World Sleep Day 2018 | Let’s Talk About Sleep

It’s World Sleep Day!  We spend 1/3 of our lives sleeping (or attempting to)…so we might as well do it well right? Sleep is kind of big deal and it’s divided into stages – the earlier stages are the deepest and restore us physically, whereas the later stages are believed to help refresh us mentally. We get most of our physical restoration in the first three hours of sleep. Sleep is important for maintaining good mental and physical health yet one in five people in the UK have some difficulty of sleeping. There’s an identifiable link between sleep problems and

14 Ways To Love Yourself Today

It’s that time of year again…Valentine’s Day. You either love it, or you hate it, or couldn’t really give a shit about it. Valentine’s Day is usually a day of focusing on expressing your love and gratitude for your significant other or other significant people in your life – which is nice. But, when do you ever get a chance to focus on what’s really important? YOU! Valentines day is a day for you.  A day to love yourself and focus on just how amazing you really are (cringe, I know). Self-love is not just a concept or hashtag on twitter

Lloyds’ Mental Health Awareness Campaign 2018

Hopefully by now you’ve managed to watch Lloyds Bank’s mental health awareness campaign launched earlier this year. It’s a shame that it had to take a bank to make an advert like this, but nevertheless I believe it’s a great step in the right direction to encourage more open and direct conversations about these non-visible disabilities.      Lloyds new advert created by Adam & Eve DDB, features a mix of celebrities (such as, Professor Green and Alex Brooker), members of the public and bank employees playing a variation of the sticky-note guessing game “Who am I?”. However, instead of

Blue Monday: Battling The Blues

It’s the third Monday of 2018 and today is considered to be the ‘most depressing day of the year’ – otherwise known as ‘Blue Monday’.   What is ‘Blue Monday’ all about?   Back in 2005, Dr Cliff Arnall coined the phrase ‘Blue Monday’ by formulating various factors, such as poor weather, debt, Christmas ending, failed New Year’s resolutions and low motivation levels. Apparently, these all contribute to a mass ‘depression’ occurring on this very day. Sounds pretty dispiriting right?!   Why I hate ‘Blue Monday’   My reasons are simple: As someone who lives with depression and works with

New Year, Better You? – 18 Ways to Achieve Your Goals in 2018

It’s that time of year again! The time of year where many of us are setting new goals for ourselves in an attempt to improve our lives for the coming year. Some of us may make a promise to change bad habits such as quitting smoking, reducing our alcohol intake (i.e. Dry January), or eating healthier food. Others may make a promise to do something positive, such as giving back to the community, volunteering, joining a gym. Whatever we decide to do, the process of writing a list of New Year’s resolutions is easy. But just how many of us/how

Detox, De-Clutter and Determine Your Life

I haven’t blogged for a while, as I took a much needed break from blogging and social media in general (well not completely but yeah) in order to focus on my studies, work and getting myself better and it has definitely paid off. The burnout and lethargic feeling I was experiencing both physically and mentally over the past few months have inspired this post as a kick-start to me blogging regularly again as I feel like it’s something we should all do, regardless of how much or little we have going on in our lives. How many times have we either

Life: Surviving or Thriving? | Mental Health Awareness Week 2017

It’s Mental Health Awareness month and we are nearing the end of Mental Health Awareness Week 2017: Surviving or Thriving? This year, the Mental Health Foundation took a different stance and focused on good mental health vs. mental ill-health. According to Mark Rowland, the Director of Fundraising and Communications for the Mental Health Foundation – with 18% more cases of depression, mental health problems have been on the rise globally since 2005. As a society, the awareness and focus on the health of our physical bodies continually makes great progress, but what about our mental health? Mental health affects all of us and in the

CANADA | March 2017

In March this year I had the chance to go to Canada to visit my family there. I guess one of the bitter sweet things of having lots of family members is that whilst there are so many of us – we hardly get to meet because the world is so big. So, although it gives me an excuse to travel, I could do with having my family members closer so I can see them often! The last time I went to Canada was about 6 years ago – My Grandma, Auntie and cousins live in Hamilton, Ontario and I don’t get

Faces of Depression: Rwenshaun’s Story

NAME: Rwenshaun Miller AGE: 30* LOCATION: Charlotte, NC* OCCUPATION: Executive Director, Eustress Inc. Therapist* “My life changed when the gun didn’t discharge when I pulled the trigger as the barrel touched my temple during this third attempt. I was diagnosed with Bipolar disorder 7 years prior and did not know how to handle it because I did not understand what it meant.  As a Black man, I allowed fear, ignorance, and ego determine my actions by not pursuing the help that I needed to manage my symptoms and learn how to live with this mental illness. I first experienced symptoms my second year

Faces of Depression Project: Meg’s Story

NAME: Meg Colt AGE: 26* LOCATION: Fernandina Beach, FL* OCCUPATION: Freelance Writer* “My name is Meg, and I have struggled with both anxiety and depression for most of my life. It took me many years to become truly aware of my mental illness, but my first memories of struggling with it go all the way back to my childhood. Looking back now, I presented symptoms of anxiety as early as seven years old, and odds are that was because of the trauma I experienced in childhood. My mother died of cancer when I was five, and after that I spent many years being