New Year Resolutions: positive & healthy

New Year Resolutions are often short-lived and meaningless. However, I think having targets is extremely beneficial in life - if you aim for the moon, then you'll land in the stars. I set goals constantly and having a clear image of what I want to achieve keeps me determined. Although, my love for meeting targets… Continue reading New Year Resolutions: positive & healthy

The Real Christmas Miracle: Depression Recovery

Last Christmas, I was battling very severe depression and it took all my strength to get through each and every day. I felt terrified at the thought of my family coming over for Christmas dinner because I just didn't want to socialise - I didn't think I actually could. But it was Christmas  so instead… Continue reading The Real Christmas Miracle: Depression Recovery

Sectarianism & Mental Health

An eye for an eye would make the whole world blind and this is exactly how the problems between Celtic and Rangers have escalated to this dangerous point. In the light of Leigh Griffiths' break from football, due to mental health issues, there has been some revolting messages regarding him on social media. When these bullies are challenged… Continue reading Sectarianism & Mental Health

Cocaine, Young Males & Depression

In 2017, 6213 people committed suicide in the UK and alarmingly, the suicide rate in Scotland for young males has been rising year upon year. Furthermore, death by drug overdose in Scotland has exponentially increased throughout the past 5 years. And whilst more and more people die from suicide or from abusing drugs, little is… Continue reading Cocaine, Young Males & Depression

Getting Straight As and Being Mentally Healthy

I never cram, stay late in the library or forgo self-care to get good marks but I got straight As and I do well at University. I have always been highly motivated and good at balancing my time; studying has never been an issue for me. However, seeing how stressed out my friends are prompted me… Continue reading Getting Straight As and Being Mentally Healthy

Mental Illness: Break the Stigma

There is stigma everywhere - homophobia, sexism and racism - and luckily, this is declining, especially in Scotland. However, absent from the campaigns that banish stereotypes is mental illness and this is something I see everyday. Nowadays, it is socially unacceptable to use derogatory language, but I still hear "mental" everyday. Unfortunately, I have personally… Continue reading Mental Illness: Break the Stigma

Exercise & Mental Illness: Pole Dancing

I have never believed that exercise could help my anxiety or depression. I have spent months meditating daily, attended CBT and thrown myself into practicing mindfulness - but for some reason I have never placed any hope on exercise. I have heard all of the success stories, "My sister runs to keep her anxiety away"… Continue reading Exercise & Mental Illness: Pole Dancing

OCD: Not an Adjective

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), affecting 1% of the population, is often used as a joke; "Sorry I'm so OCD". But, OCD is nothing to laugh at, in fact, this anxiety disorder is extremely distressing and can be debilitating as a result. The intrusive thoughts that OCD brings and the compulsions that you feel the need… Continue reading OCD: Not an Adjective

To be diagnosed with depression

Nearly a year ago I was diagnosed with depression and despite partially knowing this was the case, the diagnosis shocked me. To hear the words come out of the doctor's mouth was clarification that I was suffering and I wasn't just being dramatic. It validated my suffering but at the same time, it terrified me… Continue reading To be diagnosed with depression