with anxiety. These consisted […]

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A Realistic Guide To Self-Acceptance

The journey of self-acceptance is more often than not a tricky one for many of us. Ironically, it’s one of the hardest things for us to accept we deserve purely because we hold a strong belief that we aren’t worthy of actually loving and embracing who we are – internally and externally. This is especially […]

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3 Tips To Help Prepare For a Doctor’s Appointment – Bath Mind

This blog post has been written in collaboration with Bath Mind. Reaching out for help is the first step when we’ve been battling mental health troubles, but can equally be the most challenging. From personal experience, I’ve found the fear of attention seeking to be the hardest to rid – despite the fact it’s not […]

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5 Ways To Build an Optimistic Mindset

Optimism is often seen as a ridiculous, sunshine and rainbows, point of view that strangely enough, pessimists aren’t a fan of. Whilst optimism focuses on looking at things through a “positivity lens”, optimism is also about being realistic. None of us can be happy and positive 24/7 – it’s not healthy or achievable. Obstacles arise […]

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Getting My Thoughts Together: 3 Organisation Tips – Bath Mind

Organisation can benefit both your mental and physical health. Whilst a clean and clutter-free space can help physical health, it seems all kinds of organisation can impact your mental health. So, what are the benefits? You make room for more sufficient mental energy by ridding worries of forgetting or “procrastinating on an important project or […]

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How To Tackle The Creator’s Block?

Defined as an “interruption of the flow of ideas” by Freepik, the creator’s block is much like writers block where you struggle to come up with new ideas regarding a piece of work or project. I recently read in an article, a comparison that has shifted my mindset completely. It discussed creatives and the block […]

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5 Tips For Adapting To a Busier Life – An Introvert’s “Guide”

Introvert and busy – two words that never coincide. Living a busy life is often associated with constantly going out, socialising and generally having the least amount of time alone as is possible. In other words, an introvert’s nightmare. (Please see disclaimer at bottom of blog post) Without sounding patronising, a harsh reality of life […]

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Does Routine Help Mental Health? – Bath Mind

To-do lists, order, a routine to follow – the things that help keep me on top of my emotions. Stressing about what needs to be done, sleeping in, chaos and avoiding – the things I’m ALSO guilty of doing despite knowing the above. The days where I wake up, get up, make a list of […]

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Don’t Let Society Make You Feel Like Your Body Isn’t Acceptable.

I don’t know about you, but I am frankly fed up of scrolling Instagram, Pinterest, and so on, feeds and seeing the same type of body. It goes without saying that I am by no means one to discriminate any BODY. I just strongly believe each type should be fairly represented and celebrated. For our […]

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20 Things I’ve Learnt in My Short 20 Years of Living

Bare with me. Before you go ahead and read this, I want to make it very clear that I am very aware of my age. I am therefore aware that I haven’t experienced everything life has to offer just yet, but I wanted to share what I have and what it’s taught me so far. […]

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My Mental Health Journey: What Worked and What Didn’t – Bath Mind.

Today, I am deciding to share my mental health journey. I’m doing this because I know myself, reading other people’s stories and knowing I wasn’t alone was incredibly beneficial. Writing for Bath Mind has enabled me to do what I’ve wanted to do for a good year and a half – help people with their […]

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Why Nothing In Life Is a Waste Of Your Time

“I just wish I hadn’t bothered wasting my time”- are words majority of us will say or have said at some point in our lives. It’s frustrating and disheartening when you put a lot of time and effort into something- a job, person, project or other- for it to not work out as you’d planned. […]

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The Mental Health Problems We Need To Destigmatise – Bath Mind

Last week I met with staff at one of three Bath Mind care homes (all situated in Bath and Wiltshire) for residents with mental health problems. Situated on Lower Oldfield Park, the home provides 24-hour care for people with long term mental illnesses. Whilst there aren’t any time restrictions from said moving in date, the […]

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Has Brexit Influenced An Increase In Racism?

“We go into schools and young people say to us “why can’t we be racist when the American president is a racist?” Has Brexit encouraged racist attitudes? Police report figures have shown “a double of hate crime within the UK” in five years. With the ongoing issues of Brexit and islamophobia it seems “we’ve gone […]

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5 Reminders For Mental Health Awareness Week – Bath Mind

In England, 1 in 6 people will report experiencing a mental health problem in a week, according to Mind. Run by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week takes place this week (13-19 May). It’s main aim is to raise awareness of mental well-being and mental health problems. Whilst it’s important to stay aware […]

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A Reminder To Love Yourself Unconditionally – Flaws and All.

We human beings are a fan of giving out love but abandoning the person who needs our love the most – ourselves. And yes, I’m sure you’re already cringing but please stick with me. For me, this year has been a huge journey of self-acceptance and self-love. Two areas that tie in together nevertheless two […]

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How You Can Help a Loved One With Bipolar Disorder

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The moods and behaviours of a loved one with Bipolar Disorder can be distressing to witness as well as challenging for them to experience. Although the notion sounds easier said than done, dealing with the illness requires acceptance and the willingness to keep learning. The challenge often lies in finding a balance between encouragement and […]

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