Here & Now

Outside my window… the sky is a bruised grey and sends down a smattering of rain - the first in a few days. Everything seems sleepy. My own reluctance to leave my cosy bed echoed in the world outside. I am thinking… about how different life has been these last couple of months and how [...]

The Paradox Of Modern Life: Notes On A Nervous Planet – Book Review

This book review was originally written for ECBC Manchester's book club and can be read on their website here. You know those days when the world seems to be running on high speed around you: the days when your mind is abuzz with all the should and musts and the endless to-dos and you can’t [...]

Dear Books…

Dear Books, How long is it now that we've been friends? I lose track - too many years to count. You were there before I even really understood you. Before I could read your words and decipher your tales for myself. Before I could even determine which way your pages turned or which part of [...]

It’s #TimeToTalk – Being Your Own Best Friend

It's an age old problem that we tend to be terrible at taking our own advice. We are our own worse critics and things that seem logical and sensible when we say it to our friends somehow become ridiculous and impossible when we think about it in relation to ourselves. We would never look at [...]

It’s #TimeToTalk – Taking Up Space

We all know that one of the common and nasty side effects of struggling with a mental illness is the tendency to believe ourselves to be unworthy. Unworthy of love, unworthy of opportunities, unworthy of happiness. And a common side effect of those feelings of unworthiness is the tendency to make ourselves smaller. To attempt, [...]

It’s #TimeToTalk – Mental Health and Toxic Behaviour

This next post is a collaborative effort from Abbey, who blogs over at Life and Relationship Issues, and Jen, of Thrive in Chaos. For this post, we wanted to explore how our mental health can affect our behaviour and how we should be careful to avoid toxicity. We follow those negative thought and behaviour spirals [...]

It’s #TimeToTalk – Depression: The Mask

Our next guest post is from Millie who blogs over at A Queen With Wings. In this post, she reflects on how depression can cause us to hang onto our masks, not allowing anyone - including ourselves - to see what is truly going on inside our heads. She also offers some encouragement and advice [...]

It’s #TimeToTalk – Acceptance

Our next guest post comes from Rachel over at Tales of a 4 Child Mom. I love her honesty in this post and know many people will be able to relate to what she has to say. But I Do Not Want To Have Panic Disorder: Accepting My Mental Illness I do not want to [...]

It’s #TimeToTalk – Believing In Yourself

Mental illness can really sap the self belief right out of you. It's easy to get lost and completely mired in feelings of worthlessness and become convinced that what we want out of life is never going to happen. This next guest post is from the lovely Karishma who blogs over at Gratisoul. Her post [...]

It’s #TimeToTalk – Suffering In Silence

Our first guest post for this year's #timetotalkday blogathon is from Neha. Today on Thrive in Chaos, she is sharing a personal story of her and her family's experience with mental health and mental illness and it has an important message. Mental Health – A personal story Mental health – such a big word and [...]