It’s #TimeToTalk – Little Joys

It often feels like mental illness robs us of so much. On the bad days, finding any sort of joy in life can seem completely impossible - futile, in fact. But this is why it's important to find and acknowledge the joy in good days - even the tiniest joys - so that we can [...]

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 – Silence

I wrote this particular post for last year's #TimeToTalk blogathon but I felt it was still pertinent today so I wanted to reshare it. Staying silent about the realities of mental health and mental illness massively contributes to the ill effects of mental illness and perpetuates the stigma and shame which is, unfortunately still so [...]

It’s #TimeToTalk – Meditation

Meditation is increasingly popular in this day and age. The market is saturated with apps and books and blogs with guided meditations for focus, for calm, for good sleep, for clarity. It is something I have 'dabbled' with but sometimes struggle to connect with. Guided meditations can be hugely helpful but if it's something you're [...]

It’s #TimeToTalk – Now

Talking about mental health is not always easy. In fact, I think it's rarely easy. It's the kind of conversation we avoid out of embarrassment or fear - and I think that happens whether you're trying to talk about your own mental health or whether you're trying to broach the subject of your concern about [...]

It’s #TimeToTalk – Self-Care

I've written blog posts before about how creativity and little acts of self-care help pick us up on the bad days, but it's so important to make time to take care of yourself on the good days as well. I know I have struggled with a reluctance to prioritise self-care; it feels selfish and self-indulgent, [...]

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 [...]