Are We Supposed to Hate Work?

There are a great many people who think that they are supposed to hate their work. That “work is work” and therefore it’s not enjoyable; it’s just a sad part of life because we all need money. But is this true? Is this the right way to think? People with this mindset upset me. They…

Why Rewatching “Community” Was What I Needed Right Now

Over the last few weeks, I’ve rewatched the comedy show Community which is set in a community college. Seven misfits are brought together in their studies and the show explores their mental health, life choices, identity, relationships, flaws, and futures while on whimsical, ridiculous college-based adventures. I’ve not been in the best place so far…

Worrying About Depression Returning

If you’ve been depressed before, it’s likely that you’re like me and you worry about becoming depressed again. Time and time again, you over-analyse how you feel and worry that the depression is coming back, or maybe it’s here, or maybe it never left. Stop. Breathe. This post is just as much for you as…

My 5 Life Confessions

I’m a bit lazy I’m hardworking and a trier, this is true. But I’m also lazy. If people ever want to “do things” I often can’t be bothered to. This is why I’m unfit. This is why I’m socially inept (among other reasons). I’d just rather stay sat on the sofa or lying in bed….

Ways to Love Yourself This Valentines Day

Self-love should be at the top of all of our to-do lists every day of the year, but in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, here are some tips on how to love yourself this loved-up season.   Pamper session Having a good pamper session is great for a Sunday evening, as part of a weekly…

Stop Underappreciating Writers!

Books That book that you will read in a week or a month took years to get to a place that was ready for an agent. Then spent years (at times) with an agent before it got to the publishers. Then years with the publishers before it got to the shelf that got it in…

Time to Talk Day

#TimetoTalk Day 2019: Talking about my social anxiety and experiences with depression has been one of the most helpful parts of my recovery and coping. Back when I thought it was this dark secret, it ate at me from the inside. It isolated me. It hurt me. It told me that I would never be…

What to Say to Someone Struggling with Their Mental Health

When I say “struggling with mental health,” I don’t just mean “mental illness“, as someone can suffer from poor mental health without having a diagnosed (or diagnosable) illness. Mental Health and Mental Illness are two different things, though linked; much in the same way as Physical Health and Physical Illnesses or Disabilities. Firstly, there is no…

List of Alternative Therapies for Mental Health

Traditional therapy may not be for everyone, I know, so here are some alternatives. Some of these are real, recognised forms of therapy to help treat mental illness or better mental health in general; others are therapeutic exercises or activities that many find beneficial to their mental health.   Holistic therapy This is just a…

Rethinking the Strong Female Character

It is great that nowadays we are seeing more female heroes in books, film, and TV. However, I don’t think (and many agree) that the strong female character is actually doing what it’s supposed to do. Let me explain. A strong female character is supposed to show young girls, and even women, that they can…