“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
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
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
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
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
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
“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
*** 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
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
“This will definitely be a book that I come back to time after time as a guide for feeling good during difficult periods of my life, which are of course inevitable”.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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 those supporting somebody 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 anybody 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
With the UK in lockdown due to COVID-19, the amount of information we are consuming is increasing. Add some further time onto that with the accessibility of social media and it’s no wonder many of us have been feeling overwhelming. Although social media is a great asset for staying in touch with those around you,
I’ll be the first to admit this lockdown, quarantine, or self-isolation – take your pick – is CHALLENGING. It’s hard to stay optimistic and motivated when the road ahead feels so long and that’s okay. We will all have wobbles and feelings of frustration during the next few weeks. The one good thing about this