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OCTOBER 2019 MENTAL HEALTH REFLECTION.

Hi guys, As some of you may have realised, I didn't manage to post every single day of #Blogtober... but I thought I would still write a little post if I could about my October mental health reflection. Grab a cuppa, get cosy and let's get nosey into my reflection on this month and my … Continue reading OCTOBER 2019 MENTAL HEALTH REFLECTION.

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OCTOBER 2019 PHOTOS | INSPIRED BY ZOE-MEGHAN BLOGS

Hello my lovelies, welcome back, it's been a while... I tried and failed to complete Blogtober, but I was proud of myself for making 19 posts! Not too bad aye! But, time to get back into the ol' swing of things! Here comes my month in photos... . . . . Brad found me an … Continue reading OCTOBER 2019 PHOTOS | INSPIRED BY ZOE-MEGHAN BLOGS

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BLOGTOBER #19: HOW I SUCCESSFULLY QUIT SMOKING – STOPTOBER.

Afternoon peeps! How are we all? Welcome to post 19 for #Blogtober - can you believe it?! Today I want to talk about how I gave up smoking and my tips to help others through #Stoptober. In 2019, there are an estimated ONE BILLION smokers globally - smoking just under SIX TRILLION cigarettes per year. … Continue reading BLOGTOBER #19: HOW I SUCCESSFULLY QUIT SMOKING – STOPTOBER.

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BLOGTOBER #17: TIPS FOR A STIGMA-FREE HALLOWEEN.

*Trigger warning, mentions to material regarding Halloween that some may find distressing. No images included. Hello, me again! Today marks the 17th post in honour of #Blogtober19, and today I wanted to talk about how to have a stigma-free Halloween. We have made wonderful progress in challenging the myths and negative associations which surround mental … Continue reading BLOGTOBER #17: TIPS FOR A STIGMA-FREE HALLOWEEN.

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BLOGTOBER #16: WHAT IS MY EVENING ROUTINE?

Helloooooo! Welcome to my 16th blogpost for #Blogtober19 - anyone bored of me yet? As I mentioned yesterday in my 'what is my morning routine' post - I have often received compliments on my journey through recovery with my mental disorders, but it hasn't always been a breeze. It is easy to forget the amount … Continue reading BLOGTOBER #16: WHAT IS MY EVENING ROUTINE?

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BLOGTOBER #15: WHAT IS MY MORNING ROUTINE?

Hi guys! Welcome back to my little space on the internet... It's official, today we have surpassed the posting-everyday-for-two-weeks-mark! It is officially day 15 into #Blogtober19! Not bad aye. I often receive compliments on my journey through recovery with my mental disorders, but it hasn't always been a breeze. I think it is easy to … Continue reading BLOGTOBER #15: WHAT IS MY MORNING ROUTINE?

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BLOGTOBER #13: WHAT IS EUPD?

Hey guys! Welcome to my 13th post for this #Blogtober - I'm not doing too bad so far aye! Today's post is surrounding 'emotionally unstable personality disorder' - one of the very first diagnoses I received under CAMHS but only found out about it during university. 'Emotionally unstable personality disorder' is the newer term for … Continue reading BLOGTOBER #13: WHAT IS EUPD?

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BLOGTOBER #11: MY FAVOURITE BLOGGERS.

Hi guys! Welcome to my 11th post for Blogtober - today I have created a list of bloggers which I have been loving recently... #1 CHARLOTTE: twitter  blog instagram Charlotte has to be one of the kindest bloggers I have had the pleasure of meeting in this blogging journey! She is dedicated to raising awareness … Continue reading BLOGTOBER #11: MY FAVOURITE BLOGGERS.

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BLOGTOBER #10: WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY 2019

** TRIGGER WARNING: This post contains informational references to suicide and self-harm rather than explicit description. Some readers may be reminded of their own experiences. If you need to talk to someone, I have produced a list of resources here. ** As I'm sure almost all of you are aware, mental health problems can happy … Continue reading BLOGTOBER #10: WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY 2019

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BLOGTOBER #9: MY REASONS TO STAY ALIVE.

Hello, lovelies! Here is post number nine for #blogtober19 - my reasons for staying alive. Blogtober has been my first opportunity to talk about something other than mental health, but I still want to make sure the main focus is around it. Always. I still want to spread as much awareness as I can surrounding … Continue reading BLOGTOBER #9: MY REASONS TO STAY ALIVE.

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BLOGTOBER #8: USEFUL BLOGGING HABITS TO FORM.

Hey guys! I present to you all, the 8th post I have created for #Blogtober19 - a list of (hopefully) useful blogging habits to form. Now, I don't claim to be the most successful blogger by any stretch of the imagination. But, these are some of the things which allow bloggers, like me, to get … Continue reading BLOGTOBER #8: USEFUL BLOGGING HABITS TO FORM.

