Stress Awareness Month 2018: Stress Management

It’s the final day of April, which means this is the final day of Stress Awareness Month. Over the past month, I’ve released the following posts: Week 1: ‘An Introduction to Stress‘: The types of stress (i.e. distress vs. eustress). Week 2: ‘The Effects of Stress on The Body‘: The physiological, mental and emotional impacts of stress. Week 3: ‘Stress & Work‘:  The causes of stress and coping with stress at work/university. Although there are things that can be done to prevent stressful situations from occurring in the first place, it may not always be possible to change a stressful situation.

Stress Awareness Month 2018: The Effects of Stress On The Body

In honour of Stress Awareness Month, this post is the second of the 4 week series all about stress. In the first post: ‘An Introduction to Stress‘, the types of stress (i.e. distress vs. eustress) were introduced. This week, I’ll be focusing on the short-term and long-term effects of stress. Stress can impact us in many ways: physiologically, emotionally, mentally, behaviourally,  socially etc. I’ll be focusing on the physiological and the emotional impacts of stress. Physiological Effects of Stress Flight or Flight Response The Flight or Flight response is our body’s response when we feel a strong emotion like fear

Stress Awareness Month 2018: An Introduction To Stress

Happy Easter 2018! We are officially beginning the second quarter of 2018…already. It’s April 2018, which means it’s ‘Stress Awareness Month’. In honour of Stress Awareness Month, I’ll be releasing four weekly blogs all about stress: the causes, the effects and ways to reduce stress in various aspects of our lives. Stressful Stats Stress problems are very common. Being “stressed out” is considered a universal human experience that affects almost everyone at any one point in their lives. In January 2018, Forth conducted a survey to gather some facts about stress levels across the UK. They found that: 85% of UK adults

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