It’s #TimeToTalk – Depression: The Fog

This next guest post is written by JC Stephenson, author of 'A Murder in Auschwitz'. Here he shares his experiences with depression: its randomness, its creeping intrusiveness, its all consuming nature, and the hope there is for overcoming and living beyond it. My Fog I did not see it myself. It took someone else to tell [...]

It’s #TimeToTalk – Anxiety

Verbalising (or in this case typing!) the reality of experiences of anxiety is difficult but helpful. I still find that using the phrase ‘living with mental illness’, or anything like it, causes something in me shrank away in a ball of shame and fear. In spite of my advocacy of openness when it comes to [...]

It’s #TimeToTalk – Honesty

This post is an updated version of a post I wrote a while ago about Emotional Honesty. It's something I think is incredibly important for any positive conversation, action or reflection on mental health. In the past, when the symptoms of anxiety, depression or panic disorder would start to rear their ugly heads, I would [...]

It’s #TimeToTalk

Hello there, friend. It’s time to talk. Every year, on the first Thursday in February, Time To Changeheads up #timetotalk day. Time To Change is an organisation dedicated to ending the stigma and discrimination around mental health, and the #timetotalk campaign is all about opening up conversations, giving people the opportunity to speak openly about their [...]

Still Thriving

Five years ago today, I launched Thrive In Chaos and sent this post out into the world. I established this blog as a means of dealing with a difficult time in my life. I wanted to create a place where I could foster positivity and find a way to thrive, even when I felt that [...]

The Power Of Storytelling

I wrote this post for ECBC Manchester in celebration of National Storytelling Week. This is shortened version of the original: if you'd like to read the whole thing, you can do so here. The history of humankind is inextricably tied up with that of storytelling. From the earliest cave paintings, through the development of signed [...]

A Moment In Time

I have done a few of these 'Moment in Time' posts now and I always really enjoy them. It's a lovely way to pause, take a step back from the chaos of everyday life, reflect on what's going on, exercise some gratitude and think forward. I invite (and encourage) you to create your own moment [...]

A Life’s Made Of Hope…

“Yes, the night has dark bits, but it has stars too, And you’ll feel when they shine, That they shine just for you, You will step outside and see from the park, That the light is brighter when it’s next to the dark. You will have so many great times ahead, And soft happy dreams [...]

Wild & Improbable Tales – Hope in Invisible Prisons

Suspended inside iridescence, she watches the world pass by. It is beautiful. But she cannot reach it. Rainbows ripple across the surface of her invisible prison, distorting the view: the hopeful land morphing into looming, shadowed threats; the lilting sound of laughter and music ringing hollow in her ears. She knows those terrors are lies [...]

A Pause, A Ponder And Some Poetry

After a brief, unintentional hiatus, I'm back and trying to figure out how on Earth to balance a busy day job and a more-hectic-than-usual home life with the writing life I crave. During the summer lull, I had managed to start to create time during my days to write or at least play with ideas [...]