Life Works in Peculiar Ways – A Realistic Update

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I like to keep things positive on my blog, after all it is a space for promoting wellbeing and better mental health. But, equally I wouldn’t be staying true to my brand if I didn’t also touch on the harsher elements of my own life which essentially ARE a part of life for all of […]

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7 Ways to Practise Kindness To Yourself – Bath Mind, World Mental Health Day 2020

After a chaotic year filled with experiencing a pandemic for the first time and adapting accordingly, mental health support has grown in demand. Bath Mind have been working all year round to provide mental health support from community services to crisis telephone support. In this year’s World Mental Health Day they are celebrating better mental […]

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A Review – A Weekend Away at Burnbake Lodges

After returning from a long weekend away at Burnbake Lodges in Wareham, Dorset, I have decided to share our wonderful experience. Our stay was out of this world and I cried all the way home (this isn’t uncommon for me when it comes to the end of a holiday…) Due to COVID-19 and the thorough […]

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The Beginner’s Guide To Building a Mindful Morning Routine

Morning routines are often overlooked for their ability to refresh and prepare you for the day ahead. Many would rather press snooze a couple more times than venture out of the warmth of the duvet to allow time to wake up and feel ready for the day ahead. They continue on with their day, wondering […]

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A Book Review: Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates

“If you don’t try at anything, you can’t fail… it takes back bone to lead the life you want” – Revolutionary Road. Revolutionary Road was a charity shop find, and in all honesty I feel like a massive fraud for not seeking this book out beforehand, nor having heard of it. Admittedly, I was drawn […]

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5 Steps to Supporting Mental Health at Work

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More than 56% of employees have stated they haven’t received any mental health support or training from their employer since March in a survey by mental health organisation, TalkOut. The pandemic has seemingly highlighted how mental health support and awareness in the workplace is lacking. Levels of anxiety and depression have increased as a result […]

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3 Reasons to Take Rejection as Redirection

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Nobody is a fan of rejection, yet it is almost a necessity within the nature of life and its’ funny way of working out. When rejection occurs, it leads you down the false narrative that you are a failure and should quit while you’re ahead. You get down on yourself and you question everything going […]

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A Book Review: Elton John’s ‘Me’

Elton John is renowned for his eccentric ways, including his fashion sense, and ability to simply not give a damn. Whether you are a fan of his music or not, it’s impossible not to find him intriguing at the very least. I happen to absolutely love Elton John and even more so now after devouring […]

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2020 Graduates Face Unemployment and Uncertainty

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It’s a complete cliche, but 2020 has been one tough year for everybody. Many are counting down the days to the 31st of December just to finally rid the chaos that has arisen from COVID-19 and more. With the economy struggling and businesses having to reduce staff and working hours, unemployment is prevalent. As of […]

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A Book Review – The Courage to be Disliked

We all want to be liked, and more so loved. We crave to be accepted into society, whether that’s through the highest positioned job or the amount of following we have online. After facing some hate on Twitter, I searched Amazon on a whim for books on getting over being disliked – dramatic I know! […]

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21 Daily Mantras to Build a Better Relationship With Yourself

They say you are what you eat, but what if we were also the words we speak to ourselves daily? There may be more resources on self-help and bettering relationships with ourselves but we remain in constant search of reassurance whilst being our own worst enemy. Placing reminders on our phones or sticky notes around […]

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Lessons I Learnt About Social Anxiety as an Aspiring Journalist

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Overcoming many battles with social anxiety and deciding I wanted to go to university to study Journalism seemed contradictory to me at the time. “You must be absolutely mad”, I told myself repeatedly. The first step was the easiest for I was yet to face the fear of interviewing a complete stranger – aka putting […]

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Trialling CBD Oil For The First Time – A Review

Since medical marijuana was legalised in November 2018 in the UK, cannabidiol has grown to be a popular option for managing health conditions such as chronic pain, epilepsy, PTSD and other mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. CBD is a non-psychoactive medicine that is extracted from the cannabis plant by steam distillation. A […]

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Tearing Down The Stigma of AntiDepressants With Bath Mind

The stigma surrounding anti-depressants has been ongoing for quite some time. Both in taking them and not taking them. We have unknowingly built up a lot of shame surrounding medication for the mind yet we wouldn’t think twice about taking morphine to ease the pain of a broken arm. Since the age of 17, I […]

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A Review – The Existence of Amy by Lana Grace Riva

We’ve thankfully grown better at conversing about mental health in recent years. But how much do we fully understand about the different illnesses? In the book ‘The Existence of Amy’, Lana Grace Riva takes the reader on a journey to recovery with main character Amy. Amy faces a daily battle against OCD and depression, but […]

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How Simulation Could Transform the University Experience for the Better

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2020 has seen a surge in use of technology, with COVID-19 forcing many to work from home and Zoom calls becoming a daily occurrence. Never has an application shaped society more than it has this year, and with a second wave predicted to hit the UK according to Johnson, technology use could become even more […]

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A Book Review – Great SEXPECTATIONS

“We may be “sexperts” but our expertise is in what society is telling us we should want, and most of us have very little expertise in discovering and communicating what we actually want”.  Sex is very much a taboo subject in society, though thankfully we’ve become better at addressing the fact that it’s purpose isn’t […]

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The Powers of Daydreaming

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As my primary school teacher introduced what I like to call complex maths (anything beyond division, multiplication, adding and subtracting) my mind drifted off into the world of contemplation. What I was thinking I couldn’t tell you but the fact that my mind was focused elsewhere was true. I envisioned what I’d be having for […]

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COVID-19 Highlights Factors of Structural Racism That Put Latino Communities at Risk

Crowded housing, air pollution and occupational factors may be putting Latinos at higher risk of COVID-19 in the US. A newly-released study has confirmed the beliefs we’ve had for quite some time. Structural racism is still prevalent and its’ factors have put Latino communities in the United States at high risk of COVID-19. Lead author […]

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How Plants Benefit and Help Mental WELL-BEING

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Indoor plants have become an Instagram aesthetic and a way to spice up simplistic spaces. Yet, their role has rooted in many people as a means of helping mental health. Rightly so, research has shown that indoor plants may reduce “psychological and physiological stress”, says Nutritionist and botanical medicine expert Rick Hay for the Metro. […]

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Why We Should Quit Associating Social Anxiety With Immaturity

“If I tell you my order, would you mind going to the till for me?” Those words have fallen from my mouth several times in the past and still do occasionally. Avoiding social interaction with strangers has become somewhat of a skill of mine. Self-scan is my best friend and shopping lists a necessity. My […]

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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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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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Answering Your Questions – August 2020

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At the end of July, I set up an Agony Aunt section on my blog. For as long as I can remember I’ve had a passion for helping those around me and doing what I can to make a difference. I will be answering questions on a monthly basis. Thank you to those of you […]

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