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BLOGTOBER #7: HOW TO BE PRODUCTIVE ON A ‘DOWN DAY’.

Hi! How're things? It's time for number 7 in my #Blogtober19 series! This time, I have created a simple list of ideas we can all try on those days when everything just seems impossible. So, in no particular order... #1 Throw yourself a full-on pity party, but there are two conditions. 1, it has to be short. … Continue reading BLOGTOBER #7: HOW TO BE PRODUCTIVE ON A ‘DOWN DAY’.

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BLOGTOBER #6: THINGS I LOVE ABOUT OCTOBER.

Hey guys! How're things? Here is my 6th blog post for #Blogtober19 - a list of things I love about October... #1... The colder weather. #2... The changing colour in nature. #3... Big, chunky, cosy jumpers. #4... The darker evenings. #5... Tasty, themed hot drinks. #6... Cosy nights in whilst it rains outside. #7... Halloween. … Continue reading BLOGTOBER #6: THINGS I LOVE ABOUT OCTOBER.

BLOGTOBER #5: MY AUTUMNAL BUCKET LIST 2019.

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Hello, lovelies! Here is my 5th blog post for #Blogtober19 - a bucket list of all the things I'd love to do this autumn! I've tried to make this list as realistic as possible, so I have more of a chance to actually achieve them, so you might think they're pretty boring! 1. I want to... … Continue reading BLOGTOBER #5: MY AUTUMNAL BUCKET LIST 2019.

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BLOGTOBER #3: SEPTEMBER 2019 MENTAL HEALTH REFLECTION.

Hello, me again! Today's blog post is the 3rd of my #Blogtober19 challenge - and classic addition to my blog - my mental health reflection of September. Grab a cuppa, get cosy and let's get nosey into my reflection on this month and my mental health... As I mentioned in my August MH reflection, things … Continue reading BLOGTOBER #3: SEPTEMBER 2019 MENTAL HEALTH REFLECTION.

BLOGTOBER #2: SEPTEMBER 2019 PHOTOS | INSPIRED BY ZOE-MEGHAN BLOGS

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Hello, lovelies! Today's blog post is the second to be inspired by the wonderful Zoe Meghan and her 'favourite photos from...' series as well as my second for #Blogtober! I really enjoyed this idea last month, so I've done another! Check out her wonderful original series here. Here comes my month in photos... . . . … Continue reading BLOGTOBER #2: SEPTEMBER 2019 PHOTOS | INSPIRED BY ZOE-MEGHAN BLOGS

WHAT MOTIVATES ME IN MY RECOVERY?

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Hi all, I've made it no secret in my recent posts that life has hit me pretty hard recently. I have struggled to stay motivated in my mental health recovery. Things are beginning to improve oh-so-slowly, so I've decided to create a list to remind myself of all the wonderful things I am grateful for and my … Continue reading WHAT MOTIVATES ME IN MY RECOVERY?

MENTAL HEALTH AND UNIVERSITY SERIES: PART TWO.

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Hi all, Only just... shy of a year later than I originally planned to post this BUT ta-da, here it is! The second post in my Mental Health and University series! Grab a cuppa, get comfy, it's gonna be a long one... This post is dedicated to depicting my own personal journey throughout my undergraduate studies. … Continue reading MENTAL HEALTH AND UNIVERSITY SERIES: PART TWO.

100 CELEBRITIES AND THEIR MENTAL HEALTH.

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Hi all, It can be really hard to talk about what's happening to you and how you feel about it, but someone else breaking the ice can help. It is a topic many still feel uncomfortable addressing. However, more and more celebrities are coming forward publicly to speak about their mental health, how they sought … Continue reading 100 CELEBRITIES AND THEIR MENTAL HEALTH.

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50 BIPOLAR MEMES THAT ARE TOO RELATABLE.

Hi all, Just to make it obvious - bipolar isn't a laughing matter... but memes can be a way to acknowledge there are others out there who know exactly how it feels to live with it. That being said, here are a few of my favourites that are too relatable... 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. … Continue reading 50 BIPOLAR MEMES THAT ARE TOO RELATABLE.

30 GOOD THINGS WHICH COME FROM HAVING ANXIETY

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Hi all, After all the positive comments I received on my "30 good things about bipolar" post, I've decided to do another -  this time to break the stigma surrounding anxiety. Living with anxiety can be one of the hardest things, it is constant and feels like it never goes away - but I want … Continue reading 30 GOOD THINGS WHICH COME FROM HAVING ANXIETY

WHAT NOT TO SAY TO SOMEONE WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER.

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Hi all, If you've been (un)lucky enough like me to be diagnosed with bipolar disorder, I can pretty much guarantee at some point, one (or more) of these phrases has been said to you... most probably by some a r s e h o l e who has no clue what they're talking about... "You shouldn't … Continue reading WHAT NOT TO SAY TO SOMEONE WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER.

