a*TRIGGER WARNING: This post contains informational references to suicide, self-harm rather than explicit description, but some readers may be reminded of their own experiences*. September 10th represents a very important date within the mental health community - because it is World Suicide Prevention Day. Behind every statistic, there is a very real and personal story. Every … Continue reading WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY 2019
Hey guys! I'm back with another addition to my Mental Health and University series - this time, how to prepare for university with a mental illness. If you have recently received your A-level results and are heading off to university in a matter of weeks - congratulations! This is a really exciting time, once you … Continue reading MENTAL HEALTH AND UNIVERSITY: PART THREE.
Hey, lovelies! Today's blog post has been inspired by the wonderful Zoe Meghan and her "favourite photos from..." series. I LOVE this idea, so so much! Check out her wonderful original series here. What are your favourite photos from this month? . . . . Bradley's 23rd birthday meal @ Red Dog Saloon. . . . . My … Continue reading AUGUST 2019 PHOTOS | INSPIRED BY ZOE MEGHAN BLOGS
Hey guys! How are you all? I've been doing a lot of reflection recently and I've come up with a list of things I absolutely need to purge from my life. So, here goes... 1. I am done... with people who just want to compete with me about mental illness. There is no competition. There is no winner. … Continue reading THINGS I AM DONE WITH…
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 motivations for … Continue reading WHAT MOTIVATES ME IN MY RECOVERY?
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. As I've said … Continue reading MENTAL HEALTH AND UNIVERSITY SERIES: PART TWO.
Hey guys! As some of you know from my July 2019 MH reflection, I was referred back to my local CMHT after a whole year of being discharged from services and utilising my own skills to cope without any MH intervention. I went to see my GP as I had been having a real slump … Continue reading MENTAL HEALTH REVIEW ASSESSMENT.
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 help and … Continue reading 100 CELEBRITIES AND THEIR MENTAL HEALTH.
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. 13. 14. … Continue reading 50 BIPOLAR MEMES THAT ARE TOO RELATABLE.
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 to believe there … Continue reading 30 GOOD THINGS WHICH COME FROM HAVING ANXIETY
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 be taking medications, … Continue reading WHAT NOT TO SAY TO SOMEONE WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER.
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 the 'someones' in the club or at a festival while you're stuck at home. The 'someones' on a holiday you couldn't afford to … Continue reading ‘JUST BECAUSE I LOOK FINE, DOESN’T MEAN I AM FINE.’ SOCIAL MEDIA AND MENTAL HEALTH.
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 new places, 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, with … Continue reading TIPS FOR TRAVELLING WITH MENTAL ILLNESS.
If you have read my most recent mental health reflection you'll know that this topic is very close to home at the moment. 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. … Continue reading SUBTLE SIGNS YOU’RE SLIPPING INTO BIPOLAR DEPRESSION.
I'm back! It's been a while... Can you believe we're officially into the second part of 2019, where is the time going?! As I mentioned in my June MH reflection, my mental health hasn't really been at it's best... PALMA DE MALLORCA 2019: I was really grateful to go on holiday at the start of July … Continue reading JULY 2019 MENTAL HEALTH REFLECTION.
Hi! As I always say, it's so important to talk about your mental health, so I thought I would answer these questions and share a bit more about myself. WHAT IS YOUR MENTAL HEALTH ISSUE? Ah, I'm lucky enough to blessed with quite a few diagnoses! In 2010, I was told I have Generalised Anxiety … Continue reading Mental Health Q and A
Hi! This week [25.06.2019] I was extremely lucky to have the opportunity to visit HMP Grendon and HMP Springhill. HMP Grendon is a category B/C prison surrounded by the open prison Springhill. These prisons are situated in Buckinghamshire, near Aylesbury, in the UK. As my mum frequently likes to point out, this was not my … Continue reading MY TRIP TO HMP GRENDON
Hi guys! 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 MH REFLECTION
Hi all! I hope we are all well. Today's post is a bit of a long one. As we are in the midst of June, it's time to talk about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) awareness month. A lot of people right now will be living with PTSD and from the sounds of it, a … Continue reading POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER AWARENESS MONTH 2019
Hi all! I hope you've had a good week. I have been lucky enough to be nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award again! If you missed my 2018 nomination - you can find it here. This is a peer recognition award, where bloggers are recognised by other bloggers and are nominated for spreading joy and … Continue reading THE SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD 2019
Hi guys! I feel like I've really gotten back into the swing of things with this little blog! I've had an idea to post a sort of summary about each month in terms of what happened and how my mental health has been - one, to make sure I'm posting more regularly and two, as … Continue reading MAY 2019 MENTAL HEALTH REFLECTION
Now, this post may seem a little bit peculiar. I've been doing a lot of soul-searching recently and in an attempt to break the stigma of bipolar, I thought I would list 30 'good things' which have come from living with it. I think it is important to reflect on things - it might not … Continue reading 30 GOOD THINGS ABOUT BIPOLAR
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 day so I … Continue reading MY LIFE ON LITHIUM.
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.
Hello again lovelies! It's time for another monthly mental health reflection. 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 July MH reflection, my mental health had been suffering recently and I admitted to you all for the first time … Continue reading AUGUST 2019 MENTAL HEALTH REFLECTION