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
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
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,
***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
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
This year’s mental health awareness day focus is suicide prevention. We understand that this is a sensitive topic and so, in collaboration with Bath Mind, we’ve written this blog post aimed at helping anybody experiencing suicidal thoughts or feelings.
This year’s mental health awareness day focus is suicide prevention. We understand that this is a sensitive topic and so, in collaboration with Bath Mind, we’ve written this blog post aimed at helping those supporting somebody experiencing suicidal thoughts or feelings.
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
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
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
Having the courage to go after what you want can sometimes prove terrifying. Here are my top 5 tips on doing just that.
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
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
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
We’re all very aware of the significant benefits exercise can have on our physical wellbeing. It’s the ONE way to keep fit after all. Research carried out over the last few years has helped us discover the ways in which physical activity can improve our mental wellbeing. More specifically, participating in sport has shown to
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
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.
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
“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.
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
“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
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
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
Happiness. An element of life we all find ourselves constantly chasing. “Once I’m happy, everything will fall into place”. Right? But how do we even define happiness? Is it a destination that we get to or simply a feeling we can all experience? When happiness is seen as achievable rather than something only the special
As are the majority of the posts I write, today’s topic was inspired by what I can only describe as an unnecessary “Gwen stress”. My brain is the biggest fan of over-analysing, overthinking and overdoing. I have a tendency to get in my head and in turn receive negative thoughts as a consequence of my
I’d love to describe this as poetry but the truth is I don’t know what to class this as. To me, these are words that have poured out at 1am from brain to paper… Several of my “pieces” have been dedicated to a special somebody we lost 4 years ago. Some days I miss him
The mental health charity Bath Mind focuses heavily on mental wellbeing and on supporting those that struggle with their mental health. In a few posts prior to this one, I discussed a meet-up group – Open Opportunities. In today’s post, I’d like to introduce another meet-up group run by Bath Mind – Friends in Need. Described
Petite and slim. Tall and muscular. I’m sure you’ve automatically associated those two descriptions with two genders. Body expectations, stereotypes or whatever you want to call it are still a thing. Yes, in 2019. We are still teaching men that they should be big and muscular and women should be small and delicate. Women’s bodies
Bath Mind runs many meet-up groups for individuals with mental health issues. Last week I went to see two for myself -Friends in Need and today’s topic of discussion, Open Opportunities. I don’t know about you, but I’ve always had a certain type of idea in my mind regarding meet-up groups. I’ve more often than not
As I made my way down the road, Tiny Dancer by Elton John playing, my Sainsbury’s shopping bag swaying, I tried very hard to keep a huge goofy grin off my face. May I also point out that I was surviving on 3 hours sleep, 2 slices of Nutella on toast and 1 coffee. The
Catcalling, groping and general intimidation. A scenario us females are all too familiar with. Having to consider whether you’re showing too much skin in the Summer. Or believing that it’s your fault that boy groped your bum because of what you were wearing. Before I go on, this is by no means an attack on
Mindful’s ‘What Five Minutes of Silence Can Do for Your Brain’ revealed that a 5-minute time out is crucial for our fast-paced lives. Life, as wonderful as ever, however, often our little “friend” stress likes to creep up on us. With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it’s easy to forget to take a minute
Acceptance. A word so common to us, yet the least used. We’ll happily use the word, yet we’re not comfortable doing what it says on the tin. An absence of self-acceptance can have damaging implications on our mental health, according to Headspace. This was validated by studies that showed “diminished self-acceptance can threaten our psychological
2018 has been one hell of a year, probably one of the best for me in terms of both growth and development. Of course, each year has its ups and downs, and it was far from perfect but what is? AJC wrote how those of us that make the effort to make a new years resolution
Gwen Jones explores poor and unsupported mental health in the working environment. Racking my brains for a physical health reason that could justify not going into work seemed natural two years ago whilst battling a bout of depression and anxiety. My brain struggled to swing my legs out of bed and get up, let alone