It's like I've gone full circle. As a child, I was the little girl that said nothing in class. As a teen, I said nothing in the pub. Until I found Diamond White and Lambrini that is, but I wouldn't recommend those as social aids. In my early 20s I wouldn't miss the chance to … Continue reading Social scaredy-cat
It's been a strange few weeks. I've been off with the worst bout of anxiety that has afflicted my tired brain in almost two decades. I've probably been far more sociable in a virtual sense - but given I've been off work, missed the pub quiz (again), missed my other half performing in Sunday for … Continue reading Publication week, anxiety and media love
OK, so it was vegetarian and smothered in tomato sauce rather than gravy, but I had my first Christmas dinner of the year last night at a wonderful even hosted by Anxious Minds North East - a charity that I am proud to be a trustee of. And I want to shout about these guys. … Continue reading A charity gala and my first Christmas dinner
1 in 4 of us experience mental illness at some point in our lives – but its prevalence doesn’t make it an easy ride. We have the US president tackling the ‘stigma’ of guns by blaming mass shootings on mental illness instead. But the image of violent mentally ill people is untrue. According to Time … Continue reading We shouldn’t shy away from the ugly side of mental illness
I had a big cry-baby snot fest the other night. First time in ages. Other than, perhaps, the sporadic slightly fizzy nose that occurs when happening upon 'suggested for you' Facebook videos of cute 'n' cuddly animals loving each other despite their differing species'. It's hard work spitting all those tears out. But even though … Continue reading It’s fine to be flawed
Just wanted to share two recent pieces that I have written on anxiety for Metro UK. Have a read, share and do leave comments. Hope they're of use. When you have anxiety, it can be very easy to catastrophise every situation How an anxiety relapse makes you feel and what you can do about it
I can barely believe it's been a whole year since I slept in, bodged my eyeliner and didn't have time to wash my hair before dashing to the train station and winging my way to London for the Time to Change storycamp event. But it has. A whole year. And in that year so much … Continue reading Good morning Storycampers!
As part of my therapy, my counsellor asked me to write a metaphorical story about me, as a child, and my struggles. So this is a little story about anxiety and the upbeat parts of my personality that I wouldn't give away - the excitable parts. Would I swap my excitability if it would take … Continue reading It’s behind you!
Psychology has long fascinated me. But I never truly believed that psychological approaches would work for me in quite the way they seem to be right now. I never believed they could have a long-lasting, deep rooted effect. But much like The Pixies, Courtney Love and, sadly, Sun-In spray-on hair bleach (my locks haven't been … Continue reading Psychology – I’m a believer!
Anyone who's in the not-so-exclusive club of the 9 million peeps who have read 'Man's search for meaning' by Viktor E Frankl will totally get this. I've not even finished it, but I'm finding it as inspirational as Madonna's Virgin Tour was to the eight year old me. But unlike the queen of pop, the … Continue reading Show me purpose and I’ll raise you a fighter