How to protect your mental health during the pandemic

There’s probably been hundreds of blog posts and articles written on this topic by now but I thought I’d share what I’m personally doing to protect my mental health at this time. 1. Limiting my media consumption. I don’t have a TV so can’t turn the news on even if I wanted to, but inContinue reading “How to protect your mental health during the pandemic”

Staying at home activities

1. Learning a new language. I’ve been using the Duolingo app for a few years now and it’s good because the lessons don’t take long and you can easily build up a language learning habit in just 5 minutes a day. 2. Baking. I think baking your own bread is one of the most usefulContinue reading “Staying at home activities”

Travel, mental health, and me

I’ve tended to steer away from writing about personal subjects on my blog lately, but for World Mental Health Day I want to write about travel and the impact it’s had on my mental health. This year I’ve travelled more than usual and even lived abroad for a couple of months. After a couple ofContinue reading “Travel, mental health, and me”

Staying sane

I’ve found the past twelve months pretty tough going. In the post I wrote for World Mental Health Day last year, I talked about my history with anxiety and depression. At the time, I thought I was on a fairly even keel. I didn’t know that in the next year I was going to faceContinue reading “Staying sane”

Letter to my eighteen year old self

I’ve been having regular therapy sessions for the past couple of months. They’re funded by the NHS, so the amount of sessions I get is limited to six. In order to make the most of the time, I’ve been writing my thoughts and feelings down and bringing my writing to the sessions. I feel it’sContinue reading “Letter to my eighteen year old self”

Making amends

Karma means that all actions have consequences. Grace means that in a moment of atonement -taking responsibility, making amends, asking for forgiveness – all karma is burned. (Marianne Williamson) I’ve been thinking a lot this morning about forgiveness, and making amends for past mistakes. I’ve found the past couple of months really difficult emotionally and,Continue reading “Making amends”

So I got a semicolon tattoo

My friend Jacqui and I had been talking about getting semicolon tattoos for about a year. For me, the idea always felt kind of vague; something I’d talk about but never actually do. Somewhere in the last couple of months, I’d made the transition in my mind from considering it as a possibility, to activelyContinue reading “So I got a semicolon tattoo”

World Mental Health Day

Today is World Mental Health Day, and while I think that any day is a good day to talk about mental health, today is especially important because it’s all about raising awareness and having a discussion about what mental wellbeing means. My story is something I’ve written about in bits and pieces on this blog,Continue reading “World Mental Health Day”

Self-care activities I have done today

It’s really important to look after ourselves. I’ve had a particularly busy couple of months (two weddings and a hen do, among other things) and because I’m an introvert I find a lot of social events very draining. So today I’ve been focusing on the things I need to do to take care of myself.Continue reading “Self-care activities I have done today”