Beyond Appearance

There are two things that have been taking up a lot of my mental energy recently: self-esteem (how we feel about ourselves and how we judge ourselves and our worth); and body image (the perception of a person’s physical appearance) - both of which are deeply connected. We seem to live [...]

By | 2018-07-12T22:55:59+00:00 July 12th, 2018|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Mind Reading

As some of you may know from my previous blogs, I struggle with anxiety. Most people’s immediate question when they find this out (including my therapist’s – and not wrongly) is, ‘Have you tried meditation?’ At which point I scoff and say ‘If you know me, you know I can’t meditate. I [...]

By | 2018-07-06T07:14:28+00:00 July 5th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Moments with Mum

Disclaimer: To my mum who will be reading this, I promise that this blog includes genuine sentiment and is not a brand new bribing tactic as I’m sure you’re currently suspecting. Throughout my life I’ve often heard the saying ‘hindsight’s a beautiful thing’ and there’s no denying that it certainly is. [...]

By | 2018-06-21T22:14:24+00:00 June 21st, 2018|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Paws and Be Present

I’m driving through London and my tummy hurts. Still. It’s been 5 months of illness now and although I am out of the house and stronger, the pain remains firmly present. I struggle to think about anything else as the traffic comes and goes, the horns, the noise, the London hubble [...]

By | 2018-06-08T10:42:41+00:00 June 7th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |8 Comments

Stress, Society and Self-Care

Happy Mental Health Awareness Week, Hubbers! To be honest, there was a huge amount I could have written about this week. I found out there had been three suicides in two weeks at my university and, having only graduated last year, as well as personally knowing students who have been struggling [...]

Letting Go of the Dark

I sat in the hairdresser. My hair was the longest it had been since I could remember – surgery and recovery had meant I had not been well enough to have a cut for 4 months (normally it’s every 6 weeks!). ‘What colour would you like today?’ asked John. We’d not [...]

By | 2018-05-11T07:06:39+00:00 May 10th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Fear vs Hope

It’s coming up to 7 weeks on from my op and I am still feeling rough. I’ve noticed the concern I’ve been feeling ramping up over the past fortnight, and I became aware the worry was a growing creature inside, that started off like a little worm tunneling away, but was [...]

By | 2018-05-03T16:52:27+00:00 May 3rd, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |1 Comment

Being Kind for a Happier World

Last Friday I attended the Happier World Conference at the Museum of Happiness in Camden. Aside from a talk or two, this was my first proper happiness event and whilst there were lots of different aspects to the day, there was one message that stood out for me…BE KIND. Kindness is [...]

By | 2018-04-26T19:00:31+00:00 April 26th, 2018|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Travel: Going it Alone

I’ve been feeling a little bit down if I’m honest. I arrived home from India on Saturday morning and it has actually been a lot harder than I expected. The culture shock of coming straight back into London after six and a half weeks in India was pretty intense. Going from [...]

By | 2018-04-19T21:55:37+00:00 April 19th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Colour me Happy

It’s Wednesday night and I’m sat at home looking around the room thinking maybe, after 4 years, it’s time for a fresh lick of paint. You see, when I renovated my house I decided to do the simple thing and paint everything the same colour – Natural Hessian. Ever since I’ve [...]

By | 2018-04-12T20:27:13+00:00 April 12th, 2018|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments