MHAW16 (Day 7): The Most Important Type of Relationship

“Nobody can make you happy and you can’t make anyone else happy until you’re happy with yourself first.” The most important relationship you should have is the relationship you have with yourself. There’s only so far we can go with putting the needs of others before ours. Some of us may be so occupied with caring for others or the realisation of being ‘alone’ can scare you and you prefer to distract yourself by keeping yourself surrounded by people. But an important thing to remember is that you have to create your own happiness or satisfaction first before you can

MHAW16 (Day 6): Improving Your Relationships

Relationships take effort and if you want and appreciate your friends/partner, you too are also responsible for maintaining a healthy friendship/relationship. “Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it’s all over.” – Octavia Butler Make time for your relationships. Sometimes, we may not have the time to physically see them as often as you’d like or previously used to. That’s life, things change and situations

MHAW16 (Day 5): Destructive Relationships

A healthy relationship with your friends, family or partner can allow you to grow, flourish and can have an important impact on your wellbeing. However, there is a dark side to relationships and being vulnerable in some relationships or being in contact with the wrong people can allow us to be victims of any type of abuse. Abuse can come in the form of obvious physical abuse to very subtle and long-lasting emotional abuse. Any kind of abuse can be equally as destructive to the individual. Therefore, it is important for our wellbeing to recognise the signs and do all we can to take

MHAW16 (Day 4): Romantic Relationships

 Being in a relationship with someone else is also another important type of relationship that can have an important impact on our wellbeing. Being in love with someone can take you on a ridiculously wild emotional ride and can either make or break us – if we allow it. Having recently gone through a break-up, writing a post about romantic relationships was well overdue. So this post is an attempt to share my thoughts on the highs (but mostly the lows) of being in an intimate relationship. Moreover, this is like a reminder to myself to keep going, tips I wish I would

MHAW16 (Day 3): The Importance of Family

A relationship with your family is often the first and most enduring type of relationships we have. Family isn’t just the people who live together in the same house for a significant amount of our lives, but the people who are connected together by a strong bond and share experiences; creating good memories (marriages, births) and surviving through the bad (family feuds, deaths etc.). Some of us are lucky to have big families with many aunties, uncles, cousins etc. and some of us don’t, but I think what is most important is the bond that families have. Families should be an vital source of emotional

MHAW16 (Day 2): Friendships

Whether it’s at school, college, University or work – at some point in our lives we’ve experienced the highs and lows that friendships bring. During these life stages I’ve learned a thing or two about friendship- what it is, what it isn’t and the value and power it has on our wellbeing and our lives as a whole. “Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief.” – Cicero It’s not about HOW MANY friends you have, it’s about WHO you have In this generation, social media (i.e., Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.) is

MHAW16 (Day 1): Relationships

It’s the start of Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) and the theme this year is: Relationships! From the 16th – 22nd May I will be discussing various issues on relationships to raise awareness around mental health and wellbeing and support the Mental Health Foundation in their annual campaign. “When ‘I’ is replaced with ‘We’ even illness becomes wellness”- Malcolm X Whether it’s with your friends, family, partners or acquaintances, relationships are such an important part of our lives but sometimes we can forget just how important they are. It’s clear that the Mental Health Foundation has chosen to focus on relationships