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

A Cute Crisis Kit

When I was suffering from severe anxiety, my anxiety would peak whenever I had to leave the house and this would leave me so distressed that I wouldn't be able to function. However, at the same time I would insist on having everything I could possibly need in the case of having an anxiety attack.… Continue reading A Cute Crisis Kit

What Anxiety Looks Like?!

In the picture above, you can see me - a 5ft 2" girl with dark hair and that's about all that you can see. You cannot know anything from this picture except from what I look like. Since mental illness is invisible, you cannot tell who suffers from a psychiatric condition, however, I have been told… Continue reading What Anxiety Looks Like?!

Turning 20: Onwards and Upwards

Today is my birthday and I am over the moon to say that. Some may think I am being egoistical, but turning 20 is extremely important to me. On my last birthday, I remember feeling overwhelming depressed, but at that time in my life I kept those feelings to myself. A year later, I am… Continue reading Turning 20: Onwards and Upwards

A day in the life of an anxiety sufferer

For almost a year, I have lived with a severe anxiety disorder and I don't think people truly understand how challenging that can be. My anxiety affects everything; from the moment I wake up to when I fall asleep I am battling my anxious thoughts. I wanted to share how a typical day for me… Continue reading A day in the life of an anxiety sufferer

Essential Oils for Depression & Anxiety

Many people that suffer from depression and anxiety aren't keen on taking medication and prefer using natural remedies, if possible. This is understandable - taking chemicals to change the levels of neurotransmitters in your brain is quite terrifying, therefore we want to find a less invasive method that works. Furthermore, sometimes pills don't provide full… Continue reading Essential Oils for Depression & Anxiety