How to network with generalised anxiety disorder

I'm sorry, but networking sucks. I'm not a natural schmoozer and I don't think I ever will be. I don't want to be. The idea of talking to complete strangers in order to somehow gain something from the situation is painful. Working on my blog means that I generally work from home, alone, with very … Continue reading How to network with generalised anxiety disorder

How to function on little to no sleep

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I'm writing this after a bloody lovely night's sleep. I drifted off quite easily at around midnight and when the alarm went off at 6am I didn't have my usual morning thought; "Can I justify quitting my job today?" I actually felt quite awake and ready to start the day. I know, weird right? Maybe … Continue reading How to function on little to no sleep

Why it’s hard to take sick days when you have depression

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Quitting my job to recover from depression was a huge decision for me, but also one that I was confident making. I knew I needed complete rest and absolutely no stress to rebuild my life. However being unemployed brought its own problems and feelings of inadequacy, which in a funny way spurred me on to … Continue reading Why it’s hard to take sick days when you have depression

Why having snacks in my handbag keeps me calm (and other strange habits of an anxious mind)

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I wouldn't say I'm a homebody, but for some reason being far away from my house for an extended period of time makes me nervous. Maybe that does qualify me as a homebody. I'm not entirely sure. Oh and by the way, when I say 'extended period of time' I mean anything over eight hours. … Continue reading Why having snacks in my handbag keeps me calm (and other strange habits of an anxious mind)

How fitness classes saved my mental health 

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I never thought I'd be one of those people who would say fitness changed my life. But here we are. I've exercised almost every day for the past five years and I don't want to imagine a life without it because it makes me so unbelievably happy. It all began with a Zumba class. I … Continue reading How fitness classes saved my mental health 

Why learning to ignore my anxiety is having a positive impact on my mental health

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As I sit here on a half-empty Virgin train waiting to leave Glasgow Central, I doubt anyone around can tell I’m trying to stop myself from having a panic attack. I’ve put my luggage away, started typing on my laptop and even exchanged a few words with the woman opposite about seat numbers and how … Continue reading Why learning to ignore my anxiety is having a positive impact on my mental health

Surviving or thriving? How I realised I was actually recovering from mental illness

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Depression is a tough subject. There's no getting away from the fact that it's a painful illness that affects many of us, but I want to take a moment to talk about recovery and how it can begin to happen without us realising. I didn't think I would ever recover, but I did. To mark … Continue reading Surviving or thriving? How I realised I was actually recovering from mental illness

Talking diets and online expectations with Carly Rowena

At a party I recently saw a friend who I hadn’t seen for almost a year. She had lost a lot of weight and was being praised for the achievement by all the women at the party. With my history of rapid weight loss, crash dieting, binge eating and excessive exercising I stayed silent. I … Continue reading Talking diets and online expectations with Carly Rowena