Monday, 16 January 2017

My Favourite Mental Health Bloggers

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I love reading blogs (when I get the chance that is), but if there's one thing I love reading more than blogs, it's reading mental health blogs. For sure, I love myself fashion, lifestyle and beauty blogs but there's something about mental health blogs that I find incredibly reassuring, comforting and helpful. They help me feel less alone, at times where I feel like I'm the only one who is suffering from mental illness in the entire universe.

I absolutely love the mental health blogger community on Twitter. Everyone is so incredibly brave and strong but also loving and supportive to everyone else. A day doesn't go by when I don't see someone spreading the love or offering a virtual hug. It makes me feel so warm and fuzzy inside. And I've just realised how incredibly cheesy that sounds.

For this post, I've picked five of my fave mental health bloggers, but I'm definitely going to have to make this into a series. There are so many wonderful bloggers out there who do an incredible job of reducing the stigma and raising awareness of mental health issues. I honestly admire every single one of you. I'm going to definitely make this into a little series to spread the love as much as possible. 

Friday, 13 January 2017

6 Easy Ways To Support Other Bloggers

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The number one, hands down best thing about blogging is the community. Without it, I wouldn't have been able to of formed the friendships that I have today or had the privilege of talking to some of the amazing and talented bloggers that I speak to every day. 

The best thing I love about the b
logging community is how supportive everyone is. I would be hard pushed to scroll down my Twitter feed for more than a couple of seconds without seeing a blogger supporting another blogger. No matter how busy I am that day, I always try and fit in some time to support other bloggers. 

I absolutely love this community and wouldn't change it for the world! However, if you are new to the blogging community or are just looking for some new ways to support fellow bloggers- I hope this post helps you out! ( Eeek!! I just want to give you all a big squeeze and a hug- I love you all too much)

Monday, 9 January 2017

10 Ways To Spread Happiness

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I am a big believer in spreading happiness and positivity. I may not always be the most positive person and let me tell you- I have a lot of bad days, just like the rest of the human race but I do try my hardest! If I can't be happy myself, the least I can do is try to make others happy! 

I think it can be easy for us to say we want to spread happiness and joy but how many of us actually do it? When was the last time we actively went out of our way to make someone else happy? I am a strong believer in that happiness does not have a quantitative value. Sometimes simply smiling at someone, holding the door open for them or offering to help when they are struggling means a lot more than any expensive gift.

Today I thought I would share with you 10 simple and effective ways to spread happiness. These simple little things take only minutes out of your day but could make someone's week. I would love to know if you manage to do any of these, after reading this post! I know I will be trying a lot harder to continue to spread happiness.

Friday, 6 January 2017

How I Defrazzle

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Defrazzle. Defrazzle. Deeee....frazzzzllleeee! Okay, I'm going to stop now, but isn't it just such a cool word? I like words and when I come across a new word that I really like I become a bit obsessed and start chucking it in every sentence. Sometimes when it's not even needed! I know, such a rebel! When I was contacted and asked if I would be interested it reading and potentially reviewing, Ruby Wax's newest book 'The mindfulness guide for the frazzled' of course I said yes! I mean, A. it has the word frazzled in the title and B. it's written by the one and only Ruby Wax. I would be an idiot to turn down the offer.

To celebrate the release of the 'The mindfulness guide for the frazzled' coming out in paperback, Penguin sent a few little goodies with the book, like a mini spa 'defrazzle' package to help me relax and you know what I am going to say...DEFRAZZLE in the new year. Inspired by Ruby's new book, which, spoiler alert is excellent. I thought I would share with you what makes me incredibly stressed and quite frankly gets my knickers in a twist, which I can ensure you is not a pretty sight! As well, how I #DEFRAZZLE and how I actually pull myself back down to earth and be a productive human being.

With the help of The mindfulness guide for the frazzled, I've actually picked up some new techniques which I'm dead excited to put to the test and see if they help me out (I'll keep you posted on this) I also have my own, more unconventional ways of reducing stress, which I'm going to share today and maybe, just might find them helpful too! Probs not, but ya know? It's worth a try!

Monday, 2 January 2017

In a World Full Of 'Depressed People' Why Do I Have Depression?

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Something I've observed quite a lot recently while being at college full of mostly uneducated people to the world of mental illness is that people don't understand what depression really is. Most people don't understand mental illness full stop. But today I want to focus on depression specifically. 

From my personal experience, people don't really throw around the terms 'OCD' 'bipolar' and 'schizo' as much as they do depression. They definitely don't understand these terms, especially at certain times of year with OCD being turned into obsessive Christmas disorder, which gets me unbelievably angry. Sure, these terms aren't always used correctly, and people definitely don't understand them, but there's something about depression. I don't know if it's the turn in weather or the fact that people want to appear 'cool' to their friends. 

I mean, I really don't understand what's cool about taking the mic out of a mental illness, but hey, that's stigma and discrimination for you. I don't know why, but people seem to enjoy throwing the term depressed or depression about willy nilly, without actually thinking twice about who they are talking to.