5 Ways To Spread Mental Health Awareness And Support Those Who Are Struggling

5 Ways To Spread Mental Health Awareness And Support Those Who Are Struggling

For those who don’t know, Monday 10th May to Sunday 16th May 2021 marks Mental Health Awareness Week! While mental health should always be in the spotlight, this week (and month) allows us to shine a light on exactly how we can help each other during tough times. As someone who has been vocal about my own anxiety in the past, I wanted to make this post to remind others that you don’t need to give people the world in order to help out – it can be as simple as clicking a button.

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“What’s next for you?” – Let’s Talk

“What’s next for you?” – Let’s Talk

As I approach my 21st birthday, I’ve been thinking a lot about the future: I’m in my last year of university, and in a global pandemic – a combination I never saw coming. There’s always this pressure from adults around you as you approach the big 2-1, and even more so in your final year, to know what you’re doing next – I think a lot of us can relate. I received this question back in February, but now feels like the right time to answer it.

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A Letter To Everyone: Do You Get it Now? Any Woman You Know Could Have Been Sarah

A Letter To Everyone: Do You Get it Now? Any Woman You Know Could Have Been Sarah

TW: sexual assault

I’m sure that by now, we have all heard the news about the killing of Sarah Everard. If you haven’t, hopefully this will give you more insight. If you have, I wanted to explain why I’m writing this: ever since I heard this story, it has hit me hard. I always grew up with my parents wanting me to text them whenever I get somewhere, or them teaching me what to do to be ‘street safe’. I remember my secondary school PE teacher once giving us girls a lesson on what to do if a car pulls up beside you, and telling us to keep our keys between our knuckles for self-defence. I’ve been taught to be what I thought was hyper-aware of what’s around me always, but this story more than ever proves you can’t be too aware, because there’s some really horrible people in this world.

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The Teenage Cancer Trust – Who They Are, The Challenge And Why You Should Donate

The Teenage Cancer Trust – Who They Are, The Challenge And Why You Should Donate

Last month, an old school friend of mine (hi Sofia, if you’re reading!) reached out to me and told me about this 2800 Squat Challenge she’s doing as a charity fundraiser. She told me it was for the Teenage Cancer Trust, a charity I’d never heard of but I thought the name was pretty self-explanatory. Together, along with another old classmate, took on the challenge together to do 2800 squats each in the month of February and posted a fundraiser on Facebook. Today is the last day of the challenge, and I wanted to share what I’ve learnt about the charity and what they do, as well as how I got on with the challenge. I will leave some links at the end on how you can donate (and please do if you can – every little helps!)

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Why You Need To Embrace Your Body and Stop Wanting What Others Have

Why You Need To Embrace Your Body and Stop Wanting What Others Have

“I wish I looked like ____”

“I wish I had her stomach”

“I hate my legs”

“I wish-“

Let me stop you there. We’ve heard all this self-loathing before. We’ve all been there. If anything, it’s promoted all over social media to desire what other people have. I’m a big fan of social media and I’m also a big fan of appreciating other people’s features, but I’m going to draw the line at desiring. What’s wrong with what we already have?

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“I Want To Start A Blog But I Don’t Know Where To Begin. Any Tips?” – Let’s Talk

“I Want To Start A Blog But I Don’t Know Where To Begin. Any Tips?” – Let’s Talk

Starting a blog was a huge milestone in my life, but I just didn’t know it at the time. It’s something that I always wanted to do, having loved writing from such a young age, but I just didn’t know where to begin and I was beyond nervous of what everyone else would think. I remember constantly googling “how to start a blog” or “blog ideas” for years before I actually made the move.

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My One Year Blogiversary : A Year In Review

My One Year Blogiversary : A Year In Review

Where do I begin? I can’t believe it’s been a year since I started blogging already!

This time last year, I had come back from an amazing, last minute trip to Amsterdam and was filled with inspiration. I finally had that buzz to just write and thought that this was the perfect topic to start my blog: 72 hours in Amsterdam: the must-see sites. That’s how this blog was born.

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You Are Never Alone – Mental Health Links And Helplines For Whenever You Need It

You Are Never Alone – Mental Health Links And Helplines For Whenever You Need It

Coronavirus has really impacted on the mental health of millions of people around the world. For my non-UK readers, the majority of the UK are in lockdown, meaning we’re once again restricted from living our everyday lives, which has massively taken a toll on many of us.

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It’s Time To Romanticise Your Life – Blogmas Day 8

It’s Time To Romanticise Your Life – Blogmas Day 8

“In the movies, we have leading ladies and we have the best friend. You, I can tell, are a leading lady, but for some reason, you’re behaving like the best friend.”

“You’re so right. You’re supposed to be the leading lady of your own life, for God’s sake.”

The Holiday (2006)

If you’re active on social media, I’m sure we’ve all seen or heard that one audio clip that starts “you’ve got to start romanticising your life…” (if you haven’t, where have you been?). Although repetitive, the clip never fails to inspire me mentally to go and do all the things I want to do – the question is though, what stops me physically?

