Why Do I Feel Like This?

I have days like today where I think ‘what the hell is going on, why do I feel like this?!’ It’s easy to over analyse every emotion that comes up. But remember, just because you’re feeling down or lonely or sad or whatever, it doesn’t mean you’re going to get horrendously ill. Everyone has bad …

Get Your Support Team Sorted

Throughout my whole life, I’ve pretty much done things on my own. Being number three of four meant that I didn’t get much attention. Being average at school meant I blended into the background. And being a strong and motivated person means that I can get most things sorted myself. But I didn’t make that …

Get Some Counselling

Counselling isn’t something that we massively buy in to in the UK. The Americans are all over it with their therapists, but we are still catching up. Talking therapy is on the rise and more and more people are adding it to their mental health treatment plan. I’ve had mixed results with counselling. I can …

Let Go of What You Can’t Control

If you’re running late, being stressed and driving too fast isn’t going to help. If you forgot someone’s birthday, message them with a belated message, they’ll be glad to hear from you. If you screw up at work, rectify the situation, say sorry and move on. Stop beating yourself up all the time. You’re not …

Getting Under Your Skin

I’m sat here feeling all grumpy and prickly because someone has got under my skin. I can’t write too much but let’s just say it’s a gossiping bossyboots. Why do people get under our skin? I guess it’s a reaction to something they’ve said or done that we don’t like. In this instance, a text …

The Chill Pill Exercise

Listen to this five-minute audio where I talk you through the chill pill exercise: Living with a mood disorder or mental health issue is really difficult. You can feel on top of the world one minute and down on your luck another. It’s hard to know how to deal with such a wide range of …

Having a Bad Day?

It’s ok to have a bad day. You may feel like you’ve taken a big step backwards but you haven’t. Tomorrow is a new day and the slate is wiped clean overnight. Do regular people have bad days? The answer is yes, so stop beating yourself up about it. The best thing to do is …

Get a Clue

The kids start nagging as soon as you open half an eye. Your partner/housemate tells you some shitty news the second they see you. The dog has chewed something up and you’re left to clean it up. The cat has been sick in the corner and you turn your phone on to a missed call …

It’s OK Not To Be OK

When you have mental health issues you feel ashamed of the illness and try to keep it to yourself. Our society doesn’t yet see mental health as a valid illness. There has been a shift over the last few years, but it’s still not far enough. So why did I feel ashamed of my illness? …

Take Yourself Out of the Situation

Have you ever ended up so angry or stressed out or upset and wondered how on earth you’d got there? I’ve done it many times. So if this sounds like you, what should you do about it? Firstly, you need to identify the warning signs in yourself. Focus inward and feel what’s going on. Your …