It’s #TimeToTalk Switching Off

Sometimes, all is noise: Busy Bustling Chaos. The mad rush from here to There. The happy buzz, The anxious struggle, The beeping, bleeping, never ending Asks and answers, Frets and favours, Coffee percolating, Email answering, Frantic searching, Forgot what I was doing, Hamster-wheeling, Plate spinning Noise. And sometimes There is Silence. JH It seems a [...]

It’s #TimeToTalk Self Care

I've written already in this blog series about coping through creativity and some of the little things that might 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 [...]

It’s #TimeToTalk Recommended Reads – Calm

It's time for another recommendation. I vividly remember stumbling across this book when I was down in London with family. We were browsing around Anthropologie and, as is usual for me, I gravitated towards a small display of books. This one caught my eye immediately. The vivid blue stood out and the simplicity of the [...]

It’s #TimeToTalk About The Borderlands

This is a piece of writing I did when I was struggling, torn back and forth between being overwhelmed by negative thoughts and striving to remember the good and hold onto hope. It's about being in the borderlands between dark and light and finding a way out. I have shared it on here before but [...]

It’s #TimeToTalk Coping

Image found here. This is a post I shared three years ago that I thought was worth re-sharing, with a few tweaks. I've mentioned some little things that can be helpful in coping with bad days. There's one thing in particular that I have found helps me cope with anxiety and ward off depression. The [...]

It’s #TimeToTalk Creating Opportunities

In order to encourage more open conversations around mental health, and breakdown the stigma surrounding it, we all need to take responsibility for creating opportunities where those conversations can occur. There are so many ways to do that but right now I'm going to share with you one of my favourites that is currently happening [...]

It’s #TimeToTalk Recommended Reads – Reasons To Stay Alive

My second recommendation to you is Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig. This is a frankly wonderful book; profound, honest, relatable, heartbreaking and amusing all at once. Haig's unflinching account of his experiences of depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and suicidal thoughts is raw, moving, and strangely uplifting. He gets right to the heart of [...]

It’s #TimeToTalk – How Are You…Really?

Here’s a musing for your consideration: How often do we ask or answer the question “how are you”? How often do we give an honest answer? How often do we ask, genuinely hoping to hear an honest answer? Next time you are asked, “How are you?”, try offering just a little more honesty than you [...]

It’s #TimeToTalk Recommended Resources – Flow

As part of this series I wanted to share some recommendations for books, apps, and other resources that I have found helpful or interesting, and this is my first. If you’ve read my blog or followed my Instagram account for any length of time, you’ll know of my love for Flow Magazine. In recent years, [...]

It’s #TimeToTalk Meditation

When I was little and couldn’t sleep because of bad dreams, or the fear of bad dreams, my parents would sit by my bed, brushing the hair gently from my face, and in slow soft voices talk me through a meditation that would help me relax and dream good dreams. I still use it to [...]