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Acts Of Kindness You Can Do This Christmas – Blogmas Day 7

Acts Of Kindness You Can Do This Christmas – Blogmas Day 7

It’s the time for giving, so why not create a blog post with random acts of kindness you can do this Christmas? I believe that you should always give what you can, no matter what time of year it is, but this is always the time that people tend to give more. Especially with the year we’ve all just had, people may need these acts of kindness now more than ever.

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The Essential Lockdown Care Package

The Essential Lockdown Care Package

After seeing a post over on the British Black Girl’s Instagram , she created a ‘covid care package’, I thought this was something that was right up my street. I love the idea of creating care packages, so I thought I’d try my own virtual one for a change!

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How To Combat ‘Winter Depression’

How To Combat ‘Winter Depression’

I didn’t realise until a few years ago that the ‘winter depression’ was actually a thing and that I wasn’t the only person that experienced it. I’m hesitant to call what I have seasonal affective disorder (or SAD – the acronym makes it sound even more depressing!) as I haven’t been properly diagnosed, but most of my symptoms correlate. Seasonal affective disorder is a type of depression that comes during certain seasons, mainly winter.

I’ve always loved summer and never quite understood how anyone could ever enjoy the cold winter months, being tangled up in 10 layers and most of your day being dark. The only thing I really enjoyed about winter was Christmas, Halloween, the festive spirit and the snow. Although this year has been a lot better (I’m loving autumn/winter fashion at the moment!), I’m definitely still more of a summer girl: I love waking up to the sunlight beaming through the peeps of my blinds onto my bed, the warmth, the summer euphoria and all the activities that come along with it.

Throughout the years, I’ve always found my mood to be a lot lower during winter. I lack energy like no other, just feeling so fatigued in everything I do; I hate the artificial lights throughout the day, when my house lights being turned on in the morning when I wake up and in the early afternoon to evening; and I would struggle to get up every day so badly – I craved the warmth of my bed and the fact that it was dark outside at 7am just really upset me. I find that even if it’s summer and it’s dark and rainy outside, I don’t have energy throughout the day either! Through all of this, I’ve found some coping mechanisms that have helped me, especially in the transitioning stages of autumn to winter. If you feel you struggle with ‘winter depression’ or think you have or do have SAD, here are my favourite things to do to pick up the energy.

Make sure you have some light coming into your room in the morning for as long as you can

I refuse to have proper room-darkening blinds. I hate waking up in darkness and love having light come into my room. I currently have wooden blinds that let speckles of light seep through into the room when it’s daylight outside, so waking up for the past few weeks where it’s still daylight at 8 o’clock has been really nice. I know that will change soon, but it helps in the transition period!

Fill the space you work in with as much light as possible

I personally hate artificial light and try to rely on staying near a window for as long as possible, but sometimes it’s still a bit too dark. Turn the light on instead of being stuck in darkness! It sounds so simple, but even if it’s light outside, sometimes working with a light on brings my energy up.

Exercise

This I have discovered recently – not working out for a day really lowers my mood a lot, so working out throughout the winter could be the key to your problems. Exercise helps with stress levels (which is perfect for this day and age) and is just good for your overall health. I have found that my ‘winter depression’ has gone ever so slightly when I work out, so I would definitely give it a go (and for those who want a certain body for the summer, this is your time to start working!)

Stay outdoors when you can

Don’t just sit by a window – go outside! Again, this sounds so simple but it’s really effective. Just taking a little walk around and getting those steps in helps you not only expose yourself to sunlight, but again, relive stress. I’ve been craving going outdoors more this year because we’re missing out on so much due to coronavirus, so during lockdown, I’ll be taking more walks around my local area to keep my spirits up.

Maintain a balanced diet

It can be so difficult to reach for carbohydrates all the time during the winter – its ‘cosy food.’ And honestly, there’s nothing wrong with eating carbs! Just remember to eat in moderation. Try and find warm alternative foods like soup and porridge to eat. But also remember that Christmas is coming and you can splurge all you want then! Also, if you fancy comfort food, eat comfort food but remember to balance it out with healthier alternatives (more healthy than unhealthy!)

If you want to read more information on SAD, click here. Make sure to ask for help if you struggle severely with any of the symptoms. Stay safe and well!

Everything You Need To Know About Sandbanks

Sandbanks first came onto my radar when I watched a TV show talk to Harry Redknapp about his home in the area. It appeared to be a pretty exclusive area: small in size, but lined with grand houses amongst a sandy beachfront (a sandy beach in England, I know!) It wasn’t until recently that I […]

4 Ways To Celebrate Your Non-Existent 2021 Graduation In Style

As a graduating student of 2021, I can safely say that it feels like I haven’t really graduated. I’ve been doing assignments and having lessons over Blackboard Collaborate at home for months on end, and with no proper graduation to top off three years of hard work, it almost feels like the university experience isn’t […]

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Starting University During COVID-19: A Complete Checklist To Get You Through The Year Ahead

Starting University During COVID-19: A Complete Checklist To Get You Through The Year Ahead

Coronavirus has led to much uncertainty in many many things. This is new to all of us, so everyone is just figuring things out as we go along. For us students, it means starting the new academic year knowing that everything is not going to be the way it was, which can be worrying when we’re left to our own devices.

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