‘JUST BECAUSE I LOOK FINE, DOESN’T MEAN I AM FINE.’ SOCIAL MEDIA AND MENTAL HEALTH.

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Hi all, Using social media has drastically changed the way I perceive my life - my accomplishments, my appearance, my personality traits, my past-times - and I don't mean through receiving hate online. I'm talking about... ...seeing 'someone' in the club or at a festival while you're stuck at home. The 'someone' on a holiday … Continue reading ‘JUST BECAUSE I LOOK FINE, DOESN’T MEAN I AM FINE.’ SOCIAL MEDIA AND MENTAL HEALTH.

TIPS FOR TRAVELLING WITH MENTAL ILLNESS.

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Hi all, Seeing the world is up there with one of the greatest pleasures in life. Planning a trip away should be fun: finding a place to stay, exploring, trying new things, relaxation... but having a mental illness can add unwanted complications, which can make it very stressful. Attitudes to mental illness vary between countries, … Continue reading TIPS FOR TRAVELLING WITH MENTAL ILLNESS.

SUBTLE SIGNS YOU’RE SLIPPING INTO BIPOLAR DEPRESSION.

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Hi all, Living with bipolar is like being on a rollercoaster - all the ups and downs, and twists and turns thrown in. Unfortunately, it's a ride that never stops and you can't get off. It's important to mention, feelings of sadness are something which everyone will experience from time to time. It can be … Continue reading SUBTLE SIGNS YOU’RE SLIPPING INTO BIPOLAR DEPRESSION.

JUNE 2019 MENTAL HEALTH REFLECTION

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Hi all, It's that time where I 'think out loud' again. If May 2019 was the month I filled with friendships, June was the opposite. I just isolated myself. I've found it really hard to be around anyone, even myself most days. To be completely honest, I've really struggled this month. I haven't really told … Continue reading JUNE 2019 MENTAL HEALTH REFLECTION

MY LIFE ON LITHIUM.

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Hi all, For those who know me, or have been kind enough to read some of my other ramblings, you'll know that I manage my bipolar disorder through medication as well as self-care techniques. But one, in particular, has had a huge impact upon my life... Lithium Carbonate.  As it so happens, today is my Lithium monitoring … Continue reading MY LIFE ON LITHIUM.

BIPOLAR RECOVERY IS MORE THAN JUST TAKING YOUR MEDS.

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I'm baaaack! As my first post since taking a break, I feel this topic is pretty relevant. Recovery from mental illness is more than just taking your meds. This resurfaces every time I overcome a difficult situation whilst taking MH medication. There seems to be an idea that the meds 'did all the hard work'. I agree, … Continue reading BIPOLAR RECOVERY IS MORE THAN JUST TAKING YOUR MEDS.

MENTAL HEALTH AND UNIVERSITY SERIES: PART ONE.

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Hi all, I have to be honest, I didn't always find my three years at University a breeze like some seem to. In fact, they were some of the hardest years of my life. Hence why I thought I would create a post (or three), about some of the things I wish I had known … Continue reading MENTAL HEALTH AND UNIVERSITY SERIES: PART ONE.

WHAT DOES RECOVERY MEAN TO ME?

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Hi all, Recovery can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. One thing I wish people were more aware of, is that recovery never really goes the way that you'd expect. I know that when I was struggling, I expected it to be the most empowering, life-changing, personality and thought-altering … Continue reading WHAT DOES RECOVERY MEAN TO ME?

TRUTHS ABOUT BIPOLAR I WISH OTHERS UNDERSTOOD.

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Hi all, *TW self-harm* Right now, 2.4 million people in the United Kingdom are diagnosed with having bipolar disorder. I am one of them. But, not only does it affect all of us, but it also has a huge impact on our friends and family too. It takes roughly about ten and a half years … Continue reading TRUTHS ABOUT BIPOLAR I WISH OTHERS UNDERSTOOD.

THE UNEXPECTED BENEFITS OF BEING SOBER.

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*TW: alcohol, self-harm* Hi all, For those of you who know me in 'real life', you'll know that I decided to stop drinking alcohol several years ago. For some, this is incomprehensible, I am often told that I must be crazy or that I'm boring. But I can honestly say it has been one of the best … Continue reading THE UNEXPECTED BENEFITS OF BEING SOBER.

I USED TO HIDE BEING BIPOLAR, BUT NOW IT’S TIME TO TALK ABOUT IT.

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Hi all, Welcome to my very awkward first post on my blog... try to bear with me... *TW: self-harm* I've been under the care of the mental health system for some time now. It all began with concerns about my self-harm, which had begun years before anyone noticed, but people were starting to worry as I was … Continue reading I USED TO HIDE BEING BIPOLAR, BUT NOW IT’S TIME TO TALK ABOUT IT.