“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 … Continue reading Has Brexit Influenced An Increase In Racism?
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 … Continue reading 5 Reminders For Mental Health Awareness Week – Bath Mind
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 … Continue reading A Reminder To Love Yourself Unconditionally – Flaws and All.
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 … Continue reading Baby Steps To Happiness
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 … Continue reading Forget The Should’s and Live Your Life…
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 … Continue reading Words Written – I Often…
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 … Continue reading Introducing Friends in Need – Bath Mind.
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 … Continue reading Boycott Body Expectations, For ALL Genders.
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 … Continue reading Introducing Open Opportunites – Bath Mind.
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 … Continue reading I Have Good News…
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 … Continue reading Intimidation In The Street – Stop Harassing.
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 … Continue reading Why You Need To Find a Peaceful Place
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 … Continue reading 2019 Resolutions: Self-Acceptance.
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 … Continue reading Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019.